208 East 8th Street Suite B Hays, Kansas 67601 | 785-259-3675 | email@example.com
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. It is one of very few organizations that serves both domestic and wild animals.
WPAR originally operated 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 the organization continued under a new board of directors. After struggling to find a location, the organization opened the Kopfman-Petco Foundation Animal Shelter outside of Ellis, Kansas. The building, a converted manufactured home, was helpful for a time, but was always meant to be temporary and not suitable for long-term usage.
In December of 2014, due to difficult circumstances, WPAR transitioned to a home-based system in which domestic animals were fostered and wild animals were rehabilitated at the homes of volunteers. The organization continued using the Kopfman-Petco Foundation Animal Shelter as an office until the spring, but is now in the James Building of the Hadley Center in Hays, Kansas. Although limited by current circumstances, the organization continues to advocate for animals and hopes to develop a permanent facility in the future.