Professional pet lovers!

The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) welcomes young professionals (aged 21-40) to join our Young Friends group!
Through meetings and events, you will develop leadership and professional skills through networking, volunteering, fundraising event support, and social opportunities centered around HSMO’s vision of a compassionate community where people and animals are cared for and valued.

Are You a Professional Pet Lover?

Calling all professionals ages 21 to 40 who are passionate about animals. Join the Humane Society of Missouri's Young Friends group. Engage in impactful meetings, hands-on volunteering, fundraising and networking with like-minded enthusiasts. Together, let’s create a world where we provide second chances for the animals who need us. Join us today and make a meaningful difference!

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Make it official

Young Friends members contribute a minimum of $50 annually as a charitable donation to uphold the mission of HSMO. Your gift supports the Animal Cruelty Task Force and is eligible for tax deduction.
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Make a difference

There are many opportunities for Young Friends to get involved and make a difference. Get started by volunteering or becoming an animal advocate.
Advocate for Animals

Young Friends will support the Humane Society of Missouri by:

  • Obtaining sponsorships and auction items for HSMO signature events.

  • Volunteering with HSMO signature events and exclusive opportunities.

  • Serving as “Ambassadors of Fun” at events and socials.

  • Authentically connecting with the organization’s gratitude efforts.

  • Contributing new fundraising ideas for Young Friends to plan and carry out.

Young Friends will have the opportunity to:

  • Authentically engage with other young professionals in social, volunteer, and professional capacities.

  • Receive a $50 discount on adoptions.

  • Receive $50 off your first checkup at our Animal Medical Center of Mid-America.**
  • Have a positive and impactful experience to include on your resume.

  • Request a recommendation letter or referral from senior leadership at HSMO.

  • Receive appreciation of your time and commitment.

  • Have opportunities to meet the animals you are working to help!

**one time, new clients only

Young Friends Upcoming Events

Paint Your Pet night

April 6, 2024 

Shelter Volunteer Day 

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
1201 Macklind Avenue

We would love to have your help giving second chances to the animals in our care.

Paint Your Pet night

May 18, 2024 

Bark in the Park

Tower Grove Park

Grab your friends and your four-legged companion and join us in beautiful Tower Grove Park for the 29th annual Bark in the Park, presented by Purina!

See Event Page

    August 26, 2023

    Dog Days of Summer: Shelter Volunteer Day and Tour at Best Buddy Center

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    at HSMO Best Buddy Center
    in Maryland Heights

    This event is for all WLC members and anyone interested in learning more about our group. Children are welcome! Lunch is provided!

    September 15, 2023

    Glow in the Park

    5 to 11 p.m. in Forest Park
    See Event Page

    September 27, 2023

    WLC Paint Your Pet Night

    5 to 7 p.m. at HSMO on Macklind

    October 3, 2023

    Yappy Hour

    5 to 7 p.m. at Bar K

    November 29, 2023

    WLC Holiday Party

    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Racquet Club Ladue
    To renew your membership, learn more or ask questions, contact Arthur Hailand at 314.951.1584 or [email protected].