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100 Years of Faithful Service

2013 Annual ReportAs one of the first and oldest no-kill shelters, The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City celebrates over 100 years of faithful service to the lost, abandoned, and broken pets of the Greater Kansas City area. Our mission is to save and improve the lives of dogs and cats throughout the Greater Kansas City community by providing education, adoptions, preventive veterinary care and spay/neuter services. Each month we save hundreds of animals -- some abandoned and forgotten, some badly injured -- some needing our low-cost veterinary services and some whose time would have been up at another shelter if not for us. We are a no-kill facility... our work is never done. We cannot accomplish what we do without you!

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100 Years of Saving Animals presented by Dee Wallace

Our History

Founded in 1912, we are the oldest existing humane society in metropolitan Kansas City. We were originally called The Humane Society of Wyandotte County. Sarah Jacobs is credited with our founding, along with her sister Henrietta Jacobs and assistance from the Council of Clubs. In 1970, we changed our name to The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City and continue to this day to serve the entire metropolitan area. Learn more >

Our Facility

Our FacilityAfter 40 years at our location on Minnesota Avenue, the need for a new facility was met when we relocated to our current facility at 5445 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, KS. Our building is 10,000 square feet and located on ten acres. The move allowed us to expand our services at the time. Fourteen years later, we find ourselves needing to expand even more to accommodate our growing need in the community. Our new expansion would allow us to increase the services we provide including adoptions, education, low cost spay/neutering and preventive care for the animals.

Our Services

Adoptions: Your best friend is waiting for you!

In 1994 we became the first no-kill shelter in Kansas City. We find homes for 97% of the pets in our care. Only pets with untreatable medical issues or extreme behavioral problems are euthanized and we have no time limits for how long a pet may stay. Pets are examined by one of our staff veterinarians upon arrival and treated for any medical problems they may have while at our shelter. Through donations to Gabriel's Fund, we are able to save the seriously sick and injured who otherwise would not have a chance.

Our dogs have indoor/outdoor dog kennels with big play yards. Most of our cats do not live in cages. They are free to lounge and play in rooms filled with cat furniture and toys. By adopting a pet from us you'll not only be giving that pet a good home, but also opening up a space for another homeless pet who needs our care.

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Ray of Hope: Saving lives at Kansas City, KS Animal Control

In January 2009, the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (HSGKC) embarked upon a venture to partner with Kansas City, KS Animal Control to save the city shelter's pets before their time was up. We never imagined that together we could save so many of them. Since its inception, the Ray of Hope program has saved the lives of thousands of animals.

Funding for Ray of Hope allows the dogs and cats at the KCK Animal Control shelter to be spayed/neutered and to receive medical examinations, vaccinations, medications, and other medical procedures. To help find homes for the pets available for adoption at the The KCK Animal Control shelter, Humane Society volunteers conduct weekend satellite adoption events.

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Ray of Hope

Veterinary & Spay/Neuter Services

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City provides low-cost spay/neuter services and preventive veterinary care services for the public. Our clinic helps people on a limited budget care for the veterinary needs of their pets, and saves lives by reducing pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering. Through individual client meetings, our vet staff also works with pet owners to educate them about proper and responsible pet care. By providing education and affordable services, we're able to improve and save the lives of thousands of pets in the Greater KC community.

In 2013, our veterinarians spayed or neutered 3,662 pets. Our staff served 18,759 pets in our preventive care clinic. We are able to offer these services because our costs are subsidized by private donations.

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Humane Education

We believe education is the key to ending cruelty toward animals and creating a more compassionate community and one with no more homeless pets. Most dogs and cats in shelters are just like those pets living happy lives in people's homes-- the only difference being they did not have someone to give them love, responsible care and a lifetime commitment. All pets deserve a good home, and through education we can improve and save the lives of pets in our community.

In our Humane Education programs, we teach the importance of compassion toward animals, responsible pet care including spaying and neutering, and how to be safe around pets. Presenters accompanied by a pet may be scheduled to come to your school, church or civic/community center. We also offer presentations and tours at our facility. Programs are usually offered Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 5:30pm.

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Humane Education

Tail Waggin' ToursCome see us! Schedule a Tail-Waggin' Tour

We invite you to come out for a tour, meet our furry friends, and learn more about what we do! We're always looking for people who believe in our mission and who want to help out by becoming volunteers, financial supporters, or adopting one (or more!) of our wonderful dogs and cats. To schedule a tour, call Kate Fields at 913-596-1000 ext. 101 or send an email.

Fun fact: No stock photos were used in the making of this web site! All of the pet photographs displayed are actual pets currently at our shelter or who've been adopted; all of the people are HSGKC volunteers, adopters, staff, donors or event participants.