Northland Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
6972 N Broadway
Gladstone MO 64118
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 336-1888
Mission Statement
A coalition for Clay and Platte counties dedicated to educating citizens regarding the humane treatment of animals. NAWS works to create awareness regarding the need to reduce the number of homeless animals and to build a care and adoption campus so that every animal may live in a safe and caring environment.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Goldie Arnold
Board Chair Ms. Goldie Arnold
Board Chair Company Affiliation Reece & Nichols
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We are always looking for new supporters!  If you would like to support NAWS financially, you can donate online, attend an event or mail a check to our main address (6972 N. Broadway, Gladstone MO 64118).  Some individuals have even considered NAWS in their estate planning.
Beyond financial support, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.  We are active in 20+ events annually, both small and large, and always in need of volunteers to assist.  Please contact us and let us know how you can help.
In-kind donations of pet supplies, including food, blankets, leashes, cages, bowls, and veterinary/medical supplies, are always welcome.  If we cannot use the donations in our clinic or to support our own needs, we make sure your donations go to support other pet causes in the Northland.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement A coalition for Clay and Platte counties dedicated to educating citizens regarding the humane treatment of animals. NAWS works to create awareness regarding the need to reduce the number of homeless animals and to build a care and adoption campus so that every animal may live in a safe and caring environment.
Background Statement
Co-founder Kris Mydler says: "I saw such a need in our community for a care for life animal campus that would educate the public, promote the importance of spay/neutering to truly combat the over-population crisis, educate the community on proper care and humane treatment, and provide an inviting adoption center for people to visit. Existing shelters and rescue groups are often consumed with simply trying to stay afloat, and they have little time left to fight over-population issue and to build a life-long campus for these unconditionally loving, desperate animals in need. That is why NAWS was founded. The community recognizes that we need to break the chain and stop looking at this problem in an antiquated fashion, but rather from a 21st century perspective. NAWS is ready...the Northland is ready...we are ready to roll up our sleeves, make a change and lead by example." Five dedicated volunteers began in 2007, and now hundreds of volunteers and community members carry out her vision.
NAWS was organized in 2007 and initially operated as a fundraising organization, with the goal to open a care and adoption campus in the Northland. We made our first step toward that reality in 2012, when we opened a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.
The Clinic was first opened in a rented location in Riverside, and we then purchased a building and moved to Gladstone early in 2016. Since moving to Gladstone, we have extended hours, extended services, purchased additional equipment, hired a veterinarian and secured multiple volunteer veterinarians. After nearly six years of operation, we have served well over 10,000 families and their pet parents with the variety of services offered at the clinic, including the alteration of over 8,000 cats and dogs. It is difficult to maintain a Spay/Neuter Clinic simply through revenues from the Clinic because we are charging a very low cost for our clients, so we also apply for grant funding in order to supplement the revenues received from clients and it is a key goal to apply for more such funds. This allows us to keep our doors open and provide even more services for our clients.
In conjunction with the Clinic, we have complementary programs, such as the TNR (Trap Neuter Return) Program to spay/neuter male and female cats. We loan traps to neighborhoods, and helps the neighborhood members trap the animals and bring them to the Clinic for services. Volunteers have attended municipal meetings to introduce the program and recruit donors. With the TNR program, we have successfully altered thousands of cats across the Northland. not only preventing hundreds & potentially thousands of litters, but this program has also saved tax dollars by not having to utilize animal control time and funds.
Impact Statement
2018 was a busy year for NAWS! We grew our individual donor base, with over 300 donors of funds and supplies in 2018. We applied for additional grant funding for our TNR program, and are awaiting results. We also continued to participate in several community and fundraiser events throughout the Northland, attending approximately 15 events this past year to let the community know about NAWS and to raise funds. Last, we expanded the staff and the hours for our Spay/Neuter Clinic, allowing NAWS to serve even more pet families than ever in 2018.
