Women’s Leadership Council


The Humane Society of Missouri Women’s Leadership Council provides opportunities for professional women to connect with each other and direct their time, expertise and support toward making a lasting difference in the lives of abused, neglected or abandoned animals in St. Louis and Missouri.

The Humane Society of Missouri Women’s Leadership Council provides opportunities for professional women to connect with each other and direct their time, expertise and support toward making a lasting difference in the lives of abused, neglected or abandoned animals in St. Louis and Missouri.

Join the WLC or upgrade your membership before August 31 to take advantage of the Shepherd Foundation Summer Challenge Campaign! WLC Steering Committee Member Susan Shepherd Ittner is asking you to step up! Now through the end of summer, Susan’s family foundation will match any new WLC membership dollar for dollar, and will match the upgraded portion of existing memberships dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000!!! For the first time donor, and your entire membership will be matched dollar for dollar! Current members can upgrade, and the upgraded amount will be matched dollar for dollar (i.e. Shih Tzu’s who upgrade to Golden Retrievers will have the $250 upgrade matched). Hurry before summer slips by! Double the impact and help the WLC reach its $130,000 goal!


The WLC 2018 Project: Second Chance Pet Transport – Put your membership to work! Help the WLC raise $130,000 in 2018!

Due in large part to highly effective spay/neuter programs, many large shelters in the United States are experiencing decreased animal intake. However, demand for adoptable animals at these shelters continues to be strong resulting in demand outstripping supply. HSMO shelters are experiencing this challenge.
At the same time, many rural, and particularly southern, shelters are experiencing the opposite: too many adoptable animals and not enough adopters.

Recognizing this imbalance, HSMO began the Second Chance Pet Transport program several years ago, regularly traveling to overcrowded, outstate Missouri shelters to bring adoptable pets to HSMO shelters. HSMO also has relationships with several animal welfare organizations outside the state of Missouri, regularly receiving adoptable pets from Louisiana, Texas and Arizona.

Expanding HSMO’s Second Chance Pet Transport program with a full-time Transport Coordinator and Transport Van significantly increases the number of companion animals placed in forever homes for many years to come.

Impact: Thousands of adoptable animals have found forever homes in the St. Louis metro area rather than languishing in overcrowded shelters in other parts of Missouri and the United States.

Our Second Chances Pet Transport program saves lives by transporting animals from overcrowded shelters to HSMO to find forever homes.

Women's Leadership Council Members

Exciting benefits when you become a member of the WLC
  • Enjoy opportunities to network with other HSMO Women’s Leadership Council members while helping provide a safe and caring haven to abused, neglected and abandoned animals.
  • Receive invitations to select Women’s Leadership Events such as Purses for Pooches, specially tailored HSMO seminars and more!
  • Are entitled to a 10% savings in the Humane Society of Missouri Gift Shops.
  • Receive recognition in Tails, the Humane Society’s quarterly magazine.

Save the Date for upcoming events!

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 – Executive Women’s Speaker Series: Kelly Jackson, KSDK Anchor and KTRS Host • Free for current WLC members, $20 for nonmembers • REGISTER NOW »

Unsure of your membership status? Email Libby at lbeldner@hsmo.org or call 314.951.1530