APA to Assist Pets and Families Facing Eviction or Foreclosure
By: Sarah Javier, Executive Director | July 27, 2020
PRESS RELEASE – JULY 24, 2020
As millions of households face eviction or foreclosure, the APA is keeping pets and people together through fostering and resource support.
A nationwide eviction crisis is anticipated as enhanced unemployment benefits and eviction moratoriums draw to a close in the coming week, with several million households possibly being displaced. In anticipation of this, the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) is launching an expansion of their Pet Partners outreach program to help pets and families remain together, providing temporary fostering and resource support for families being evicted or losing their housing.
“Pets are family and we believe all members of the family should stay together,” said APA president and executive director Sarah Javier. “While housing instability is often a temporary situation for people, for pets who are often surrendered to a shelter or left behind, the situation is permanent. The APA is here to help.”
The APA launched the Pet Partners program in 2018 to provide resources and support to owned pets in vulnerable and under-resourced communities. In response to the anticipated eviction crisis, the APA will be expanding the Pet Partners program to include crisis housing support to individuals and families facing eviction or foreclosure in St. Louis County. Pets being cared for in this program will receive temporary fostering, food, vaccinations, and flea/tick/heartworm preventative at no cost to the pet owner, and once housing is secured, the pet and family will be reunited.
Families in need of this program should contact the APA at 314.645.4610 to learn more. Foster volunteers and donations are needed to help support this life-saving program. To complete a foster application or make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our website at apamo.org.