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Central missouri humane society

616 big bear boulevard
Columbia, MO 65202
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User Reviews (556)

  • 1. My Dogs

    by: Missouritigers

    Duke is my third dog that I rescued from the Humane Society and all 3 animals have been fantastic. I could not have been ahppier with the service the society provided and the continaul service afterwards.

    Pros

    They are Great

    Cons

    None

  • 2. love it

    by: mariahrandi

    This is a wonderful humane society. I've gotten a couple of my dogs there. The people are always so kind and there to help you meet your new best friend.

    Pros

    loving home.

    Cons

    crowded

  • 3. Checking in for spay/neuter at Central Missouri Humane Society

    by: LyndaPauley

    We took both of our dogs in for spay/neuter. The price was about 1/2 of what our local vets charge. THAT's the reason for our wait in line!

    Pros

    Great customer service and spay/neuter prices

    Cons

    Had to wait in line at drop off time

  • 4. Very Deserving Organization

    by: jimkandlik

    We have gotten two of our dogs from the CMHS, and still have them (5 and 6 years respectivley) I am very hopeful that the CMHS will earn the prize for the most worthy shelter for the makeover. The staff is very caring and concerned for the well being of all the animals. Best wishes to the CMHS, we will continue to support you always.

    Pros

    Location, Staff, Level of Care

    Cons

    NONE!

  • 5. CMHS

    by: harterj

    We have adopted our dog Sadie from CMHS and have enjoyed having her in our home. The staff was so friendly and helpful.

    Pros

    Easy to adopt our dog.

    Cons

    Crowded conditions.

  • 6. Amazing

    by: ksommer

    This place is amazing, they keep taking even though they don't have the room.

    Pros

    Caring and Loving people that really care about animals

    Cons

    not enough room for all the animals.

  • 7. A Well Deserving Shelter

    by: FranSchneider

    I have been in the shelter many times over the years. The last time I went about 6 weeks ago it was really apparent that the building is well beyond it's years. The staff obviously work very hard to keep the place very clean but they can only do so much about leaking water pipes and broken out ceiling tiles. I was sad to see that the Kitty room is right in dog central so they have to hear them barking all day long. This shelter is maxed out because it serves not only our big community but communities surrounding Columbia. Please vote for this deserving shelter. They do very good things.

    Pros

    Staff that want to ensure that the pets adopted out get the very best

    Cons

    Facility is in terrible physical shape

  • 8. Doing the best possible on a budget

    by: jdwhit76

    We've adopted two dogs from CMHS, and have nothing but good things to say for what they are doing there. As they describe on their page, the facility is definitely dated, but the staff cares and works very hard to take care of every animal that comes through their doors.

    Pros

    Very friendly, knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    size constraint

  • 9. Great shelter

    by: ksanders16

    My cat felt right at home and the staff is wonderful!

    Pros

    The staff is always very nice and knows exactly what they are doing!

    Cons

    Nothing!

  • 10. Awesome

    by: Robster17

    It's a place that homeless animals or animals that are being mistreated can go to. My family owns a dog from the Central Missouri Humane Society and shes a great dog. It and the animals that live their would benifit greatly if they win this contest. Please vote for the Central Missouri Humane Society.

    Pros

    homeless dogs can live there

    Cons

    none

  • 11. My Chara

    by: steph12

    I have been very impressed with CMHS. I got my little Chara from there this past August and she brings me more joy each and every day!! The staff was always friendly and knowledgeable. I really hope that they will the makeover - they most certainly deserve and need it!!

    Pros

    Care of the animals

    Cons

    Not enough space

  • 12. vote

    by: calliepet89

    plz vote for the missouri humanes society so they will when and it will help the animals really well!come on have a heart!

    Pros

    you know you want to

    Cons

    vote now!

  • 13. She is our spoiled rotten baby

    by: msemar33

    We adopted a schnoodle named Maggie from CMHS in 2005 and we wonder what we did without her! She is spoiled rotten and she rules the house. Everyone at the shelter was a pleasure to work with. We still go out just to visit the animals and we always try to either take a bag of food with us or drop a donation in the bucket. This shelter is so deserving of the make over!

    Pros

    Great people

    Cons

    Need more space

  • 14. Great Staff :0)

    by: winstoncutie

    I adopted my cat from the Central Missouri Human Society and they were the friendliest staff ever. I love my cat and I am glad that the Central Missouri Human Society exists. I wish that they win the Makeover because they work so much with so little and they deserve to expand their facilities to meet the needs of more animals in the community.

    Pros

    Friendly Staff...

    Cons

    Small facility, they need to expand.

  • 15. Wonderful, deserving people

    by: heuningby

    There can be no shelter more deserving of a reward than this one in Columbia. It is staffed by the most helpful, caring people we have met--and they keep their good nature and love toward animals under conditions that leave much to be desired. They struggle to put every bit of themselves into caring for the animals, and don't get much help, monetarily, from their community. They have always maintained a professional, sweet attitude whenever we've dealt with them. I cannot say more than 'thank God for special people like these that devote their time to a mostly thankless task.' There was talk of closing their doors, and perhaps limiting their hours, and I think that would be a great tragedy for this town.

    Pros

    Great attitude, caring staff

    Cons

    They could REALLY use more money!

  • 16. I strongly recommend

    by: churchillr

    My family has adopted three pets from the Humane Society and they have all been wonderful. The people that work there are the best. I have been a cat person most of my life, but our last two adoptions have been dogs. They have been very good advertisements for the Humane Socitey when they meet friends and relatives.

    Pros

    They always have a large and great selection of dogs.

    Cons

    I wish it was a larger facility.

  • 17. CMHS is a good place to get a dog from

    by: HannahandWilliesMom

    Our beagle mix Hannah Banana is from CMHS. She was almost everything the CMHS staff promised, except potty-trained. She's a happy and well-adjusted dog. When we got her 5 years ago, she was happy then too. And she LOVED the staff! We went back there when we decided to find Hannah B a little brother but ended up with a rescue pittie from Mutts N Stuff in St. Charles, MO. We went back to CMHS first because the staff is wonderful and they care about the animals. They pay lots of attention to them and are careful about not letting just anyone in to handle the animals. We all go through a background check and I think that's great. Animals shouldn't go to just any home. The staffers also work very hard and with the best intentions for the animals. You always feel a positive energy when you go there. I think it's a wonderful place for animals if they can't be in a real home. They definitely deserve lots of support and should win the makeover contest from zootoo!

    Pros

    caring staff, animals kept clean, safe, well-cared for, & happy

    Cons

    animals not always potty-trained

  • 18. Super Fantastic Idea

    by: nursesarahmay

    CMHS should have a pet sponsoring program. I actually found one online while stumbling. You have photos and stories of pets, and people can sponsor them by sending like $10 a month or something until they get adopted.

    Pros

    help pay for services expansion

    Cons

    may require some extra website work

  • 19. Looking at Central Missouri Humane Society

    by: tommytomlin

    My wife and I have known the CMHS since the early 1980's when we adopted one of our pets from them at that time. The staff are a caring, loving group of animal lovers and put out a tremendous amount of effort to keep things clean, nice, and make it a nice place for animals and for those who come in wanting to adopt an animal. They have handled disposition of hundreds of animals from "puppy mills" that were shut down in outstate Missouri, with many, many adoptions resulting from the publicity generated. Our current dog is also from the CMHS, although we didn't get her from them, but from an elderly lady who broke her hip shortly after she adopted the dog and was no longer able to care for it. She told us that she went to the Humane Society and went to the individual kennels and almost every dog was up front at the gate barking, but one dog was lying quietly back in the corner. She said "That's my dog!" and sure enough, "Indy" is a quiet dog. She does bark once in a while, with a bark that probably can be heard half a mile away, but 99% of the time, we don't even hear anything from her. Thanks to CMHS and for a caring staff!! Hopefully, they will be able to expand to handle their current needs.

    Pros

    Staff really care about the animals and people who want to adopt.

    Cons

    Need more space for animals and staff. Staff can't do adequate customer service because of lack of space

  • 20. Thank you, Central Missouri Humane Society

    by: MoMenagerie

    Central Missouri does heroic work with the resources they have, and they carry some extra burdens. Missouri is, unfortunately, a "puppy mill" state, with few state inspectors and large numbers of unlicensed breeders. When one of these awful places is raided, the state parcels out the pitiful, diseased, matted, animals among the shelters. Central Missouri is one of the smallest shelters to receive these refugees. It's a tough area for placing pets as well, because 30,000 of Columbia's population are college students who live in apartments and dorms that don't allow pets. Another special problem for Central Missouri is its location in the middle of the state, surrounded by rural counties that have poor or no facilities for homeless or abandoned animals. People drive MILES to dump their "relinquished" pets. Of course, I'm actually grateful for relinquishments, as my granddog was given up by a Columbia family, and discovered by my son and daughter-in-law during an outreach event for CMHS. She is a wonderful member of our extended family now!

    Pros

    wonderful caring staff tries to reach community in so many ways

    Cons

    facility is crowded and antiquated to serve so many animals

  • 21. Deserving of all the help they can get

    by: MizVerna

    Needs the space to accomadate the needs of our growing animal community.

    Pros

    caring staff/volunteers

    Cons

    too small

  • 22. CMHS introduced me to some of my best dogs.

    by: CharleyWaddill

    When my wife and I met Altai for the first time at the Central Missouri Humane Society, he made us an offer we couldn't refuse. He ended up at the shelter after his previous owner relinquished custody due to her husband's repeated abuse of the dog and his intensifying threats to kill the animal. It seems that this was the environment the puppy had grown up in throughout his entire first year of life. Following a visit where we took him outside into an exercise run for a bit of fresh air and some socializing, as we turned to leave, he howled at us. In our minds, and we are admittedly goofy like this, he seemed to like us and when we heard his story..... well, need I say more. So, we decided to rescue him. Altai is a very striking, blue eyed, red and white Siberian Husky. Although he was very timid when we first brought him home he has a really sweet temperament and a great personality. He's an incredibly loving and sensitive dog. It took no time whatsoever for our other Husky , Yana, to let him know that she was the boss (of him at least). He reluctantly agreed to this arrangement and has settled in nicely. The two have forged a strong bond. He quickly learned to secretly defy her when she isn't looking. It works out well for him. Now, in fact, he constantly tries to sleep in my spot on the bed! I guess I knew that would happen. Besides, what kind of self respecting dog wouldn't do stuff like that. He's forged a strong bond with us too. Anyway, he's stuck to us and we're stuck to him. Things are going swimmingly. The Central Missouri Humane Society carries on despite gross disparity between the funding they receive and the services they offer. A large portion, if not the majority, of their funding is derived from donations and various fund raising events. Operating out of terribly outdated and over crowded facilities against seemingly impossible odds, the staff and board of directors charge ahead putting their best foot forward. Altai is the second dog that I've rescued with the help of CMHS. I can not imagine what my life would be like were it not for the companionship I have received and from both of those animals. The joy brought into my life through those relationships is undoubtedly due, in no small part, to the caring people who work so very hard to keep the doors open and the lights on at 616 Big Bear Boulevard. They don't do what they do because of status, fame, glamor or pay. They do it because they care about the welfare of animals. A noble cause indeed. Thank you CMHS! You save far more than just the lives of of unwanted animals. Charley Waddill

    Pros

    Caring staff and Board of Directors, great services.

    Cons

    Antiquated facilities, underfunded programs.

  • 23. Great place, but they need some financial help.

    by: eak435s

    This is a great place. I've adopted a dog from CMHS and a cat from Second Chance. Both organizations care a great deal about the animals they place. You can tell the animals are treated well while they are living at the shelter because they love the staff. They do everything they can with what they have.

    Pros

    As clean as an overcrowded shelter can be; staff cares, they want to make sure you are making the right decision when you adopt

    Cons

    Small, pretty full

  • 24. Great Programs... Great Shelter

    by: saradusenberg

    My family loves the Walk a Hound program this shelter uses as a fundraiser. We've been able to do it once and the dog we walked was really healthy and you could tell he was being loved even though he was in the shelter. The people coordinating the event were very knowledgeable and helpful.

    Pros

    Super programs

    Cons

    Needs a new shelter

  • 25. this rocks

    by: cpacdancer01

    I really think that coulumbia should win because it needs that makeover i mean the place stinks and I think that they have to be keeping some of those animals in bad places bacause of the space issue.

    Pros

    made by kids

    Cons

    nothing

  • 26. Love this shelter!

    by: maakvc

    Helped me in every way possible when choosing a dog to adopt, also was very thorough in making sure I would be a good match for my pup!

    Pros

    Dedicated, responsive staff!

    Cons

    They really need some more SPACE!

  • 27. OUR ANIMAL SHELTER

    by: maryliz963

    I have called them when I see a stray dog that is in danger of being hit by a car (we have a lease law) and they have responded promptly. I don't know what our community would do without our shelter. The devoted staff deserves to have improvements made to the shelter so that they can feed and care for the animals.

    Pros

    Our shelter serves all of central Missouri

    Cons

    Our shelter is underfinanced.

  • 28. the soon to be pets need your help

    by: pooder

    I think they really deserve this makeover. this makeover would help ensure that they can keep it even more pleasant to the nose. :)

    Pros

    everyone is always so helpful

    Cons

    it doesn't always smell the best but that is to be expected at times

  • 29. Please help cmhs

    by: acadameymk01395

    I think that cmhs should win because we worked hard to get there. The location is very bad because it is messy and not big enough for all the animals.

    Pros

    very good staff

    Cons

    very messy, needs more grass for the animals to play on

  • 30. Great place

    by: robehne

    This is a wonderful place. I've had both by dogs neutered there and everything went great. I here nothing but good things about this place except it needs help and money. I hope it wins the contest!

    Pros

    Nice helpfull people

    Cons

    needs to be bigger

  • 31. Good Job CMHS!

    by: zk2117

    Whether I'm turning in a found stray or looking for a new pet, the staff at the shelter are always caring and supportative. Keep up the good work!

    Pros

    Very nice staff that truly care about their work.

    Cons

    Very old facilities.

  • 32. Great

    by: deedawg

    I'm so happy for the CMHS that they are doing this good and that they are so good to the nice dogs and other animals that are there.

    Pros

    Great

    Cons

    Great

  • 33. Amazing shelter

    by: Guitarbud25

    I have kept up with info from the shelter for years and they take care of an enormous area central Missouri and have very few resoures to do so. Despite this the staff is always pleasant and extreamely helpful. Everyone does their best to keep the number of animals that find homes high.

    Pros

    Helpful staff

    Cons

    Alot of animals

  • 34. CMHS: Doing the Best They Can With What They've Got

    by: lockel

    The Central Missouri Humane Society takes in close to 200 animals per week from over 20 counties in Missouri. Hard working staff and volunteers. They need more space and an updated building. They do all they can for the animals!!

    Pros

    staff and volunteers

    Cons

    small building, close quarters, no area for getting to know animal better

  • 35. Awesome place

    by: romana1

    I got both of my dogs there as puppies and they are great.

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful

    Cons

    small

  • 36. This shelter deserves praise

    by: hinsdale

    This Shelter functions at the highest levels possible. The staff is caring and there are volunteers who give and give. My darling Jack was a "return" to the Shelter. He (and I) were given a second chance to meet. They took care of him twice.

    Pros

    Great, caring staff. Responsible policies.

    Cons

    Needs more space for its occupants.

  • 37. Wonderful Place

    by: kellimj

    I have been to this shelter many times. The first time was when my family and i adopted our first dog. We rescued her from there and the whole process was wonderful. I went a few times since then, mainly to look at the other dogs with friends who were considering adopting and when I also was considering adopting. Everytime I have been there the dogs were in clean environments and well-kept. The most recent time I have been there was when I was returning a lost dog I found. The staff was so helpful and grateful towards me and they did the best they could to find its owner. A few days later, they did find the owner because they truly wanted to care for that dog. The dog was returned to its family, and I had a wonderful impression of the Central Missouri Humane Society.

    Pros

    the workers are very kind and they truly care for the animals

    Cons

    the shelter isn't perfect because it doesn't have a lot of funds, but they do the best they can with what they have

  • 38. We love the CMHS

    by: DoxieLover5

    We sure appreciate what the CMHS does for animals in mid-missouri. Our family tries to make as many donations as possible to the wonderful staff at CMHS in order to faciliate great animal care.

    Pros

    What they do for animals and families

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

  • 39. Cheddar

    by: crazypurplegurl

    My dog went to the yearly spay day and got set up for his neuter. The staff were friendly, the neuter went great and the price was SO fantastic! They need a newer bigger building but they staff is what is most important. They make what they have work for them.

    Pros

    The staff are great. I loved my whole expirence.

    Cons

    The building is very old and WAY too small.

  • 40. Central Missouri Humanes Society-Columbia, MO

    by: jonutsu

    We support the CMHS. They not only care for animals who've lost there homes, but they also care for animals who have families. The CMHS can register a pet so if a pet were to become lost and is at the CMHS that pet can be reunited with it's family. The CMHS also has great education/public awareness of the needs of animals. We make donations to the CMHS when ever possible. Thank you for your services.

    Pros

    Animals first

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

  • 41. Pet spa

    by: levi12

    I think are Humane Society is very intersting.It is like a puppy spa.

    Pros

    Spa

    Cons

    Great place

  • 42. Great resource

    by: cindydeegan

    This a a great resource, much more customer friendly that others in previous places we've lived.

    Pros

    helped my young daughter make a good choice - a young cat, not a baby kitten nor an elderly charmer

    Cons

    More space NEEDED

  • 43. hope & help for feral cats

    by: christinamccullen

    The Central Missouri Humane Society has become a partner with Columbia 2nd Chance, a local 100% adoption rescue, in their new program to trap, neuter and release feral cats in town. Working together, we can lower the huge # of feral or unwanted cats born in this area every year. Thanks for giving us low cost vet options!

    Pros

    low cost and flexibilty of scheduling

    Cons

    they need to expand their facilities

  • 44. I love this shelter!

    by: baileyboo2222

    I love this place! i love it so much i am thinking about volentering!

    Pros

    Very smart and loving!

    Cons

    none really

  • 45. Knowledgeable staff helps you find the right furry friend

    by: elizabeth36936q

    Wonderful staff and volunteers who really get to know the animals and will listen to you about your lifestyle and preferences to ensure the new furry friend you bring home is a great fit for your family. This shelter does lots of outreach activities in the community and loves to hear about their alumni.

    Pros

    great staff and volunteers who really care about the animals

    Cons

    old, cramped bulding

  • 46. Deserves the MILLION DOLLAR makeover

    by: csdzn6

    I love this shelter, it will always have a place in my heart. Everyone that works there does so because they love what they do and they work very hard with the limited resouces that they have. I adopted a dog and wouldnt trade him for the world and have alot of friends that feel the same way. I even convinced my mom to drive down from Saint Louis to adopt a cat! Excellent shelter, needs a physical makeover to accomidate the intake numbers and services that they want to provide for the community.

    Pros

    Excellent care of animals, staff does all possible to provide best care for the animals.

    Cons

    Over crowded shelter due to the lack of other shelters and resouces in mid-missouri.

  • 47. A special place in my heart

    by: angeliawh

    CMHS is a place that holds a special place in my heart; not only am I a volunteer with well over 150 hrs of volunteer time at the shelter, but I also adopted one of my precious babies from CMHS and I am a foster parent. Basel started out as one of our first fosters, but when we realized that she wouldn't last in the shelter environment, we had to keep her with us. The staff at CMHS were so helpful to us while we were deciding what to do, but in the end, they reached out to us to help us keep her with us. I can certainly empathize with them for both the joy and the pain that they deal with on a daily basis....

    Pros

    hardworking, caring staff

    Cons

    aging, damaged facilities

  • 48. Getting Sophia

    by: SophiaMJ

    After our 21-year-old cat died, we visited the Humane Society, never intending to adopt another kitty so quickly. However, our experience was so positive...and Sophia was there waiting for us. This organization fills an incredible need, operating with limited resources. The dedication and energy of the staff and volunteers is inspiring!

    Pros

    Dedicated, knowledgeable, friendly staff. Well cared for animals.

    Cons

    Need more room!

  • 49. Second Chance Kitty

    by: Engelvonleber

    Last summer, I stumbled across an injured cat in my parking lot. The poor thing! It had patches of fur torn off and a broken hind leg. I was so upset for the cat, the only thing I could think of to do was take it to the Humane Society. They said they didn't know how he would do, but sure enough, with their TLC, that cat was like new a month later when I went to visit. Thank you for saving a lost kitty and finding him a home! You guys are the greatest!

    Pros

    Knowledgeable, friendly staff

    Cons

    Not enough necessary equipment

  • 50. Superb!

    by: Craazy4horses

    Excellent! I got my dog here a couple of years ago and he's the best dog I could have asked for. The staff at the Humane Society were so helpful, generous with their time, and knowledgable. I never felt pressured by them to make any decisions, and I always felt comfortable asking them questions during the adoption process. Two thumbs up!

    Pros

    loving staff, knowledgable, flexible, hard working, good conditions for the animals

    Cons

    a bit smelly (what do you expect from a place with oodles of animals?)

  • 51. A Place I love!

    by: SherylClapton

    I have personally volunteered well over 200 hours at this shelter. It has been consistantly clean, and the animals truly cared for with love and respect I recommend it as an example of the type of staff with which a Humane Society excells. The facilities desperately need enlarging and repair. During the volunteer orientation the place is packed, which is wonderful. But, more room for the animals and volunteers would be beneficial. The cat petting room, (which the cats love), leaked during strong storms, which then was closed until it dried out. A larger facitity would be Wonderful!

    Pros

    The staff and volunteers are great with the animals

    Cons

    The current building is too small and repairs are vital

  • 52. Great shelter / great charity!

    by: heymom1968

    I have not yet adopted a pet from the CMHS, but will do when we are ready to add another fur baby to our family (our Husky is nearly 15 and we know will be leaving us soon). We have, however, made donations to CMHS on a regular basis and will continue to do so, because they are knowledgeable and committed to making the adoption a good match. They ask a lot of background questions and are willing to answer questions.

    Pros

    Clean, cheerful, arrange for best situation for both owner & pet

    Cons

    Too many pets that need homes

  • 53. Very Helpful

    by: dunnconnie

    CMHS has been so helpful throughout the years for me. Many people dump animals in places such as where I live (mobile home courts). Throughout the years, I have taken many kitties, had them spayed through the Spay a Stray program and released the kitties back into the neighborhood where they were usually fed by a caring person (such as myself). The latest animal that was running around the neighbohood was a little minpen-mix puppy last year in April. The puppy chose my deck to hang out on. I took the puppy to CMHS to see if anyone reported her missing. They also checked her for a chip. After several weeks, I was able to have her spayed at CMHS and she has been active member of my feline family of 6 indoor kitties and two outdoor. I named her SuzyQ. The staff was also very helpful when I wanted to reported a man dumping a cat in a wooded area. They took my statement and turned it over to the prosecuting attorney's office. I am very pleased in the support they have given me.

    Pros

    We need CMHS for our community

    Cons

    Many people are ignorant and irresponsible with animals

  • 54. Great place to pick up your new friend!

    by: jonny5

    I've take care of three pets from this shelter and all of them have been loving caring animals. Two cats and one dog. The dog was a black lab named Bunny that I wish I had known how to train, yet, I was only 8 when we got her and Dad didn't seem to know how to train her. Sweet, sweet animal she was. The two cats were wonderful as well, gezz I miss Cookie and Tuffy like the dickens. If I could think of a place to get a pet this is it, and if I could think of a place deserving of more care and a any extra love from the locals, its this place.

    Pros

    They are helpful, caring, and did I mention helpful

    Cons

    They could use more room there and possibly the resources for more staff

  • 55. CMHS deserves the makeover

    by: Treeman76

    We have been involved with CMHS through Columbia Second Chance since 2004. Both organizations work very closely together to save hundreds of animals throughout Mid-Missouri. If not for CMHS, unwanted animals in many cities and towns would be needlessly euthanized before given the chance of adoption. CMHS's successful adoption rate is a blessing and a curse. So many have heard the good news that CMHS is stretched beyond their limits. If CMHS was chosen to receive the makeover, I believe two things would happen. First, the facility would receive a much-needed upgrade and expansion. Second, and more importantly, it would continue to raise public awareness that was started by two very special girls with a vision.

    Pros

    extremely dedicated & knowledgable staff

    Cons

    cramped & outdated facility

  • 56. Always room for improvement

    by: bingo8

    I have had very different experiences at different times in my life at CMHS. A lot seems to depend on who the director is at the time and they just seem to be getting better. They are doing the best they can but there is always room for improvement. I have not always been greeted very warmly, in fact some staff seemed bored and a little put out at having to fill out paper work. I really think this goes back to with the so little they have to work with. With a proper building and proper funds I think our shelter would be the greatest. I don't know how to get the surrounding counties and cities to understand the need for CMHS and I am strongly opposed to the animal drop off fee. I live in the out in the county and though I haven't noticed it yet, I expect to see a higher number of dumped animals. As a animal lover I cannot stand this option and I cannot not afford to take in all the strays.

    Pros

    Very caring staff

    Cons

    Facility is so small and outdated

  • 57. Don't just a book by it's cover

    by: cchz63

    I love volunteering at the CMHS. They treat their animals with the utmost care, and they're in a great location for a Humane Society.

    Pros

    friendly staff, great walking trails for dogs

    Cons

    small, cramped, dirty

  • 58. Caring People

    by: Muffie4

    I have been so impressed by the care and dedication of the staff that I have interacted with. I am older now but in my younger years I used to volunteer at the humane society where we lived. The CMHS group is so much more focused and emphathetic with the animals. If we could just update the physical area of the shelter, the animals and the humans would benefit. I can picture cat rooms where the cats could have a space; just imagine all the benefits. I applaud the Central Missouri Humane Society and will happily continue my support.

    Pros

    Dedicated Crew

    Cons

    Physical Plant

  • 59. Caring Staff

    by: marymwhite77

    When my pekignese, CeCe was ill and had to be euthanized, the staff was wonderful to me and very gentle with CeCe. It's been over 2 years and I still miss her, but remembering how helpful the Shelter was helps.

    Pros

    Very Caring in a time of need

    Cons

    Too crowded

  • 60. Review

    by: AnimalsRule61445

    I think that this shelter is great! There are many great staff members who help out well.

    Pros

    Staff has great knowledge on pets.

    Cons

    Very busy

  • 61. Mid Mo

    by: Pickypetperson

    It pains me to write about people who are supposed to care for all animals but show indifference to animals who don't fit a predispose economical advantage for the shelter. I can not say anymore about the place.

    Pros

    I have non.

    Cons

    Building should be torn down and staff sent to prison for cruelity.

  • 62. Great shelter

    by: Future1Vet

    Now im only 14 and i haven't been in this world for long. But i've known this shelter since i was at least one or two. This shelter has great friendly staff and they have helped me and my family find pets that fit are family! I have volenteered there and the staff was great to me! the animals there are just great there takin care of and its great. theres just not as much room as there should be we need a lot more room especially with are growing city. Thats why we need this makeover. but overall i love this shelter and i will always get my animals here! I have great hopes for CMHS!

    Pros

    great staff, great pets

    Cons

    not enough room

  • 63. Don't Shop- - -Adopt

    by: Denise52

    Our family has adopted 3 dogs from this facility. Two were adult dogs and one was a puppy. We found the facility, at the times we were there, to be clean and the pets appeared to be well cared for. We were encouraged to visit our pets during the waiting period before surgery. We were also allowed to bathe them at the facility before their surgery. This facility is a great place to adopt a pet. This facility is vital to the area it serves. Even though it is small, they are doing the best they can for strays and unwanted animals.

    Pros

    Great Place to Adopt a Pet!!

    Cons

    If you go there, you will find it hard to leave without adopting a pet.

  • 64. Our Humane Society

    by: lovejaks

    Our Humane Society is a very nice neat place. All of my friends got their animals there. Every time I go there someone is at the front desk smiling. I love to go there it is so much fun just to see the animals and that is why I really want the humane Society to win this

    Pros

    I have no idea what this stands for

    Cons

    I have no idea what this stands for

  • 65. Where we got our love!

    by: carlyswobbe

    I have adopted two animals from the Central MO Humane Society since I have lived in Columbia (1987). The first baby passed away from old age and we still have our beloved dog. We used to visit frequently, but since I wanted to take every dog home, we don't visit as regularly. The staff are tremendous and we give donations but still more is needed. The shelter really does need more than just a face lift. I hope they win because they deserve a helping hand like the one they have provided for a plethora of animals in Boone County and surrounding areas.

    Pros

    The people have the hearts of saints. They love animals.

    Cons

    The shelter is old and does not meet todays needs.

  • 66. Columbia Humane society

    by: johnnykiu21

    I love this shelter and everyone is so nice there. They need the makeover more than anyone else.

    Pros

    Great peoople to work with

    Cons

    Not enough speace

  • 67. Columbia's shelter

    by: rlogan878011

    Very dedicated staff run this shelter but they have out grown their present location and it needs a serious upgrade.

    Pros

    Caring people

    Cons

    Needs to be upgraded

  • 68. Doing the best they can with what they have available.

    by: dds63681

    I would just like to compliment the CMHS on the job that they do and how involved their staff is. I have adopted from them previously and they were very friendly and helpful. I also have used their low cost medical services by participating in Spay Day which I believe is a wonderful program. I would definitely consider adopting from them again and I wish them the best of luck in the Shelter Makeover contest.

