Monday, May 27, 2013

Shelter Spotlight: Lee's Paws and Claws in Ft. Scott, Kansas

Over the weekend Mama and Dad took Grandma and Grandpa to Ft. Scott in southeast Kansas to visit cemeteries. On their way out to one in the country, they passed an animal shelter. Mama knew she would have to stop on the way back when she saw the name: Lee's Paws and Claws Animal Shelter. It has Dad's name!

After decorating the graves they went back to the shelter. The woman who runs it, Ann Gillmore, was just getting back with the animals from an adoption event in town. Once a month (the last Saturday of the month) a local car dealership, Shepherd Team Auto Plaza, hosts Paws and Claws for an adoption event. Even better, they pay the adoption fees for anyone who adopts at the event! What a great sponsor!

After getting the animals all put back, Ms. Gillmore gave Mama and Grandma a tour of the small facility. She explained that they opened up last July and that she had donated her time for the first year. She agreed to work for free the first year to get them up and running. Now they're in the process of looking for someone to take over for her since her year there is almost up.

Paws and Claws is a no-kill shelter which is licensed to house up to 25 cats and 25 dogs. They have kennels that allow the animals both indoor and outdoor access. There is even a big outdoor run with a swimming pool and a fire hydrant. Right now they have 1 foster home available to them, but they would like to have more.

While there, Mama got to meet a dog who was available for adoption. His name is Fluffie and he is a 10 year old Great Pyrenees. His owner had to go to a nursing home, so Fluffie went to Paws and Claws. Fluffie has hip dysplasia, is heartworm positive and is gun/thunder shy. They are hoping a Great Pyrenees rescue group will be able to take him because he will need a very special home.

Every other month Pawprints on the Heartland, a non-profit, mobile, low-cost spay and neuter organization comes to Ft. Scott and performs surgeries on all the animals at the shelter who need it. The staff veterinarian for Paws and Claws is R.L. Robbins from Mound City who works relief for various clinics in the area.

Mama loved the outdoor area for the kitties. They even had a gigantic scratching post!

All of the animals there seemed very happy. They have a great place to live until they find their forever homes.

I would love it if you would check out their website and like their Facebook page. It would be even better if you could spread the word about them; they could use all the exposure they can get! If you're in the area, stop by and see them. They are located at 721 240th St. in Ft. Scott, Kansas and they're open every day from 10am to 2 pm.


  1. Thanks for letting us know about them.....what a wonderful place. And we love the car place that helps them out too!! We hope they get the support they need to stay open. (Oh - and there is a great pyrenees rescue in Indiana that mom has driven for).

  2. What a great place, and to think it even has your dad's name in it. We love shelters like that - it's about as good as it can get and still be a shelter.

  3. OMC, those kittens are adorable! What a great find! I will check out their pages.

  4. Wow what a neat trip you had! Sounds like a great little facility!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful place! It's small facilities like that which really take the burden off of larger places. I hope they are successful!

  6. How wonderful! Have liked their FB page. Now we are planning a trip to Ft. Scott to check them out. Thanks for telling us about them!

  7. 2016 and we're still going strong! We have added on!

    1. That's great to hear! I still wear my t-shirt from there.

    2. That's great to hear! I still wear my t-shirt from there.

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  9. That's great to hear! I still wear my t-shirt from there.