Sedalia Animal Shelter

Sedalia, Missouri

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About Sedalia Animal Shelter

Sedalia Animal Shelter was established in 2015 to care for and treat homeless, abused, neglected, and abandoned animals in Sedalia. They're dedicated to caring for homeless pets in the community through adoptions, cruelty investigations, and community awareness. They care for companion animals until loving homes can be found.

Sedalia Animal Shelter accepts all types of donations, which you can drop off at the shelter. It takes a lot to ensure the well being of the animals, so no matter how big or small, all donations are appreciated. They're also always looking for compassionate volunteers to help care for their four-legged friends. Volunteering can include bathing, cleaning, feeding, walking, and playing with pets. Rewards are priceless and include wet noses, wagging tails, contented purrs, and lots of cuddles. They are always looking for people to foster as well. The foster program helps keep pets out of the stressful environment of a shelter and is linked to higher adoption rates.

Sedalia Animal Shelter does its very best to make sure dogs are safe and comfortable while waiting for their furrever home. But let's face it, even with multiple breaks outside of their pens during the day, shelter life isn't the same as relaxing in someone's home or exploring the great outdoors. With this in mind, they developed the Woof Release program. Volunteers can host a dog for a day or an entire weekend. Each participating pup will depart with all the supplies it needs to make sure his/her adventure is a success. Sedalia Animal Shelter believes a tired dog = a good dog = an adoptable dog! Plus, in-home training makes shelter dogs more likely to be successful in their furrever home.

Contact Info

2420 S New York Ave
(660) 826-5816
Not provided

Hours of Operation

Mon - Sat: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Ready to adopt from Sedalia Animal Shelter? Here's the process:

  1. Visit the facility in person or browse the adoptable animals on their website.
  2. Make the tough decision of choosing the animal who's just right for you out of all the deserving animals.
  3. Visit the shelter (if you haven't done so already) to meet with the animals you're interested in adopting.
  4. Find one (or more) that you can imagine taking home? Talk to one of Sedalia Animal Shelter's helpful staff members about that animal's history, temperament, and medical needs.
  5. Found the one? Complete the adoption paperwork and pay the associated fee.

You can take your new pet home in as little as one day.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Sedalia Animal Shelter are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 1 year): $85-$150
  • Adults (1+ years, small breed): $85-$150
  • Adults (1+ years, mixed breed): $55-$150


  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $45
  • Adults (1+ years): $35

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, first set of vaccinations, and one month of pet insurance coverage.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Sedalia Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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