COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)
The Central Missouri Humane Society is running out of space in its shelter and is calling on would-be adopters and foster parents to help lighten the load.
The summer is one of the busiest times for CMHS with people bringing animals in. The shelter can only house about 200 animals and are already struggling with kennel space.
“It does get a little difficult and overwhelming for us sometimes because we do have so many requests from people in the public who have found strays or who have unowned animals they can no longer keep so we try to manage admission the best that we can,” CMHS Associate Director Michelle Casey said.
As the only open-door shelter in Boone County, CMHS often gets overwhelmed with the amount of animals that come through their doors in need of homes. On top of the strays and disowned pets the shelter takes in, CMHS also houses animals brought in by Animal Control.
CMHS is a no-kill shelter. so, it relies heavily on foster parents to lighten the load.
“We have an amazing network of foster parents that does so much to take animals out of the shelter temporarily to help us open up space,” Casey said. “So we are just really calling for fosters. If you get even a free weekend, short-term fosters are fantastic and we provide all the supplies and you provide the love.”
In an effort to end pet homelessness, CHMS is partnering with Bissell Pet Foundation to host “Empty the Shelters” national adoption event. Bissell Pet Foundation is a national animal welfare organization.
The adoption special will run through May 15 Adult dogs six months and older will be available for adoption for $25. Adoption fees have been waived for adult cats six months and older. All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption, according to a press release from CMHS.