Central Missouri Humane Society operates a pet food bank where you may come to the shelter seven days per week during the hours of 10am to 1 pm to pick-up pet food. Please call the shelter when you arrive or ring the doorbell at the front door. Anyone needing assistance with dog food may take advantage of this program; there are no income, residency, or other restrictions.Pet food and/or supplies available through this program are dependent on donations, and there is no guarantee that we will have a particular food brand or item available. Our team works hard to attain a variety of pet food options, and we will do our best to match you with items to fulfill your request.
Central Missouri Humane Society offers low-cost spay/neuter services for $60 per dog. To reserve an appointment, please call 573 443 7387 ex. 204. If this cost is not accessible to you, please call and ask about our vouchers for free surgery available to Boone County residents. (Vaccines and/or a microchip may also be purchased at your surgery appointment.)
The Spay Netuer Project in Columbia offers dog spays (female dogs) for $75 and dog neuters (male dogs) for $60. To reserve an appointment, please call 573-397-6443. If this cost is not accessible to you, please call and ask about their financial assistance program, Spay It Forward. (Many other services are available at your appointment.) More information about the Spay Neuter Project available here https://www.spayneuterprojectmo.org/.
The Spay Neuter Project offers regular vaccine clinics, and appointments can be made by calling 573-397-6443. The following vaccines are available for dogs: rabies - 1 year ($15), rabies - 3 year ($25), distemper/parvo ($15), and kennel cough ($15). Other services are also available, such as microchips ($20), deworming ($5), and nail trims ($5). More information about the Spay Neuter Project available here.
Central Missouri Humane Society offers quarterly low-cost vaccine/microchip clinics, and no appointment is necessary to attend. The following vaccines are available for dogs for $15 each: rabies, distemper/parvo, and kennel cough. The schedule for upcoming clinics can be found here.
Petco offers low-cost vaccine/microchip services, and appointments can be made by calling 573-446-6929. The following vaccines are available for dogs: rabies ($19), distemper/parvo ($35), and kennel cough ($35). Other services are also available, such as microchips ($19), deworming ($21), and heartworm testing ($29). More information about the Petco veterinary services are available here.
Cost of Other Veterinary Care
If your pet is ill or injured and you live in Missouri, one of these resources may be able to help:
Armani's Angels assists pet guardians in with the cost of veterinary care for ill or injured animals. You can learn more about their application requirements and process here.
Killuminati Foundation assists pet guardians with the cost of non-routine veterinary care. You can learn more about their application requirements and process here.
RedRover Relief Urgent Care Grants can provide up to $200 of financial support for emergency veterinary care. Full application details may be found here.
For support on basic training or behavior concerns, such as barking, destructive chewing, food guarding, and more, check out this database of resources.
A qualified trainer can play a critical role in resolving concerns with your dog's behavior, and the choice of a trainer is very important. Central Missouri Humane Society recommends contacting Dr. Delabar for training services, and you may reach her by email or at 573-777-0671. Dr. Delabar is a veterinarian and certified trainer that uses only research-based, positive reinforcement methods.
Use this guide to help you find pet-friendly housing and navigate conversations with a potential landlord on why it's important you're able to have your pet.
Rehoming Your Dog
What's the best/fastest way to find a new home for my pet?
The best way to rehome your dog is using word-of-mouth and online resources (e.g. social media and websites like Rehome) so your pet can transition from your home directly to their next home without entering the shelter. Why? Two main reasons:
How do I rehome my pet on my own?
It's easy! Start by asking family, friends and co-workers if they know anyone who is looking for a new pet. Ask people in person, but also leave a flyer so they can contact you if they know of someone or decide to adopt your pet themselves.
Next, post your pet to Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet to help you safely find a loving home for your dog. All you need to do is to set up your pet's profile in less than 10 mins. Once complete, your pet's profile will be posted on Adopt-a-Pet.com and be seen by millions of visitors each month!
Also post your flyer to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Next Door, and Craig’s List. Don’t forget bulletin boards at church, work, veterinary offices, pet stores, restaurants and coffee shops.
What should I include in an advertisement about my pet?
Make colorful and creative advertisements highlighting special information about your pet.
How do I write a good biography about my pet?
When writing a profile for your pet who needs a new home, you might be tempted to share all the reasons why you are rehoming your pet or share all the “negative” information up front. Don’t! Always be honest but always remain positive. Think of the personality profile like your pet’s resume and try to put their best paw forward!
It’s important to remember that what might be negative to you may not matter to others. For example, a dog who does not like cats might make a perfect pet for someone with a cat allergy! Also, remember that the word “children” has a different meaning to everyone. Someone might consider an 18-year-old a “child” and see “no children” as a reason they cannot adopt, but your pet might only need a home without toddlers. Use the profile to showcase your pet, and then discuss more details with a potential adopter when they call.
Here are some tips to keep your profile positive!
What can I do to get my pet ready for a new family?
A healthy pet is easier to re-home! Make certain your pet is up to date on all vaccinations and be ready to provide copies of the vet paperwork. If your pet is not spayed or neutered, we highly recommend getting this done. Central Missouri Humane Society and Spay Neuter Project offer low-cost services.
What if I have exhausted all other options and need to surrender my dog to Central Missouri Humane Society?
If you wish to surrender your dog, please complete the remainder of this form. Once submitted, a member of our team will contact you to offer support services and guide you through the process of scheduling an appointment to surrender your pet. Note that it can take up to 30 days until the date of your appointment. There will be a fee of $20 for the first pet surrendered, and additional pets are $10 each. The cost to surrender a litter is $30 without the mother or $40 with mother.
We're happy to have our support services team reach out to you for additional assistance, but first we need to gather more information about you and your dog.
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