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Lost Pets
Veterinarians
Obedience Training
Behaviorist
Service Dogs
Wild Animal Care
Local Animal Control & Rescue/Shelter


Notice to Shelters & Rescue Groups: Please email us to update or correct your contact information. Also contact us if your group is not on our list and you'd like to be considered.

ANIMAL RESCUE GROUPS AND SHELTERS IN THE AREA

There are many groups & organizations in our area dedicated to helping a particular breed or mixed breed dog or cat or other type of critter. Many of these groups foster animals in their homes until they can find them a new home. Contact them to adopt a pet, relinquish a pet or to learn more about a particular breed or type of pet.

If you are surrendering an animal to a rescue we suggest that you offer a donation to help with room & board and medical costs.


DOG RESCUE GROUPS & SHELTERS

These rescue groups have dogs available for adoption; purebreds and mixed. If they have openings, they also accept animals and prepare them for adoption. Many are in foster homes and photos are posted on most of their web sites.

AKC Breed Rescue GroupsAKC Breed Rescue Groups
Use this site to look for rescued purebred dogs
http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm
Animals Best Friends Animals Best Friends
Independence, MO
816-254-8664
www.animalsbestfriends.org
Brown County Humane Society
Hiawatha, KS
petfinder.com/shelters/KS105.html
Chain of Hope
Kansas City, MO
816-221-8080
www.chainofhopekc.org
Companion Pet Rescue Companion Pet Rescue
North Kansas City
www.companionpetrescue.com
Daviess County Humane Society
Gallatin, MO
660-605-4072
www.daviesscountyhumanesociety.org
Excelsior Springs Friends of Animals
Excelsior Springs, MO
www.esfoa.org
FOCAS Focus On Creating Animal Safety
Cameron, MO
816-387-7935
callamyfirst@yahoo.com
petfinder.com/shelters/MO553.html
Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter
Parkville, MO
petfinder.com/shelters/MO111.html
Ft. Leavenworth Stray Facility
Forth Leavenworth, KS
913-684-6510
petfinder.com/shelters/KS174.html
Furry Kids RefugeFurry Kids Refuge
Lees Summit, MO
816-277-8284
www.furrykidsrefuge.org
Heartland SPCAGreat Plains SPCA
Merriam, KS
913-831-7722
www.greatplainsspca.org
Green Hills Animal ShelteGreen Hills Animal Shelter
Trenton, MO
660-359-2700
www.greenhillsanimalshelter.org
HALO
(Helping All Little Ones) Animal Rescue
Liberty, MO area
660-973-6738
www.haloanimalrescue.com
Hearts United for Animals Hearts United for Animals
Auburn, NE
402-274-3679
www.hua.org
Helping Hands Humane Society Helping Hands Humane Society
Topeka, KS
785-233-7325
www.hhhstopeka.org

Humane Society of Atchison
Atchison, KS
913-367-3647
www.petfinder.com/shelters/KS45.html

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City Humane Society of Greater Kansas City
5445 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS
913-596-1000
www.hsgkc.org
Humane Society of Richardson County Humane Society of Richardson County
Falls City, NE
rchs-ne.tripod.com/
Karma's Rescue
Blue Springs, MO
www.karmasrescue.com
KC Angel Rescue
Kansas City, MO
www.kcangelrescue.org
Lawrence Humane Society
Lawrence, KS
785-843-6835
www.lawrencehumane.org
L.L. Dog Rescue  L.L. Dog Rescue
Shawnee Mission, KS
816-926-0242
www.lldogrescue.org
Nodaway Humane Society Nodaway Humane Society
829 So. Depot St.
Maryville, MO
660-562-3333
www.nodawayhumanesociety.org
Pet ConnectionPet Connection
5918 Broadmoor
Mission, KS
913-671-pets
www.petfinder.com/shelters/KS25.html
PetfinderPetfinder
petfinder.com
You can post an animal or find more rescues and shelters in the area with available animals
Safe Harbor Prison Dogs Safe Harbor Prison Dogs
Bonner Springs, KS
913-634-5955
www.safeharborprisondogs.com
Second Chance Pet Adoptions Second Chance Pet Adoptions
Smithville, MO
www.2ndchancepets.net
T.A.R.A. The Animal Rescue Alliance T.A.R.A. The Animal Rescue Alliance
Independence, MO
www.tarasdream.org
Wayside Waifs Wayside Waifs
3901 Martha Truman Rd.
K.C. MO
816-761-8151
www.waysidewaifs.org

