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. We also want to meet the dogs before bringing them in, so we only accept dogs from within 100 miles of our location.

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 and General Manager, has a PhD in experimental quantum Physics, which, it turns out, has surprisingly little to do with running an animal shelter.  He has taught Physics at the college and high school level for 28 years.  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.

  • Amy Caviness, Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator, 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, Medical Director, has been involved with dogs from childhood to present.  She is a Registered 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.
  • Kim Stowers, Director, Intake/Foster/Adoption Coordinator, is a middle school teacher and animal lover!  She has been a shelter volunteer for several years, and even teaches a class at her school that encourages kids to become animal advocates. Kim says, “Senior dogs are so easy to love because they have so much personality and such grateful hearts!”