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: 10 (estimated)
  • Breed: Australian Shepherd / Cattle Dog Mix
  • Arrived: 11/12/19
  • Previous Home: Independence Animal Control
  • Available for adoption

Molly came from Independence Animal Control — the same facility Shep came from! She is an energetic, happy, friendly girl, who loves going on walks. She likes being outside. She is the most playful dog we currently have, and tries to get Chief to chase her around the house. She is in good health, and good spirits.

Good Golly, Miss Molly!

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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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Great Gatsby. (C’mon, what else were we going to say?_)
  • Age: 12
  • Breed: Black Labrador Retreiver
  • Arrived: 11/12/19
  • Previous Home: Independence Animal Control
  • Not available for Adoption, due to health

Gatsby is a big, lovable lug. He is the friendliest, mellowest, lickingest dog you’ll ever meet, as sweet as a dog can be. He’s a very relaxed fellow, slow moving, but loves being around people. Unfortunately, he has some serious problems with his heart, so he can’t exercise much, and we plan to keep him at Shep’s for the long haul.

Gatsby hanging out with a volunteer.

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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
Chico, 11/18/19
Chief, 11/20/19