Our Dogs

We’d like you to meet the dogs that live at Shep’s Place. They are the reason for the entire enterprise, and we are proud to share our home with them.

John Wayne (JW)

John Wayne, aka JW
  • Age: 10 (estimated)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever / Australian Shepherd mix
  • Arrived: 4/6/19
  • Previous Home: Midwest Animal ResQ, Raytown MO
  • Available for Adoption

Our very first dog is this handsome fella, John Wayne, also known as JW. JW came to Midwest Animal ResQ as a stray, so we don’t know his back story. He has the PERFECT temperament for a senior dog: very friendly, good natured, mellow, and sweet. Everyone who comes through the door is his best friend. He has some skin tags and patches of itchy skin, but we are treating the condition, and it seems to be improving. The vet gave him a clean bill of health. We couldn’t ask for a better first resident than John Wayne!

Portrait of JW

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Miss Rusty

Rusty looking adorable
  • Age: 14 (estimated)
  • Breed: Australian Shepherd / Terrier mix
  • Arrived: 4/14/19
  • Previous Home: All Pet Brigade, Oak Grove MO
  • Not available for adoption

Rusty is a friendly gal who loves to be outside. When she was found in the countryside outside Strasbourg, MO, she was injured and unable to walk. All Pet Brigade took her in, and paid for surgery to repair her hip. She has since recuperated, and gets around quite well, though she prefers laying down. She is the mellowest dog ever; we’ve never heard her bark. She is showing some early signs of dementia, but she’s still a happy girl with a smile on her face.

Portrait of Rusty

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Mr. Duce
  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Plott Hound Mix
  • Arrived: 5/19/19
  • Previous Home: Kansas City Pet Project, KC MO
  • Available for adoption

Duce is a brother to Lily, and they were both owner surrenders at KC Pet Project. He is shy, and has anxiety with strangers, but is very loyal and affectionate with his people. He loves to play with toys and go on walks. We believe he and Lily had little interaction with other dogs, so he would do best in a home where he was the only pet. If someone is willing to be patient with him, he would be a great companion.

Duce smiling at life

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  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Plott Hound Mix
  • Arrived: 5/19/19
  • Previous Home: Kansas City Pet Project, KC MO
  • Available for adoption

Lily is the sister of Duce, and came in with him from KC Pet Project. Like him, she is shy around strangers, but very friendly with people she knows. She is more comfortable with other dogs than Duce, but would still do best in a home where she is the only dog. She is a sweet girl, just a bit unsure of the world around her, and would blossom in a patient, loving home.

Lily dreaming of her forever home

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  • Age: 11 (estimated)
  • Breed: Pug
  • Arrived: 9/30/19
  • Previous Home: Oak Grove Animal Control
  • Available for adoption

Chico was found at a Casey’s in Oak Grove, looking for pizza, and when Animal Control contacted his owner, he didn’t want to take him back. So now we get to love on him! We removed a benign growth on his left ear, and like many pugs, has a hard time breathing when he gets excited or tired. We also had to remove several teeth, so his tongue sticks out a bit (very adorable). But he’s otherwise healthy, and loves people.

Chico surveying the scene.

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Pretty Phyllis
  • Age: 11 (estimated)
  • Breed: Fox Terrier / Poodle Mix (?)
  • Arrived: 9/23/19
  • Previous Home: St. Joseph, MO Animal Shelter
  • Currently in foster, with option to adopt

Phyllis was a stray who ended up in the St. Joseph Animal Shelter. Her back legs are very weak, so that she walks kind of like a new born deer, but with a little assistance she gets around fine. She is VERY mild-mannered and friendly toward everyone, dog or person. A definite snuggler, and highly food motivated. We love her! She is currently undergoing laser therapy for her legs, and is staying in a foster home, which we expect to turn into an adoption.

Princess Phyllis

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Big Chief
  • Age: 10
  • Breed: German Shepherd
  • Arrived: 10/18/19
  • Previous Home: Gladstone Animal Shelter
  • Available for Adoption

Chief has been a traveler, moving between three homes before arriving at Shep’s. His original family called him Hershey, and he lived with them for several years, but they got divorced. His second family called him Tyler, and he was with them for years before they moved to apartment that didn’t accept dogs. His third family renamed him Chief, and kept him for a while until he got “too old.” We think he’s a great, friendly, mellow dog who’d make a great companion. He’s very healthy, and loves walks and toys.

Chief on a walk

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Our Adoptees

Loretta, 6/9/19
Chug, 9/30/19
Herbie, 10/2/19
Nikko, 10/30/19
Arlo, 11/1/19