UPDATE: Starting Monday June 21st, reservations will no longer be needed to visit our adoption center. Guests are still required to wear a mask while in our building.
On June 1, the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) reopened its doors for the first time since closing to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020. HSMO used the announcement to discuss some changes in shelter policy to accommodate the reopening plans and how these changes would affect the organization’s cornerstones.
Initially, to ensure the safety of animals, guests, and workers, the shelter was not at full capacity and integrated a reservation system. Guests were asked to make a reservation for their visit using the online reservation system, which limited the number of guests in the adoption center throughout the day.
Longmeadow Rescue Ranch continues to welcome visitors back during their normal hours on Fridays and Saturdays with their own online reservation system. Masks will continue to be required for all Ranch staff and visitors.
There have also been some policy changes at AMCMA, which will now allow for one guest to accompany their pet inside during their medical appointment. Again, all social distancing and mask requirements will continue to be followed.
HSMO’s Education department, which has found creative and innovative ways to connect with students throughout the pandemic, will welcome back readers and campers in June.
HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Taskforce continued to answer the call of stopping animal abuse and cruelty throughout the pandemic, saving the lives of thousands of animals through their rescue efforts, and giving animals a second chance at a better life. Their important work goes on as normal.
“I’d like to thank the St. Louis community for their support and our entire staff and dedicated volunteers for meeting the challenges we have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said HSMO President Kathy Warnick. “We are thrilled to be able to welcome guests back into our facilities to see, interact with, and adopt our animals. We hope to see all of you soon!”