In the spring of 1975, there was a group of individuals who came together with a common interest. Advocacy towards the welfare of animals within the Hays community.
These people gave their time to organize a public fundraiser in order to start the construction of an animal shelter in March of 1977. Construction began in August of 1977 and the shelter had its “Grand Opening” on May 12th, 1978.
Over the next few years there was a spike in incoming animals at the shelter. It became apparent that the current shelter was just too small. So, a second fundraiser was organized in December of 1981 for a new addition. Construction on the new addition finished in May of 1983.
By the end of the 1980s the Hays Humane Society was providing services throughout northwest Kansas so it was at this time that they changed the shelter’s name to Humane Society of the High Plains.
In 1993, Paul Miller wished to have a new animal shelter built in memory of his beloved wife Virginia. The new facility was built just 2 miles east of the original shelter’s location. And so the Virginia Miller Animal Shelter now houses the Humane Society of the High Plains.
The Humane Society of the High Plains' mission is to foster the humane treatment of animals through education, human-animal relations, shelter, cruelty reporting and animal control.
Humane Society of the High Plains
Humane Society Of The High Plains, 2050 E US Highway 40, Hays, Kansas 67601, United States
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Due to staff shortage the Humane Society of the High Plains business hours will be a bit out of the ordinary for the next few weeks. See below for dates we will be closed or open by appointment only.
Open By Appointment Only
Friday, May 20th
Thursday, May 26th
Friday, May 27th
Saturday, May 21st
Sunday, May 22nd
Monday, May 23rd
Saturday, May 28th
Sunday, May 29th
Monday, May 30th
If you have found a stray in the city of Hays call animal control at 785-625-1011. If you have found a stray in Ellis county leave a message at 785-625-5252 and we will get back to as soon as possible.