14 Apr / 2014

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Hi I am Molly! I am a beautiful, young American Staffordshire Mix that loves to play! I love going on walks and runs. It’s a great way to drain my energy and plus, I love the fresh air! I love all people – young and old – but I have been known to be a little jumpy and mouthy when playing, so I would thrive in a home with older children that can handle my excitement. Learning new things is a exciting task for me. I already know how to sit for treats, but I want to learn more! The more I learn, the better I will behave! Come by and see me today, pretty please? I can’t wait to show you how smart and beautiful I am!

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, Volunteer Manager Tomomi Suenaga listed five reasons why our volunteers are second to none….


  1. The time volunteers spend loving on and being loved by our temporarily homeless pets keeps the them safe, happy, comfortable AND gets them into forever homes quicklyl
  2. The compassion volunteers show – not only to the sick, scared, injured, or even too-gosh-darn-excited animals, but also to the family who has to give up their dog when they lose their home, the man who finds a box of kittens behind his store and needs help nursing them back to health, or the grieving guardian who’s not quite ready to adopt again but comes to visit every week and hand out cookies – keeps us all living our mission.
  3. The vision volunteers demonstrate — sharing ideas to improve the lives of animals in our care, looking after one another and the staff in times of stress, harsh weather, and puppy/kitten season, as well as celebrating adoptions and successes — keeps us constantly moving forward to improve the lives of animals in our community.
  4. The dedication it takes to pull on the running shoes, work boots, and winter coat (or sun hat) each day in order to exercise our shelter dogs, socialize the cats, clean, build, organize, and promote Great Plains SPCA, then go home covered in fur, muscles tired and heart full — because every day the animals need them. And every day the volunteers are here.
  5. The fun volunteers bring to the shelter – from fairy wings and reindeer antlers for photo shoots to play sessions in the yards and colony rooms, to the humor, balloons, and people treats – makes Great Plains SPCA a one-of-a-kind destination in animal welfare.

We love you, Volunteers! You’re part of why we love our jobs, why adopters choose to complete their families with our animals, and all-around what makes Great Plains SPCA an awesome place. Thank you for being part of our team! Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!


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31 Mar / 2014

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Hi, I’m Lacy! I am a very sweet girl, but I am a bit shy and can get nervous sometimes. I would prefer a quiet home where someone is with me all the time. I just don’t like being alone (can you bla
me me?). However, I am the best girl in a home. I am a lover and I’ll be your shadow if you let me! I am house trained. I am such a sweet girl with so much love to give! Come meet me at the Great Plains SPCA Merriam Campus today!

18 Mar / 2014

Operation Furballs

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Operation Furballs is a Public Spay/Neuter Clinic for cats at Great Plains SPCA’s Independence Campus. This bi-weekly clinic will serve residents of Independence and Unincorporated Jackson County. Anyone from the public is welcome to visit our Veterinary Care Center in Merriam year-round for quality and affordable medical care.

Clinic Kick-off: Sunday, March 30 The Clinic will continue every other Sunday

Spay/Neuter Costs: $25 for owned cats (income-qualified); $10 for feral or free-roaming cats Volume discounts apply for 5 or more cats

To schedule an appointment or learn more, people need to call (816) 783-5123. You may also call this number if you are interested in volunteering your time to this effort.

Great Plains SPCA began operating the Independence Campus in April 2013 where we have provided many services including adoptions, intake, veterinary care for shelter pets, volunteering and more. This new initiative will allow our organization to help with pet overpopulation in the surrounding community. In 2013, we took in 2,000 cats, 45% of which were younger than 4 months, demonstrating the need for proactive programs.

