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.

  • We proudly report a live-release rate of 98% 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.
Guidestar Platinum Transparency Award 2021

Great Plains SPCA is a platinum-level GuideStar participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency. GuideStar is a leading source of information about nonprofit organizations’ results, sources of funding, financial stability, and leadership. Measuring and communicating an organization’s impact is considered in the overall evaluative process. Click here to learn more.

Welcome to Great Plains SPCA – A note from Tam Singer, CEO

As an independent 501(c)(3) no kill shelter, with a 98% live release rate, GPSPCA provides lifesaving services for approximately 4,000 animals annually in the greater Kansas City area. Great Plains SPCA exists because of our caring Kansas City community and generous donors. We offer a lifelong, full-circle approach for pets and their human companions with our three-pronged approach: prevention, adoption, retention.

When we began as Animal Haven in 1966, we committed to working as the community shelter, filling in a need that didn’t exist at the time. Today, our commitment remains to the cities and residents we support. As Kansas City’s premium family shelter, we continue to support the seven municipalities with which we are contracted, including Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Prairie Village, Shawnee, Lake Quivira and Johnson County Parks and Recreation and unincorporated Johnson County.

We work every day to provide best in class care for homeless pets, reuniting lost pets with their owners, and serving those in greatest need through our HERO program, collaboration with Puppies for Parole, public behavior classes and Pet Food Pantry program. Our commitment to matching pets with forever homes is at the center of everything we do.

As CEO, I am committed to creating an inclusive and diverse organization filled with kindness and grace to both enable and empower success in all we do and ensure that our mission to be “A Hero for Pets; Partners for Life” is possible.

Great Plains SPCA CEO, Tam Singer

Tam Singer
Tam Singer CEO, Great Plains SPCA

Chief Executive Officer

Our 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
Pam Scott
Jill Truitt
Thad Hubler
Lorraine Moore
Sharon Ramsey

Tom Rensenhouse
Amy Fowler
Jared Coleman
Peggy DeCarlis
Charley Puhr

Counsel to the Board

Brennan Tucker, Corporate Secretary

Executive Leadership Team
Tam Singer - CEO

Tam Singer

Chief Executive Officer
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Annie Runnion - Director of Shelter Operations

Annie Runnion

Director of Shelter Operations
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Ashley Flores - Director of Animal Behavior and Training

Ashley Flores

Director of Animal Behavior & Training
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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.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Young Professionals Board.

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