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 their home with them.

Where They Come From

We are set up to help dogs like Shep:  seniors who have gone unadopted in shelters or rescues.  Most of our dogs end up in a shelter because their owners either pass away or have to move to assisted care.  Because we like to meet the dogs first, we only pull from facilities within 100 miles of our location.  Our only requirement is that they be at least 9 years old, and get along well with other dogs, since they all live together in a small house.  The dogs are welcome to stay forever, but the healthy ones are available to adopt; over 75% of our dogs end up finding new homes, eventually.

Current Residents


  • Age: 12
  • Breed: Plott Hound Mix
  • Previous Home: KC Pet Project
  • Arrived: 5/19/19
  • In Foster, Not Available for Adoption

Duce was an owner surrender.  He is shy, and has anxiety with strangers, but is very loyal and affectionate with his people.  He has worked with trainers to reduce his anxiety, and has greatly improved.  He loves to play with toys and go on walks.


  • Ages: 10
  • Breed: Mastiff mix
  • Weight: 70 lb
  • Previous Home: Heart of Jackson Humane Society
  • Arrived: 9/22/22
  • Not yet available for adoption

Hank is a gentle boy, a bit shy, but with a heart of gold.  He’s still very healthy, and enjoys walks and playing in the yard.  He is a bit unsure of himself around other dogs, but is very tolerant and accepting of them.  He loves people.  He’s a favorite of our volunteers.


  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Husky/Shepherd mix
  • Weight: 94 lb
  • Previous Home: Independence MO Animal Shelter
  • Arrived: 9/24/21
  • Available for adoption

Charlie is a big bear of a friendly guy. He is super mellow, and mostly likes to lay down and watch the world go by. He is affectionate, and loves belly rubs. He also enjoys lumbering around the yard, and going on short walks. He is overweight, and we have had him on a diet, which would need to continue. But he would be an excellent, low-maintenance companion 



  • Age: 11
  • Breed: Rotweiler / Chow
  • Weight: 95 lb
  • Previous Home: Helping Hands Human Society, Topeka KS
  • Arrived: 2/7/22
  • Available for Adoption

 Joe is in his second stay at Shep’s, as his adopted owner recently passed.  He is a big, gentle sweetheart, whose hobbies include food, and that’s about it!  He takes meds for an autoimmune condition.  He spends most of his time laying down, or lumbering slowly about.  He would make a loyal and affectionate companion.


  • Age: 9
  • Breed:  Coonhound
  • Weight: 95 lb
  • Previous Home: Allen County Animal Rescue Facility, La Harpe KS
  • Arrived: 6/22/22
  • Available for adoption

Blue is a good ol’ boy coonhound, very friendly and relaxed.  He doesn’t like cats, but gets along with other dogs, and loves snuggling up to people.  He thinks he is a 100-lb lapdog!  He could probably lose some weight, and is very food-motivated.  He is a handsome gentleman with a heart of gold!



  • Age: 9
  • Breed:  Boxer mix
  • Weight: 79 lb
  • Previous Home: Helping Hands, Topeka
  • Arrived: 8/8/22
  • Not yet available for adoption

Baxter is a relaxed, older gentleman, who likes nothing more than to lay down next to his people.  His original owners had to move to a nursing home.  He has some arthritis and Cushings, but is still active.  He is a friendly guy who gets along well with other dogs.  We’ve taken him to several events, and he is a crowd favorite.

Lily & Roscoe

  • Age: 10
  • Breed:  Labrador Retrievers
  • Weight: 80 lb (each)
  • Previous Home: Humane Society of Jackson County KS
  • Arrived: 2/9/22
  • Not available for Adoption

Lily (black) and Roscoe (tan) are siblings, whose parents had to move for health reasons.  They spent 5 months at the shelter in Holton KS.  They have typical lab personalities:  warm, friendly, loyal, outgoing.  They are healthy, and love running in the yard and chewing on toys.  Prepare to have your face licked!


