Kansas City, Missouri

About Our Chapter

This chapter serves Veterans in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Lafayette Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.


Chapter Director Avery Shahandeh

As a child, Avery’s love of animals led to her showing horses competitively and bringing home stray dogs (much to her mother’s delight). She has lived in the Kansas City area since 2000.

In April of 2012, Avery married Aaron (pictured). Aaron was a member of the National Guard for three years and is a recent graduate of the Police Academy. They both enjoy fishing, going to the shooting range, lifting and running and plan to continue their education (Aaron by studying law and Avery by working on earning her Bachelor’s degree). Their family of two quickly became a family of four when they adopted their two boys, Waifer and Remington (Remy).

Avery and Aaron knew there was a growing concern for returning Veterans in our country and wanted to find a way to let them know that they weren’t forgotten. They also knew that dogs in shelters in their area needed attention and could provide a healing connection to these Veterans. They researched options and discovered Pets for Vets, which felt like a perfect fit.

They are very excited to see the impact of Pets for Vets Kansas City in their community!



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