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Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary is a refuge for abandoned old dogs in the Kansas City area.  It is named after Shep, a 10-year old rescue beagle, whose gentle spirit and utter good-dogness convinced his owners to start a place to help others like him.

Shep’s Place is located in a renovated old house on 4 acres in Independence, MO.  We opened in April 2019.

We are a small, private shelter that focuses on the care of senior dogs.  We hope to find our dogs new families, but that is often difficult for seniors, so if we can’t, we will be their permanent, loving home.

We focus on senior dogs who have already spent time in a shelter or rescue, waiting to find a family.  We do not accept dogs directly from the public. 

The dog’s quality of life is our highest goal at Shep’s Place, with ample play time, freedom of movement, and caring, human interaction.  We believe our silver-muzzled friends deserve to enjoy their lives and be themselves for as long as they are able. The goal is to provide a home for the dogs, to get them out of their kennels, and let them wander the house, play in the yard, or sleep, as they choose.

We are starting small, with a few dogs, and will build over time.   We need volunteers and monetary support, so if helping sweet old dogs sounds like your kind of thing, please join us!

Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary is a refuge for abandoned old dogs in the Kansas City area.  It is named after Shep, a 10-year old rescue beagle, whose gentle spirit and utter good-dogness convinced his owners to start a place to help others like him.

Shep’s Place is located in a renovated old house on 4 acres in Independence, MO.  We opened in April 2019.

We are a small, private shelter that focuses on the care of senior dogs.  We hope to find our dogs new families, but that is often difficult for seniors, so if we can’t, we will be their permanent, loving home.

We focus on senior dogs who have already spent time in a shelter or rescue, waiting to find a family.  We do not accept dogs directly from the public. 

The dog’s quality of life is our highest goal at Shep’s Place, with ample play time, freedom of movement, and caring, human interaction.  We believe our silver-muzzled friends deserve to enjoy their lives and be themselves for as long as they are able. The goal is to provide a home for the dogs, to get them out of their kennels, and let them wander the house, play in the yard, or sleep, as they choose.

We are starting small, with a few dogs, and will build over time.   We need volunteers and monetary support, so if helping sweet old dogs sounds like your kind of thing, please join us!

About Us

Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation incorporated in the State of Missouri, charter number N000705469.  We operate out of a renovated old house in Independence.  We opened for business in April, 2019.

Mission Statement

  • The goal of Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary Inc. is to operate a sanctuary for homeless senior dogs in the Kansas City area.  We believe senior dogs deserve to live out their lives in a safe, loving environment.  Our facility and volunteers are dedicated to caring for these dogs, to give them the support and attention they have lost.  We will try to find new families for them, but if we can’t, we will be their family and home, for as long as they live.

Board of Directors

Shep’s Place is overseen by a Board of Directors, which currently has five members.

  • Dr. Russell Clothier, President, has a PhD in experimental quantum mechanics, which, it turns out, has surprisingly little to do with running an animal shelter.  Raised a cat person, he is a recent convert to the dog world, and is trying to make up for lost time by starting Shep’s Place.

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  • Lisa Seigle Burke, Treasurer, is a CPA at CBIZ MHM with 25 years of tax experience specializing in the not-for-profit industry.

  • Gina Carnahan, Director, has been an active volunteer in various non-profit organizations for most of her life but her passion has always been with the dogs. She enjoys organizing and watching projects, dogs and volunteers grow and develop.

  • Amy Caviness, Secretary, has been an active participant in animal rescue for many years. Her favorite saying is “Adopting a senior pet isn’t about the number of breaths they have yet to take, but the number of times that they will take your breath away.”
  • Angie Bloss, Director, has been involved with dogs from childhood to present.  She is a Registerd Vet Tech with 10 years experience in private practice, and works currently at Great Plains SPCA.  She is also involved with the Animal Justice League of American, fighting against animal abuse.

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We are Open!

Well folks, it only took 2 years of planning, and a year of active volunteer work, but Shep’s Place is finally open. We received our Animal Shelter license from the State of Missouri last week, and our Business License from the City of Independence. So yesterday, April 6, 2019, we took in our first dog, …

Volunteer

For Shep’s Place Volunteer Form, click here. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you within a few days with more information.

If you love dogs, and feel these old gals and guys deserve our help, then consider becoming a Volunteer!  Volunteers are our life blood.  We have no paid staff, so all of the ideas, planning, and work must be done by Volunteers.   That’s a daunting task, but also an exciting one.  As a small organization, Volunteers have a real opportunity to make a lasting contribution, and have their voice heard.  We need your help.

Please note that you must be at least 16 years old to volunteer by yourself, or at least 12 to volunteer with an adult.

We need Volunteers to sign up for shifts to work and play with the dogs.  Our dogs live in the house, with Volunteers as their friends and family.  If you enjoy spending time with sweet old dogs who will love you for it, Shep’s Place may be for you.

In addition to dog care, we need help from Volunteers in a number of areas:

  • Off-site Promotions/Events – staff a table/booth with 1 or more other volunteers to help educate the public about the mission of Shep’s Place
  • Adoptions – meet with prospective adopters, assist in matching them with dogs with an appropriate personality and needs, do initial home visit
  • Volunteer Support – assist the volunteer coordinator in managing, scheduling, recruiting, supporting volunteers and volunteer programs.
  • Fundraising – participate in creating/supporting fundraising events and opportunities, both web-based and in and around the Kansas City area.
  • Public Relations – help us get our name out to the public and promote our mission.
  • Facilities & Grounds Maintenance – Mr. or Ms. Fix-It! Help oversee and manage our building maintenance program.
  • Animal Care/Support – Assist in the ensuring the health, enrichment, and welfare of our senior residents
  • Social Media/Website Support – Post regular happenings, activities and events, to help us communicate with volunteers and the public.
  • Item Donations Support – Help coordinate and promote the donation of goods to Shep’s Place:  food, dog beds, furniture, etc.  Arrange for delivery, pickup and storage.

If you’d like to jump in, please let us know!  You can fill out the online form at the top of this page, or on the Forms page.  If you have questions or comments, you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Gina Carnahan, at gina@shepsplace.org.

It takes a dedicated group of caring Volunteers to provide a home for these elder pups.  They need you!  Please help!