Resolution (noun): a decision or determination; a resolve: to make a firm resolution to do something.

On January 1, 2014, people all over the Kansas City metro area (and around the world) will be making resolutions that they will strive to achieve in the New Year. Many will seek to lose weight, eat better, exercise more, or quit a bad habit. At Great Plains SPCA, we ask that when you are considering your New Year’s Resolutions, you include our needy and homeless pets in some way. We know that everyone has different passions when it comes to pets, and different levels of availability, so we ask that you consider one of three resolutions for the New Year:

resolutions2014_SQ_Heart VOLUNTEER! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages at Great Plains SPCA – some of which could even double up with your other resolutions. Resolve to exercise more? Volunteer to walk our shelter dogs! Commit to read more? Volunteer to spend time with our cats (and bring a book with you)! Resolve to network? Join one of our special events committees to meet other movers and shakers in our city! We even have volunteer opportunities you can do from the comfort of your own home!

Our volunteer opportunities range from working with our shelter dogs and cats to helping our staff with administrative duties. If you have the passion, we can find a way to use your talents and abilities to help our shelter pets thrive in 2014! As our volunteers can attest, committing your time at Great Plains SPCA not only makes a difference in the lives of our homeless and needy pets, it will make a difference in your own life, too!   Our volunteer sign-up process is quick and easy. If you have any questions, you can email Open your heart – resolve to volunteer today!

resolutions2014_SQ_WalletDONATE! There is no way around it – we would not be able to do the lifesaving work we do without donations from people like you in our community!

One of the easiest resolutions you can make is the commitment to become a monthly donor. As little as $10 per month can make a huge difference in the lives of our shelter pets and pets in our community that we serve. You can also make a one time donation to honor a loved one or sponsor a kennel at our Merriam or Independence campus.

You can also help tremendously by purchasing items from our Merriam or Independence Amazon Wish Lists. Items purchased from our Amazon Wish Lists are sent directly to our shelters, but if you would prefer to bring them by yourself, you are welcome to do that also (and can view a printable Wish List here)! Our Wish List items are every day supplies we need to keep our shelter pets happy and healthy and that allow us to continue our lifesaving work in the community.

If you have questions about donating, or would like to sponsor a donation drive, please contact

resolutions2014_SQ_HomeADOPT OR FOSTER! We have hundreds of dogs and cats who are waiting for their forever families to find them. This year, when you are considering adding a new furry friend to your family, choose adoption! We have every size, shape, and breed you could imagine – each pet deserving their very own family to love them.

If you would like to help, but cannot adopt, become a foster parent! Great Plains SPCA is always in need of foster families for pets recovering from an injury, an illness, that just need some extra socialization away from the shelter, or pets that are too young to be placed up for adoption. Fostering is simple – all you need to do is bring a shelter dog or cat into your home and provide it with love, nourishment, and care until it finds a forever family. You don’t need to own a house – many of our foster families are renters or live in apartments. All you need is love and patience! Fostering can last for a few days or a few months – you just let us know what kind of commitment you are able to make. If you are interested in fostering one of Great Plains SPCA’s pets in need, please download the application here and email it to

In 2013, more than 8,500 homeless, injured, lost, abused, and abandoned pets found us. We gave them nourishing meals, a safe place to lay their heads, and the medical care they deserved – all to prepare them for a new journey in life… finding a family of their own. But we cannot do it alone! The help of volunteers, donors, adopters, and foster families made it possible! So today, as you consider what your resolutions will be for 2014, include Great Plains SPCA. We need YOU to make 2014 our best year yet!





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Carol Gould.

I saw your on TV about needing newspapers for the kennels for the puppies/ animals. I have been saving my newspapers but I don’t know where to take them for you. Please let me hear from you so I can help. Thanks.


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