Please note that pursuant to Kansas state law, there is a mandatory $50 spay/neuter deposit for all animals that are not spayed or neutered, this deposit will be refunded within two weeks upon receipt of a spay/neuter form signed by your vet, you will receive this form at time of adoption.
We do not transfer animals. We require our adopters to come to the shelter to ensure the animal is right for you. It is the adopters responsibility to make any transportation arrangements.
We are supported through Memberships, Donations and a few Fundraising Events. If you are interested in joining our family of friends and supporters, please write or email us at the address below.
We are located 2 miles east of the Hays Airport on Old Hwy 40; or come south from Exit 163 (Toulon Rd)off Kansas I-70 to Old Hwy 40 and turn left 1/4 mile, just past the grain elevators.
The initial organizational meeting of the Humane Society of the High Plains was held in the Spring of 1975. Its first years were devoted to advocacy of humane causes and planning for future activities, especially an animal shelter.
A public fund drive for an animal shelter was launched in March, 1977, with sufficient funds raised to permit construction to begin in August, 1977. The Shelter had its "Grand Opening" on May 12, 1978. As initally contructed, the shelter was a 20 by 40 foot metal building housing ten large kennels, a puppy and kitten area, office, and storage.
In June 1981, the Society contracted to provide animal control services to the city. With the increased number of animals which had to be housed under this contract and increases in the existing number of animals brought to the shelter by private individuals soon made it clear that the exisiting shelter was too small.
More expansion was needed and begun in 1982 but the best news came in 1993 when Mr. Paul Miller of Hays announced that he wished to build a new Shelter in Memory of his wife, Virginia. This amazing project was built on land that had been previously donated to the Humane Society for that purpose by the Mosher Estate, 2 miles east of the current location. Thus was born the Virginia Miller Animal Shelter housing the Humane Society of the High Plains.
We moved into our state of the art facility in July of 1995