Our Mission

We promote animal and human welfare through:

  • care and adoption of homeless animals;
  • programs that enrich people’s lives through animal interaction.

Our Methods

We seek to fulfill our Mission by providing:

  • an open-admission shelter where homeless animals receive compassionate treatment, medical care, and adoption opportunities;
  • life-saving approaches to animal care including animal fostering, transportation, and off-site adoptions;
  • community programs that unite people and animals for learning opportunities and enjoyment; and
  • educational programs that reduce animal abuse, pet overpopulation, and euthanasia.

FCHS is an open-admission animal shelter, which means we accept all stray dogs and cats brought to us and provide them the opportunity of adoption into forever homes. We do not accept feral cats brought to our shelter in a trap.  Feral cats are not adoptable as pets.  We are the only open-admission animal shelter within a 40-mile radius.  Each year we serve thousands of pets in Franklin County, Missouri and surrounding areas including: Augusta, Gerald, Hermann, Labadie, New Haven, Pacific, Robertsville, St. Albans, St. Clair, Sullivan, Owensville, Union, Washington and more.

It costs over $1,200 a day to operate our shelter.  We are supported by donations, fundraisers, grants and fees.  We do not receive funding from Humane Society of Missouri, the United Way, federal, state or county governments or any animal welfare organizations.

We welcome support from our community.  Learn more about opportunities to donate and volunteer.  Meet our adoptable pets.  Explore our services.