Great Plains SPCA's intake center closing

Posted at 11:30 AM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 13:50:29-05

The Great Plains SPCA’s lost pet and intake center will shut its doors at the end of the month.

They’re closing the facility, formerly known as the Animal Haven, off 67th Street because conditions are deteriorating and it’s no longer healthy for pets or people.

In 1966, the 3,300 square foot house was converted into an animal shelter, and since then 200,000 homeless pets have entered its doors.

The shelter said the facility would not pass inspection by the Department of Agriculture this year.

At the end of the month, the Great Plains SPCA moves its intake operations to a pet adoption center at 5424 Antioch Drive in Merriam.

The move means that the organization is coming up with creative housing arrangements to accommodate all the animals. However, the number of new intakes will be limited.

In the long term, the shelters tells us that they need a new permanent facility.

“We need people to maintain their level of high confidence in our adoption program, and they need to come and adopt animals on our campus, which frees up kennel space and allows us to take in more pets," said Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of The Great Plains SPCA. "So our goal is to do everything we can to minimize the impact of the closing of this facility, but we need the community support.

The last day they’ll take in animals at the current intake center will be on Feb. 26.


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