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Adoption Hours:

Monday - Thursday 1pm - 5pm
1pm - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Intake Hours:

Monday - Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 3pm
Closed on Sunday

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Everything You Need To Know To Find Your New Best Friend

JHS strives to match people with animals that fit their lifestyles. We take our mission to care for these animals very seriously, and that includes taking the time to find loving and responsible homes. We offer a wide selection of cats, dogs, puppies & kittens. If you don't see the pet you're looking for, we encourage you to continue to check regularly with all animal shelters and rescues.

Due to the number of animals that we receive and find homes for every day, we can not guarantee that specific animals listed on our site will be available when you visit. We are also unable to hold animals via phone, fax, or email. The best way to find a new furry companion is by visiting us in person...after all, you might be about to meet your new best friend!

How Does the Adoption Process Work?

We believe in an open, non-judgmental adoption process. We recognize that no one is perfect and try to match a person's pet expectations so fewer pets are returned. Under normal conditions the process is:

  • Come in with your family and look around.
  • If you see a pet that you like, ask staff to meet the pet (if the pet is available to be taken out)
  • Complete the adoption questionnaire.
  • After the meeting, go over what information we have on file about the pet and his/her past experience.
  • Finish the process by having a conversation with our adoption staff.
  • Most of our pets can go home the same day.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees are:  $70 plus $15 for a micro-chip for a total of $85
This includes the animals spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccinations including rabies and de-worming.
We also require that all pets leave with a $15 micro-chip.  That way we can get each pet home to their family if they would happen to be brought back to our shelter as a stray.

See our dogs for adoption

See our cats for adoption


We will not adopt a pet to anyone under the age of 18
We will not adopt to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol
We reserve the right not to place a pet in a home based on the information we have or if we feel the pet is not a match for the person's lifestyle.

JHS does reduce or waive adoption fees for a variety of reasons: Too many cats or kittens in the building, older and special needs pets that have a harder time finding homes, etc. Adoption Promotions are a fun way to engage the public and bring in potential adopters. Shelters remain the #4 way people obtain their pets.

Contact Information

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  • Telephone: 417-623-3642
  • Fax: 417-623-5343
  • Address: 140 E. Emperor Lane, Joplin, MO 64801


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