Frequently Asked Questions
When will you open?
We are open! We accepted our first dog on April 6, 2019.
How many dogs do you have?
Legally, we can have up to 20 dogs. However, our house is rather small, and we want the dogs and volunteers to be comfortable, so we will probably end up with a smaller number, maybe 10-12. We are growing slowly, giving the pack time to adjust to new members, and working out the kinks in our procedures.
What type of dogs do you take in?
The age at which a dog qualifies as a “senior” varies from breed to breed. As a guideline, we are looking for dogs that are 10 years or older, but there can be exceptions.
We have kennel space for various sized dogs, so there is no target size.
Other than age, our goal is to target dogs currently in shelters or rescues, who have already spent time waiting to be adopted. Shelters make heroic efforts to find families for dogs, but seniors can be hard to place, and it is not a good long-term environment for them. We will give them a home, where they can live outside the kennel (except at night), and a family of volunteers to love them.
The one trait all our dogs must have, besides age, is that they get along well with other dogs. Our dogs live together, indoors and out, so they must be compatible. Aggressive dogs will not fit into our community.
I’m trying to find a home for an old dog. Can I surrender the dog to Shep’s Place?
The short answer is, no. Shep’s Place does not accept dogs directly from the public. Our mission is to provide a home for senior dogs in rescues and shelters who have been unable to find an adoptive family there. So we only accept dogs from other animal care facilities.
We believe that being adopted into a caring family is the ideal outcome for a dog. It is in their best interest, then, to first try the shelter adoption system. If they do, and find a home relatively quickly, then everyone’s happy. But if they can’t, and their stay drags on, then it becomes detrimental to the dog. Our role is to find the seniors languishing in shelters and give them a home.
For people trying to find a safe place for an old dog, we know it is disappointing to be turned away. Believe me, we would LOVE to help every old dog in need. Each one tugs at your heartstrings, and every dog deserves a home. Sadly, we only have a limited number of slots (and resources), so we have to be selective.
How are dogs taken care of at Shep’s Place?
The whole purpose of Shep’s Place is to provide senior dogs the quality of life they deserve, so their well-being is our highest priority. The goal is to make Shep’s as much like a family home as possible. During the day, the dogs are free to wander the house, play, sleep, or hang out with their volunteer family.
Senior dogs have health issues, and we will ensure that they are properly taken care of. Their on-site medical needs are overseen by Angie Bloss, a vet tech who is also a Board member. Veterinary services are provided by Independence Animal Hospital, which is only a 5 minute drive away.
If I make a donation, is it tax deductible?
Shep’s Place is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, so any cash donations or donated items are eligible to claimed as a tax deduction. We will gladly provide a receipt for your tax records. You will have to itemize deductions in order to take advantage of this. Donated services and T-shirt sales cannot be deducted from taxes.
I’m planning an event, and would like Shep’s Place to participate. Who should I talk to?
First of all, bless you! We want to be involved in area events, to get our name out to adopters and donors, as well as potential volunteers. Being a small operation, we may not be able to make every event, but we want to attend as many as we can. If you know of an event that might fit our mission, please contact our Event Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the General Manager at email@example.com.
Can I adopt a dog from Shep’s Place?
Unlike a shelter, we are not primarily concerned with finding new homes for our dogs. They are free to stay at Shep’s forever, if they want. However, we are open to placing dogs in homes, if we are sure they will be happy and well cared for. We love our dogs, and their well-being is our first priority; we would never send them to a home where they would be neglected. We therefore require potential adopters to fill out an application, followed by a home visit. We’re not looking for perfection — dogs can be happy in many different homes and situations. We just want to make sure that their basic needs will be met.
If you are interested in adopting a dog from Shep’s, please contact us to set up an appointment. We are not normally open to the public.
Can I foster a dog from Shep’s?
Because Shep’s Place provides a homelike atmosphere for our dogs, we do not anticipate having a need for many foster homes. If a dog is not doing well in the Shep’s environment, a foster home may be considered. If so, we will follow a procedure similar to adoption to ensure that the foster home will be able to take care of the dog’s needs.
Can kids volunteer at Shep’s Place?
Regular volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Those between the ages of 12 and 16 may volunteer with a parent or guardian. Those from 16-17 may volunteer on their own, as long as their parent or guardian signs a form.
We plan to have special events for kids from 8 to 12, but the details have not been worked out yet.
I want to help, but I don’t have time to volunteer. Is there anything else I can do?
Of course! You can donate items that we need. Daily items, like canned food, poop bags, laundry detergent, dog toys and the like are always in demand. Or, you can check out our Amazon Wishlist, at https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2XDEN41JK6WOY? .
If you use Amazon, you could begin making your purchases through AmazonSmile, and pick us as your beneficiary. It won’t cost you anything extra, but a percentage of each purchase will be donated to us!
You could start a Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook. You could also donate to us in more traditional ways; just click the Donate tab on the menu above.
And, you could also spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Mention us in a post!
Will you euthanize dogs?
Only if their health has deteriorated to the point where they can no longer have an acceptable quality of life. We love our dogs, and we do not want them to suffer. If they reach the point where there is no escape from suffering, then the humane thing is to release them from that pain.
We will NEVER euthanize a dog merely because we need space, or don’t believe they can be adopted.
What happens to one of your dogs if no one adopts them?
Nothing. They can remain at Shep’s Place for as long as they need.
Can I visit Shep’s Place?
We are not open to the public on a daily basis. For the safety of the dogs (and volunteers), we do not allow unscheduled strangers into the house. However, we would be glad to arrange a time for a visit, if you would like, especially if you’d like to meet a dog to foster or adopt! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
We do plan to schedule Open Houses for potential volunteers and guests. Stay tuned for more details.
Are the dogs kept in kennels?
Only at night, when they are sleeping, and at feeding time. The rest of the time, they are free to roam the house or the play yards. Of course, there may be times when they need to be in the kennel: if they are sick, or need to be isolated for some reason. But our goal is for them to be out of the kennel at least 12 hours a day!
If I can’t bring my dog to Shep’s Place, where else can I take it?
If you live in the Kansas City area, your municipality will have a public Animal Shelter. That is the first place to go. They will take care of your dogs immediate medical needs, then try to find them a new adoptive family.
If the shelter is not an option, please consider the organizations on this list from the Friends of KC Animals website: http://www.friendsofkcanimals.org/links/
If I donate money, what will it be used for?
We are an all-volunteer organization, so there are no salaries or benefits to pay for. Our expenses are focused on caring for the dogs, and maintaining the facility so that we can care for the dogs.
Since we haven’t been open long, we don’t have a full year’s data, but our projected budget breaks down as follows:
Dog Care: 63% Facility: 22% Admin/PR/Other: 15%
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