Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kansas City Animal Shelters & Rescues - How You Can Help - Foster, Rescue, Adopt, Donate - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Have you ever seen those terribly sad commercials on TV? You know, the ones with the heartbreaking faces of abandoned animals stuck behind shelter bars.  There is that melancholy song in the background, sure to bring tears to any animal lover. When seeing those commercials, what do you do? Immediately change the channel before it's even through? Become overwhelmed with hopeless thoughts? Wonder how one person can really make a difference in this overall problem of animal abuse, neglect and overpopulation?  Even if you can't donate monetary amounts to help shelters and rescues, there are many other ways that animal lovers can make a difference. Social networking by cross-posting lost and adoptable pets, donating old toys and beds that your pets no longer need and simply being a voice for homeless animals are just a few ways you can help without necessarily spending funds you may not have to spare.

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Ways to Help Animals in Your Community

Learn how to report animal cruelty. One of the best things you can do to help animals in your community is to keep a list of people, including a humane law enforcement officer, a teacher or your veterinarian, who can help you report animal cruelty. Every state is different. In some areas, the police department investigates animal cruelty; in others, that job falls to local animal control or another municipal agency.

Start a neighborhood watch program. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors—abuse and neglect of companion animals, the mistreatment of local wildlife, dogs left in hot cars, etc. 

Volunteer at your local shelter or animal rescue organization. Volunteering at your local shelter is a great way to make a difference in the lives of many animals. From walking dogs and organizing fundraising events to fostering abused or frightened animals, shelters across the country are in desperate need of volunteers.

Become an animal activist. Call or write your local law enforcement officials. Let them know that animal cruelty is a crime and investigating these cases should be a priority. 

Help your neighbors help their animals. Companion animals play significant roles in the lives of the people who love them—but sometimes the elderly or ill have trouble providing essential pet care. If you see a neighbor in need, offer to assist—walk his dog, help with feeding, clean litter boxes, groom animals, pick up pet food and other supplies, drive him to the veterinarian, etc.

Start a pet food bank. See if there is a pet food pantry in your area and volunteer your time to help distribute the much-needed pet food. If there isn’t, consider starting one up. Host pet food drives, similar to canned food drives, in central locations of your community such as shopping centers and schools.

Promote spaying and neutering. Millions of adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters every year. By spaying and neutering your animals, you’ll make sure you are not contributing to the problem. You can also take this a step further by developing a spay/neuter outreach program in your community. Create flyers promoting the organizations that offer discounts in your area and pass them out at central locations in your community.

Write or start a newsletter! It’s a great way to keep members, supporters, adopters and the public informed about what the shelter does and what it needs. Many shelters rely on volunteers to write articles, and some newsletters are produced entirely by volunteers. If you’re not so verbally inclined, you might prefer the designing and publishing end of it, or work on creating or updating the mailing list. Be sure to include heartwarming stories and a donation envelope!

Throw a Party! Organize an event for all your friends, and donate the proceeds to the shelter. Any kind of social event—a clam bake, a Super Bowl party, a jazz brunch or a dog walk—is a great way to make new friends and raise money. Each year, as the word gets out, more people are bound to attend, and before you know it, your group will have a major fund-raising event.

So, what are you waiting for? Here is a lengthy compilation of many of the animal shelters and rescue organizations in the Kansas City area. Volunteer or donate items to your local shelter today!  We are their voice and without us, where would they be?

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Animal Haven (Now HEARTLAND SPCA)
9800 W. 67th
Merriam KS 66203

Bea-Martin Peck Animal Shelter
230 W. 19th St.
Ottawa KS 66067

Cat Association of Topeka (CAT)
1718 Gage
Topeka KS

Excelsior Springs
805 Lake Maurer Rd
Excelsior Springs MO 64024

Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 29121
Parkville MO 64152
Located at 8701 Riverfront Dr.

