Great Plains SPCA Blog Great Plains SPCA Instagram
Please leave this field empty
Featured Pet


Hi! My name is Momma and I just can’t wait to meet you! I’m the cutest little “pocket pittie” you could ask for. They call me that because I’m a petite little thing – only about 40 pounds!


I’m a little shy at first, but don’t worry! I warm up quickly. Because I can be so shy, I’d do best in a quiet home with no kids under five years old. I’d really like to meet all family members (human and canine) prior to adoption. I have nice manners and walk well on a leash. I would even make a great apartment dog! I have a wonderful friend here at the shelter that takes me home on weekends to her apartment for sleepovers and she says I am very well behaved. I don’t bark when the noisy neighbors cause a ruckus or slam their doors, no sirreee, I don’t make a peep! I let her know when I have to go outside to the bathroom and I sleep all through the night. She said I am the best roommate she has ever had!


Since I am so quiet, sometimes people walk right past me to the louder dogs – can you believe it?! I am just one compact bundle of love, waiting to go home with a special family! Please visit the Great Plains SPCA Merriam Campus today and let me show you what an amazing dog I can be!

Can’t wait to meet you in person!

Love, Momma

Learn More about Momma



Hi, Al Pacino here!

While my name suggests I am hardcore gangster, I’m actually just a handsome hunk of silver canine looking for my forever home. I’m a mature guy at four years old, and I walk fairly well on a leash. I’m super toy and treat motivated, so it would be fun and easy to teach me lots of things! I am so goofy – I’ll keep you laughing all day long! I really want and deserve a family to call my own. I do very well with all people but am not a fan of other animals, so I do need to be the only animal in the home (I’d rather have you all to myself anyways!). I’m what we refer to as an “office foster.” I’ve been receiving LOTS of attention in a staff member’s office, and although I love my shelter friends, I would love a couch to call my own in your home. Part of my adoption fee has been paid, making my fee just $75 – a steal if you ask me because I’m a lot of dog for a little moolah!

Al Pacino 2
I’ll be here at Great Plains SPCA’s Independence campus waiting for you. Please come soon!

Love, Al

Learn More about Al Pacino!


Hello! I’m Baby!

I was given that name because I am so precious! Also, I’m very pretty – see my beautiful green eyes? I mean, how could you miss them?! My friends here at Great Plains SPCA describe me as sweet, loving, cuddly and talkative. What more could you ask for in a forever cat companion? I do have to admit that I’m a little bit shy, though. I’m just not very brave with new people or in new situations, but please don’t let that stop you! Once I get to know you, I’m sure we’ll become BFFs! I’m hoping to find a quieter home, without too much noise or commotion -us shy girls like to feel safe. So, if you’re needing a sweet, loving companion, please come very soon and ask to meet me. I’m so anxious to have my very own human to love!

Yours, Baby

I want to learn more about Baby!




Hi! I’m Sindel Strawberry and I can’t wait to be your new best friend!

I am an energetic pittie that is so ready to find my forever family! I have been here at Great Plains SPCA’s Independence Campus since August 2013, and that is way too long for an awesome girl like me! The most important thing you need to know about me is that I love to play. Playing tug-of-war is my favorite, it gives me a chance to play with people! My perfect family would be one that would allow me to have physical and mental exercise when I need it, but snuggle up on the couch when I want it! If I have caught your eye and you want to come see me, make sure to bring all members of the family to Great Plains SPCA’s Independence Campus – both two and four legged!

I want to know more about Sindel

29 Jul 2014

Featured Pet: Cody

By There are no tags 1 comments


Hi there! My name is Cody, and I’m a super sweet little guy that would love to go home with you.


I know what you must be thinking. . . “what a sweet face on that tiny gentleman, but I wonder what happened to make him look like a pirate?” You see, when I came to Great Plains SPCA, I would constantly get little eye boogies in my eye that just wouldn’t go away. My staff and volunteer friends would try to wipe them away for me, but they couldn’t get them out of there! They could tell that it was bothersome for me and it would make my eye water, and make their eyes water when they looked at me too, so the wonderful vets here decided that my damaged eye needed to come out and WOW! I feel SO much better!! I get around great, and I actually get compliments — people seem to think I look pretty cool as a pirate pup! Arrr! The only possible concern I have with my new look — and you would have it too — is that sometimes when people touch me on my blind side it startles me! Bigger kids and grown-ups are awesome at remembering to talk to me and touch me where I can see first, but little guys often forget. That’s made me start to prefer hanging out with older kids and grown-ups.

