The Central Missouri Humane Society held a meeting Tuesday evening to hear arguments regarding a possible change to their pet placement policy.
Officials at the organization, a nonprofit that aims to promote pet care and rescue animals from dying in shelters, proposed that the Humane Society should alleviate the problem of overcrowded shelters by relaxing pet adoption policies, NBC affiliate KOMU reports.
While some volunteers acknowledge that looser restrictions would help to increase the rates of pet adoptions, they worry that the animals could go to owners who are not fit for adequate pet care.
"The board’s perspective is valid and brings a lot to the table, but the volunteers also want to be heard," Amanda Stogsdill, Human Society volunteer and owner of a shelter pet told the news provider. "Volunteers see what goes on in the shelter every day, whereas many of the board members are not actively involved in day to day processes."
Among the policy changes the nonprofit is considering, officials wish to forego background checks of prospective pet owners through references such as landlords, co-workers and friends.
The U.S. Humane Society reports that there are about 74.8 million owned dogs in the U.S. and about 3 million to 4 million in shelters.