About the Central Missouri Humane Society

Our Mission

In continuous operation since 1943, the Central Missouri Humane Society promotes the well-being of companion animals – pets that enrich the lives of the people who love them.

Our Vision

The Central Missouri Humane Society envisions a time when no mid-Missouri pet is homeless, abused or neglected.

Our History

  • 1943: The Columbia Humane Society is formed as a regional animal welfare organization operating out of a small building on Creasy Springs Road.
  • 1968: Renamed the Central Missouri Humane Society and recognized as a nonprofit.
  • 1976: New shelter is built at 616 Big Bear Blvd.
  • 1988: Building addition to house more kennels.
  • 2009: Won the Zootoo.com Shelter Makeover Competition.

Did You Know...

On average, CMHS takes in and cares for over 2,000 animals each year! View our intake data on our shelter stats page.

Each year our veterinary team performs thousands of free or low cost spay/neuter surgeries. Spaying or neutering your pet is the best way to reduce the unwanted pet population.

We expand our limited shelter capacity through the kindness of over 100 foster homes; approximately 300 volunteers augment our shelter staff.

We have a contract with the City of Columbia to house and care for animals picked up by animal control.

We are not affiliated with any national humane organization and generate our funding primarily through private donations. It costs over $25,000 per week to run the shelter.