10 Mar / 2014

Featured Pet: Mary Lou

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Hi, I’m Mary Lou!
Who couldn’t love a cute little brown tabby like me? I get lots of compliments on my pretty markings and my sweet kitty smile, and I love the attention! But what I’d love more is to find my forever family. My ideal home would be
a little on the quieter side as an only cat, but cat-respecting human kids would be no big deal! I just love to have all the kitty attention on ME!
Though most people can’t tell right away, I’m actually a hoot! Whenever somebody puts a chair in front of my kennel to allow me to jump down and have a walk-around, I fool them. I jump down on the chair all right, then on top of the kennel and have my walk-around up high. I’m a tree climber by temperament, so would love it if we could have one of those cat towers where I could climb up high and feel safe and look out on all my world.

Just give me a little extra time and patience to get used to everything when we go home, as I am shy with new people. I would be such a wonderful kitty and best friend for you! Even better if you’ve got a sunny spot by a window for me! Please come visit me today. I want to go home!

Love, Mary Lou

03 Mar / 2014

Featured Pet: Brutus

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Hey guys (and ladies)! I am Brutus. I am a 2 year old American Staffordshire and Mastiff Mix. Crazy combo, don’t you think? There is one thing that you need to know about me. I love lasers! I go nuts for them! Show me a laser and I’ll be a friend for life! I love to give kisses and please you however I can. I already know to sit for treats, and I have an adorable way of giving you a high five…or maybe I should say a high TEN! I’ve been waiting patiently at the Great Plains SPCA Independence Campus for my forever family since November – I know they are out there, they just haven’t found me yet! The perfect family for me would be one without any other animals. I want to be your one and only snuggle monster! Come meet me at the Great Plains SPCA Independence Campus today!

XO, Brutus

24 Feb / 2014


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Hi, I’m Pugbe. I am a 9 year old Puggle. I am a very sweet guy and get along great with other dogs. I am a couch potato but still like to run around in the back yard or go for walks. I am housetrained and would make a great family pet. Please come and see me today at the adoption center in Merriam.

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For many of us, we have a story to tell about the way a special dog or cat has touched our lives. The power of that one soul teaching us a life lesson, helping us experience the purest form of unconditional love, bringing us Silly-Stringcomfort and peace. Animals have a magical way of positively changing our lives.

As we at Great Plains SPCA charge forward into a New Year packaged with big goals to continue serving more than 30,000 pets in our bi-state campuses, the power of one person, one new connection, one social media share, one more hour volunteered, or one more dollar donated, will be the difference in our ability to continue providing the highest lifesaving guarantee – a 96% live-release rate – to the local, homeless and needy pets in our community.

One more life saved… it matters!

Shayr_rightdown_Portrait_templateNever doubt what the power of one can do. That one cat or dog you will never forget. What they did to enrich your life, bring you peace, hope, and likely many smiles and laughs. And just the same, YOU, the power of one, can change the life, the future, and the heart of a pet looking for hope.

Please join us this year, to grow awareness of the eleven lifesaving programs and services Great Plains SPCA provides in our community every day. With more than 700 pets in our care daily, the power of YOU will make an important difference. What will you do to contribute to saving one more life this year?

Adopt. Donate. Volunteer. Foster. Spread the word.


17 Feb / 2014

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Woof Woof! Hello, I am Silly String! I am such a good boy and handsome too! I am a happy boy and my tail never stops. I know some commands and I take treats so nicely. I am good on a leash. I love to go on walks and explore Silly-Stringoutside. Give me a tennis ball and I will be your best friend – some people say I could be a really great agility dog because I can jump and fly through the air for a tennis ball!

I am a lover. You can’t help but smile when you see me! I am a great family dog. I make the best noises so you’ll be laughing all the time. Come meet me at the Merriam campus of Great Plains SPCA!



27 Jan / 2014

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Hi, I’m Cheeseburger and I’m a gorgeous guy with beautiful Russian Blue fur. If you check out my video you will find out all about me and see what an all around super guy I am.

I’m looking for my true home where we can spend many hours playing and cuddling. Come soon to the Independence Campus and ask for that fun and playful boy named Cheeseburger!

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