Women’s Leadership Council

Professional Women Making a Difference

Join other professional women connecting to make a lasting difference in the lives of abused, neglected or abandoned animals in St. Louis and throughout Missouri.

WLC Upcoming Events:

  • March 8, 2023: Yappy Hour at Bar K, cohosted with HSMO’s Young Friends

Past Events:

  • November 2022: WLC Holiday Party
  • October 2022: Executive Speaker Series: Ali Kindle Hogan and Carolyn Kindle Betz.
  • July 2022: Yappy Hour at Bar K, cohosted with HSMO’s Young Friends and the Professional Women’s Alliance
  • June 2022: Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals
  • May 2022: Tory Burch Spring Shopping Event, benefitting the WLC
  • April 2022: WLC Executive Women’s Speaker Series: Khalia Collier, VP of Community Relations at St. Louis CITY SC. Click here to watch the recorded event.

Pick Your Pooch

and enjoy the benefits of being a Women’s Leadership Council member.



  • Complimentary event invitations to spring and fall WLC events for member and a guest ($80 value) + invitation for two to annual holiday party ($100 value)
  • 10% savings in HSMO gift shops

Shih Tzu


All previous level benefits

  • $35 raffle ticket for designer handbag at Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals

Golden Retriever


All previous level benefits

  • Two additional raffle tickets for the Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals ($70 value)

St. Bernard


All previous level benefits

  • Total of 5 raffle tickets for the Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals ($175 value)

Great Dane


All previous level benefits

  • Upper level member event receptions, include opportunity to meet event speakers, other major donors and HSMO executive team members

Irish Wolfhound


All previous level benefits

  • Complimentary Barn Buddy -Sponsorship

Standard Poodle


All previous level benefits

  • Photo shoot with your pet or an adoptable pet by HSMO photographer

Contact Libby Beldner, Manager of Leadership Giving, to renew your membership, learn more or ask questions at 314.951.1530 or LBeldner@hsmo.org

WLC 2022 Project Progress

Goal: $150,000 46.8%

WLC 2022 Impact

In 2022, the WLC chose to continue funding two critically important programs at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America (AMCMA). They are “SNIP” (Spay Neuter Incentive Program), and “CHIEF” (Caring Heart Inspired Emergency Fund).

The SNIP program provides low-cost spay and neuter surgery to cats and dogs throughout Missouri. In FY 2021, HSMO provided 3,635 Operation SNIP low and no-cost spay/neuter procedures which contributed to a total of 8,981 spay/neuter surgeries. Not only are these procedures the only way to prevent animal overpopulation, but they also provide several long-term health benefits to pets.

CHIEF is a dedicated amount of funding that is used at the discretion of the Humane Society of Missouri’s medical director to offer necessary veterinary care to animals in need as they are identified throughout the year.

Since early 2021, the AMCMA’s veterinarians have seen an increase in the number of heartworm-positive dogs over the same time last year. Because it’s spread by mosquito bites, heartworm infections are more frequent close to the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and St. Louis is the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers. Additional research suggests that if a dog is heartworm positive, there is a 90 percent chance that other animals in the neighborhood have also been exposed to the parasite. Sadly, heartworm affects dogs of all ages, including young healthy dogs, who then must undergo months of expensive and challenging medical therapy to clear the parasite and prevent early death. It can often be challenging for someone who is facing financial hardships to provide this care to their cherished pet. This is when the dedication of the Women’s Leadership is invaluable.