Misty, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever who inspired the Senior Dogs Project

The Senior Dogs Project
..........."Looking Out for Older Dogs" ...........

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward



Kansas City Area -- Lee's Summit, MO and Ottawa, KS --Heart of America Humane Society

Two strong advocates for senior dogs -- Tim Chancey and Cindy Livingston, both members of the Heart of America Humane Society -- pay special attention to the seniors at the Lee's Summit, MO, and Ottawa, KA, shelters -- often taking them to their own homes for fostering (and sometimes forever). Please visit the Heart of America Humane Society site where you can view the currently available dogs -- a number of them seniors. You may just find the dog of your dreams, as Tim did, who wrote to us recently:

"I became involved with the Heart of America Humane Society almost three years ago when I adopted my male Collie, Kauffman. I already had a female Collie, Kemp, whom I had adopted from a research facility here in town. One day, Cindy saw me walking into a pet store with Kemp. She came up to me and tried to persuade me to take a Collie who was currently on death row in the shelter. Little did she know that I had been thinking of getting another one, so I tentatively agreed to it. Somehow, miraculously they sneaked the dog out of the shelter on the day he was to be euthanized, and I brought him home. I have never seen such a beautiful and wonderful dog in all of my life. Kauffman has been with me now for three wonderful year. "

Kansas Shelters and Rescue Agencies
Independence Animals With Our Love (AWOL)
A little over 20 years ago, before AWOL, the City of Independence took stray and unwanted animals to a pen at the municipal airport and gassed them within 42 hours. Animals were not available for adoption. Our organization was started by a group of people who went before the City to discuss more humane and ethical ways of treating homeless animals. The City accepted our proposal to take over and the AWOL Humane Society became an official non-profit organization in 1983. The City built and continues to own our facility. AWOL has a contract with the City to accept animals from the Animal Control Officer. AWOL usually uses about 22 volunteers, including a Board of Directors, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The crew also includes a Shelter Director and weekday and weekend cleaner, along with a volunteer to take pictures of the animals and post them on our web site. Telephone: (620)331-7931. E-mail: awol @ sekmarketplace.com
Kansas City area Heart of America Humane Society is a well-established 501(c)3 non-profit organization placing animals into permanent homes. Without a facility or paid staff, HAHS relies on its all-volunteer network of caring individuals to carry out their mission. Most of our animals are cared for in the "foster homes" of volunteers. This gives us first-hand experience observing and evaluating their behavior and traits outside of a hectic shelter environment. That knowledge serves to help find the best match between a new owner's situation and the animal's personality.
Ottawa Bea Martin Peck Animal Shelter
Beatrice Martin Peck began advocating for the welfare of Franklin County's homeless animals in the early 1940's and continued to do so until her death in 1967. She founded the Franklin County Humane Society in 1946 and, through her own expense and effort, opened what is known today as the Bea Martin Peck Animal Shelter on the 19th of June 1949. At that time, it cost $60,000 to build what was considered a state-of-the-art shelter including an apartment to house the Animal Control Officer and his family. Today, it would cost nearly $500,000 to build a similar facility and today, the apartment is used to house animals awaiting permanent placement. Beatrice and her group of faithful supporters investigated reports of cruelty towards animals in the community, housed and cared for animals needing assistance, and established an adoption program for the community-all the while creating a living legacy that remains today. Prior to her efforts, the stray or otherwise unwanted animals were used for medical testing and had no voice. Beatrice's efforts led to the enactment of many ordinances and regulations regarding animal care that remain today. The Bea Martin Peck Animal Shelter is still a private, non-profit shelter operating by the same philosophy under which it was established over 50 years ago through the tireless efforts of its staff and volunteers. 230 West 19th Street; Ottawa, KS 66067; phone: 785-242-2967

Looking for a specific breed? Purebreds are available from almost every shelter and all-breed rescue agency. But you may also want to check breed-specific rescue groups.