Polk County Humane Society is frequently full with a waitlist to get in, especially for dogs over 25 lbs. and cats. That is because each pet has to have adequate square footage or a foster and the need in our area to help homeless pets is great. Please be understanding and kind. We are a small organization run by volunteers and dedicated staff who work very hard to save as many homeless pets as possible.
Polk County Humane Society offers a Foster-in-Place program. With the Foster-in-Place program, you surrender the pet and then foster it until PCHS either has room or the pet is adopted. In the meantime, you would bring the animal in for vaccinations, preventatives and a neuter or spay surgery, if needed. PCHS provides food and supplies for fosters. The pet would be posted for adoption and you need to be willing to meet potential adopters at the Humane Society. It is work on your part to foster in place, but if you are interested in the program, please indicate that on the Surrender Request Form. The surrender fee of $25 or $50 still applies and there is additional paperwork for the Foster in Place program.
SURRENDER OR REHOME A PET
Polk County Humane Society requires a surrender fee of $25 for one animal and $50 for a litter.
Another option is to rehome your pet yourself on Adoptapet.com (see link below)
Need help with pet food? Contact Community Outreach Ministries. 417-326-2769
ANIMAL CONTROL For stray animals found inside the city limits (and some owner surrenders)
Bolivar: Animal Control 417-777-3911 and the Bolivar City Pound 417-328-5896
Stockton: Animal Control 417-276-5210
Buffalo: Animal Control 417-345-2701
Springfield: Animal Control 417-833-3592
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A STRAY OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS WHERE THERE IS NO ANIMAL CONTROL
Many strays are owned pets that happened to get lost, so the best thing you can do is to help them find their owner!
Go door to door in the area where you found the lost/stray pet.
Post a picture on Leigh’s Lost & Found Facebook page, your local Lost & Found and Craigslist, include your contact information.
Hang flyers in the area the animal was found with your contact information.
Check the animal for a microchip. Any shelter or vet's office will check for free!
If you cannot find the owner, get on the waiting list for an area rescue. Most shelters and rescues are always full and may not be able to take the animal immediately.
Post the pet yourself for adoption on adoptapet.com using their Rehome Program.
Thank you for going the extra mile to save a lost or stray animal!
AREA SHELTERS & RESCUES
You can find a list of animal shelters and rescue groups at:
Here are some of the ones close by:
Eden Animal Haven (cats only), 417-756-7061, 1649 E 562nd RD, Brighton, MO 65617, edenanimalhaven.org
Four Legs and Fur, 417-292-4475, P.O. Box 173, Hermitage, MO 65668, email@example.com, fourlegsnfur.com
Furry Hearts, firstname.lastname@example.org, furryheartsinc.org, P.O. Box 540, Stockton, MO (message Lynne Cox on Facebook)
HFLCS Canine & Feline Rescue, 417-733-5068, 229 New Hope RD, Buffalo, MO 65622
Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, 417-833-2526, 3161 W Norton RD, Springfield, 65803, Swh.org
Rescue One, email@example.com rescueonespringfield.com, 1927 E. Bennett STE B, Springfield, MO 65804
Tri-Lakes Humane Society, 417-272-8113, www.tri-lakeshumanesoc.org, Reeds Spring, MO
Watching Over Whiskers (cats only), 417-324-4486, 3014 E Sunshine ST Suite E, Springfield, MO, Watchingoverwhiskers.org
Whispering Willows Senior Dog Sanctuary, 417-912-7301, 22051 Old 64 Hwy, Hermitage, MO 65668
SPAY & NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
S.A.A.F Spay Neuter Clinic, 417-831-7223, spayneuterspringfield.org, 1600 N. Washington, Springfield, MO
SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program, 417-823-7627 www.snap123.org
Sedalia Spay & Neuter Clinic, 660-827-4844, 214 W. Main St., Sedalia, MO
Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, 417-833-2526, 3161 W Norton RD, Springfield,