Board of Directors
Hunt Tainter DVM
Kim Post DVM
It is the mission of MCCA to:
Provide safe refuge for animals in
To provide rehabilitation to all
animals in our care, be it mental,
physical, medical or simply
quality of life.
Never to turn our heads to the
forgotten, unwanted sick, abused,
hungry or cold- to help them
rehabilitate, and complete their
journey to a safe and loving forever
To engage the community to aide in
awareness, education and
It is our mission to be good
custodians to the animals of this
|We are located 6 miles East of Hermann, MO off of
Hwy 94. Take Hwy 94 to Massas Creek Road. Turn
North on Massas Creek Road and go 3.5 miles. The
shelter is well marked.
MCCA was founded in 1999 by the late Joan Costello Oetting. Joan may not
be a household name, but she has many grateful companion animals whose
lives she has saved.
After Joan’s passing in 2014, her daughter, Claire Haggerty, stepped in to
keep MCCA’s mission going. Having spent her entire life working with and
learning from her mother, Claire ensures the lost animals of the area have a
place to live, rehabilitate, and find new guardians.
In the early 1970's Joan partnered with Carol Perkins, wife of the late Marlin
Perkins, to form Open Door Animal Sanctuary in St. Louis, Missouri. She left
Open Door in 1980 because of family obligations but remained a staunch
supporter of the organization. Open Door is now a large self funded animal
rescue. Joan moved to the Hermann area 1992 and ran a small private
animal rescue. There was not an animal rescue facility in the area and the
needs of homeless animals was great and growing more urgent.
With the number of homeless animals growing by the day Joan opened
MCCA in 1999 with the completion of a new kennel to include nine dog runs,
a feed storage room, a dog bathing room, a cat room and living quarters for
an attendant. Another kennel area was built with 15 dog runs and was
completed in 2006.
MCCA is a non profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that depends on the
generous support of its members to care for the homeless animals within our
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