The Adoption Process

When you visit the APA Adoption Center, you’ll find many wonderful dogs, cats and small animals waiting to find a new home. Our friendly and knowledgeable adoption counselors can help find the right pet for you. Each year we help over 3,000 people welcome a new pet to their family. The APA provides valuable care and treatment to all animals in our care. Some come to us injured or sick and require an extraordinary amount of medical care. Variable adoption pricing allows us to continue to do more to meet each animal’s individual needs. Having a higher adoption fee for some animals, who will find a home quickly, enables us to care for animals in need of lifesaving medical intervention. Our variable pricing also helps us to provide excellent care and enrichment for animals who reside in our adoption center for a longer stay. For more information, please contact the APA’s adoption desk at 314.645.4610 ext. 113.

Adoption Fees


Your Cost: $250 to $500
Our Cost: $400


Your Cost: $100 to $500
Our Cost: $400


Your Cost: Pick your price ($100 minimum)

Our Cost: $400

*Variable pricing may apply


Your Cost: Pick your price ($50 minimum)

Our Cost: $400

*Variable pricing may apply

Small Animals and Birds

Your Cost: Pick Your Price (minimum pricing may be applied and can vary)

Our Cost: $100

We provide the following for each adopted pet:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Microchip identification
  • Preliminary vaccinations and worming
  • Heartworm test and preventative for dogs
  • Feline leukemia test for cats
  • Advantage Multi® flea and heartworm preventative
  • Collar and leash

We have discounted rates for senior citizens (60 and over) who adopt and special discounts when you adopt an older pet.

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Lonely Hearts Club

Some of our pets have been waiting longer than others to find their forever homes. Could you be a match for a lonely heart?


Vet Partners

These clinics have generously donated a free office visit and wellness check for pets adopted from the APA.

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Success Stories

These owners found a friend for life when they adopted a pet. And now they want to share their experiences with you!

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