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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: 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.

Programs: Provide housing and healthcare to homeless and injured dogs and cats. Find adoptive homes for homeless dogs and cats. We are a no-kill facility.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering to give myself a break from job hunting. At first it was "all about me". After the first visit I realized that being jobless was not the most tragic thing in the world; that these poor sweet victims of cruelty and neglect had no family but the staff and thatthey all have so much love to give, if a human would just take a moment to see. The staff at HSGKC are some of the most loving and selfless people I have ever met. Everything they do is for the best interest of the animals in their care, even if it means getting up at 5:00 AM to go to the shelter so a dog could be picked up by his forever mom.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our beloved L.T. was almost 17 when he died. My husband was overcome with grief. I searched Petfinder for another small dog. When I saw Maggie Mae, I knew that she was just what we needed. She was a 10 year old special needs dog whose owner was suffering from cancer. She had actually been brought to HSGKC for euthanasia. She was the perfect compainon to my disabled husband. After my husband died, I wanted to give back to the organization. Being useful to this team of dedicated individuals has helped me establish myself as a single person after 47 years of marriage. It is the highlight of my week to spend time helping them. My granddaughters volunteer with me during their summer vacation.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

Working with the Greater Kansas City Area Humane Society is one of the positive experiences. The staff is excellent with their professionalism and compassion and always doing what is best for their animals. The Ray of Hope is a tremendous program, as well as their annual events and fund raisers they sponsor.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Greater KC has proven to me that volunteers CAN change animals’ lives. Hundreds of pets were saved through the Ray of Hope program last year at adoption satellites where I volunteer. ROH is a partnership between HSGKC, KCK animal control and rescue groups in KC. When I first started volunteering in 2009, 70% of the animals were euthanized at KCK Animal Control. This year, it is less than 1%. Dozens of animals who would not have a chance at many shelters with broken legs, heartworm and neurological problems have a home at HSGKC through the Gabriel Fund. Volunteering at HSGKC is more than something to look forward to every week. I wake up early on Saturdays (rain, snow, or shine) and can’t wait to see my canine, feline and human friends. I have seen dogs and cats overcome unfathomable abuse. Fletch, a bait dog, found a forever home just this month. Not only did Fletch get a second chance; He gave us one. HSGKC has changed my life and the way I live it.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My first experience with HSGKC came when I was looking for a second dog as a playmate to my collie, Cabernet. It was important to me that they were a no-kill shelter. I explained that I wanted an older, large, female, black dog - one that was probably not very adoptable - but a dog that could possibly do therapy work. They told me to bring my dog to the shelter to meet some options. They brought in a small (40 lbs), 2 year old, blonde, male dog. Cabernet bonded to him instantly and even though he wasn't what I was looking for, apparently she and the shelter staff knew what I needed. Sake was a long-timer at the shelter having been there since he was found as a pup. Needless to say, he is now my favorite and has become an extraordinary therapy and crisis response dog.

Since adopting Sake 7 years ago, I've been actively involved in the shelter and its mission. I am a staunch financial supporter and have included them in my estate plan. I joined their board of directors in 2008 and am continually impressed with the way the shelter is run and its outstanding insight to partner with KCK Animal Control to significantly reduce their euthanasia rate. HSGKC's intensive focus on education and spay & neuter programs gives me hope that maybe someday in the futuure we won't need a shelter.