Rescued dogs in Cabool go to St. Louis after money troubles

This rescured dog is one that was moved from Cabool to St. Louis on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (Humane Society of Missouri)
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CABOOL, Mo. – The Humane Society of Missouri on Monday took custody of 156 dogs from a longstanding no-kill shelter in Cabool that recently ran into financial difficulty. Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue voluntarily gave up the rescued dogs so the Humane Society can put them up for adoption.

Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue has been in business for about 20 years, according to a Rachel Brown of St. Louis, who recently volunteered to be the facility’s spokeswoman. It has a 300-dog facility that costs its owners $10,000 to $12,000 a week.

The owners recouped their costs by taking the dogs to St. Louis and putting them up for adoption for a fee. Petco recently stopped letting Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue use its store as a site for the adoptions after getting “three complaints in six months” about the quality or condition of the dogs, said Brown.

That loss of an adoption site put the owners of Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue in a bind. They recently haven't been able to pay their staff or buy food for the dogs.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture inspects Diana’s Grove. Its latest inspection report says, in inspections conducted in September and last Friday, it found some enclosures housed too many dogs (14 instead of 12), four outdoor enclosures had no “shelter structures” available to the dogs, one outdoor enclosure had a broken chain link panel, five dogs were in pens without the required minimum amount of floor space, and a couple of dogs didn’t have enough head space in their pens.

Both inspections were made after a complaint in August and a complaint in December about Diana’s Grove selling a dog with a cough, and sending medicine for the cough with the new owner.

“Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue is the only option for thousands of dogs in southern Missouri. Right now, we are experiencing an unexpected, short-term financial crisis that left us temporarily unable to care for all of the dogs at our facility,” said Amanda Sheffield, board of directors president, in a news release. “To protect the interests of our dogs and allow us to focus on necessary organizational changes, we’ve asked the Humane Society of Missouri to make some of our dogs available for adoption through their facilities. We greatly appreciate their support as we work towards a new and financially sustainable chapter for Diana’s Grove.”

All of the dogs being transferred were examined last Friday by the State of Missouri’s chief veterinarian and Department of Agriculture and were deemed healthy and fit for adoption. Per HSMO protocol, they will also be examined by veterinarians upon arrival at HSMO before being released for adoption in the next several weeks.

“Often, the Humane Society of Missouri is a safety net for homeless animals in Missouri. We are glad Diana’s Grove reached out for help to give their dogs the best opportunity for forever homes. We support Diana’s Grove’s efforts to improve their situation so they can continue to help animals in their community,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri.

Diana’s Grove is the only dog shelter serving the high-need, low-income southern Missouri region. So far in 2016, Diana’s Grove has facilitated adoptions for more than 2,200 dogs and puppies, and facilitated nearly 2,000 alterations preventing 11,000 puppies. The dogs remaining at Diana’s Grove are available for adoption at

Monetary donations to help care for the animals at Diana’s Grove may be made at or at through PayPal.

To arrange a pickup or drop off of donations of dog/puppy food, dog igloos, newspapers, dog beds, leashes, collars, and grooming supplies, email

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This is one of the dogs moved from Cabool to St. Louis on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (Humane Society of Missouri)
Dr. Julie Brinker examines a dog transported from Cabool to St. Louis on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (Humane Society of Missouri)