Pets are especially vulnerable right now. Pets like Mimi.
By: Sarah Javier | July 29, 2020
Mimi came to the APA after spending much of her six years of life in a small, dilapidated enclosure with limited human contact and only a plastic crate to shield her from the elements. She had heartworms, a persistent cough, two masses on her legs and one on her mammary.
Mimi was placed with a wonderful foster family who fell in love with her. They provided her all the love and cuddling she could handle. She grew particularly fond of the family’s dog, Otis, a gentle giant (and an APA alum).
Meanwhile, the team at the APA went to work scheduling a biopsy of Mimi’s tumors and learned that the cancer had filled her body. While there is no treatment for Mimi, she is not in pain. Her new family decided to be her twilight foster, providing her with all the care she needs until the end of her life. For the first time in her life she is happy and she is home.
There are thousands more pets just like Mimi who need our help and we have recalibrated our programming to continue uninterrupted service to those most in need.
Even during an unprecedented pandemic, the Animal Protective Association of Missouri continues to be a safe and loving space for the most vulnerable pets (and their people) in our community. Whether it is finding more than 300 foster families for homeless or abandoned pets awaiting adoption, providing curbside wellness visits through our clinic, or distributing 4,000 pounds of pet food to families in need, the APA is dedicated to fulfilling our mission.
As pets show up on our doorstep, we are a welcome stop in their journey to a safe and loving home. In fact, 800 pets since March have been in our care. And, as we receive calls from families who need support to keep caring for their pet, we are there to help provide access to pet food, veterinary care and medication, or even community resources.
Give! As the country adjusts to a post COVID-19 new normal, our donations have declined at the same time that the infrastructure and safety precautions required to do this work have increased. If you have the resources, we ask you to support the APA. As you know, we do not take any government support and are 100% funded by private donations. This keeps us nimble, responsive and independent as we constantly adapt to meet the needs of pets.