In 2019, we will focus on seeking additional board members and volunteers. After over 10 years in existence, our work requires a constant excitement to support our work. With additional volunteers, we could consider participating in additional community events.  Next, we look forward to reviving our biggest annual fundraising event in a new location! Woofstock took a quick break in 2018, but will return in June 2019 at a new location in Gladstone, right near our Clinic. We are very excited about this! Last, we will be making some updates to our clinic and building to make sure it remains in great condition for our volunteers, staff and clients. We are always welcome to help with materials and handling the repairs!
Needs Statement
  1. Donation of supplies, or funds to purchase supplies, for the Spay/Neuter Clinic, including surgery table, instruments ($250 cost per spay pack), tubing, draping, gloves, gauze, pain medications, kennels, carriers, towels, laundry detergent, etc.
  2. Financial donations to support the operations and purchase of supplies for the Spay/Neuter Clinic and the long-term effort to build a 21st century animal campus.  Monetary donations can be made online with Paypal or a credit card (please visit our website), a check or scheduled bill pay can be sent to the Clinic at the address in our profile, or by being a sponsor for any one of our events throughout the year. If you are interested in including NAWS in your estate planning a board member would be happy to assist you.
  3. Donated or low cost real property in Platte or Clay County of approximately 5-10 acres for a 21st century animal campus.
  4. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We have many opportunities to volunteer with us from helping with event setup, speaking with local businesses about NAWS, working at the clinic to assisting with flyers. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities and we will help to find your niche.
Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Veterinary Services
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Clinton
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Ray County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
NAWS started with the simple idea of helping homeless animals in the Northland due to the desperate need for a shelter that will provide an open door policy that would accept all animals and provide a safe and caring environment until a forever home could be found. This is rooted in our belief that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all of us.
NAWS is unique, important and distinctive in that we are raising funds for this purpose. More than 30 animal rescue groups serve this area, but there is no shelter dedicated to finding these animals forever homes. Our work is done entirely by volunteers, and is supported entirely through the donations of our members and supporters. We want to ensure that animals will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid or in pain. We want to create awareness within our community about the immediate need to reduce the number of unwanted and discarded animals.
The cornerstone of our program is to educate and promote the concept of spaying and neutering. Our goal is to help every animal find a home. If we can’t then we need a proper shelter to provide a safe, caring and secure environment until it finds a new home. We strongly believe that every animal deserves the opportunity to live its life as part of a loving and caring family. All animals are equal in our eyes, and each one has a special gift. We believe that a caring and compassionate commitment to the animals we share our lives with will provide for an enriching environment for us all. We believe it is our responsibility to leave the footprints for those who follow us, to make a difference, and to make our contributions meaningful and long-lasting.
Description Our ultimate goal is to raise the funds to build a 21st century animal adoption and care-for-life campus. It would be managed by a compassionate, accountable and responsible staff who would work to ensure a minimal euthanasia rate in the Northland. The campus would offer the following: In-house veterinary care; Applicant screening for adoptions; Foster care; Spay/Neuter clinics; Off-site Adoption locations and drives; Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) for feral cats; Dog Obedience/Agility classes; Socializing and training classes; Medical Behavior rehabilitation; Educational classes for families and students; Summer camps; Pet Relations programs; Serve as a liaison with rescue groups; Education regarding adopting versus buying animals; Pet Cemetery / Memorial Services; Off-lease dog park.
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
Our clients include a number of different groups:
  1. Rescue groups who will be served and are currently being served with donations;
  2. animals that will be humanely surrendered to the shelter and then given new homes; and
  3. residents of the Northland and the metro area who will have a place to take their animals for assistance, and who will be able to find a new member of the family.
Long-Term Success Our success will be measured when there are no longer homeless and abused animals on the streets and highways in the Northland.
Program Success Monitored By We measure success by the impact we are having on our clients and the community. By being involved in the community, we hear stories about the impact of NAWS currently and the impact we that we could have in the community. We can also use concrete statistics regarding the number of animals rescued and re-homed, and the number of fewer animals on the streets.
Examples of Program Success Once the animal campus is built, stories such as these will be commonplace: "I had elderly clients who were displaced from their home due to foreclosure. They had two 5 year-old cats who were litter-mate brothers and could not go with them when they moved. Through the assistance of NAWS we were able to place them with a rescue group who will care for them until they find forever homes…this was 'an answer to their prayers' by not having to surrender their beloved animals to a shelter." Russ Bouknight, Reece & Nichols Realtor.
