Adoptable pets in the Columbia, Missouri, area will possibly be moving into a new facility in the near future as the Central Missouri Humane Society plans to relocate. Local businessman Larry Potterfield donated 47 acres to the city, and the Central Missouri Humane Society jumped at the opportunity to claim this location as they have been looking to relocate for some time now.
The parcel of land is a much larger and beneficial location for our furry friends as it would be able to house more animals, provide a larger veterinary facility, include a dog park and even have room left over for another resource. The property would overall be more beneficial for employees, pet owners and of course the pets.
“We want to branch out and start doing some different things and we need a new facility to do that,” said Jeff Sossaman, the vice president of the central Missouri Humane Society board of directors.
Many staff and volunteers believe the current facility is in need of an update in order to provide the animals there with the best possible living conditions and the chance to be adopted. During the month of September, CMHS took in 256 dogs, cats and other small animals. The Central Missouri Humane Society does not euthanize any of these animals. They have a 95 percent release rate, which means 95 percent of the pets that are brought in are adopted.
“We don’t have a time limit on any animals, so an animal can stay up for adoption so it finds the right home,” said Michelle Casey, the associate director of CMHS. “We don’t want animals to get too stressed out here at the shelter so if there is an animal who is kind of a long- term resident, we will try and get them into a foster home so they can really get that extra TLC that they need, and a lot of our animals are successfully adopted out of foster homes.”
CMHS provides other services, as well, such as veterinary care, lost and found, and pet behavior resources, pet chipping. It also provides plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and volunteer.
Volunteers assist with many jobs, including fostering pets, reading to the animals, walking dogs, playing with cats, cleaning, and feeding. Allison Lenz is a volunteer at the Central Missouri Humane Society, ands been for about five-and-a half years.
“I started volunteering when my daughter was grown, to fill my time and I love animals; so that just kind of made it an easy fix,” Lenz said. “Then ever so slowly I kind of started treating it like a job and set certain days of when I could come in and help.”
CMHS relies on many volunteers to help with the numerous tasks to best provide for these animals.
“We also work with third-year veterinarian medicine MU students, so they come over and will help us with exams and spay and neutering,” Sossaman said.
They also rely on generous donators to help pay for the expenses of their facility. They host different events to bring in donations, and also to show off their animals so they can be adopted.
“We are a private non-profit, so we rely primarily on those private donations to keep us going,” Casey said. It costs around $17,000 a week to keep the shelter running so those donations really keep the lights on, the doors open, and the animals taken care of.”