    Pros

    friendly, supportive staff

    Cons

    limited facilities

  • 69. We love to visit the Shelter and see the animals

    by: jenevapace

    I just want to go on record for supporting our shelter. We have adopted a couple of dogs there in the past. Ruby Pearl is our black and tan hound and she is a gem! I also recently adopted a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel from Sedalia's AnimalFAIR. We are a dog family and love our furry members! But its sad to go and see the pups in such crazy confinements- staring across the way from each other, sometimes 2 or 3 to a pen. Its aggravating to the dogs to see a neighbor get to go out and exercise, get adopted while they are cramped up. My son and I go and visit the dogs and say "hi" pet them and take them out to the yard, just our small part to assist. I strongly support our community efforts to makeover this shelter. Its in dire need.

    Pros

    Excellent service, caring staff members

    Cons

    Facility is small and inadequate for the numbers of animals they serve

  • 70. Such a great place!

    by: raeelizabeth

    I got my dog Chloe from the Humane Society nearly 5 years ago.. She is such a great dog, and I am so glad I chose the Humane Society! I've been back several times just to play with the kitties and puppies, and I tell you.. I will continue to keep going back!

    Pros

    Friendly staff, all smiles!

    Cons

    Cramped space for pups, and kittens!

  • 71. Getting a companion for life

    by: sjacoby

    we got our Shelby there over 14 years ago. She was 1-2 then. she is still hanging in there.

    Pros

    Staff tries to place pets in good homes

    Cons

    Facility crowded

  • 72. A great place to find a pet!

    by: AngelaDudley

    This is an excellent place to find a dog, cat or rabbit. Sometimes they even have other kinds of animals like reptiles, birds and rodents! Definately worth checking out.

    Pros

    affordable spay and neutering

    Cons

    you dont always know the animal's history

  • 73. CMHS

    by: antman2295

    They are a very good shelter that really helps the animals and came close to having to close their doors due to not getting enough donations, but if they win they can expand and help even more animals.

    Pros

    Wide selection

    Cons

    Non

  • 74. it is awesome

    by: sinckerschub

    i love this shealter it is awesome

    Pros

    awesome

    Cons

    awesome

  • 75. Lifesavers

    by: Tuckersaunt

    This is where Tucker was adopted from. The staff was so knowledgeable and truly care about the pets. Wonderful place and now I don't know what we would do without Tuckere - thank you for saving his life!!

    Pros

    So caring and helpful

    Cons

    Small facility

  • 76. All our Dogs are Shelter Dogs.

    by: Melinda48

    Since moving to Columbia in 1991 we have had four dogs from the Humane Society - all still doing great! These folks are doing a great service to the community and to the animals for which they care! My husband and granddaughter are no longer allowed to visit there as every time they do, they bring home a new family member to love - so - had to put an end to that. Rocky, Suzie, Ozzie, and Jazz are happy and have brought and continue to bring our families joy every single day! Thanks Central Missouri Humane Society. Unfortunately, they are very cramped for space. I am amazed at how well they do what they do. They are clearly well-organized - they have to be to maintain such a clean, friendly facility - hats off to them & hope they win!! CMHS is #1!

    Pros

    knowledge, level of care, friendliness

    Cons

    facility physical plant

  • 77. Long Time Shelter

    by: Skyeblu

    I got my first cat as an "adult" when I was a junior in college. I was living off campus and decided I wanted a cat. It was 1972. Yeah, I'm old and this shelter is even older. This cat lived for 18 years and was wonderful. I have to admit, I've never been back to the Humane Society since. I could not deal with some aspects of the shelter. However I know they provide a huge service and they try. So I gave it ratings based on what I've heard. I do support them in this bid to win a makeover. They desperately need support and I'm trying to do my part at this point.

    Pros

    long time experience

    Cons

    lacks money, shelter is too small, overcrowded

  • 78. Please vote for Columbia Missouri Humane Society!

    by: wnfan2009

    Please vote for Columbia Missouri Humane Society in the America Votes upcoming competition!!!! They are absolutely overwhelmed and because of this are unable to rid their facility of disease. Many animals who come from there are very sick and a few have died. I know this because I work at a vet clinic in Columbia and have seen this tragedy first hand. One cat that died there infected all the cats there even though it was kept in isolation. My cats were there boarding and got very sick. One of them will have to take a supplement every day for the rest of her life to fight of a chronic virus she contracted. They could help so many more animals if they were remodeled! PLEASE VOTE FOR THEM! COLUMBIA MISSOURI HUMANE SOCIETY!

    Pros

    Could help SO MANY ANIMALS WITH YOUR VOTES! Many puppy mill rescues!

    Cons

    Overwhelmed with volume, Many animals that come from there are sick.

  • 79. A great service to a large area

    by: turnerlj

    This shelter serves a very large area of central Missouri. They are providing an essential service for many different communities.

    Pros

    Wonderful, caring people

    Cons

    Inadequate resources

  • 80. CMHS

    by: justyeah2

    I love the Central Missouri Humane Society. I am a vollunter there. The shelter is doing okay for the resources they have. Its too bad they have to put the dogs down due to overpopulation. They could really use the money, I must say. All of the staff are really nice and there are quite a lot of supporters. Our city loves the Humane Society. :)

    Pros

    lots of commited staff and vollunters

    Cons

    Not much space for the animals

  • 81. We love our dog!

    by: darbydog

    We got our dog Darby here and he is the best dog you could ever have!

    Pros

    great staff

    Cons

    not enough room for all the doggies

  • 82. Heart in the Heartland

    by: Madhuri

    All of our pets began as guests of the Central Missouri Humane Society. The volunteers have always been helpful, kind and fastideous in making sure we could provide a solid home for these animals. A shortage of funding has required them to cut the number of days they are open. This has proven to be a real hardship on the community since they serve such a huge area. I really don't know what we will all do if they have to close their doors, or what will become of all these animals.

    Pros

    Accessible, reliable, safe

    Cons

    Lack of funds have neccessitated a reduction in hours they are open.

  • 83. GO CENTRAL MISSOURI!!!

    by: jrvq54

    I have faith! They work so hard work and they should be recognized for their detication. I could not think of any other place that deserves a makeover more than the Central Missouri Humane Society. I hope they get one!

    Pros

    AWESOME STAFF

    Cons

    NOTHING!!! They are great. They work so hard

  • 84. Exceptional place

    by: JeanneMcDonald

    CMHS is a dedicated place for care of animals in need of a home. They are doing a great job with the facilities they have, but have taken in more animals due to puppy mills issues.

    Pros

    Very friendly staff

    Cons

    Overcrowded; needs upgrade

  • 85. CMHS has a good heart

    by: 5CatRenee

    We go to CMHS for all our adoptive needs. I trust them for the care the animals receive, that they are in good hands.

    Pros

    Take in most animals, very involved in community events

    Cons

    need more money to have the things animals deserve, need more room and volunteers

  • 86. This Shelter Rocks!!!

    by: nancy1221

    We were very pleased with the staff and the service at the Central Humane Society when we adopted our new dog, Keely, from them a few weeks ago. They were sensitive to our needs with regard to the type of personality that we wanted in a dog and were very helpful with advice and suggestions.

    Pros

    Great accomodating staff

    Cons

    Limited hours open to public

  • 87. I love this shelter

    by: connie2630

    I love this shelter. The people who work here are so dedicated. They run a foster program to help keep animals healthy and alive. They don't have the financial resources needed for all that they do. Keep up the good work CMHS!

    Pros

    This is a wonderful place. They really care about animals!

    Cons

    The actual facility is terrible, old and needs replacing.

  • 88. Hardworking

    by: Nat15

    This is a great facility and it is just too bad that our local government entities don't appreciate it more. The funding they have received to take in all the animals for them is ridiculous. They definitely five stars for what they do.

    Pros

    great staff

    Cons

    facilities need help

  • 89. Doing all they can with the resources they have.

    by: raekcrae

    The Central Missouri Humane Society is faced with a tough task. They've fallen behind financially and need new facilities, but that hasn't stopped them from providing the best care possible to hundreds of animals.

    Pros

    dedicated staff

    Cons

    facilities

  • 90. I Wanted to Earn 200

    by: KayMac1

    After attending today's event at the Central MO Humane Society I was energized by the crowd in attendance and the enthusiasm of the volunteers and staff working the Open House. So tonight I was determined to vote and to earn the 200 points associatied by the PetCo card number. Unfortunately I was not able to find it! I imagine it will turn up tomorrow. So I'm doing the best I can by writing this review!

    Pros

    a never give up attitude

    Cons

    not enough room for the demands in our area

  • 91. Great :)

    by: jpb15mo

    My family has adopted 2 dogs from there and have been satisfied each time. We've been there "just to look" many times because it is such a clean, friendly facility.

    Pros

    Everything!

    Cons

    It could use a makeover :)

  • 92. Columbia, MO

    by: kimncolumbia

    The CMHS in Columbia, MO is committed to providing a safe place for animals waiting for adoption. I truly hope with Zootoo.com's help they will be able to provide a more comfortable place for the animals.

    Pros

    dedication of staff

    Cons

    not enough space for the animals

  • 93. CMHS Review

    by: fetrowa

    I have lived with four adopted dogs- three from CMHS. They have been incredible family members and I can't imagine my life without them. I miss the ones who are no longer with me. I won't hesitate to return to CMHS to add another four legged member to my family when I can. I appreciate that the staff faces such tough challenges every day and they have always been pleasant and professional with me. I think having a new facility with more room would allow CMHS and the community to increase their outreach and succeed in their mission. I try to support CMHS in every way I can. Lisa

    Pros

    Staff does their best to find loving homes for great pets

    Cons

    unavoidably overcrowded

  • 94. CMHS

    by: comopets

    Everytime I have gone to visit the shelter they have been really helpful and want to do thier best to take care of the animals. I love that they have a barnyard special for spaying and neutring of cats. I hope they get the makeover because these volunteers do the best they can with the space they have. The two dogs we have gotten there are great.

    Pros

    good barnyard special program

    Cons

    they need more space

  • 95. Thank you for bringing Sammy and me together!

    by: Katieplus2

    I adopted a 1 yr old Beagle, Sammy, February 5th of this year from CMHS. Regarding the shelter . . . they were extremely busy but took plenty of time with me and each visitor that came that afternoon. Lindsay worked with me on the adoption process and was great. The interview was thorough and it was obvious you had to be a good caregiver to even be considered. I liked that approach alot. I was given plenty of time with Sammy to get to know him before making my decision, but the staff was so excited when I did say yes to bringing him home. They are genuine animal lovers and obviously work hard to give these animals love, respect, health and a new start. This shelter needs a makeover so they can keep doing such important and great work. Missouir is home to so many puppy mills, and CMHS is a haven for many of the animals who are rescued from these horrific lives. Thank you CMHS!!!!

    Pros

    Animals treated with respect and love. Great staff.

    Cons

    They need a makeover! More space and light.

  • 96. An Excellent Adoption Experience!

    by: apardee

    I adopted my first pet from CMHS. It was a great experience. The staff members and volunteers went above and beyond the call of duty to help me find the best animal for me. And, of course, they do an amazing job with the limited resources available to them.

    Pros

    Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff

    Cons

    Limited Resources

  • 97. Linking me up with my best friends - PRICELESS!!!!!!

    by: AlpineandSallysDad

    I can't say enough good things about CMHS. I have adpoted two dogs there, Oscar about 8 years ago and Alpine about 1.5 years ago. I have also had to place one dog there for adpotion (Bear) and that was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. But the staff there are so caring and genuine animal lovers like me. While the facilities and space and resources in general make keeping the CMHS going difficult, they do a simply remarkable job given the challenges they face. I always recommend others look to CMHS for their pet needs, and I thank God everyday for what the CMHS has done for me - bringing me together with my very best friends.

    Pros

    Caring and dedicated staff trying to do what they can.

    Cons

    Facility is in dire need of refurbishing, and too small.

  • 98. Very happy with this facility

    by: mcottle88

    We have gotten all of our pets there. We love them. We have taken groups of kids to help out. They just need more space and updated facilities but they do a GREAT job!

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful, caring

    Cons

    They need more space for the animals

  • 99. GREAT SHELTER

    by: AlishaR

    We love CMHS! Wonderful place.

    Pros

    FRIENDLY

    Cons

    LOUD

  • 100. Go CMHS!!!

    by: Nicniffer

    CMHS is the most deserving shelter to receive a makeover. Their staff is friendly and knows their stuff. They are always struggling with finances and an aging building to provide the best possible care for the animals there. They are in desperate need of a new "home" for the staff and animals. It would also help raise awareness about CMHS and encourage the community to help.

    Pros

    dedication to the animals is obvious

    Cons

    shelter is too small and old.

  • 101. They do a great service

    by: joeybrand

    We got our Maggie dog there and it was really a great experience for us. We've had her for 4 years and she was one of the dogs rescued from a puppy mill that burned. The people at the Human Society were very helpful. I really hope they win this because I know they will be able to help more animals.

    Pros

    really do the community a great service

    Cons

    they need more room

  • 102. A Wonderful Staff

    by: pfaffj

    The CMHS is the only shelter in Mid-Missouri that takes in all animals. Coming from St. Louis, I was astounded to find only one "Humane Society" in the Columbia area. Growing up, all our pets were adopted from the St. Louis Humane Society so I'm well acquainted with how shelters work and the services they can provide. The staff and volunteers to our small Columbia shelter work tirelessly, trying to save the animals brought there for medical attention and find homes for those without human families. But a shortage of funds and grossly inadequate facilities has gotten us close to closing down for good - a tragedy for so many animal in the Mid-MO area. CMHS deserves to win the ZooToo competition, but even if we don't, ZooToo has opened the eyes of many folks in the area - keep them open, everyone, and continue to help our very deserving shelter!!!!!

    Pros

    The staff are warm, caring animal lovers!

    Cons

    We're in danger of being closed down

  • 103. Problems in overloaded shelter

    by: rangergirl

    The situation at the center reflects the pressures of too many animals with too few resources. Missouri's high number of puppy mills adds to the pressure as they frequently get shut down by the state and the center is overwhelmed with sick, unsocialized dogs. Columbia has high expectations and is starting to see that it needs to step up to plate if they are to be met.

    Pros

    The center is becoming a higher-profile organization in the community

    Cons

    They are under-resourced for the job they are trying to do

  • 104. Central Missouri Humane Society is the best

    by: dogloveryes

    I have visited the humane society several times. My kids loved to go there. It is so hard not to leave with a dog! I think the people who work there are amazing to love all the animals that come in! They keep it clean and nice.

    Pros

    get a lot of dogs adopted out

    Cons

    none

  • 105. Loving and Caring

    by: katyfish

    This shelter has many loveable and cute animals that need homes. The staff is very thorough with their initial interviews and matching process. They really do want to match people with animals that will be suit them.

    Pros

    Friendly, Thorough, Knowledgable

    Cons

    Too many animals without homes

  • 106. Deserving

    by: aburt4

    We adopted our dog, Molly, from there a couple of years ago. My experience doing so was nothing but great. They did a great job at making sure we were fit to take care of her and provide in the best way she needed. Overall, it was just a fantastic place to adopt and rescue a dog and I know that they are the type of place that deserves this makeover.

    Pros

    facility, staff

    Cons

    I have touble thinking of any cons when thinking of my thoughts of dealing with the Central Missouri Humane Society.

  • 107. Baby Brooklyn

    by: gwenbrumfield

    We adopted our baby kitten from Columbia Humane Society and the staff was great! They made sure Brookie had all her shots and were very sweet with her. We will be adopting from them in the future!

    Pros

    convenience

    Cons

    small and overcrowded

  • 108. Great place!

    by: kimdampier

    We have adopted 2 cats from this shelter and it holds a special place in our hearts! We so hope they win!!

    Pros

    Helpful volunteers

    Cons

    needs a makeover!!

  • 109. Historically Significant Establishment

    by: Douglassmo

    The CMHS has been around as long as I can remember. I have adopted a number of pets from them over the years. Sadly, my home size is limited and I can not adopt more...they are all worthy of a home and with a larger facility, upgraded and refurbished, more adoptees would find homes, more would be properly placed with more staff to help find homes and educate adopters. The surrounding community relies on the services provided in conjunction with animal control to keep our area pro-pet friendly with quality home environments and services. Way to go CMHS!!!!

    Pros

    Professional, knowledgeable staff, caring community, progressive community

    Cons

    location and hours can be difficult to keep personnel, undersized in capacity for housing guests and providing assistance to adopters.

  • 110. I love the Central Missouri Humane Society

    by: JudahmanPinscher

    I have volunteered with CMHS for over two years now and it has been an amazing experience. I have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people and animals. I think the Humane Society has done a really good job of accomodating as many animals as they can with such a limited amount of space. I also think the community outreach and education programs are so important for educating the public about the ongoing pet overpopulation problem. I know that the staff at CMHS works really hard to promote animal welfare and to give every animal the fighting chance it deserves. I think that the zootoo participation is just one more great example of how much we can accomplish by getting the community involved. I love helping animals and CMHS has giving me the perfect opportunity to start making a difference right here in Columbia!

    Pros

    Knowledgable Friendly Staff

    Cons

    We need more space!

  • 111. Thanks you!

    by: Stoker

    Thank you for all of your help in Callaway County. The animals, especially, are grateful. The CMHS has excellent public relations - keeping citizens informed and educated. Keep up the great job with Spay/Neuter!

    Pros

    Help place local pets with loving families, advocate for animal rights, and excellent public relations.

    Cons

    Need more updated space!

  • 112. Power House

    by: cattack

    I have adopted two pets from them. Sandy my 3yr old Border Collie and Simmons my 2yr old DLH cat. I was also a foster mom for awhile. They are in great need of help and space. I try to drop by and give them things they need periodically. I also try to donate when I can. The staff loves their animals and they wont let just anyone adopt. They want the animals to have a good home. I have never come into this shelter without being greated and asked if I needed help. Great team, great effort, for what little they have they make it work! If anyone deserves this makeover its you guys!

    Pros

    The staff is fantastic!

    Cons

    The place is way too small and they have limited funds

  • 113. Our wonderful cat

    by: cjwvfb

    My boyfriend and I got our cat from the central missouri humane society. She is the sweetest thing. For some reason she had been adopted once before and brought back before we adopted her. We still don't know why she was brought back but the humane society did a great job with her. If they were anything but loving to their animals she wouldn't love people as much as she does. We couldn't be happier with her and the humane society

    Pros

    They are very loving to their animals

    Cons

    There's not enough room for all the animals :(

  • 114. Helping the Helpless

    by: srlc4c

    I have personally have not directly adopted from CMHS, but one of my dogs started out there. He was taken to CMHS when he was found with a mangled leg limping around on the runway at Columbia Regional airport. Many places would of immediately put a dog in this condition to sleep, but CMHS sought out the help of a pure bread rescue willing to take on the costs and care of an injured dog. Wouldn't you know it that a rescue came through and got Harvey all fixed up with a new surgically repaired leg and he has been in our lives for 4 years now. My brother in law has adopted 2 wonderful dogs from CMHS.

    Pros

    People who care about helping all animals

    Cons

    Completely under funded by the local government.

  • 115. Hooray for CMHS!

    by: Laura33

    I have adopted 3 animals from them and each has made my life better!

    Pros

    Helpful staff

    Cons

    Need more space

  • 116. visit

    by: Rlloyd

    Several of my girls' classmates have had "donation to Central Missouri Humane Society in lieu of gifts". These are 8 year olds! Took my girls to the facility & they fell in love with the animals. Would like to see more room inside & out.

    Pros

    caring staff

    Cons

    small facility

  • 117. Great healthy pets

    by: Pupgirlx

    You would think at another shelter having animals in poor care, unhealthy, and dirty. Not Central Missouri Humane Society! They are in top care of their pets. But they have a little messy shelter. But their almost broke! So this is why they should get the free makeover!

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 118. Helpful Citizens

    by: roxielover

    I think the Central MO Humane Society is wonderful. It is sooo sweet that they help animals. They have had so much sucess with finding and rescuing animals that they don't have enough room. They have to put animals to sleep every night. The Central MO Humane Society should definately get the million dollar makeover. Even thought I don't think it is possible I wish they could make a bigger and better building! Good luck, I'm getting points for you!!!!!!

    Pros

    Very helpful and considerate.

    Cons

    Kind of dirty. But they don't have a lot of money for cleaning supplies.

  • 119. Awesome people!

    by: CorgiPeppies

    We recently moved here from Sedalia. Heard about the vaccine/spay & neuter clinic a couple of weeks ago at the shelter, and since we don't have a vet as of yet, we took a chance. I would NEVER take my animals to the shelter in Sedalia unless I wanted them to catch something. Anyway, I have never been more pleasantly suprised. The staff was amazing and the cleanliness was awesome - not what I'm used to at all - I'll be glad to go back!

    Pros

    Friendly, knowledgeable staff, inexpensive services

    Cons

    Needs a makeover....hint hint!

  • 120. I LOVE CMHS!!!!!

    by: southernsweety9

    My experience with the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia, MO was awesome! When I got my rat terrier/chihuahua mix from there, it had been over about 10 years since my family had last had a dog. They helped us with all of our questions and guided us to the type of dog that would best fit our living conditions. They also gave us alot of advice on how to take care of Tessa (thats my dogs name). Tessa has been a blessing to my family and I have CMHS to thank for that! For a small fee, Tessa was spayed and given her shots!

    Pros

    The staff actually tries to make sure the pets go to a good home.

    Cons

    It smells really bad and CMHS desperately needs a newer, bigger facility.

  • 121. Central Missouri Humane Society Needs Help

    by: Champi0n

    I have had to drop animals that I have found homeless off to this Humane Society. They are really in need of help. The reality of the situation is that there are just too many animals and not enough space. Although they do a great job they need help and so do the animals. I hope people will come together to make sure that as many animals can be found good homes!

    Pros

    They have wonerful people

    Cons

    They don't have enough funding

  • 122. Great people, great animals, old shelter

    by: jackie09

    CMHS has been a part of my life for about 4 years now. I have had had the pleasure of working with the people there and socializing with the animals there. The shelter itself needs some SERIOUS work done to it to keep it functional... aka the drains, lights, laundry facilities, new kennels, etc. It is such a loving facility, but the animals deserve a better living environment.

    Pros

    Amazing animals and staff!

    Cons

    Needs serious help updating the shelter!!!

  • 123. doing the best they can

    by: knittinchick

    I've gotten 2 cats from CMHS, and will go to them again next time I want a pet. CMHS should win the makeover because they truly need it to function better. Also, they have demonstrated that their supporters can mobilize the community - for example, participating in this contest!

    Pros

    accept animals from distant areas of the state

    Cons

    desperately need more funds and more space

  • 124. cmhs

    by: jujubean08

    I have visited this shelter a number of times and my daughter loves to look at all the animals. I have put in an application for a dog but, before i was allowed to adopt i had to get my cat fixed. i think this is a great way to make sure responsible people are going to be adopting pets, and the prices on getting her fixed was awesome. i really hope they win the makeover so they can get the much needed improvement the deserve!!!!!

    Pros

    very helpful staff even though they stay busy!

    Cons

    they need more room

  • 125. Visit

    by: QTP

    I took my daughter there to think about adoption. She was not sure what type of pet she wanted. The staff was very informative and helpful. After hearing all that is involved in caring for a pet she decided to wait until she was a little older before she took on the responsibility of a pet.

    Pros

    Kind and Caring Staff/Very Approachable

    Cons

    Not enough space

  • 126. A great shelter

    by: liralen

    Seven years ago I adopted an adult tabby cat from the Central Missouri Humane Society, which I named Quincy. To this day I cannot understand how someone either gave up this wonderful cat, or was foolish enough to let him get lost (and then not to claim him!). Anyway, their loss was my gain, as Quincy is the most loving pet I have ever owned. I had a baby five months ago, and my fears that baby and kitty would not live well together were totally without merit, as they love one another! I have nothing but praise for this shelter and their staff. When I adopted Quincy I was asked questions about how I would provide for him, but I didn't think the questions were invasive or inappropriate. They called my landlord at the time to make sure pets were indeed allowed in my complex, but I had talked it over with my landlord ahead of time, so no worries there either. I am proud of my community for supporting this shelter on zootoo, and proud of the Columbia girls who have spearheaded the effort in our town!

    Pros

    I adopted my favorite pet from this shelter

    Cons

    Needs an update and more funding!

  • 127. He's a Lucky dog

    by: MKMom

    Found our family dogs at the Central Mo Humane Society shelter. Our collie Trixie had been with a family and seemed to have outgrown their apartment. Boy, does she love to run! We returned 18 months later to find a companion, and discovered a small male who looked like Arthur's "Pal." He was clean and eager for a home. When we adopted him someone remarked, "That's a lucky dog" -- and the name stuck. The office and veterinary staff have been great, but in a college town, a great number of pets are "left behind" every year. Thank you, CMHS!

    Pros

    Caring and knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    facility needs help!

  • 128. Great place

    by: aclopez

    Great place with lots of good hearted people.

    Pros

    Friendly, Hard working

    Cons

    NONE

  • 129. Go,GO,GO Columbia

    by: MBarbee

    Everything I know about this facility is top ranked for the funds provided.

    Pros

    Helps animals

    Cons

    Not enough money

  • 130. Adoption Means Never Having to Say "Good-bye"

    by: NancyBennett

    As a human member of the adopted society, I know first hand what it feels like to be abandoned, rejected, loved and connected to a family. Twelve years ago, Sadie a mixed breed breed bassett hound was dumped out on a country road and found her way to my home. She is not an attractive dog, she is kind of clumsy and she is not a lap dog as she weighs 75 pounds. But Sadie would walk through fire for some petting and what a great guard dog. She would never harm a stranger but she lets them know she is the protector of the property and her people. She has always been an outdoor dog and has a heated pad in the garage, but this winter with her arthritic condition worsening, I have brought her in the house and I have seen a puppy-like playfulness exhibited that I never saw before. This week I am planning to adopt a puppymill Maltese that I am naming Lucy which name means "light". I hope to bring light back to her sad eyes and for her to experience in her last remaining years (she's 8) love, comfort, and to know she is in the home where she belongs as a member of the family. I encourage responsible, committed dog lovers interested in adoption, to research the right breed of dog/puppy for their home and lifestyle, then take a tour of the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia or go to their website to view the current animals in the shelter. I'm sure there is a dog waiting just for you.

    Pros

    The staffy really care about the animals

    Cons

    Need more staff for the amount of animals, crowded housing conditions

  • 131. Caring

    by: alinnes07

    About 8 months ago we found a cat on the side of the road. We couldn't keep her because of our land lord so I took her over to the Central Missouri Humane Society to see if they would take her and find her a home. When they saw her they were talking to her and telling her how she would be ok. They took her in and said they would find a home for her. They went above and beyond considering how short of space they have to house animals.

    Pros

    nice staff

    Cons

    not enough space for all the animals they take in

  • 132. CMHS deserves recognition

    by: imaginetruth

    CMHS does an excellent job helping out the Columbia community. Not only did they help us when we had to turn in a cat, but they also let us know when the cat had returned to its home so that we wouldn't worry. They're quite fabulous, really.

    Pros

    Friendly and caring staff

    Cons

    Struggling to keep enough spaces

  • 133. Long time supporter

    by: djohnson9512

    I have had the pleasure of adopting a few pets from the Central Missouri Humane Society and everyone of them has been healthy and adorable. What frustrates me are the people who bring in a box full of puppies and turn them over to the humane society without donating anything. Taking responsibility for your pets includes spaying them so they do not reproduce unwanted litters. The staff at the humane society accepts these puppies and I know it has to be hard because they are already over crowded and really don't have the room for them. If they don't these people will just dump them on the side of the road. I know, that is how I came to know my best friend, Hefner. At about 6 weeks of age someone dumped him on the side of the road because he is a pit bull. This Humane Society deserves all the help our community can give.

    Pros

    Friendly caring staff

    Cons

    Too small

  • 134. Best Dog in the World - Nelly

    by: delongp

    Over the last 35 years, my family adopted 2 cats and 2 dogs from the Central Missouri Humane Society. One of the cats, Thomas, lived for 17 years, had a unique personality and we loved him dearly. The most recent adoption was by my daughter who had the great luck to get Nelly. Nelly looks something like a Rottweiler but is mixed. She is very smart and very very sweet. Since Nelly, two children joined my daughter and son-in-laws family. Nelly is so tolerant of the two active little guys. My daughter was so fortunate to choose Nelly -- she could have looked the world over and not have found a dog as wonderful around children as Nelly.

    Pros

    Clean, Friendly, Compassionate

    Cons

    Needs more room, more help, updates to shelter

  • 135. Awesome Place

    by: JCressley

    this is the best place around.

    Pros

    knowledgeable people

    Cons

    facility is sad and pittiful.

  • 136. Good shelter

    by: JACO

    CMHS have a very caring knowledgeable staff that does everything they can for their animals. I really hope they can just get the funding that they need

    Pros

    Caring staff

    Cons

    size

  • 137. I'm grateful for CMHS!

    by: karkie7

    CMHS is invaluable to the residents of Columbia, Missouri and the surrounding communities. The staff and volunteers are the most generous and compassionate people on earth. I am truly grateful to them for what they do and pray that CMHS wins the makeover that it so desperately needs and deserves.

    Pros

    Kind, caring and compassionate staff

    Cons

    In desperate need of a new facility

  • 138. Caring and pet loving facility

    by: bettyb8

    As a new volunteer, I have become aware of how much this shelter's staff and volunteers truly work for the animal's welfare and wellbeing. It is kept very clean and the animal's are well cared for and each staff member knows the animals names and needs. This is not just another job for these people. They do it because they truly love the animals and do a great job in spite of a very old, small and antiquated facility.

