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Adoption & WEllness
The APA Adoption Center assists dogs, cats and other pets such as guinea pigs or bunnies. We do not shelter wildlife. We are happy to make referrals to appropriate agencies and organizations.
Our mission is limited to working with animals that are brought to us for placement in new homes. We simply don’t have the resources to come out to rescue animals in distress. If you are concerned about a stray or other animal, please call your local animal control office. You may also report suspected abuse or neglect to the Humane Society of Missouri at 314.647.4400, which does have a rescue service.
We take in over 4,000 animals annually. Between our veterinary clinic and shelter, we handle more than 10,000 animals each year. Our daily numbers vary due to the season, but we can house around 300 animals at one time.
It costs a great deal of money to shelter, feed and take care of the animals. Some of them require veterinary care before they can be adopted. Adopting a companion animal will be an ongoing expense. We estimate that with proper vet care, a nutritious diet, and general care, it costs up to $500.00 a year to keep a pet.
Our adoption fee includes an exam, microchip, spaying or neutering, vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick preventatives, and any necessary medications. We also do a heartworm test on dogs and FIV/Felv test on cats. Each adoption also includes 30 days of pet insurance. Overall, we estimate our fees cover only about 25% of the combined cost of these medical expenses and the care of the animal while it’s waiting for its new family.
If you need to find a new home for your pet, personally rehoming may be the best option. This keeps them out of the shelter, and because you know your pet best, you can be involved in finding the most suitable home and family. If you’ve exhausted your options, visit the APA resource center to learn how we can help you navigate the rehoming process.
The problems of illness exist in any facility with multiple animals, including shelters, pet stores and breeders. In fact, every time you take your puppy or kitten to the veterinarian, obedience school or the park, it can be exposed to a number of diseases. We encourage all pet owners to be extremely careful when considering the health of their pet and to maintain current immunizations and medical records. The stress of being held in a shelter environment can unquestionably reduce an animal’s immunity to disease.
Animals are surrendered to the APA Adoption Center from many sources, and we can never be certain of the health care they received before arriving at the shelter. This is why we try to determine an animal’s health at the first evaluation and continue to monitor its well-being while it stays with us. Our team of experienced veterinarians and technicians screen the animals and administer necessary medical care and vaccinations.
Health concerns are also the reason we offer high-quality Purina pet food to our animals. These foods tend to keep animals healthier and put less stress on their systems.
Every adoptable pet finds a home no matter how long it takes. We have no pre-determined time limit for how long we will hold an animal while we try to place it in a good home. Some highly adoptable breeds or cute kittens and puppies will be adopted almost immediately after arriving at the shelter. Other animals, particularly older ones, have slightly longer stays before finding the right family. Fortunately, most animals remain at the shelter for less than one week.
There are times, for reasons of health or behavior, that some animals must be humanely euthanized. We euthanize animals in the same manner that your vet would use if you were faced with the difficult decision to put your family pet to sleep.
Because of the collaborative spirit necessary to reduce euthanasia on a community-wide level, the APA Adoption Center does not use the term “no-kill” to separate ourselves from other shelter partners who are under the pressure of space and/or time constraints. While we don’t euthanize adoptable animals, we object to the “no-kill” label because it divides shelters and people that need to work together to focus on what matters, which is saving as many pets’ lives as possible. Many “no-kill” shelters limit their admission by the number of animals allowed into the shelter or by the age, health or temperament of the pet. At the APA, we accept all animals and the only time limit imposed is the seven-day stray hold. This time period is provided to give the animal’s owner time to locate the pet before we consider it for placement.
At the APA, we adhere to a socially conscious animal sheltering philosophy which focuses on the most appropriate outcomes for all animals in our community, not just those who enter our doors. We are committed to ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats, and we know that the pet homelessness problem extends beyond the capabilities of any one agency. We encourage an approach that includes all animal welfare agencies, regardless of their intake philosophies.
Approximately 25% of the dogs and cats that come into shelters are purebreds. You can also search for specific breeds on petfinder.com.
Most of the pets who enter our shelter are a blend of different breeds, and we have no way of knowing what that blend may be. When attempting to label a dog we are simply making an educated guess, which is often wrong—research tells us that dogs are labeled incorrectly 75% of the time. We believe that removing labels and focusing on the personality and other observable traits of a dog is much more transparent and helpful to adopters. Essentially, we focus on the WHO instead of the WHAT. We share everything we know about a pet with an adopter because that is how we create the very best match.
No we do not. DNA testing is costly and time consuming, and even if we know the makeup of a particular pet, breed traits are not always accurate with mixed breeds. We focus instead on who the pet is, including their personality, quirky behaviors, and all of the other great things that make them unique.
No. Adoptable animals are available only by coming to the shelter. Maintaining such a list and notifying people would take staff time away from working with adopters in the shelter. It could also cause missed matches for the animal. If we held an animal for you and you chose not to adopt, we might miss opportunities for a match with someone who had come to the shelter while the animal was unavailable.
The Adoptable Pets page of our website allows you to perform a search of our available pets with a few basic selecting factors.
The APA Adoption Center is an independent not-for-profit organization. We are not a branch of any other animal welfare organization and we don’t receive any funding from government sources.
A portion of our funding is provided by the fees charged in the shelter and clinic, and some comes from special events and grants from corporations and foundations.
The majority of our expenses are covered by the contributions of individuals who share our passion for the animals. Visit the Donate section of this website to learn how you can make contributions to our cause.
Of course we welcome your assistance in other ways as well. Visit the Volunteer page for information on volunteering at the shelter and other things you can do to help the animals.
We have an FAQ page dedicated to our exciting new agreement with St. Louis County.
Unfortunately we do not allow children under 16 years of age to volunteer.
Yes and no. We allow service groups of 4-10 volunteers. Unfortunately, due to the training and prep work that is involved, we do not accept one-time volunteers of less than four people. If you are interested in scheduling a day of service for your company please contact us for more details. Service group dates fill quickly, and we are often booked months in advance.
Yes, but there are some restrictions. To qualify for our community service program, your offense may not be related to drugs, theft or violence. We only accept individuals who need to complete 40 or more hours of service.
Our volunteer program is fairly flexible. We ask that you give us at least four hours per month and that you commit to serving the APA for at least six months. If you have limited availability, consider volunteering at events or fostering.
It will take 7-10 days to review your application. After your application is reviewed, you will be invited to a volunteer orientation and then a one-on-one training. Volunteer orientations are held twice per month and fill quickly during the summer.
The application fee is to help offset the cost of our volunteer program so that we can spend all of our resources on the direct care of our animals. The fee will cover the cost of your volunteer t-shirt and name badge. The rest goes towards program supplies.