Gladstone Animal Control
4000 NE 76th Street
Gladstone MO 64118

Heart of America Humane Society
P.O. Box 12703
Overland Park KS 66282

HELP Humane Society
(primarily cats, a few dogs)
511 Main St.
Belton MO 64012

Helping Hands Humane Society
2625 NW Rochester Rd
Topeka, KS 66617

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City 5445 Parallel KC KS 66104

Humane Society of Miami County
P.O. Box 136
Paola KS 66071

KCMO Animal Shelter
4400 Raytown Rd.
KC MO 64129

Independence Animal Shelter
875 Vista
Independence MO 64056

Kansas City KS Animal Control
3301 Park Drive
KC KS 66211
913-596-3000 on weekends
Adoption info:

Lawrence Humane Society
1805 E. 19th
Lawrence KS 66044

Leavenworth Animal Control
1720 S. 2nd St.
Leavenworth KS 66048

Lee's Summit Animal Control
1249 NE Tudor Road
Lee's Summit MO 64063

Liberty Animal Control
1501 E. Old 210 Hwy
Liberty MO 64068

North Kansas City
2020 Bedford
N. Kansas City MO 64116

Olathe Animal Control
505 E. Sunvale
Olathe KS 66061

Pet Connection
5918 Broadmoor
Mission KS 66202

Wayside Waifs
3901 E. 119th Street
(Martha Truman Rd)
KC MO 64137


Excelsior Springs Friends of Animals:

Friends of Liberty Animal Shelter: or email

Friends of Halfway Home:

Happy Dogs Rescue:

Heart of America Humane Society:

Military Family Rescue Information:

Protective Animal Welfare Society: or email

Safe Harbor Prison Dog Program: or 913-634-5955 or 913-724-DOGS

Second Chance: (Kittens, Puppies, Cats & Small Dogs) 913-814-7471

Service Dogs: Susan Bass 816-796-6444

Rare Breeds: Susan Bass 816-796-6444

The Animal Rescue Alliance:


Forever Friends Animal League: (Kittens, Puppies, Cats & Small Dogs) 913-677-FFAL(3325)

L.L. Dog Rescue: or email or call 816-926-0242

Midwest Animal Rescue: Sherry 816-358-6499

Second Chance: (Kittens, Puppies, Cats & Small Dogs) 913-814-7471

Small Paws: Susan 1-785-224-7839 email:


American Eskimo: HEART BANDITS: Laurel Johnson 913-901-8430 or email

Airedale: Sara Franson 816-678-2126 or Terry Kratchman 913-541-1295

Akita: Deanna O'Brian (St. Louis) 733-792-1309 or email

Akita: Lisa McCluskey (Central/Southern Illinois) 217-344-9115 or email

Australian Shepherd: Pamela Leach 913-722-6699

Basenji: Vicky Jacobs 785-379-5430; Eva Allen 816-444-9321; Yvonne Sims 660-352-6202

Basset Hound: MID AMERICA BASSET HOUND RESCUE:web site, main number 913-707-5698; Kim Dunn 913-557-5224

Basset Hound: WESTERN MISSOURI BASSET RESCUE: web site, Chris Bly 816-353-5643 or email; Margaret Baldomino 816-853-1634 or 816-461-0313 or email

Basset Hound: Liz Vahl Kamp 1-800-892-2722 or 314-863-1467

Basset Hound BASSET & BEAGLE RESCUE OF THE HEARTLAND: web site, email or call 1-800-332-9416

Beauceron: Susan Bass 816-796-6444

Beagle: Rhonda Cella Lippert 913-621-3474 or email

Beagle BASSET & BEAGLE RESCUE OF THE HEARTLAND: web site, email or call 1-800-332-9416

Bearded Collie: Barb Clauson 785-842-6884

Bernese Mountain Dog: HEARTLAND BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG RESCUE Julie Hesssenflow 913-385-0400 or email

Belgian Malinois: Barb Clauson 785-842-6884

Belgian Sheepdog: Barb Clauson 785-842-6884

Bloodhound: Doris Coleman 816-356-9868

Borzoi: (Irish Wolfhound) Dawn Kelley 913-677-3296

Borzoi: Randa Glen 816-322-2244

Border Collie Jennifer Fitzwater 816-305-6756

Boston Terrier MIDAMERICA BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE (MABTR): Jennifer Misfeldt 402-510-1346 (Omaha NE but work in the KC area, too).