"NAWS came to the immediate rescue of three homeless feral kittens who ended up on my front porch earlier this year. Without the help of NAWS, I'm quite sure the kittens' fate would not have been a good one. (They) not only came and got the kittens but got them exposure so that all were placed in permanent loving homes. I truly believe that this organization has their hearts and energies in the right place." George Diekman.
Reducing pet overpopulation begins with spaying and neutering our pets. For many families, this requires a a convenient, low cost, accessible location for services. We opened the NAWS Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in February 2012 in Riverside, Missouri, the only clinic of its kind serving the Northland area. In early 2016, we purchased a location and we now operate at 6972 N. Broadway, Gladstone, MO. Clients qualify for low cost services by providing some proof of receipt of government assistance, or who are otherwise earning $30,000 or less per year.
Services include spaying and neutering services, preventative vaccinations, nail trimming, deworming and microchipping.  We also maintain a TNR (Trap Neuter Return) Program to help local neighborhoods with cat overpopulation.
The impact on the community is impressive.  We have provided over 5,500 spay/neuter services and served over 9,800 pets and their families!
Program Budget $42,000.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success We opened the clinic in 2012 in a rented location and hoped for a great outcome, and it has certainly happened! People in the community have been so grateful for our services, and we measure short term success by the number of families and pet patients that we receive, and the referrals that we receive. Each year, the numbers grow and we add more part-time staff and hours of services. When we hear a thank you from a client who otherwise could not have afforded services for their pet, we know we have achieved success.
Long-Term Success
Each time our Clinic services an animal, the decision the pet owner made that day will have positive consequences far into the future.  Spaying one female dog can reduce the pet overpopulation by 10 - 12 offspring per year.  Neutering a male dog or spaying or neutering a cat has even more significant outcomes.
Our long-term goal is to reduce the pet overpopulation in the Northland, and the Kansas City community as a whole, so that fewer animals are surrendered to local shelters.  It will not be necessary to euthanize animals solely for space, with the ultimate goal of a low kill/no kill community.  Shelters have a significant place in our community and will always be necessary, but for those animals that do end up in shelters, they will have a greater chance of finding a forever home because they will have more time and will not face the threat of euthanasia. 
Program Success Monitored By
We can measure success in a number of ways.  First, we can monitor the number of animals we are helping on a weekly, monthly and annual basis.  
Second, we can measure success by the number of days we are able to be open to the public to offer services.  At this time, we are open four days a week for surgeries and vaccinations (having added a 4th day over the past year). We then have an additional two days we are open for dog grooming and office hours.
Third, we are logging the number of volunteer hours that have been served at the Clinic.  The more time the Clinic is open, the more volunteer hours are logged.  Volunteer hours also let us know that our presence in the community is growing - as more people hear about the Clinic, they want to be a part of it! 
Last, we do receive feedback from our clients.  Our clients let us know how they heard about the Clinic and what we can do to make the Clinic more accessible to those in need.  We can turn this feedback into action items to help serve the community even better.
Examples of Program Success
  • Dr. Billie Deam, DVM.  Dr. Deam stated:  "Please be assured that the pet professionals at our clinic share your commitment to kindness to animals. We support your mission of spaying, neutering and providing preventive health and wellness services to improve the quality of life for all pets. Thank you for all you do for homeless and abandoned animals."
  • We also received a heartfelt thank you from a client, who stated the following:  "Thank you for your assistance and kindness to help us get the neighborhood feral cat neutered...although he may not agree, we are very appreciative for your presence and thoughtfulness." 
  • We even received a thank you from our client, a cat named Bailey:  "Just want to say thanks for making me feel like a new man.  My mommy has to write this since I can't write yet!" 
  • A homeless veteran, who could not part with his cats, was helped by NAWS as we were able to spay and neuter all of his cats so they could stay together. 
  •  A client had lost her job, and was about to have open heart surgery. She did not want to part with her “furbaby” and then she heard about NAWS. She rode the bus as close to our clinic as she could & walked the rest of the way. We were able to provide her with much needed cat food and litter.