CAT RESCUES GROUPS & SHELTERS
These rescue groups have cats available for adoption; purebreds and mixed. They also accept animals and prepare them for adoption. Many are in foster homes and photos are posted on most of their web sites.

Animals Best Friends Animals Best Friends
Independence, MO
816-254-8664
www.animalsbestfriends.org
Assisi Safe Haven For Cats
Lansing KS.
913-727-2874
catwomanofkansas@aol.com
petfinder.com/shelters/KS158.html
Brown County Humane Society
Hiawatha, KS
petfinder.com/shelters/KS105.html
Cat Association of TopekaCat Association of Topeka
Topeka, KS
785-272-4735
www.topekacat.org
Chain of Hope
Kansas City, MO
816-221-8080
www.chainofhopekc.org
Companion Pet Rescue Companion Pet Rescue
North Kansas City
www.companionpetrescue.com
Daviess County Humane Society
Liberty, MO
660-605-4072
www.daviesscountyhumanesociety.org
Every Cat Counts
Dearborn, MO, MO
816-520-9169
Deanna3344@yahoo.com
petfinder.com/shelters/MO439.html
Excelsior Springs Friends of Animals
Excelsior Springs, MO
www.esfoa.org
Furry Kids RefugeFurry Kids Refuge
Lees Summit, MO
816-277-8284
www.furrykidsrefuge.org
FOCAS Focus On Creating Animal Safety
Cameron, MO
816-387-7935
callamyfirst@yahoo.com
petfinder.com/shelters/MO553.html
Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter
Parkville, MO
petfinder.com/shelters/MO111.html
Ft. Leavenworth Stray Facility
Forth Leavenworth, KS
913-684-6510
petfinder.com/shelters/KS174.html
HALO
(Helping All Little Ones) Animal Rescue
Liberty, MO area
660-973-6738
www.haloanimalrescue.com
Humane Society of Atchison
Atchison, KS
913-367-3647
www.petfinder.com/shelters/KS45.html
Humane Society of Richardson County Humane Society of Richardson County
Falls City, NE
rchs-ne.tripod.com/
Karma's Rescue
Blue Springs, MO
http://www.karmasrescue.com/
Heartland SPCAGreat Plains SPCA
Merriam, KS
913-831-7722
www.greatplainsspca.org
Green Hills Animal ShelterGreen Hills Animal Shelter
Trenton, MO
660-359-2700
www.greenhillsanimalshelter.org
Greycat Adoptions
Kansas City, MO
816-517-2901
findafriend06@yahoo.com
petfinder.com/shelters/greycatadoptions.html
Hearts United for Animals Hearts United for Animals
Auburn, NE
402-274-3679
www.hua.org
Helping Hand Cat Rescue & Adoption
Excelsior Springs, MO
816-810-4163
helpinghandcats@yahoo.com
petfinder.com/shelters/MO493.html
Helping Hands HumaneHelping Hands Humane Society
Topeka, KS
785-233-7325
www.hhhstopeka.org
Humane Society of Greater KansasHumane Society of Greater Kansas City
5445 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS
913-596-1000
www.hsgkc.org
Kansas City Siamese Rescue
Lees Summit, MO
816-331-9700
www.kcsiameserescue.org
Kitty Cat Connection Kitty Cat Connection
Kansas City, MO area
816-510-4400
www.kittycatconnection.org
Lawrence Humane Society
Lawrence, KS
785-843-6835
www.lawrencehumane.org
Nodaway Humane SocietyNodaway Humane Society
829 So. Depot St.
Maryville, MO
660-562-3333
www.nodawayhumanesociety.org
MoKan Maine Coon Rescue
Smithville, MO
816-547-7877
http://mokanmainecoonrescue.com/
Pet Connection Pet Connection
5918 Broadmoor
Mission, KS
913-671-pets
www.petfinder.com/shelters/KS25.html
PetfinderPetfinder
petfinder.com
You can post an animal or find more rescues and shelters in the area with available animals
Purrfect Paradise Cats
Kansas City, MO
816-868-7636
purrfectparadisecats.wordpress.com
Purrfect Pets Inc. Purrfect Pets Inc.
Shawnee Mission, KS
913-652-6677
purrfectpetkc@yahoo.com
www.purrfectpets.org
Second Chance Pet Adoptions
Smithville, MO
www.2ndchancepets.net
T.A.R.A. The Animal Rescue AllianceT.A.R.A. The Animal Rescue Alliance
Independence, MO
www.tarasdream.org
Wayside WaifsWayside Waifs
3901 Martha Truman Rd.
K.C. MO
816-761-8151
www.waysidewaifs.org

