***Important update from Great Plains SPCA for Government issued ‘Stay Home Order’ and COVID-19***

At Great Plains SPCA the health and safety of our staff, animals, and volunteers is our number one priority. We are monitoring COVID-19 and will keep you posted of any changes to hours and share any key updates as they occur. In the interim we have a contingency plan to care for the animals should any state mandates be issued.

Please CLICK HERE to read an important message from our CEO.

About Adoption

Great Plains SPCA Pet Adoption Center in Merriam, KS has expert Matchmakers ready to find you the perfect furry family member! Let us help you grow your family!


  • Effective 3/17, to follow the social distancing practice that has been recommended in regards to COVID-19:
  • Facilitating Pet Adoptions by Appointment ONLY. 
  • All walk-in traffic for the Pet Adoption Center is suspended at this time.
  • If you are interested in adopting one of our animals, please call (913) 808-3335 or email adoptions@greatplainsspca.org.

When you arrive, you will be able to view all available animals in our care. Once you find an animal or animals you are interested in, our experienced Adoptions Counselors will be able to assist you with any questions you have. The Adoption process can take anywhere from 45 – 90 minutes, depending on time of day and wait times. Our goal is to provide you and your family a warm and welcoming experience and help you to find your perfect match with one of our adoptable pets.

We appreciate all the community support in finding adoptable homes for all of our pets. Those of you who love stopping by to help socialize and play with our puppies and kittens are encouraged to sign up for our volunteer program!

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Great Plains SPCA Management

Before the Shelter

We recommend researching any specific breeds that might interest you and suit your family.

Appointments are not needed to visit our shelters. Stop by anytime during normal Pet Adoption Center hours. We recommend, allowing up to two hours (sometimes more) for the entire adoption process.

Please note: You are welcome to view our adoptable animals during our normal business hours. Our average wait times vary from 10 minutes to 3 hours on busy days. Saturday is our busiest day of the week. Due to the time commitment, we cannot guarantee your meet and greet/dog-to-dog/adoption, if you arrive ninety minutes prior to close. You may be asked to bring all members of the household, including dogs, to meet prior to adoption. The last adoptions start 30 minutes prior to close.

If you are interested in learning more about a specific pet, please email adoptions@greatplainsspca.org.

Adoption FAQ

At Great Plains SPCA (GPSPCA) we want to continue to help homeless animals in the community find their homes even during this unprecedented time. To follow the social distancing practices that have been recommended and limit risk to our staff and the public, we are facilitating pet adoptions by appointment only. We have created these Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand how that works.

Check out our website at greatplainsspca.org. It is updated approximately every 20 minutes and reflects any animals available for adoption.

Call or email GPSPCA at (913) 831-7722 or adoptions@greatplainsspca.org. A GPSPCA staff member can tell you about the animal and/or make suggestions for animals that may be a good fit. They will ask you some basic questions about your situation and tell you about the medical and behavioral status of the animals. Our objective is to get and give as much information over the phone so that if you do come to the shelter, your time can be limited.

While on the phone, you will schedule a time to come to shelter. You must be ready to come within the next 24 hours. We will change the animal that you are interested in to “unavailable.” They will not show on our website and other interested adopters will not be allowed to meet that animal. Please be on time for your appointment!

You may schedule a later appointment by putting a hold on the animal for $30 per day until the day of your adoption appointment.

Each appointment allows for two hours to meet animals, have your dog meet the shelter dog (if desired or required), complete the adoption process and purchase any supplies. Please be on time for your appointment!

Only people that live in the household where the animal will live should come to the appointment.

Our main parking lot is closed but there are plenty of spaces at our Pet Adoption Center and Intake/Admission building. Our team will be expecting you so will keep an eye out to make sure you come to the right place.

Yes! Our retail store is open for adopters who have appointments and is a great “one-stop-shop” opportunity so that you don’t have to go to another store on your way home. Our prices are very comparable to the large pet supply stores.

All pets must leave the shelter on a leash and collar or in a crate, which can be purchased at the store. We also sell flea, tick and heartworm preventative, starter packages for both dogs and cats, crates and carriers, toys and lots of other items.

As always, the animal that you adopt will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations. During this challenging time, we will also provide a couple extra bags of food to get you through.

You may meet other animals while you are at the shelter. Animals that have an adoption appointment hold with someone else will not be available to meet. You will have 45 minutes to meet animals and the remainder of the time will be used to do the adoption, purchase supplies, etc.

Call or email GPSPCA at (913) 831-7722 or adoptions@greatplainsspca.org to make an appointment. Please be on time for your appointment! Each appointment allows for two hours to meet animals, have your dog meet the shelter dog (if desired or required), complete the adoption appointment and purchase any supplies. You will have 45 minutes to meet animals and the remainder of the time will be used to do the dog-to-dog meeting, adoption, purchase supplies, etc. Animals that have an adoption appointment hold with someone else will not be available to meet.

We are happy to have your dog meet your potential new canine family member! Please make arrangements to come to your appointment at the shelter in two cars so that getting back home with two dogs is easy. If this is not possible, please discuss this with the adoptions staff before you come to the shelter so that you can come up with an alternative plan.

We are utilizing our largest rooms for meet and greets to allow adopters and GPSPCA staff to respect the “six feet rule” and completing adoption paperwork at separate tables as much as possible. Our staff have all signed a “Sanitation Pledge” and we also offer gloves to all potential adopters if they would like to wear them while they are at the shelter.

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Want to help pets in need during COVID-19? Here are some ways to support Great Plains SPCA!

Adopt a Pet: We are still here & so are our animals! If you are interested in one of our shelter pets, please call (913) 808-3335 or email adoptions@greatplainsspca.org to schedule an appointment.

Amazon Smile & Wishlist: Order items for our shelter pets from our Amazon Wishlist. When you shop online, you can support Great Plains SPCA using Amazon Smile. Just log into & select Great Plains SPCA as the charity you would like to support.

Be a Hero: Our HERO team supports the most vulnerable pets in our community. You can support our HERO team by making a monetary donation or shopping our HERO team Amazon Wishlist. If you know of a pet in need, please email info@greatplainsspca.org.

Support our Pet Food Pantry: Great Plains SPCA offers a community pet food pantry. You can support our Pet Food Pantry by purchasing dry cat food from our Amazon Wishlist. If you or someone you know needs food assistance for a pet, please call (913) 808-2872 or email petfood.kc@gmail.com. We are here to help.

Donate: Now more than ever we need your help, so please consider making a monetary donation to support our pets in need.