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 Shelter Address

4221 Hanover Rd
Columbia, IL 62236

(618) 939-PETZ (7389)

Hours of Operation

Monday Closed
Tuesday 2 to 7pm
Wednesday 2 to 7pm
Thursday 2 to 7pm
Friday 2 to 6pm
Saturday 11am to 5pm
Sunday Noon to 4pm

Offsite Adoption Locations

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.

Hours of Operation

Monday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 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.