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.
Our Namesake, Shep
Shep’s Place is named after the handsome guy in the picture below. When he was 8, Shep was picked up as a stray, and brought to the animal shelter in Independence, MO . He was slow and quiet, a bit chunky, with a saddleback, and didn’t attract much attention there. Months later, he was adopted by our founder, Russell Clothier, and his wife Ann. In his good-natured way, he showed his new owners how much old dogs still have to offer, when given the chance. It kindled a desire to help other senior dogs languishing in shelters, as Shep was. Two years later, Shep’s Place opened, in April of 2019. Shep himself passed away at age 12, in October 2020, but his legacy continues.
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 four members.
Dr. Russell Clothier
President & General Manager
Russell 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 30 years. Raised a cat person, he is a convert to the dog world, and is trying to make up for lost time by starting Shep’s Place.
Lisa Seigle Burke
Lisa is a CPA at CBIZ MHM with 25 years of tax experience specializing in the not-for-profit industry.
Director, Social Media
Susan is a Registered Nurse and has a degree in finance. Her hobbies include photography and dog training, which have come in handy for Social Media. She joined Shep’s Place after the passing of her own rescue dog, Moe.
Trish has 32 years of professional education experience, including 12 years as a teacher and 20 years as a school administrator. She has raised and loved dogs her entire life. She is now retired and thoroughly enjoying her volunteer experience time with Shep’s.