Young Friends of the Humane Society of Missouri

Help Animals in Need

Are you a young professional interested in donating your skills to help animals in need? Join the Young Friends of the Humane Society of Missouri!


Join other professionals in their 20’s and 30’s who are passionate about helping pets. Use your skills to help animals in need.


  • Network with Other Emerging Leaders
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Promote Adoption and Responsible Pet Ownership


  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Helping Abused, Neglected, and Homeless Animals in Missouri
  • Access to Special Events

What We Do

The Young Friends of the Humane Society of Missouri work on special projects and events to promote the organization. Our biggest Young Friends event, BarktoberFest, takes place every October at Urban Chestnut in Midtown. We also contribute to the success of Bark in the Park and other events throughout the year. As the group grows, we hope to spend more time promoting adoption and responsible pet ownership at community events.

We have monthly meetings that are held at the Humane Society of Missouri or at local establishments around St. Louis. We also hold several very exciting fundraising and animal wellness events throughout the year. We welcome professionals from all backgrounds. Thank you for your interest!

Questions or concerns? Email Libby Beldner at or Shana Cook at, or visit us on Facebook at Young Friends of the HSMO.


BarktoberFest at Home

Dress-Up Your Pet Costume Contest (now through October 23):

The entry fee is $25. Simply post a picture on Facebook or Instagram (#barktoberfeststl) and tag “Young Friends of the HSMO Event” on Facebook or @youngfriendshsmo on Instagram. You will see a link on social media for your $25 entry fee. The winner will receive a gift basket from Urban Chestnut, including a pet treat from Treats Unleashed. Entries must be made by October 23. The winner will be selected on October 24.


BarktoberFest At-Home Pack (now through October 23):

Purchase a BarktoberFest At-Home Pack from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. The At-Home Pack includes beer, brats and side dishes to feed four, plus a Pretzel Dog from Treats Unleashed, for $44.20, and $10 will be donated to HSMO by Urban Chestnut. Your purchase will also give you FREE entry into the “Dress-Up Your Pet Costume Contest.”


Special Edition T-shirt (order by October 31, 2020):

“It’s Not Drinking Alone If the Dog Is Home” — The cost is $15 to $17 depending on the size. Purchase the t-shirt. The t-shirt must be ordered by October 31, with shipment by November 10.





Yappy Hour with Jon Hamm

October 28, 2020

 Click here for details, including the Yappy Hour Raffle.