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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.
They are Great
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.
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!
Great customer service and spay/neuter prices
Had to wait in line at drop off time
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.
Location, Staff, Level of Care
We have adopted our dog Sadie from CMHS and have enjoyed having her in our home. The staff was so friendly and helpful.
Easy to adopt our dog.
This place is amazing, they keep taking even though they don't have the room.
Caring and Loving people that really care about animals
not enough room for all the animals.
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.
Staff that want to ensure that the pets adopted out get the very best
Facility is in terrible physical shape
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.
Very friendly, knowledgeable staff
My cat felt right at home and the staff is wonderful!
The staff is always very nice and knows exactly what they are doing!
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.
homeless dogs can live there
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!!
Care of the animals
Not enough space
plz vote for the missouri humanes society so they will when and it will help the animals really well!come on have a heart!
you know you want to
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!
Need more space
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.
Small facility, they need to expand.
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.
Great attitude, caring staff
They could REALLY use more money!
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.
They always have a large and great selection of dogs.
I wish it was a larger facility.
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!
caring staff, animals kept clean, safe, well-cared for, & happy
animals not always potty-trained
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.
help pay for services expansion
may require some extra website work
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.
Staff really care about the animals and people who want to adopt.
Need more space for animals and staff. Staff can't do adequate customer service because of lack of space
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!
wonderful caring staff tries to reach community in so many ways
facility is crowded and antiquated to serve so many animals
Needs the space to accomadate the needs of our growing animal community.
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
Caring staff and Board of Directors, great services.
Antiquated facilities, underfunded programs.
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.
As clean as an overcrowded shelter can be; staff cares, they want to make sure you are making the right decision when you adopt
Small, pretty full
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.
Needs a new shelter
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.
made by kids
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!
Dedicated, responsive staff!
They really need some more SPACE!
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.
Our shelter serves all of central Missouri
Our shelter is underfinanced.
I think they really deserve this makeover. this makeover would help ensure that they can keep it even more pleasant to the nose. :)
everyone is always so helpful
it doesn't always smell the best but that is to be expected at times
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.
very good staff
very messy, needs more grass for the animals to play on
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!
Nice helpfull people
needs to be bigger
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!
Very nice staff that truly care about their work.
Very old facilities.
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.
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.
Alot of animals
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!!
staff and volunteers
small building, close quarters, no area for getting to know animal better
I got both of my dogs there as puppies and they are great.
Friendly and helpful
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.
Great, caring staff. Responsible policies.
Needs more space for its occupants.
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.
the workers are very kind and they truly care for the animals
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
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.
What they do for animals and families
Can't think of any.
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.
The staff are great. I loved my whole expirence.
The building is very old and WAY too small.
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.
Can't think of any.
I think are Humane Society is very intersting.It is like a puppy spa.
This a a great resource, much more customer friendly that others in previous places we've lived.
helped my young daughter make a good choice - a young cat, not a baby kitten nor an elderly charmer
More space NEEDED
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!
low cost and flexibilty of scheduling
they need to expand their facilities
I love this place! i love it so much i am thinking about volentering!
Very smart and loving!
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.
great staff and volunteers who really care about the animals
old, cramped bulding
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.
Excellent care of animals, staff does all possible to provide best care for the animals.
Over crowded shelter due to the lack of other shelters and resouces in mid-missouri.
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....
hardworking, caring staff
aging, damaged facilities
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!
Dedicated, knowledgeable, friendly staff. Well cared for animals.
Need more room!
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!
Knowledgeable, friendly staff
Not enough necessary equipment
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!
loving staff, knowledgable, flexible, hard working, good conditions for the animals
a bit smelly (what do you expect from a place with oodles of animals?)
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!
The staff and volunteers are great with the animals
The current building is too small and repairs are vital
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.
Clean, cheerful, arrange for best situation for both owner & pet
Too many pets that need homes
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.
We need CMHS for our community
Many people are ignorant and irresponsible with animals
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.
They are helpful, caring, and did I mention helpful
They could use more room there and possibly the resources for more staff
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.
extremely dedicated & knowledgable staff
cramped & outdated facility
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.
Very caring staff
Facility is so small and outdated
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.
friendly staff, great walking trails for dogs
small, cramped, dirty
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.
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.
Very Caring in a time of need
I think that this shelter is great! There are many great staff members who help out well.
Staff has great knowledge on pets.
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.
I have non.
Building should be torn down and staff sent to prison for cruelity.
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!
great staff, great pets
not enough room
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.
Great Place to Adopt a Pet!!
If you go there, you will find it hard to leave without adopting a pet.
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
I have no idea what this stands for
I have no idea what this stands for
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.
The people have the hearts of saints. They love animals.
The shelter is old and does not meet todays needs.
I love this shelter and everyone is so nice there. They need the makeover more than anyone else.