Another cool thing I’ve done while waiting for you is go on slumber parties with a nice volunteer! While I was preparing for my surgery and then after they removed my eye, she took me home so I could recover and get used to living with the single eye. She said I am doing great and have adjusted well. I can do stairs with no problems whatsoever and am just as sweet and loving as I ever was! I love going for walks with my friends and love being snuggled and cuddled. I am also housebroken and can be left alone in the house without any worries while you are gone. I get along great with other dogs too!!! I am just an all around good little boy. If you are looking for a super sweet, super snuggler, I am probably your guy!!! Please come to Great Plains SPCA very, VERY soon! I am waiting to give you my heart and just can’t wait to go home with you!!

All my love…Cody

I want to learn more about Cody!

22 Jul 2014


By There are no tags 0 comments


Hi everyone, my name is Boomer. I’m a good-natured, active, lovable, in the prime of my life friendly boy who is currently in the market for my forever home. I’ve had some bad luck and a few false starts so far in life. Just as I get all comfortable and settled into a new home and life, I get the rug pulled out from beneath my paws, and I find myself back the shelter. Believe me, it is stressful to not be able to find your rightful place in this world.

I’m not giving up on finding my family. I want to love again. I know that in order for you to adopt me and make me your forever boy, you need to get to know me, right? Ok, so here goes. First of all, I’m a big boy. 73 pounds big. But I’m tall, and lanky, and I’m just the right weight for my frame. I’m strong on the lead, but I’m gentle on the heart. I’ve got the most gorgeous brindle coat, too. It’s soft and sleek. I’ve been told I’m quite handsome, and I’ve got the softest, most expressive brown eyes. I so want a chance to melt your heart.

You should know that I’ve never met a squirrel I didn’t want to chase, and I’ve never met a sofa that I haven’t wanted to curl up and sleep on, but if you don’t want me on your sofa, that is OK too. I will be very happy on my dog bed. I should mention that I’m dreaming about having my very own backyard, and I’ll be on squirrel patrol if you need me to be. Running and playing in a yard is a favorite past time of mine, and I love to while away the hours sunbathing or sitting on the deck with you in the evening watching the sun go down.

Besides a back yard of my own, I’m dreaming about a kid free, cat free home, too. Cats are my nemesis, and children make me nervous and unsure. I can sometimes be confused by the fast and somewhat loud noises that little kids can make. Best that I find a home without them. If you have young ones that stop by to visit, I’d be happy to go to my kennel in another room and sleep there while you entertain. My foster family doesn’t kennel me. I’m so well behaved that they tell me to go to a bedroom and I follow their instructions and stay in the bedroom.

I’ve got great house manners, plus I’m house trained! And I have lived with another dog, too, so if you have a dog close to my size and one who needs a pal, I’d love to meet to see if we get along. I spent a lot of time snuggling with my dog brother on the couch in my previous home. We played a lot, too. I actually taught my dog brother how to play tug of war! How smart am I! I also know a few commands that I’m willing to do when asked. Sit & down are two of my favorites.

My idea of a perfect day is doing things with you. I would enjoy walking or jogging with you, sunning outdoors while you garden, chewing on a bone while you eat, and getting belly rubs while we snuggle. Playing with a toy or two would make the day absolutely sublime. In short, my perfect spot in the whole world is anywhere you are.

What I want the most in this world is to have you find me. I don’t know why finding a forever home is so hard for me. I’ve tried my best to put my heart and soul into family life. I’m protective and I want to give my love to you. My foster homes simply rave about me. I’m friendly, loving, gentle, affectionate, well behaved and I just know I charm the pants off anyone who meets me. Why do all the others get picked and I can’t find you?

I want you to know this. I, Boomer, promise to love you with all my heart, to give you a shoulder to cry on when you are sad and depressed, and I’ll be close by and happy for you when times are the best. I’m loyal like that. I’m willing to be with you through thick and thin. I’ll be your best friend, your confidant, and your protector. Could you be all that for me? Please email and we can set up a meeting. I so want my chance at love again.

