About Polk County Humane Society

Polk County Humane Society is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that depends on gifts and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are a no-kill animal shelter serving Polk County, Missouri. We also work with surrounding communities and animal welfare groups in rural southwest Missouri. We facilitate 400-500 pet adoptions per year. Our goal is to help abandoned, sick, abused and neglected animales find forever homes.

Our Mission

It is the purpose of the Polk County Humane Society to alleviate conditions contributing to the distress and suffering of animals, to promote their health and welfare, to operate a shelter for abused, abandoned or unwanted animals. In order to accomplish our mission, we strive to:


  • promote temporary sanctuary to lost, abandoned or abused domestic animals;
  • promote adoption;
  • provide medical care to all of the animals in our care;
  • eliminate overpopulation of animals by promoting education about spay and neuter; and
  • provide education about responsible pet guardianship.


Our Staff

Lindy Stubbs, Shelter Manager

Lauren Purcell, Staff

Vicki Haworth, Staff


Our Board of Directors

Open positions for the Polk County Humane Society Board are filled through publications in our local newspaper, nominations from current board members or interest expressed by a volunteer. Standing board members vote on nominees to fill the vacancy or replace a board member whose term has expired.


President: Denni McColm

Vice President: Michael Montana

Secretary: Jaime Sprague

Treasurer: Russ Jenkins

Board Member: Barbara McColm

Board Member: Michelle Derby

Board Member: Marilynn Gehrlein

Board Member: Drew Alexander



Occasionally, there is an opening on the Polk County Humane Society Board of Directors. If you would be interested in filling a position on the board, please review these expectations and complete the online application form.

Our History

In 1991, the Mayor of Bolivar, Missouri called a group of concerned citizens together to discuss the problem of stray and abandoned cats and dogs in the area. This meeting resulted in the creation of Polk County Humane Society (PCHS) on August 13, 1991.


Polk County Humane Society drafted by-laws, including a no-kill shelter policy. Federal tax-exempt status was sought and granted. A board of directors was elected and the members opened their hearts and their homes to foster the animals until forever and suitable home could be found.


In 1996, Polk County Humane Society raised funds through events and donations, along with a grant from the Margarite Doe Foundation to construct an addition to and improve the shelter facility.


In 2001, PCHS began utilizing PetSmart adoption events so rural Polk County dogs and cats can have more adoption opportunities in the greater Springfield area.


On December 1, 2006, Going to the Dogs resale shop was opened to aid in raising funds for PCHS. This store took donations of household items from the community for resale; all proceeds going to feed and care for the animals. In 2007, PCHS took steps to create a new no-kill shelter facility that would better serve the community.


PCHS facilitated 200-300 adoptions per year while working on the new shelter. The new shelter was completed in 2009 and has the capacity to house 40 dogs, 16 puppies and 20 cats.


On October 1, 2010, PCHS opened the doors to the new Shelter. To assure the success of the new shelter, PCHS closed the thrift store and focused efforts solely on the shelter in early 2011.


Since the shelter opened in 2010, PCHS has averaged 400-500 adoptions per year. Our staff size remains the same, but our team of volunteers continues to grow. 



Contact Us Today!

Polk County Humane Society
4404 S. 82nd Road

P.O. Box 334

Bolivar, Missouri 65613
Phone: (417) 777-3647

email: GoingToTheDogs1@Windstream.net

Polk County Humane Society Shelter is open:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Weather permitting, you will also find us at PetSmart on  Saturdays

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© Polk County Humane Society is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to PCHS are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. PCHS's tax identification number is 43-1590822.