Great peoople to work with
Not enough speace
Very dedicated staff run this shelter but they have out grown their present location and it needs a serious upgrade.
Needs to be upgraded
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.
friendly, supportive staff
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.
Excellent service, caring staff members
Facility is small and inadequate for the numbers of animals they serve
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!
Friendly staff, all smiles!
Cramped space for pups, and kittens!
we got our Shelby there over 14 years ago. She was 1-2 then. she is still hanging in there.
Staff tries to place pets in good homes
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.
affordable spay and neutering
you dont always know the animal's history
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.
i love this shealter it is awesome
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!!
So caring and helpful
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!
knowledge, level of care, friendliness
facility physical plant
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.
long time experience
lacks money, shelter is too small, overcrowded
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!
Could help SO MANY ANIMALS WITH YOUR VOTES! Many puppy mill rescues!
Overwhelmed with volume, Many animals that come from there are sick.
This shelter serves a very large area of central Missouri. They are providing an essential service for many different communities.
Wonderful, caring people
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. :)
lots of commited staff and vollunters
Not much space for the animals
We got our dog Darby here and he is the best dog you could ever have!
not enough room for all the doggies
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.
Accessible, reliable, safe
Lack of funds have neccessitated a reduction in hours they are open.
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!
NOTHING!!! They are great. They work so hard
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.
Very friendly staff
Overcrowded; needs upgrade
We go to CMHS for all our adoptive needs. I trust them for the care the animals receive, that they are in good hands.
Take in most animals, very involved in community events
need more money to have the things animals deserve, need more room and volunteers
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.
Great accomodating staff
Limited hours open to public
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!
This is a wonderful place. They really care about animals!
The actual facility is terrible, old and needs replacing.
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.
facilities need help
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.
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!
a never give up attitude
not enough room for the demands in our area
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.
It could use a makeover :)
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.
dedication of staff
not enough space for the animals
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
Staff does their best to find loving homes for great pets
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.
good barnyard special program
they need more space
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!!!!
Animals treated with respect and love. Great staff.
They need a makeover! More space and light.
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.
Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff
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.
Caring and dedicated staff trying to do what they can.
Facility is in dire need of refurbishing, and too small.
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!
Friendly, helpful, caring
They need more space for the animals
We love CMHS! Wonderful place.
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.
dedication to the animals is obvious
shelter is too small and old.
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.
really do the community a great service
they need more room
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!!!!!
The staff are warm, caring animal lovers!
We're in danger of being closed down
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.
The center is becoming a higher-profile organization in the community
They are under-resourced for the job they are trying to do
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.
get a lot of dogs adopted out
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.
Friendly, Thorough, Knowledgable
Too many animals without homes
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.
I have touble thinking of any cons when thinking of my thoughts of dealing with the Central Missouri Humane Society.
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!
small and overcrowded
We have adopted 2 cats from this shelter and it holds a special place in our hearts! We so hope they win!!
needs a makeover!!
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!!!!
Professional, knowledgeable staff, caring community, progressive community
location and hours can be difficult to keep personnel, undersized in capacity for housing guests and providing assistance to adopters.
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!
Knowledgable Friendly Staff
We need more space!
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!
Help place local pets with loving families, advocate for animal rights, and excellent public relations.
Need more updated space!
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!
The staff is fantastic!
The place is way too small and they have limited funds
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
They are very loving to their animals
There's not enough room for all the animals :(
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.
People who care about helping all animals
Completely under funded by the local government.
I have adopted 3 animals from them and each has made my life better!
Need more space
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.
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!
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!!!!!!
Very helpful and considerate.
Kind of dirty. But they don't have a lot of money for cleaning supplies.
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!
Friendly, knowledgeable staff, inexpensive services
Needs a makeover....hint hint!
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!
The staff actually tries to make sure the pets go to a good home.
It smells really bad and CMHS desperately needs a newer, bigger facility.
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!
They have wonerful people
They don't have enough funding
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.
Amazing animals and staff!
Needs serious help updating the shelter!!!
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!
accept animals from distant areas of the state
desperately need more funds and more space
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!!!!!
very helpful staff even though they stay busy!
they need more room
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.
Kind and Caring Staff/Very Approachable
Not enough space
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!
I adopted my favorite pet from this shelter
Needs an update and more funding!
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!
Caring and knowledgeable staff
facility needs help!
Great place with lots of good hearted people.
Friendly, Hard working
Everything I know about this facility is top ranked for the funds provided.
Not enough money
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.
The staffy really care about the animals
Need more staff for the amount of animals, crowded housing conditions
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.
not enough space for all the animals they take in
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.
Friendly and caring staff
Struggling to keep enough spaces
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.
Friendly caring staff
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.
Clean, Friendly, Compassionate
Needs more room, more help, updates to shelter
this is the best place around.
facility is sad and pittiful.
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
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.
