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Spring 2017

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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.

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Welcome to Spring!

The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. And the dogs are walking. It’s that wonderful time of year, especially in St. Louis, when we break out the shorts and enjoy longer days. We see people walking their dogs in the evening and we get all those warm and fuzzy feelings inside.

Springtime is a time of growth, not only for Mother Nature, but for the APA as well. Read on to learn all about some new things happening around here, including great enrichment opportunities for our dogs and cats!

Letter from the Director

Dear friends,

Spring is here, and things are busy at the APA Adoption Center! I can’t thank you enough for your support of the important work being done for the animals in our care. With your help, we have been able to find new, loving homes for nearly 1,000 homeless animals since the beginning of the year.

As a friend of the APA, I’m sure you know about the many ways we help animals in the St. Louis region, but did you know we actually help animals across the state of Missouri? With the help of over 60 transfer partners, we are able to bring animals in need to the APA where they receive life-changing care and a second chance at finding a home. On average, the adoptable animals at the APA stay at the shelter for 8 days – this means just a little over a week for our animals to find love and happiness with their new family. As an animal lover, this must make your heart smile; I know it does mine.

We see many sad stories at the APA, but fortunately, we are able to create happy endings for most of them. I’d like to briefly share the story of one of our transfer animals, Queen Bee. Before being transferred to the APA with the help of dedicated and passionate transfer volunteers, Queen Bee, along with her young puppies, lived on the street, slept beneath trash piles, and had to scavenge for each and every meal. After arriving at the APA, she has since undergone heartworm treatment to make her healthy, and is now in a foster home filled with love, children and a pretty braided rug that she enjoys sleeping on each night. Her puppies have all found their way into wonderful families who love them. And, I’m happy to share that Queen Bee’s foster family has fallen in love with her, and has since decided that she will permanently join their family. Queen Bee’s life of uncertainty, struggles and harsh conditions is well behind her, and she can now count on daily hugs, regular meals and a safe, warm place to lay her head.

Success stories, like Queen Bee’s, are a result of dedicated staff, passionate volunteers and a generous community who believe in creating a world of kindness and love, in which every adoptable animal has a home to call their own. We receive no government funding to assist with the creation of happy endings, which means we are dependent on the generosity of like-minded animal lovers like you. Whether it is the gift of time or the gift of charitable donations, it all makes a difference. For those who desire an easy, safe and affordable way to make an on-going difference, our monthly giving club is a wonderful option. To learn more, please visit

On behalf of the animals in our care, as well as those who will enter our doors in the future, thank you for supporting the APA Adoption Center.


Sarah Javier
President and Executive Director