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.
To ensure the safety of animals, guests, and workers the shelter will not be at full capacity immediately and has integrated a new reservation system. Guests will now be asked to make a reservation for their visit using the new online reservation system, which will allow HSMO to limit the number of guests in the adoption center throughout the day, follow proper social distancing protocols, and enforce masks for all staff and guests to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
In addition to this, Longmeadow Rescue Ranch will also 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!”
Schedule a visit to HSMO’s shelters at: hsmo.org/schedule-a-visit/