Professional pet lovers!

The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) welcomes young professionals (aged 21-40) to join our Young Friends group!
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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 Young Professional Who Loves Pets?

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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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Attend one of our upcoming events

Click below for upcoming events and details.
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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.
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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 résumé.

  • 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

June 20, 2024

Purses for Pooches

6 to 8 p.m.
1201 Macklind

Sip cocktails, sample delicious hors d’oeuvres, and purchase a chance to win one of dozens of gorgeous designer purses from designers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Jimmy Choo.

See Event Page

Sept. 20, 2024

Glow in the Park

5:30 to 10 p.m.
Forest Park

Glow in the Park guests receive private entry to Forest Park, valet parking, dinner and cocktails, and of course, an up-close and personal view of the spectacular Great Forest Park Balloon Glow.

See Event Page

Date Coming Soon

Barktoberfest

Details Coming Soon

You and your pup do not want to miss this year’s Barktoberfest. This pup-friendly event is sure to kick off a fun Halloween weekend. There will be a costume contest for you AND your pup with prizes like pet portraits, Blues tickets and more!

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    May 18, 2024 

    Bark in the Park

    8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    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

    June 20, 2024

    Purses for Pooches

    6 to 8 p.m.
    1201 Macklind

    Sip cocktails, sample delicious hors d’oeuvres, and purchase a chance to win one of dozens of gorgeous designer purses from designers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Jimmy Choo.

    See Event Page

    Sept. 20, 2024

    Glow in the Park

    5:30 to 10 p.m.
    Forest Park

    Glow in the Park guests receive private entry to Forest Park, valet parking, dinner and cocktails, and of course, an up-close and personal view of the spectacular Great Forest Park Balloon Glow.

    See Event Page

    Date Coming Soon

    Barktoberfest

    Details Coming Soon

    You and your pup do not want to miss this year’s Barktoberfest. This pup-friendly event is sure to kick off a fun Halloween weekend. There will be a costume contest for you AND your pup with prizes like pet portraits, Blues tickets and more!

    See Event Page
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      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!
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      September 15, 2023

      Glow in the Park

      5 to 11 p.m. in Forest Park
      See Event Page
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      September 27, 2023

      WLC Paint Your Pet Night

      5 to 7 p.m. at HSMO on Macklind
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      October 3, 2023

      Yappy Hour

      5 to 7 p.m. at Bar K
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      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 Sarah Schimmele at 314.951.1521 or [email protected].