About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Humane Society of Ray County is to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats, and to care for them for the time required to place them as healthy, spayed or neutered pets in loving homes.

We provide care for pets who are lost, strayed, or unwanted, and for animals whose owners are forced by conditions beyond their control to offer them for placement in new homes. In the case of lost or strayed animals, we make a sincere effort to reunite them with their owners before offering them for adoption.

Who We Are

The Humane Society of Ray County is a volunteer-based, independent animal shelter, helping dogs and cats without homes. We have no affiliation with the Ray County government.

All animals accepted at the shelter are fully vaccinated per age and weight, microchipped, and spayed or neutered before being offered for adoption. Before and after spaying or neutering we house, feed, and care for them until they can be adopted.

All staff members are volunteers, and we do not have any paid staff. Our incredible volunteers donate countless hours of time and effort each year to keep operations at the shelter running smoothly. The only payments we make to individuals go to the veterinarian who provides spaying, neutering, and medical care for ill animals.

Adoptable pets are ready for you at the Humane Society of Ray County

Use of Funds

We gain funding from donations and adoption fees, and that’s it. We have no other source of income. We do not receive any funding from any government entity, nor do we have any foundation grants. To understand the importance of donations, it’s important to understand how the money is used.


Our facilities occupy the former Ray County jail, provided to us at no cost through the generosity of Ray County, Missouri. We are thankful to occupy our building rent-free, courtesy of the Ray County government, but we are responsible for all operating expenses and ongoing maintenance. All utilities and other expenses, including said maintenance and upkeep, are paid for by the community through donated funds.

Animal Care

Upon arrival at the shelter, both dogs and cats get a full veterinary workup as soon as possible. They receive a checkup, all necessary shots according to their age and weight, a microchip, and they’re spayed or neutered. If they’re ill, they’re treated for their illness. On average, the adoption fees almost cover the cost of the veterinary services (except in the case of sick animals). So a pet who comes to us, gets the necessary services, and is adopted out almost immediately will usually not incur excessive expense. However, the longer the animals stay with us, the more money they cost to care for over time.

Of course, that doesn’t include their share of heat, air conditioning, lights, food, water, bedding, litter, or even laundry expenses. You’d be amazed how much money it takes to operate an animal shelter!

Make a Difference

The Humane Society of Ray County is a non-profit organization. We rely on the generosity of our donors and volunteers to continue placing at-risk dogs and cats into loving homes, which is why we ask for your help. If it weren’t for pet lovers’ generous donations — of both time and money — we would have to close this operation down and walk away. If you’re ready to make an impact, call or email us today for more information on ways to get involved.

Ready to Adopt?

If you’re looking for your next dog or cat to become a new member of the family, consider adopting from the Humane Society of Ray County. We have all shapes, sizes, and colors available for adoption.

cats and dogs