Kind, caring and compassionate staff
In desperate need of a new facility
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.
Everyone truly cares for the animals and tries to involve the entire community in it's mission
very small and cramped facility
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.
Knowledgeable and very friendly
They need a bigger more modern place to work out of
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
takes animals from all over the state
overcrowded old building
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.
hard to choose
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!
Great place to find a forever friend!
Not enough space/room for animals
I really like you and if you weren't there, I wouldn't have a shelter to love!
very fun because you can walk the dogs there and give them baths
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!
Truly caring staff in a community that loves animals
Too many animals; not enough space : (
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.
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.
they have wonderful animals and staff that cares
they are under funded
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
We live 35 miles from there
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.
Very concerned and helpful to patrons.
Not a large enough facility to accommodate all the pets in the area.
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!
Shelter needs more donations & upgrades
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.
Great job for what the staff has to work with
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.
Very caring staff.
Charges for bringing in strays.
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.
They help as many animals as they can
overcrowded, no ventilation
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.
They really care about putting pets with people, for there life home.
They need more funding!
Have delt with them for Years have many friends whos pets are from the Shelter and have been happy with service and & Staff
Good People doing Great Work
Got my cat fixed here. They were quick and professional, and provided a discount to students.
Quick and easy
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!
Need a new shelter
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!!
They have always answered any question si have had!!
They arent big enough for all of the animals:(
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.
best pets ever
they need more money
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!
They go above and beyond to help the animals and adoptive parents
They need more space!
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.
You save a dogs life
Sometimes not for sure what you are getting
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.
A wonderful staff that is very helpful with adoption questions.
Small kennel size makes all the dogs seem crowded and hard to pick out personalities.
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!
Staff who truly love their job and the pets they care for, staff who do so much with so little
Facilities are in great need of renovation
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.
Everyone is caring, loving we've gotten 5 cats from them !
They need money badly to help the animals!
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!
space needs lots of help
Love them! They help dogs and cats.
Not enough resources...
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!!
Always helpful, take the time to help, no matter what!
none that I've ever found.
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!
the staff is very helpful and care deeply about the animals
the shelter is very crowded and needs more funding!
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.
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.
Open door policy, knowledgable staff, very active in community
We love our pets that we have gotten here! They diserve this make over!
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!
There are lots of dog, and different animals to choose from, which are well taken care of.
Smells some, but not too bad.
Can not say enough good things about the people and the care given to the pets.
To many animals not enough space
What a great organization and a great cause!
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.
Friendly and knowledgable staff that really cares about the animals, try to take care of all the animals they can
crowded and small
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.
Dated Shelter in need to updating.
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.
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.
need more funding
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.
Very caring people
Need a new place
the central missouri humane society really needs a new building.
Needs a lot of improvement
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!!
Strong community support, active in fundraising, pet fostering program, show animals on local daytime tv program, clean shelter, hard workering employees
In desperate need of financial help & reorganization
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!
Wonderful staff, open-door, huge variety of animals for the pet adopter
Despirate need of funding for disease control!!!!
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.
lots to choose from
takes awhile to do adoption paperwork wise
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!!!!!
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!
A huge help in answering our questions!
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.
Friendly and caring staff
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!
Good staff, great animals.
Sometimes not caring about the animals.
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.
Very hard working caring staff
Some of the "passionate" staff members can embarrass the people customers
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.
Awesome staff, very caring group
Underfunded and a little crowded due to lack of funds
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!
Understaffed for ammount of animals served
Find animals homes!
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.
Staff is really helpful in choosing the right dog for the family
Facility needs upgrades and expansion
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!
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.
The community really utilizes this facility.
Everything is kind of old, it definitely needs enlarging and an update
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!
Wonderful shelter, wonderful people, you couldn't ask for better!
Needs more and efficient use of space
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.
Devoted to the animals
lack of appropriate grounds
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.
staff is wonderful
location, and space
Awesome Awesome Awesome!!!!!! this place was soooo clean. Everyone was very very nice. and also very smart. Awesome STAFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I luv this Humane Society
So much love, in such a small space. They really need to win. Good works should be rewarded.
Great staff, good vets
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.
very helpful and take care of the animals very well
none that I can think of
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.
Provides shelter for lots of stray animals
Don't have enough room.
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.
Helpful and knowledgeable staff!
Facility needs to be updated
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.
The staff are wonderfull people that deal with a lot. Their patience and temperment towards the animals shows when you visit.
In a desperate need of a total building overhaul.
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 :)
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.
Close to home, and very friendly.
Needs to be updated.
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!
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff; very careful in determining who's going to be a good owner.
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!
shelter needs an update
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.
need more room
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.
Staff was very helpful and informative. Also knew a lot about the pets.
Nothing that I was told.
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!
CMHS anxious to reunite pets & owners, to rescue pets
Updating shelter would help more animals in need
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!
