Summer Classes at the APA

By: | June 8, 2017

Safety With Animals

Saturday, June 24th at 11am
Saturday, July 29th at 11am

Kids learn the ways dogs and cats communicate, the proper way to approach a dog and what to do if approached by a stray animal. Ages 4+.

Caring for Your Cat

Wednesday, June 28th at 1pm
Wednesday, July 12th at 1pm
Friday, July 14th at 1pm
Friday, July 21st at 1pm
Wednesday, August 2nd at 1pm

Attendees will learn about things to consider when adopting a cat, how to care for a cat once they are home, how to best interact with a cat and interpreting a cat’s body language. This class is open to children and adults of all ages. There is no cost to attend, however, donations to support our animals are always welcome.

Classes are held at the APA (1705 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63144).

To reserve a space for any of these classes, please email or call 314-645-4610.

Keep Pets Out of Cars in Warm Weather

By: | January 14, 2015

Remind your family not to leave animals unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a day when the temperature is about 85 degrees, inside a car with the windows opened slightly it can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After thirty minutes, the temperature will reach 120degrees.

At 110º, pets are in danger of heatstroke. This can happen even with a car window partially open and the car is parked in shade. Pets are not able to cool off the way people do. Be on the lookout for animals that are overheated:

  • Look for signs of heat stress, such as panting, glazed eyes, unsteadiness, throwing up, hard time walking, or a deep red or purple tongue.
  • If your pet is overheated, lower her body temperature immediately. Do this by moving her to the shade and applying cool water all over her body to gradually lower her temperature. Apply ice packets or cool towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest only. Do not pour cold water on your pet or put your pet in a cold bath.
  • Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  • Take your pet to a vet immediately.

If you see an animal in a car showing any of these signs, ask one of your parents to call the police. Do not try to pet the dog or take it out of the car.

Make it a Safe Summer for Your Pet.

By: | January 14, 2015

Keep Your Pets Safe this Summer – Follow These Tips

  • Don’t leave pets in parked cars on warm days. Learn more here.
  • Dogs should never ride in the back of pick-up trucks. In a sudden stop or quick turn, dogs can be thrown from the vehicle and seriously injured or killed. Make sure your pet rides inside and wears a seat belt harness designed for dogs or is in a crate.
  • Take care when exercising your pet. On very hot days, limit your dog’s exercise to early morning or evening hours. Sidewalks and driveways can get very hot and can even burn your pet’s paws.
  • If you have a pool, make sure your pet can’t get to it when you are not around. If you want to play in the pool with your pooch, be sure to keep an eye on her.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets. When outside, be sure dogs have access to a shady area.
  • Be on the lookout for heat stroke. Signs include panting a lot, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, walking unsteady, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue. Move your pet to the shade and apply cool (not cold) water to her body gradually to lower her temperature. Apply cold towels or ice packs to your pet’s neck, head, and chest only. Let your pet drink water or lick ice cubes. And bring her to a vet right away.
  • Don’t chain or tether your dog outside.
  • Keep your cat inside to keep her safe from other animals and cars.

Play It Safe with Dogs

By: | January 14, 2015

How to Stay Safe Around Dogs

Did you know about five million people each year are bitten by dogs? Kids are more likely to be bitten than adults and most of the dog bites are from the family dog.

But the good news is that most dog bites can be prevented.

Can I Have Your Attention Please?

Dogs are meant to be part of the family. They need lots of attention, just like we do. If you spend time playing with your dog, taking him for walks and teaching him new tricks, he will be better behaved.

Also, taking your dog to obedience school will do wonders. Teaching him the basics (sit, down, stay, and drop it) will help him be less likely to bite or be aggressive.

Don’t leave him outside or in a different part of the house and never leave your dog tied or chained outside for long periods of time.

What’s Up Doc?

Just like us, dogs need to see the doctor every year. They need check-ups and shots too. Also, have your dog spayed or neutered. Dogs who get the right medical care are less likely to be injured or sick and the chances of biting are decreased.

Do’s and Don’ts of Bite Prevention

Now you know what it takes to raise your dog responsibly, but how should you behave around your dog and other dogs? Don’t go near a dog who is sleeping, chewing something or eating. Never run up to any dog. Don’t pet or play rough with any dog. Always ask permission before petting someone else’s dog.

But, what if you follow the rules and a dog still threatens you? Pretend you are a tree. Stand very still with your arms at your sides. Look straight ahead, not at the dog. Most times, the dog will sniff you and leave. Don’t run – he will chase you. If the dog knocks you down, curl up in a ball and cover your ears like you do during a tornado drill.

If you are responsible and treat dogs with kindness and respect, you can stay safe around dogs. Plus, you will have a loyal and loving companion to share your life with. What more could a kid need?

Even though they can’t talk, dogs and cats can tell us their feelings. Click here to see how the way they act and look can help you understand if they’re friendly, angry or scared.

Don’t Let Your Cat or Dog Become a Stray!

By: | January 14, 2015

Do you ever leave the doors or windows in your home open? Or forget to close the door tightly as you go out? Cats and dogs can slip out in the blink of an eye, so keep your pets’ safety in mind. Many people believe that pets are able to find their way home easily, but it is just not true.

Did you know that lost cats and lost dogs have a very hard time being reunited with their human families? Across the United States only 2% of lost cats and 16% of lost dogs are ever reunited with their owners. Why do so few make it home?

No identification!

Although many lost dogs and cats are brought by caring strangers to the APA and other animal shelters, they can’t tell anyone their phone number or where they live. Owners have to help.

Your pet relies on you to provide an ID TAG! This could be your pet’s ticket home if he or she becomes lost. It is simple and inexpensive to place your pet’s name and your current telephone number on a metal disc that can be attached to its collar. Don’t forget your kitty. Young cats can learn early to wear a stretchable collar and tag. Pets need tags even when they live indoors because accidents happen even when everyone is doing their best to keep pets safe.

Ask your parents if your pet is microchipped. This is a very special identification, like a small computer part, that is placed just under the skin to allow for permanent identification that can never be lost. It has a special number that only belongs to your pet. Most shelters and animal control agencies scan the animals that are brought to them with a small hand held machine that will read the number. Then they can trace where the number came from and connect that pet with the right family. The APA microchips every animal that’s adopted here before it goes to a new home.

So, give your best friend an ID and you will never have to be apart!