Boston Terrier: Anne Alscott 913-764-4748

Boston Terrier: Stacey Nagals 816-920-3436

Boston Terrier: Anita Crowell 816-891-6367

Bouvier: Andrea Jackson 913-341-0351

Boxer MOKAN BOXER RESCUE: or 785-979-2679

Brittany: Cindy Williams 816-858-0195

Brittany AMERICAN BRITTANY RESCUE: or Jennifer Schoonover 816-790-3611 or 816-734-2347

Bulldog (French/English) Bev Larrick 913-583-3624

Bulldog (French/English) Sandi Farr-Spears: email

Bulldog (French) Annie Alscott 913-764-4748

Bulldog (French) Charlotte Kreely 508-588-7968

Bull Mastiff: Sandi Farr-Spears, MASTIFF HOPE: hot line 816-352-9384, web site or email

Bull Mastiff: Izetta Wright 913-533-2413

Bull Mastiff: Kelli Johnson: email

Bull Mastiff Locker Wheat 573-635-0088

Bull Mastiff: Renee Aldrich 913-592-2203

Bull Terrier: Claudia Sharp 636-332-6341 or Rob Reiber at 913-856-4144 or email

Bull Terrier: John & Lynn Byrd 660-222-63341 or 660-222-3474

Chihuahua: Vicky Rogers 816-753-7873

Chihuahua LL DOG RESCUE: web site or email or call 816-926-0242

Chinese Crested: Sharon Robinson 573-634-2767

Clumber Spaniel: Judy Rickey 913-724-1054

Clumber Spaniel: Sue Carr (New Jersey) 908-580-1055 or 1-800-589-9566 or email

Chow Chow: Debbie Willis 816-765-8387

Cocker Spaniel: Jane & Al Beck 816-228-4567

Cocker Spaniel: Halle (with HEART OF AMERICA HUMANE SOCIETY) 913-722-0636

Cocker Spaniel: Anita 816-763-7275 or

Collie KANSAS COLLIE RESCUE (KSCR) Sarah Millsap 816-588-0713 or Janie Clymer 785-366-0250

Collie: Pat Rawitch 913-681-0406

Corgi: Claudia Mitchell 913-764-7117

Corgi: Sara Keith 816-833-2757

Dachshund LL DOG RESCUE: web site or email or call 816-926-0242

Dachshund: Richard and Ghizia Arndt 816-523-8106

Dalmatian: June Mueller or Janice Boyanchek 314-842-8958

Dalmatian: Nancy Welsh 901-758-9073

Dalmatian: Shirley Allen 816-444-1820

Doberman: Janice Thom 816-505-2275

Elkhound: Renee Schmidt 913-856-3886

English Springer Spaniel: Kim Ludwig 816-803-8962

English Springer Spaniel: Mark Samuel 816-523-2723

English Springer Spaniel: Judy Manley 1-800-377-3824

English Springer Spaniel: Valerie Hoffman 816-254-3771

English Setter: Diane Brim 712-322-4051 or email

German Shepherd SERENDIPITY GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG RESCUE: web site or call 573-418-7666

German Shepherd: Ann Mackey 816-363-0121

German Short Hair Pointer: email:

Golden Retriever GOLDEN RETRIEVER FREEDOM RESCUE Nicole Incorvaia 720-849-7879

Golden Retriever: Bev Weaver 913-362-3397

Golden Retriever: Phil & Pat Severson 816-741-2838

Golden Retriever: Pat Munn 816-331-8856

Great Dane: Janet Quick 816-250-2574 or 816-361-2242

Great Pyrenees: Jane Signorelli 816-361-9262

Great Pyrenees: Jo & Jill Patton 314-739-2562

Greyhound R.E.G.A.P: Bill & Cher Oliver 816-763-3333 or email

Irish Setter: Mary or Pat Gocke 913-557-6936

Irish Wolfhound: Sue Stobart 816-540-4842

Irish Wolfhound: Doris Coleman 816-356-9868

Jack Russell Terrier: Kerri Dahlheim 402-963-9722

Keeshond KEESHOND LOVERS UNITE: or Judy Hintzman 785-550-5429

Labrador Retriever: Shirley Allen 816-444-1820

Lhasa Apso KANSAS FUREVER SHIH TZU & MINI SCHNAUZER RESCUE web site Cindy Stoll 1-620-431-1387 or email

