Barking Up the Right Tree: Humane Society of Missouri

In 2015, Emily Daigh made a New Year’s resolution to do more in her community. As a dog lover, volunteering with the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) was a perfect fit.

Luckily for the associates she works with at Scottrade’s headquarters, she stuck with her resolution.

Thanks to Daigh and the HSMO, associates over the past couple of years have had the opportunity to take an annual puppy break, spending a few minutes with adoptable puppies through the Humane Society’s Puppy Gram program.

The Puppy Gram is an opportunity for the Humane Society to deliver adoptable shelter pups for a 30-minute play date in the workplace. This year, two out of the three puppies that came for the Puppy Gram were adopted by Scottrade associates.

“The best part of the Puppy Gram is seeing the sheer joy people have when they first see these cute puppies coming through the lobby,” said Daigh, a senior advertising specialist within Scottrade’s Marketing team. “Every year the crowd grows.”

While she spends about four hours a month teaching obedience and taking dogs on a walk through her volunteering efforts, it creates a win-win for both Scottrade and HSMO. Scottrade associates can volunteer up to 50 hours per year for qualifying charities and Scottrade will pay those charities $20 per hour for each hour worked.

Scottrade has been a longtime supporter of the Humane Society of Missouri, sponsoring events including Bark in the Park, raising nearly $35,000 in donations from associates and volunteers at the Humane Society’s Second Chances Telethon, which raises funds for the Rescued Pet Trauma Fund.