    Pros

    Everyone truly cares for the animals and tries to involve the entire community in it's mission

    Cons

    very small and cramped facility

  • 139. Awesome Staff

    by: amcya70

    I adopted Jazzie Belle from here. I had looked all over the place for the right dog. When I arrived at the shelter and walked around I spoted Jazzie (Waffles) right off the bat. They made the adoption easy.

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and very friendly

    Cons

    They need a bigger more modern place to work out of

  • 140. Good place, invaluable service to the community

    by: dpbm88

    This is a great asset to the community. These people do great work in keeping dogs and cats and about anything else off the street. They also excel at community education to try and stem the flow of animals onto the streets

    Pros

    takes animals from all over the state

    Cons

    overcrowded old building

  • 141. Great Service

    by: kachrisman

    We adopted our American Foxhound Daisy from this shelter 6 years ago. It was love at first sight. The employees were helpful and patient as we went through the process of adopting.

    Pros

    Clean, knowledgable

    Cons

    hard to choose

  • 142. Awesome

    by: ksdcm4

    I've adopted from this animal shelter two years ago and couldn't be happier! They have such a great selection of furry animals and have you go through an interview process to make sure you are ready to take on the responsibility of having a pet. This place could save/rescue so many more animals in need if it had more room and materials it needed to care for these deserving animals!

    Pros

    Great place to find a forever friend!

    Cons

    Not enough space/room for animals

  • 143. Puppys cute

    by: pupdude

    I really like you and if you weren't there, I wouldn't have a shelter to love!

    Pros

    very fun because you can walk the dogs there and give them baths

    Cons

    nothing really

  • 144. Our shelter dogs through the years

    by: jschermer

    Our family has had three shelter dogs for pets over the last twelve years. The first one was Lady, a Beagle mix who we adopted to be a companion to our aging Border Collie Max. She was a very sweet dog. The second dog we adopted was Moe, a spirited Pit Bull mix. Moe was probably the most affectionate dog I have ever known. He was very loving to the family and to other dogs. The third dog we adopted was Ruby a Shepherd/doberman mix. Ruby is probably the sweetest, most gentle dog I have ever known. She loves people and other animals. But she doesn't like it when one of her owners practices the saxophone; she howls the entire time! Shelter dogs are the best!

    Pros

    Truly caring staff in a community that loves animals

    Cons

    Too many animals; not enough space : (

  • 145. deserving

    by: gmt725

    What a wonderful group of people who volunteer at CMHS. They do the best they can with what they have but could sure use some financial backing.

    Pros

    dedicated prople

    Cons

    confined space

  • 146. the place that gave me my furry family members

    by: kdcq5d

    Great place to find a new pet! Very helpful staff. However, it seems that they are often over capacity and are underfunded. They do such great things for the community and deserve more support.

    Pros

    they have wonderful animals and staff that cares

    Cons

    they are under funded

  • 147. Brandy

    by: bcschaffer

    Brandy was adopted atCentral Mo. Humane Society . She was an older dog when we adopted her. We enjoyed her company for five years and one month. She was very special. The caring workers were wonderful to work with when we adopted her. Carol Schaffer

    Pros

    Caring employees

    Cons

    We live 35 miles from there

  • 148. CMHS is so great

    by: tarynbwood

    CMHS was so helpful when I found a lost cat in my neighborhood. The one downside of the facility is that it is so small and cramped, and it is just outdated as far as the condition of everything. The staff is so awesome though, and they really care about what they're doing.

    Pros

    Very concerned and helpful to patrons.

    Cons

    Not a large enough facility to accommodate all the pets in the area.

  • 149. Love This Shelter

    by: SarahEllen

    I've volunteered for this shelter and helped family and friends adopt from this shelter and I can tell you that it is a WONDERFUL place fulfilling a HUGE role in our community!! Thank you CMHS for all you do for the animals!

    Pros

    Awesome Staff

    Cons

    Shelter needs more donations & upgrades

  • 150. The CMHS staff is great

    by: kwkw3515

    We got our mixed terrier breed from the CMHS about two years ago. He has been a wonderful addition to our family. Teddy had been at the CMHS twice in his short life of 8 months - once picked up with a litter and then returned to them by the first adoptive people. We gave him another chance and the rewards have been great.

    Pros

    Great job for what the staff has to work with

    Cons

    None

  • 151. Great Shelter

    by: 654789

    We have always had good experiences when dealing with CMHS. Great animals and helpful staff. My only complaint would be the charge to bring in a stray animal. Charging people only encourages them to dump animals instead of bringing them into a shelter.

    Pros

    Very caring staff.

    Cons

    Charges for bringing in strays.

  • 152. They mean well

    by: jls988

    This shelter suffers from a lack of funds that could turn their good intentions into more healthy animals. Unfortunately, without a place to segregate sick animals from healthy ones, the illnesses spread through the shelter. They do find homes for a lot of animals, but their open-door policy leads to overcrowding. I'm pulling for them to win the renovation so that they can keep the many animals they help healthier.

    Pros

    They help as many animals as they can

    Cons

    overcrowded, no ventilation

  • 153. Great People, Wonderful Things

    by: anwertz66

    I adopted a pet from them, they made sure I knew all of my pets needs, and hosted a doggy reunion so my pet could come visit her caretakers while she was there! When my son became ill and we had no choice but to return my pet, they were understanding and made me feel confidant that they would find her a forever home.

    Pros

    They really care about putting pets with people, for there life home.

    Cons

    They need more funding!

  • 154. Helpfull and Great Service

    by: oakmanor

    Have delt with them for Years have many friends whos pets are from the Shelter and have been happy with service and & Staff

    Pros

    Good People doing Great Work

    Cons

    None

  • 155. My Cat

    by: Shaneyne

    Got my cat fixed here. They were quick and professional, and provided a discount to students.

    Pros

    Quick and easy

    Cons

    Red Tape

  • 156. CMHS service

    by: kimahi

    I have not used CMHS services for quite sometime, in fact 15 years next month, because Hugo, my cat, was adopted from there and is still going strong. CMHS provided me with a wonderfully healthy pet that has been a great companion for 15 years. Thank you!

    Pros

    Great organization

    Cons

    Need a new shelter

  • 157. Always good!!

    by: Razzlerach

    I have always been very impresses with how friendly the staff is but they can only do as good as what they have, which is not very much. Cental Missouri is a very busy part of the state and we need a bigger and better human society!!

    Pros

    They have always answered any question si have had!!

    Cons

    They arent big enough for all of the animals:(

  • 158. Love this place

    by: baadi

    The Central Missouri Humane Society is a wonderful place to find your pets. I got 2 of the sweetest cats I have ever owned from them. I will never go anywhere else to get my pets. They do a wonderful service for central Missouri. They need more money from the city of Columbia and the state of Missouri.

    Pros

    best pets ever

    Cons

    they need more money

  • 159. Thank you CMHS

    by: Inlinerotarygirder

    They do such a wonderful job and we are so thankful for having them. They do more with less than any other organization I've come across and they do it with a smile. Always thinking about what's best for the pets and for the adoptive parents. They are terrific!

    Pros

    They go above and beyond to help the animals and adoptive parents

    Cons

    They need more space!

  • 160. Thank You

    by: becklenberg

    My husband and I have adopted two dogs from the Humane Society in the past 7 years. They both were puppies when we adopted them. The Humane Society does the best that they can do with the resources that they are given. I really hope though that they are able to get this makeover for the animals that they take care of.

    Pros

    You save a dogs life

    Cons

    Sometimes not for sure what you are getting

  • 161. A Great Group

    by: xybelle

    A year ago me and my fiance were looking to get a companion dog for our other dog, Buddy. He's a miniature schnauzer and we wanted a dog to fit his easy going personality. We looked to the humane society for that dog. The staff was great in helping with the application process and answering my questions about introducing a new dog into our house without making our other one feel like he was being displaced. After finding Millie, we were still able to call and ask questions making the transition from kennel dog to our lovable pet. I would recommend them to anyone looking to get a new pet.

    Pros

    A wonderful staff that is very helpful with adoption questions.

    Cons

    Small kennel size makes all the dogs seem crowded and hard to pick out personalities.

  • 162. Outstanding Group of People!

    by: ccmedic74

    I have to say that my interactions with the CMHS were not immediate. I have lived in the area for more than 5 years and, until a year and a half ago, had never set foot inside the facility. My wife had adopted previously from the facility and had nothing but praise for the wonderful staff and how well they care for the animals they take in. She told me how she walked into the building and telling them her needs. She filled out an information sheet and they staff took it from there. In combination with her great words and my affinity to wanting another dog we decided to check out what the CMHS had to offer. Our search started with me wanting a "big" dog. My wife brought two smaller dogs into our family (a beagle and a miniature schnauzer) with the beagle being the one adopted previously. As I entered the doors I noticed a small counter with staff behind ready to welcome us. We told them we were just there to look and they directed us to the kennel area. I already had in mind that I wanted a Labrador and didn't really care what color. We looked at several dogs who just melted my heart with sadness and joy at the same time. I received grief later from my wife who couldn't resist saying "I told you so!" She did this because I was previously all rugged and gruff in thinking I could just walk in and out with a dog and have no emotions showing in regards to the other possible adoptive pets; I was WAY wrong. Our first visit we saw several dogs that interested us, but eventually saw a set of 4 month old black lab puppies. We liked them both, and didn't really know which one we liked more. We talked with a staff member who asked if we wanted to take them outside for some "alone" time. Since we weren't sure which one we liked, we opted not to since we didn't want to spend time with just one of them. So, we left and talked about it for a few days. In that same visit I had time to talk with one of the volunteers who filled me into the operations of the CMHS. I was told that their operational budget was certainly not large especially since they take care of almost 6,000 pets per year! I was then advised of how they mostly run on donations since they only receive a little less than $100,000/yr from the city. I was simply floored but absolutely astounded at how much these people do with so little! This certainly solidified my thoughts into getting our next pet from the CMHS. When we decided on which puppy we wanted, we came back three days later and to our dismay...both puppies had been adopted! Where as I was overjoyed that these dogs had been adopted into great homes, I was disappointed that one was not for me. Nevertheless, we continued steadfast and remained open minded. We filled out an adoption application to have on file with information about our pets, home, and what plans we had for our possible addition. We continued our search over the next several weeks and we finally found our latest dog, Jasper, who was (at the time) also a 4 month old black lab. Jasper has provided a lot of great joy in our family. His energy has certainly rubbed off on the other two dogs who are 7 years his senior. He loves to play, walk, and just be a dog. Through the efforts of the CMHS and our desire to adopt a pet into a good home we found a perfect match. My wife and I have had many wonderful moments with him and can't wait to see what the next several years will bring!

    Pros

    Staff who truly love their job and the pets they care for, staff who do so much with so little

    Cons

    Facilities are in great need of renovation

  • 163. Love in afur coat

    by: BonnieEpps

    This is the most caring facility for love. People need love and it's there at the Columbia Humane Society in the form of an animal. Big eyes, smiles from ear to ear and paws you can hardly wait to hold. If only they had a facility that was worthy of them. We all have tried so hard but we now need to look for more help. We are blessed to have people that work with their hearts giving to each animal love and return the animals are well adjusted and can hardly wait to be loved back. With the help of the Columbia Humane Society we have had Cubby, Winston, Cupcake, Jackson and Logan. Logan was a real person wearing a little cat suit. He through himself at you and he was so happy to see you. When we are sick or just hurting the cats are there laying paws on you to heal our wounds. They are not just cats but our family. Their love is given to us unconditionally. The Humane Society in our will and we send money regularly. The facility is old and needs help . It is my sincere hope that they receive the money. They really need the money not to look neat and tidy but to have room for all the animals and we need for them to be successful. I just loaded up sheets and towels and took them over to the Humane Society for the animals to use. Needless to say that is not enough. Animals are our friends and we can only hope that through Zootoo we can get our animal friends better homes.

    Pros

    Everyone is caring, loving we've gotten 5 cats from them !

    Cons

    They need money badly to help the animals!

  • 164. great dog

    by: squale001

    We got a sheltie mix (we laughed that she was sheltie, shepherd, sheep dog, moose -- in other words -- a very LARGE sheltie) from the shelter. Wonderful dog! She was in good health. We got a call checking on how she was doing. We lost her to old age about 3 years ago and still miss her!

    Pros

    great animals

    Cons

    space needs lots of help

  • 165. LOVE THEM!

    by: dddddddddddwerd

    Love them! They help dogs and cats.

    Pros

    Great Staff

    Cons

    Not enough resources...

  • 166. Most caring group of people in town!!

    by: trickydog

    This caring group of people always come through. Couldn't be more helpful, to the animals and the people that come in to see them!!

    Pros

    Always helpful, take the time to help, no matter what!

    Cons

    none that I've ever found.

  • 167. great shelter!

    by: Jen577

    I adopted my dog from here and it was a great experience! The staff was very helpful and helped pair me with the best pet I could ask for!

    Pros

    the staff is very helpful and care deeply about the animals

    Cons

    the shelter is very crowded and needs more funding!

  • 168. This Shelter Needs Attention

    by: Mbecker

    We adopted our first pets from the Humane Society in 1994 and have adopted several more in the years since. We also have had the wonderful experience of having a pet picked up by animal control and finding them alive and well at the society. In the 15 years we have been around the shelter, it has only deteriorated. It is desperately in need of a new and expanded facility. Our children have both volunteered there.

    Pros

    Dedicated Staff

    Cons

    Poor Facility

  • 169. Fantastic place with fantastic people!

    by: tubaart

    This is a great humane society. Partnering with the MU Vet. School, they do hundreds of spays and neuters every year, and their open door policy is unique in central missouri. The staff there are fantastic and very knowledgable.

    Pros

    Open door policy, knowledgable staff, very active in community

    Cons

    none

  • 170. We love all of our animals from here... they diserve it.

    by: SaraC

    We love our pets that we have gotten here! They diserve this make over!

    Pros

    :)

    Cons

    :)

  • 171. Pets Galore!!!

    by: jnequestrian01

    I have had great experiences with the Central Missouri Humane Society, and have gotten some wonderful pets from there, including two of my three dogs. I love the animals that i have gotten from there. It is well kept, and the staff loves seeing people come in, even if its just to look. Your sure to find a lovable pet here!

    Pros

    There are lots of dog, and different animals to choose from, which are well taken care of.

    Cons

    Smells some, but not too bad.

  • 172. Great place

    by: brucer

    Can not say enough good things about the people and the care given to the pets.

    Pros

    Caring people

    Cons

    To many animals not enough space

  • 173. Keep it up ZooToo-ers!

    by: TieDyeSocksGirl

    What a great organization and a great cause!

    Pros

    community oriented

    Cons

    none!

  • 174. Great place for friends

    by: blncrew

    Six years ago I adopted a dog from the Central Missouri Humane Society. Now she is spoiled and by my side every day. She very friendly and got along with my other dog from the very start. She was clean and they had taken very good care of her. She was advertised on the local TV show, but that's not how I found her. Since then, I have helped my Mom adopt a puppy from this shelter too. This is my Mom's first dog since she was a kid. Her dog was from a puppy mill or hoarder, I'm not really sure which. The staff at CMHS talked to her and made sure that this was the right dog for her. They were holding a special adoption event because of the large number of puppies that had been surrendered by the previous owner. The staff goes out of their way to do what they can for the animals, even with a lack of funds and aging facilities.

    Pros

    Friendly and knowledgable staff that really cares about the animals, try to take care of all the animals they can

    Cons

    crowded and small

  • 175. Family Addition

    by: Caseyjones

    We adopted a dog, Casey, in August of 2005 from the Central Missouri Humane Society. We had looked at the various adoption agencies available to us (ie, Second Chance, etc) and found the services at the humane society to be above reproach. The adoption was very simple and Casey was in very good health. The agency took care of fixing her and removing her dew claws for a small fee. I would recommend the shelter as a viable alternative to anyone looking to adopt an animal.

    Pros

    Excellent Staff

    Cons

    Dated Shelter in need to updating.

  • 176. Missing Cat Help

    by: firehead

    My 14 year old cat wandered off this past summer. The volunteers and employees at the Central Missouri Humane Society were very helpful in filing a report and searching their kennels for Dini. Unfortunately, Dini was never found, but I appreciate the help and compassion of our local humane society.

    Pros

    compassionate, friendly

    Cons

    over crowded

  • 177. Central MO Regional Center

    by: cassiepeke

    The Central MO Humane society does their best to provide humane care to animals in need in Boone County. Staff have always been respectful and helpful.

    Pros

    helpful staff

    Cons

    need more funding

  • 178. Caring

    by: Labman999

    I have lost a dog before and someone brought him to the Central Missouri Humane Society. He was well taken care of. He was glad to see me. He had gone on a sightseeing trip without my permission. They were very professional. My heart goes out to our animals. They need our care and we need their love.

    Pros

    Very caring people

    Cons

    Need a new place

  • 179. REALLY NEEDS A MAJOR MAKE-OVER

    by: CowgirlMU

    the central missouri humane society really needs a new building.

    Pros

    great service

    Cons

    Needs a lot of improvement

  • 180. Great shelter & well deserving of the makeover!!!

    by: NursePink

    I encountered CMHS a little over a year ago. I adopted my dog, Carson, from there. I instantly wanted to become involved @ CMHS. I took the volunteer orientation and visited a few times. Sadly... between my work schedule, my own menagerie of pets & personal commitments, I was unable to keep up with volunteering during regular business hours. I think of the folks @ CMHS often. They take in SOOOOOO many unwanted animals - strays, drop offs, puppy mill dogs. If I remember correctly, it's around 4500 animals per year!!! I can't even imagine the work & dedication that involves. Their "Shelter Me Program" has allowed me to still help out even though I can't physically be there. It's quite convenient. The best part for me (of course, I am biased) is my best friend, Carson. He had been at CMHS for a couple of months & participated in the fostering program. This put him a step ahead in my book. He had even been on TV as a dog available for adoption. The folks at CMHS made darn sure that I was going to provide Carson with a good home. I had never adopted a dog before, but I can now say that I will never go back to buying pure breds. There are just too many companion dogs waiting. I will always support CMHS in any way I can. They are truly doing a fantastic thing for the animal community!!

    Pros

    Strong community support, active in fundraising, pet fostering program, show animals on local daytime tv program, clean shelter, hard workering employees

    Cons

    In desperate need of financial help & reorganization

  • 181. SO DESERVING!!!!

    by: roxyhorror

    The staff here are absolutely amazing. The shelter workers have bent over backwords multiple times to help myself and my animals. The current lack of funding for this shelter is shameful, and unacceptable. They are in despirate need of disease control facilities, HVAC renovation, and probably a new building. There is currently no way to quarantine sick animals, or prevent the spread of airborne diseases within the facility. They serve an enormous population of animals and people, yet are on the verge of shut-down due to lack of funds. That is absolutely disturbing!

    Pros

    Wonderful staff, open-door, huge variety of animals for the pet adopter

    Cons

    Despirate need of funding for disease control!!!!

  • 182. great shelter

    by: lovesthemcats

    when my wife needed a pet to replace a loved pet who had recently passed away @ 19 years old (cat). This shelter was the place to go, they had an awesome selection, with friendly knowedgleable staff. If I ever want another pet I will start and end here.

    Pros

    lots to choose from

    Cons

    takes awhile to do adoption paperwork wise

  • 183. Greatest!

    by: catdog101

    the people here are super nice,and take really good care of the animals!everyone is so knowledgeable about the animals and will make sure you know everything about the animal before you adopt it. The humane society is extremely clean andthey give great service. I would reccomend this humane society to absoluty anyone. they take spectacular care of all of the animals. AWESOME HUMANE SOCIETY! if you want to adopt an animal, i would go there! it is great. FIVE STARS FROM ME!!!!!

    Pros

    ?

    Cons

    ??

  • 184. helpful

    by: CHIRPY

    We found two feral cats on our wooded property and hour away from the CMHS and after getting directions and advice about trapping them so they could be spayed and neutered we took them there. The staff was most kind and the cats were so much better off. What a great service!

    Pros

    A huge help in answering our questions!

    Cons

    No cons

  • 185. My dog Stella

    by: ssapp

    The staff keep the shelter as clean as they can, but it just needs some updating and expanding. They are too full to care for number of animals that come in to them.

    Pros

    Friendly and caring staff

    Cons

    Needs updated

  • 186. Katherine Forrest

    by: Kittykatt1234

    When i got my dog lassie there she seemed so terrified. I'm not sure if it was because of her previous owner of the treatment that she had. The central missouri humane society is running out of room for animals though, which is horrible. I hope that they get the makeover!

    Pros

    Good staff, great animals.

    Cons

    Sometimes not caring about the animals.

  • 187. My experience

    by: Castlemana

    While in the process of adopting a few months ago I spent a lot of time going in and out of this facility. A staff member looked my information up wrong and accused me of owning a Pit Bull, a Pointer and a Mastive that was picked up and brought in to them. I told them that I once brought in 3 strays that looked like pit bulls but that I'd never owned the dogs they spoke of. This staff member also loudly spoke of the dog that I had that got hit by a car (as if that didn't bother me more than it bothered her). Of course this held up my adoption, which was not a problem, but I felt our discussion should have been private as the room was full of people who could hear what a bad person I was (or that she was making me out to be). I was also in line waiting there another day and overheard another staff member pretty much call a man a liar because a few of the pups in the litter he brought in looked like pit bull mixes. Again the room was FULL of people and I could tell that the man was really embarrassed. I saw the pups and believed he could be telling the truth... Any way for the most part the staff there is great, work really hard and are there for the sake of the animals. I have been working hard to help them win a new building. Hopefully it will be large enough to deal with the people customers in a more private fashion. As it turned out the staff figured out that they were looking at my information wrong and they apologized and I adopted my dog. But I have to say that the day that my case was discussed in front of all those people I walked out in tears, very hurt and very frustrated. Most people wouldn't have went back, but I felt I needed to clear my name and I really wanted to adopt from CMHS. Most people that walk through your doors care a lot about animals, or they wouldn't be there. Even if they are bringing in a litter that they didn't mean for their dog to have (which I have never done). The people who don't care are the ones that will come out to the country, where I live, and dump them on a gravel road. Please don't assume the worst out of people, you may be wrong.

    Pros

    Very hard working caring staff

    Cons

    Some of the "passionate" staff members can embarrass the people customers

  • 188. CMHS

    by: havemorehappy

    I have been familiar with CMHS since I adopted my first cat at age 7. Then I grew to know some of the workings of the place when I was a volunteer through my Junior High School's Earth Club. I help out there when I can because they take such good care of the animals and do everything they can with the funding they have. This is a VERY resourceful center that is widely supported by the community, but sometimes the community is not enough. It is one of the few Animal shelters in the whole Central Missouri region, so it takes on a LOT of responsibility. It is really s great place.

    Pros

    Awesome staff, very caring group

    Cons

    Underfunded and a little crowded due to lack of funds

  • 189. CMHS

    by: rocdoctug8

    The staff at CMHS is AMAZING, they could ABSOLUTELY use this shelter makeover. When you enter the building you automatically see that there are about 10 staff members busting their butts to get pets adopted, there is just not enough space for all of them in such a little area. The shelter is undersized for the amount of puppy mills that are raided in the state of Missouri that the CMHS takes in and tires to re-home. This shelter does an AMAZING job at what they do and almost had to shut down a couple times suring the last year due to budget issues in the city, they were forced to change their hours but they still hang in there to find these pets homes, kudos to the CMHS!

    Pros

    Understaffed for ammount of animals served

    Cons

    Find animals homes!

  • 190. Very Deserving Shelter

    by: ColumbiaSandy

    Over the years we've adopted several dogs and cats from Central MO Humane Society. The staff has always guided us in our decisions about which dog would best fit with our family (we have kids and cats). We have always ended up with a perfect fit.

    Pros

    Staff is really helpful in choosing the right dog for the family

    Cons

    Facility needs upgrades and expansion

  • 191. Adopted my first cat 30 years ago

    by: Sandy42

    I adopted my first cat here almost 30 years ago. I was in college and had my first apartment. Her name was Twiggy and she lived to a ripe old age of 17. I moved away from the Columbia area a few years later, but moved back in 2001. Since then, we have adopted 3 dogs and 1 cat. All have been healthy and happy. We love the CMHS!

    Pros

    Friendly staff

    Cons

    Crowded

  • 192. CMHS

    by: moonshadowstudio

    CMHS is a great place and Columbia needs to invest in its future so that it can continue to be a part of our community. The people behind CMHS are wonderful, they just need more funds and a bigger building.

    Pros

    The community really utilizes this facility.

    Cons

    Everything is kind of old, it definitely needs enlarging and an update

  • 193. Wonderful Shelter

    by: HeatherTJC

    I volunteer with Columbia Second Chance which gets our animals from CMHS. CMHS does such a wonderful job of taking care of the animals and making sure they have everything they need (love, shots, etc). They go above and beyond the call of duty and you couldn't ask for better. I would really love for them to win this contest and be able to be even better than they are. Go CMHS!

    Pros

    Wonderful shelter, wonderful people, you couldn't ask for better!

    Cons

    Needs more and efficient use of space

  • 194. Great shelter, despite the building

    by: GPpets

    Shelter needs some tlc, but they give plenty to the animals. We adopted our sweet mutt from them, and would go to them everytime we need a new addition.

    Pros

    Devoted to the animals

    Cons

    lack of appropriate grounds

  • 195. shelter

    by: baileyworld

    I love going in this shelter, just wish they had a better factility to shelter all the pets they take in everyday.. I hate seeing pets sick, and in cold weather conditions in the winter, and very hot in the summer, to have to have fans all over the place.

    Pros

    staff is wonderful

    Cons

    location, and space

  • 196. Awesome

    by: CpacDucky

    Awesome Awesome Awesome!!!!!! this place was soooo clean. Everyone was very very nice. and also very smart. Awesome STAFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pros

    I luv this Humane Society

    Cons

    nothing

  • 197. So much love, so little room

    by: MissBeaHaven

    So much love, in such a small space. They really need to win. Good works should be rewarded.

    Pros

    Great staff, good vets

    Cons

    small, old,

  • 198. The best animal shelter ever!

    by: nianb822

    The Central Missouir Humane Society is great! I'v adopted 3 animals from there who i love so much. Before they where adoped and were at the shelter, they where all taken care of very well. Not only do they care and take care of all the animals they can, they also have a very knowledgeable, caring, and respectful staff.

    Pros

    very helpful and take care of the animals very well

    Cons

    none that I can think of

  • 199. Shelter Review

    by: daatkins

    This shelter provides a lot of great services for the animals in and around our surrounding community. They just don't have enough room and staff to keep up the very best care for these animals. The staff is always very professional. I just think that their animal control officers could use some training in animal rescues, such as being able to retieve an animal that has fallen down a ravine, etc.

    Pros

    Provides shelter for lots of stray animals

    Cons

    Don't have enough room.

  • 200. Great Shelter!

    by: DavidMack

    Whenever I have required pet assistance, The Central Missouri Humane Society has always been a great help. Their staff is friendly and helpful, and I can't imagine someone not having a pleasant experience with them.

    Pros

    Helpful and knowledgeable staff!

    Cons

    Facility needs to be updated

  • 201. Part of the family

    by: siLverplateD

    The people and the service to the community this place provides can never be replaced. I have had the honor of adopting new members of my family from this place and every time I have the staff has been so caring, it's like their losing a member of their family every time an animal is adopted. I don't know if I could do their job. I also have lost members of my family here.....Bubba we love you. I have grown up with the Central Missouri Humane Society and can't picture Columbia, Missouri without it. I pray we win and can help as many animals as we can.

    Pros

    The staff are wonderfull people that deal with a lot. Their patience and temperment towards the animals shows when you visit.

    Cons

    In a desperate need of a total building overhaul.

  • 202. Haven't Been There, But...

    by: juniheartsyou

    I actually haven't gone to the shelter yet (sorry!!), however my boyfriend (who lives in Como) and I were out last night at a movie theater, where volunteers were giving out info on the Zootoo shelter makeover contest. It was truly wonderful to see young people taking their Saturday evening to help the community out in such a great way! Kudos to Como, and good luck with the contest :)

    Pros

    devoted staff/volunteers

    Cons

    none

  • 203. Close to Home

    by: Samantha19

    I find this shelter very close to home not only physically, but close to my heart as well. I have gotten two of my dogs, or family members I guess, here and they mean the world to me. First, my family and I fell in love with Boomer when we first saw him. At the time, we had one dog, Roxy (a basset hound), and decided it would not hurt to have another. The day we took him home, he was so nervous, it was obvious. But after we had him for a few days, he started to grow very attached to us and our dog Roxy. He is still very attached to us though he is getting older now, but we will always remember how much happiness he has brought us. My second dog I got at this shelter was Eddie. Eddie was the best dog a girl could ask for...especially after losing Roxy only a couple months earlier. When we lost Roxy it made all of us sad, including poor Boomer who lost his playmate. But after seeing Eddie at this shelter, we fell in love instantly, took him home, and he became Boomer's new playmate as well as our new puppy that helped us move on after losing Roxy. This shelter does a great job of matching dogs with owners and brings a lot of happiness to a lot of families because of it.

    Pros

    Close to home, and very friendly.

    Cons

    Needs to be updated.

  • 204. A great organization in dire need of support!

    by: povereem

    We have gotten four pets from the Central Missouri Humane Society since 1990, and they've been great. The personnel has been exceedingly helpful and careful in transferring the pets to our care. They need financial help, so if you're a local, get on it NOW!

    Pros

    Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff; very careful in determining who's going to be a good owner.

    Cons

    Underfunded.

