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) 831-7722 or email adoptions@greatplainsspca.org.
Some things to consider when making an adoption appointment:
  • Is anyone sick in the household with COVID-19 or COVID-related symptoms?
  • Have you or someone from your household traveled to any of the locations on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Travel- Related Quarantine page in the last 14 days?
If so, please postpone your appointment in accordance with the CDC and KSDHE.
If you have traveled outside the Kansas City Metro area or are considered high-risk, we recommend postponing your appointment at this time.

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.

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Check out our full selection of products available for purchase! We also offer animal care packages.

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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 as well as pay a hold fee for the next available appointment day. It is a $50 hold fee for dogs or a $30 hold fee for cats. If you keep your appointment, this hold fee will go towards the cost of adoption. 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!

If needing to schedule an appointment past our next available day, it will be a $30 non-refundable hold fee for each day after our next available. These additional hold fees will go towards the animal’s care of them staying in-shelter and NOT towards the cost of adoption.


Cat appointments are 2-hour time blocks and dog appointments are 90 minutes. Each appointment allows time to meet animals, have your dog meet the shelter dog (dogs only and only 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. We request that only adults come to the appointment unless our Behavior Team requires the animal to first meet children in the home.

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.

You can check out MetroPAWlitan Retail Store option on our website for photos and pricing of our available products.

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. Our team specializes in Matchmaking and are eager to ensure you leave with a good fit for your home.

You can still call or email GPSPCA at (913) 831-7722 or adoptions@greatplainsspca.org to make an appointment. These appointments will also require a hold fee to ensure the appointment is kept, but the fee will be applied to the cost of adoption as long as you adopt during that appointment.

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. Great Plains SPCA will only allow dog to dog introductions but are happy and qualified to council on best ways to introduce your new pet to other types of animals.

We are utilizing our outdoor spaces first, weather permitting, for all meetings. If the weather or animal does not allow for this, the largest rooms are utilized for meetings. This is determined by our staff and we will continue to do most all meetings outside when possible. Our staff will respect the “six feet rule”, wear cloth masks and have stations setup to safely complete adoption paperwork to comply with social distancing guidelines. Our staff have all signed a “Sanitation Pledge” and deep clean all areas between each adoption appointment for your safe and ours. We offer gloves to all potential adopters if they would like to wear them while they are at the shelter. You will be required to wash your hand upon entering the building, sanitize your hands frequently and respect the “six feet rule” at all times. You will be asked to wash your hands upon entering our facility. If you do not have your own mask, we will require you to wear one of the sanitized, cloth masks provided.

We are now setting adoption appointments 7 days a week. We are doing 4 appointments for dogs and 2 appointments for cats per day. The appointment times are non-negotiable to provide the team time to thoroughly disinfect between each family.

Dog adoption appointment times: 9-10:30 am, 11-12:30 pm, 2:30-4 pm, 4:30-6pm

Cat adoption appointments times: 10-12 pm OR 3-5 pm.

Cat adoption appointments will be for either 11:30-1:30 pm or 3:30-5:30 pm

As we are setting a very limited number of appointments a day, we hope to only set appointments with serious adopters. If you miss your appointment or decide not to adopt, the hold fee will be kept as a donation and cannot be used towards a future adoption. If you would like to set an appointment for a later time, you will be charged an additional, non-transferable $30 per day fee until the next appointment. If an emergency comes up and you are unable to make your appointment, please call our main adoptions line as soon as you are aware. We will honor the initial hold fee towards the Adoption but will request an additional $30 per day until your next appointment can be made.

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