About

Our Mission

To drive change in our community through innovative programs that promote adoption, outreach and a better life for pets and the people who love them.

As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, our lifesaving services for animals can only be provided because of your generosity and commitment to our mission. Great Plains SPCA exists solely because of our caring Kansas City community and gracious donors like you.

  • With a bi-state presence in Merriam and Independence, we proudly report a live-release rate of 96% or higher.  Our live-release rate is calculated by the number of adoptions, returns to owner, transfers and other live outcomes for a given time period divided by the total number of animals the shelter brought in for that same period.
  • We offer a lifelong, full-circle approach for pets and their human companions with our three-pronged approach: prevention, adoption, retention.

Board & Team

Great Plains SPCA is fortunate to have the support of highly respected business leaders on our Board of Directors to help us drive our mission forward. They work alongside the experienced business professionals and experts in the animal welfare field that form the Great Plains SPCA team.

Board of Directors

Chuck Laue, Chair
Lisa Feria
Pam Scott
Jill Truitt
Thad Hubler

Counsel to the Board

Brennan Tucker, Corporate Secretary

Executive Leadership Team

Ashley Flores
Director of Animal Behavior and Training
aflores@greatplainsspca.org

Annie Runnion
Director of Shelter Operations
arunnion@greatplainsspca.org

Dr. Michelle Taylor, DVM
Chief Shelter Veterinarian
mtaylor@greatplainsspca.org

MaryLee Guthrie
Director of Development
mguthrie@Greatplainsspca.org

Mandy Stark
Director of Marketing and Communications 
mstark@greatplainsspca.org

Young Professionals Board

The Young Professionals Board (YPB) at Great Plains SPCA is a team of service-driven young professionals in the Kansas City metro dedicated to helping save homeless animals through fundraising and networking events. The Pup Crawl is the YPB’s largest fundraiser for Great Plains SPCA. Since the board’s inception in 2015, members have been helping us increase our awareness by promoting adoption, outreach, veterinary care services and a better life for pets and the people who love them! If you’re interested in getting involved with the board, please email greatplainsypb@gmail.com.

Thad Hubler – President
Rachael Lowrey – Vice President
Anna Gorczyca
Chelsea Tapken
John Park
Julie Feygin
Sarah Chan

Lauren Penland
Macy Marriott
Miranda Pratt
Morgan Linneman
Nicole McReeves
Tiffany Friend
Traci Martin

Form 990

Below are the Form 990s filed by Great Plains SPCA since 2013.

We are proud to be named a 3-Star Charity by Charity Navigator.