Serving both Independence and the Kansas City Metro area, the Great Plains SPCA is one the largest no-kill facilities in the state! Seeing upwards of 10,000 animals annually, this shelter prides itself on rehoming or reuniting a huge majority of these animals with their families. GPSCPCA works toward its mission of prevention and retention by providing low-cost veterinary alternatives in addition to their innovative community initiatives. One of their largest programs is the SASSY Program, in which volunteers take senior shelter dogs to assisted living facilities in order for seniors to maintain a strong sense of companionship. Great Plains SPCA has a robust calendar of community fundraising events and strives for lower and lower margins of failure each year.
Animals Best Friends is a small nonprofit rescue group started in 1995 by a handful of volunteers with a dream of one day having a space to call their own. Just under a decade later, they were able to buy a space to house their prospective adoptees. Animals Best Friends promotes microchipping and neuter and spaying programs in order to further their goals of an Independence free of homeless pets. Partnering with WoofTrax, people can donate a dollar to this group for every mile walked with their own furry friend.
Acting as the official entity of the municipality, Independence Animal Services provide a wide array of services to the community ranging from managing barking complains to capturing strays. The Animal Services Division mostly focuses on the reunion of lost pets with their owners and facilitating calls for dangerous or injured animals, but they also host a shelter space for adoptable pets. As an extension of the Department of Health, Independence Animal Services works to prevent overpopulation as a measure of preventing disease and promoting wellbeing.