In 1978 a group of neighbors got together to provide foster homes and find families for the ever-increasing number of stray animals roaming their area. As the program grew, it became apparent that a shelter facility was necessary. After ten years of fund raising, the Tri-Lakes Animal Shelter opened in June, 1988.
In 1995, we changed our name to Humane Society of the Branson Tri-Lakes Area. However, in 2013 another humane society opened in the Branson area, so as not to cause confusion, we are changed our name back to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.
Today, our animal shelter is an invaluable temporary home for almost 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens every year. Since we have an adoption rate of more than three times the national average, the vast majority of our "adorable adoptables" are placed in loving homes.
As time and funding allow, we are always trying to improve our facility. In 2009/2010 we updated our intake and isolation area and puppy room. We were also able to enclose our area for medium size dogs and add a clinic area to the back of our building. In 2011 we added metal, carport type covers over our exercise areas to give the dogs shade during their "playdays". In 2012 we were able to asphalt our parking lot and install fencing over almost all of our property so the dogs can now have exercise/play areas in the grass.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
The Tri-Lakes Humane Society is a local non-profit organization that provides shelter for lost, abandoned, and unwanted animals while actively seeking loving, permanent homes for them. We give every animal who comes to us as much time as funding and space allow to find a new home. We advocate the humane treatment of all animals, and each animal adopted from our Society is spayed or neutered according to state law. We encourage spaying and neutering of all domestic animals through educational programs within the community, and we encourage other opportunities for interaction between The Humane Society, its animals and the community.
Our primary goal is a 100% adoption rate for all adoptable animals who find their way to our shelter. In order to achieve this goal, we will strive to attract adequate funding to assure our shelter's ongoing operation. We will also make every effort to educate the public about the necessity of spaying and neutering their pets to reduce the number of unwanted animals in our area and surrounding communities. Now, working with the SAAFhouse Spay/Neuter Clinic in Springfield, all animals adopted from our facility are altered. We feel this is a huge asset to our community and to the adopters that choose our shelter to find their new best friend.
WHY WE SUCCEED:
One reason our adoption rate is three times the national average is that we do not wait for the public to come to us. We take our homeless animals to the public. Our volunteers transport shelter animals to area businesses who offer space for us to showcase our furry orphans.
Because we receive no federal, state or county funding, we rely solely on donations, fundraisers and revenues from our Thrift Shop, to keep our doors open. We are grateful for the continued respect, appreciation and support of our local veterinarians and media, including the Branson Tri-Lakes News, Stone County Gazette, KSPR/Channel 33, and KOMC/KRZK Hometown Radio, who help us showcase our shelter animals and find them homes.
Our dedicated staff and volunteers are the backbone of our shelter. They provide the loving care to keep the animals safe until a permanent home can be found.
SHELTER INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS:
Our hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Phone Number: 417-272-8113 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: (mailing) P O Box 588; (physical) 102 Washboard Hollow Road, Reeds Spring, MO 65737
From Springfield, Missouri - Take Hwy 160/13 south to the stoplight at Old Wilderness Road. Turn left and go 1.5 miles to Spring Street. Turn left and go to bottom of the hill, our driveway is on the left.
From Branson, Missouri - Take Hwy 76 West to Bus Hwy 13 in Branson West, turn right then yield right onto Hwy 13 and go approixmately 1.5 miles to the stoplight at Old Wilderness Road. Turn right and travel approximately 1.5 miles to Spring Street. Turn left, our driveway is at the bottom of the hill on the left.
THRIFT SHOP INFORMATION:
The Thrift Shop is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday. We are closed on Monday and Wednesday. (If Reeds Spring schools are closed due to inclement weather, the thrift shop is closed.) We are located at 22173 Main Street, Reeds Spring, phone: 417-272-8686. Please note, we are unable to accept large furniture donations.
SATELLITE ADOPTION LOCATIONS:
On Saturdays (weather permitting and having volunteers) we transport some of our adorable adoptables to the Springfield, Missouri, PetSmart store located on South Glenstone, in search of responsible, loving homes. Saturday adoption hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Contact the shelter at 417-272-8113 for a schedule of these special adoptions.
The first Saturday of the month, we are now transporting dogs/puppies for adoption to the PetCo store located on Branson Hills Parkway in Branson, Missouri.
At various times thoughout the year, other organizations and businesses hold fundraising and adoption events for our shelter. Our animals can be seen at these locations. Watch for information in supporting newspapers and check this website often for upcoming events.