Description Since early on, we have had an active group of more than 100 volunteers who participate in fund raisers, come to meetings and spread the word one person at a time. We invite people of similar animal welfare groups to come and speak at our meetings and events. We have volunteers who speak at local schools to young people about the importance of caring for their animals and making sure they are spayed/neutered. At many of our events, such as Woofstock, we provide a variety of learning activities. Woofstock is a family pet/dog-themed family fun day at Zona Rosa. We provide information on how to care for dogs, how to provide dog and family-friendly activities, and how to take part in the animal services provided in our community. We also work to provide information on treatment of other animals, such as cats!
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success We plan to start working at the elementary school level so children learn how to take care of animals in an appropriate manner. To some extent, children can have a great impact on their parents by encouraging them to care for animals in a humane manner and to have their pets spayed and neutered. This training can be done on-site at schools, and in the future on field trips to the campus.
Long-Term Success We want NAWS to be the #1 resource for government entities, schools, community groups, and individuals in the Northland when it is time to adopt a pet and when searching for education opportunities regarding animals.
Program Success Monitored By We gauge our success as more groups and individuals become aware of the work done by NAWS. For example, for the last three years, the Riverside community has chosen NAWS as the recipient of proceeds from the Levee Run. This makes it clear that Riverside respects NAWS as a valuable resource for the community and believes in investment in NAWS.
Examples of Program Success
"NAWS is becoming a well-known organization of fundraising volunteers whose tireless efforts to secure a shelter in the Northland are also benefitting rescue groups and the community in the meantime. They are donating food and supplies to rescue groups, helping with the Food Pantry to help families keep their animals during these hard times, are sponsoring adoption events and educating the public about animal care, rescue and spay/neuter programs. They have been a great rescue partner to Kitty Cat Connection and we look forward with great anticipation to their success with a shelter and continued programs to support the dog and cat rescue community." Sandy Coffman, President, Kitty Cat Connection.
After hearing presentations from several local charities, a local middle school student body selected NAWS as the recipient of their fundraiser.

NAWS held a pet CPR and First Aid Course at the Clinic, with twelve people successfully completing the first course.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Goldie Arnold
Term Start Feb 2007
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 30
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Goldie Arnold
Company Affiliation Reece & Nichols
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms. Goldie ArnoldReece & Nichols
Ms. Connie Bell-GustafsonIndependent Insurance Broker
Ms. Susan HilandNorth Kansas City School District
Ms. Alexia NorrisPolsinelli PC
Ms. Rosemary SalernoZona Rosa
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Jane BoswellEducator, Liberty School District
Mr. Shane BrightBrass Rail
Ms. Pam DiCapoOwner, Lauren Alexandra
Dr. Eugene Donnelly DVMRetired Veterinarian
Ms. Heather DutyReece and Nichols
Ms. Kim FilbeckDowntown Council
Ms. Susie GreenInvisible Fence
Ms. Sandi LeshikarNurse
Dr. Steve LevySelf-employed
Ms. Gail Orth-AikmusRegional Director Heartland Weimaraner Rescue
Ms. Kathy PlantKathy's Klippery
Mr. Al RicheyAnimals in Need Thrift Store
Ms. Dawn StephensAttorney
Ms. Christi WeaverThe Polished Edge Jewelry
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $150,000
Projected Expenses $130,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$148,613$169,090$132,727
Administration Expense$40,059$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.121.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$464,940$434,675$265,277
Current Assets$464,940$228,402$249,353
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$142,161$149,942$400
Total Net Assets$322,779$284,733$264,877
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.271.52623.38
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Corporate Donor $2,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Government Agency $1,480
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $1,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Woofstock KC Star2017View
Example of Newsletter - September 20152015View
NAWS Flyer Update2015View
NAWS Overview - Fall 20142014View
Organization Name Northland Animal Welfare Society, Inc.
Address 6972 N Broadway
Gladstone, MO 64118
Primary Phone (816) 336-1888
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Goldie Arnold
Board Chair Ms. Goldie Arnold
Board Chair Company Affiliation Reece & Nichols
Year of Incorporation 2007