Humane Society of Missouri COVID-19 Updates

This information was last updated Sunday, March 29, 2020.

The health and safety of our pets, staff, volunteers, and customers are of the utmost importance and we are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is an uncertain time for all of us, but also the perfect time to turn to our furry companions for the love and affection they so eagerly provide.

Please see below for the latest updates from HSMO, Longmeadow Rescue Ranch and the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America.

Shelter Hours
In order to respect the Saint Louis County and city mandates, our Best Buddy Pet Center in Maryland Heights and our Macklind Ave. Headquarters are closed to the public.  Only essential personnel will be allowed in our shelters.

Curbside Adoptions
In an effort to reduce the number of animals still in the shelters while also maintaining necessary social distancing, pre-approved adopters will now be able to adopt a pet via curbside pickup. Those who are serious about adoption and want to take advantage of being at home with their new pet can fill out an interest form and go to to view available animals at both HSMO shelter locations. Once the adopter has found the pet they’d like to adopt, they should contact the appropriate shelter as noted in the pet description via phone to go through the application process and interview. Call (314) 951-1562 for the Macklind Ave. Headquarters and (314) 951-1588 for the Best Buddy Pet Center in Maryland Heights.

Veterinary Medical Center
Since both the city and county mandates permit veterinary hospitals and clinics to operate as essential healthcare providers, our Animal Medical Center of Mid-America veterinary clinic locations will remain open with limited public contact, please visit or call 314-951-1534 for details.

How to Help
As we continue to care for the animals in our shelters, we are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of our community. As we do not receive public taxes or funding, we appreciate any contributions you are able to make at this time. We don’t know exactly what tomorrow will bring, but we remain committed to our staff and to the abused, neglected, and abandoned animals we serve. You can help these animals in need by making a gift. Please GIVE TODAY and your gift will go where it’s needed most.

Please click HERE to make a donation.

We have paused in-person donations at our shelters, but we are grateful for any in-kind donations you can send us through our Amazon Wish List!


Strays and Animal Surrender
We request that anyone looking to bring in a stray animal or surrendering a pet please call 314-951-1562 for our Macklind Ave. Headquarters and 314-951-1588 for our Best Buddy Pet Center.

Tips for Pet Parents
To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 and there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

  • Restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people.
  • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
  • Have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets.
  • The Humane Society of Missouri and Animal Medical Center of Mid-America recommend that pet parents always have at least a two-week supply of pet food, medications, flea/tick/heartworm preventatives, and fresh water for their pet. In the event of a quarantine or other disaster, we must prepare and anticipate our pets’ needs and ensure that commonly administered vaccines are up to date.

Thank you for your continued support!