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.

Our Culture

To keep our mission at the forefront of everything we do. At Great Plains SPCA we uphold a culture where:

  • We treat animals and people with respect, dignity and compassion.
  • We focus on the “we” versus “me” driving results with flexibility, efficiency and integrity.
  • We are a diverse, proactive team with a solution-focused mindset that strives to be the best animal shelter in the Midwest.
We have been evaluated by Charity Navigator, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit evaluator, and earned a Four-Star, rating! Charity Navigator’s third-party accreditation validates our organization’s operational excellence. This milestone achievement for Great Plains SPCA couldn’t have happened without you and your support. Thank you for being part of our family as contributors, funders, and volunteers.

Great Plains SPCA is a platinum-level Candid (formerly 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

Great Plains SPCA provides lifesaving services for approximately 5,000 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 nine municipalities with which we are contracted, including Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Prairie Village, Shawnee, Bonner Springs, Lake Quivira and Johnson County Parks Department and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.

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, and public behavior classes. 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 and ensure that our mission to be “A Hero for Pets; Partners for Life” is possible.

Tam Singer - Chief Executive Officer

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.


Tam Singer - Chief Executive Officer
Tam Singer

Chief Executive Officer
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Danielle Husted - Chief Finance Officer
Danielle Husted

Chief Financial Officer
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Ashley Flores - Senior Director of Animal Behavior, Foster & Rescue
Ashley Flores

Vice President of Shelter Operations
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Douglas Connett - Director of Facilities
Douglas Connett

Director of Facilities
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Lauren Hacker - Operations and HERO Program Director
Lauren Hacker

Operations and HERO Program Director
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Hathaway Maranda - Director of Philanthropy and Engagement
Hathaway Maranda

Director of Philanthropy and Engagement
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Emily Wallace - Director of Animal Care and Adoptions
Emily Wallace

Director of Animal Care and Adoptions
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Tracy Lewandowski - Director of Operations
Tracy Lewandowski

Director of Operations
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Board of Directors


Chuck Laue

Vice Chair

Paul Weber

Thad Hubler

Counsel to the Board

Corporate Secretary
Brennan Tucker

Emeritus Board Member
Tom Rensenhouse

Jared Coleman

Amy Fowler

Pam Scott

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