Mastiff MASTIFF HOPE 816-352-9384, web site or email

Miniature Pinscher: Sue Mohr 1-785-748-0941

Newfoundland: Cathy Figgins 816-361-7492

Papillon: Irene Hummell 816-333-0034

Pekingese: Mary Stickney: or 402-613-4306



Pit Bull PIT BULL RESCUE CENTRAL: Educational and rescue info on Pit Bull type breeds

Pointer (German Short Hair) email:

Pomeranian: Kristin Roberson 816-792-3192

Pomeranian :LL DOG RESCUE: 816-926-0242

Poodle (Standard) Heather Zimmerman 913-661-0329

Pug: Anne Alsott 913-764-4748

Pug: PRAIRIE PUGS RESCUE Vicki Dressler 785-256-2324

Pug: Misty Wilson Brumback 913-385-1510

Pug Jane Braman 785-843-2292

Pug: Lisa Ferrell 1-800-833-3311 or 913-685-5994

Rare Breeds: Susan Bass 816-796-6444

Rat Terriers (& mixes) Ceci at

Rhodesian Ridgeback: Sandy Curtis 913-341-3746

Rottweiler MID AMERICA ROTTWEILER RESCUE: web site Barb Krimminger email or call 402-578-5308

Saint Bernard: Jennifer Spaeth 401-292-2245 or email

Schnauzer KANSAS FUREVER SHIH TZU & MINI SCHNAUZER RESCUE web site Cindy Stoll 1-620-431-1387 or email

Scottie: Nancy McClure 816-322-2740

Scottie: Penny Walker 816-358-6632

Sharpei: Mary Crafton 816-741-6212 or email

Sheepdog: Joan Long 913-385-0362

Sheepdog (Old English) Judy Rickey 913-724-1054

Sheltie LL DOG RESCUE: web site or email or call 816-926-0242

Sheltie KANSAS CITY SHELTIE RESCUE, INC.: web site or email or call 913-384-0366.

Sheltie: Tracy Buck 314-561-3091

Shiba Inu: Kathy Bucnholz, web site or 913-322-6883 or email

Shih Tzu KANSAS FUREVER SHIH TZU & MINI SCHNAUZER RESCUE web site Cindy Stoll 1-620-431-1387 or email

Silky Terrier: Mary Estrin 816-942-2427

Spitz: Laurel Johnson 913-345-0628

Springer Spaniel (Look under English Springer)

Weimaraner: Gail 816-781-0828

Weimaraner: Laura Roehrich 913-385-0815

Weimaraner HEARTLAND WEIMARANER: web site at, Rebecca Singleton 816-781-0828

Welsh Terrier: Linda Sutton 816-764-4542

Westie (West Highland Terrier) WESTIE RESCUE OF MISSOURI: web site, Elizabeth Schanou 913-302-0514 or email

Westie: LuAnn Johnson 532-4853

Westie: Linda Spitzengel 913-677-2469

Westie OKLAHOMA WESTIE RESCUE: web site, Meredith & Mike Butcher 918-369-1143 or Theresa Stewart 405-330-5889


Whippet: Emily Mathis 816-242-2967

Wolf Hybred WILD SPIRIT WOLF SANCTUARY (New Mexico): web site, or 505-775-3304 or email

Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) Dorinda Carlson 913-541-8407

Yorkshire Terrier: Martha Lewis 913-596-2162

Yorkshire Terrier: Susan Zale 913-451-9283


Forever Friends Animal League (Kittens, Puppies, Cats & Small Dogs) 913-677-FFAL(3325)

Foxwood Animal Rescue:

Kansas City Siamese Rescue: Also rescue Persian, Himalayan, & Maine Coone Cats Brooke Wood 816-331-9700

Purrfect Pets in Metcalf Mall: 913-652-6677

Safe Harbor:

Second Chance: (Kittens, Puppies, Cats & Small Dogs) 913-814-7471

Siamese Rescue:


Celeste said...

Just FYI, The Animal Rescue Alliance is also a cat rescue group.

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