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, aka J Dubs, aka Dubbers
  • Age: 11 (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

To help support John Wayne, please click here:

Miss Rusty

Look at that face!
  • 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

To help support Rusty, please click here:


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 feeling fine

To support Duce, please click here:


Lily Vanilly
  • 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 greeting a friend

To support Lily, please click here:


Good Golly, Miss Molly!
  • 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.

Molly at the lake

To support Molly, please click here:


Great Gatsby. (C’mon, what else were we going to say?)
  • Age: 12
  • Breed: Black Labrador Retriever
  • 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’s so hansum!

To support Gatsby, please click here:


Chief, aka “Patrick Mahomes”. (Not really.)
  • Age: 11
  • Breed: German Shepherd
  • Arrived: 11/7/19
  • Previous Home: Gladstone Animal Control
  • Available for Adoption

Chief is a sweet-natured guy who’s had to move a lot in his life. He was adopted as a puppy and named “Hershey”, but his owners eventually got divorced, so he was taken in by friends and renamed “Tyler.” After a few years, they had to move to an apartment without dogs, so he went to a third family and renamed “Chief.” They kept him for several years, but decided they didn’t want an older dog, and took him to the shelter, where we found him. He would LOVE to have his own person. He has no health issues, and loves walks and playing with toys. He is scared of rain and thunder. He’s great with kids, and loves everyone he meets.

Chief celebrating JW’s Birthday

To support Chief, click here:

Opie (aka Possum)

Opie rocking a sweater
  • Age: 17-18 (estimated)
  • Breed: Terrier Mix
  • Arrived: 11/25/19
  • Previous Home: Grain Valley Animal Control
  • Not available for Adoption, due to health issues

Opie is our oldest dog. He was found abandoned in Grain Valley, severely undernourished, with scabies on his back, and unable to stand or walk. After a week of meals, he began to recover his strength, and he came to Shep’s. He can now walk around on his own, and is gaining weight. According to the vet, he has a number of serious health issues, as any 18 year old dog does. We will give him the best care, and lots of love, and make his remaining life as comfortable and happy as possible. He LOVES snuggling with volunteers, and soaking up the sun.

Opie chillin’

To support Opie, click here:


Zippy, the upright citizen
  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Arrived: 12/24/19
  • Previous Home: Excelsior Springs, MO Animal Shelter
  • Available for adoption

Zippy is an adorable chihuahua. His original owner was an older lady who had to move in with her daughter, and couldn’t bring her pets. He spent four months in the shelter before coming to Shep’s, but we don’t expect to stay here long before being adopted! He’s a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly, and is very affectionate. He is in good health, and is mild mannered for a chihuahua. He gets along well with other dogs, and the volunteers love him.

To support Zippy, click here:


Rosco Bosco
  • Age: 11
  • Breed: Shih Tzu
  • Arrived: 12/24/19
  • Previous Home: Excelsior Springs, MO Animal Shelter
  • Available for adoption after January 23, 2020

Rosco came to us with Zippy, and they are good buds. He is an 11 year old shih tzu, and a very affectionate lap snuggler. His original owner left him behind when she moved to Florida. He is in good health, except for his teeth: he has dental work scheduled for Jan. 23, and will be available for adoption after that. He gets along well with other dogs, and loves to be outdoors.

Rosco snuggling with a volunteer

To support Rosco, click here


Tuttle the Schnoodle
  • Age: 14 (estimated)
  • Breed: Schnauzer + Poodle = Schnoodle!
  • Arrived: 1/4/20
  • Previous Home: Grain Valley MO Animal Control
  • Available for adoption

Tuttle is an eight-pound bundle of joy. He’s a happy, playful boy who gets along with everyone. He was a stray in Grain Valley, and was so overgrown that you couldn’t see his face. Fortunately, Ken Tuttle, the Animal Control Officer, took him home, and he and his wife Brenda gave him a makeover and brought him to Shep’s! Our volunteers voted to name him after Ken and Brenda. He’s missing some teeth, but is otherwise in great health for 14. And those ears!

Tuttle snuggling.

To support Tuttle, please click here:

 ** 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
Phyllis, 12/14/19