  • 205. Loveable

    by: jmbn62

    It's so nice to have a humane society so close to home w/ the sweetest animals in the world! The volunteers are wonderful for putting so much time and effort into this place and I am so thankful for them. I wish they had a better working environment, interior wise, because they deserve it!

    Pros

    sweet animals

    Cons

    shelter needs an update

  • 206. weezer

    by: draines

    I have adopted many animals from humane societies. Central Mo Humane Society screens their owners well. Thank you so much for the best pets in the whole world.

    Pros

    caring

    Cons

    need more room

  • 207. Very helpful to a friend

    by: SarahKate

    I had a friend recently adopt from The Central Missouri Humane Society and she was very satisfied with the service when she picked out her dog. He was clean and very healthy. I see him regularly and I encourage anyone who is looking to adopt a pet to go here. They have so many animals that need a good home and you would have confidence that the pet you are receiving is clean, healthy, and was well taken care of.

    Pros

    Staff was very helpful and informative. Also knew a lot about the pets.

    Cons

    Nothing that I was told.

  • 208. Finding Eddie's Owner

    by: Delano

    When my son found a lost "Puggle" he was sure we would not find his owner. What a sweet little dog! He bought him a leash and collar, as he was without collar (or tags). When he brought the little guy to the Humane Society, he was so surprised to find that they knew all about him, even his name! His owner had been frantically looking, and by taking "Eddie" to CMHS, my son was instrumental in finding the dog's owner. His collar had been off while he was getting a bath and he'd slipped away!

    Pros

    CMHS anxious to reunite pets & owners, to rescue pets

    Cons

    Updating shelter would help more animals in need

  • 209. Way to go, CMHS!

    by: midwestwoman

    I adopted two of my previous dogs from the CMHS, where I also volunteered back in the early 90's when I lived in MO. I am so impressed with how the community has pulled together to rise to the top of the charts for this contest! Way to go, CMHS - I hope you win!

    Pros

    Friendly staff; cooperative relationships in community

    Cons

    Need more space

  • 210. The CMHS staff ROCK!!!!

    by: mjorg

    Our family adopted our dog Buster from CMHS two and a half years ago. They had taken in many dogs from a puppy mill earlier in the week, and even though the facility was busy and crowded, all of the employees and volunteers were very helpful, spending time with us and making sure that Buster would be a good additional to our family. When our daughter and Buster exchanged kisses, we knew he was the dog for us. We really hope that CMHS wins the Shelter Makeover, I can't imagine that another shelter is more deserving.

    Pros

    The staff are incredibly friendly and caring

    Cons

    The facility is outdated

  • 211. Thank You!

    by: MarathonWoman

    I brought a stray dog that I found on my rural property to the Central Missouri Humane Society, in hopes that they would find the owner or a new home. They were very helpful and friendly, and they were able to calm down the very frightened dog.

    Pros

    Very helpful and accommodating staff

    Cons

    None

  • 212. They Need help!

    by: Nickyslick

    We have two pets from there. My band, Guilty Party has done 2 benefit concerts for them raising around $1,000!

    Pros

    Great people

    Cons

    Too small

  • 213. Still providing resources!

    by: tmjohn72

    My family and I have received 3 dogs from this shelter. They have all been wonderful family pets and we still have two of them to this day. The staff is caring when it comes to the animals and concerned about ensuring the pets they place will be cared for. They seek to ensure that the pets are happy with their owners and require contracts with every adoptive "parent" that requires approval from landlords if necessary, to ensure they will have a stable home environment. The only real problem is the lack of resources available to them. While the community helps out as much as possible, they need renovation to turn this facility into someplace more advanced to meet with the times.

    Pros

    Kind staff that answers every question, lots of Willingness and generocity for community support.

    Cons

    Location isn't the best as it's North of town, but for the counties served they are close to two major highways.

  • 214. Very deserving of makeover!

    by: clcschick24

    this place is def deserving of a makeover! everybody should keep rolling in those points! 200 points just for adding petco pals account number! you should do it for CMHS! :)

    Pros

    great & knowledgeable staff!

    Cons

    needs some sprucing up!

  • 215. this place is great!

    by: khowe18

    I adopted my puppy from the central missouri humane society last october and she is the best dog i have ever had. also, the staff is great they really help you out and they want you to be happy with your pet. also, they are cautious to make sure animals go home to the right people! they have great prices for spay/neuter and microchip. it would be great if this place would be bigger since they do accept animals from 53 counties in missouri when they originally only accepted from 10 countie. this place deserves to win the shelter make-over. do it for the animals!

    Pros

    great selection of pets and great staff

    Cons

    not very spacious

  • 216. Outstanding place!

    by: bethelch

    I can't say enough good things about CMHS. However, they REALLY need help. The facility could be twice as big and still not keep up with the need for their services.

    Pros

    GREAT staff!

    Cons

    Needs a better facility

  • 217. Love this place!

    by: slackersam

    I've adopted 2 cats from this location & the staff is just wonderful.

    Pros

    wonderful staff, healthy animals

    Cons

    They need more room

  • 218. Wonderful Place For Pets!

    by: ButtonsBows98

    Central Missouri Humane Society is a wonderful place that serves many wonderful pets. The staff is very friendly and helpful and they make the process very easy. Everything is very well organized and you know a lot about an animal before you look at it. The Cental Missouri Humane Society needs more space to be able to provide shelter for more animals.

    Pros

    Friendly staff, very organized

    Cons

    Not enough space

  • 219. I love my humain society and all they do!

    by: jrlnq6

    I wish they were open longer but I understand it is simply volunteer based.

    Pros

    Cutest animals

    Cons

    Bad Hours

  • 220. we need the amkeover

    by: stephielulu

    We could really use the 100000 makeover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 221. THIS SHELTER!

    by: cherrygurl95x

    I REALLY THINK THIS SHELTER SHOULD GET THIS MAKEOVER!!!!

    Pros

    FSFSETFGS

    Cons

    SADADFSDASFXC

  • 222. CMHS Rocks

    by: sminiea

    CMHS is great. I've adopted two dogs from CMHS, and they have made my life great! One, Sadie, died of cancer almost two years ago after spending about 10 years with me, and the other, Scarlett the amazing coonhound, is barking in the backyard right now.

    Pros

    Provide a necessary service very well

    Cons

    Underresourced

  • 223. Needs a facility

    by: highmanm

    This place is easy to get too but floods occasionally and needs a new facility ASAP..

    Pros

    Very helpful

    Cons

    floods

  • 224. Our Humane Society is great

    by: stephenb65203

    They really have a big heart and no turn down any animals. The community is supporting the effort very much.

    Pros

    They would take in any animal, no limit

    Cons

    it's getting over crowded

  • 225. Worthy

    by: PigfarmerJr

    I've used the services and have been very pleased with all that they do. Sometimes they are a bit busy for the staff, but considering the amount of work they do I'm amazed they are able to get things done as smoothly as they do. I recommend them to anyone needing pet services. They provide an important service to the community and considering the lack of funds do a fine job.

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and caring

    Cons

    Overworked, lacking in time.

  • 226. Wonderful, caring people here!

    by: Meg8777

    I love CMHS and all the people who either work or donate their time there. The staff cares so much for the animals and does as much as they can with such little support. I adopted my oldest dog there and she's one of the best things to ever come into my life. I now volunteer there in hopes that each animal will be helped in some way by something I do.

    Pros

    They put all they can into saving their animals.

    Cons

    Their building is terrible and floods with a hard rain.

  • 227. Open door shelter

    by: dogsrsuper

    I started visiting the CMHS in 1994. I was in college and missed my dogs back home so badly. I would come into the shelter to relieve stress and get some 'doggy time'. Before I'd go to the shelter, I'd walk through the sorority house and ask "Who wants to play with the dogs?". I'd get a couple friends together and we'd go for a visit. Back then we could just go back to the kennels, grab a leash and take whoever we wanted out into the unfenced backyard for a walk or playtime. The rules have changed a bit now. They have official volunteer classes and the backyard is fenced with some other smaller fenced play areas. My husband and I have adopted 3 awesome dogs from CMHS so far and we are so thankful! The service has always been great. We have also found several stray animals over the years and have had to drop them off at the shelter. I am terrified of the thought of CMHS closing it's doors. We live out in the county and I can just imagine all the animals that will be deposited out on the county roads if people feel there isn't another alternative. The one thing that hasn't changed over the years is the building. They have painted a few times, but they haven't been able to make any significant improvements to the facility. I've talked to many people and asked them why they don't think of going to the shelter to adopt. The most common responses are that they think the building is depressing and they don't think they can find quality animals. I'll admit, it isn't the most pleasant place. Fresh new kennel areas, isolation wards to keep the bulk of the population healthy, brighter lights, better ventilation, less overcrowding of kennels- this would all improve the adoption rates at CMHS. A quality building would go a long way towards changing the public's perception of the incredible animals that can be found at CMHS!

    Pros

    will take in all animals, caring, clean

    Cons

    the building is outdated

  • 228. Very Helpful!

    by: libradance

    I lost a pet a few years ago and went to the shelter to look for him. They were all extemely helpful. They posted his picture for me and everytime I stopped by they were concerned about whether I had found him yet or not. Great shelter, very caring people.

    Pros

    Great staff.

    Cons

    need to expand facility

  • 229. please help!

    by: michelle195

    I have lived in Columbia practically all my life. My sister and I used to walk for a half hour along a creek to get to the Humane Society (way back in early 1980's) so we could help walk the dogs, give them baths, and clean out the kennels. The facility is the SAME now as it was then. For as old as it is, they have done a fabulous job keeping it in the serviceable repair that it is, but they have a very difficult time keeping it properly temperature controlled because of outdated equipment and buildings. I have high hopes that somehow they will be able to keep their high standards of care - both emotional and physical care for the approximately 170+ animals they take in each week from the surrounding central Missouri area. Also, because of inflation, our area is experiencing more and more people just abandoning their pets because they aren't able to afford them anymore. So, the need for the CMHS is only going to increase! Thank you for this opportunity to help our CMHS!

    Pros

    Absolute willingness to help animals and their pets :o)

    Cons

    The facility is in desperate need of updating!

  • 230. Very nice people at CMHS

    by: ChandaRae

    I recently visited CMHS to look into adoping a boxer and I was so pleased with how nice and helpful everyone was. They all seemed to really care about the animals and I'm so glad that they try hard to make sure the pet is a good fit for the family before just adopting it out.

    Pros

    Everyone is so helpful and nice

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say

  • 231. Very Caring Animal Lovers

    by: luvthechickens

    I adopted a young cat from the Central Missouri Humane Society. It was touching to know that the details of the application process help to ensure that animals go to good homes. The staff made sure that the animals went to a loving environment. They also make many personal sacrifices for the welfare of these poor, defenseless, and homeless animals. However, due to the vast number of animals that come in everyday and a lack of adequate funds, they are desperately in need of a makeover and donations. I wish I could save them all by myself, but I need your help, too. Please consider donating to them or adopting your next animal from the CMHS.

    Pros

    The staff truly loves the animals

    Cons

    In desperate need of a makeover

  • 232. CMHS needs this makeover!

    by: dtchtreat3

    CMHS has struggled for a long time to keep doing the much needed work of guarding the welfare of the animals in our community and beyond. The hard working staff and volunteers fight an uphill battle every day in a facility that fails to meet the needs of these animal.

    Pros

    caring staff and great volunteers

    Cons

    cramped, out-dated facility

  • 233. Great place!

    by: saqtg2

    The Central Missouri Humane Soceity is in DESPERATE need of the million dollar make-over.

    Pros

    great people, a great service

    Cons

    need a bigger building, too crowded

  • 234. Adoption

    by: eakraftor1

    I adopted my first dog, Gitzy, from CMHS when I moved to Columbia two years ago. The staff was very helpful in filling out all the paperword. They have a wide variety of animals and a great yard to "get to know" your new buddy in. The only down side of the adoption was the hours that they have avaliable. It makes it a little difficult to get in there if you work late. However, I am aware that this is due to staffing and they are all working very hard. Thank you for getting Gitzy into my home and family!

    Pros

    Loving staff and environment

    Cons

    Large amounts of people in and out

  • 235. Great Place

    by: marco18

    I have looked for animals here many times and have had many friends adopt form here before. It is a great place in my mind it just needs a little funding to help tidy up and expand. I have had both all three of my animals fixed here and the only reason I haven't adopted is because my dog ruby followed me home form a summer job. I think with a little work and a little money to get things done this shelter could be a much better place for animals and people. To everyone that works there, you are doing a great job with what you have. Keep it up!

    Pros

    Great Place, nice people and dedicated to the cause

    Cons

    Needs work on building and needs more space for animals

  • 236. CMHS is a Blessing to Mid-Missouri

    by: LindaMexico

    Mid-Missouri desperately needs CMHS. The staff works miracles every day. The scourge of this country is puppy mills, and CMHS gets more than its fair share with MO being the puppy mill capital of the country. It must be so hard to deal with this and all the sad strays that flood in day after day. I don't know how they do it. But they do. And, then, they turn and deal with the public with patience and kindness. There is a special place in heaven for this staff of miracle workers.

    Pros

    Wonderful, kind, dedicated staff

    Cons

    City should be ashamed of the funding they give CMHS

  • 237. luv the shelter

    by: chrischristy6

    We loved to take our kids to walk the dogs and pet the cats. We have adopted a cat in the past. I wish more good people would adopt, I hate to see so many animals put down.

    Pros

    many pets to choose from

    Cons

    too many animals get put down

  • 238. Smiles

    by: mecarnahan

    Even if you don't love animals, your heart will open when you visit.

    Pros

    The staff make the animals smile

    Cons

    The animals wish the facility was better

  • 239. Shelter dogs are the best

    by: rickards7308

    Thanks for everything. Shelter dogs make the best pets!

    Pros

    Staff with a big heart

    Cons

    Older facility

  • 240. What would we do?

    by: mustangak

    Without this shelter, I don't want to even imagine what would happen to our communities domestic animals. This shelter provides the best care and the most knowledgeable staff around

    Pros

    the best staff

    Cons

    small facilities

  • 241. Great Place

    by: mmtf2b

    Excellent staff and great services.

    Pros

    Great Staff

    Cons

    Could Use some updates

  • 242. my animal children

    by: deleuc

    we have adopted our 6 year old yellow lab Buddy and our 1 year old Australian shepherd Sully there and they are great.

    Pros

    well taken care of animals

    Cons

    alittle smelly sometimes

  • 243. they really care

    by: maizeymom

    I adopted my dog from the CMHS. The staff was very caring and very helpful in telling me some things to expect after she got spayed. Maizey is a great dog and I'm so thankful that they saved her and took care of her until I could take her home

    Pros

    friendly staff,

    Cons

    limited resources, has to euthanize pets

  • 244. CMHS

    by: caitlindrtina

    i adopted my kitten about five years ago and can't stop going back just to look and play with the animals! :) i've volunteered and the staff is always helpful when you're looking at the animals or helping keep them active. if you are interested in getting an animal, look no further than the central missouri humane society!!

    Pros

    clean

    Cons

    none!

  • 245. CMHS

    by: mashc5

    Big fan of the Central Missouri Humane Society. They have always been so helpful and great with my pets. I got my first dog there and have been coming back for all my animal needs and questions since. They have an amazing staff and a friendly environment. They deserve this makeover so much.

    Pros

    Great staff and friendly helpers

    Cons

    None

  • 246. CMHS is the best!!

    by: gumbyd

    Central Missouri Humane Society is a wonderful place! I've never seen a harder working bunch of people! I work with Small Paws Rescue (Bichon Frise rescue) and have had to pick up an occasional Bichon to take to a veterinarian for different reasons. That's not to say that CMHS could not handle the situation, but sometimes surgery or additional help may be needed. Upon arrival at CMHU I was greeted by friendly, helpful staff who helped with paperwork and other updates. They had taken fabulous care of the little fellow. He had an open eye socket from a previous injury on the streets and their staff and vet. care was first class. The little guy needed further care and they knew to contact the appropriate people. Their caring and foresight kept that Bichon from a life of pain and put him on the path to meet his forever family through adoption with Small Paws. Hats off to CMHS and here's to hoping you win the million dollar makeover!!!!

    Pros

    They are a hard working bunch!!

    Cons

    They don't have enough of all they need

  • 247. Fixer Upper

    by: DKN

    What the shelter lacks in appearance, it makes up for with a caring and experienced staff and a rich history born of animal activism. Some of my fondest childhood memories come from this shelter. Whenever my folks would take me there, I'd get to hang out with the kitties. One of our many cats (in my lifetime) came from this shelter. And though her life was short, she was a rich addition to our lives. I hope it wins this contest because they truly deserve to make the place even better than it already is.

    Pros

    Highly Efficient

    Cons

    Needs a Re-Do

  • 248. Caring!!

    by: MelHir

    Very caring staff working with run down facilities!!

    Pros

    Great staff

    Cons

    Out-dated

  • 249. A valuable place

    by: andertt

    They are under staffed and they are running out of room to house animals when people bring them. I appreciate our Humane Society when you go looking for a pet or taking animals who have been abandon. It is nice to know we have a place to take them. They are working in an inadequate building but still manage to treat the animals and visitors well. Thank you. Mary

    Pros

    It's a good place to go for a pet.

    Cons

    It's too small for columbia.

  • 250. Great Org.

    by: JenniD

    My experience with the humane society has always been great. The animals are well taken care of and the volunteers are very dedicated to the animals that they take in.

    Pros

    people are very dedicated to the cause and the animals are well cared for

    Cons

    N/A

  • 251. CMHS absolutely deserves to win

    by: bls6b3

    I adopted a dog from CMHS in 2005 and have fostered dogs for them on and off for four years. The CMHS staff is amazing, they are the most dedicated and selfless people that go above and beyond to help homeless and abandoned pets, nurse them back to health and ensure that they find the best family to provide them with a long and happy life. This shelter provides a service to all of central Missouri, an area where unfortunately cruel puppy mills and abused and abandoned animals are all too familiar. CMHS absolutely deserves this money!!!

    Pros

    Wonderful, dedicated, selfless staff

    Cons

    Lack of space

  • 252. You Have My Admiration

    by: JoanneSchoch

    What an amazing job this shelter has done in rallying community support on Zootoo. As the director of a competing shelter, I am awe struck by the support of this community. They must be doing a great job or they would not have these loyal residents behind them. It does my heart good to see their numbers climb daily and know that win or lose this is a shelter with community support that will long outlast a contest. Every shelter needs this kind of support.

    Pros

    OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SUPPORT!

    Cons

    I have not been there to know of any

  • 253. Where I got my first dog

    by: MCO

    The staff at CMHS are great people and really do the best they can to help all the animals that come in. I got my first dog from CMHS and I love her so much. I want to give a special thanks to Lucy's (AKA Blizzard) foster mom who kept good care of her before I got her. Thanks to CMHS for all they do. with more funding im sure they could do so much more too.

    Pros

    great staff

    Cons

    size

  • 254. CMHS needs new housing for our animals

    by: cwfaust

    Our family has adopted several animals from the shelter over the 30 years that we have lived in Columbia. We have never left any animal at that shelter. We have utilized the ferel spay/neuter program. Several years ago, one of my sons performed his Eagle Scout project at the Central Missouri Humane Society. The exterior was and is still in bad condition. It needed more than the paint job that it got that weekend. The wooden siding was rotten at the base, there were gaps in the siding, and there was mold that like to grow in some areas outside the building. Now more than ever, the CMHS seems to take in more animals. The facilities are dated and small for the demand it has put on it. Many of us who live in central Missouri would love to see it get what it needs and deserves.

    Pros

    commitment to animals, staff and volunteers

    Cons

    facilities are dated and small

  • 255. Amazing Work and Love

    by: cckeith

    I have gotten 4 cats and a dog over the last 10 years from here. Proud of CMHS.

    Pros

    The staff care so much and are very patient.

    Cons

    The building is getting run down.

  • 256. Gone to the dogs

    by: Jarding135

    I have now adopted 2 dogs from the Columbia Humane Society and couldn't imagine life without them. The first dog I adopted was a 4 year old beagle who had been abused and had severe seperation anxiety. My schnauzer is pretty high strung, so I needed a dog that was laid back and the staff helped me find Bailey. The two of them are like peas in a pod! The second dog I adopted with my husband, a four month old black lab mix. He is now 2 1/2 years old and just as much a part of the family. Words can't describe how much I value the Humane Society and the dedication the staff have for the animals!

    Pros

    Staff who truely care about finding animals good homes

    Cons

    Returned to euthanizing animals due to funding

  • 257. Great place

    by: twoputwannabe

    The Humane Society is a great place to adopt a pet. The staff takes great care for all the animals they receive! I don't really agree with their Pitt bull policy but the only real con i have isn't really under their control, and that their facility isn't up to par.

    Pros

    Friendly Caring Staff,

    Cons

    Needs a Makeover!!

  • 258. Great Place to Get a pet

    by: ubear10

    The Central Missouri Humane Society is a great place to adopt a new pet or to have your questions answered about your pets. They are not able house enough animals and their facilities are out of date. People really need to start helping so that more can be done for the animals and so that more can have the chance to be adopted.

    Pros

    They are very helpful and they make sure that pets are going to good homes.

    Cons

    They need funding to have better facilities for the pets.

  • 259. They do wonders for the community

    by: Char2009

    CMHS does wonders for the area. They offer low cost spay/neuter and they work w/ local rescues to get more animals placed. They take in any unwanted dogs and cats for an extremely large area. They really need a bigger facility to help the number of animals that come through the facility each year. The staff is very caring and tries really hard to match animals to the best home. This can be stressful but I think they do a wonderful job. Thank you for all you do.

    Pros

    They help unwanted pets in many ways

    Cons

    to small for what they do

  • 260. Pest Place to Find a Friend

    by: mmffcp

    I love going to this Humane Society. I have been to alot of them and this is by far the one with the most friendly staff and volenteers. I have gotten one of my cats, Kiba, and my dog, Loki from there. They not only made sure the animals were healthy before I brought them home, but the adoption fee included spay/neuter and microchips. Since our dog likes to run whenever she can get past us when entering the house, this was the best thing they could've done and it was something I didn't even know about till they told me. The staff was extremely friendly during the adoption process and made sure that we had the right animals before leaving. That made me feel good that they were honestly making sure the animals went to good homes. We found a lost kitten at a drive-in and took it there once, and they were very nice when we kept coming in to check on it until we found out it found a home. The cat lady in the cat room is the most friendly person I've met. She knows so much about all the cats personalities which was helpful in finding my forever friend. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a friend to visit this Humane Society and if you don't find them the first time, come back till you do.

    Pros

    Friendly staff, Cat lady (love her), clean

    Cons

    Alot of animals in need of homes

  • 261. Help us!

    by: wbdc5b

    CMHS needs the make over desperately because the poor little animals are living in over crowded conditions and the place lacks funds for improvements.

    Pros

    Caring Staff and Volunteers

    Cons

    Very Crowdy and small

  • 262. Humane Society about to burst at the seams!!!

    by: JillyJ

    I visit the Humane Society often to take my foster dogs to the vet, turn in stray or lost animals, and to give some love to the critters. Although the HS staff does everything possible to make the space they have work, they just don't have enough room for all the good work they need to do. The Central Missouri Humane Society is most deserving of a makeover.

    Pros

    Dedicated Staff

    Cons

    Lack of Space!

  • 263. hmmm...

    by: sammiisofa

    i love what the humane society is doing because i LOVE animals. but my attitude changed towards them when my chihuahua got out of the fence and ended up in the neighborhood next to mine. the gentleman who found her was great, but when it was up to the humane society to notify me that they had found our dog, it was one of the worst days of my life. they left a message on the answering machine and so i rushed down to the shelter to get her. when i got there i asked them where i could find her and they had no idea what i was talking about. at this point i was a mixture of angry and worried and broke out into tears. i stood at the shelter for over an hour before the lady who called my house showed up. she then proceeded to tell me, my mom, and my aunt (who i had called to come help me) that she had never called my house. it took an additional 30 minutes of conversation before this woman had her memory jogged and said "oh yeah, i did call you." i was so mad i had to walk outside. then everyone else working in the shelter magically seemed to know the exact dog that i had been looking for the past 2 hours. luckily my dog was fine and had just wandered over to the next neighborhood, but that is probably the most panicked i have ever been.

    Pros

    have gotten several pets from

    Cons

    questionable

  • 264. I love the Central Missouri Humane Society

    by: meb6g7

    While living with my sister, a wonderful staff member of the Central Missouri Humane Society, she fostered a mother and a liter of seven puppies. They became the loves of my life. They were the sweetest, most adorable puppies in the world. I now own one and she is my best friend. We call her Chewy. Each of the puppies had a Star Wars themed name. Without the amazing staff at the humane society, I would never have found this amazing dog. The Central Missouri Humane Society is a wonderful place, with very little space. They need all the help that they can get. Their amazing staff deserves this as well as all of the wonderful pets that call it home.

    Pros

    Amazing staff and adorable pets

    Cons

    Not enough room for all the needy animals

  • 265. What a Great Place

    by: MamaofRigo

    I love our Humane society, but right now we need help! We need the makeover greatly. The town has really rallied around to help support the shelter with donations but we need more. In general the society is a great place to find terrific pets.

    Pros

    helpful, great animals

    Cons

    needs help!!

  • 266. my local shelter

    by: boonecountygirl

    my history with the CMHS goes back over 40 years. i have adopted dogs and cats. i remember when this shelter was located on business loop 70 west. at present, i have one member of the household from CMHS, my cat, lily. she is the sweetest thing in the world and has helped heal my broken heart over the loss of older pets. she bestows kisses on me by licking my nose and is the best little girl. smart too. knows tricks such as fetching and jumping to my shoulder from various chairs, tables, etc. this shelter is facing financial burdens that started before the economy tanked. i cannot adopt any more animals at this time but plan to the very first second i can. i think i need another kitten ! i think i am well on my way to being an "old cat lady" and that makes me pretty happy !

    Pros

    got some of my greatest pets from this place

    Cons

    needs financial help badly

  • 267. Grateful

    by: jsmeier

    My family, and particularly my two cats that I adopted from CMHS, are forever grateful for the role they play in our community. Now if they could only help me with the shedding problem!

    Pros

    Caring Staff

    Cons

    Facilities need upgrading :)

  • 268. Great Service to Pets and Public

    by: dww31

    This is a great shelter and definitely needs and deserves to win the 1 million dollar makeover!!!

    Pros

    excellent pet placement services

    Cons

    none

  • 269. what would central missouri do whithout this place

    by: Michael29

    me my wife and kids love the central missouri shelter we have adopted several animals from them and we hope they win the makeover cause they need it very bad.

    Pros

    they will do everything they can to help u find that perfect animal

    Cons

    need more space

  • 270. Volunteer

    by: stephers1309

    I've volunteered at the humane society for two years now and I have nothing but good things to say about it. All the staff works so hard to make the animals as comfortable as possible. It tugs on my heartstrings every time I go in though because there isn't enough money to even have separate areas for the puppy's, they never get to come outside their kennels. The humane society really deserves this makeover!

    Pros

    The staff is incredibly dedicated

    Cons

    There is not a lot of comfort for the animals

  • 271. CMHS review

    by: icecream

    love it in general. the makeover would make it even more amazing.

    Pros

    great all around experience

    Cons

    odd location

  • 272. Wonderful shelter!!

    by: julieschultz54

    CMHS has staff who really care about the animals, and who try very hard to work with potential adopters to make the perfect match. They work together to keep the animals comfortable and happy until they find their forever home. The old facility, however, keeps the staff working extra hard to get things done.

    Pros

    caring staff, clean

    Cons

    old facility

  • 273. Great Pet Placement!

    by: lizbcrawford

    Central Missouri Humane Society does a great job of placing pets!

    Pros

    Friendly staff

    Cons

    None

  • 274. Hard working animal lovers

    by: kfostermom

    I have had the opportunity to work with the Central Missouri Humane Society in many ways. The one thing that I can definately say is that the staff give it their all. Their hearts and souls are with their job and it shows. They are always working hard to make sure that the animals are taken cared of in the best way possible with what they have. The staff are very ingenious in using the resources they have to expand the adoption possibilities with the animals.

    Pros

    This is a staff is truly dedicated to making the shelter the best place they can.

    Cons

    The shelter is way too small to accomodate the size of the area it covers.

  • 275. A great heartland shelter!

    by: Terzah

    Several of the pets I grew up with over the years came from here. The people were always wonderful.

    Pros

    good history

    Cons

    none

  • 276. Genuinely in Need of Help!

    by: kfreese

    I have adopted animals from this shelter and have also taken pets there for spay and neuter. Their facility is quite dated, small, and is in desperate need of funds for updating the runs and such. They have tried many different avenues of fundraising but it is a slow process - they need immediate and more over-all assistance. thank you to everyone who votes for them!!! it counts for every little furry heart you touch! :)

    Pros

    Cares for animals, provides shelter and homes

    Cons

    VERRRRYYYY OLD AND DATED facilities

  • 277. They do a good job with what they ahve

    by: bazkb4

    I really like that CMHS tries to help all the animals they can. I want them to win this makeover so badly! They really need the money, because they are on the verge of closing down. They treat the animals with respect, and I know it is hard when any animals have to be put down. Please please help this great place out!!!!

    Pros

    want to help all animals, try their hardest

    Cons

    not enough money, running low on room

  • 278. Part of what makes Columbia great

    by: dlmcalpin

    I have adopted dogs from CMHS since 1986 (and a few that went through Columbia 2nd Chance) and I am so proud that Columbia has a place like this. I still take my dogs (and now my grand-dogs) back every year for low-cost vaccinations. The staff are wonderful and caring.

