GHAS FAQ's

Questions and answers about GHAS.


The Green Hills Animal Shelter, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization, is dedicated to providing animal care, protection and adoption services for stray and abandoned animals in Trenton and neighboring towns. It is the only regional animal shelter within 75 miles of Trenton. It is available to service Trenton and surrounding counties and towns.

We consider ourselves a “promise” shelter. We promise to do everything possible to find a home for every animal in our care. We will provide these animals with a safe environment. By serving as a temporary, loving home, we increase their confidence and trust in humans. We provide training, health care, and education for the animals with behavioral and medical special needs. In the works, Cat Condos and Doggie Dorms, which will give animals socialization and companionship while at the shelter. We provide obedience classes and education to animal owners to create a bond of love and trust between humans and their companion animals.

We will charge you a Surrendered Animal Fee to drop off an animal. Even then, we are sorry to say that we will not be able to guarantee your animal a new home. Across the country, over 80% of animals surrendered to animal shelters do not find new homes. Many of them are euthanized for lack of space. While we will make every effort to find another home for your pet, it may not be possible. We urge you to try other options, such as advertising on the radio or in the newspaper first.

There is a $45 fee for each animal relinquished. If you have a litter consisting of 3 or more animals who are under 3 months of age, the fee will be $20 per animal. If there are less than 3 animals or the animals are older than 3 months, the fee is $45 per animal. If you bring a litter in without the mother, you will be required to purchase a $50 spay/neuter voucher in order to have the mother sterilized.

As a private animal shelter, we will always need the financial and volunteer support of the community. Our "Owned Animal Services" including classes and our in house pet-themed thrift store, will generate income for us as it helps you care for your pets. An important part of the Shelter operation, however, will be to offer Animal Housing and Animal Control Administrative Services to towns and counties in the Green Hills area. When these town and county agencies contract with the Shelter, those Service Fees will support basic shelter operations.

Shelter Board members have contacted City and County Officials in the Green Hills area to let them know the services we are able to provide. NOW is the time to tell your City Council or Animal Control Officer how the services offered by the Green Hills Animal Shelter are important to you!

By Membership - Effective animal shelter services begin with sufficient funding. Your membership dues help us to accomplish our goals. For more information, please read about our memberships.

By Volunteering - We are in need of dependable volunteers to help with animal care and training. We also need volunteers in the thrift store, in the office, with grant writing and fundraising. If you are interested in helping in any way, please call the shelter (660-359-2700)

By Donations, Gifts and Bequests - The Green Hills Animal Shelter is not funded by any tax source. We are dependent on donations, grants, gifts and bequests to supplement our fundraising activities and services. 

Yes. The Green Hills Animal Shelter is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax advisor for complete details. All donors will receive a receipt which should be shared with tax preparers.

Absolutely! Gifts can be given without restriction or may be designated to a particular area of interest. Named Gift Opportunities allow you to "adopt" a particular area of the shelter facility, or contribute to a specific program that is near and dear to your heart.

Yes. There are many ways to make a gift in memory of a beloved four-legged or two-legged friend. Our Named Gift Opportunities will allow you to "adopt" your chosen area or room in the shelter in memory of your friend. In recognition of your contribution, your name and message will be engraved on a Recognition Plaque permanently mounted next to "your" room.

Members of the Green Hills Animal Shelter Board of Directors will be delighted to meet with you and help plan your gift. Please call Gayla Whittle at (660) 359-9908.


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3041 E. 10th St.
Trenton, Mo 64683 


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Thurs by appointment ONLY
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