Great Plains SPCA
5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam KS 66202
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 831-7722
Mission Statement
The mission of Great Plains SPCA is to drive change in our community through innovative programs that promote adoption, outreach, veterinary care, and a better life for pets and the people who love them.  
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nate Meador
Board Chair Jami Pryor
Board Chair Company Affiliation N/A
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
Animal Haven
No More Homeless Pets KC
Heartland SPCA
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Great Plains SPCA is to drive change in our community through innovative programs that promote adoption, outreach, veterinary care, and a better life for pets and the people who love them.  
Background Statement

On June 15, 2011, Great Plains SPCA (formerly Heartland SPCA) was formed through the merger of Animal Haven and No More Homeless Pets KC. For more than 47 years, Animal Haven was the largest animal-welfare organization in Johnson County, Kansas, and the second largest humane organization in Greater Kansas City. No More Homeless Pets KC was the area's leader in high-volume, low-cost spay and neuter services, and complete affordable veterinary wellness care for those who would otherwise be unable to afford the medical care needs of their pets. This is the first merger of its kind in our area – joining two non-profit animal welfare organizations - and the synergy created by this union has enabled us to have an even broader reach and extraordinary impact on the people and pets we serve. In uniting the lifesaving services of the two legacy organizations, Great Plains SPCA is now the Kansas City area’s most unique and comprehensive animal welfare organization, serving more needy pets and their owners than any other animal welfare organization in Kansas City. Annually, we serve over 35,000 needy pets and the people who love them near our bi-state campuses in Merriam, KS and Independence, MO. 

Although we have a new name and a new brand, we have been the voice for animals in need in the Greater Kansas City metro since 1965. It is our goal to work collaboratively with our community partners to truly transform the Kansas City metro into a No-Kill community. As a result of the merger, Great Plains SPCA has all of the necessary programs in place to make this transformation a reality. 
At Great Plains SPCA, we believe that no matter what their size, shape or story, all dogs and cats deserve the chance to live long, happy and healthy lives. That’s why our team of experts works hard every day to be a lifeline to a better future for pets by providing comprehensive, affordable medical care, adoption services and innovative community support programs. Because we know that with a little support, people and pets can build a bond unlike any other, creating happier homes and a community that values life and love.
Impact Statement

In 2015, Great Plains SPCA served over 35,000 needy pets, and the people by their sides – more than any other agency in the community. Of those:

  • Over 18,000 public pets were seen at our Veterinary Care Center
  • Over 5,000 shelter pets were spayed and neutered
  • Over 10,000 homeless, lost and abandoned animals entered our shelter doors
  • 7,110 pets found their forever families
  • 1,354 pets were reunited with their families
  • 125 children participated in our Young Heroes Camp
  • 25.6 tons of pet food were distributed to the community
  • 12,884 SASSY meals were delivered to Meals-on-Wheels recipients
  • 139,468 volunteer hours donated 
  • 800 families received education and assistance from our HERO team 
  • 429 cats transported to the Northwest via the Oregon Tail 
  • 65% increase in our foster program 

Equally important, our live-release rate has remained at a community high – 97% (No Kill status is achieved with a 90% live-release rate and we are well above that).

Needs Statement

Great Plains SPCA’s most pressing needs include the following:

  1. Funding to support the growing number of animals who come to Great Plains SPCA daily in need of veterinary care and other resources, food, shelter and help finding loving, forever homes.
  2. Great Plains SPCA could not help the animals in our community without the support of volunteers. While there are a wide range of volunteer opportunities at Great Plains SPCA, the most pressing needs are for volunteers to support our mobile event opportunities, provide animal care and enrichment, and offer administrative support. New Volunteer Orientations are offered twice a month at both our Kansas and Missouri Campuses.
  3. In addition to financial gifts, donations of services such as printing, graphic design and catering for special events allow Great Plains SPCA to focus our time and funding on ensuring and expanding its quality programs. 
  4. Great Plains SPCA always needs in-kind donations to help with daily operations needs, including cat litter, dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, and gift cards.
  5. Sponsorships and committee engagement for our special events and third party events.
Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
Greater Kansas City area
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

2015 was an eventful, challenging and exciting year for the entire team at Great Plains SPCA!  We couldn't feel more proud of the impact our organization had in transforming more lives than ever before - the lives of pets we served, but also the people who love them.  Over 35,000 pets benefited from our sheltering and critical intervention programs last year - five to seven times the number of pets served by other local agencies - and we celebrated the highest annual live-release rate in local history at 97%. 

