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You can help us win a $50,000 donation!

We’re super excited to let you know that we’re part of the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by Michelson Found Animals.

It all starts on  this Monday, May 4th and to give back, they’ll be donating over $115,000 to animal welfare organizations dedicated to decreasing shelter pet euthanasia. The organization that raises the most during the Challenge will get a $50,000 donation to their cause. Second place gets $20,000, third gets $10,000, fourth gets $7500 and fifth place gets a $5000 donation. We’re ready to raise as much money as we can for our cause so we can win the $50,000 grand prize donation. And, we really need your help to make it happen.

How You Can Help 

It would be so amazing if our incredible supporters became fundraisers. By setting up a fundraiser for our cause and reaching out to your network of supporters, imagine the impact we can have.

It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is visit our team page and click ‘Fundraise for This Campaign.’

Once you start your fundraiser, make sure to update it with the story of why you’re one of our biggest fans. The more personal and compelling story, the more likely you are to get donations. Also make sure to put pics and even videos on your fundraising page that help to illustrate why this cause means so much to you. Then, when the Challenge starts on May 4th, share it with everyone you know and start raising money.

If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, please Click Here and give whatever you can. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.

We’ve got some exciting news!

COLUMBIA—The Central Missouri Humane Society has appointed Julie Aber to its leadership position of Executive Director.  The announcement was made by Richard L. Wallace, president of the CMHS Board of Directors.  Aber has been employed by CMHS since 2003 and currently serves as interim executive director. In this role, she is responsible for all CMHS operations, including the animal shelter located at 616 Big Bear Blvd.

“I speak for our entire board when I say that Julie has proven to us that she is an effective leader for CMHS as well as a seasoned manager of shelter operations, one who has continuously improved the environment for our animals, our staff and our volunteers,” Wallace said.  “During her time as assistant director and then as interim E.D., our adoption/rescue rates for dogs and cats have increased dramatically. In the first quarter of this year, CMHS has over a 90 percent live release rate for our animals.”

In accepting the positon, Aber said her focus will be to further improve placement rates, continue to enhance relationships with other area humane organizations, promote humane education, and  communicate effectively with the community regarding the services of CMHS and particularly the need for improved facilities.

“CMHS is primarily funded by devoted animal lovers in Columbia and Boone County,” Aber said. “To increase our outreach to the community and to generate support for the care of our animals and the upgrade of our facilities, I am pleased to announce that former Columbia mayor Mary Anne McCollum will join our staff later this year to serve as CMHS’ director of community relations and development.  I am very proud of our current staff and know that Mary Anne will be a wonderful addition to our team.”  McCollum will be retiring from the University of Missouri where she currently serves as manager of constituent relations.

“I have supported CMHS over the years and understand how it contributes to Columbia’s overall quality of life,” McCollum said. “As our population continues to grow, the work of CMHS will be even more critical for the animals that come through the shelter’s open door. Assuring them a brighter future is a passion for me.”

Aber, a graduate of Columbia College, began her work at CMHS as an adoption counselor, later becoming business manager, assistant director and interim executive director.

CMHS is a private, not-for -profit organization operating continuously in Columbia since 1943.

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Dine in, take out, or drive thru Wendy’s on Bernadette drive this Saturday, April 11! Simply print off this flyer or save it to your mobile device so that a portion of your total purchase will benefit the furry residents at the shelter!