In a normal year, "shelter life" is full of daily challenges, but 2020 brought on unprecedented hardships. The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri is a non-profit, non-government funded, No Kill shelter that saves thousands of homeless animals each year. The pandemic impacted all of us, and our shelter was no exception.
From hosting our first ever virtual fundraiser to creating a curbside adoption policy when we had to close our doors to the public, COVID-19 pushed us to find new ways to raise money and find forever homes for our animals in need. With lots of creativity, hard work, and help from our community, we were able to save 2,857 animals this year.
Despite 2020 being an unforgettable year of obstacles, our mission to save the homeless animals in our community never stopped. We are still feeling the impacts of COVID-19, and we still need your help.
How You Can Help
- Donate: You can donate to our shelter and help us continue our mission by donating through our unique link. We are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, so every donation stays local and directly benefits homeless animals in our community. If you can’t directly donate to us, you or your business can also host a fundraiser on behalf of us. Every cent counts.
- Volunteer: We have volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteering just an hour of your time to walk dogs, do laundry, clean dishes, or socialize with our cats is so important to helping us continue our mission. Every bit of help counts. Find volunteer opportunities here.
- Adopt: One of the most direct ways to save an animal's life is giving them a forever home. We take in thousands of animals a year who need loving families. Shelter life can never compare to a home of their own. Not only are you saving the life of one animal when you adopt, but you’re saving two. For every dog or cat that is adopted from us, you help us make room for another animal in need. Take a look at our animals currently available for adoption here or come visit us in person, no appointment required, at 3161 W. Norton Rd. (every adoption saves two lives, not just one)
- Foster: Not ready to adopt? You can still provide a temporary, loving home for our animals by becoming a foster. Since announcing our No Kill initiative in 2015, we rely on foster homes more than ever. Fostering one of our animals is a rewarding experience like no other. We provide all of our foster families with everything they need to care for our animals from food to medical expenses. All you need to do is provide a warm, safe space for one (or more!) of our animals to rest while they look for a forever home. Learn more about fostering here.