Shep’s Place is a sanctuary for older dogs stuck in the shelter system for too long. Even with mellow temperaments and easygoing ways, senior dogs spend the longest time in shelters waiting to find a forever family.
Shep’s Place provides a home for up to 20 senior dogs to live in a homey atmosphere, with all the medical care and attention they need. And while they do adopt out their dogs, these golden oldies are welcome to live out their years with their family of volunteers and staff.
The Founder with Shep, the inspiration for Shep’s Place
Located in Independence, Missouri, Shep’s Place is run out of a converted suburban home, with cozy nooks and crannies, couches, and a big fenced play yard, plus all the special amenities you need to care for a big pack conveniently. This includes a dog bathing station and individual kennels for feeding and bedtime.
Shep’s Place first tenant, John Wayne
Founder Russell Clothier has been working towards the sanctuary’s big opening day for 3 years, from planning, through renovations, to their first tenant—a 10-year-old Aussie/Lab mix named John Wayne.
Rusty and Willy join the pack
Russell, a physics teacher, was inspired to build Shep’s Place when he started volunteering to walk shelter dogs and met Shep, a 13 year old beagle mix who clearly had a lot of love left to give.
“As a volunteer, it used to just break my heart to go there and see week after week, month after month these sweet old dogs unable to find a home,” Russell told Fox 4 Kansas City.
Shep’s Place is currently seeking volunteers to work with their dogs, and donations to offset the cost of remodeling the building.
Every little bit helps!
We think Shep’s Place has a wonderful mission and we wish them every success with their senior-focused program.
Hat Tip: KMOV