Animal Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Where can I view adoptable pets online?

You can view our adoptable pet by clicking here.

How can I meet and adoptable pet that I have seen online?

Fill out the Pre-Adoption Survey and email it to  You can list a specific animal you are interested in, or if you are unsure, you can simply list dog or cat.  Once your survey is received, an Adoption Counselor will contact you to discuss the animal's personality and to schedule a meet and greet. 

What are the fees to adopt a pet from the shelter?
  • Dogs over 8 months: $125 - $200
  • Puppies: $200
  • Cats over 8 months: $50
  • Kittens: $125
  • Rabbits: $45
  • Other Small Animals: $10 - $45
What is included in the adoption fee?

Dogs are spayed or neutered, dewormed, tested for heartworm, microchipped and are given flea and heart worm preventative.  Dogs over 4 months of age are also given a 1-year rabies vaccination.

Cats are spayed or neutered, dewormed, tested for feline leukemia/FIV/heartworm, microchipped and are given flea preventative.  Cats over 4 months of age are also given a 1-year rabies vaccination.

 What other expenses should I expect at the time of adoption?

For everyone's safety, all dogs must have a properly fitted collar and leash to leave the shelter, and cats must be in a secure carrier.  We have a nice selection of collars, harnesses, leashes, crates, cat carriers, toys, litter boxes, litter, food and other supplies available in our retail store.  Our retails supplies are competitively priced and make it convenient to do your shopping at the time of adoption so you are all set to take your newly adopted friend straight home to avoid stressful trips to purchase supplies immediately following adoption.

 I need resources to help feed my pet.  How do I reach the pet food pantry? 


The shelter can provide dog or cat food for residents that are struggling to feed their pets. The food is meant to be supplemental and is limited to residents of Independence and unincorporated Jackson County.  We ask that those in need please call to schedule a pick up time at 816-325-7207 (option 2) to ensure staff and supplies are available when you arrive.





Independence Animal Services

21001 E 78 Highway, Independence, MO 64057
Phone(816) 325-7207


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm

Sunday - Monday By Appointment Only 


(for stray animal drop-off) 

By Appointment Only


(to reclaim your lost pet)

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm By Appointment Only

Sunday - Monday By Appointment Only



Call (816) 325-7205