APA Adoption Center Receives $80,000 Grant From PetSmart Charities to Help Transport Homeless Pets

Some five million pets enter shelters in the U.S. each year. Thanks to improved coordination between animal shelters across the nation, transporting homeless pets from shelters with fewer resources to those with higher demand or more space increases the chances for adoptable animals to find loving homes. The Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri’s Brentwood location recently received a $80,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® to support its pet transport program. 

Transporting animals involves moving animals from areas of high pet overpopulation to those of high demand for adoptable pets. PetSmart Charities, the top funder of animal welfare in the U.S., and the APA know collaborations such as these will improve outcomes for animals in overpopulated shelters. “Transport shines the spotlight on true collaboration as we focus on finding homes for pets in need,” said Sarah Javier, President and CEO of the APA. “Our program serves as a Midwest receiving shelter for adoptable pets from smaller, rural rescues and overburdened shelters in the southern U.S.” 

“This grant from PetSmart Charities allows us to provide lifesaving medical care and second chances for pets,” Javier continued. “Despite the national crisis of dog intakes outpacing adoptions, we remain committed to helping as many animals as possible.” 

“Thanks to our partnership with local PetSmart stores, hundreds of cats and dogs have found new families through adoption events and in-store habitats,” Javier added. “Our volunteer fosters are vital, temporarily caring for pets and supporting our adoption operations. With PetSmart Charities’ support, we are making a difference in these animals’ lives and bringing the joy of pet companionship to our community.” 

“As many communities grapple with animals staying longer in shelters and work to build out long-term solutions, partnerships with regions who have capacity to bring in animals is paramount to our collective lifesaving efforts,” said Heidi Marston, director of pet placement initiatives at PetSmart Charities.  “We’re proud to support the APA and their work to ensure adoptable pets find their families as quickly as possible.”  

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