HSMO and Longmeadow Rescue Ranch statement re: COVID-19

March 18, 2020

The health and safety of our pets, staff, volunteers, and customers are of the utmost importance and we are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Out of an abundance of caution and concern, effective immediately we are temporarily limiting adoptions to appointment-only and postponing all other scheduled shelter visits including field trips and Shelter Buddies programs. Open house hours at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch will temporarily be suspended.

These measures will help limit the spread of COVID-19 and allow our essential shelter staff to focus our efforts where they are needed most: on the animals in our care.

Adoption Hours and Rates
If you are interested in adoption at this time, please call 314-951-1562 for our Macklind Ave. Headquarters, 314-951-1588 for our Best Buddy Pet Center, and 636-583-8759 for Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. Appointments will be scheduled between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily at our Macklind Ave. Headquarters and Best Buddy Pet Center and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.

To ensure as many animals as possible can find loving homes, the following adoption fee reductions will be offered through Sunday, March 22:

  • Adoption fee waived for adult dogs over 35 pounds, adult cats and critters
  • 50% off the adoption fee for puppies and kittens and adult dogs under 35 pounds
  • 25% off the adoption fee for goats
  • Some exceptions may apply
  • Special does not include Rabies Tag Fee

How to Help
As we continue to care for the animals in our shelters, we are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of our community. As we do not receive public taxes or funding, we appreciate any contributions you are able to make at this time. Please click HERE to make a donation.

Tips for Pet Parents
To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 and there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

  • Restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people.
  • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
  • Have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets.
  • The Humane Society of Missouri and Animal Medical Center of Mid-America recommend that pet parents always have at least a two-week supply of pet food, medications, flea/tick/heartworm preventatives, and fresh water for their pet. In the event of a quarantine or other disaster, we must prepare and anticipate our pets’ needs and ensure that commonly administered vaccines are up to date.