Friendly staff; cooperative relationships in community
Need more space
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.
The staff are incredibly friendly and caring
The facility is outdated
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.
Very helpful and accommodating staff
We have two pets from there. My band, Guilty Party has done 2 benefit concerts for them raising around $1,000!
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.
Kind staff that answers every question, lots of Willingness and generocity for community support.
Location isn't the best as it's North of town, but for the counties served they are close to two major highways.
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! :)
great & knowledgeable staff!
needs some sprucing up!
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!
great selection of pets and great staff
not very spacious
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.
Needs a better facility
I've adopted 2 cats from this location & the staff is just wonderful.
wonderful staff, healthy animals
They need more room
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.
Friendly staff, very organized
Not enough space
I wish they were open longer but I understand it is simply volunteer based.
We could really use the 100000 makeover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I REALLY THINK THIS SHELTER SHOULD GET THIS MAKEOVER!!!!
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.
Provide a necessary service very well
This place is easy to get too but floods occasionally and needs a new facility ASAP..
They really have a big heart and no turn down any animals. The community is supporting the effort very much.
They would take in any animal, no limit
it's getting over crowded
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.
Knowledgeable and caring
Overworked, lacking in time.
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.
They put all they can into saving their animals.
Their building is terrible and floods with a hard rain.
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!
will take in all animals, caring, clean
the building is outdated
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.
need to expand facility
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!
Absolute willingness to help animals and their pets :o)
The facility is in desperate need of updating!
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.
Everyone is so helpful and nice
I don't have anything negative to say
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.
The staff truly loves the animals
In desperate need of a makeover
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.
caring staff and great volunteers
cramped, out-dated facility
The Central Missouri Humane Soceity is in DESPERATE need of the million dollar make-over.
great people, a great service
need a bigger building, too crowded
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!
Loving staff and environment
Large amounts of people in and out
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!
Great Place, nice people and dedicated to the cause
Needs work on building and needs more space for animals
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.
Wonderful, kind, dedicated staff
City should be ashamed of the funding they give CMHS
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.
many pets to choose from
too many animals get put down
Even if you don't love animals, your heart will open when you visit.
The staff make the animals smile
The animals wish the facility was better
Thanks for everything. Shelter dogs make the best pets!
Staff with a big heart
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
the best staff
Excellent staff and great services.
Could Use some updates
we have adopted our 6 year old yellow lab Buddy and our 1 year old Australian shepherd Sully there and they are great.
well taken care of animals
alittle smelly sometimes
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
limited resources, has to euthanize pets
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!!
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.
Great staff and friendly helpers
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!!!!
They are a hard working bunch!!
They don't have enough of all they need
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.
Needs a Re-Do
Very caring staff working with run down facilities!!
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
It's a good place to go for a pet.
It's too small for columbia.
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.
people are very dedicated to the cause and the animals are well cared for
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!!!
Wonderful, dedicated, selfless staff
Lack of space
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.
OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SUPPORT!
I have not been there to know of any
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.
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.
commitment to animals, staff and volunteers
facilities are dated and small
I have gotten 4 cats and a dog over the last 10 years from here. Proud of CMHS.
The staff care so much and are very patient.
The building is getting run down.
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!
Staff who truely care about finding animals good homes
Returned to euthanizing animals due to funding
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.
Friendly Caring Staff,
Needs a Makeover!!
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.
They are very helpful and they make sure that pets are going to good homes.
They need funding to have better facilities for the pets.
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.
They help unwanted pets in many ways
to small for what they do
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.
Friendly staff, Cat lady (love her), clean
Alot of animals in need of homes
CMHS needs the make over desperately because the poor little animals are living in over crowded conditions and the place lacks funds for improvements.
Caring Staff and Volunteers
Very Crowdy and small
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.
Lack of Space!
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.
have gotten several pets from
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.
Amazing staff and adorable pets
Not enough room for all the needy animals
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.
helpful, great animals
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 !
got some of my greatest pets from this place
needs financial help badly
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!
Facilities need upgrading :)
This is a great shelter and definitely needs and deserves to win the 1 million dollar makeover!!!
excellent pet placement services
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.
they will do everything they can to help u find that perfect animal
need more space
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!
The staff is incredibly dedicated
There is not a lot of comfort for the animals
love it in general. the makeover would make it even more amazing.
great all around experience
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.
caring staff, clean
Central Missouri Humane Society does a great job of placing pets!
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.
This is a staff is truly dedicated to making the shelter the best place they can.
The shelter is way too small to accomodate the size of the area it covers.
Several of the pets I grew up with over the years came from here. The people were always wonderful.
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! :)
Cares for animals, provides shelter and homes
VERRRRYYYY OLD AND DATED facilities
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!!!!
want to help all animals, try their hardest
not enough money, running low on room
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.
A totally dedicated staff
An old building
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.
such a small shelter for all the animals they must help.
