Reaching Out and Giving Back

The APA Adoption Center is committed to furthering the cause of animal welfare within the community. These are some of the educational programs we offer.

PetReach Animal Assisted Activities

It is widely documented that pets have a therapeutic value for people in residential care facilities. Since 1983, PetReach has sent APA Adoption Center volunteers and their pets into senior care facilities in the St. Louis area.

Currently, the APA PetReach program serves over 25 senior communities and a variety of other entities. Each year, over 13,000 individuals are served through this program.

Senior Saviors

Launched in 2017, Senior Saviors is a partnership that provides foster puppies and kittens to senior living facilities. We supply food, medical care, and anything else needed and the residents supply the love! This program brings so much joy to and has numerous health benefits for both the people and pets. Residents are able to spoil and cuddle puppies and kittens throughout the day. We’ve found that they really enjoy getting to spend time with the animals and many are getting out of their rooms more often! “Sometimes, it can be hard to engage memory care residents, but they make a connection with the animals instantly. It’s amazing to see.” said Tracy Hickman of one senior community’s activities department. Click the links to see what more people have to say about this wonderful partnership! If you’d like more information on the program, please email

Ladue News – Puppies with a Purpose

Town & Style – Sharing the Love

Webster-Kirkwood Times – Puppy Love

Humane Legislation Advocacy

The APA Adoption Center continues to support legislation strengthening penalties for animal cruelty and facilitating exposure of inhumane animal exploitation. Recognizing the importance of humane legislation, the APA participates through education of our government representatives and our donors. We encourage members of the community to become more aware of animal welfare issues and to support animal welfare legislation and programs.

To learn more about these programs or to become involved with our efforts, contact Kitty at

Animal Welfare Certification Program

Do you work or volunteer with animals? Or at least considering it? This certification program is for you!

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Celebrate Their Birthday at the APA

Does your child love animals? Make the big day special with a celebration like no other!

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We’ll Learn Together

Whether it’s at our place, your place, or one of our partner locations, sign up for classes on topics such as safety with animals and animal welfare.

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