Local Animal Shelters & Rescue Centers in Kansas City

Find local animal shelters in Kansas City to adopt a pet. Give an animal a loving, forever home!

Adopt animals outside of dogs & cats – ferrets, birds, snakes, hedgehogs, & other small animals. Also, explore other pet adoption services and animal rescue networks. Many do not have public animal shelters, but host pet adoption events and feature pets to adopt online. 

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KC Animal Shelters and Rescue Centers for Pet Adoption

Pet Adoption in Kansas

Live on the Kansas side? Check out these animal shelters near you! If you can’t find the right fit, check out Missouri animal shelters or rescue networks below.

Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary

23595 W 223rd St, Spring Hill, KS 66083

This dog rescue is home to adorable dogs for adoption. You can check out the dogs online before you visit the shelter, too!

Beak N Wings Parrot Rescue & Adoption

9010 Rosehill Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215

If you’re looking for bird adoptions in Kansas City, Beak n’ Wings is a great organization. The majority of adoptable birds live in foster homes so they can be socialized. There are a few birds living in the facility, but you can also visit birds in their foster homes.

You must fill out an application and make an appointment. 

Great Plains SPCA Pet Adoption Center

5424 Antioch Drive, Merriam, KS 66202

5428 Antioch Drive, Merriam, KS 66202 (Lost Pet & Admissions)

Explore comprehensive pet resources at one of the largest no-kill shelters in the metro. You can adopt a new pet at the Great Plains SPCA pet adoption center in Merriam, or look for your lost dog next door at the Lost Pets & Admissions location. 

Great Plains SPCA is committed to protecting animals in KC while improving their quality of life. So, supporting their cause helps the organization save more animals in Kansas City. 

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City

5445 Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66104

This was the first no-kill animal shelter in Kansas City. For over 100 years, they have rescued many different animals: dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, birds, rabbits, and other small animals. You can explore all animals for adoption online—there are tons!

Kitty City Kansas

12800 Santa Fe Trail Dr, Lenexa, KS 66215

This animal shelter specializes in kittens. They make the adoption process super easy; you can explore the cats available online, as well as fill out the forms before your visit!

KC Pet Project – Petco Adoption Center

11620 W 95th St, Overland Park, KS 66214 

KC Pet Project hosts animal adoption events at this Petco location. This is not their animal shelter location. 

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter

3173 HWY K68 Ottawa, KS 66067

You can adopt dogs, cats, and other small animals. You must schedule an intake appointment; they are closed Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. 

Purrfect Pets

11425 W 95th St, Overland Park, KS 66214

This is a non-profit cat rescue and adoption agency that wants to match you with a loving cat. They are now open at the Oak Park Mall!

Riverview Rescue

1400 S Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048

This rescue center takes in pets from families who want to surrender them, high-kill shelters, and puppy mill auctions. If you are considering pet adoption, support a cause like Riverview Rescue. 

Unleashed Pet Rescue

5918 Broadmoor St, Mission, KS 66202

Unleashed Pet Rescue works with kill animal shelters in Kansas City to bring unwanted pets to a safe home. They have dogs and cats of all ages, – puppies and kittens to senior animals. If you are considering adopting a pet in Kansas City, be sure to check out this fantastic rescue center. 

Pet Adoption in Missouri

Find animal shelters & other pet rescues on the Missouri side. Don’t forget to check the adoption networks below too.

Another Chance Cat Rescue

8253 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114

This animal rescue center specializes in cat adoptions. You can visit their location on Saturdays to adopt from 12 to 3 p.m. or make an appointment. 

Burge Bird Rescue

13833 S 71 Hwy., Grandview, MO 64030

This bird rescue center in Grandview has a physical rescue center, but you can only visit by appointment only. You can explore the birds to adopt online

Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter

1356 NW, MO-9, Parkville, MO 64152

The animal shelter has dogs & cats for adoption on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can adopt a cat, or dog adoptions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You also have the option to schedule an appointment at another time. 

KC Pet Project

4400 Raytown Rd, Kansas City, MO 64129 (Main adoption center)

8721 N. Stoddard Ave. Kansas City, MO 64153 (Zona Rosa pet adoptions)

This is a popular KC animal shelter. They mainly care for dogs, cats & rabbits, but there are other animals you can adopt. Also, find many other programs & volunteer opportunities available. 

