This week PetravelR’s™ “Adopt a Friend” features the Humane Society of Missouri.
Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) has been dedicated to second chances, providing a safe and caring haven to all animals in need – large and small – that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and pet overpopulation through rescue and investigation efforts, spay/neuter programs, and educational classes.
The Humane Society is committed to creating lasting relationships between people and animals through adoption programs, world-class veterinary care, and outstanding pet obedience and behavior programs.
HSMO operates three shelters in the St. Louis area: the Macklind Avenue Headquarters Center in St. Louis City, the Chesterfield Valley Center, and the Westport Area Center in Maryland Heights. All three have adoption centers and veterinary medical centers open to the public. Pet behavior and obedience classes are offered at the Macklind Avenue and Chesterfield Valley facilities.
The Humane Society also operates Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, a horse and farm animal rehabilitation center in Union, Missouri, outside of St. Louis. Opened in 1988, the ranch is situated on 165 acres nestled in a valley surrounded by trees. Here, formerly abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, chickens and other farm animals are rehabilitated and placed for adoption.
One of the key missions of the Humane Society of Missouri is to investigate and intervene for animals at risk from abuse, neglect and natural disasters. Established in the early 1960s, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) covers all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.
Ten professionally trained and experienced ACT animal cruelty investigators work with owners to improve treatment of their animals and with local law enforcement to remove the animals if the situation does not improve. In any given year, the ACT travels more than 290,000 miles making more than 18,000 responses to reports of abuse and neglect involving nearly 22,000 animals.
HSMO is also the lead agency responsible for animal rescue when natural disasters occur across Missouri, and their Disaster Response Team’s expertise in handling animals in disaster areas has been recognized by other states.
There are many ways to support the Humane Society of Missouri. If you live in the local area, consider becoming a member and/or volunteering with HSMO, and if you are looking for another family pet – be it a dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, horse, llama, goat, pig, duck . . . be sure to visit one of their three adoption centers or the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. You can also help by joining the Humane Heroes monthly giving program, making a one time donation, sponsoring an animal in need or a barn buddy, planned giving, tributes and memorials, matching gifts, or a corporate gift or sponsorship. Or you can make a special donation to the HSMO Animal Cruelty Fund to support their important work investigating, healing and preventing animal abuse.
Don’t miss an encore presentation of the Humane Society of Missouri’s Second Chances Telethon on Saturday, October 18 at 11:30am on KMOV – Channel 4 in St. Louis. Here’s a sneak peek -
PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family members.