Lost Pets and Admissions

Admissions Hours of Operation

Open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm. Animal control agencies for Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Lake Quivira, Shawnee, and Johnson County Parks Department take their animals to Great Plains SPCA at (913) 742-7329.

Merriam Lost Pet/Admissions: 
(913) 808-3347
5428 Antioch Dr.
Merriam, KS 66202

Quick Reference Resources

Links & Contacts to Animal Control and Area Shelters

Some things to consider when making an adoption/owner surrender 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.

Is your pet lost? Have you found a pet and are trying to reunite them with their owner?  Below are a list of resources that help connect pets and owners in the Kansas City metro.

As of March 1st,  GPSPCA is no longer the holding facility for stray/lost/found pets for the City of Merriam. Citizens will need to contact the Merriam Police department directly with any stray animal concerns or reports of lost or found pets.

  • Merriam Police Department M-F during regular business hours: (913) 322-5560
  • Merriam Police Dispatch for after hours: (913) 782-0720

How to keep your adopted pet safe and secure

Newly adopted pets are at a higher risk of escaping their homes in the first 2 weeks of adoption. Please review the recommendations below to best keep your pet safe and happy.

Key tips to remember

  • Secure your dog with a fitted collar and leash. We recommend purchasing a harness and Martingale collar.
  • Secure your yard and make sure there are not any holes in the fencing or open gates.
  • Do not leave your dog unsupervised outside. Even in fenced areas.
  • Make sure exterior doors are closed and locked securely at all times.
  • Leave the leash on your dog in the car and ensure they are secured while entering and exiting the vehicle.
  • Make sure your dog is secure on leash or in kennel/room when you enter or exit exterior doors.

What to do if you lost sight of your dog

  • Post on social media
  • File lost pet reports with local shelters and animal control in your area and surrounding areas.
  • Call us!! We are here to help.
  • Put up fliers in area.
  • Talk with neighbors, ask them to keep an eye out. Remind them not to chase!
  • Leave food in area where last seen.
  • Alert your microchip company that your pet is missing and update your contact information up to date.

What to do if your dog gets loose

  • Do not chase!!! It’s so hard not to do this, but it will push the dog further away.
  • Stay calm and remain close by without running after the dog, but keeping them in your sights.
  • Bring high value food/treats…scatter it and leave bowl out around yard/home area.
  • If you have another pet, take the dog out with you to look.
  • Once spotted, try to lure the dog back with you towards a secure yard or home. chasing or attempting to leash could make a dog bolt again.
  • If the dog freely returns to you and is not afraid or fearful, leashing is obviously fine.

Community Cats

In the greater KC Metro and beyond we often see (or even care for!) community cats.  Community cats, also called feral cats, are unowned cats who live outdoors. Like indoor cats, they belong to the domestic cat species (felis catus). However, community cats are generally not socialized, or friendly, to people, and are therefore unadoptable. They live full, healthy lives with their feline families, called colonies, in their outdoor homes. They are masters of their domain, finding resources such as food, water, and shelter on their own– even in extreme cold and heat.

With that said, there are ways in which we can help these cats:

About Our Lost Pet Resources Page:
These resources are compiled in loving memory of Janice Martin.  In 1971, Janice founded the Kansas City metro’s Lost Dog Registry, a tool that helped unite thousands of missing dogs with their owners.  For decades, Janice worked tirelessly as a volunteer in the local animal welfare community.  Her passion and dedication to improving animal’s lives and reuniting pets is unparalleled and continues to drive positive change in the animal welfare world.
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