Love from Boomer

07 Jul 2014


By There are no tags 0 comments




A note from Patch’s foster family:

What can you say about Patch, our sweet big boy?! Patch came to us in September 2013 after being found left tied to the fence at Great Plains. He was in depressing shape. Weighing in at 70 pounds, Patch could hardly walk and his undercarriage would drag on the ground when he did. Great Plains SPCA staff knew he needed long term care, dedication, and love in order for Patch to become a healthy and happy dog again. We are so happy and blessed he found his way to our home! Patch began his stay at our home with a regiment of morning and evening walks. To be honest, “walks” might be stretching the truth a bit. They were glorified trips to the corner with multiple stops for smelling and resting. If we made it 100 yards total it was a good attempt. Patch had difficulty standing up. He would scooch himself, using his front legs to slide around on his back hips on our floors. It was sad. He needed help to stand. The two stairs from the house to the patio or front walk must have looked like mountains to him.

Our other dogs Sally (a 3 year old female black lab) and our first foster failure LaLa (a 3 year old Shepherd mix) are about as sweet as they come. They loved and respected Patch from the start. Patch likes other dogs and gets excited when he sees them on his walks or from the front door. In his first few weeks with us, Patch would more or less lie in the grass and watch the other dogs run and play. He was content to be a spectator, at least for now. A simple series of barks/howls as the other dogs and our kids ran by was his way of participating. At night, Patch didn’t care much for sleeping on the plush dog beds in the family room with our other dogs. He whined and barked at the bottom of the stairs. So for months, I would carry Patch to the second floor of our home every night and then down again every morning. He would sleep next to the bed near my wife. He just didn’t want to be left alone. I don’t blame him. So in the weeks to follow, Patch’s walks became steadily longer. He wouldn’t need to rest as much or for as long. The intervals between our stops became longer. We had increased or walks to about 1/2 mile each, totaling 1 mile per day. On weekends, Patch would join us at the farm. Initially he’d rest in the shade of a tree in the orchard as the other dogs would chase ATV’s and enjoy their fence-less freedom.

As weeks passed, Patch became less and less content to idly sit and watch. He explored more, he chased (although again, that word might be a stretch) more, he was simply a DOG more. Patch became more and more mobile as weeks passed. He began to play with our other dogs instead of just watching. One morning he made his way downstairs following our daughter. That next week he hopped up a full flight of stairs. Today, he has no hesitation to go up and down the stairs as he pleases. Patch’s increased mobility was a direct result of his weight loss. The strict portions of prescription dog food and the exercise regimen worked wonders. He now weighs roughly 45 pounds and needs to make strides for continued weight loss.

While you can still see the remnants of his former self in the folds of loose skin, he’s literally a new dog. When the weather permits, our walks today include all 3 dogs. Patch keeps up just fine. He has an amazing nose and will let you and the neighborhood know if a squirrel or rabbit has recent crossed his path. He enjoys meeting people and other dogs when the opportunity presents itself. Patch is a really sweet and smart dog. He barks in the car. He whines when it is time to eat. If our other dogs get in his way or near his food he lets them know who’s boss. But he wags his tail when he’s excited/happy now and he didn’t used to. Sadly, maybe he couldn’t when he weighed so much. He likes a REAL dog treat, even though he rarely gets one. He’s used to getting green beans for a treat! He loves to wrestle with our 7 year old or my wife while he lies on the floor. He now rolls over and scratches his back on the rug, something I never thought possible the afternoon I lifted him into the backseat of our car. He snores when he sleeps, not as much as he used to though. When he first arrived here, sleeping was difficult with him in our room. But now, after the kids are in bed, I’ll find Patch nestling up next to my or my wife’s feet. But I shouldn’t be surprised, Patch made a habit of lying next to my chair or feet while I was in my office almost every day. I’m pretty sure our lab Sally is still waiting to reclaim her spot when Patch finds a new home. Which leads me to this point, letting Patch go and be adopted by you will not be easy for me, my wife, our kids, or our dogs. I have carried him up and down stairs for weeks on end. Patch and I have spent hours on sidewalks together. We’ve sat under street lamps to rest. We’ve howled at the scent of rabbits under evergreens for pure enjoyment. We’ve made countless friends on our strolls. People have supported his efforts and are amazed at how far he has come. He is part of our family and much has been invested in his recovery. He’s a wonderful dog and deserves the very best of homes moving forward.

Meet Patch at our Merriam Campus today!

