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

Before you make the trip to the shelter:

  • We recommend (and in some cases require) that all members of the household meet the pet prior to adoption.
  • We run background checks on adopters and adults in the home over 18. We are not concerned with non-violent infractions, rather want to avoid putting our animals in any dangerous situations.
  • If you have questions, we encourage you to contact the shelter by phone (913-831-7722) or email (adoptions@greatplainsspca.org)

At the Pet Adoption Center

Great Plains SPCA focuses on matchmaking our pets with the best fit for them, and as such cannot guarantee that every pet will be a match for every person/family. To create a more meaningful and thorough adoption experience and utilize our guests’ time most effectively, we recommend guests meet one to two pets per visit.

We work very hard to make sure that the pet you take home is a good fit. Our Adoption Counselors know our pets well and are trained to work closely with adopters to determine what they want and need in a new pet. When a great match has been made, our Adoption Counselors review the pet’s veterinary history, provide care instructions and health/behavior resources and answer any questions you may have.

To ensure the safety of our pets, we perform background checks on all adopters and adults who live in the home where the pet will live. This is a confidential check and we only do it with consent. To prepare for the background check process, bring your photo ID. We understand that many people have events in their past and we are only concerned with those that would suggest a situation where an animal may not be safe. We will always talk to you privately if we find something of concern. 

We also recommend everyone who lives in the home (including pets in the home) come meet the pet. It is not required in all cases, but is a great way for everyone to feel good about their new companion and give consent to the background check. Once the check is complete, you then pay the adoption fee and sign the adoption agreement.

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 on campus 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 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, please contact us straight away. We will always take our pets back (although an appointment may be required to bring them back). If you return a pet within 30 days of adoption, we may issue an exchange certificate for another adoption. We do not issue refunds.

Adoption Fees

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
Dogs and Puppies:
  • DA2PP+C Combo Vaccine
  • Bordetella Vaccine
Cats and Kittens:
  • FVRCP Combo Vaccine
  • Feline Leukemia Test
  • FIV Test
  • Ear Mite Treatment
  • HIPPs $350

    High Profile Pets, purebred specific animals or high demand animals.

  • Puppies $350

    under 6 months of age

  • Adult Dogs $150
  • Kittens $180

    under 6 months of age

  • Adult Cats $75
  • Senior Animals 50% of Adult Price

    13 years and older

  • Small Animals $25

    Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Gerbils, Parakeets, Mice, Rats, Chickens, Small Reptiles

  • HIPP (High Demand) Small Animals $100

    Larger or exotic birds such as cockatiels and other parrots, Larger or exotic reptiles (iguanas, tortoises, large snakes), Ferrets, Hedgehogs, Chinchillas, Sugar Gliders, Other exotic or highly sought after animals

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