Nominate Fido for Canine King & Queen

By: | September 7, 2017

It is a prestigious and rare honor to be nominated for the APA’s Canine King and Queen at our annual Canine Carnival. And it’s a tough job to do the nominating with 2,500+ adoptions happening at our Adoption Center each year. Not to mention we’ve been around for almost 100 years. Do the math…that’s a lot of dogs to pick from!

So, we had a brilliant idea! Why not let someone else do the nominating, that way we ensure not one dog is left behind! (That’s what we are all about here, isn’t it?!) This year’s King and Queen nominations for Canine Court are up to YOU! Anyone can nominate any dog! It can be your dog, a friend’s dog, a neighbor’s dog. Any breed. Any age. From anywhere. We don’t want to leave anyone out.

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You can nominate your favorite canine companion HERE. Once a dog is nominated, people will vote for who they think should be this year’s King & Queen on our website. Each dog will receive its own webpage with an individual link to share with their pack for easily accessible voting.

Voting is simple and it will also help homeless pets at the Adoption Center. One vote = $1. Voting will begin on September 9th, so stay tuned!

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Voting is open from September 9th until September 22nd when the finalists are paired down to the 4 males and 4 females with the most votes. Finalist voting will then continue through 12:00pm on September 29th, though votes will no longer be publicly posted. The Grand Prize winners, Canine King and Queen, will be revealed on Sunday, October 1st at Canine Carnival. (P.S. Get your Carnival tickets HERE so you don’t miss the fun!)

Spread the word and best of luck to all of the nominees!

Sharing the Love

By: | July 18, 2017

Last month, the residents of Stonecrest at Clayton View received a very special delivery—three tiny cattle dog pups and three tabby kittens. “I had dogs as a child,” says resident Darlene Murray, shutting her eyes, stroking a 5-week-old foster puppy brought by the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA).

The APA’s FosterCare program was launched earlier this year and places animals still too young for permanent families into temporary foster homes. These animals, explains Ashton Keenan, FosterCare coordinator, include kittens and puppies anywhere from a few days to 8 weeks old. After that, they can be spayed or neutered and given to their ‘forever homes.’ Placing very young animals in foster homes also reduces exposure to illness during the early weeks of life and provides critical socialization. “This arrangement is a win-win situation for all involved,” Keenan says.

Stonecrest, an assisted living and memory care facility, has hardly been without an animal since the program began. “Our residents love, love, love these pets,” says Erika Holmes, Stonecrest’s Vibrant Life director. “Not only do they make them happy, but if they are walking the puppies, they are getting exercise as well. The program is therapeutic for both body and soul.”

Laclede Groves, a Lutheran Senior Services community, also is an avid participant in the foster program. “It is so wonderful to see the pure joy on the residents’ faces,” says Kristina Wille, director of resident services. “Pets provide instant comfort and security, and for seniors who may have had pets all their lives, it makes a huge difference in their well-being.” Wille adds that Laclede Groves already had a partnership with APA through the organization’s PetReach initiative. That program—in existence for more than 30 years—has sent APA staff, volunteers and their pets (mostly dogs) into senior care facilities, psychiatric units, convalescent centers and children’s hospitals. Each dog is evaluated to make sure it is friendly and adaptable to new people and surroundings. “The heart of our mission is to bring people and pets together,” says Kim Brown, APA director of operations. “Life is so much richer for having an animal in it.”

Creve Coeur Assisted Living & Memory Care has participated in PetReach since it opened two years ago, and hosts a volunteer and their dog once a month. “Sometimes, it can be hard to engage [memory care residents],” says Tracy Hickman of the senior community’s activities department. “But they make a connection with the animals instantly. It’s amazing to see.”

Brown adds, “Not only is it comforting for seniors to pet the animals, but it also gives them an outlet to talk about the past and the pets they’ve owned. Everyone gathers around and it becomes the highlight of their day.” Brown says the APA is hoping to expand the PetReach program to include domestic violence shelters. The nonprofit already partners with area agencies to provide temporary care for pets of domestic violence victims.

Pictured at top: Resident Phil Likes with his new friend

Photo: Bill Barrett

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