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Kansas City dogs: Shelter pets arriving at new facility in Independence

The new, regional animal shelter in Independence
The new, regional animal shelter in Independence
Great Plains SPCA

Great Plains SPCA says that on Monday, it will transfer animals from the Independence municipal animal shelter on Vista Avenue to the new regional animal shelter on 78 Highway.

Once at the new facility, the animals will receive general health exams and any needed vaccinations. Great Plains SPCA staff and volunteers will also evaluate the behavior of the animals in order to make the pets available for adoption. Spay/neuter procedures will also take place.

In a ceremony last month, Great Plains SPCA received the keys to the new shelter from the Jackson County Legislature. Great Plains SPCA already operates a veterinary clinic, pet adoption facility and lost pet center in Merriam. Officials at Great Plains SPCA have said that its Independence campus will help transform the Kansas City metro into a “no-kill” animal welfare community.

The 28,000-square-foot shelter (21001 E. 78 Highway, Independence) offers spacious living quarters with natural sunlight and indoor/outdoor play areas. A veterinary clinic is also part of the seven-acre campus. In addition, there will be a volunteer center, increased work space and a retail store. The store will sell a variety of pet supplies, including toys, treats, leashes and kennels.

The public is invited to a grand opening on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. As part of the celebration, Great Plains SPCA will offer half-price pet adoptions, discounts at the retail store, family activities, drawings and more.