    Pros

    A totally dedicated staff

    Cons

    An old building

  • 279. CMHS always helpful

    by: hbhibbard2

    The CMHS has always been helpful. I go in there on a regular basis to look at the animals, and although I have yet to adopt one (because I already have my hands full with my 3 cats and a dog) I know some day I will. You can truly tell that the staff at the CMHS are dedicated to the animals in the shelter. The shelter is always full of animals and they truely deserve a shelter where they can accomodate the needs of all the animals better Columbia is a growing community and their humane society deserves to be noticed for their hard work and dedication.

    Pros

    Hardworking staff

    Cons

    such a small shelter for all the animals they must help.

  • 280. Great

    by: bkdreher

    Everytime I've been or called the society, I've only recieved a good experience. One of the best I've seen.

    Pros

    Very Friendly, Knowlegable, Good staff, helpful

    Cons

    Somewhat small

  • 281. outstanding staff

    by: moosejb

    I have adopted both of my pets from this shelter. I am very impressed with the quality of service and the knowledgeable staff.

    Pros

    staff

    Cons

    none

  • 282. my first adoption

    by: alisa65010

    I took my 2 year old daughter to get a puppy -- it was such a comedy of errors. I KNEW she would want the cute little black puppy -- and I said to her, "Which puppy do you want to take home?" She pointed to this ugly big yellow puppy in the same cage. Well, puppies being puppies -- they switched places in trying to get to us. So I pointed to the black one that was in the spot where the yellow one had been. "That one?" I asked. My child -- who knew what she wanted even then -- said no and pointed to the yellow pup. Being more intelligent I said, "Don't you want to take that cute little black puppy home?" My daughter told me, "No". And again pointed to the ugly yellow one. I tried one more time to get her to change her mind without success. We took the ugly yellow puppy home. That yellow puppy was THE most wonderful dog and was truly my daughter's best buddy for over 10 years!

    Pros

    great animals there

    Cons

    facility old and needs help

  • 283. Great People

    by: ltemp56

    You couldnt ask for a better bunch of people to help you find a pet. The shelter itself is need of some serious renovations!

    Pros

    Great staff, very caring, knowledgeable

    Cons

    Facilities need work

  • 284. New Facility Possibility

    by: Bluelight

    I sent out an email Saturday afternoon to a group of concerned citizens in Columbia and the Board of Directors of CMHS about the possibilities of a new facility for them. This facility is local,has been not used in 5-10 years and has all utilities in site. It is owned by M.U. I believe. This facility is still in the city limits I do believe and there does not look like much chance of anything being built near it any time soon. If CMHS staff read this have your Board of Directors check their email today and contact me as I requested. My cell home/phone number was included. There are several large buildings on site that are a great possibility for the potential of a refurbish/remodel to suit all of the needs of not only CMHS but the Boone County Animal Control and a City Dog Pound too. There looks to be the potential for 100 plus individual dog runs with in one building alone plus office space and vet area included. I think even outside runs could be remodeled into the existing structures. CMHS has been wanting a new facility or one they can utilize so this facility that was shown to me might be just what CMHS has been looking for if they can negotiate with the proper chains of ownership and other agencies.

    Pros

    New Facility Possibility

    Cons

    Needs major refurbish/remodel

  • 285. PURE AWESOMENESS

    by: xxeuphoriax

    THEY HAVE AN AWESOME STAFF! but they need a makeover!

    Pros

    AWESOME CARING STAFF

    Cons

    NEEDS A MAKEOVER!

  • 286. I love it!

    by: puppyluvst

    I have just recently started volunteering at the Central Missouri Humane Society and the staff cares so much about all the animals in the shelter it is amazing. The staff are very kind, patient, and caring people and it shows every time you walk in. The animals are all very well cared for and kept as comfortable as possible. When you volunteer there you are rarely told to do anything that doesn't involve the animals. The shelter however doesn't match the needs of this caring staff and all the animals and is in desperate need of this makeover!!

    Pros

    caring staff

    Cons

    they need a bigger better building- help them out please!

  • 287. Wonderful People and Pets

    by: AquitaineJewel

    My family has gone to the CMHS since I was a one year old. We got our first family dog from there. Since then we've gotten most of our pets from there (the ones we haven't gotten from there were found by one of us three kids or given to us by friends). The pets from the humane society have been the best. They've been well loved and they show it when they meet us. I went back a few weeks ago, just wanting to go back to see animals. When I went into the cat room I saw 3 women in there cleaning the cages and feeding the cats. The cages were in tip top shape and almost all the cats were sleeping. The cats looked so at home with all of the humans around. They perked up as I walked by the cages and reacted very well. They all wanted to play and I could tell they were happy. I really want the CMHS to get the makeover, they deserve it.

    Pros

    Wonderful people, healthy and happy animals, clean

    Cons

    None

  • 288. awesome

    by: REA61

    This is a great place. They just dont have enough room or space. They do an awesome job with what they have. I am a donor to this association and I wish I could do more. All I can say is thanks.

    Pros

    they do wonders for what is available to them

    Cons

    They just dont have enough space

  • 289. A great shelter for a great town

    by: Perididdle

    We got my darling Daisy from this shelter 8 years ago, and our cat Shawn as well almost 17 years ago! They are very thorough in making sure animals go to the right home, which I think is the true making of a great shelter or rescue. Their staff was very helpful and loves animals. This is truly one of Columbia's greatest assets to its animals, and to lose it would be terrible - I'm hoping that we'll do it proud and get a nice makeover to keep it thriving, since it does its job very, very well!

    Pros

    Thorough application process to protect the animals, very caring, does its job well

    Cons

    Very few - the lengthy application process might turn some away

  • 290. CMHS deserves the makeover!!

    by: anne0185

    We adopted both of our dogs from CMHS and were so happy with the experience. The staff were helpful and friendly and we are forever grateful to them for giving Daisy and Henry a chance so that we were able to meet them and make them a part of our family. CMHS does a great service to mid Missouri animals and people by never refusing an animal and by taking such good care of them. CMHS has been great about taking puppy mill dogs when necessary which is often considering MO is number 1 for puppy mills :(. They care first and foremost for the animals but their facility is horribly inadequate for its needs. It is a shame that they have to operate in its current facility since they take in the majority of homeless animals in this area (multiple counties). CMHS deserves an expanded, updated building so that they are able to fulfill their mission and better serve the community and the animals.

    Pros

    Wonderful and caring staff

    Cons

    Building is inadequate for needs

  • 291. We would be lost without them

    by: Zyloh

    The staff is great. I have written a couple of reports on this crowd and they definitely put their heart into their jobs and the animals that they work with. I really have no idea what we would do if we didn't have the CMHS. They are definitely over crowded and have had to cut back on some of the perks for the animals, but they try. I know that some of them literally take their work home with them to keep the critters healthy, safe and well cared for. I have gotten one of my cats from them and I don't know what I would do without that little girl. I owe them a lot and hope that everything works out in the end.

    Pros

    The staff is great!

    Cons

    Too small!

  • 292. Wonderful place!

    by: llt92870

    The staff is so caring and kind. They need a facility to match their dedication.

    Pros

    Caring Staff

    Cons

    Not enough space

  • 293. Working hard to support CMHS

    by: mojhomes

    CMHS has wonderful, dedicated staff and volunteers. I have adopted cats and one dog from the shelter, and continue to support it. When I adopted a dog years ago, she was very popular, and we had to do a drawing. When they selected our number, we were so happy. The shelter is too small, and old, but staff does a great job caring for the increasing numbers of pets. Columbia and the surrounding area is working hard to earn points for the zootoo contest, and I hope that we win, because we really need a new facility or makeover to care for the increasing number of animals brought to the shelter. Unfortunately Missouri has too many puppy mills which are not caring for their animals, and Columbia gets a large number of the rescued animals. More space and updated facility would be so good.

    Pros

    Dedicated staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Old building and small facility

  • 294. Loving but Crowded Environment

    by: AliceLeeper

    The Central Missouri Humane Society provides a critically needed function in our town. Not only do they rescue strays, they also provide shelter facillities for animals removed from their homes by animal control officers. The society could do so much more for the animals if they had bigger more modern building. The staff does a terrific job with the resources they have. But they could do so much more.

    Pros

    The staff cares about the animals and works hard to get the animals adopted.

    Cons

    The facility is old, under funded, and crowded.

  • 295. Please support

    by: kjbrown3

    We have been blessed by this association. We have adopted several pets from here and they have always been helpful and very loving toward our families questions and concerns. We support this association!

    Pros

    the dedication these people have for the love of our pets.

    Cons

    the amount of money they recieve.

  • 296. Always giving

    by: tgsfire

    CMHS is a great place to adopt pets from. This is where I found both of my dogs, who turned out to be awesome companions!

    Pros

    Great kennels

    Cons

    not enough room

  • 297. Awesome shelter

    by: Jennifer2e

    This shelter is very committed to helping the pet find a great home. They seem to very much care for their job and for the animals well being!

    Pros

    Great Staff, very helpful!

    Cons

    None

  • 298. We love CMHS!

    by: emsh95

    CMHS is a shelter that takes in all strays, be it cat, dog, or even tiger. They do their best with what they have, but are in need of a larger facility. This shelter deserves a makeover!

    Pros

    will spay/neuter, takes in all pets, easy adoption process

    Cons

    small, not completely clean

  • 299. making the best of it

    by: TrusMary

    I got my little Zuzu (puppy) from here. The staff really tries to make it a positive experience while ensuring that the pets are going to a good home. If they could double the space they have, the process would go smoother and the pets would be happier.

    Pros

    takes in all animals, tries to help all

    Cons

    too small for current needs

  • 300. Dedicated staff, but limited resources.

    by: sjah

    I visited the shelter last summer and was astounded by the crowded condition of the animals living there. I later learned that this is the only open-door shelter for this country and probably 100 miles either way toward KC and STL. This shelter is not fully funded by the local county or city gov. But every time I read the news about raid on puppy mills, they always bring the rescued animals to this shelter. No wonder the shelter is overwhelmed. They desperately in need of better and bigger facility and more funding for the animal under their care.

    Pros

    Exc. and dedicated staff

    Cons

    cramped space, old equipments, poor drainage from surrounding fields

  • 301. A wonderful caring organization

    by: rareppart

    My experience with the Central Missouri Humane Society has always been very positive. They always answer any and all questions. The staff is very knowledgeable, and caring.

    Pros

    Very caring staff and volunteers

    Cons

    very overcrowded

  • 302. animals well taken care of

    by: nowlinfamily

    We have adopted two dogs from the Central Missouri Humane Society. They have been wonderful dogs. We spent hours at the shelter taking dogs out to the play area to get to know them before making our decisions. One thing that I did not like is that they have a policy know that you have to fill out an application and be approved before you can take animals out to the play area.

    Pros

    animals are well taken care of

    Cons

    because of funding hours have been cut

  • 303. awesome place

    by: ShortRound

    We have used this place on a few occasions. We love it and the staff really cares about and for the animals there. The animals get top notch care and the staff are very friendly and have the animal's best interest in heart. Please help us win this thing by getting as many points as you can for them.

    Pros

    friendly, knowledgeable staff, clean, priority for animals

    Cons

    too small, we need a larger and better place, everyone help!

  • 304. The Greatest Place to Volunteer

    by: brb7b9

    Years ago in college, I couldn't wait to get a car because it meant I would be able to volunteer at CMHS. From the beginning the staff was appreciative of all I did at the shelter. There were so many options for working with the animals. After my training, I groomed animals, took them on walks, cleaned the small animal room, and fostered guinea pigs. In many shelters, all a volunteer can do is clean food dishes, but at CMHS, I was able to work with the animals and felt I made a true difference for the animals. One of the many great moments of my volunteer experience was while I was bathing a dog, a grandmother and her grandchild came by and looked at the dog. They said something to the effect of "This one looks great; lets go talk to the front desk about adopting him!" Also, when fostering guinea pigs, a local news reporter interviewed me, and I made the evening news! How often does that happen??!! My years volunteering were amazing. Thank you CMHS for allowing me to make a difference in the lives of countless animals!

    Pros

    adorable animals, many volunteer options

    Cons

    small facilities

  • 305. Great Shelter

    by: tlwp68

    The CMHS does all it can given what they have, but due to the economy and limited financial resources they are having a hard time.Through it all, they are working as hard as they can for our furry friends.The staff is great and thank you to all who volunteer, you are angels!

    Pros

    Caring

    Cons

    Need renovations

  • 306. At least they try

    by: mathis1213

    Central Missouri Humane Society works so hard to make sure all of our temporarily orphaned pets have the best situation they can provide for the wait. i know of many cases when euthanasia dates have been postponed because everyone wanted to give a loving heart another chance. unlike pet stores and breeders, our humane society is selective in allowing their tenants to be adopted out. they dont adopt to anyone under 18 and they are hesitant about college students. as a college student and pet lover, its heart breaking when they question your ability to care for the animals, but i also know its in the pet's best interest. the whole staff is very knowledgeable and they strive to make sure every adopter is fully equipped with information and resources to provide the best home for the adopted.

    Pros

    loving staff, many volunteers, provide knowledge for adopters

    Cons

    small facility, bad area, kinda dirty

  • 307. Rating

    by: two4thesun

    This place is a great place and we would love to see it get bigger.

    Pros

    Great location!

    Cons

    too small of facility

  • 308. Fine Job

    by: renact4

    I have used this shelter over the years. I never have been disappointed with services provided. They do an outstanding job with what they have!

    Pros

    Super people

    Cons

    small space showing its age

  • 309. Have bought animals, and great experience....

    by: cey9r3

    I've bought a couple cats over the years with my family from the humane society! I appreciated the services we received when we went. Also, if we just wanted to go in and look at the pets and visit with them...that was allowed also. It's amazing what this website is doing for the CMHS....i hope this bring about a huge, new phase for them no matter what comes out of this experience! YAYY for CMHS being number 4!!!!! and only a 800 points from being no. 3!!!!! AMAZING!

    Pros

    Amazing place, with amazing animals and people

    Cons

    Don't have enough money :(

  • 310. CMHS vs St. Tammany

    by: sebekakt

    I have some experience with the St. Tammany shelter and more with the CMHS so I feel comfortable commenting of them. The staff at both are very good, however, the staff at St. Tammany is made up of trained, certified animal control officers and volunteers. The staff at CMHS does not have ACOs and is mostly volunteers. It is still sexy to donate money to anything Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina but our local shelters and organizations get neglected. It is important to help CMHS because they serve a much larger area than St. Tammany shelter. CMHS only recently implimented a drop off fee. I would rather call it something else for those who decide the dog color doesn't suit their new carpet! Anyway, CMHS is known for their helpful, devoted personal. Somehow most of them still have a sense of humor! Please allow the CMHS to receive the makeover! K

    Pros

    caring individuals,

    Cons

    too small

  • 311. They really need help!

    by: kbethel1

    They do their best with what they have, but are severely understaffed & crowded. They need a much larger or second facility.

    Pros

    Caring staff

    Cons

    Very understaffed and crowded with annimals.

  • 312. Best in pets!

    by: 12strikes

    CMHS provides the best of everything to pets. TLC, playing, feeding, walking, healthcare. We need more space to improve the CMHS and be able to help more pets find forever homes.

    Pros

    Shelter is full of loving and caring people.

    Cons

    Not enough space for pets being adopted.

  • 313. A very good place to adopt a friend

    by: decoyshawn

    Every time I went to this shelter it was very busy. The huge amount of pets placed in loving homes at such a quick pace is a testament to the dedication and knowledge of the staff. The dog I adopted has fit perfectly into my family. She is a very good girl, already house trained, very obedient, and always looking to play with my other dog. I can't thank them enough!

    Pros

    Staff attitude, knowledge, cleanliness, efficiency

    Cons

    Underfunded

  • 314. The hardest working, most caring shelter out there!

    by: dowcptsdwssd

    This shelter is so awesome. They are cramped in too small of a space and always busy. But amongst the craziness there is kind, helpful, knowledgable, caring staff. I volunteer there and take foster cats from time to time. Also, my parents adopted one of my foster cats from there. Throughout the whole adoption process they went above and beyond to be helpful. Also, this shelter offers low cost spaying and neuturing which is wonderful because often people skip on procedures like this because of the cost. Overall I would give this shelter an A++ and recommend anyone looking for a pet to stop by and let them help you out.

    Pros

    Caring and knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    Not enough space

  • 315. Desperately seeking makeover

    by: twbaker

    Central Mo. Humane Society does amazing work with little space and a facility in need of update. The current space is about 40 years old. It recently experienced a flood and the staff sprang into action to move the animals after hours to keep them safe and dry! The City and County share the services of CMHS as well as the surrounding Mid-Missouri Area. As the City and County have gone through times of great growth, our shelter has desperately tried to keep up with the need. They do a great job coordinating with the other local rescue agencies (Columbia Second Chance and Happy Tails) and use foster families to serve the many animals in need. I admire the dedication and caring of the staff and volunteers as well as their tireless efforts to get more funding and contributions. They surely deserve to win a makeover!

    Pros

    Dedicated, caring staff

    Cons

    Too little space badly needing update

  • 316. Love this shelter

    by: shelleybear

    I haven't adopted an animal from here, but I have looked when I was searching. The staff was very friendly and helpful and truly cared about each and every one of their animals.

    Pros

    Clean, friendly, knowledgeable

    Cons

    None

  • 317. I adopted both of my dogs from here!!!

    by: prm7t3

    I adopted both of my puppies from the Central Missouri Human Society. They are the best dogs, and I love them. I still go to the humane society once a month just to look around and see all the dogs. I really think that this humane society deserves a makeover!!!!

    Pros

    Alot of helpful people!!

    Cons

    Needs to bigger

  • 318. Great Shelter!!!!

    by: JoAnnL

    They are a great, caring staff. I adopted a Lab from there back in the 80s and I have had my cats neutered there (and will have some spayed too) and I couldnt ask for better service. They are friendly and caring and they are most deserving of a makeover in this tough economic time. I only wish I could do more for them.

    Pros

    The people who work there really care about all animals

    Cons

    Need more space, money, help in anyway

  • 319. they need space and people

    by: heckman144

    The wait was kind of long to adopt but I don't blame them, they do not have enough space to put any more staff.

    Pros

    the staff were knowlegeable and very nice

    Cons

    they did not have enough staff

  • 320. Loving Aimals Need Homes

    by: timmsk

    I have adopted many dogs from The Central Missouri Humane Society. The have all been happy, healthly well-socalized dogs. They have been all kinds of breeds from Golden Retrievers to Huskadors to Begashunds to who knows what. They have all lived long lives (13 - 17 years breed dependent!). The people working there, mostly volunteers, take excellent care of their "guests". Other communittee volunteers of all ages come and help walk, play, train and relax with the animals. This shelter needs our help. They were flooded last year and have rebounded well. They need a new facility or certainly more space. Please vote for The Central Missouri Humane Society.

    Pros

    Hard working, dedicated volunteers. Excellent care for homeless and lost animals

    Cons

    Shelter is too small to handle capacity it needs to serve

  • 321. CMHS helped me lose weight!

    by: ozy

    In summer 08, my kids, wife, and I decided to adopt a pet. We wanted a yellow labrador retriever. Naturally, we visited CMHS to find our more info about pet adoption and pet care in general. Our family never had a pet before (other than a Beta fish given to us by a family friend in 2006). The staff members at CMHS were very helpful in answering our questions. We finally picked Bruno as our new dog. The first month was rough for all of us since Bruno is a very active dog with a strong attachment to us. He gets separation anxiety so easily that he turns into chewing stuff he is not supposed to. CMHS staff answered our questions during this transition period for us and Bruno. They also put us in contact with Bruno's foster mom who cared for him for a couple of week. We learned a lot more about Bruno's characters from the foster mom. I took Bruno for a walk one day and found the activity to be very refreshing. So I started taking Bruno on a longer walk along the Bear Creek trail and around our neighborhood. By Summer end, we walk on average of 4 miles a day during week day, and 6-12 miles a day on Saturday or Sunday. I just love walking, and now I have a buddy to go walking with me. One time we walked the Bear Creek trail all the way from Oakland park to Cosmo park, and back. It was fun. As the result, I have lost more than 15 lbs since Bruno came. The weight loss program with Bruno has been a blessing, since in July 08, my doctor told me that I may be pre-diabetic. Her only recommendation for treatment: diet, exercise, weight loss. By October, I am off the pre-diabetic state ..... back to normal again! So that's what this big hairy furball of goofiness has done to me! :-) Thanks Mr. B! And Thanks CMHS for bringing him to us.

    Pros

    Great and friendly staff.

    Cons

    They need a better building with bigger play area for pets.

  • 322. CMHS

    by: yeenon

    CMHS' only flaw, if any, is that their hearts are too big. After performing a business analysis of CMHS for my graduate program, it became clear that compared to other similar programs, CMHS takes in more animals at a time per dollar of budget. With the makeover, CMHS can be revamped and made into a more efficient operation so that they can continue their good work without worrying so much about the dollars and cents!

    Pros

    This is a great staff that needs the financial aid!

    Cons

    Not enough financial support for the amount of animals

  • 323. Needs Help!

    by: Vet2014

    The Humane Society use to be a great place. Today however there are two many people who are getting paid. It is suppose to be volunteer work not a profession. The shelter is too crowded and the animals who get adopted end up at a veterinarain clinic within a few days because they are sick. There use to be a lot of people who donated to the Humane Society in Columbia but now with the economy declining so are the donations. The Central Missouri Humane Society needs a face lift on the outside and inside...I mean those who work there. Remember VOLUNTEERING makes you feel good and when others see you volunteer they realize what a difference you are making and they too will volunteer. So stop with the paychecks and help out. PS>>>> BECOME A NO KILL SHELTER!

    Pros

    Good selection of animals and typically good help

    Cons

    To many people getting paid, very old, and dirty

  • 324. love this place

    by: Rachel9174

    this is the only central MO place for animals we get animals from St.Louis and kansas city because were so great. our problem is we get 300 animals a week and guess what we don't have enough room so give us a hand, and save some animals

    Pros

    saves animals

    Cons

    don't have enough space

  • 325. Love This Place - Really need a new facility.

    by: chafley

    We adopted our first two pets from them in 1991 and another puppy in '92. We thought it was a wonderful place then, animals are well taken care of. Went back to adopt again in 2006 (after the last of our original clan went to the Rainbow Bridge), and they are still in the same building and busting out at the seams! It is still very clean, the staff are still just as nice and knowledgable, but Columbia has grown 50% since then, and they just don't have enough room. Central MO Humane Society is in great need of a new shelter, please help them, thanks!

    Pros

    Staff are awesome; cages and all areas of the shelter are kept clean.

    Cons

    Need more space!!!!!!

  • 326. Helpful and Dedicated to Serving the Community

    by: jessielawson

    The staff has been amazingly kind and helpful to me on a couple of occasions when I had to search for missing cats (I had one chronic runaway). I've visited the humane society here several other times, to accompany people who wanted to adopt pets, and was always very impressed by the care they provide to the animals sheltered there. I am very concerned about the fate of Central Missouri Humane Society during this economic downturn and want to do whatever I can to help them!

    Pros

    doing the very best they can with limited resources

    Cons

    limited financial resources

  • 327. Excellent shelter for rescues

    by: GailElizabeth13

    I rescued and german shepard female adult dog. She was starving and scared to death. I couldn't keep her to get her well since the apartment that I live in didn't allow dogs. I called the CMHS and spoke with a staff member that got me in right away. She told me that she would probably get adopted right away. They provide a wonderful service to our town.

    Pros

    Very friendly and knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    none

  • 328. Cats

    by: Dogz69

    Great place for cats!

    Pros

    Great Staff, Great Animals,

    Cons

    Lack of Funding, Really needs help.

  • 329. Support CMHS!!!

    by: jakeandmac

    The CMHS is a great place. they do their best to help every animal that comes in. I got my dogs from here! However, their facility is not suited for all the animals they get! the result? cramped living and euthanasia. If you live in the Mid-Missouri area, please support the CMHS with your money, your time, adopt a pet, or build up points through ZooToo!!!

    Pros

    great staff, great pets

    Cons

    facility

  • 330. I adopted Jasmine

    by: bilderbackb

    I have lived in Missouri my entire life. I have 2 children that I take to the Central Missouri Humane Society at least once a month just to visit with the animals. My children love the place. Last week, we adopted our puppy Jasmine and we just love her to death!

    Pros

    Shelter really cares

    Cons

    Shelter doesn't have enough money

  • 331. CMHS is so caring!

    by: tommilynn

    CMHS is such an amazing shelter - all of the pets in my family over the years have been adopted from the humane society, and we have been so thankful for those furry members of the family. Every time we go there, to visit, or to adopt another furball, the staff are so friendly and caring. It's such a shame that the facilities are in such horrible disrepair, it breaks my heart! CMHS needs our help and deserves better!

    Pros

    friendly and caring

    Cons

    grossly underfunded

  • 332. Terrific Shelter & Staff

    by: CrazyCatz

    We've adopted two kittens from CMHS and want to say thanks for all you do. The staff works hard each day to rise above the issues the shelter faces to provide outstanding love and care for the animals they house. The facility may be inadequate but the spirit there never seems to be broken. Its great to see the community has come together to give you the thanks you deserve and hopefully raise awareness and funds to support your efforts.

    Pros

    Make the most of what they have!

    Cons

    Inadequate facility

  • 333. Help the Central MO Humane Society

    by: discodivatracey

    I have had a lot of experience wit the Central MO Humane Society but I'm writing about my most recent. I went down there last week to get a dog. After filling out my paperwork and being aproved I went back to check out the selection. There are lots of animals there and not enough people to help you right away. Though they certainly try it is obvious that they all have a lot to do. I finally found someone, or I should say she found me. We left with all the necessary papers. Her vet records etc. I was impressed to find out that she had been microchipped. This is great since it should cut down on the number of return guests. The sheleter is old and they are definitly deserving of a make-over. The staff is all extremely busy but it is clear that they all want to be there. You help is greatly appreciated so that they can continue to help more animals.

    Pros

    Animals seem happy and their pens are kept clean

    Cons

    too many animals to get to and staff is all crazy busy

  • 334. CMHS Needs Our Help!

    by: WestieMama

    I am so thankful for the Central Missouri Humane Society. They provide low cost spay and neuter, which is so very important. I wish they had more space and better facilities in order to care for even more animals, especially since all the raided puppy mills of Missouri keep them quite busy. I know euthenasia is a necessary reality, but I hope that someday soon no animal is put down for any reason other than the health of the pet. When I worked at a local nursing home (who accepts pets), a group of volunteers through the University came out every Wednesday to bring adoptable pets from CMHS for visits with the residents. This program is incredible and a great way to pair lonesome seniors with loving companions. CMHS deserves a million bucks - and more!

    Pros

    They provide a great service for our community!!

    Cons

    They need more space!!!!

  • 335. friendly people

    by: abdelhadi

    I recently went for my first visit to the Central Human Society. The staff was extremely helpful and provided me with all the information I need to adopt a pet. The place however was a turn off it was dirty and there wasnt much room to do anything. The staff however took care of my needs and made sure I had fully understood all the guidlines of adoption and soon I was on my way to getting my pet.

    Pros

    Very Friendly

    Cons

    Messy

  • 336. Overcrowded and Underfunded

    by: seifzf

    I really appreciate all of the services that the Humane Society offers to Columbia and surroudning areas. They are always packed and in need of volunteers. When I was an undergraduate at Mizzou, I went with a group of students to volunteer there and we had an amazing time.

    Pros

    Friendly and knowledgable staff, good location

    Cons

    Not enough space for the animals and the building is ancient

  • 337. I love CMHS!!!

    by: brandkampm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVlrRUsNuEo&eurl=http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1629617416&feature=player_embedded I posted a link from CMHS's plea for help! They have been struggling for years and could really use this as they are the only shelter in the area that will take any animal. They do not judge based on the age or appearance of the animal. Unfortunately they have to put down almost half of the animals they receive as they do not have enough space. The dogs have to be kenneled directly across from each other so there is a lot of barking. If they close (which is something that could realistically happen in the near future), the job would be passed to the city. The city does not have the $900,000 it takes to keep this shelter running. Please help this shelter, help our community!

    Pros

    Great staff, great animals,

    Cons

    They need more space and help with renovations!

  • 338. results

    by: otoolej

    The people at the CMHS care for and love the animals that come through their shelter. They service a wide area and work hard to find good homes for all. I have seen the results of the adoptions made through the CMSH many times. One dog is even on TV. He is going through obiedience training and you see the results on Pepper & Friends. He is a joy to see. He loves going to classes with the other dogs and he loves showing off his skills.

    Pros

    wonderful caring staff

    Cons

    needs to be larger and updated to care for more animals

  • 339. love what central missouri humane society does for animals

    by: amccord

    central missouri humane society and those who work there do everything that they can to make sure every animal gets the best care possible. i truly believe that this shelter does great things with what little they have. it is amazing the amount of animals they take in. the staff work long and hard hours to make sure every animal has the highest standard of care. love what you guys do out there. thanks for all the hard work.

    Pros

    people that work there truly love the animals

    Cons

    need new facility

  • 340. Sadie

    by: shleprox

    I got Sadie when I was in the third grade from the Central Missouri Humane Society. She was the most wonderful dog anyone could ask for. The staff helped us pick her out...but I knew before they even pointed her out that she was to be part of our family. Thank you for your service to our community, and the happiness you bring to people and animals alike.

