APA Olivette Celebrates One-Year Milestone With Record-Breaking Adoptions and Community Impact
The Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) proudly announces a year of remarkable achievements and positive impact following the successful acquisition of operations at the St. Louis County Adoption Center on December 5, 2022.
To help us celebrate, we are encouraging the community to join us for a special One-Year Anniversary Community Pack Walk on December 5, 2023 at 3pm. Members of the public will join us to walk shelter dogs at APA Olivette (please do not bring your own dogs). The registration to sign up is now closed. Please feel free to come to APA Olivette to help us walk the shelter pups at 3pm.
Record-breaking Adoptions and Rescues
In just one year, the County animal shelter, now known as APA Olivette, has witnessed an extraordinary surge in adoptions, reaching a total of 2,093. During the previous year, adoptions at this facility totaled 452. This dramatic increase is a reflection of the community’s unwavering commitment to providing loving homes to animals in need of loving homes.
Increased Intake and Responsiveness
With a focus on compassion and care, the APA has actively responded to the growing demand for support from the community, with the number of intakes rising to 4,957 compared to a total of 1,630 the previous year. This emphasizes the organization’s dedication to addressing the needs of every animal that comes through its doors.
Volunteer Engagement Reaches New Heights
Volunteerism has played a pivotal role in the success of the APA over the past year. A staggering 38,561 hours have been generously contributed by volunteers, marking a remarkable threefold increase from the previous year’s 11,300 hours. This surge in volunteer engagement underscores the community’s deepening connection to the APA’s mission and the welfare of animals.
Enhancing Welfare through Innovation
At the forefront of our commitment to the welfare of every animal in our care is the APA’s innovative Behavior and Enrichment Program. Launched one year ago, this comprehensive initiative addresses the challenge of kennel stress head-on. With steadfast support from our dedicated volunteers and team members, we are proud to report significant strides in mitigating stress and ensuring that every dog’s stay with us is as stress-free as possible. Some of the successful programs implemented within the past year include group hike outings with the shelter dogs, pack walks, chances for the public and volunteers to take dogs out on a date, foam and bubble parties and much more.
Fostering Hope and Homes
To enhance the well-being of animals awaiting permanent homes, the APA introduced a robust fostering program. A total of 923 animals found solace and care through this initiative, demonstrating the community’s collective commitment to providing temporary homes and nurturing environments for pets in transition.
The APA’s commitment to reuniting animals with their families is evident in the successful return of 1,087 animals to their owners compared to 330 last year. This represents a significant increase from the previous year.
These accomplishments would not have been possible without the ongoing support of our community, dedicated volunteers, supportive Board of Directors, and compassionate staff. We look forward to what we can accomplish in the coming year at APA Olivette and are excited to continue our mission of helping even more animals in 2024.