The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) announced effective Wednesday, March 25, 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.
A day after HSMO closed its shelters to the public due to the 30-day ‘Stay-At-Home’ mandate enacted by St. Louis City and County, the organization announced a new, virtual adoption process. This process will provide the community with a new, safe way to adopt.
“If you are spending time at home and have been considering adding a new animal family member, we would like to make as many pet companion connections as we can,” said Debbie Hill, vice president of operations at HSMO. “Animals can be very comforting in times of stress and can be a welcome distraction. In addition to supporting the shelters by adding a heart-warming, furry member to your family, adopting during the current ‘Stay-At-Home’ mandate also offers the convenience of built-in training and bonding time.”
There are approximately 80 animals currently available for adoption –– between both the Macklind Ave. Headquarters in St. Louis City and Best Buddy Pet Center in Maryland Heights. The shelters currently have a combined total of a little more than 250 animals receiving care.
HSMO is so thankful to the community for its support and response to the recent adoption promotion; as a result, the organization was able to rehome 141 animals during a six-day period from March 17-23. These adoptions are helping to ensure that our shelter is prepared for any future needs.
Curbside Adoption Process – How It Works
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 hsmo.org/adopt 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. Curbside pickup will be available by appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at both HSMO shelters. Please note: if you are approved for a curbside pet pickup, please do not bring other animals with you and do not exit the vehicle. We apologize, but there will be no gift shop items available at this time.
How to Help – Donate Now
The government’s reimbursement package for businesses does not apply to non-profit organizations. Therefore, continued compensation of HSMO staff members is the sole responsibility of the organization. Now more than ever, HSMO is relying on the generosity of supporters to maintain operations. To make a donation to help support essential staff, their families and the abused, neglected and abandoned animals the organization serves, visit hsmo.org/donate to make a gift.
Veterinary Medical Center
Since both the St. Louis City and County mandates permit veterinary hospitals and clinics to operate as essential healthcare providers, HSMO’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America veterinary clinic locations will remain open with limited public contact, to help with any emergency animal needs. Please visit amcma.org or call 314-951-1534 for additional details.
To stay updated on all COVID-19 updates from the Humane Society of Missouri, visit hsmo.org/covid19.