Animal Services


Volunteer Application

Thank you for considering the Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter as a place to volunteer your time!  Our volunteers make it possible to provide quality care to thousands of animals each year.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and be willing to volunteer at least 4 hours each month.  You can fill out our online Volunteer Application to get started.  Below are a few of the many volunteer opportunities available:

  • Dog Walkers
  • Feline Care
  • Canine Care
  • Greeter/Receptionist
  • Photographer
  • Events
  • Matchmaker (introducing adopters to adoptable pets)
  • Marketing (for events, specials, and our retail store)
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Housekeeping (laundry, windows, etc)

Do you have a special skill that you want to share to help our shelter pets?  Send us an email at and let us know how you can help!


 Youth Volunteer Opportunities

We also offer volunteer opportunities for those under the age of 16.  Email us at the email above for more information.




Independence Animal Services

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



Monday & Tuesday: By Appointment
Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm


(for stray animal drop-off) 

Wednesday - Friday: 11am - 6pm
Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED

Owner surrenders are by appointment only.
Call 816-325-7207 to schedule an appointment. 


(to reclaim your lost pet)

Monday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm



Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

For Emergencies, call (816) 325-7205 and press the option to be transferred to a Police dispatcher.