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So now you know what you want and how to look for it. Find out where to start meeting pets from Helping Strays!

How to Adopt from Us

Places to Meet Our Pets

Where to go for a personal introduction

Many of our dogs and cats are housed at the Helping Strays shelter conveniently located off IL Rt. 3 between Columbia and Waterloo, IL, just a short drive from St Louis. The shelter houses up to twenty-nine (29) adult dogs and over forty (40) cats. Helping Strays moved in to this location in the Summer of 2016, which was a landmark achievement — previously, Helping Strays' housing for animals was a small leased building south of Waterloo, and prior to residing there we consisted solely of foster families. See our capital campaign information on how you can help support our new shelter!

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00am – 2:00pm
  11:00am – 7:00pm (Summer Only)
Thursday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Offsite Adoption Locations

Waterloo Feed and Pet Supply

401 W. Third Street
Waterloo, IL 62298

(618) 939-6800

"Meow Town," a large walk-in cat area inside Waterloo Feed and Pet Supply, is home to several cats and kittens. Visitors can to come to the store during any normal business hours Monday through Saturday to meet and adopt them.

Adoption Hours
Monday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Friday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 8:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday Closed

Belleville Crossings PetSmart

5801 Belleville Crossing St.
Belleville, IL 62226

(618) 222-1634

Stop by the Belleville Crossings PetSmart to visit our cats and kittens in the Cat Adoption Center.

Adoption Hours
Monday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

Pets on the Air

KSDK – TV Channel 5
A Helping Strays pet is featured every Tuesday morning at 6:25 during the Sammy's Stars segment.

Offsite Adoption Events

Helping Strays holds off-sight events many weekends during the year. We can be found at community events throughout the county, as well as at St. Louis Metro area pet stores such as Waterloo Feed and Pet Supply, the Belleville Crossing PetSmart and Treats Unleashed, Oakville, MO. Please check our Blog calendar for an upcoming event near you.