Everytime I've been or called the society, I've only recieved a good experience. One of the best I've seen.
Very Friendly, Knowlegable, Good staff, helpful
I have adopted both of my pets from this shelter. I am very impressed with the quality of service and the knowledgeable staff.
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!
great animals there
facility old and needs help
You couldnt ask for a better bunch of people to help you find a pet. The shelter itself is need of some serious renovations!
Great staff, very caring, knowledgeable
Facilities need work
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.
New Facility Possibility
Needs major refurbish/remodel
THEY HAVE AN AWESOME STAFF! but they need a makeover!
AWESOME CARING STAFF
NEEDS A MAKEOVER!
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!!
they need a bigger better building- help them out please!
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.
Wonderful people, healthy and happy animals, clean
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.
they do wonders for what is available to them
They just dont have enough space
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!
Thorough application process to protect the animals, very caring, does its job well
Very few - the lengthy application process might turn some away
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.
Wonderful and caring staff
Building is inadequate for needs
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.
The staff is great!
The staff is so caring and kind. They need a facility to match their dedication.
Not enough space
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.
Dedicated staff and volunteers
Old building and small facility
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.
The staff cares about the animals and works hard to get the animals adopted.
The facility is old, under funded, and crowded.
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!
the dedication these people have for the love of our pets.
the amount of money they recieve.
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!
not enough room
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!
Great Staff, very helpful!
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!
will spay/neuter, takes in all pets, easy adoption process
small, not completely clean
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.
takes in all animals, tries to help all
too small for current needs
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.
Exc. and dedicated staff
cramped space, old equipments, poor drainage from surrounding fields
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.
Very caring staff and volunteers
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.
animals are well taken care of
because of funding hours have been cut
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.
friendly, knowledgeable staff, clean, priority for animals
too small, we need a larger and better place, everyone help!
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!
adorable animals, many volunteer options
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!
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.
loving staff, many volunteers, provide knowledge for adopters
small facility, bad area, kinda dirty
This place is a great place and we would love to see it get bigger.
too small of facility
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!
small space showing its age
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!
Amazing place, with amazing animals and people
Don't have enough money :(
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
They do their best with what they have, but are severely understaffed & crowded. They need a much larger or second facility.
Very understaffed and crowded with annimals.
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.
Shelter is full of loving and caring people.
Not enough space for pets being adopted.
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!
Staff attitude, knowledge, cleanliness, efficiency
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.
Caring and knowledgeable staff
Not enough space
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!
Dedicated, caring staff
Too little space badly needing update
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.
Clean, friendly, knowledgeable
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!!!!
Alot of helpful people!!
Needs to bigger
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.
The people who work there really care about all animals
Need more space, money, help in anyway
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.
the staff were knowlegeable and very nice
they did not have enough staff
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.
Hard working, dedicated volunteers. Excellent care for homeless and lost animals
Shelter is too small to handle capacity it needs to serve
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.
Great and friendly staff.
They need a better building with bigger play area for pets.
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!
This is a great staff that needs the financial aid!
Not enough financial support for the amount of animals
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!
Good selection of animals and typically good help
To many people getting paid, very old, and dirty
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
don't have enough space
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!
Staff are awesome; cages and all areas of the shelter are kept clean.
Need more space!!!!!!
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!
doing the very best they can with limited resources
limited financial resources
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.
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff
Great place for cats!
Great Staff, Great Animals,
Lack of Funding, Really needs help.
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!!!
great staff, great pets
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!
Shelter really cares
Shelter doesn't have enough money
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!
friendly and caring
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.
Make the most of what they have!
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.
Animals seem happy and their pens are kept clean
too many animals to get to and staff is all crazy busy
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!
They provide a great service for our community!!
They need more space!!!!
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.
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.
Friendly and knowledgable staff, good location
Not enough space for the animals and the building is ancient
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!
Great staff, great animals,
They need more space and help with renovations!
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.
wonderful caring staff
needs to be larger and updated to care for more animals
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.
people that work there truly love the animals
need new facility
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.
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.
Great shelter. We got our cat, Lilly, from here. Nothing but friendly people who know what they are doing.
All around great
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)
Great staff and location
In dire need of funding to keep running and better facilty
They deserve it. They care so much about animals!
They are so helpful but also serious
It needs a makeover!
It's the only option in town, county and surrounding area and desperately needs a makeover!
Dedicated staff and volunteers
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!
A very dedicated organization to pets!
Need a new facility
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!!
Its in need of repair
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!
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!
hard working, knoweledgeable, friendly staff/ cute, loving animals/ low adoption cost/ mandatory free or low cost spay and neutering/ small euthanasia percentile
$20 abandonment fee/ run down shelter
Great MO shelter. Rare for this state to have one be so outstanding. Very deserving and caring shelter.
Greatest shelter in MO
Needs more space and donations.
