About Five Acres

Our mission is to end pet homelessness,
promote responsible pet ownership, and advocate for animal welfare.

Five Acres Animal Shelter is a no-kill animal shelter in St. Charles County, Missouri. We do not euthanize our animals to make room for new ones. The dogs and cats in our care stay as long as needed until they find their forever home. We only humanely euthanize when a situation arises that an animal can no longer live a high quality of life, according to one of our trusted veterinarians, based on the animal’s medical state or in the rare case of extreme aggression.

The majority of our animals come from private citizens who are unable to keep their pets for one reason or another, and we love and care for them until we find another family for them to join. We also work with local animal control facilities and other overcrowded shelters in Missouri and other parts of the country to transfer animals to Five Acres that face euthanasia.

Most of the animals we accept are healthy, however we do take some animals in bad shape who require extensive veterinary care. These pets need our help the most but their care can be very costly, even with local veterinarians assisting us in keeping costs down. This is why we created our special needs program, Shadow’s Fund. This program allows us to care for special needs animals that need a chance.

Donors such as yourself help us provide care for these animals, whether making a monetary or in-kind donation, volunteering or fostering an animal. Five Acres Animal Shelter is a 501C3 non-profit organization. and relies on private donations, corporate support, events and grants.

Exciting Update! 

As of August 1, 2020, Five Acres Animal Shelter will take over the care of the animals at the St. Charles City Animal Shelter. This partnership will be great for the city and for Five Acres as we work together to find forever homes for these animals. To learn more about this, please click here:  As a result of this partnership, Five Acres will now have two locations:

Five Acres Animal Shelter, 1099 Pralle Lane, St. Charles, MO 63303

Five Acres Animal Shelter – Randolph, 2835 W. Randolph Street, St. Charles, MO 63301


A Look Back at 2020…

2020 was a year unlike any other, but we are proud of the progress we made as a shelter while still providing a high level of care to our animals. Below is a snapshot of our success in 2020, or you can read our full report HERE: 2020 In Review