  • Age: 12
  • Breed:  Pointer mix
  • Weight: 88 lb
  • Previous Home: Helping Hands, Topeka
  • Arrived: 4/26/22
  • Available for adoption

Bacon is a handsome, friendly lug. He is a mellow fellow, and loves being with people; he thinks he’s a 90 lb lap dog! He likes other dogs too, sometimes a bit too much, so he would probably do better as an only pet. He is still active, and is ready to go for a walk anytime. He is a sweet guy, and all the volunteers love him.


  • Age: 11
  • Breed:  Labrador
  • Weight: 52 lb
  • Previous Home: Helping Hands, Topeka
  • Arrived: 6/22/22
  • Available for adoption; in foster

Lance was a stray, so we don’t know his backstory.  His fosters say he is a lovely fellow, friendly with people, but not in-your-face.  They say he is very laid back and easy-going, not overly energetic.  He would probably be best in a home where he is the only dog; he is selective about what other dogs be befriends.  He tolerates cats. He has a bit of a limp, but is still healthy. 


  • Age: 14
  • Breed:  Labrador
  • Weight: 44 lb
  • Previous Home: Excelsior Springs MO Animal Control
  • Arrived: 7/8/22
  • Not yet available for adoption; in foster

Jenny is a sweet old gal who gets along with everyone.  She is healthy for her age, and loves to putter around checking things out.  Her original owners had to move to a managed care facility.  She would be a gentle, friendly companion.


  • Age: 9
  • Breed:  Labrador mix
  • Weight: 50 lb
  • Previous Home: Old Drum Animal Shelter, Warrensburg MO
  • Arrived: 9/19/22
  • Not yet available for adoption

We have a lot of chill dogs, but Hollie may be the chillest.  She was found after her owner died, and had lost most of her hair due to a thyroid condition.  That is being treated now, and her hair is growing back.  She is very mild mannered and friendly, and loves a soft bed.

Our Adoptees

Loretta, adopted 8/16/2019

Chug, adopted 9/30/2019

Herbie, adopted 10/2/2019

Nikko, adopted 10/30/2019

Arlo, adopted 10/30/2019

Chico, adopted 11/18/2019

Phyllis, adopted 12/13/2019

Molly, adopted 1/19/2020

John Wayne “JW”, adopted 1/24/2020

Chief, adopted 2/7/2020

Tuttle, adopted 2/7/2020

Rosco, adopted 3/21/2020

Sydney, adopted 4/13/2020

Lily, adopted 4/25/2020

Scooby, adopted 5/17/2020

Sissy, adopted 5/24/2020

Pepper & Zena, adopted 5/31/2020

Gatsby, adopted 6/15/2020

 Opie, adopted 6/25/2020

 Suzie, adopted 8/8/2020

Sophie, adopted 9/6/2020

Callie, adopted 9/14/2020

Ora, adopted 10/17/2020

Dusty, adopted 12/21/2020

Xena, adopted 12/30/2020

Johnny and June, adopted 1/26/2021

Darla, adopted 2/6/2021

Winnie, adopted 2/26/2021

Baby, adopted 5/22/21

Gracie, adopted 6/3/21

Harley, adopted 6/17/21

Sissy, adopted 2/26/21

Zippy, adopted 9/21/2021

Zoey, adopted 10/12/2021

Marley, adopted 11/11/2021

Teddy, adopted 11/12/2021

Baby, adopted 12/17/2021

Teddy & Ginger, adopted 1/15/2022

Molly, adopted 1/27/2022

Buster, adopted 2/9/2022

Barney, adopted 3/9/2022

Sammy & Angie, adopted 3/15/2022

Hobbs, adopted 4/5/2022

Buddy, adopted 6/12/2022

Freddie, adopted 6/14/2022

Jelly Bean, adopted 7/3/2022

Penny, adopted 7/8/2022

Angel, adopted 7/29/2022

Dottie, adopted 9/9/2022

Sugar, adopted 9/15/2022