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FOPAS is primarily run by volunteers who are passionate about animal welfare.  As such, we screen all potential adopters and strive to match each adopter with the perfect fit for their lifestyle and activity level. All adopters must live within a 4 hour drive of Parkville, MO. Once you have identified a pet you are interested in, the first step is to fill out our electronic adoption application. This application helps us get to know what you are looking for and expect in a pet, what your pet ownership experience has been, and how we can best match your preferences with one of our awesome cats or dogs.

Once we have received your application, it will go into a screening process. This screening may include contacting your vet and verifying that any current pets are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and heart worm prevention (if applicable), and/or contacting other references you listed.  This process may also include one of our volunteers asking you for additional information or clarification. This information gathering stage is our attempt at making the very best match possible both for you, and for the animals in our care. 

Once the screening is complete, we will reach out to you to schedule a time to meet your new potential family member! For dogs, we recommend that anyone living in the home (including other dogs) comes to the meet and greet so we can see how the dog reacts to the entire family, both human and furry! 

Upon meeting, if it's love at first woof (or purr), we will ask you to complete an adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. Once this is completed, you are all set to head home with your new best friend! 

If you have any questions after the adoption, our volunteers are happy to help guide you and provide the support needed to ensure a lifetime of happiness with your pet.  Plus, we always love getting updates on how our "graduates" are doing, so don't be shy in updating us anytime! 

All pets adopted from FOPAS are spayed/neutered, up to date on age appropriate vaccinations, tested for heartworms (dogs) and FIV/FeLeuk (cats), started on heart worm prevention (dogs), and microchipped.  

CAT ADOPTIONS take place at the shelter every Saturday between 11am-2pm. Volunteers prefer having a pre-adopt application submitted prior to visits and a scheduled appointment. Individual appointments are also accepted during the week, when possible. We are making every effort to reduce the number of people in the cat building at one time.


DOG ADOPTIONS take place at the shelter every Saturday from 10am-12noon. Whenever possible, volunteers prefer having a pre-adopt application submitted prior to visits. Individual appointments are recommended during the week to reduce the number of people in the dog building at one time.​


Adoption Fees

Dogs: $150

Adult Cats: $50

Kittens: $100

Seniors for Seniors: Cats 8+ years old adopted to people 60+ years old: $25

*If adopting more than 1 cat, the second fee is 50% off.

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