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.
One of the few animal shelters left in midMo
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.
Very nice people and a very welcoming place
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.
poorly funded by the City
There are so many wonderful animals here looking for homes. It is a great place to find your next pet.
A wide variety of pets
Shelter needs a makeover!!!
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!
Knowledgeable staff that really works for every animal under their care
Not enough space/resources to accomodate mid-MO needs
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.
They provide service to the largest area of the state.
They do not get funding from most of the areas they serve.
Everytime I have encountered the CMHS i have been welcomed and the staff there are wonderful
not a lot of room
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.
i adopted my pup from here and she is one of the best things thats ever happened to me! thanks cmhs
extremely messy, everything smells awful, my dog was in the worst condition possible becuase she was not treated or cleaned in any way.
I have adopted 2 dogs have have been pleased and impressed both times.
Facilities too small
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.
Great group of dedicated people
Desperately need a new facility
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.
nice, thought overworked folks
VERY cramped for space
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.
Great staff, variety of animals to choose from, easy adoption process
Older, dirty building in need of updates!
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.
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.
Everyone that works there Loves they're job.
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.
staff really cares
not enough room
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.
Adorable Animals :)
They need more room :(
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! :)
They work extremely hard for every animal.
The shelter is in needs some help.
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.
Very friendly, wonderful staff and volunteers
wish they were open later
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.
Friendly & caring staff, clean
Parking is limited
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.
The only open-door facility in the area
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.
The staff are extremly friendly and the animals always look bright and healthy
Not enough room for the animals
CMHS is a wonderful organization. I joined ZooToo to help them win the shelter makeover. Thanks for all you do CMHS staff and volunteers!
Facility needs work
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.
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!!!
They are all very kind with both the people and the animals
The shelter is very crowded
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
very caring staff
kinda small and stinky
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.
Animals seem well cared for
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
Always do the best they can
Building old, leaks,crowded and staff shortage
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!
Great selection of animals
Large area to support
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
Loving and caring staff for the animals and customers
A little crowded and loud in such a small shelter
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!!
The staff really cares
Shelter space is terribly inadaquate for numbers
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
Caring people doing the best they can
crowded conditions due to Missouri Puppy Mill Saves
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.
all the animals to choose from
not enough money comming in
Central Mo Humane Society-people were great, pets were treated very well. Facilities are lacking though. They need updated facilities and more room.
They were very nice to take my unwanted kittens
Not enough room for all the pets--bad facilities to house pets.
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.
I have gotten animals from CMHS in the past and have no complaints.
They help find homes for wonderful animals
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.
caring people, great mission
wish I could give them more money!
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!
Caring staff & volunteers, help give animals the chance the to live a good life by adoptions
the building NEEDS HELP!!
Such a good-hearted shelter. My cat came from here. Lots of pets in need of homes with friendly staff.
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.
great place, great staff and volunteers, animals are treated great
cramped, bad plumbing, need updates BADLY!
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.
Easy to find. Friendly and knowlegable staff.
Facility needs work and/or expansion.
We need help here in Columbia to keep our humane society open.
Needs help to stay in operation
A wonderful place in desperate need of a make-over!
Kind, caring staff
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.
too small for the need
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!
Lots of animals to choose from
poor conditions for the animals
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.
helpful adoption staff and animal information/pictures
can't think of anything
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!
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!
Easy to find the right pet for me
not enough room in the "inn"
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!
helpful, friendly, easy-to-navigate
crowded, too-small of a building
Staff was extremely helpful and caring.
Friendly and caring staff
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.
They work so hard to take care of animals others have chosen to throw away.
Overcrowded....not their fault!
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!
Fun, fenced in, outside visiting area and lots of great volunteers
Need more space and windows
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
There aren't any
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
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!!!
Great people with Big Hearts!
Needs better shelter!
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
the love and care of the staff
the poor animals need more space
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!!!!
Has done a lot of good in the central Missouri area
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!
Great staff; very knowledgable, friendly & helpful
Facilities are outdated, too small and over-crowded
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.
Very caring staff
Needs better facilities
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!
great staff, great location
the facilities could use an upgrade!
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 ;-)
Small and Old
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!!
They have a variety of animals they take good care of
They could probably use more space and funding
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.
very caring, courteous staff
reduction in hours due to lack of funding
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.
a variety of animals are offered year-round
they need more space and an updated facility
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!
A lot of good is done on a strained budget
Sometimes staff is so overworked they are not very friendly at first when you walk in.
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.
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.
They shelter recieves very little funding for the large area they cover.
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!!!!
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.
the facility needs a makeover
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.
funding is limited and building is pretty sad
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.
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!
Wonderful customer service -- great employees! !!!
Wish they had more room and could hire more staff for all they are doing.
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.
Do a fabulous job with very little resources
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!
