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!

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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. She is showing some early signs of dementia, but she’s still a happy girl with a smile on her face.

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Arlo the Boxer Boy
  • Age: 8 1/2
  • Breed: Boxer
  • Arrived: 4/28/19
  • Previous Home: Nevada Animal Shelter, Nevada MO
  • Available for Adoption after procedure to remove benign tumor in July.

Arlo is an energetic, outgoing boxer boy. He is the youngster at Shep’s, but boxers only have an average lifespan of 11 years, so for the breed, he is a senior. He was a surrender at the Nevada shelter, so unlike our other dogs, we know his actual age and name. Arlo has a benign growth on his leg that will be removed on July 9, and has a slight limp from an old leg injury, but is otherwise a healthy, happy boy. And he’s so hansum!

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Duce & Lily

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

Duce and Lily are, we believe, brother and sister, and have lived their entire lives together. They were an owner surrender to KC Pet Project. KCPP didn’t think they were likely to be adopted as a pair, so they split them up, which upset Lily. We brought them to Shep’s so they can continue to live together. They are slow, sweet, friendly dogs who still like to meander after a tennis ball. Duce doesn’t like thunder, and is a bit more shy. Other than arthritis, they are healthy pups. They are paired, and would do well in a home without other dogs.

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  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Terrier Mix
  • Arrived: 8/1/19
  • Previous Home: Helping Hands Humane Society, Topeka KS
  • Not yet available for adoption

Herbie “the Love Bug” came from Topeka. He is missing his back left leg, but gets around just fine with the other three. As a stray, we do not know his back story or exact age. He is an awesome snuggler! Herbie loves the other dogs, and is just a friendly, handsome guy. And he’s the cutest “talker”.

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  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Cairn Terrier
  • Arrived: 9/6/19
  • Previous Home: Excelsior Springs, MO Animal Shelter
  • Not yet available for adoption

Nikko’s owner passed away earlier this year, and he ended up in a shelter before coming to Shep’s. He is a happy, spunky ball of energy. And yes, one ear sticks up! He loves people, both playing and snuggling up. He’s house trained, with no medical issues. A real sweetheart!

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