A Note from Our Top Dog: Saying Goodbye

Courtney ThomasOver the last six years, I’ve had the privilege to work alongside some of the most dedicated and compassionate people I’ve ever known and lead an innovative organization centered around saving lives and making our community a better place. Together, we have accomplished so many wonderful things for pets and people!  Many of the proudest and most grateful moments of my life tie back to the work and achievements at Great Plains SPCA, and I thank you for being a part of it.

As a dear friend and supporter of our work, I write to share with you today that I have resigned my position as President & CEO to spend more time with my young family and to engage in other important causes that fuel my passion. I will be working through the end of the year and I will always hold Great Plains SPCA’s staff, volunteers and supporters very near to my heart.

Without you, Great Plains SPCA would not be the organization it is today. I extend my deepest and most sincere gratitude to you for believing in me, believing in Great Plains SPCA and being committed to bringing our vision to life. Although my focus is broadening, I will always have the best interest of pets at heart, and I will continue to devote my skills and talents to advance the mission work of animal welfare.

It has been such an honor to serve as the leader of this incredible organization and I look forward to cheering on the continued success of Great Plains SPCA as it drives change in our community through innovative programs that promote adoption, outreach, veterinary care and a better life for pets and the people who love them.

All my best,





Courtney Thomas
Great Plains SPCA, President & CEO

– A Note From Our Board Chairman – 

Please join me, the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers in thanking Courtney Thomas for her leadership and dedication to the Great Plains SPCA mission over the last six years. Courtney has played a critical role in advancing our mission and community footprint and she will be missed by all of us. During her tenure, Courtney has led many initiatives to grow our organization and its lifesaving impact in the community. We want to thank her for her six years of service and contributions.

The Board is conducting a search to find the best successor as President & CEO.  In the meantime, Board Member Jami Waggoner will be serving as Interim CEO.  Courtney and Jami will work side-by-side to ensure a smooth transition.  Jami has served on the boards of animal welfare agencies for many years.

During this transition, our top priority is to find the best individual to lead Great Plains SPCA forward, while continuing our mission.  Again, we are grateful for all of the positive contributions Courtney has made to our organization and to our community. We are confident great things are ahead for Courtney in her new endeavors and for Great Plains SPCA.

Thank you for being our mission partners.



Jami Pryor
Great Plains SPCA, Board Chairman


Karen Tierney

Thank you for your dedication and caring of the many pets and people who have crossed your path in these past years. You’ve done a fine job with Great Plains. We have a dog next to us lying on her back sleeping that we adopted on opening weekend of the Independence Great Plains facility, it was so busy but everyone was cheerful and efficient. Best of life to you.

Courtney Thomas

Karen, thank you so much for your words of support – and for making one of our pets your own. It’s been a wonderful journey and I look forward to what the future holds!


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