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 97% 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.
Welcome to Great Plains SPCA – A note from Tam Singer, CEO
As an independent 501(c)(3) no kill shelter, with a 97% life release rate, GPSPCA provides lifesaving services for approximately 6,000 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 that we are contracted with including Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, 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, Pups for Parolees, Public Behavior classes and Pet Food Pantry programs. 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.
Chief Executive Officer
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
*Current independent, voting member
Counsel to the Board
Brennan Tucker*, Corporate Secretary
Executive Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Director of Shelter Operations
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Animal Behavior & Training
Dr. Michelle Taylor, DVM
Chief Shelter Veterinarian
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!