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The Central Missouri Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization that cares for more than 6,000 animals annually and is the largest open-door shelter in mid-Missouri. The Humane Society gets no national funding, but it raises around $900,000 each year from donations.
Location: 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202
Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., with the exception of 7 p.m. Wednesday; Closed on Sunday
Formed in 1943 in response to public outrage at the killing of abandoned animals, the Columbia Humane Society began in a small building on Creasy Springs Road. In 1968, it was recognized as a nonprofit and was renamed the Central Missouri Humane Society. The current shelter was built at 616 Big Bear Blvd., in 1976, and a building addition to add more kennels occurred in 1988.
In 2010, the society served 53 mid-Missouri counties and took in more than 6,000 animals. Because it is an open-door shelter, it doesn’t turn animals away. In a single week, the shelter might take in 200 animals. The Humane Society needs $17,000 to operate every week; however, it receives no national funding from any organization, including the Humane Society of the United States, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Instead, the shelter raises almost $900,000 in donations each year.
In 2009, CMHS won the Zootoo Shelter Makeover Competition, which awarded it $1 million in goods and services. The society temporarily moved into the old Mid-City Lumber building while renovations to the shelter took place. The updated shelter opened in September 2010 and featured dog kennels with glass doors, cat condos and an improved air circulation system.
The Humane Society also takes in animals from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s puppy mill busts and helps them find homes nationwide.
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Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cmhspets
Updated: April 9, 2013