    Pros

    Helpful

    Cons

    None

  • 341. [email protected]

    by: kidperry

    My experience with the central Mo humane society has bee very limited but successful. I have known several people who have adopted pets from there and the society has done a marvelous job with helping them pick the right pet for their families. Some have had young children,some older and others adults only with other pets. They worked closely with them to make sure each family got the right pet. I think this is important when adopting a pet and they do a great job with this aspect.

    Pros

    knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    cramped spac

  • 342. Great shelter

    by: f150101

    Great shelter. We got our cat, Lilly, from here. Nothing but friendly people who know what they are doing.

    Pros

    All around great

    Cons

    none

  • 343. Central mo humane

    by: LilDebs1116

    I have adopted all of my pets from here, they are a knowledgeable staff and are very helpful and friendly, but.. they need help. Badly. We need a new shelter and more funds! :o)

    Pros

    Great staff and location

    Cons

    In dire need of funding to keep running and better facilty

  • 344. They deserve it

    by: kelsieshearrer

    They deserve it. They care so much about animals!

    Pros

    They are so helpful but also serious

    Cons

    It needs a makeover!

  • 345. Keep Your Fingers Crossed

    by: JElmore

    It's the only option in town, county and surrounding area and desperately needs a makeover!

    Pros

    Dedicated staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Underfunded

  • 346. My prayers are with CMHS!

    by: dawsten

    I hope and pray that CMHS wins the zootoo makeover. They are badly in need of a new facility and very deserving. I commend all of the volunteers of CMHS!

    Pros

    A very dedicated organization to pets!

    Cons

    Need a new facility

  • 347. Help them help the animals!

    by: bighurt111

    They need help with the condition of the building!! There is so much love in it via the animals and the staff but its in need of repair and some TLC!!

    Pros

    The staff

    Cons

    Its in need of repair

  • 348. CMHS is the best!

    by: jensen0419

    The people at CMHS do really great work for the entire community. Thank you so much for your work, and for providing Columbia folks with such great pets!

    Pros

    Hardworking staff

    Cons

    Outdated facility

  • 349. Doing the best they can!

    by: EllenTucker

    I love CMHS! As a worker/volunteer I get to see what happens on the inside, so I know they're doing the very best they can. The shelter tries to take every animal given to them, but they are often so cramped that they ask the finder to keep the animal for a few days as it is usually better for the animal. All the staff is very knowledgeable about every animal and it's needs. They are also pretty organized/fair with their adoptions and animal care. You can tell the workers love each and every animal in their care; they work really hard to find homes for them and get paid minimal wages for their efforts. The CMHS staff takes good care of all their animals; they try to walk them every day and bathe them often. There are so many though, that sometimes it's impossible to get to each one. The only thing that I really disagree with is the $20 drop off fee. I see it as: hopefully/usually the reason you would drop off an animal is you can't afford to keep it any more, so why would they be able to afford 20 more dollars? I actually think more animals are being abandoned in the streets because of that requirement. In their defense the reason it was instated is because the government isn't paying them adequate amounts for all they do. Also they have all the Missouri puppy mills working against them. They can't afford all those animals even with all the fund raising they do. In conclusion CMHS is doing the best it can, but it desperately needs your help. Help us climb the rankings in order to raise up to $1,000,000 to keep CMHS doing what it does best. Thanks so much!

    Pros

    hard working, knoweledgeable, friendly staff/ cute, loving animals/ low adoption cost/ mandatory free or low cost spay and neutering/ small euthanasia percentile

    Cons

    $20 abandonment fee/ run down shelter

  • 350. Great shelter

    by: Moequestrian

    Great MO shelter. Rare for this state to have one be so outstanding. Very deserving and caring shelter.

    Pros

    Greatest shelter in MO

    Cons

    Needs more space and donations.

  • 351. Needs a Makeover

    by: PuppyFashionista

    They need a makeover bad. Conditions are overcrowded since they are one of the few shelters left in Mid Missouri. Unfortunately, too many animals must be euthanized each year do to lack of space and fewer adoptions. Breaks my heart. I recently kept a stray that was found on my back doorstep bc I could't bare the thought that she might be one of the ones put to sleep if there was no room.

    Pros

    One of the few animal shelters left in midMo

    Cons

    Over crowded

  • 352. Amazing Shelter

    by: puresunny

    This shelter needs to have more room for the animals in order to be the best. The Humane Society has always been one of my favorite places to go growing up. A very friendly staff who really care for the animals.

    Pros

    Very nice people and a very welcoming place

    Cons

    Very small

  • 353. Waaaaaay Underfunded

    by: StellaScout

    My daughter felt so bad that the city would not fund our animal shelter properly. She decided on her upcoming birthday party to ask her friends to donate to the shelter instead of giving her a present. Her friends are excited about the party and the opportunity to help the shelter.

    Pros

    wonderful staff

    Cons

    poorly funded by the City

  • 354. They do well with limited resources

    by: laura4brenner

    There are so many wonderful animals here looking for homes. It is a great place to find your next pet.

    Pros

    A wide variety of pets

    Cons

    Shelter needs a makeover!!!

  • 355. If any shelter deserves a makeover, it's CMHS

    by: corscheln

    I've gotten three pets from CMHS and have had a wonderful experience each and every time. I used to be a CMHS volunteer and was very happy to find out that CMHS's apparent dedication to animal protection and forever-family placement was through and through. The amount of good that CMHS does with the space/resources they have available to them is absolutely amazing - they're saints!

    Pros

    Knowledgeable staff that really works for every animal under their care

    Cons

    Not enough space/resources to accomodate mid-MO needs

  • 356. CMHS goes above and beyond

    by: MyLandladyHatesPets

    The Central Missouri Humane Society provides so much service and does so with so little in the way of resources.....the gov'ment should take some classes. The staff is dedicated to the animals they serve. They operate countless programs and events in the communities which "support" the CMHS. They also make a way to provide programs for the other areas which they serve....with little "support" from those areas. I am proud that my employer donates broken bags/cases of pet food and litter. I know when I give money to the CMHS that the CMHS will squeeze each penny till a nickle falls out of it.

    Pros

    They provide service to the largest area of the state.

    Cons

    They do not get funding from most of the areas they serve.

  • 357. Great Staff

    by: bowlingprincess2002

    Everytime I have encountered the CMHS i have been welcomed and the staff there are wonderful

    Pros

    Great people

    Cons

    not a lot of room

  • 358. cmhs

    by: gertigurl2

    I am very happy with the dog i adopted, she was rescued from a puppy mill. when i brought her home she ended up having phenomia, round worm, yeast infections in both ears which had never been cleaned, ginvevisis and paradontal disease. i called the shelter to inform them and honestly they just dont have the means or money to provide services to the animals they bring in and its so sad. i hate to think that if i had not taken this dog and paid all her health bills someone may have given her back due to the expense or the shelter would have had to put her down be they wouldnt not have been able to take care of her. animals deserve better than this.

    Pros

    i adopted my pup from here and she is one of the best things thats ever happened to me! thanks cmhs

    Cons

    extremely messy, everything smells awful, my dog was in the worst condition possible becuase she was not treated or cleaned in any way.

  • 359. 2 dogs and counting!

    by: buffchance

    I have adopted 2 dogs have have been pleased and impressed both times.

    Pros

    Always helpful

    Cons

    Facilities too small

  • 360. Doing the best they can

    by: Dub

    The people at the Central Missouri Humane Society do an impossible job with very few resources. They battle an enormous influx of unwanted animals with compassion and grace. Their dream is to become a no-kill shelter. They work toward this goal by providing low-cost spay/neuters and through community education. They also work closely with Columbia Second Chance, a local rescue group, to find foster homes for sick animals and to help increase adoptions. Every day is a challenge. Their current facility is far too small and is literally falling apart. But far from surrendering to despair, they work hard to give every animal affection and care. If you're looking for a pet, I highly recommend the CMHS.

    Pros

    Great group of dedicated people

    Cons

    Desperately need a new facility

  • 361. Two cats and counting

    by: cjiveson

    Our two youngest kitties, Bob and Roxie, came from the Humane society. Bob is now 8 1/2 and Roxie is almost 2. The staff were very helpful both times.

    Pros

    nice, thought overworked folks

    Cons

    VERY cramped for space

  • 362. A great shelter!

    by: tg1979

    My family has adopted animals from CMHS many times. I've always found that the staff was very nice and helpful in guiding us to what animal they felt would suit our home the best. We were never disappointed with the decisions we came to.

    Pros

    Great staff, variety of animals to choose from, easy adoption process

    Cons

    Older, dirty building in need of updates!

  • 363. what we need

    by: twins2

    we have such a great humane siciety here. They try there very best to let all of there animals get the best home they can get. If we get this million doller make over it would save so much animals and give them a better space to live in beffor they get adopted. I hope that we win.

    Pros

    yes

    Cons

    no

  • 364. Columbia's Humane society is the BEST!

    by: lilmare9

    We rescued the most mentally challenged dog from here. She had been abandoned, beat, just had a litter of puppies, and was the only dog sitting and shaking in the back of the kennel when we walked by. All the other dogs were at the front of they're kennels screaming Pick me, Pick me. As I opened the gate to hold her, she jumped at ever door that opened or closed, and wrapped her little paws around my neck as to say "Don't EVER let me go". We came back and adopted her and have had Jennie now for 9 years. She has a next door neighbor friend (Lab/Cocker mix) named Baby that jumps her fence everyday to play with Jennie. Baby stays with us until supper time and she Loves her Jennie. Keep up the good work and I pray that you all win the Makeover. Mary W.

    Pros

    Everyone that works there Loves they're job.

    Cons

    Overcrowding

  • 365. more space

    by: ereams

    if we could just have more room. the animals would be able to run around mor. they would have more time outside. and lets not forget about the bunnies! we could save more. and save more cats and dogs! we need more room.

    Pros

    staff really cares

    Cons

    not enough room

  • 366. I Love the Central Missouri Humane Society

    by: froglover08

    My friends and I love to volunteer at the Humane Society, there are always so many dogs and cats that need attention. I love the trail that is close by, it is so fun for the dogs, you can tell they love it. The cat room is also really cool, the cats are so sweet, I love to get them out and let them play. The staff is awesome, they are always very kind and helpful. I wish that I was as dedicated to helping animals as they were, I try to volunteer as often as possible but I know that there is more that I could do. I give them a lot of credit for what they do.

    Pros

    Adorable Animals :)

    Cons

    They need more room :(

  • 367. Great Place in Need of Help!

    by: emilydawn2

    My friends and I chose the CMHS as our volunteer project for a class at Mizzou. We loved it and try to go back as often as possible. They have a lot of volunteers, but also A LOT of animals which makes it extremely hard to keep up. Also they need a lot of help financially. I hope everyone does what they can to help them so we can continue to spend time with the wonderful animals and people at the Humane Society!! Also, the staff is very helpful, even when you lock your keys in your car after the Volunteer Orientation! Thanks Hallie! :)

    Pros

    They work extremely hard for every animal.

    Cons

    The shelter is in needs some help.

  • 368. CMHS is the best!

    by: kyvigp

    I had a wonderful experience adopting my dog Buddy. He was a puppy mill dog that was saved by the shelter. They were kind and patient with us and very encouraging. They have been there numerous times helping me find my new pet, either on the phone or at the shelter. Also email with the foster mom. Can't say enough. This shelter really deserves and needs this make-over.

    Pros

    Very friendly, wonderful staff and volunteers

    Cons

    wish they were open later

  • 369. CMHS Rocks!

    by: Patty1123

    My experience with CMHS was wonderful. In 2006 I adopted my dog Lena. I visited the shelter a couple of times before falling in love with her. The staff is friendly and helpful. They were always very busy and looking for volunteers to help out! The facility was always very clean.

    Pros

    Friendly & caring staff, clean

    Cons

    Parking is limited

  • 370. A shelter that needs our support

    by: llbrenner

    Without our support, this shelter might close and that would be very sad for animals in Missouri. I hope people continue to spread the word about this zootoo contest. If we won a makeover, it would be fabulous! Even if we don't, having city council see how many of us support the shelter might make them more willing to support it also.

    Pros

    The only open-door facility in the area

    Cons

    Very underfunded

  • 371. Excellent Shelter

    by: Teddy6736

    I love this shelter. They are one of teh only shelters that I like because of the staff and the volunteers there. The animals always look ready to play and they are bright and healthy when you look at them.

    Pros

    The staff are extremly friendly and the animals always look bright and healthy

    Cons

    Not enough room for the animals

  • 372. Such love for animals

    by: WantToHelpAnimals

    CMHS is a wonderful organization. I joined ZooToo to help them win the shelter makeover. Thanks for all you do CMHS staff and volunteers!

    Pros

    Wonderful staff

    Cons

    Facility needs work

  • 373. Great job

    by: annina

    The staff seemed very helpful except for one lady-(the jailor -I think!,) Overall, I believe that it is a facility that desperately needs funding to expand and continue offering great service to the community.

    Pros

    staff

    Cons

    cramped

  • 374. Yay Humane Society!

    by: CallieReynolds

    I loved the folks at the Central Mo Humane Society. They are very knowledgeable and are good about placing the animals into good homes. I went through a minor interview and was actually very pleased that they do that for every person applying for a pet. They really deserve this makeover!!!

    Pros

    They are all very kind with both the people and the animals

    Cons

    The shelter is very crowded

  • 375. staff for life

    by: bignosemom

    The CMHS has been a favorite spot for our family for years. We have adopted three cats from them and have loved these pets dearly. We have always wanted to be able to give something to the shelter. We are so excited that we have a chance to be chosen for the makeover. We are sending this information out to everyone we know in Columbia! Thank you for making this a possibility for mid Missouri's animals! Bignosemom

    Pros

    very caring staff

    Cons

    kinda small and stinky

  • 376. Great Shelter

    by: MarthaBerry

    We adopted our dog Mia from the Humane Society. I am so thankful the Humane Society gave her the chance to be adopted by us. She is a wonderful member of our family. The Humane Society provides an important service. We must be responsible for animals that are in a bad situation due to the irresponsible actions of humans. Since the Humane Society may have to close due to lack of funds, I really hope they win the Million Dollar Makeover so they can continue to care for animals and help them find homes.

    Pros

    Animals seem well cared for

    Cons

    Limited space

  • 377. service

    by: dmwilson03

    I adopted Sadie from the Humane Society. She got out and was gone several days, I looked and looked for her. I called the pound and they didn't have her. It might have been the same day they called and someone had taken her in. They ran her chip and called and said they had her. They do the best job possible

    Pros

    Always do the best they can

    Cons

    Building old, leaks,crowded and staff shortage

  • 378. Long time supporter

    by: warpde09

    I have adopted animals from this shelter and have retrieved my own lost pets from this shelter. The animals were taken care of very well. I would adopt again from them if we were ever to become a pet owner again. Fish are fine for us now!

    Pros

    Great selection of animals

    Cons

    Large area to support

  • 379. The Humane Society

    by: MeganGoyette

    Though the Central MO Humane Society may be loud and crowded that is no way to judge the shelter. Once you see how caring and loving the staff is, you don't hear the barking from the dogs or the talking from the other customers, you see a wonderful and awesome shelter the Central MO Humane Society is on the inside not on the outside. The staff is great, though the shelters small, the care for the animals is wonderful, even though its crowded, the love and care put into the shelter is amazing, though the shelters noisy. Though there is pros and there is cons I will always love the shelter as its own. Go Central Mo HUmane SOciety

    Pros

    Loving and caring staff for the animals and customers

    Cons

    A little crowded and loud in such a small shelter

  • 380. Thank you for taking care of our Pablo while he was with you!

    by: bluesky22

    I volunteered at CMHS while I was in college and more recently found our little Pablo there. He has his excentricities, but boy do we love him! Thanks to CMHS for taking care of him during his journey to our family!!

    Pros

    The staff really cares

    Cons

    Shelter space is terribly inadaquate for numbers

  • 381. Doin' the BEST they can!!!

    by: TuxleyCat

    The Central Missouri Humane Society is a well known entity in Columbia, MO and the surrounding areas. Missouri, much to the chagrin of those of us who love and care for our pets, is one of the leading Puppy Mill States. This unfortunate situation often leads our Humane Society to take in hundreds of neglected and uncared for dogs each year. The Society is dedicated to the care and hoped-for adoption of these animals. We pet owners in Central Missouri applaud the valiant attempt this organization makes in rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out these animals. In additon, students and others purchase pets and find that they must surrender them to the shelter. All of these things put a tremendous burden on staff and facility. The CMHS needs new quarters. As happy "parents" of 5 adoptees--2 dogs and 3 cats, we support our shelter and encourage others to give support as they are able. Randi

    Pros

    Caring people doing the best they can

    Cons

    crowded conditions due to Missouri Puppy Mill Saves

  • 382. animals

    by: crystalmaria

    The central mo humane society needs more support. They try so hard to get volunteers and more money but its hard. expesally in this economy. If people could just volunteer once a month and donate 1o dollars a month it would help alot.

    Pros

    all the animals to choose from

    Cons

    not enough money comming in

  • 383. Kind

    by: misskathy

    Central Mo Humane Society-people were great, pets were treated very well. Facilities are lacking though. They need updated facilities and more room.

    Pros

    They were very nice to take my unwanted kittens

    Cons

    Not enough room for all the pets--bad facilities to house pets.

  • 384. CMHS needs help

    by: manringm

    Despite being poorly funded and having an awful facility, CMHS does a tremendous job of working with hundreds of stray animals being Kansas City and St. Louis. We have adopted a couple of dogs from CMHS and have fostered about 20 more.

    Pros

    Great staff

    Cons

    Terrible facility

  • 385. Thank You

    by: floydjen

    I have gotten animals from CMHS in the past and have no complaints.

    Pros

    They help find homes for wonderful animals

    Cons

    non

  • 386. great shelter

    by: hodgefriend

    This is a very deserving shelter my family is proud to support ever since we adopted our dog from them two years ago. They do so much on a shoestring budget. I am very grateful to them for giving me my dog and for all they do for the Central Missouri community.

    Pros

    caring people, great mission

    Cons

    wish I could give them more money!

  • 387. It needs our help!

    by: buttercupbarnes

    My family is very grateful for the Central Missouri Humane Society because that is where we adopted our 7th family member from, Chole. If it weren't for them she may not have had a chance at a good, quality life. But this place needs to win this Million Dollar Makeover so they can continue the great work that they do. We all need to continue our excitement and drive to make this makeover a reality. Amanda and Libby have worked SO HARD to make this happen that we owe it to them as a community to help see it through!

    Pros

    Caring staff & volunteers, help give animals the chance the to live a good life by adoptions

    Cons

    the building NEEDS HELP!!

  • 388. Good shelter

    by: embmq3

    Such a good-hearted shelter. My cat came from here. Lots of pets in need of homes with friendly staff.

    Pros

    Nice service

    Cons

    Crowded

  • 389. Great shelter but needs updates badly!

    by: plyeakle

    This is a great shelter, not because of the building, but because of the positive attitude of the staff in such a dire situation. They do all they can to make sure each animal is happy and healthy. They try so hard and they are coming up short. They have had to cut hours of operation back severly because of lack of funding.

    Pros

    great place, great staff and volunteers, animals are treated great

    Cons

    cramped, bad plumbing, need updates BADLY!

  • 390. Good people doing a Good Job!!

    by: living4fun

    Very nice organization that is doing a very good job. They could use some updating and with that a small expansion and re-organizing of existing spaces would greatly help the staff and inturn the animals. Wish the hours were a bit longer. However it is truly amazing how many animals and familys are helped there.

    Pros

    Easy to find. Friendly and knowlegable staff.

    Cons

    Facility needs work and/or expansion.

  • 391. We love our humane society!

    by: Josies

    We need help here in Columbia to keep our humane society open.

    Pros

    Saving animals

    Cons

    Needs help to stay in operation

  • 392. CMHS

    by: MelissaVought

    A wonderful place in desperate need of a make-over!

    Pros

    Kind, caring staff

    Cons

    Overcrowding

  • 393. caring and busy

    by: watkins7

    Our family has adopted several animals from them over the years. They have also rescued one of our dogs a couple of times. I have never had a bad experience at the CMHS. And we have had two great dogs that came from CMHS. I am so glad they are in our community. Our grandchildren love going over to see all the cats, dogs, bunnies and anything else they have at the time. I also think that they programs they offer, rabies shots, bathing, nail clipping, and the "pet" fair, are excellent opportunities to keep our pets healthy.

    Pros

    good programs

    Cons

    too small for the need

  • 394. Animals are our Family!

    by: jennybms03

    I had to put down my cat I adopted from the Central Human Society after 11 wonderful years. I remeber then walking into a cramped building and a even more cramped "play" area to get to know my kitten before I brought her home. I have seen footage on the news and it breaks my heart that these animals thave such poor conditions to live in. I am a animal lover and that is why I do not go there, as it breaks my heart and i cant bring all of them home with me. When i lived in california I saw theri animal shelters and was happy for them, but sad for our animals here. I grew up in Columbia and think with all the building I think that our furry friends deserve a new home too!

    Pros

    Lots of animals to choose from

    Cons

    poor conditions for the animals

  • 395. Prayers were answered

    by: aj11animals

    Our friends prayed that they would find the right dog for their family and their prayers were answered. Naomi is a beautiful Collie mix with the shiniest black coat you ever saw. They have been so happy to have a happy, loving dog that needed little training. They smother her with love and take such good care of her. Thanks to the Humane Society they were able to get through the adoption process without any trouble. Their experience convinced us that adopting a pet would work for our family instead of looking for a new puppy. As soon as we are able we will adopt a pet.

    Pros

    helpful adoption staff and animal information/pictures

    Cons

    can't think of anything

  • 396. The Perfect Match

    by: CoCosMommy

    We have been there 2 times for dogs. We adopted Honey when our son was 5 years old and Honey was the perfect dog for a home with a small boy. She lived 16 years and 2 months and was very, very loved! We adopted CoCo 2 years after Honey died (still cry when we think about her). The staff made sure we were ready and that CoCo fit our "empty nest" life style. Both adoptions were carefully orchestrated to make sure we would be good parents and they would be good pets for our household. They really care!

    Pros

    They Care!

    Cons

    Underfunded

  • 397. Would better with more space

    by: smhart71

    What a great place to find a pet! The people are helpful. This place is such a great place to find the perfect new 4-legged family member, just think how much better it would be with a bigger facility! It would be fantastic!

    Pros

    Easy to find the right pet for me

    Cons

    not enough room in the "inn"

  • 398. Deserving shelter

    by: Blondeandbluu

    This shelter has been so wonderful! My family and I rescued a kitten that fell down a drain and brought it to the cmhc. The owner was found very quickly and we were glad that the society could reunite their family. We also found our first puppy at this shelter. We had looked all over our area and decided to adopt Tessa, the wheaton terrior. Cmhc made the process of adopting our dog quick, and easy and they were very friendly and helpful in our search for our dog-match. The problem with Cmhc is that they haven't got enough room. When people come find a pet, the rooms get filled up too quickly. They could definitely use some more space so that they can help the animals in the best environment possible. Good luck Cmhc! You deserve this makeover!

    Pros

    helpful, friendly, easy-to-navigate

    Cons

    crowded, too-small of a building

  • 399. Great place...better people

    by: acclaypool

    Staff was extremely helpful and caring.

    Pros

    Friendly and caring staff

    Cons

    None

  • 400. They Work So Hard!

    by: wuteverz2b

    This facility is very overcrowded and the people who could make a difference (city or county government) do not have their priorities straight when it comes to the importance of this facility. These people do a great job working with little funding and staff they have available.

    Pros

    They work so hard to take care of animals others have chosen to throw away.

    Cons

    Overcrowded....not their fault!

  • 401. I love this place!

    by: bananika

    I used to go to this shelter when I needed to get away for a little but. I loved taking the animals out to the yard to play fetch or just to hang out with them. I really feel like this shelter is deserving of a makeover, and I hope they win!

    Pros

    Fun, fenced in, outside visiting area and lots of great volunteers

    Cons

    Need more space and windows

  • 402. A wonderful place

    by: 11aae01

    This place is great. when I was younger I used to volenteer down there. The animals are so sweet, and they need homes, so adopt some of them

    Pros

    Wonderful...

    Cons

    There aren't any

  • 403. I volunteer here

    by: davemuscato

    I used to work here, and I still volunteer and do fundraising for them. This shelter is so underfunded; they serve most of the state of Missouri and are the only open-door shelter for dozens of counties, yet depend almost entirely on donations, as they are a private, not-for-profit entity. A lot of people around here confuse them with Animal Control, which is a city utility and tax-funded, since Animal Control and CMHS share a building and often cover for each other's phones, etc, but they are two separate services. I've adopted two animals from CMHS and brought in many strays over the years. CMHS desperately needs this shelter makeover. Their building is ~40 years old and falling apart. They have had to resort to intake fees for dropping off strays, limiting their hours and days of the week that they're open, and housing multiple animals in single-animal kennels because there is simply no place else to put them. The staff works so hard but they just can't keep up with all the animals with the funding that they have. The city of Columbia is trying to help, but as I said before, a lot of people just do not understand that CMHS is not tax-funded and relies on private donations and grants. Please help the Central Missouri Humane Society by donating, volunteering, and helping them earn points here on this website. Their website is http://www.cmhspets.org and their phone number is (573) 443-3893. You can also email them at [email protected] Thank you for reading my review! - Dave Muscato Founder, Some Of My Best Friends Are Furry http://www.sombfaf.org [email protected] (573) 424-0420 cell (888) 424-0420 toll-free

    Pros

    Great staff

    Cons

    UNDERFUNDED!

  • 404. Our Celine

    by: Chrisandsue1

    Our shelter is great amazing... We got our Celine almost three years ago, and she has just been the best addition to our family. She is playful and just wonderful for our boys (I mean our dogs). The people were so helpful and very knowledgeable. They are so overworked because they are always saving more and more dogs and pets. They are the unsung heroes. Celine when we got her so already house broken and well mannered. She was a diamond in the ruff. We love her so much. Thank you Central Humane society!! You guys are #1 in our book!!!

    Pros

    Great people with Big Hearts!

    Cons

    Needs better shelter!

  • 405. sad so sad

    by: rlhmsw06

    I believe that the animal shelter should be just as important as our medical and housing facilities. Lets help these animals get a new home

    Pros

    the love and care of the staff

    Cons

    the poor animals need more space

  • 406. Awsome Service

    by: CathyWalz

    I adopted my dog Herbie from the Central Missouri Humane Society and was very pleased with the whole thing. The helpers there went out of their way to help us. I would much rather rescue a dog than go to a breeder, it gives you pride for doing something good!!!!

    Pros

    Has done a lot of good in the central Missouri area

    Cons

    none

  • 407. Great staff, but needs a makeover!

    by: lesgf3

    This shelter has a great staff, who are friendly, caring and helpful. the facilities however are completely underwhelming for the influx of animals this shelter receives. All the staff want to do are help these animals, and they definitely do to the best of their abilities. I just adopted a schnauzer from there, and she's the sweetest thing I have ever seen. They handled her great, spayed her & gave her all of he shots. I would absolutely go back to this shelter for another animal!

    Pros

    Great staff; very knowledgable, friendly & helpful

    Cons

    Facilities are outdated, too small and over-crowded

  • 408. Wonderful shelter

    by: Bryantme

    This is a great shelter. They do so much for all of the abandoned and lost animals. This shelter really deserves a makeover. It would be a terrible thing if it had to close.

    Pros

    Very caring staff

    Cons

    Needs better facilities

  • 409. Great shelter

    by: JimBosanquet

    A great shelter that is always friendly and takes great care of the animals. Good luck in winning the shelter makeover! It would really help out!

    Pros

    great staff, great location

    Cons

    the facilities could use an upgrade!

  • 410. Overall Review

    by: gabedobbins

    I just went to the shelter to volunteer and I remember the shelter being a lot less clean then it was! I was really happy to find that it wasn't smelly and messy in there (especilly for bring a shelter that gets over 170 animals per week coming it!) The animals seem well cared for...probably need a little more lovin' though but what animal doesnt! This place deserves a little extra cash ;-)

    Pros

    Clean!

    Cons

    Small and Old

  • 411. Great Job!

    by: born2teach

    I think they are a great organization and Columbia is better off because of them. They take wonderful care of the animals there and have always been very helpful when I had questions. I visit there frequently to play with animals and I hope to soon adopt another. If we didn't have the Humane Society, there would be a ton of stray animals wandering around. Many would die of starvation or be hit by cars. This gives them a safe place to stay until they find themselves a home. Keep up the good work!!

    Pros

    They have a variety of animals they take good care of

    Cons

    They could probably use more space and funding

  • 412. Great shelter, needs funding

    by: hrstansbury

    This shelter is where I met my handsome furry fella. They're a great shelter with an incredibly helpful staff, but unfortunately they've recently had to cut their hours due to a lack of funding. I'm hoping they'll be able to raise enough money to expand their hours again, so potential adopters will have more face time with the animals.

    Pros

    very caring, courteous staff

    Cons

    reduction in hours due to lack of funding

  • 413. A wonderful place to find a loving pet

    by: iseofblue

    I love going to the shelter. My 2 sons and I volunteer when we can. We have 4 pets currently in our home that we adopted from the Central Missouri Humane Society. Our Yorkie was a puppy mill rescue. 2 of our cats we adopted at the same time and raised them together as kittens and our other cat was a year old when we adopted her. It is so unfortunate that due to lack of funding, the facility had to cut back the hours they were open to the public. I strongly encourage anyone looking for a pet to first stop by the shelter to see what loving pets they have to offer. I will always return to our shelter when shopping for a new pet. Kudos to all the staff and a heartfelt thanks to all those who support the Central Missouri Humane Society.

