By: Sarah Javier, Executive Director | April 30, 2018
Wow, 2017 was purrtty great! The APA found loving, safe homes for 3,463 pets – our biggest year yet! This exciting feat would not have been possible without support from the community. Every furry, feathered and scale-y friend at the APA is beyond grateful for each adopter, donor and volunteer who helped us achieve success over the past year.
So, what did we accomplish? The answer is A LOT!
In 2017, our adoption program continued to grow thanks to our transfer program, which helps needy pets from across the state and country get a chance to be adopted.
Our education program also expanded its reach, engaging nearly 7,000 adults and children through our education and community programs, both inside and outside the adoption center.
Our wellness program continues to offer low-cost veterinary care to families that need it and our Hope Fund underwrote the medical expenses of 65 special needs pets.
The claws and effect of support from the community can be seen across our pillar programs, but also in the innovative approach to our mission. From launching the Senior Saviors foster program, which brings foster puppies and kittens to senior living communities to our “pop-up” playdates across the St. Louis region, we brought people and pets together in some unexpected and exciting new ways this year. We also piloted a new anti-bullying program for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in two local elementary schools, which garnered rave reviews. For our adult friends, we welcomed Yoga+Cats, which provided opportunities for people to enhance their wellness efforts with the help of our feline yoga assistants.
Whether it is adopting a pet, volunteering time or making a donation, the St. Louis community and the support they provide are pawsitively wonderful. This support makes an impact not only on the lives of pets, but people too.
To learn more about the successes of 2017, please check out our full impact report.
By: Sarah Javier, Executive Director | April 22, 2018
Toby and his six litter mates were transferred to The APA on 2/11/17 from a small, rural area in southeast Missouri, just a few miles from the Arkansas border. They received a medical exam upon arrival and were dewormed and vaccinated. Since they were too young and small for surgery, they were sent to a foster home for a little while to give them time to grow big and strong.
As luck would have it, the Brown Family crossed paths with Toby while he was in his foster home and immediately fell in love! Toby remained in his foster home until March 14, 2017 when he was finally big enough to be neutered. On March 15, 2017, the Brown Family was anxiously waiting at our front doors when we opened to adopt Toby and take him home.
Just a little over a year later, the Brown family says that deciding to make Toby a part of their family was one of the best decisions they have made. He settled into their home right away and was completely housetrained within one month. Not only has he brought a tremendous amount of joy to their family, but they have made him a pretty happy pup, as well.