Animal shelters are a popular downstream charity in Kansas City. But to tackle the problem of too many homeless pets we must focus on the causes. We have too many pets that are not spayed or neutered, and the state of Missouri holds the unenviable position of leading the nation in the number of puppy mills.

If animal shelters are a favorite charity of yours, consider supporting upstream groups working to solve the problem.

Note – Many animal organizations operate shelters as well as provide low or no-cost spay-and-neuter services, education programs and advocacy. Keep in mind that when you contribute to a nonprofit you can direct all or part of your funds to particular upstream programs.

The first two on this list are local organizations – the rest are national. We make no recommendations re. the organizations listed. If you support a new organization because of this website, please mention this campaign when you donate.