Great service, great staff
Needs some improvements and $$$
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.
many available animals and breeds, friendly staff
sometimes a little dirty with so many animals
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.
not enough money
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!
Committed staff and volunteers
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.
Great staff, very caring
They need MUCH better funding.
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.
They handles thousands every year
Lack of funds allows some diseases to manifest
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!
Very helpful, great service
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!!!
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!!!
Wonderful, helpful staff...
Could use an update!!
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.
Staff are amazing
Horribly outdated & overcrowded
The staff is wonderful and helpful. They truly care about the animals. They are in dire need of a make over or new facility.
old building need new facility
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!
Nice staff, good to work with, great foster program
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
caring, loving, compassionate staff trying hard to help these animals
desperate need of repair and expansion
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...
really loving, caring staff concerned for each animal that comes through their doors
the physical property itself is outdated, messy and over crowded
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.
Longstanding history of struggle to maintain best standards and practices
space totally outgrown, inadequate financial support from city and county, and surrounding counties
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.
Caring group trying to make a difference
Overcrowded due to lack of resources & covering a lrg area
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.
Care of animals is great, lots of outdoor space for animals to exercise
Limited space and aging facilities
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!
Very helpful staff
location and size of facility - needs to be bigger
Great place to adopt your next pet. Please go check it out
The staff love animals
CMHS is a great asset to our city!
accept any species of animal; great staff; great volunteer opportunities; great community outreach and involvement
need a new facility and a lot more money!
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!
Friendly staff, hard working volunteers, great care for animals
not enough space!
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.
Loving shelter, everyone is so wonderful
Usually the shelter is full as it is the only major shelter in the county.
My mom adopted brother and sister kittens from here and they have been great pets. Great staff. Keep up the good work!
Lots of pets to choose from by age
too many pets to choose from
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.
cares for their animals like no other, willing to take animals that need help
small area, needs help
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!
Wonderful people helping our special friends
Undersized, underfunded facility
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.
The shelter has a wonderful staff.
The building is in terrible shape.
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.
Great staff, upbeat volunteers
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.
Willing to take any animal, very caring staff
Not enough space
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.
wonderful, family friendly staff
underfunded, so at times a bit hectic
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.
Staff and volunteers very friendly and helpful
shelter to small for the number of animals that they have
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.
Very good shelter, care a lot about the animals
Don't know of any
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.
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.
Great caring staff
very small location for the amount of people it serves
I wish there was more funding coming to the shelter so they could maintain & support a larger number of animals.
Very friendly staff
Not enough room
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.
staff really cares about the animals
not enough space or money to do all they need to
Great shelter, great staff who knows what they are talking about. In desperate need of a makeover.
great animals have come from this shelter, organized
Little Chaotic, can't see animals without signing something
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.
caring, competent staff
facilities too small, needs help
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!!!
Do the best with what they have
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.
Kind and knowledgeable staff
small space, cramped
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!
get loving staff
needs lots of help
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.
Loving and careing staff
small confines for taking care of so many animals
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.
They care for the animals there and love to see them go to loving homes
They need more space and help due to the over growth of strays
The staff has always been amazing to work with & are very knowledgeable answering any question you may have.
Cleanliness, Outdoor Space, website
Number of Animals
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.
Asks for high donations
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!!
THE STAFF DOES EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO HELP THESE ANIMALS
THEY HAVE SUCH LIMITED SPACE AND RESOURSES
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.
Great shelter with Great Staff and they help all the animals they can
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
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!
The staff is ever-so-helpful and kind!
They have outgrown the space
Hoping there will be enough caring people to donate money to keep it open
takes any animal and very caring place
not enough funds to keep it open
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.
Facility too small.
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!
Sweet animals that are well taken care of
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.
Dedication of staff
limited by space and facility
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!
so many animals to choose from!
not enough staff and money
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.
Great Care for the animals
Not enough space to house them all
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.
They do a great job with the limited resources they have.
Resources are limited.
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.
caring employees and volunteers
animal area is not ideal for the animals housed there
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!
Vital to our community!
Desperately in need of funds!
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!!!
lots of services
not enough money!
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!
not everyone knows where it is
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!
This shelter will take in all animals.
This shelter has to put down animals as there are more animals dropped off than there is room.
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
Lots of animals
I think it is a great place and takes great care of their animals. I hope they get a million dollar makeover.
IT;s a great place to both adopt a pet and volunteer
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.
The Humane Society does the best they can do with what they have
The building does tend to hold them back.
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.
staff are loving, caring, and extremely passionate
old, broken-down facilities
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!
Facilities overpopulated because of their love for animals
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.
The staff is friendly and seems to love the animals
limited hours and limited space
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.
Clean, courteous staff, pets in good condition
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!
These people are a Godsend
They need help!
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!
intelligent, caring staff
shortened hours due to funding issues
""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!
They care about what they do
They definitely need more community support
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.
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!
