? SAM - 501 c3 nonprofit Non Profit, Missouri state licensed Animal Rescue/Shelter

Welcome to Stray Animals Matter!

SAM is a state-licensed program dedicated to helping to reduce feral cat populations in SW Missouri through TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most effective and humane method to treat feral cats and manage their colonies. For more information on TNR, see our What is TNR? page.

During the TNR process, all cats are scanned for a microchip, and if one is found, they are returned to their guardians. Friendly cats and kittens without microchips are moved to a rehabilitation and adoption program. It is our goal to provide enough foster homes for the cats and kittens that they all have homes until they can be placed into their furever adoptive homes.

We are a 501 c3 nonprofit organization that runs strictly on donations and volunteers, and can't do it without your help. If you are an animal lover and want to be a volunteer, fill out a volunteer or foster application. If you would prefer to donate, see our monetary or supply donation options. On our Donations tab, you can also see options for business sponsorship or direct veterinary payments.

Unfortunately at this time, we are not set up to accept animal surrenders. If you have an animal that you cannot keep, see our Friends page for links to other local rescues who might have space.

Some of our Adopted Meows

All Our Meows include Routine vetting for placement includes: FIV/FeLV test, combo vaccine, rabies vaccine, ear mite medicine, wormer, flea treatment and spay or neuter.

Meet Available Meows

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