City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence, Jackson County prepare for transition at Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter

Today, June 3, the City of Independence, Jackson County and Great Plains SPCA announce a finalized agreement has been approved for the Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter. On Monday, May 13, City of Independence Council members approved a proposed agreement with Jackson County in which the City would begin operations of the Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter in July 2019. The Jackson County legislature approved this agreement today, June 3. The initial term of agreement is good for up to two years. The Shelter will continue to be operated as a “no-kill” shelter and every effort will be made to find all adoptable animals a home.

“Our citizens have repeatedly told us animals and their welfare are important to them,” Independence Mayor Eileen Weir said. “We have worked closely with Jackson County leaders to ensure a smooth transition between Great Plains SPCA, Jackson County and the City of Independence.”

Jackson County legislators reviewed and approved the agreement on June 3. As part of this agreement the County will purchase the land on which the shelter is located. This means the County will own both the building and the property on which it sits.

“Members of my staff and the legislature have worked collaboratively with the City of Independence to reach an agreement that is in the best interest of all parties involved,” Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., said. “Great Plains SPCA has provided a great service to our community and I am confident in the City’s ability to continue to provide the same level of services and care that animals need and deserve.”

The City began the process of hiring 26 new positions by July 1 in May. These new positions were posted through the end of May on the City’s website (indep.us/jobopportunities). The City is working with existing shelter employees and encouraged them to consider these new positions as it prepares for the transition this summer.

Great Plains SPCA will be holding an adoption special through July 14 to decrease the number of animals at the shelter during the transition period. You can find the adoptable pets at greatplainsspca.org/adopt.

“While we are sad to leave the Regional Animal Shelter, we are happy to continue our mission at our main shelter in Merriam, Kan., and are glad to collaborate with the City of Independence and Jackson County on a smooth transition,” Great Plains SPCA CEO Tam Singer said.

Volunteers play an important role in the day-to-day operations of the Shelter, and all those volunteers interested in volunteer opportunities at the Shelter are encouraged to contact cheinen@indepmo.org to learn more. Donations will continue to be accepted. If you are interested in donating unopened food or toys for the animals, please contact cheinen@indepmo.org.