24 Jun 2014


By There are no tags 2 comments


Wanna meet your new best friend? Charming, dashingly handsome, friendly, energetic and playful – that’s me, Rocco, and I’m currently searching for my forever home!

I’m a young boy – full of life and love! I’m chock full of energy and athleticism, and I’ve got a rowdy play style with my doggie pals. All my friends think I’m one of the smartest boys at the shelter because I’ve got a razor sharp memory. It hardly takes any time for me to learn new commands! I already know “sit,” “down,” “shake,” “leave it,” “stay,” and “wait at the door.”

I love to take car rides because I’m always up for adventure… and when your car ends up in the drive-thru at Wendy’s, believe me, I’m a very happy boy! I’m patient, though, so you don’t have to worry about me trying to steal your meal! I turn up my nose at french fries, but I will sit quietly awaiting a small piece of your grilled chicken. More is always better, but I promise I wait for you to decide how much I can have. I am a calm boy in the car, and I’d love to do errands with you or even go on a road trip! Anybody for the beach?!I really hope to score a big backyard in my new home so I can run off my energy and enthusiasm for life. Maybe I could be your running or jogging partner? I really love to run, so if you like to run, and I like to run, well, what do you think? Match made in heaven! Running is always better with a friend.

I probably shouldn’t go home with young kids (not that I don’t like them) but I still have so much puppy left in me, and I am a big guy, and I don’t always keep all 4 on the floor, ya know what I mean? I need someone wonderful to come along and teach me more about life and help me become an even better dog than I already am! I want to find a friend who loves the great outdoors as much as I do. One of my favorite things to do is plop down in the soft grass and have someone rub my belly. Another thing I love to do is give kisses!!! I have been told I am the best kisser at the shelter!

Will you come for me and adopt me? If you will, I promise to be your true and faithful friend for a lifetime! Please come and meet me and give me a chance, would you? Please email one of my admirers (Lisa) to arrange for us to meet and/or for more information on me. I promise you I’m worth it! Her email address is

Love from Rocco

16 Jun 2014


By There are no tags 0 comments



 Hi, Taco here! I am a distinguished gentleman, looking for a loving home in which to spend my golden years. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly over-the-hill yet! No sir! I’m 12 years young, enjoying life and planning to spend plenty more years continuing to do just that. The folks here at Great Plains SPCA are super, but a guy likes me needs a forever home of his own. Being an experienced pet, I know that I can bring a lot of love and happiness to whomever will give me that chance. I’m a very sweet guy. I just love to be petted and to cuddle. Give me a nice warm window perch and lots of love and we’re set! I’m too old to climb your curtains but not to old to climb into your lap! So I hope you’ll come down to Great Plains SPCA’s Merriam Campus to meet me today. I’ve got my bags packed and am ready to go home with you if we hit it off! Time to start enjoying those golden years together. The best is yet to be!!!

Love, Taco

05 May 2014

Snow White

By There are no tags 1 comments

Hi, my name is Snow White and I am a beautiful white cat with a beautiful personality to boot! I was originally found as a stray by a nice lady who brought me here 10 months ago. I am so lucky to be safe and in the care of Great Plains SPCA. Everyone here loves me and they all like to cuddle! Yay! I have lots of people to play with, and boy do I ever love to play! And I have a nice warm, safe place to sleep and plenty of food to eat (maybe even a little too much food — I think I’ve put on a pound or two!) Not to brag, but I was recently even promoted to “free-roamer” status, which means I get the run of the whole place because I am such a good girl and am so friendly!

Snow WhiteI am also very grateful for the help they have given me with my eyes. You see, I have a condition that causes my eyes to get crusty tears. They give me some eye drops for it here, and it sure helps. The vets say it’s nothing to worry about, but I do need to have my drops. I know that’s a lot to ask from a new, forever family but I hope you will think I’m worth it. I am such a sweet, loving, playful girl that a few eye drops really shouldn’t keep us apart! And the vets would be glad to explain all about it if it worries you. I guess we all have little problems like this now and then. Can you overlook my minor flaw and call me your forever family? I’ve been waiting awhile now, hoping to find someone who will look past the crusties and see the loving heart underneath. I promise that if you can do that, you will never, ever be lonely with me in your family!

Come meet me at the Great Plains SPCA Merriam Campus!

Love and purrs, Snow White

1 2 3 4


Featured Pets

Our Staff Blog

Copyright 2013 Great Plains SPCA.