203 East 7th Street Suite C Hays, Kansas 67601 | 785-301-2364 | westernplainsanimalrefuge@gmail.com

It is the mission of Western Plains Animal Refuge to foster respect for all creatures, domestic and wild. We are dedicated to helping animals and our local community by providing shelter, foster, rehabilitation, adoption, and outreach services.

Founded in 2006 by veterinarian Dr. Jessica Braun, the Western Plains Animal Refuge (WPAR) began as a domestic animal shelter and wildlife rehabilitation center in Hays, Kansas. For years, it was one of only a few such organizations and the only one that served both domestic and wild animals.

WPAR spent most of its existence operating through Dr. Braun's veterinary clinic, the Animal Health Center. In September of 2011, Dr. Braun closed her practice so she could focus on other career opportunities, but this did not mean the end for WPAR. The 501(c)(3), non-profit organization is now being led by its new directors and a team of dedicated volunteers.

Currently, WPAR operates through an office at the Hadley Center while our animals stay in foster homes. We are in the process of fundraising to build a new facility.

​Since its founding, WPAR has helped improve the lives of over 1,600 animals.