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.
By: APA Adoption Center | May 22, 2017
As a part of our Transfer Program, Boomer arrived at the APA Adoption Center along with nine other dogs from The Animal Shelter of Texas County on January 26th, 2016. Boomer was a sweet and outgoing Labrador/Pit Bull mix and we knew he would quickly find a home.
His lucky day came on January 31st, 2016 when Danielle came to the APA looking for a companion. She planned on just visiting, not adopting a dog she saw on our website. When that dog was not the right fit, she decided to meet Boomer. Danielle said “The second he was brought into the room he wrapped his arms around my neck to give me a hug and rested his head on my shoulder. It was then, at that very moment, I knew he was the perfect dog for me and I couldn’t leave him behind.” Luckily, Danielle knew that transitioning from a shelter to home life can be stressful for a dog so she didn’t give up on him after he destroyed the blinds in the house not once, but three times. She worked through the separation anxiety and says he has been an amazing blessing in her life as her certified emotional therapy animal.
Boomer and Danielle visited the Adoption Center on the anniversary of his one year adoption (his Gotcha Day) with donations for the rest of the APA pets waiting for their forever homes. The staff at the APA was excited to see Boomer and learn he is training to get his service dog certification!
By: APA Adoption Center | May 15, 2017
On April 3rd, 2016, Tink, a 7 month old kitten (now named Hobbes) was surrendered to the APA Adoption Center. His previous owner had become ill and could no longer care for him. Just a couple days later, on April 9th, the Snelling family came to the APA wanting to adopt a cat. Below is the account of their love connection when meeting Hobbes!
From the Snelling Family:
We lost our 20 year old family cat in August of 2015. Our daughter, Grace, had a special connection to her and was not ready to start looking for a new cat right away.
In January of 2016, we decided as a family that we were ready to bring another cat into our home and visited multiple shelters in the St. Louis area. I’m not sure how we heard about the APA, but what kept us coming back and leaning towards the APA was the facility itself. We loved the rooms the cats stay in and the biographies for each cat. We wanted a younger cat who had been with dogs, because we are a family with a Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever. The cat biographies noted whether or not the cat had been around other pets. Hobbes had been in a family with other cats and dogs.
In the end, my husband and I let our 15 year old twin daughters pick Hobbes, although I think Hobbes actually picked them! He walked into the visiting room, climbed up on our daughter’s lap and sniffed her face. The decision to adopt him was made at that moment.
Hobbes had no fear of our two dogs and had no problem acclimating to our home. He’s independent and entertaining. Like many cats, he decides when he wants to be in someone’s lap and when he’d rather be alone. He enjoys talking to birds out of open windows and watching neighborhood cats. A year later, he now tolerates and/or torments our dogs. He’s the perfect cat for our family!
By: APA Adoption Center | May 4, 2017
On June 29th, 2016, Sam was found abandoned in a foreclosed home in North County, MO. He was brought to the APA Adoption Center, in rough shape, in hopes that we could nurse him back to health and find him a loving home. Sam had clearly not been groomed in a long time, had cataracts in both eyes and was in need of dental surgery. Our team of veterinary technicians estimated him to be around 8 years old.
It took a couple of weeks to get him feeling better and healthy enough to be placed for adoption. Sam was already neutered, so after being vaccinated, receiving a dental cleaning and a microchip, he was ready to find a family.
July 29th, 2016, exactly one month after arriving at the APA, the Coonrod Family came to the APA looking for a playmate for their Shih Tzu, Max. One of our Adoption Counselors told the family about Sam and they wanted to meet him to see if he could be “the one.”
The Coonrod’s and Max immediately fell in love and took Sam home that same day. Sam has adjusted amazingly well in his new home and enjoys weekly trips to a pet spa! Max even acts as his seeing-eye dog when Sam gets a little lost in the yard. According to the Coonrod’s “Sam brings us so much joy every day. We can’t imagine our lives without him!”