Northland residents who want to spend quality time with their pet and  serve their local community are invited to Platte Pet Power.

The volunteer outreach is with the Plate County University of Missouri Extension office. The group works with 16 sites in Northland and three veterinarians, said Volunteer Coordinator Sharen Hunt. Clay County cooperating sites include Smithville Living Center, Liberty Health & Wellness, Ashton Court, Synergy Teen Shelter and Gladstone Heritage Village. 

Volunteer requirements include a Tuesday, Jan. 14, orientation and pet health form with full immunization records. Pets must also pass a temperament test on Jan. 28. Both sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required by calling 587-1865 or 270-2141 or emailing

The program requires initial and annual update of health forms and of temperament testing, and then volunteers can choose which sites to visit on their own schedule. A minimum of six visits annually is requested.

The Platte MU Extension webpage also has links to the forms and more information at