With demand for our services growing by 350% since 2010, it brings us great pride to know the level of confidence our community has in our work, and the countless ways Kansas Citians depend on us to protect and improve the lives of pets in our region.  Last year, we worked several hoarding cases, initiated positive legislative changes, expanded our public Veterinary Care Center and so much more. 
In 2016, we celebrated 50 years of serving the Kansas City metro's homeless pets!  It all started in 1966 from a little house off 67th Street in Merriam, KS known to many as Animal Haven. Over the last 50 years, more than 200,000 pets have entered the shelter's doors seeking safe housing, nourishing meals, veterinary care and the chance to move from homeless to homebound.   
We are incredibly proud of all that has been accomplished from this 3,300 square foot house, but it is time to retire this tiny little building. This is a bittersweet time for us as the former Animal Haven building is considered by many to be a Kansas City landmark.  We all have many fond memories of the abundant ways we have impacted the lives of pets and people through our work in that building, and saying goodbye won't be easy... but we know it is time.  The building is literally falling apart. 
As of the end of February, our Lost Pet & Intake Center off 67th Street is no longer accepting animals.  We are utilizing our Pet Adoption Center on Antioch Drive to house new intakes and adoptable pets. While consolidating intake operations is not ideal for the long-term, our staff has worked hard to develop a solid plan to benefit the pets and families we serve until a new building can be secured.   
The best solution and our long-term goal is to have a new facility.  In order to achieve this, we are working with county officials to reiterate that there is a need for Johnson County to play a role in the solution. Moreover, we are encouraging the community and donors to participate in the discussion with county officials and raise dollars through private and public funds to encourage a bond initiative.   
In the meantime, we have three top notch facilities to serve the public with intake support, adoptable pets, veterinary care, behavior training and more:  Pet Adoption & Intake Center in Merriam, KS; Public Veterinary Care Center in Merriam, KS; Pet Adoption & Intake Center in Independence, MO. 
At the bi-state Great Plains SPCA Pet Adoption Centers in Merriam, KS and Independence, MO, our team successfully placed 7,110 pets with their forever families in 2015. Every adopter receives personalized attention from our trained staff to ensure that the personality and needs of the pet fit the expectations and lifestyle of the new adopters. Because of the life-saving commitment Great Plains SPCA has to every pet we serve, we are proud to report a 97% live-release rate for all pets who enter our shelter. This means of the 10,411 pets who entered our shelter doors in 2015,  97% of those pets were adopted, reunited with their owners or transferred to a partner agency/rescue group. Great Plains SPCA serves as the animal housing agency, managing the lost pet population, for six Johnson County municipalities and three Jackson County municipalities. Our staff works diligently to reunite lost pets with their families, and we have the highest return to owner rate in the Greater Kansas City area. In 2015, we reunited 1,300 lost pets with their families.
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success
7,110 homeless animals found loving forever homes in 2015.   
Long-Term Success
Greater Kansas City will be a no-kill community.
Program Success Monitored By
The number of animals adopted during the year.
Examples of Program Success

Kauffman, found wandering near Kauffman Stadium, was identified by locals as belonging to a homeless man who would get drunk and beat him. The man was in jail, and Kauffman found himself in our care, skinny as a rail and heartworm positive. He suffered significant swelling at his neuter site, kennel cough that progressed to pneumonia, enlargement of the heart, and a crusty case of ringworm before finally getting his strength up to be ready for adoption. A very nice family came in and visited with him. They put a hold on him and then the gentleman came back the next day on his lunch break, having already discussed all of Kauffman’s issues with a veterinarian, gone shopping for doggie supplies, and read up on nutrition for underweight dogs and gentle training methods. The family came to complete the adoption a few hours later. They have brought him in for visits twice when they needed to purchase more heartworm prevention or special toys or treats. He is plump and happy! 

To accommodate the increasing demand of our services, Great Plains SPCA has expanded our veterinary care center to allow for us to see more patients while providing top notch medical care and phenomenal customer service.  We welcome all Kansas City Pet Owners to consider Great Plains SPCA to meet their pets' veterinary needs; not only will pets receive premium medical care, but the dollars spent support our lifesaving programs.  
Licensed veterinarians at Great Plains SPCA hold a wide breadth of experience and our team served over 22,000 patients at our Veterinary Care Center last year.  Our doctors consult with some of the nation's leading experts to ensure the latest advancements in veterinary medicine are components of the regular treatment protocols in our hospital.  Through the expansion of our team, we will now be able to get pets in more quickly for high quality care and service, schedule appointments starting earlier in the day, and offer expanded surgical and dental services.
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success

11,520 animals are seen through the Veterinary Care Center.

