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Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween for your pets


Today’s blog post is a little different from the usual. This one goes out to those of you who already have animals at home. Halloween is a lot of fun and lately people love to get their pets involved in the holiday. But, Halloween can sometimes be dangerous or no fun for your pets. So here are a few tips to make sure your furry friends have a great time and stay safe.

  1. Candy: Yes, we all love candy. But candy is best left to the people to eat. Chocolate can be poisonous to dogs and cats and lots of sugar is bad for their digestion. Raisins are dangerous, too. Most people don’t know grapes are especially toxic for animals! If you think your pet may have eaten some chocolate or candy, the best step is to call ASPCA Poison Control (888) 426-4435. It’s always better safe than sorry.
  2. Pumpkins: They’re relatively nontoxic. Some pets actually love pumpkin, but if pets nibble on the fruits they could get upset stomachs. Make sure to keep your pumpkins out of reach of your animals.
  3. Decorations: any lights or wires can be a big chewing temptation for pets, but that’s another danger. If pets chew on cords and wires they could be in for a dangerous electrical shock or cut/burn their mouths. Make sure you keep your fun light-up decorations out of reach of your canine and feline family members.
  4. Candles: be careful if you put candles in your jack-o-lanters. Some pets could accidentally knock them over and start a fire or burn themselves.
  5. Costumes: If you want to dress your pet up for Halloween, that’s awesome. But only if your pet doesn’t mind it. Some animals can become very anxious when clothes are put on them. Not only that, but you have to make sure your pet isn’t likely to chew off bits of their costume and eat them. Be sure any costumes on your pets don’t constrict them in any way — they should be able to bark and meow and move freely. And keep an eye on your dressed up pet. If the costume gets caught on something, your pet could be injured.
  6. Trick-or-Treating: If you’re opening up your home to trick-or-treaters make sure your pets are in a safe place. Some overly social pets can run to the door to greet guests and be perfectly behaved. Some might actually run out the door, so be sure they have their ID tags on! Some pets can be scared of kids in costumes and for those pets, it is better to make sure they can’t get access to the trick-or-treaters at all.

Halloween can be tons of fun for you and your pets. Just be careful and make sure your pet’s safety is in mind as you get ready for the holiday. We here at CMHS want to wish you a very happy Halloween!

Zombie Event Cover


The biggest zombie event Columbia, Mo. has ever seen is now only a week away! Supporting two great causes: The Central Missouri Humane Society and Woodhaven. It starts out with the Day of the Running Dead at Midway Travel Plaza, a 5K obstacle course where participants run for their lives through mud and zombie hordes to reach the finish line. It ends with the Night of the Drinking Dead in downtown Columbia, with a pub crawl including 15 participating bars. Here’s some more information to hopefully get you interested in joining one (or both!) of these two great events!

Day of the Running Dead

Start the horror off early at 11:00 AM October, 4 out at Midway. Run through forests and mud and live a horror movie as zombies chase you though the three mile course. Avoid the hordes as you go off road and jump fences. But watch out, some zombies will be more aggressive than others. Dress in costume, because there is a costume contest and just have fun. Don’t worry. The zombies won’t actually eat you. Once the race is over stick around for food and fun. Survivors deserve a little break after running all that way for two great causes. You’ll probably want to bring a change of clothes for that, though.

Registration is still open! Head over to the event website and sign up. We also need as many volunteers as we can get to spread the infection. Be a zombie and have a ton of fun with this awesome event.

Night of the Drinking Dead

The infection wasn’t quarantined at Midway but has spread to downtown Columbia and fifteen bars in the area: 9th Street Public House, Campus Bar & Grill, Déjà Vu, Eastside, Gumby’s, Heidelberg, International Taphouse, McNally’s, Logboat, Quinton’s, Roxy’s, SoCo Club, Snappers, Shotbar and Tropical Liqueurs. A $10 wristband gets you free cover at all the participating bars and exclusive drink specials plus $10 flat rates from Taxi Terry inside city limits. Set up in our Quarantine Zone will be some of the best food trucks and vendors in Columbia.

Have a great night out on the town to support Woodhaven and CMHS as well as the participating local businesses. We guarantee it will be a fantastic night! Get your wristbands online here.

Interested in Volunteering?

We will take all the help we can get. Whether you want to be a zombie chasing down runners in the 5K or selling wristbands at the bars during the pub crawl, any help we can get we will appreciate. If you’re interested in helping with either of these awesome events, visit our website and fill out the form.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We want to take a minute to thank everyone who’s made putting on this incredible event possible, especially our sponsors, staff, and volunteers! We couldn’t have done it without you!


Stop by the shelter from 8AM-11AM on Saturday June 14 for $10 vaccinations and $25 microchips for your furry friends! No appointment necessary, but low income guidelines do apply. For more information, call 573.443.7387, ext. 0!

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