Lucky 13

119 W. Gregory Blvd., #7907, Kansas City, MO 64114

Lucky 13 Rescue is a federally recognized 501(c)3 foster home based organization dedicated to the aid and rescue of homeless and neglected dogs in the KC metro area and surrounding rural areas. They assist any dog that is facing neglect, homelessness, abuse, or death and rehabilitate them in Lucky 13 Rescue’s care until they can be carefully matched with adoptive families.

Midwest Animal Resq (MARQ)

10312 E 63rd St, Raytown, MO 64133

You can adopt animals from this rescue, or volunteer to foster them until they find a forever home. 

Pampered Poms Rescue

7719 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114

This rescue does not have a physical shelter but offers a grooming location where animals can be picked up.


1228 NW Knox St., Blue Springs, MO 64015

Changing Lives through Animal Welfare. Adopt, foster, volunteer or donate. Lots of ways to help!

Wayside Waifs

3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137

Wayside Waifs is an animal shelter dear to our hearts. They have a wide variety of animals to adopt & are open most days for you to come visit the animals. 

Wings Of Love

7 &, MO-150, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

If you’re looking to adopt a bird, this is a great bird adoption center in town. 

Pet Adoption Networks

Not every local pet adoption option has a physical animal shelter. Many are a network of pet foster parents & volunteers who care for animals while they are looking for forever homes.

So, if you live in a rural area, or are looking for a specific type of animal, check out these animal rescues. Most feature adoptable pets online, so it’s easy to adopt a pet! 

Barkin’ Dogs Rescue

Pet foster parents all over. Not a rescue shelter, but volunteers foster pets looking for forever homes. 

Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland

Animal rescue group devoted to Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri & Iowa. You can find all pet adoptions online, so it’s super easy!

Big Dogs Huge Paws Rescue

Colorado animal rescue organization with pet events in Kansas. You can find pet adoption info online for specific animals. 

Creatures by Theresa, CBT Zoo & Rescue

St. Joseph, MO area. Small animal shelter – NO cats or dogs.

Adopt other small animals like rabbits, mice, hedgehogs, parrots & any other small animals found. 

Furry Kids Refuge

Network of foster homes that do not have public shelter. Meet animals at Lee’s Summit Petco every Saturday. 

GG’s KC Reptile Rescue

No physical location, but check online for current KC reptile rescues & adoptions. You can find the adorable reptiles for adoption

KCHS Reptile & Rescue Adoption

The KCHS Reptile & Rescue Adoption is a network of reptile rescues in the Kansas City area. You can find reptiles available for adoption on their Facebook page.

KC English Bulldog Rescue

Animal rescue association for KC bulldog rescues from shelters, foster parents & homes. No physical location. 

KC Ferret Hotline Association

Network of foster parents for ferrets.  

Kitty Cat Connection

Cat rescue organization with foster parents caring for cats. You can visit cats at local adoption events. 

LL Dog Rescue

Visit dogs at Overland Park Petco pet adoption events.

MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue

Midwest adoption network serving NE, CO, IA, KS, MO ND, SD & surrounding areas. 

MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue

Rescue network of volunteers and foster parents. Find rottweiler adoptions online. 

Midwest Pug Rescue

Midwest rescue network. Can find up-to-date adoption info on the Facebook page

Missouri House Rabbit Society

A network of rabbit foster parents & volunteers. 

Missouri Pitbull Rescue

Currently, a network of KC pitbull rescues without a physical location, but their pitbull shelter is under construction currently. 

Mogs Dogs MO German Shepherd Rescue

Network of volunteers working to find homes for German Shepherds.

MO Puppy Mill Rescue

KC adoption network cares for puppy mill rescues until they find forever homes. 

New Beginnings Dog Rescue

No shelter facility. All animals are housed at volunteers’ homes. 

Pawsitive Tails

Network of foster parents serving Kansas City & Topeka.

Second Chance Pet Adoption

Check out pet adoptions online or at KCMO Petsmart

The All Pet Brigade

Rescue network without a public shelter. 

The Animal Rescue Alliance

No shelter is open to the public. Explore animals online, then schedule a meeting!

The Rescue Project

National pet adoption organization. Find many pets for adoption across the country. 

Once you adopt a pet & bring them home, be sure to explore the town together at these dog-friendly stores in Kansas City!

No matter which shelter you choose to adopt from, we know you’ll enjoy bringing a new furry family member home.

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