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Florissant Animal Shelter has closed down. It only costs about $150,000 to run the shelter each year, but the shelter's facility badly needed a $2 million renovation. With no budget for the renovation, the city made the decision to close the shelter permanently.
If you're looking to adopt, the Humane Society of Missouri, only 20 minutes away from Florissant Animal Shelter, has many furry friends waiting to meet you!
The Humane Society of Missouri, established in 1870, is dedicated to providing second chances. They provide a safe and caring haven to all animals in need, both large and small, that have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Their mission is twofold:
This is achieved through rescue and investigation efforts, spay/neuter programs, and educational classes. The Humane Society of Missouri is committed to creating lasting relationships between people and animals through their adoption and shelter pet behavior programs and by making world-class veterinary care available to everyone.
The Humane Society of Missouri isn't affiliated with any other animal welfare organization. As a non-profit organization, they provide services and programs to the community without local, state, or federal tax support, nor United Way funding. They rely on financial donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations, so pop over to their website and click on the Donate tab to see how you can help.
There are just a few steps to adopt a lucky animal from the Humane Society of Missouri:
Adoption fees at the Humane Society of Missouri are as follows:
Your adoption fee goes a long way toward furthering the Humane Society of Missouri's noble vision. To see what's specifically included, speak with a member of their staff.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.