Long-Term Success

  • All pet owners in Greater Kansas City will provide preventive care to their pets.
  • The number of pets entering shelters will be greatly reduced.

Program Success Monitored By

  • The number of pets seen in the Veterinary Care Center
  • Revenue from care provided in the public wellness clinic

Examples of Program Success

Two weeks after opening our expanded veterinary clinic adding digital x-ray capabilities, in one day we had 6 pets brought to us that had been hit by cars and had broken legs. (5 dogs and 1 cat). In each case the family was financially unable to pay for the veterinary care to have their pets taken care of. Because of the great support of our donors, we were able to save each one of these pets. Three of the dogs and the cat had to have the leg amputated and two of the dogs were small and young and we were able to have their legs pinned to save them. Two of the pets were relinquished to Great Plains SPCA and are now in loving adoptive homes and the other 4 all went back to their families where they are happy and healthy. In each and every case had our facility and services not been available, each of those pets would have been euthanized.

The Humane Education Resources Outreach program has been a Great Plains SPCA program for several years but has recently grown thanks to a partnership with The Rescue Project. HERO Team members serve the animals in our community who are most in need of a helping hand. Whether it is a pet living outside without proper shelter, an owner who cannot afford to buy pet food, or a pet who needs medical treatment, our team is committed to helping improve the lives of all pets in our community.
The HERO Team can help pets who need the following and more:
  • Food assistance to keep from going hungry
  • Low-cost spay/neuter or veterinary care
  • Shelter or straw for appropriate outdoor housing
  • Relief from being chained
  • Trap Neuter Release (TNR) for feral or free roaming cats
  • Advice for behavioral issues
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Enforcement
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success
  • Provide 50 tons of food to groups and pets in need through Rescue Bank.
  • Build a team of 10 volunteers to each campus trained to respond to community concerns.
  • Distribute mission based collateral to 2,500 homes.
Long-Term Success
The long term goal is to see all communities in the great KC metro area adopt TNR (trap/neuter/return) as the most effective way to reduce the number of feral and free roaming cats in the community. We will continue to work with agencies, neighborhood associations and individuals that are open to embracing TNR and will work to educate and demonstrate that TNR is the most humane as well as most effective way to reduce the number of homeless cats in a community.

  • All families in Greater Kansas City will have access to the resources needed to properly care for their pets.
  • The number of pets entering area shelters and being euthanized will decline.

Program Success Monitored By
  • The amount of food distributed to groups and pets in need. 
  • Response rate to community concerns. 
  • # of mission based collateral distributed.
Examples of Program Success

In Riverside, Missouri we performed 3 mass trappings and fixed nearly 200 feral/free roaming cats in the city of Riverside over an 18 month window. Cat complaints and the number of free roaming cats in the community dropped to a negligible number and Riverside still does not have a cat population problem 4 years later.


The SASSY Program (Saving Animals by Supportive Seniors and others Young at heart) offers a unique approach to solving two community problems while creating a win-win result for shelter pets and lonely seniors. By promoting “senior-appropriate” shelter pets and removing some of the barriers to pet adoption, seniors can lead a more fulfilling and productive life, and shelter pets can find a forever and loving home. SASSY program initiatives includes SASSYmeals - SASSY partners with area Meals-on-Wheels programs to distribute pet meals to those receiving meal assistance; SASSYfund provides financial assistance to seniors on a fixed income who have pets in need of veterinary services; SASSYangels: SASSY offers a shelter pet sponsorship program for people living in retirement communities; Senior-appropriate volunteer activities include administrative tasks, meal preparation, donation collections, and fundraising event planning.

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, ,
Short-Term Success

  • SASSY meals provides 15,000 pet meals
  • SASSY Fund donations equal $13,500
  • SASSY memberships increase to 240

Long-Term Success

Senior pets entering shelter care will have the opportunity to be adopted by senior adults needing companionship.

Program Success Monitored By

  • The number of seniors served with pet meals and financial assistance for vet care.
  • The number of senior volunteer hours committed to the program.
  • The amount of funds available to provide financial assistance for veterinary care.

