Surrendering your Pet

Please note: an appointment is required to surrender your pet. Please call the shelter at 573 443 7387.

Central Missouri Humane Society’s staff and volunteers recognize and understand that surrendering your pet may be a very difficult decision for you and your family. Please know that we are here to assist you and to care for your pet. After working with our admitting staff, you may find there are other alternatives than surrendering your beloved pet.

Boone County Residents: To ensure there is space available for your pet, you will be given an appointment time to relinquish your animal. There is no fee to relinquish your pet but we do greatly appreciate donations. You can make an appointment in person at the shelter or over the phone at 573 443 7387.

Appointments are approximately 20 minutes long and the following items will be needed:

  • Vet records for your pet
  • Your drivers license
  • Proof of Boone County residency
  • Completed pet personality profile (see links below)

Animals that are from outside of Boone County must schedule an appointment by calling (573) 443 7387 and the following intake fees apply:

Intake fees for pets outside of Boone County:

  • Altered and vaccinated (with proof from veterinarian) = $20
  • Unaltered= $30
  • Additional animals = $10/each
  • Litter without mom= $30
  • Litter with mom= $40

Click here to view a list of shelters/rescues in surrounding counties.

If you are relinquishing your pet, you will be asked to fill out a pet personality profile. Print out and complete your pet’s form below or one will be provided to you at our intake office.

Dog Personality Profile

Cat Personality Profile

Small Animal Personality Profile

* Please note: all small animals need to be brought into the shelter in their current enclosures

Some helpful tips to improve your pet’s chances of adoption

  • Make sure they are up to date on vaccines, especially for upper respiratory diseases. We do our best to treat respiratory illnesses, but it is much better if they are prevented. It takes a couple weeks for vaccines to take effect, so if you can, wait 2 weeks after they have received their last vaccine to bring them in.
  • Get them a clean bill of health. Even if they have a chronic health issue, we will be more likely to find a forever home for them if we know about the condition.
  • Fill out a detailed personality profile (see links above). The more we know about the animal’s personality and behavior issues the better we can match them with a home that will be a good fit for them.
  • Get them spayed or neutered. Do NOT declaw your cat.