Adoption Process

We’re in the business of creating happy families, and we want to make this a great experience for you!

We have Pet Adoption Centers in Merriam, KS and Independence, MO – serving you on both sides of the state line.

In an effort to reduce the wait times for our guests, we will be moving to the following changes. Once you arrive, you will be able to view all available animals in our care. We will then ask for those interested in our dogs to select a maximum of *two* dogs to meet per visit, to allow plenty of time to meet each dog with your adoption counselor.

We appreciate all the community support to find adoptable homes for all our pets. For those who love stopping by to help socialize and play with our puppies and kittens but are not coming into adopt, we are happy to facilitate “play dates”. We encourage those interested in “play dates” to stop by on our lower traffic days, such as Thursdays. We would also like to invite everyone to sign up for our volunteer program!

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Great Plains SPCA Management


Adoption-Fees_updated-1-16Here are the steps to take toward getting a new pet with Great Plains SPCA.

Before the Shelter

  • We recommend that you research 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. However, you should allow approximately 2 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. The best times to arrive are between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day. If you arrive 2 hours prior to close, we cannot guarantee your meet and greet/dog-to-dog/adoption, as we operate on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. 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.

Complete a brief adoption survey. We will work with you to find the right pet for your family.


At the Pet Adoption Center

In order to create a more meaningful and thorough adoption experience, we do not have a time limit on our meet and greets, but ask visitors to choose 2 dogs maximum per visit. We operate strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and will help each visitor in the order they are placed in line.

When a great match has been made, our adoption counselors will review a specific pet’s vet history, provide care instructions and health/behavior resources and answer any questions you may have.

  1. Pay adoption fee and sign adoption agreement.

Take your new pet home! Great Plains SPCA pets are already spayed/neutered and have received all necessary vet care, so they are ready to go home immediately. For safety reasons, cats must leave in a proper carrier and dogs must leave on a leash and collar, so please bring them from home or plan to purchase them inside our MetroPAWlitan retail store at the shelter.

Within the first two weeks of adoption, we recommend taking your newly adopted pet to visit a veterinarian for a post-adoption exam. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our highly-trained doctors at our public Veterinary Care Center, however your adoption packet will include a list of vets across the metro area who have agreed to provide this service at a discount, as well.

  • We want you and your new pet to be as happy as possible. If for any reason you feel that the pet you have adopted is not right for your household, you may always return that pet (please call for an appointment). If you return a pet within 30 days of adoption, we may issue an exchange certificate for another adoption. We do not issue refunds.

 What’s included in the adoption fee?

Every pet receives:

  • – Spay or Neuter Surgery

– Microchip Identification

– Rabies Vaccine (age 3 mos. & up)

– Strongid Dewormer

– Heartworm Test (age 6 mos. & up)

– Heartworm Preventative

– Flea Preventative

– Adoption Gift Bag

– Option to insure your pet with Companion Protect

Cats and Kittens:

  • – FVRCP Combo Vaccine
  • – Feline Leukemia Test
  • – FIV Test
  • – Ear Mite Treatment

Dogs and Puppies:

  • – DA2PP+C Combo Vaccine
  • – Bordetella Vaccine