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.

The WLC 2019 Project: Second Chance Pet Transport – Put your membership to work! Help the WLC raise $125,000 in 2019!
In 2018, 1,914 animals were transported from overcrowded shelters to HSMO shelters, giving these animals a far greater chance of finding loving homes in the St. Louis area.  These transports have the additional benefit of freeing up space at the sending shelters so they can help more animals.  A win for everyone!
In addition to working with multiple out-state Missouri shelters, the program has allowed HSMO to forge relationships with animal welfare organizations in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Arizona.

Our team frequently works with these other shelters to:

    • Train shelter staff in proper shelter hygiene and animal care
    • Provide appropriate vaccinations
    • Provide spay/neuter surgery for transported animals
    • Treat heartworm positive animals

HSMO’s Second Chance Pet Transport program employs two full-time Transport Coordinators and two transport vans which will continue to increase the number of companion animals that can be placed in forever homes for many years to come.

Due to the continuing need for this program and the benefits it extends to our partnering animal welfare organizations, the Women’s Leadership Council Steering Committee has decided to fund the project for a second year. This funding continuity will allow HSMO to create a firm foundation for the program’s future success.

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.

The Executive Women's Speaker Series Presents: An Evening with the Experts

March 27, 2019 • 5:30 pm
HSMO’s Best Buddy Pet Center at Page & Schuetz in Maryland Heights.
Free for current WLC members. $20 for nonmembers. Register now »

Meet the Experts:

Sarah Wilson

Canine Expert: Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is fascinated by changing behavior. Thirty years as a professional dog trainer with 9 books, appearances on PBS, quotes on Oprah’s magazine, and a consultant for service dog organizations, Sarah brings a breadth of experience to her work. Her focus? A calm, confident, connected dog responding happily and quickly.

Courtney Sims

Equine Expert: Courtney Sims

Courtney Sims grew up in an equestrian home where she rode her first horse at 3 years old. As a young adult, she went on to work as a ranch hand at The Shadbolt Ranch in Merriman, Nebraska. There she refined her skills training young horses under saddle. She worked with unhandled horses and trained them to become working ranch horses. She then trained under Saddlebred and Hunter-Jumper trainer, Kris Wallace, at her facility in Columbia, Missouri. For the last two years, under Kris’ guidance, Courtney has trained at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. Courtney’s daily tasks at the Ranch include training mules, donkeys and horses that are recovering from past abuse, neglect and/or poor handling. She meets with potential adopters to help them find their perfect match. Courtney also teaches riding lessons at Longmeadow to help increase the riding skills of potential adopters, volunteers, and staff members.

Debra Horwitz

Feline Expert: Dr. Debra Horwitz

Dr. Debra Horwitz received her DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She is a frequent lecturer in both North America and abroad on behavioral medicine. Her newest book, Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior 2nd edition published in 2018. Her other books include the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine and lead editor of Decoding your Dog. She is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists NAVC 2012 and NAVC 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year.

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