PROGRAMS FOR THOSE IN MILITARY

Ft. Leavenworth Stray Facility
831 McClellan Ave.
Ft. Leavenworth KS
913-684-6510
petfinder.com/shelters/KS174
Military Pets Foster Project Military Pets Foster Project
www.netpets.org/militarypet/foster.php

SMALL CRITTERS, REPTILE, AMPHIBIAN RESCUES

Chinchilla & Hamster
Robin Rysavy
816-356-3900
Guinea Pig
Danny Anderson
816-373-1965, 816-246-5050 or
816-896-4095
dja@weecritters.com
Kansas City Ferret Hotline Assoc. Kansas City Ferret Hotline Assoc.
Kansas City, MO
816-276-4747
www.ferrethotline.com
Missouri House Rabbit Society Missouri House Rabbit Society
Kansas City Area
816-356-3900
Pot-Belly Pigs
618-459-3619
www.pigs.org
Prairie Dog Rescue
Jan Calvert
913-423-5537
Reptile
Cassandra Davidson
913-727-1456
Turtle
Laurie & Tim Hut
816-524-4557
Tortoise & Reptile
Sandy Spears
MamaDawg@embarqmail.com

FARM ANIMAL RESCUES

Changing Leads Equine Rescue Changing Leads Equine Rescue
Kansas City, MO
www.changingleadsequinerescue.org
Duck
Sandy Leonard
816-322-5502
Farm (ducks, goats, chickens, etc.)
Susan Nichols
816-257-9678
Fableview Equine Rescue
660-747-0531 or
816-674-6748
Humane Society of Missouri Longmeadow Rescue RanchHumane Society of Missouri
Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union
636-583-8759
www.hsmo.org

PET BIRD RESCUES

Beak N'Wings, Inc.
Shawnee Mission, KS
913-322-3398
www.beaknwings.org

Burge Bird Rescue
Grandview, MO
816-356-4700
burgebirdrescue.homestead.com

Parrot
Sandy Spears
MamaDawg@embarqmail.com
Pet Bird
Julie Burge, DVM 816-356-4700
Melissa Sopko, 913-248-1551
Sandy Schmidt, 913-681-2253
Dean Tyson, 913-722-2632 or 913-271-4225
Micra, 913-381-3272

cat in a cageANIMAL ABUSE & NEGLECT CONTACTS

Inside the city limits of St. Joseph report abuse/neglect to:

  • St. Joseph Animal Control & Rescue
    816-271-4877

Outside the city limits of St. Joseph report abuse/neglect to the sheriff of that county:

  • Andrew County 816-324-5801
  • Buchanan County 816-236-8800
  • Clinton County 816-539-2156
  • DeKalb County 816-449-5802
  • Doniphan County 785-985-3711

You can also contact the Humane Society of Missouri. They have investigators that come into the rural areas:

State Health Departments:

  • MO Animal Health Department 573-751-3377
  • KS Animal Health Department 785-296-2326
Operation Bark Alert Help the Missouri Department of Agriculture crackdown on unlicensed breeders. If you know of an unlicensed breeder in Missouri putting the health and welfare of animals at risk, report them.