    Pros

    a variety of animals are offered year-round

    Cons

    they need more space and an updated facility

  • 414. Dr. McCoy will be missed!

    by: Dman76497

    I just think it is important to remember the man who dedicated a lot of his lifetime to helping the animals at our humane society. Dr. McCoy was a teacher to the people he worked with, did his best to do what was right, and will be dearly missed. His dedication was an example to us all. I truly hope this facility wins the makeover, they dearly need it!

    Pros

    A lot of good is done on a strained budget

    Cons

    Sometimes staff is so overworked they are not very friendly at first when you walk in.

  • 415. Central Missouri Humane Society is amazing

    by: RyanPellinColumbia

    The staff of the Central Missouri Humane society is amazing. They handle so many animals with a very small budget. There are so many different animals that come through this shelter every week, and each and every animal is treated with the utmost care. There is not a more deserving shelter in the nation than the Central Missouri Humane Society.

    Pros

    The Humane Society takes care of many different counties in Missouri, and handles the troubles of that many counties without receiving money from the counties for their services. The work they do, with the limited amount of resources is amazing.

    Cons

    They shelter recieves very little funding for the large area they cover.

  • 416. The best animal shelter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    by: stazi03

    I think this is a very good shelter for the animals and the people. Most of the animals are shown love and then they return it. Also, I like how you can just play with them all the time in the back. It is especially good for people who do not have pets so they can still have some interaction with the animals instead of looking at them through the cage. I always like how there are many volunteers who help with the animals- bathing, feeding, etc. to ensure the animals get proper care. The Human Society is an EXCELLENT place to go and hang out with adorable animals!!!!

    Pros

    great shelter

    Cons

    no cons

  • 417. love the shelter

    by: lrkennett

    We got our first dog from the shelter when I was three, and Cookie spent fifteen years with our family. She was the best dog we have ever had, and it was obvious the shelter took good care of her. Very professional.

    Pros

    great staff

    Cons

    the facility needs a makeover

  • 418. most deserving .. at least in my eyes

    by: mootoo

    did some volunteer work there with family. staff is great care is great money is just not available to do what needs to be done.

    Pros

    great people

    Cons

    funding is limited and building is pretty sad

  • 419. Caring and Compassionate

    by: cdsdvm

    I think that CMHS does the best that it can with what it has to work with. It serves such a large area, and the facility is in such terrible condition. The staff really work hard, and care about the animals.

    Pros

    caring staff

    Cons

    poor facility

  • 420. We love the CMHS!!!

    by: ogormanb

    Our family has adopted two pets from the Central Missouri Humane Society within the last year! We had a wonderful experience both times and love our babies. The staff have been very helpful and knowledgeable about the pets and overall, our experience has been extremely positive. Thank you for everything!

    Pros

    Wonderful customer service -- great employees! !!!

    Cons

    Wish they had more room and could hire more staff for all they are doing.

  • 421. Absolute most deserving

    by: Leilani312

    We adopted our girl 5 years ago. I was surprised at how efficiently this shelter is run. One can see that the staff genuinely cares for all of the animals and know their needs for a forever home. This shelter takes in animals for virtually the entire state of Missouri and is so small and crowded. So many wonderful things could be done with the money and how great a new shelter would be for our community, staff and most of all the animals. They only want to be loved! By the way, Annie is doing wonderful dispite the fact she was abused by her previous owner. She is still affraid of sticks and men with boots and beards. But has really come a long way with love, patience and reassurance.She is thriving with her little brother dog and 2 sister cats. They all adore her and she loves that.

    Pros

    Do a fabulous job with very little resources

    Cons

    NONE

  • 422. Great shelter

    by: jerwiebold

    I love this place, I hope it gets it's much needed makeover. I'm so proud of the way every one has rallied around the CMHS! Way to go!

    Pros

    Great service, great staff

    Cons

    Needs some improvements and $$$

  • 423. CMHS

    by: JennyHeman

    CMHS is one of my favorite places in Columbia. They help many pets in need and are always readily available to help members of the community get connected with a pet through adoption. All staff is friendly, caring, and quite professional. However, the CMHS needs are often too apparent in the shelter. Always reaching out to the community, CMHS undoubtedly deserves a makeover.

    Pros

    many available animals and breeds, friendly staff

    Cons

    sometimes a little dirty with so many animals

  • 424. shelter review

    by: hgreenup

    They are making the best of what they have, but it is very hard for them to keep up what they're doing because they are low on money. When I have visited there it is always clean, the workers are always friendly, and the dogs and cats have clean places and are fed properly.

    Pros

    very friendly

    Cons

    not enough money

  • 425. Humble

    by: JanelleElmore

    It's amazing how this facility does so much with so little. Unfortunately with the lack of funding the office hours have become more limited and the facilities are starting to show their wear. My kids and I have been volunteering since last summer. My 9 year old was so concerned with the financial concerns of the facility, he donated some of his own spend money!

    Pros

    Committed staff and volunteers

    Cons

    Under funded

  • 426. Incredible Organization

    by: ajb26c

    The staff is remarkable, they really care about the welfare of both the animal and the adopting family. They are more concerned with establishing a healthy bond and finding each animal a lifetime home, rather than quick turnaround. I could not imagine anywhere better.

    Pros

    Great staff, very caring

    Cons

    They need MUCH better funding.

  • 427. The Best Place with what they have.

    by: gfoudree

    The Central Missouri Humane Society is a amalgamation of people who work tirelessly to take care of pets and strays. Missouri is one of the top breeder states in the US. Because of the central location, many small towns surrounding Columbia will move pets here. Several times a year, you will hear about a breeder being closed down and the shelter will end up with 50-100 animals at once. Their collaberation with rescue groups, prmarily Second Chance, they try very hard to find homes for the majority. But, they are still having to put down too many cats and dogs because they don't have the facilities. This shelter needs your help desperatly. I have seen shelter in St. Louis and Kansas City with beautiful facilities where they can really take care of the animals. Columbia needs this too.

    Pros

    They handles thousands every year

    Cons

    Lack of funds allows some diseases to manifest

  • 428. Pet Adoption

    by: schmidty1

    We have always adopted our dogs from the Humane Society. We have had 4 dogs and three have come from the Humane Society. We have found mixed breeds to make the very best pets. Thank you for your service to our community CMHS!

    Pros

    Very helpful, great service

    Cons

    None

  • 429. AMAZING!!

    by: erinxshea

    i got my second dog coco from here and hes the best dog the whole adoption process was great very nice staff and great enviorment!!!

    Pros

    so friendly

    Cons

    none

  • 430. The staff

    by: Iblyssak

    I think the staff here is the best I've seen. They do a wonderful job and really care about the pets.. The world needs more people like them!!!

    Pros

    Wonderful, helpful staff...

    Cons

    Could use an update!!

  • 431. Best staff

    by: KandiMonkey

    I used to deal with several shelters when I worked for a municipal animal control department. I realize their staff were overworked, but they seemed to have so little time for current or potential owners, and not much more for representatives from animal control agencies. The CMHS staff have so much compassion for both animals and people. They restored my faith in shelter workers. Despite being overcrowded, they take excellent care of the animals and keep the facility tidy.

    Pros

    Staff are amazing

    Cons

    Horribly outdated & overcrowded

  • 432. columbia missouri central missouri humane society

    by: Brunholtz

    The staff is wonderful and helpful. They truly care about the animals. They are in dire need of a make over or new facility.

    Pros

    wonderful staff

    Cons

    old building need new facility

  • 433. Wonderful shelter

    by: MrsMe

    I adopted a dog through The CMHS foster program. I woman on a message board I frequent fosters for CMHS, and had a picture of Keko in her signature. I fell in love with her from the start, but waited a few months to contact her about adopting. Once I did, she and the staff at CMHS helped me through the process long distance, and set up a transport to get her home to me! It's a wonderful program, and I couldn't thank both CMHS and Keko's foster mom enough!

    Pros

    Nice staff, good to work with, great foster program

    Cons

    Far away!

  • 434. great facility

    by: couperwoody

    please help this facility be able to continue to help our area pets in need. our first dog Ozzie came from the shelter and there are so many more that want and need a family to love

    Pros

    caring, loving, compassionate staff trying hard to help these animals

    Cons

    desperate need of repair and expansion

  • 435. Columbia, MO's humane society

    by: blklabmom

    I have adopted a couple of times from the shelter and love the attitude of the volunteers...they really care where the animals are going and to whom; but the kennels are awful...old, outdated, stinky, cold in the winter and hot in the summer....the community pitches in when the cry for help is sounded as it is NOW.....My pets I have adopted from there were healthy, clean, and well socialized and are members of my family; I admire what they do at the shelter on a shoestring budget...

    Pros

    really loving, caring staff concerned for each animal that comes through their doors

    Cons

    the physical property itself is outdated, messy and over crowded

  • 436. Most deserving shelter

    by: aaplinc

    My personal history with the Central MO Humane Society goes clear back to the 60's when a group of my fellow graduate students at MU, mostly in the English Department, were horrified by what passed as a Humane Society in Columbia. I won't go into details here, but trust me, it was a nightmare. So they hounded the people listed as board members into getting a copy of the by-laws, started going to board meetings, got themselves appointed to the board, and the first legitimate Humane Society in Columbia emerged, which included an activist mission of educating the community about humane issues, laws, and responsible pet ownership. I was a core volunteer, serving for fifteen years on the Education Committee. I hosted a weekly radio show on the local Community Radio Station. We started and continued for many years a 4th grade education program, having learned that that was the best age to start teaching kids about responsible pet ownership. We sponsored a very popular annual cat show for several years. We started a low cost spay and neuter program at the Shelter. We got an ordinance passed forbidding the sale of exotic animals within the city limits, including the ubiquitous Easter Ducklings, Chicks, and Bunnies. Over the years, the rates of spays and neuters went up, and the deluge of surrendered animals was lessened, albeit ever so slightly. Then we got a grant to build the current shelter, sometime in the early 70's. I was there at the ground breaking. So was Dr. Michael Fox! It was so exciting. And that is the building still serving as the shelter, almost 40 years later. In the meantime the Central MO human population has exploded, creating that many more animals to deal with, and the Shelter has also made an effort to cooperate with the no-kill movement, putting even more stress on its limited space, which they have made a good effort to deal with by using foster homes. Also, however, the animal control support from the City and the County, who share the shelter space, has stagnated. It was never adequate to begin with, and now it is shamefully inadequate. But the folks at the CMHS soldier on, and the current staff and board appear to be thinking creatively about generating more revenue through higher licensing fees that reward responsible pet owners, and striking agreements with the surrounding counties, all of whom use the CMHS as their humane society, essentially free of charge. I personally donate as much as I can afford, and wish I could give more. This shelter is most deserving of the Million Dollar Makeover prize, and I urge anyone reading this to share their own history and experience with the Shelter, to help make that happen.

    Pros

    Longstanding history of struggle to maintain best standards and practices

    Cons

    space totally outgrown, inadequate financial support from city and county, and surrounding counties

  • 437. Doing so much with so little

    by: johnnymoto

    Our Great Dane mix Molly Bear is loved by all. A true gentle giant saved by the caring staff of this Humane Society. Given the huge geographical area that they have to dedicated themselves to provide help to, its amazing how much they do with so little.

    Pros

    Caring group trying to make a difference

    Cons

    Overcrowded due to lack of resources & covering a lrg area

  • 438. Great shelter!

    by: hendryfam

    We adopted 2 dogs from CMHS in 2008, one in March and another in November. The staff was helpful in guiding us to find just the right dogs to fit into our family. The staff members are professional, friendly and care deeply for the animals in their shelter. They screen adoptive families carefully to ensure a good match for both people and pets. We would highly recommend adopting from this shelter.

    Pros

    Care of animals is great, lots of outdoor space for animals to exercise

    Cons

    Limited space and aging facilities

  • 439. support the central MO humane society

    by: pathancock

    We have adopted 2 pets from this facility and truly find they have a need for more people to adopt more animals. they are very professional and attempt numerous marketing campaigns in the community to assist in their mission. a great facility and staff!

    Pros

    Very helpful staff

    Cons

    location and size of facility - needs to be bigger

  • 440. CMHS

    by: MissAnnACP

    Great place to adopt your next pet. Please go check it out

    Pros

    The staff love animals

    Cons

    none

  • 441. CMHS needs a makeover!

    by: ilovemymutts

    CMHS is a great asset to our city!

    Pros

    accept any species of animal; great staff; great volunteer opportunities; great community outreach and involvement

    Cons

    need a new facility and a lot more money!

  • 442. Great Shelter, Very Deserving

    by: amberetto24

    CMHS works hard to provide quality care for every animal that comes through their doors! They never turn away an animal even if there is no room! Please give this shelter a much needed and much deserved makeover that will benefit the Columbia community and local animals!

    Pros

    Friendly staff, hard working volunteers, great care for animals

    Cons

    not enough space!

  • 443. A great shelter, but always in need.

    by: blc505

    I love CMHS! I volunteer with them, because they need help constantly. The shelter is at a disadvantage from lacking a lot of funds, but we do with what we have. The resources and help that the CMHS provides is such a great service to our community.

    Pros

    Loving shelter, everyone is so wonderful

    Cons

    Usually the shelter is full as it is the only major shelter in the county.

  • 444. Great Place

    by: JodeeS

    My mom adopted brother and sister kittens from here and they have been great pets. Great staff. Keep up the good work!

    Pros

    Lots of pets to choose from by age

    Cons

    too many pets to choose from

  • 445. Love this shelter

    by: kidpetsaremyworld

    This shelter knows how to find homes for animals. They take such good care of them. Adopting from them insures you will have a wonderful pet.

    Pros

    cares for their animals like no other, willing to take animals that need help

    Cons

    small area, needs help

  • 446. Makeover Maddness

    by: NancyRay

    We have always been very happy with our adoption process. Friendly people, great docs and well cared for adoptees. The staff really try to keep the shelter clean and safe for us all. I never can go home empty handed!

    Pros

    Wonderful people helping our special friends

    Cons

    Undersized, underfunded facility

  • 447. BIG HEART

    by: tallison

    I think our shelter has a big heart. I think the people in the community care about animals and that our shelter could do so much more with more room and a better facility.

    Pros

    The shelter has a wonderful staff.

    Cons

    The building is in terrible shape.

  • 448. Big Hearts for a small space

    by: missyfrancie

    The staff are amazingly effective with their space and resources. They are patient with new volunteers and appreciate every effort. All the animals are friendly and so ready with a lick and a tail wag.

    Pros

    Great staff, upbeat volunteers

    Cons

    outdated facilities

  • 449. Wonderful Place

    by: karey66

    My family and I often visit the Humane Society, and each and every time we go there is always someone in there crying because they have to bring in an animal or crying because they lost one. The staff is very caring about each animals needs and is caring towards the people.

    Pros

    Willing to take any animal, very caring staff

    Cons

    Not enough space

  • 450. I love the central missouri humane society

    by: briellelea

    i am ery proud to be from columbia and share a town that has such caring and genuine people living in it. the humane society has great staff and go through all the adequate steps necessary to ensure a pet gets adopted into a great home. i would and have recommended this shelter to friends and family. in the past year i have adopted two cats who are now very content. thanks a bunch to the staff who helped care for them after they were dumped on their door step.

    Pros

    wonderful, family friendly staff

    Cons

    underfunded, so at times a bit hectic

  • 451. Very Helpful

    by: Akirasgirl

    CMHS staff and volunteers are very helpful and friendly. The only thing about this shelter is that they are running out of room, and need to expand. Hopefully this contest will help them achieve this.

    Pros

    Staff and volunteers very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    shelter to small for the number of animals that they have

  • 452. Excellent shelter, but needs HELP!

    by: dirtysteve74

    I adopted one of my dogs (the other I rescued elsewhere in the state) from the Central Mo Humane Society. The staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable. I was impressed that they had such a stringent placement policy and did nto allow jsut *anyone* to come in and get an animal - -you had to prove that you had the means to handle one.

    Pros

    Very good shelter, care a lot about the animals

    Cons

    Don't know of any

  • 453. So many choices, that is the hard part!

    by: kewpiegrad

    This is a great place to get a pet. I have adopted several pets over the many years. I would highly recommend this as your location to pick up a friendly, healthy pet.

    Pros

    Wonderful selection

    Cons

    overcrowded

  • 454. Very Caring staff

    by: sbdog

    I have adopted 3 dogs and 1 cat over the years. I always have had a very positive experience. The staff really cares about the animals. I wish that they could get more funding so that they could expand and to make sure that they can stay open because our communtiy really needs them.

    Pros

    Great caring staff

    Cons

    very small location for the amount of people it serves

  • 455. CMHS Review

    by: aapham1

    I wish there was more funding coming to the shelter so they could maintain & support a larger number of animals.

    Pros

    Very friendly staff

    Cons

    Not enough room

  • 456. My local Humane Society

    by: MelissaOld

    I will always have a soft spot for this shelter because that is where I found my Scooter. The shelter is facing many challenges including a lack of funding, rising needs, and facilities that need upgrading and expanding. The staff they have may not always know everything, but they truly care about the animals and are doing a lot of good. The Central Missouri Humane Society also has a great network of local pet friendly businesses that support them by providing discounts to people who adopt a pet and vets that care for the animals before they are placed.

    Pros

    staff really cares about the animals

    Cons

    not enough space or money to do all they need to

  • 457. Great Shelter

    by: 11cll01

    Great shelter, great staff who knows what they are talking about. In desperate need of a makeover.

    Pros

    great animals have come from this shelter, organized

    Cons

    Little Chaotic, can't see animals without signing something

  • 458. Great shelter

    by: profsmb

    I went with a friend to adopt a pet. This family had never owned a dog before. The director and her staff were very good in explaining how to care for the puppy, training options, and generally were very caring and concerned for the well-being of the dog and the family too.

    Pros

    caring, competent staff

    Cons

    facilities too small, needs help

  • 459. Great and Loving Facility

    by: kribbend

    CHMS is great but needs a bigger and better facility. They provide a great service for all of Mid Missouri. A big job but the do the best they can with what they have. Thanks!!!

    Pros

    Do the best with what they have

    Cons

    Facility

  • 460. I wish it were bigger

    by: alex44

    The staff was incredibly kind and knowledgeable, pairing my husband with the right cat was instrumental in his recovery from a heart attack. His cat was a stray that had been abused/neglected and also had to heal her wounds. They healed together and for over 10 years, Katie, gave us great joy.

    Pros

    Kind and knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    small space, cramped

  • 461. Wish i could do more to help!

    by: 09cld01

    I went to the humane society for the first time today.. I love this place. The love they have for these animals is tremendous! Unfortunately money is tight and they need soo much help!

    Pros

    get loving staff

    Cons

    needs lots of help

  • 462. Great Staff

    by: buddyandboo

    If you are looking for a place that truly cares for the animals they care for look no further. they do a great job and in these hard times they do a wonderful job with limited resources. Great job and thanks so much for introducing my to my best friend.

    Pros

    Loving and careing staff

    Cons

    small confines for taking care of so many animals

  • 463. Love for the animals

    by: Audreysmommy2005

    I love going to the humane society to visit with the animals. The people there are very nice and will do everything in their power to find good loving homes for the pets there. They are a caring shelter but they could use some more space and a remodel would be nice also. If they did get these things i feel they may even adopt out more pets.

    Pros

    They care for the animals there and love to see them go to loving homes

    Cons

    They need more space and help due to the over growth of strays

  • 464. Amazing

    by: Trubaby

    The staff has always been amazing to work with & are very knowledgeable answering any question you may have.

    Pros

    Cleanliness, Outdoor Space, website

    Cons

    Number of Animals

  • 465. Columbia Humane Society

    by: dhulen

    It used to be that you could drop an animal off with a small donation so that you could get them out of harms way. Now this facility asks for at least $20.00. They are in desperate need of a makeover.

    Pros

    Good location

    Cons

    Asks for high donations

  • 466. DID YOU KNOW

    by: itoolovedogs

    DID YOU KNOW THE CENTRAL MISSOURI HUMANE SOCIETY IS THE CHIEF RECIPIENT OF ANIMALS CONFISCATED FROM BREEDERS BY THE DEPT. OF AG.? WHEN THE CHIEF INVESTIGATOR CLOSES DOWN A BREEDER OPPERATION HE BRINGS THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE ANIMALS HERE. LAST WEEK THEY RECIEVED 19 OUT OF 38 DOGS FROM NORTHERN MO. SEVERAL WEEKS AGO THEY RECIEVED 11 DOGS FROM A LOCAL BREEDER, MANY OF WHOM WERE PREGNANT AND GAVE BIRTH TO 23 ADDITIONAL PUPPIES. DO THE MATH AND THE FACILITY CAN EASILY BECOME OVERWHELMED. YET THE STAFF CONTINUE TO DO ALL THEY CAN TO CARE FOR THESE ANIMALS, MANY ARE FOSTERED BY THE STAFF UNTIL THEY ARE ABLE TO BE ADOPTED. THE STAFF GO TO GREAT LENGTHS AND PERSONAL EXPENSE TO SEE TO IT THAT THE ANIMALS HAVE GOOD HOMES AND THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE. THEY TRULY NEED OUR HELP.PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO SEE TO IT THE THEY ARE AWARDED THIS TERRIFIC MAKEOVER, AS THEY ARE MOST ASSUREDLY DESERVING!!

    Pros

    THE STAFF DOES EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO HELP THESE ANIMALS

    Cons

    THEY HAVE SUCH LIMITED SPACE AND RESOURSES

  • 467. CMHS

    by: Michellejesse

    I think this shelter is great. I can not own a dog but go there to get my doggy fix and take the dogs out to the pens in the back. They never have a problem with this and say that people like me are always welcome they need all the help they can get.

    Pros

    Great shelter with Great Staff and they help all the animals they can

    Cons

    Drop off fee causes people to see their dogs online or in paper instead of leaving them at the shelter. So then there are not really any screenings of adoptive parents

  • 468. Love CMHS!

    by: mmmboyerblues

    I adopted the most wonderful dog in the world from CMHS! It was our first dog, and they really prepped us well for the experience. Thanks for helping me find a best friend!

    Pros

    The staff is ever-so-helpful and kind!

    Cons

    They have outgrown the space

  • 469. good shelter

    by: nilesfamily2000

    Hoping there will be enough caring people to donate money to keep it open

    Pros

    takes any animal and very caring place

    Cons

    not enough funds to keep it open

  • 470. Time to grow

    by: mikebellman

    Everything I would expect a humane society / shelter / animal control would be. they are a little agressive at the counter and short tempered. I have one cat which is not a very good match for my kids. I wanted to neuter him but he might still be too rambunctious for us. I saw a 7 year old sweetie in the adoption room and thought he might be a better match for our family. When I tried to ask if a swap were possible, even if I paid for the 1st neuter, I was met with shocked horror and stern looks. One of their missions should be to match pets to good owners. Love is sometimes not enough for every pet.

    Pros

    Amazing Compassion

    Cons

    Facility too small.

  • 471. I love the humane society

    by: ecrackers

    The Humane Society is a great place. All my dogs were from the Humane society and they are wonderfully sweet and kind dogs. You can tell as soon as you walk through the door that the staff love what they do and treat the animals with the upmost love and respect!

    Pros

    Sweet animals that are well taken care of

    Cons

    smells

  • 472. What a wonderful service to a very large area

    by: fschr

    The numbers of animals served and communities served is amazing considering this is done with limited resource, but the concern and dedication of those who staff the facility.

    Pros

    Dedication of staff

    Cons

    limited by space and facility

  • 473. Mo humane society

    by: raych1990

    I ABSOLUTELY love the central missouri humane society! Because I go to school at Florida State University I am not able to volunteer there as much as I would like but I do go there every chance I get! I love how friendly the workers are there and how much they care about their animals. I also like the fact that they actually have animals on site and let volunteers play with them unlike the Humane society that is near my school in Tallahassee. It is just so much fun going there and giving love to the sweetest animals. Because there are so many people giving up animals the Central missouri humane society has had to cut back hours of opperation and really need more money. Hopefully people will see this and help raise money for this wonderful shelter!

    Pros

    so many animals to choose from!

    Cons

    not enough staff and money

  • 474. CMHS is the best!

    by: spadog14

    CMHS has been responsible for finding me 4 wonderful furry companions over the last several years. Bubba, Lizzie, Cousteau and another dog, Bonnie, all came from CMHS. I am forever grateful to this shelter for helping me find such great companions. CMHS has operated for many years on a shoestring budget. I am amazed they are still able to function, given the poor history of financial support from surrounding communities. Too many animals are dropped off at CMHS by outlying counties, with nary a thank you for their services. This shelter is in dire need of some serious funding, as well as an entire building makeover. They are in the same small, run down building they opened decades ago! Please cast your vote for Central Missouri Humane Society in the Shelter Makeover contest. They are a deserving candidate and need all the help they can get.

    Pros

    Great Care for the animals

    Cons

    Not enough space to house them all

  • 475. Our Columbia Humane Society

    by: begoodtopets2

    I have dealt with the Columbia/Central Missouri Humane Society since the 1950's. I have adopted, fostered and taken litters to find homes. Our City is, for whatever reason, not as supportive as they could be, so the shelter is not all it could be. I so appreciate the work they do with the resources they have and know they could do and be so much more if we could just get them the support they need. I often wonder if people understand just how overrun with strays our City would be without the Humane Society. My hope and prayer is that we can get them the support they need and deserve and that we can educate the public about the benefits of spaying and neutering, so we can all be a part of the solution.

    Pros

    They do a great job with the limited resources they have.

    Cons

    Resources are limited.

  • 476. Dedication

    by: jeg4k4

    This shelter is older and the building is in need of repairs but the people that work there and the volunteers are very dedicated. I know some employees work long hours for not much money and then still take animals home with them at the end of the day to give them a break from being in the shelter. Volunteers work hard in many ways to help animals find homes, raise money and awareness, and improve the quality of life for the animals living at the shelter.

    Pros

    caring employees and volunteers

    Cons

    animal area is not ideal for the animals housed there

  • 477. Thank goodness we have CMHS!

    by: AwardPetSupply

    The Central Missouri Humane Society plays a vital role in our community - we definitely cannot be without them! Thousands of animals literally have this humane society and all of their volunteers to thank for their lives. Let's help them continue to do their job and help our community!

    Pros

    Vital to our community!

    Cons

    Desperately in need of funds!

  • 478. A shelter worth saving

    by: lgarnold1

    The staff has always been wonderful to me and the facilities are very clean. I received quite a few low-cost vetrinary services from CMHS and they've all been top notch. We need to keep this place open!!!

    Pros

    lots of services

    Cons

    not enough money!

  • 479. woohoo

    by: bryantsoccerclub

    the humane society is always there to help, whether it's with a pet you adopted from them or a stray you found. even better, the shelter is always willing to receive help. my school held a drive for food, toys and other items for the shelter. i hope to help them out again soon!

    Pros

    always available

    Cons

    not everyone knows where it is

  • 480. Amazing Shelter!

    by: robertalpate

    I have visited this shelter on several occasions and am so impressed by the care the animals are given. They have quality animals that are available for adoption. The staff knows the animals very well and do their best to find the best match for pet and owner. My sister volunteers with CMHS. If all of the potential adoptees are treated as well as my sister treats the cats she fosters, there is no better place to find your forever furry friend than with CMHS. Thanks for all that you do!

    Pros

    This shelter will take in all animals.

    Cons

    This shelter has to put down animals as there are more animals dropped off than there is room.

  • 481. We love our cat

    by: blueiz172

    In Novmber we adopted our cat Alana from CMHS, she is the best cat! We found her online at their web site. We visited with the staff and then with her. While visiting with her we found a lot of other pets that need homes. That was the sad part. I believe we were lucky. The staff told us that she was a great cat, likes to be loved on. She came to the shelter in August, we are greatfull that she was still there when we started looking for another cat. She makes a great addition to our family! Thank You! CMHS

    Pros

    Lots of animals

    Cons

    smells

  • 482. It's a great place

    by: rachel19

    I think it is a great place and takes great care of their animals. I hope they get a million dollar makeover.

    Pros

    IT;s a great place to both adopt a pet and volunteer

    Cons

    NONE

  • 483. The Central Missouri Humane Society is Great

    by: MeganScott

    The Central Missouri Humane Society is full of caring people that love animals. They do the best they can with what resources they have. They adopted out many animals, the staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable and helpful, and they are positive and patient people.

    Pros

    The Humane Society does the best they can do with what they have

    Cons

    The building does tend to hold them back.

  • 484. Puppy love & kitty kisses!

    by: bigdogdaddy

    The CMHS is a place that does its best to live up to its mission every single day! These folks love every animal as if they were their own and try to place every animal with the best home possible. Let's win this contest so that they can finally have a facility to match their mission.

    Pros

    staff are loving, caring, and extremely passionate

    Cons

    old, broken-down facilities

  • 485. Exceeded expectations

    by: camhxf

    Everyone at the Central Missouri Humane Society is so sweet, and you can really tell that they care extremely for the large numbers of animals they take under their wing. Despite their less than adequate facilities, their service and care for the animals outweighs this. I hope they recieve the makeover...they definately deserve it!

    Pros

    Great Staff

    Cons

    Facilities overpopulated because of their love for animals

  • 486. nice people, tight space

    by: RuthandRusty

    I had a chance to visit CMHS several months ago. I had taken my dog out on the leash to potty before going to work because he was being ornery (it was drizzling out and getting ready to sleet). As my dog was peeing on a bush in the yard, a puppy jumped out from under the bush and tried to play. My dog has issues with other dogs, and doesn't generally take too well to strange dogs jumping in his face, so I tried to shoo the puppy away and took my dog inside. When I got him settled and stepped out the front door, the puppy was sitting on my porch, tail wagging. He had a collar but not tags, and was clearly not a stray. I brought him in, put him in a travel crate with some water and food, and left for work. This was about a 4 month old pup and I couldn't keep him, but didn't want harm to come to him. I took him to CMHS and specifically asked to be informed if he was not claimed in their time frame. They were very kind and although I found the owner and sent her to pick him up, know that he was cared for while he was lost. However, they were extremely cramped and really tried to get me to keep him because of their space concerns. I would have kept him but couldn't at the time.

