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, 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.  We believe he had little interaction with other dogs growing up, 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.


  • Ages: 14
  • Breed: Labrador
  • Weight: 45 lb
  • Previous Home: Helping Hands Human Society, Topeka KS
  • Arrived: 6/4/21
  • Available for adoption

Chubbles is a calm, gentle soul, one of the sweetest, mellowest dogs you’ll ever meet.  She has arthritis in her back hips, so she moves around slowly, and shouldn’t go on long walks.  But she still loves walking around the play yard, following her person and joining in with the group.  She is quiet and a bit shy, but affectionate.  She gets along well with other dogs, but may get pushed aside by more active ones.  She would be a great companion for a less active person who wants a low-energy, loving friend.


  • 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: 10
  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Weight: 15 lb
  • Previous Home: Helping Hands Human Society, Topeka KS
  • Arrived: 12/22/21
  • Adoption Pending

Churro is a happy, friendly guy.  He’s a bit of a chub, and loves snacks, but he’s also very affectionate and full of energy.  He likes being on a lap!  He gets along well with the other dogs.  For a chihuahua, he’s pretty quiet.


  • Age: 12
  • Breed:  Poodle mix
  • Weight: 8 lb
  • Previous Home: Gladstone MO Animal Shelter
  • Arrived: 1/24/22
  • Adoption Pending

Sugar was found abandoned in a box at WalMart, thin as a rail.  The local shelter determined she was diabetic, and asked us to help.  After a week at the vets, her blood sugar is improving, and she is putting on weight.  She is SOOO sweet!  We’re glad we could help her in time.

Lily & Roscoe

  • Age: 10
  • Breed:  Labrador Retrievers
  • Weight: 80 lb (each)
  • Previous Home: Humane Society of Jackson County KS
  • Arrived: 2/9/22
  • 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: 14
  • Breed: Husky mix
  • Weight: 56 lb
  • Previous Home: Green Hills Animal Shelter, Trenton MO
  • Arrived: 4/6/22
  • Available for adoption

Angel is the perfect name for this sweet girl.  She is *very* mild-mannered, and immediately fit in with all the other dogs.  We are treating her for heartworm, and she has some pain in her hips, but she still loves following you around and being outdoors.  A warm, gentle soul.

Jelly Bean

  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Weight: 6 lb
  • Previous Home: Helping Hands Humane Society, Topeka KS
  • Arrived: 5/10/22
  • Available for adoption

Jelly Bean is a tiny waif of Chihuahua goodness.  She is energetic and full of life.  She can be a bit unsure of new people, but warms up quickly.  She likes to “talk”, and spins in circles when excited.  She can be jealous of other dogs interrupting her human-time, but otherwise gets along with them well.  No medical issues.


  • Age: 13
  • Breed:  Pomeranian
  • Weight: 14 lb
  • Previous Home: Gladstone MO Animal Shelter
  • Arrived: 5/21/22
  • Available for adoption; in foster

Penny is a shy, sweet girl.  She is on meds for her heart and back, but is still very active and energetic.  She would make a great companion.


  • 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
  • Not yet available for adoption; in foster

Lance is a quiet, mellow guy who mostly loves to take naps.  He was a stray, so we don’t know his backstory.  His fosters say he is a sweet gentleman, who gets along well with their cats.  He has a bit of a limp, but is still healthy. 


  • Age: 9
  • Breed:  Coonhound
  • Weight: 100 lb
  • Previous Home: Allen County Animal Rescue Facility, La Harpe KS
  • Arrived: 6/22/22
  • Not yet 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 people.  He could probably lose some weight, and is very food-motivated.  He is a handsome gentleman!

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, 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