We are an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in Southeast Missouri. We envision a community where every animal has a safe and loving home. Our care and support helps more than 2,000 animals stay off the street each year.

We receive no operating funds from the government or the Humane Society of the United States. We rely on the love and support of our community for volunteers and donations to continue our mission.

Our

Vision

Southeast Missouri Pets believes that animals and people enrich each other’s lives. Our goal is to save every adoptable pet in our care and reduce the pet overpopulation through education and providing families the opportunity to better their lives through the human pet bond.

Our

Mission

Southeast Missouri Pets serves our communities by nurturing the human pet bond by providing shelter care and advocacy for homeless pets and providing spay and neuter resources and education for people.

OUR

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Charlotte Craig, President
Everett Cassady, Treasurer
Karen Honaas, Secretary
Janet Robert, Board Member
Glenda Quinn, Board Member
Sam Herndon, Board Member
Marsha Haskell, Board Member
Lois Long, Board Member

Meet the Executive Director

Jenn Farmer

Jenn Farmer has always had a love of animals even as a small child growing up in Morris, Illinois.  She is a mom of 3 grown children and has 6 fur babies, that keep her on her toes!  She is a former Autism and Behavior Consultant for a local school.  She and her therapy dog were together most of the time.  Jenn started her journey at SEMO Pets as a volunteer, who even took laundry home on the weekends to keep the shelter caught up.  She then began working weekends and summers while off of school, before taking the full-time position as Volunteer Coordinator.   After hard work and determination, she accepted the Executive Director position in January of 2023.  Jenn not only loves people, but she found her true passion working with the pets at the shelter and finding them their forever homes.  In her spare time, which is limited due to the long days she puts in at the shelter, she enjoys working out at the gym and spending quiet evenings at home with her fur babies.  Jenn Farmer truly puts her heart into her work, and it shows with everything she does for the shelter.

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Meet the Development Director

Mary Burton

Mary has served as Development Director of Southeast Missouri Pets since January 2023 when she came out of retirement to assist with building a stronger Southeast Missouri Pets development program.

Mary has been a life-long lover of all of God’s creatures both large and small, having been raised on a farm in southern Illinois. Her family has had the blessing of sharing their home with a myriad of pets over the years -all of whom have been strays or shelter pets sent to bring love and joy to their home.

Mary served as the Executive Director of Community Counseling Center Foundation from 2013 until her retirement in 2020.  She was Executive Director of the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation from 2006 -2013, and Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Southeast Missouri Chapter from 1990-2006.

She is the proud mother of Cole (Nikki) Burton and Annie (Elliot) Shearon.  She has taken on the challenge of being the best grandmother in the world to Gage, Harlow, and Lake.

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Meet the Volunteer Coordinator and Marketing Director

Kelli Dysinger

Kelli grew up in Jackson, Missouri and now resides in Cape Girardeau.  Kelli graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in graphic design, mass communications and marketing. She was awarded an Addy Award, American Advertising Award in a state competition for graphic design.  Kelli’s designs were featured during the First Friday Arts Council Exhibit in 2003.  Kelli owned Threadz and Treads for 15 years, closing her business in November 2022.  She began her journey with Southeast Missouri Pets as the Volunteer Coordinator in January 2023.  Kelli is accountable for graphic design, assists with social media and holds the responsibility for over 500 volunteers which are the life blood of the shelter.   In October 2023 Kelli was promoted to Marketing, Events and Volunteer Coordinator.  She has the responsibility for coordinating events, volunteer recruitment, training and coordination, intern recruitment and the marketing campaigns at the shelter.

Kelli is married to Joseph and has one daughter, Maddie.  She has a huge love for her 6 fur babies, ranging from 9 pounds all the way to 80 pounds!  Kelli and her husband Joseph are avid defenders of pets in our area, especially pit bulls.  She is never afraid to take on a new task and jump right into the next event.

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