Behavior & Training

Behavior and Training

Great Plains SPCA’s Behavior and Training Program works to keep pets in forever homes and prepare homeless pets for adoption. The behavior and training program adds tremendous value to the community and Great Plains SPCA’s lifesaving mission through public classes, staff and volunteer training, enrichment programs for shelter residents, and behavioral support to adopted dogs and their new pet parents. You can also support the Behavior Team and their training by contribute to their enrichment needs through their Amazon Wish List. Click on the button to see what items they need.

New Classes Starting Soon!

Can old dogs learn new tricks? How do young dogs learn manners? If you are in need of training help, come to Great Plains! We have openings in both our Basic and Advanced training classes beginning soon! All of our classes occur once a week and last for 6 weeks.

Pet Food Pantry

Pet Food Pantry

Just as there are food pantries for families who need a hand up, there are food pantries for pets whose owners love them but need a little extra assistance with their food costs. We proudly distribute thousands of pounds of food every month to local families!

Pet Food Pantry Pick Up Hours: 9am-12pm

To learn how the Pet Food Pantry can assist you with supplementing pet food for your furry family member(s), please call 913-808-2872 or email  Due to overwhelming demand, please allow up to 48 hours for a response.  If you are submitting or have submitted an application, please allow up to two weeks for review and processing.

The Pet Food Pantry relies solely on the generosity of the public to keep it stocked. Donations of unopened food can be dropped off during our regular business hours in Merriam, Kansas. You may also donate online from our Amazon Wish List.


Our HERO (Humane Education Resources Outreach) Team is a distinct program in the Kansas City Metro that works to improve communities through education and outreach. With a humane, non-judgmental approach and the proper resources, our team is committed to helping improve the lives of the pets and the people who love them in our community.

We have seen virtually every situation, whether it is an outside dog living year-round without proper shelter; a pet owner who loves their pet, but cannot afford to buy pet food, or community cats who need to be spayed or neutered. Many of the animals served through this program have owners with limited financial resources – yet many have huge hearts. With a little education on how to better meet the needs of their pets, and the importance of spaying and neutering, we have been able to turn some “less than ideal” situations into success stories.

Please contact our HERO Outreach Team at for more information, if you are concerned about a pet in the community, or if you know of a pet who needs:

  • Food assistance to keep from going hungry
  • Shelter or straw for appropriate outdoor housing
  • Relief from being chained
  • Community Cat Trap Neuter Return information and support
  • Advice for behavioral issues

Through education and advocacy our team strives to build awareness, address community concerns, and help reduce pet overpopulation.

Lost Pet & Admissions Center

Lost or Found a Pet

Great Plains SPCA operates in partnership with Lost Pet Registry KC to help reunite people with their pets.

Reclaiming Your Pet

When you come to reclaim your pet, there will be reclaim fee. Our top priority is to provide your pet with the care they deserve while maintaining the health of our entire population. Your reclaim fee helps to cover some of your pet’s care and allows our organization to continue our Lost Pet Reunions program.

  • When you leave with your pet they must be wearing a collar and leash, which you can bring from home or purchase from us.
Surrendering Your Pet

We understand that there are certain situations in which you may need to surrender your pet. If there is a way we can help keep the pet in your home, we are happy to offer you ideas and support. If you have decided you must surrender your pet, we are here to talk you through your options. Please call our intake team and they will walk you through the steps.

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