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The APA Adoption Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond.
Time to bask in the sun’s warmth, lay by the pool, enjoy a BBQ with the family and go on a relaxing, well-deserved vacation. We all look forward to summer as a time to regroup and enjoy nice, warm weather. However, it always seems that summer is the busiest time of the year with tons of activities going on, things to do and people to see.
Summer is also a busy time at the APA. Our Spring puppies and kittens are big enough to be adopted now. As much as we love to cuddle them, we have more and more coming in each week and need to make space. We also have an array of adult dogs and cats ready to complete your home. Whether you are looking for a brown tabby or a black lab, we will have something to fit you. Summer is a perfect time to get a new companion acclimated to your home. Stop by the Adoption Center and adopt a friend for life.
Letter from the Director
Hello! I am honored to be writing to you as the new Chair of the APA’s Board of Directors. On behalf of myself and my fellow board members, I’d like to say thank you! Thank you for being dedicated to our mission of bringing people and pets together. With the support of friends like you, the APA has been meeting that mission for more than 94 years, making us one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in St. Louis.
This work is deeply meaningful to me. I have been involved in animal welfare since I was in college – my debut into the arena was fostering three little dogs that were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In law school, I served as President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. My passion for animal welfare continues today, and it is rewarding to contribute to an organization that is so close to my heart. But, my experience is just a small contribution to an organization with such a long and significant history.
In recent years, the APA has grown in leaps and bounds. We have transformed not only our programs, but also our space. We’re now even better able to serve both people and animals through our lobby expansion – matching even more pets with loving forever homes, advancing humane education, and developing innovative programs beneficial to the human/animal bond.
Much of this work was made possible by the commitment of Steve Kaufman, the APA’s former Executive Director. We look forward building on Steve’s legacy by finding a new leader to continue to advance our work at the APA. We are working diligently to recruit and “vet” (pun intended) the very best candidates. In the meantime, we are very fortunate that our outstanding Director of Operations, Kim Brown, has stepped in to fill the role of interim E.D.
During this time of preparation and excitement for our next chapter, the APA’s core programs will continue to grow and thrive:
- Our adoption center places over 200 animals monthly, and the average length of stay for an animal is just one week! In just the last month, we’re seen a record-breaking 66% increase in the number of pets we’ve taken in, treated and prepared for adoption.
- Building off a 2015 partnership with Lutheran Senior Services, we have expanded our PetReach Program and we now visit seniors in 21 communities!
- We recently launched our Fix-A-Bull program (which offers free spay and neuter surgeries for any pit bull or pit bull mix) and to date we have spayed or neutered 110.
- Last but not least, our transfer program continues to grow and serve more animals in our community and beyond. This program transfers animals from high need, overcrowded areas, provides them with any needed medical care, and then places them in loving homes. In 2014, the APA transferred in 414 animals, and that number grew to 1,024 animals in 2015! Already in 2016, we have brought in 498 animals!
Did I already mention that serving the APA is extremely rewarding?
Your partnership, be it new or long standing, matters so much to us, and to the animals and the families we serve. Whether you can contribute though a financial gift, your time volunteering or by helping u s spread the word, it is sincerely appreciated. Our dedicated board, staff and volunteers invite you to join us and be part of the success our future holds!
Marissa L. Curran