CANINE CRUELTY PREVENTION UNIT - STATE OF MO.
To file a complaint online against a licensed or unlicensed animal care facility, such as a commercial dog breeder, rescue facility, broker/dealer or hobby/show breeder
http://ago.mo.gov/CanineCruelty/

Dog and girlLOST & FOUND PETS

If you have lost a pet in St. Joseph go to the city animal shelter to see if your pet is there, 701 Lower Lake Road, St. Joseph, MO

If you have lost your pet:

  • Make flyers and post them in your area as soon as possible; offer a reward
  • Contact the lost pet services above
  • Go to all of your area shelters every day
  • Put an ad in the newspaper
  • Check the found pets section in the St. Joseph News-Press every day
  • Contact area veterinarians & post it on their bulletin boards
  • Tell your postman, neighbors & neighborhood kids

Always keep current ID on your pets.


ST. JOSEPH VETERINARIANS

  • All Creatures Animal Hospital 816-279-0837
  • Countryside Veterinary Clinic 816-233-2005
  • East Hills Animal Clinic 816-279-0003
  • Green Hills Animal Hospital 816-232-4233
  • Twin Pines Veterinary Clinic 816-364-1089

Obedience trainersOBEDIENCE TRAINERS FOR DOGS

We highly recommend that you take your dog for obedience training. Classes should be reward-based and fun for you and your dog-this is an opportunity for you and your dog to bond. It is also a great way to socialize your pet with other people and dogs.

We've provided this list as a service to the community and to give you a place to start, but we cannot make endorsements. Before working with a trainer we recommend asking for qualifications and references. You can also ask the instructor if you can observe a class before signing up to make sure it is a good match for you and your dog. Ask your veterinarian or friends for their recommendations.

  • Dayan Garst 816-261-4262
  • Monica Davis 816-364-0988
  • Reality Canine Center-Cameron MO 816-632-2816 www.realitycaninecenter.com
  • Beyond the Dog - KC MO 816-688-9502 www.beyondthedogtraining.com
  • Canine Good Citizen
    (An American Kennel Club Program)
    This program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. It is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.
    www.stjosephkennelclub.com

BEHAVIORISTS

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen 913-362-2512 at Westwood Animal Hospital in Westwood, KS. Dr. Hunthausen is a nationally respected and published animal behaviorist.

Beyond the Dog - KC MO 816-688-9502 www.beyondthedogtraining.com

SERVICE DOGS

caninne assistants logoCanine Assistants
www.canineassistants.org
A national, non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to enhance and improve the lives of children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.
Pet partnersPet Partners
www.petpartners.org
A national, non-profit organization that helps people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives.

support dogs inc.Support Dogs, Inc.
www.supportdogs.org
A national organization that offers dignity, hope, and independence by providing highly skilled assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities, and uniquely trained therapy dogs to serve the community.

domesti-pupsDomesti-Pups
st.joe@domesti-pups.org
This organization believes dogs can helps us in a variety of ways leading from better emotional and physical health to increased independence for those with disabilities.

They offer the following programs; Service-Pups, Petting-Pups, Edu-Pups, Reading-Pups, Praising-Pups, Raising-Pups and Pups-Teach-Us

bunny rescueWILD ANIMAL CARE

  • Kansas: Operation Wildlife at www.owl-online.org 913-631-6566 or 785-542-3625
    Drop off center: 11218 W. 75th Street, Shawnee KS 66203 (near Nieman)
  • Missouri: Lakeside Nature Center at http://www.lakesidenaturecenter.org 816-513-8960, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd, KCMO. In Swope Park.
  • Dept. of Conservation 816-271-3100

LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL & SHELTER

St. Joseph Animal Control & Rescue
St. Joseph Animal Shelter
701 Lower Lake Rd.
816-271-4877

If you have questions, comments or corrections concerning any of the info on our Animal Resources Page, or would like to be considered for a listing, please email us.