Need a new facility
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.
Lack of adequate funding
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.
I got two of the pets I love there.
It is very gloomy where the dogs are kept.
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!
Great staff, lots of great volunteers!
Old building, overcrowded, floods...
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.
A wonderful place to adopt petst of my three dogs
it's a put down facility, and is starting to rundown
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!
Too small and old building
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!
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.
Staff is very knowledgeable and caring. Shelter is clean.
The building is way too small and very underfunded.
I enjoyed my visit to the Humane Society. The staff was very friendly and I will be back in the future.
Great Place, Friendly Faces
Not many shelters like it
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.
not enough funds for the amount of work they do
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?
Caring staff they never turn a needy pet away.
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.
friendly staff, selection
small, crowded, loud
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).
still not enough help
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.
Angels work there
Bldg in very, very bad shape, don't know what's holding it up.
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!
Happy animals, well taken care of, great staff
need more knowledge about unusual pets
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!:)
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!!
a wonderful place
need upgraded facility and more community support
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.
a very caring staff, full of energy, awesome pets, lots of people adopting
too small, crowded
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.
They have a great staff that does the best they can and goes beyond expectations they're great!
They need more space for all the animals there.
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.
old building, to small, has to share building.
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!!
Very good analysis of people wanting to adopt to assure that they are going to provide a good home for the animals
Needs money to improve it's services. There are too many animals for the small facility.
For the amount of animal turnover CMHS deals with, the shelter does a great job. The staff really cares about the community they serve.
staff, on-site vet
out-dated shelter facility
The shelter needs to stay open.
The shelter provides homes for animals in need.
The animals look like they're in prison.
This facility is amazing. They are definitely in need of a makeover but have a very caring staff.
great shelter with great staff
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.
Staff really cares
Facility is in need of many upgrades
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.
Too Small, needs a bigger place!
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.
Staff that truely cares about animal welfare
a facility that can not accommodate their intake
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.
location, accessable staff, friendly staff, lots of animals
crowded, short staffed, overflowing with animals- they have to keep some in back rooms
people really car about the animals. i have adopted there and had two kittens spayed at their spay-day program.
great shelter and staff helped us find the perfect cat
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.
Lots of animals to choose from
Lots of animals to choose from
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!!!!!)
they help A LOT of animals
they don't have the funds or space to help all the animals that need it (not their fault, of course!)
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!
Hard-working, caring staff, great access and outreach, definate community asset!
Shelter is small and crowded - not always adequate space for the number of animals CMHS takes in.
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.
friendly, very hardworking staff; makes the most out of the money provided
cramped, outdated shelter; more money needed to provide better services
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.
Open doors, no animal is turned away
I have adopted two dogs from this facility. The staff was very helpful in the adoption process.
Not enough kennel space
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.
They actually care
Not enough rescources
Desperate need of new facility
Awesome people really care about animals
Desperate need of new facility
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.
Never turn an animal away
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.
Screening of people wishing to adopt pets
lack of money for improvements
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! :)
Great service to thousands of animals
Outdated shelter that desperately needs a makeover
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!
Very helpful staff
It is kind of a small facility for how many animals they help
We have gotten all of our pets from CMHS, they are great!
i have volunteered there before and it is very nice. it could really use a makeover though!
wonderful staff, cute pets, very cool place
needs a makeover
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.
clean, friendly, helpful
needs more funding!!!
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.
Lots of pets to choose from
Not enough room for all the ones that need homes
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.
offer support to homeless/unwanted animals
not a no-kill shelter
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.
Need more funding
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...
building maintance problems.
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.
Open door shelter to thousands of animal in need.
NEEDS THIS MAKEOVER SO BAD!
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.
Caring, helpful staff.
Overcrowded due to limited budget.
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!!
Great people, super volunteers
Small, old building, not enough space.
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!
we need a new shelter
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!
Such a tiny place
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!
helpful, caring, hard working
busy, lack of room
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.
top notch concern for animals
few resources for many animals
Im a volunteer here and i love coming in to walk the dogs!
Friendly staff, lots of animals
too crowded and very small
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!
animals get a place to eat and sleep
OUT OF ROOM!
the CMHS has a great staff who is alwasy willing to help but i hope they get a makeover!
I like this shelter, I do, but htey need some help. I love going to help and voulenteer!
The only place for dogs to go in Columbia and it is open door, so they take anything!
It is small, and they need more room.
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!
They won't turn any animal away
They are so crowded and need a bigger building!
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!!!!
Needs more support
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.
Close to where I live, facility is well maintained
some staff seem not to care about their job
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.
Nice staff, plenty of animals to choose from
Intake fee, could use some more staff
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!!!
can bring animals in from 8-5, 7 days a week, great adoption staff
costs $20 to drop off an animal-they are in dire need of funds
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!
Knowlegable, helpful, very good intentions!
Sometimes too busy...