    Pros

    The staff is friendly and seems to love the animals

    Cons

    limited hours and limited space

  • 487. Well Run Shelter

    by: drbobreitz

    We are proud to support the Central Missouri Humane Society any chance we get. The facility is clean and well-organized, if a bit small. The outdoor runs are good sized and clean for the dogs. Indoor kennels and pens are clean and of good size. Visitors and adopters are screened carefully, and volunteers and staff supervise visits carefully.

    Pros

    Clean, courteous staff, pets in good condition

    Cons

    None

  • 488. Angels!

    by: beckyallen

    The Humane Society is a wonderful place to find a pet. My husband and I found 2 cats and a dog there. The staff are so wonderful and helpful-God bless them! Unfortunately, they lack the funding to be better prepared to deal with the number of animals they see....hopefully we can help them!

    Pros

    These people are a Godsend

    Cons

    They need help!

  • 489. People Who Care

    by: FutureMrsBrewer

    I've had limited interaction with this shelter, but when I found a lost dog in my neighboorhood and realized she was microchipped there, I turned to them for help. They helped me find the owner, and made sure I would take good care of her in the stead. The dog was returned to her owner. I'm very impressed with how much they care about all of their pets, even those who've been adopted for years!

    Pros

    intelligent, caring staff

    Cons

    shortened hours due to funding issues

  • 490. Caring staff

    by: cpenn

    ""One of the best measures of a civilized society is not in how the greatest citizens are treated, but in the treatment of the least powerful." People will think about animal shelters and scoff, saying 'but there are people out there who need help!'. Discarded, abused, and neglected animals are one of the signs a society suffering under both educational and financial stress. A good shelter takes animals from situations where they were otherwise homeless or living with someone that can no longer care for them, either due to age, ability, or loss of financial resources. Abused animals are signs of both mentally and emotionally unhealthy persons. As well, people with the best of intentions take in animals and then become over-whelmed by what it really takes to provide proper care. A good animal shelter helps rescue the animals and unburden people from such situations. While the stressors of a society should not be ignored, animal shelters are still necessary as no living being's basic needs should be ignored. Whatsmore, homeless, feral animals could be a danger to domesticated animals. With the limited resources that this shelter has, I feel they do their best to meet the needs of caring, living creatures in a society that does not understand what really goes into properly caring for animals. They take in animals from parents believing their child *really* will care for the pet by themselves after they tire of the intial amusement wears off...people not understanding the importance of spaying/neutering your pets...and sick individuals that feel animal abuse is acceptable. Therefore I believe this shelter that serves a number of towns, individuals, and deserving animals deserves a greater amount of support than it receives!

    Pros

    They care about what they do

    Cons

    They definitely need more community support

  • 491. Great Shelter

    by: Lizaa

    This is a great shelter with knowledgeable and helpful staff. I don't know how they do it! They seem to constantly have puppy mill refugees and yet they always seem to find space and time to care for all these animals.

    Pros

    Great staff

    Cons

    Space

  • 492. Simply the best!

    by: wardk

    The staff at the CMHS are dedicated to helping the people and pets of central Missouri. I live in a small town that recently enacted a ban on a certain breed of dog. Patty, the director at the Shelter, gave me a lot of information and guidance in my endeavor to try to educate my city council, and she really impressed me with her knowledge about this subject. She was a guest on a talk radio station and gave the Humane Society's view on breed bans. She even managed to change the emcee's opinion on this issue, and I did not think that was possible! The staff at CMHS are energetic and work around the clock to take care of the animals and the people of central Missouri. You're the best!

    Pros

    Informative staff

    Cons

    Need a new facility

  • 493. Needs the help

    by: Zeke15

    This facility needs a makeover badly and the local government has been using their facilities, but not adequately compensating the agency for their fine service. We adopted our cat from the facility 7 years ago and she has been a wonderful addition to our family. The staff is caring, but stressed over the funding, etc.

    Pros

    Dedicated staff

    Cons

    Lack of adequate funding

  • 494. Awesome Shelter!!!!!!!

    by: shrimp165

    This is a very awesome shelter. I got my cat Fred here and my dog Curly. It is a great service that helps to give animals a better place to live, like my two pets.

    Pros

    I got two of the pets I love there.

    Cons

    It is very gloomy where the dogs are kept.

  • 495. CMHS and memories

    by: JanetteChape

    My dad and I would go to CMHS at least once a week when I was younger. (He would run the days errands, and then ask me what I wanted to do that day, and CMHS was always on my list) I got 2 of the best dogs I could ever ask for from the shelter. I really wish people would stop buying from breeders and puppy mills, and support our local shelter. Not only do you get a new friend and family member, but you also help the shelter, and other animals in the shelter. The shelter is a great place, but definately needs an upgrade, maybe it will bring people back to it!

    Pros

    Great staff, lots of great volunteers!

    Cons

    Old building, overcrowded, floods...

  • 496. Humane Society rocks

    by: JonahSmith

    The CMHS is a wonderful facility were I adopted two out of three of my dogs. They are perfect, I thought that it would be really hard to find the perfect dogs but when I went to CMHS the staff was so friendly and wouldn't stop helping till I found that dog. Thanks CMHS.

    Pros

    A wonderful place to adopt petst of my three dogs

    Cons

    it's a put down facility, and is starting to rundown

  • 497. CMHS

    by: OswaldH

    CMHS services Columbia and several surrounding counties. They are always taking in dogs from puppy mill busts and other awful situtations. They provide low-cost spay and neuters!

    Pros

    Caring people

    Cons

    Too small and old building

  • 498. CMHS

    by: ddn343

    I have had my two male dogs neutered here, and they did a great job! The shelter has great intent, but needs more space and more resources to keep up with the amount of animals comming through there!

    Pros

    sincere staff

    Cons

    lacking resources

  • 499. Maggie

    by: ILoveDogsToo

    We adopted our dog, Maggie, from the shelter about 12 years ago as a puppy. She was a great addition to our family. There were so many wonderful animals to choose from, but she caught our attention right off. She is very loving and has adapted to the addition of another dog and a cat to the house in the last several years. The staff was wonderful. Since she wasn't 6 weeks old when we picked her out, she had to stay for a few weeks. They let us come and visit whenever we wanted. We took our nephew to visit and he fell in love with her. The staff let us give her a bath before we took her home also. They were very accomadating to our needs. Thank you CMHS for your dedication to the many animals in need in our community.

    Pros

    Staff is very knowledgeable and caring. Shelter is clean.

    Cons

    The building is way too small and very underfunded.

  • 500. Great Place

    by: Dolly112233

    I enjoyed my visit to the Humane Society. The staff was very friendly and I will be back in the future.

    Pros

    Great Place, Friendly Faces

    Cons

    Not many shelters like it

  • 501. Doing a lot with little resources

    by: KimMB

    The staff at CMHS are very dedicated and hardworking. They take in thousands of animals from the central Missouri area but receive very little funds from the city and county in which the shelter resides or from the counties that the shelter serves. They also try to educate people on the need to neuter their pets. The shelter building is old and small and there is almost always more than 1 dog per kennel area and the kennel areas are small. If you don't have a shelter to support in the Makeover contest, please consider supporting the Central Missouri Humane Society. They would be truly thankful.

    Pros

    dedicated staff

    Cons

    not enough funds for the amount of work they do

  • 502. Best Shelter in Central Missouri!

    by: Christopher1

    I have worked with CMHS many times. I am always impressed with the caring staff. Not long ago when a homeless beagle was sick and needed some blood work the staff pooled their money and paid for the necessary tests out of their own pockets. I wonder how many other shelters can say that?

    Pros

    Caring staff they never turn a needy pet away.

    Cons

    Often busy

  • 503. Doing the best they can

    by: luttsy14

    All of the staff members are the nicest people in the world. This facility doesn't reflect how hard the staff works for the animals. They do the best they can with the little funding they have. They simply don't have the space or resources to care for as many animals as they receive. If anyone deserves a shelter makeover it is surely this facility.

    Pros

    friendly staff, selection

    Cons

    small, crowded, loud

  • 504. busy little place

    by: alozzam

    this is one busy place. they get animals from all over missouri. the good thing is that there are lots of animals to adopt, but this also means there isn't a lot of space. everyone there is super helpful and will answer every question you ask. they have dogs, rabbits, cats, and guinea pigs (i think).

    Pros

    great volunteers

    Cons

    still not enough help

  • 505. Lost & found

    by: reidlinger

    When T-Rex the wonder cat was killed by a car in 2007, i couldn't stop crying for 5 days, my heart was in a millon pieces. Then I thought I would honor his memory by saving another cat's life. What a wonderful idea this turned out to be, because that is when I first met Chedder. Cheddar was a huge 23 pound orange tabby, who looked as heart broken as I was. He was a two time loser, this was his second time at CMHS, one family had taken him home for about a year and then had to give him up. He wouldn't even come up to the front of the cage, I knew in a flash I wasn't leaving there without him. He's like a big gentle giant, he has sealed the cracks in my heart. I can't thank Patty and all the other angels enough who work at the Columbia Humane Society, sometimes angels don't have wings they walk among us. If any place desires this wonderful honor it is them, I can't beleive they have held on this long with no money and over crowding, because they turn no animal away, I bless god for them every day.

    Pros

    Angels work there

    Cons

    Bldg in very, very bad shape, don't know what's holding it up.

  • 506. Best Pets from the best shelter

    by: annikarw

    I have a beautiful Great Pyrenees that I got from the Central Missouri HS. Riker was a fuzzy ball of happiness when I got him and he has turned into the best dog ever! When I got him, the staff told us that he would be around 150 - 200 lbs.. YIKES! We still got him and he is a perfect 125 lbs of love. HIGHLY recommended!

    Pros

    Happy animals, well taken care of, great staff

    Cons

    need more knowledge about unusual pets

  • 507. Great Shelter

    by: thecharltons

    We are volunteers at the shelter, and this is an awesome place to be! The shelter building, however, is very poor, but it would be great with some renovations or even a new building:) The staff is friendly, and a lot of the animals are adoptable. For the amount of animals it serves, it has great service to all adopters.We love CMHS!:)

    Pros

    Nice Staff

    Cons

    Bad Facilities

  • 508. a great place!

    by: koirtyohann

    I have lived in or around Columbia for 50 years and have experienced first hand what wonderful work the Shelter does for Columbia and the surrounding communities. Keep up the good work!!

    Pros

    a wonderful place

    Cons

    need upgraded facility and more community support

  • 509. Great Pets

    by: mobaker7

    My roommate and I just adopted a wonderful dog from CMHS and the staff worked with us beautifully to make sure everything went smoothly. They cared about the well-being of the adopted pet as well as the pets at the home currently. They were very informative and told us a lot about the animal so that we were prepared for anything that came our way. My roommate and I could not be happier with our new dog and how well he interacts with the current animals at the house.

    Pros

    a very caring staff, full of energy, awesome pets, lots of people adopting

    Cons

    too small, crowded

  • 510. The Society

    by: jacqueise

    A great place that is under appreciated. They need more space. They have been having to reject the poor animals because they don't have the space. And yet they still make things work. They need more volunteers and definitely more space but they are rock stars in the animal world.

    Pros

    They have a great staff that does the best they can and goes beyond expectations they're great!

    Cons

    They need more space for all the animals there.

  • 511. CMHS in my opinion

    by: bobalexcat

    The people that work there do their best but there are so many animals in and out of there that confusion is part of the daily norm. The animals are treated well but they don't have enough room to keep them for long. There are always more mill dogs coming in from somewhere. The cats and small animals are limited to a very small space also.

    Pros

    Location

    Cons

    old building, to small, has to share building.

  • 512. Great Shelter

    by: Kdiddle

    Great place, people are very willing to help. There is a very thorough analysis of people wanting to adopt to assure that they will provide good homes to the animals. I have adopted several pets from the Central Missouri Humane Society and they have all been terrific companions. This shelter really needs the makeover to stay afloat, it really deserves it, please help!!

    Pros

    Very good analysis of people wanting to adopt to assure that they are going to provide a good home for the animals

    Cons

    Needs money to improve it's services. There are too many animals for the small facility.

  • 513. Good place

    by: briana1982

    For the amount of animal turnover CMHS deals with, the shelter does a great job. The staff really cares about the community they serve.

    Pros

    staff, on-site vet

    Cons

    out-dated shelter facility

  • 514. Get a shelter

    by: Kaloudis1

    The shelter needs to stay open.

    Pros

    The shelter provides homes for animals in need.

    Cons

    The animals look like they're in prison.

  • 515. great facility!

    by: gabbygale17

    This facility is amazing. They are definitely in need of a makeover but have a very caring staff.

    Pros

    great shelter with great staff

    Cons

    very busy

  • 516. Help CMHS

    by: jimmysmom

    We adopted our two cats last year and I became a volunteer shortly after. The staff and volunteers give 110% - they really care about the animals!!! A building makeover is absolutely necessary and would allow the shelter to do their job even better.

    Pros

    Staff really cares

    Cons

    Facility is in need of many upgrades

  • 517. The Best!

    by: msbc

    We have used the Humane Society several times and regulary take donations of things to them. Our latest "rescue" is Dusty, we have had her now for 10 mos and she is one of the smartest and most loving dogs! We were looking for our beloved lab that SOMEONE stole from us when we found her and decided to bring her home regardless of whether or not we found Lady. We have not had Lady returned to us, we only hope she is in good hands somewhere as she was also a rescue and deserves no less! We have had 8 rescued cats and dogs in the last 20 years and always look for new pets at the Shelter instead of purchasing one.

    Pros

    Helpful, Kind

    Cons

    Too Small, needs a bigger place!

  • 518. CMHS

    by: bludog

    CMHS is a shelter that is doing the best with what they can. This is a shelter that is extremely under funded and does not have a facility that can house the amount of animals that goes through it's system. The kennels are in desperate need of renovation and the whole building needs a face lift. That staff always has a great way of handling what they have been dealt. They roll with the punches and do the best they can to ensure every animal is given the respect that they finally deserve. I currently have four CMHS alumni in my home and they are the best dogs I have ever had. I am very grateful for CMHS in allowing us to find each other.

    Pros

    Staff that truely cares about animal welfare

    Cons

    a facility that can not accommodate their intake

  • 519. Hometown establishment

    by: mab7b2

    The staff makes CMHS shine. The facility is grossly inadaquate for the number of pets CMHS serves (and the number of people). On any given day, the CMHS lobby is filled with 20-50 people, several stray dogs, a few boxes/buckets/carriers full of cats, and an occasional bird, rabbit, trapped possum, etc. Because CMHS serves so many counties (they're one of the only open door shelters in Missouri!), they are always helping someone with something- whether it be an important medical question answered over the phone, someone relinquishing a pet, convincing someone who breeds dogs to spay/neuter their animals, cleaning cages for over 150 animals, or planning/expanding fundraising, foster care, or adoptions programs. The facility is old. Things appear run down. The facility is plagued by a constant stream of items in disrepair- first it's the washer, then a dryer, then the pipes back up and the shelter almost floods. This is not due to a lack of effort by the staff, directors, or community... but due to a true lack of funding. The shelter serves so many people and intakes over 9,000 animals per year. The inefficiency of the old building leads to so many problems that constantly distract staff from their mission to prevent animal cruelty, provide humane education, and to place animals in forever homes.

    Pros

    location, accessable staff, friendly staff, lots of animals

    Cons

    crowded, short staffed, overflowing with animals- they have to keep some in back rooms

  • 520. found the perfect cat

    by: tylerdawson

    people really car about the animals. i have adopted there and had two kittens spayed at their spay-day program.

    Pros

    great shelter and staff helped us find the perfect cat

    Cons

    overcrowded

  • 521. Adoption

    by: AnrkeyGrrrl

    I adopted my dog from the CMHS almost 2 years ago. He and many others were confiscated from a horrible situation. Please support the CMHS so they can continue to find homes for pets that deserve a second chance.

    Pros

    Lots of animals to choose from

    Cons

    Lots of animals to choose from

  • 522. Please help a deserving shelter!

    by: lisajtmo

    We are a foster family for CMHS. We've also adopted our dog, Dixie and our guinea pig, Fluffly from CMHS. (We actually fostered Fluffly's pregnant mom and got to see him and the rest of his siblings being born! Very cool!!!!!)

    Pros

    they help A LOT of animals

    Cons

    they don't have the funds or space to help all the animals that need it (not their fault, of course!)

  • 523. Thank goodness for CMHS!

    by: lgully

    The folks at CMHS are wondeful - they're all really dedicated to the mission of the shelter, and even when things are crazy, busy, messy or overwhelming, they're always so grateful for any help that comes their way. As a volunteer there, I always leave feeling like I've been a part of something so rewarding! As I'm sure is the case with most shelters, there never seem to be enough resources to go around, but the staff at CMHS always manage to weather whatever comes their way, and are just so dedicated to their cause it's hard not to want to be a part of it! Thanks for all you do, guys!

    Pros

    Hard-working, caring staff, great access and outreach, definate community asset!

    Cons

    Shelter is small and crowded - not always adequate space for the number of animals CMHS takes in.

  • 524. CMHS

    by: jrzjess15

    My family and I foster dogs and small animals for the CMHS and i love doing it. the staff at the Central Missouri Humane Society is very caring and hardworking. The shelter makes just enough money, and they have recently had to cut the amount of hours they are open, because they cannot afford to stay open every day during the week. The staff and volunteers (who they rely on heavily) are very caring for the animals and the shelter. I hope that this shelter wins the makeover because they desperately need it to make it a more inviting place to come and adopt animals, and also for the welfare of the thousands and thousands of animals they save each year. here is a link to a video about the financial state of the shelter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVlrRUsNuEo you can also search "central missouri humane society" or "humane society appeal" and it is the first video that shows up.

    Pros

    friendly, very hardworking staff; makes the most out of the money provided

    Cons

    cramped, outdated shelter; more money needed to provide better services

  • 525. Our community would be lost without CMHS

    by: aomanda

    CMHS is such an asset to our community. It is the only open door shelter in the area, and it shows. Animals come from all over the state of Missouri, not just Boone County, and CMHS works hard to help as many of them as possible.

    Pros

    Open doors, no animal is turned away

    Cons

    The building!

  • 526. Great place to adopt a pet

    by: MOLLYO

    I have adopted two dogs from this facility. The staff was very helpful in the adoption process.

    Pros

    Very helpful

    Cons

    Not enough kennel space

  • 527. Doing What They Can With What They Have

    by: doggone123

    For what they have to work with, this shelter does an excellent job. I only wish funds weren't an issue. I encourage all in Mid-Missouri to support their work.

    Pros

    They actually care

    Cons

    Not enough rescources

  • 528. Awesome

    by: davisc

    Desperate need of new facility

    Pros

    Awesome people really care about animals

    Cons

    Desperate need of new facility

  • 529. CMHS Rocks

    by: matt2626

    CMHS fights to help a flood of animals every day. They turn none away. Sometimes it is an uphill battle but they do it with love and dedication. They don't just care for Columbia's strays, but those from across virtually the entire state of Missouri.

    Pros

    Never turn an animal away

    Cons

    Severely under-funded

  • 530. An Asset to the Community

    by: mollyfolly

    In the past 32 years, I have adopted 3 dogs from CMHS. Two were adult dogs selected by my children. Both were good family pets, and one lived to be 15. I adopted my current dog as a puppy. I was impressed with the thorough evaluation procedure of CMHS, the opportunity to play with the puppy before adoption, and the chance to see the mother. I thought the adoption fee was reasonable since spaying was included. Molly is now a delightful nine years old and she is a classic example of hybrid vigor.

    Pros

    Screening of people wishing to adopt pets

    Cons

    lack of money for improvements

  • 531. We love CMHS!

    by: jschlosser

    CMHS is an incredible organization that does their best to find homes for thousands of animals in Mid-Missouri every year. And their other programs, like low-cost spays and neuters, are helping so many other animals as well. They're a great organization that could do so much with a new shelter. I suggest that everyone looks into adopting from them! :)

    Pros

    Great service to thousands of animals

    Cons

    Outdated shelter that desperately needs a makeover

  • 532. Busy but does great!

    by: sunshine29

    The staff was very helpful and answered all my questions. They helped me understand the personalities of the dogs and which ones would probably be the best for me and my family!

    Pros

    Very helpful staff

    Cons

    It is kind of a small facility for how many animals they help

  • 533. great shelter

    by: mdrg2281

    We have gotten all of our pets from CMHS, they are great!

    Pros

    friendly

    Cons

    under funded

  • 534. awesome shelter

    by: jennyfdb07

    i have volunteered there before and it is very nice. it could really use a makeover though!

    Pros

    wonderful staff, cute pets, very cool place

    Cons

    needs a makeover

  • 535. We adopted from CMHS

    by: adahman

    We adopted from CMHS, and Sadie is just a wonderful companion. If I could handle another pet right now, I would not hesitate to adopt from CMHS again! Whenever I have been in, the staff are friendly and helpful and you can tell they want to be there.

    Pros

    clean, friendly, helpful

    Cons

    needs more funding!!!

  • 536. Great place for pet lovers

    by: goldengirl28

    I adopted my dog from CMHS and it was my first experience with them. I found the staff and volunteers to be very helpful. Everyone took great care of my dog for the week she was there before I adopted her. I would recommend CMHS to anyone interested in adopting a pet.

    Pros

    Lots of pets to choose from

    Cons

    Not enough room for all the ones that need homes

  • 537. CMHS

    by: ccoop11

    the humane society is really struggling and i would LOVE to see it receive more financial support. this shelter is a great investment to the local community and promotes animal welfare. through financial support, this shelter could hopefully become a no-kill organization. this is my hope for cmhs.

    Pros

    offer support to homeless/unwanted animals

    Cons

    not a no-kill shelter

  • 538. Great dogs!

    by: enajph

    I have two fabulous dogs from CMHS. There are so many more. I wish I could support them more, but this is a great place to help.

    Pros

    Caring

    Cons

    Need more funding

  • 539. pets

    by: xtreme913

    For the space they have at this shelter, they are doing good. They are always busy, and limited staff. I adopted a dog from CMHS, and I love my pet, but he came home with major problems due to the conditions of the building. Would like to see this location get a new make over...

    Pros

    great staff

    Cons

    building maintance problems.

  • 540. Caring Shelter

    by: kagyq2

    The Central Missouri Human Society is doing everything it can do right now to keep it's doors open. Being the only shelter in Columbia (and more!) that cannot turn dogs away, they are trying their best to help as many homeless animals as they can. They need this renovation more than ever, because without them Columbia could not function. Without this renovation, I'm not sure how much longer they can continue.

    Pros

    Open door shelter to thousands of animal in need.

    Cons

    NEEDS THIS MAKEOVER SO BAD!

  • 541. In need of more funding...

    by: daw1657

    The staff was really helpful and friendly when I went to look at a dog not only for myself but for my current pup, Bella. I got to bring her in and introduce her to different dogs I thought she might get along with. Even though we didn't find a new friend, the experience there was a good one. The people really care about the animals- they could just use more money to care for them better.

    Pros

    Caring, helpful staff.

    Cons

    Overcrowded due to limited budget.

  • 542. Much needed place, for animals and humans

    by: Leenie40

    I became a volunteer at CMHS to do something about the overpopulation problem in MO. In the end I got more out of being there than I contributed. The staff & volunteers were great to work with. I fostered some of the sweetest kitties and walked/bathed/socialized some fantastic dogs. If the shelter could get a new building, oh the things they could accomplish!!

    Pros

    Great people, super volunteers

    Cons

    Small, old building, not enough space.

  • 543. Put me with my Pet!

    by: leakens

    It was fate that I found my new cat Dora here at the shelter. The employees do all they can to make awesome matches to all the wonderful animals we have in out shelter. Thanks CMHS!

    Pros

    awesome staff!

    Cons

    we need a new shelter

  • 544. This place is great!

    by: mcc8c3

    This place helped my friend and I adopt a rabbit. They knew everything about her and they helped us get everything needed to house a bunny. They don't pocket the money and it all goes right into helping more animals to be taken in. They are just running out of room and need more space!

    Pros

    Helpful staff

    Cons

    Such a tiny place

  • 545. A community shelter

    by: kgj4k4

    I love this shelter. I got my kitty there, and plan on getting a dog here in the future. I also volunteer here, and I love it. You really feel like you're helping. The humane society faces so many challenges, everything CMHS does inspires me to be more active and to do the most I can to help. I hope things turn around (financially) for CMHS, the animals and staff deserve only the best!

    Pros

    helpful, caring, hard working

    Cons

    busy, lack of room

  • 546. So much love!

    by: k8lh

    My husband and I have adopted three cats from this shelter and I have done volunteer work for them. I believe shelter work always travels a bumpy road because of the nature of the beast, but CMHS does a great job of juggling the multiple demands of a shelter that has high turnover in animals, especially in light of the facilities and resources with which they must contend.

    Pros

    top notch concern for animals

    Cons

    few resources for many animals

  • 547. love it

    by: emc279

    Im a volunteer here and i love coming in to walk the dogs!

    Pros

    Friendly staff, lots of animals

    Cons

    too crowded and very small

  • 548. needs help!

    by: smileykylie

    the animals have to share a kenal and they are running out of room quick! we need help to make this place a safe envierment for all animals!

    Pros

    animals get a place to eat and sleep

    Cons

    OUT OF ROOM!

  • 549. great help

    by: jodzb4422

    the CMHS has a great staff who is alwasy willing to help but i hope they get a makeover!

    Pros

    always friendly

    Cons

    small area

  • 550. Great... but needs voulenteers!!

    by: AmandaCMHS

    I like this shelter, I do, but htey need some help. I love going to help and voulenteer!

    Pros

    The only place for dogs to go in Columbia and it is open door, so they take anything!

    Cons

    It is small, and they need more room.

  • 551. We Recycle Love

    by: claygirlsings

    CMHS is working hard every day to provide better services to more animals and people. They are constantly looking at what they can improve and how they can be better. The staff cares so much for the animals that come through. They desire to place all the animals with loving homes and do what they can toward that end - even driving dogs to other states in partnerships with rescue groups!

    Pros

    They won't turn any animal away

    Cons

    They are so crowded and need a bigger building!

  • 552. Wonderful pet shelter

    by: Lucylou66

    My baby came from this shelter. The staff is informed and helpful.\r\nThey make a great effort to find the right people to adopt their furry friends.\r\nI rate this shelter top notch!!!!

    Pros

    Great Shelter

    Cons

    Needs more support

  • 553. basic overview

    by: tetleytuna

    I have always liked this particular shelter. My furbaby MoMo was adopted from there. They also have some level of community involvement which is good. The latest that I aware of was a partership with several resturaunts nearby to have them donate a certain percentage of profits to the shelter during the lunch and dinner hours. I think it was 11:00am - 1:00pm and 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The resturaunt I visited had two shelter volunteers there to answer any questions. They also had placards at each table highlighting some of the programs of the shelter.

    Pros

    Close to where I live, facility is well maintained

    Cons

    some staff seem not to care about their job

  • 554. Great shelter

    by: Love4Mizzou

    The people at CMHS are really nice and care so much about animals. They seem rather overworked and they run a little short on space sometimes, but that's what happens when you're willing to take in any animal that gets brought in. They do a great job and save a lot of animals lives.

    Pros

    Nice staff, plenty of animals to choose from

    Cons

    Intake fee, could use some more staff

  • 555. Excellent!

    by: taterbugnsexyrexy

    Okay, I work at this shelter, and for what we have (resource-wise) we are doing pretty well. I am not supporting the intake fee, but we need to do what we need to do, and if our leaders thing we need that, then that is that. I've worked there for 6 years in July, and I think this is a great place. Of course, we have a lot of unhappy clients, but we have a lot of happy ones to balance that out. Unfortunately you only hear about the unhappy ones. \n\nWe place animals in homes we think are doing the animals justice and that they will live comfortable, stable and secure lives. We do refuse to adopt to those that feel differently. How people keep animals is deeply ingrained in how you were raised, but I hope that when we do "turn people down" they take our advice and educate themselves about what is the more humane way to care for an animal. They aren't "banned forever" or something awful, we just want to make sure they have made the necessary adjustments to caring for a new pet. \n\nAnyway, this place is a GOOD place and we are trying to survive at this point. Please check out our petfinder site (my job :)!) at www.cmhs.petfinder.com. Thanks for listening!!!

    Pros

    can bring animals in from 8-5, 7 days a week, great adoption staff

    Cons

    costs $20 to drop off an animal-they are in dire need of funds

  • 556. Putting people with pets!

    by: akniki

    I love CMHS! This shelter takes in every animal that is brought through its doors, which is sometimes up to 70+ animals a day! \r\nFor the most part the entire staff is very knowledgable and more than willing to help. The shelter is oftern times very busy and a little short staffed so the wait to be helped is a little long but keep in mind that the longer the wait=the more animals that are being processed (adopted!!). \r\nThis shelter is good at sending animals to local breed specific rescues and great at placing animals in foster homes if need be. Animals in need of a home have a great chance of being placed into their forever homes through CMHS!

    Pros

    Knowlegable, helpful, very good intentions!

    Cons

    Sometimes too busy...