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 Ms. Tam Singer
Board Chair Mr. Chuck Laue
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
Animal Haven
No More Homeless Pets KC
Heartland SPCA
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Pet Adoption 

Great Plains SPCA’s Pet Adoption Center is located at 5424 Antioch Drive in Merriam, KS. Our expert Matchmakers are ready to find you the perfect furry family member! When you arrive, you will be able to view all available animals in our care. Once you find an animal or animals you are interested in, our experienced Adoptions Counselors will be able to assist you with any questions you have. The Adoption process can take anywhere from 45 – 90 minutes, depending on time of day and wait times. Our goal is to provide you and your family a warm and welcoming experiencing and help you to find your perfect match with one of our adoptable pets.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and we would not be able to serve community pets without the much-needed support of our dedicated volunteers! We offer a variety of volunteer engagement opportunities. To learn more and sign-up today,  visit
We could not do this work without the generous contributions from people just like you. You can donate online at You may also mail your donations to Great Plains SPCA, Attn: Development, 5428 Merriam, KS 66202. Great Plains SPCA accepts a variety of in-kind gifts (dog and cat food, toys, leashes, and more).
Many employers match employee giving so if you support Great Plains SPCA, check and see if your employer will match your gift! You can sponsor a kennel, dog run or puppy play yard to honor a loved one or a beloved pet and show your support for Great Plains SPCA’s mission. To sponsor a kennel, please email us at Other ways to give include donating appreciated securities or making a planned gift by including Great Plains SPCA in your estate plan. Tax ID No. is 05-0552529. For more information please call 913.808.3425.
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 more than 7,000 shelter pets and the people who love them at our shelter in Merriam, KS.

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 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 2018, Great Plains SPCA served more than 6,757 animals in the community.

  • 4,863 animals found their forever homes
  • 1,300 animals were reunited with their families
  • 3,000 animals were spayed and neutered
  • 1,323 animals were in foster care
  • More than 36,000 pounds of dog and pet food was distributed through the Pet Food Pantry
  • 600 families and 3,000 pets were served through our HERO program
  • 24 behavior and training classes were offered to the public
  • 50 children participated in the Young Heroes for Pets camp

Equally important, our live-release rate has remained at a community high 97.1% (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. 
  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 our quality programs. 
  4. Great Plains SPCA always needs in-kind donations to help with daily operation needs, including cat litter, dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, and gift cards.
  5. Sponsorship opportunities for our special events and third party events.
Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
The Great Plains SPCA Pet Adoption Center is located in Merriam, KS. 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 97.1% live-release rate for all pets who enter our shelter. In 2018, we served 6,757 pets who entered our shelter doors. Great Plains SPCA serves as the animal housing agency, managing the lost pet population for nine municipalities within Johnson County. Our staff work diligently to reunite lost pets with their families, and we have the highest return to owner rate in the Greater Kansas City area. In 2018, we reunited 1,300 lost pets with their families.
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served Families
Long-Term Success
Greater Kansas City will be a no-kill community.
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! 

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
  • Shelter or straw for appropriate outdoor housing
  • Relief from being chained
  • 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.


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 2018, 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
Long-Term Success

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

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 Ms. Tam Singer
Term Start Oct 2017
Volunteers 425
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
  • 9 municipalities in Johnson County, Kansas
  • Friends of KC Animals
  • Bonner Springs Animal Rescue
  • Wayside Waifs
  • Kansas City Pet Project
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Chuck Laue
Board Members
Lisa Feria
Amy Fowler
Thad Hubler
Chuck Laue
Tom Resenhouse
Pam Scott
Jill Truitt
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
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 6
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $4,620,000
Projected Expenses $4,720,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$370,147$1,206,929$1,052,418
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$80($23,607)$176
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$130,999$234,910$319,376
Revenue In-Kind$89,968$162,676$139,787
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$4,870,410$4,973,935$5,295,794
Administration Expense$738,416$253,176$467,958
Fundraising Expense$575,873$778,619$759,658
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.080.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%83%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$853,176$996,210$1,039,618
Current Assets$598,922$504,106$476,249
Long-Term Liabilities$0$2,208$508,802
Current Liabilities$293,105$391,810$382,210
Total Net Assets$560,071$602,192$148,606
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.041.291.25
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%49%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $1,160,560 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $150,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $81,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Great Plains SPCA
Address 5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 831-7722
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tam Singer
Board Chair Mr. Chuck Laue
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
Animal Haven
No More Homeless Pets KC
Heartland SPCA