COVID-19 Emergency Updates

They are counting on us...

Help us help them. Our efforts to support the safety of our community create a significant impact on our revenue. Although there has been a disruption to our normal services, there are still animals in our shelter that need the care and attention of our staff each day.

We need your support now more than ever to care for our community. If you are in a position to give, please click the button below to make a one time or recurring gift. Large or small, we are incredibly grateful for whatever you can do to help us help them.

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Adopters Wanted!

We are happy to say that all of our adoptable pets are currently in a loving foster home! If you are interested in a pet, click on their picture to view their profile and find the link to the online adoption application.

Foster homes needed!

We are looking for specialized foster homes for dogs (homes with no pets and no small children) and bottle baby kittens.  You provide the love, we'll provide everything else! Fill out the foster application here.

Changes at CMHS:

  • Visiting the shelter: The CMHS campus is closed. All adoptable pets are currently in foster homes. If you are interested in meeting and potentially adopting, please fill out the online application form on the pet's profile.
  • Spay/Neuter Surgeries: As recommended this week by all national animal welfare organizations and veterinary experts and universities across the country, we will stop all spay and neuter surgeries in our shelter veterinary clinic. This is to conserve PPE for healthcare professionals and first responders but also to adhere to social distancing recommendations for our team.
  • Pet Surrender: We are currently only accepting pets that need to be surrendered for emergency situations or stray pets that are unable to stay with the finder.
  • If you are registered for pet food assistance: We will still be able to provide pet food assistance on Wednesday and Saturday mornings but ask that you ring the front doorbell instead of entering the lobby. Our staff will then be able to deliver the food to your car.
  • Volunteers: We are suspending our volunteer program until further notice.
  • Community Service: Court ordered community service is also suspended until further notice. This includes any shift that has already been scheduled.
  • Events: All special events, including our weekly "Caturdays" are canceled until further notice.

The Central Missouri Humane Society is launching a checklist of protocols to ensure the safety of staff and shelter pets in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our animals, staff, and the community,” says Executive Director, Julie Aber.  “As far as we know, pets cannot contract the COVID-19 virus.  The American Veterinary Medical Association indicates that there is no evidence to suggest that companion animals can be a source of infection or spread the virus to people.”

CMHS is using guidance and protocols for every area of the shelter.  The shelter is working to create proactive plans to continue to care for their animals and the animals in the community that may need assistance and resources.  Protocols are being created to support their foster and adoption programs and to address the issue of stray and lost pets.

In addition to the reduction of non-essential staff, all doors will be locked and CMHS will be limiting the admission of new animals into the facility.  While CMHS will continue to take in stray animals, the shelter will not be accepting owned pets from the public.  If a stray animal is found, the finder is encouraged to call the shelter to make arrangements for drop off.  CMHS will continue to offer adoption services by appointment only.  Potential adopters may visit the CMHS website for more information or call the shelter to schedule an appointment to view the pets.

CMHS is requesting emergency foster homes that can take in and care for pets temporarily.  The shelter is asking foster parents to commit to caring for a foster pet for a minimum of two weeks.  The shelter will provide all the supplies needed to care for the pet, including food, bowls, blankets, toys, treats, medication, etc.  If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please visit our website,, for more information or email [email protected].

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please call 573.443.7387, ext. 203, or email [email protected].

Community Resources

The following veterinary clinics and boarding facilities have confirmed with CMHS staff that they are currently accepting pets:

  • Creekside Pet Center: 573-256-7387
  • Dog Daze Playcare: 573-999-5077
  • Horton Animal Hospital NE: 573-474-9508
  • My Zoo Animal Hospital: 573-875-3647
  • Peach Tree Animal Hospital: 573-442-3353 (ONLY admitting pets that are currently clients)
  • The Pet Center, LTD. :  573-445-3000
  • Rock Bridge Animal Hospital: 573-443-4501
  • You can also use to find pet boarding facilities accepting new clients.

The University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center (the only 24 hour emergency veterinary clinic in Columbia) has implemented new policies and are offering concierge services to their clients. They will be keeping their main doors locked and are asking for clients to call the hospital upon arrival:

For the Small Animal Hospital between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., call: 573-882-1836 or 573-882-2521
For the Small Animal Hospital between 5 p.m. and midnight, call: 573-882-1570
For the Small Animal Hospital between midnight and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. during weekends, call: 573-999-1027.

It's a good idea to have a plan in place for your pets in case of an emergency.  To help you start creating a plan, our staff has created an informative PDF including a checklist and an emergency contact form.