Examples of Program Success

Carter, a four year old Chow Chow/Labrador Mix with heartworms, spent months at our shelter always overlooked by potential adopters. That all changed on Valentine’s Day when a group of seniors from Stratford Commons came to our shelter to create Valentines for our pets with our SASSY program. Carter came out to greet the seniors and he enjoyed their company so much that when it came time to leave, Carter jumped right in the bus as if that’s exactly where he belonged. Carter was given the opportunity to be a live-in dog. Months later, it’s hard to determine who got the better end of the deal-Carter who has the perfect home, or the seniors who have fallen in love with him. While everyone has benefited from Carter’s presence, he had a profound effect on one woman. She had never spoken intelligibly during her time at the facility, but one day she saw Carter standing in front of her and said, “Well, hello doggie”; the first words the staff had ever heard her speak.


Great Plains SPCA’s work on behalf of the animals in our community would not be possible without the dedicated and compassionate service of our talented volunteers. Our volunteers provide our shelter pets with exercise and enrichment during their stay, support our special events, help to care for pets recovering from medical procedures, provide administrative support and more! In 2015, our volunteers contributed more than 135,000 hours.

Dedicated foster families provide for animals who are recovering from an injury or illness, need extra socialization, or are too young to be placed up for adoption. They receive love and care in a home setting, until they are ready for a forever family. Our foster program is vital to our mission, and our foster families will tell you that helping a needy pet is a rewarding experience!

Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

  • Volunteer hours are increased by 20%
  • Volunteer Retention equals 15%

Long-Term Success

Volunteers are cross-trained to provide scheduled support to meet the needs of the animals in our shelter and medical center.

Program Success Monitored By

  • The number of hours contributed by volunteers.
  • The number of volunteers who continue to donate their time from year to year.

Examples of Program Success

Grizz, a one year old lab/pit mix entered Great Plains SPCA’s Lost Pet and Intake Center. Apparently, someone in Butte, Mont., thought Grizz was a stray and picked him up during a road trip from Seattle to Texas, dropping him off in Kansas at Great Plains SPCA. Using standard procedures, the center scanned Grizz for microchip identification and discovered contact information on his owners. When we contacted the owner, the owner was stunned that Grizz was still alive and well. He was very excited but he was also in disbelief that his dog was found all the way over here in Kansas. The story gets even better. Kathy Thies, a longtime Great Plains SPCA volunteer, volunteered to drive Grizz half-way home, which amounts to a 600 mile trip to Cheyenne, Wyo. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and it’s the only reason Grizz is coming home. If not for the microchip, we would’ve never been able to find the owner. The microchip was the only way that we were able to get Grizz home.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Nate Meador
Term Start Jan 2016
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tam Singer
Term Start Oct 2017
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 97
Paid Part-Time Staff 49
Volunteers 1100
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 50%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Kansas City, Kansas Animal Control
  • 6 municipalities in Johnson County, Kansas
  • Emporia Animal Welfare Society
  • Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society
  • Friends of KC Animals
  • Bonner Springs Animal Rescue
  • Rescue Bank
  • Finney County Animal Control
  • Wayside Waifs
  • Kansas City Pet Project
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Wounded War Veterans
  • Battle Buddies Service Dogs
Board Chair
Board Chair Jami Pryor
Company Affiliation N/A
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2020
Board Members
John Cavalcanti Two Dogs & a Cat Pet Boarding
Shelley Elsberry Platinum Realty
Pam Holland
Linda Nicholson Community Volunteer
Jami Pryor Pet Junkie
Tom Rensenhouse Rensen House of Lights
Pam Scott Community Volunteer
Suzanne Shank Carl Warren & Company
Dan Thompson Dogz Pawz play N stay
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Christina DeMarea Husch Blackwell
Traci Martin
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $6,784,752
Projected Expenses $6,375,588
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$831,242$764,697$461,366
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$269$107$296
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$352,676$397,669$438,845
Revenue In-Kind$79,634$253,565$166,578
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$5,637,378$4,829,474$4,265,703
Administration Expense$518,321$432,764$474,595
Fundraising Expense$644,347$522,606$469,714
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.050.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%15%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,701,334$1,153,890$967,878
Current Assets$1,096,908$647,462$467,990
Long-Term Liabilities$511,465$24,147$131,657
Current Liabilities$317,660$339,674$322,343
Total Net Assets$872,209$790,069$513,878
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.451.911.45
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets30%2%14%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Great Plains SPCA
Address 5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 831-7722
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nate Meador
Board Chair Jami Pryor
Board Chair Company Affiliation N/A
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
Animal Haven
No More Homeless Pets KC
Heartland SPCA