Summer Classes at the APA

By: | June 8, 2017

Safety With Animals

Saturday, June 24th at 11am
Saturday, July 29th at 11am

Kids learn the ways dogs and cats communicate, the proper way to approach a dog and what to do if approached by a stray animal. Ages 4+.

Caring for Your Cat

Wednesday, June 28th at 1pm
Wednesday, July 12th at 1pm
Friday, July 14th at 1pm
Friday, July 21st at 1pm
Wednesday, August 2nd at 1pm

Attendees will learn about things to consider when adopting a cat, how to care for a cat once they are home, how to best interact with a cat and interpreting a cat’s body language. This class is open to children and adults of all ages. There is no cost to attend, however, donations to support our animals are always welcome.

Classes are held at the APA (1705 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63144).

To reserve a space for any of these classes, please email or call 314-645-4610.

Enrichment does a Doggie Good

By: | April 7, 2017

The APA has been busy the past six months developing three new enrichment programs: Doggie Dates, Group Play Sessions and Feline Enrichment. These programs were all designed to enhance our pets’ lives while they’re waiting to find their forever homes.

Doggie Dates, our newest enrichment program, allows trained dog walkers to “check out” a dog from our Adoption Center to go on an offsite outing. Dogs that participate in this program get to spend two hours with their favorite volunteer. Most often the outings consist of hiking in a park, visiting local pet stores and sometimes they even get to enjoy a special lunch date at a local pet friendly patio.

Staff receive valuable feedback about the dog after each outing such as how the dog does during car rides and how well they walk on a leash while out enjoying nature. We have found that even our perkiest pup will be ready for a nap by the end of their Doggie Date.

Group Play Sessions are another way our dogs get to enjoy their stay at our Adoption Center. Staff will coordinate play groups based on style of play, age and energy level. Once a play group is established, volunteers are able to supervise the sessions which typically last around twenty minutes. These short play sessions are equal to two hours of being walked individually on a leash.

The APA also keeps our frisky feline friends in mind when it comes to enrichment. We have a cat program that was recently created to help keep our cool cats careless and stress free. During cat enrichment, volunteers participate in a number of activities to benefit the felines in our care. It could be something as simple as playing cat friendly music, interactive toys or even just giving out fresh catnip. Volunteers learn each cats’ likes and dislikes and then pass that information along to potential adopters.

If you are interested in becoming an APA volunteer, please visit our website to fill out a volunteer application. No time to volunteer but still interested in helping the pets in our care? No problem! Consider donating an enrichment toy. You can shop our Amazon wish list and have the toy shipped directly to us! The dogs and cats thank you in advance

APA funds surgery for local veteran’s dog

By: | January 3, 2017

The APA’s Heads to Tails Hope Fund is a needs based financial assistance program for vet care.

Thanks to a generous donor this new program provided care to 27 dogs in 2016. From life-saving heartworm treatment to dentals and surgery, we’re helping pets live happier, healthier lives.

Kya was one of the dogs who benefited from this program. See her story here.

Many dogs at the APA needing medical treatment have benefited as well as dogs already in loving homes. We want to bring and keep people and pets together. For more information email or call (314) 645-4610 ext. 129.

Nominate Fido for Canine King & Queen

By: | August 26, 2016

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 94 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.


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. You can vote for the nominees HERE.


Voting is open from now until September 25th 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 October 1st, though votes will no longer be publicly posted. The Grand Prize winners, Canine King and Queen, will be revealed on Sunday, October 2nd 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!

Young Friend Feature: Chris Doebert

By: | June 20, 2016


Here at the APA we have always worked our hardest to fulfill our promise to the animals of St. Louis. Everything that we have achieved has been made possible by the help of genuine and compassionate individuals. This is why we are so honored and excited to welcome a new group of energetic pet lovers to our circle of supporters, the Young Friends of the APA.

Earlier this month we had a chance to ask one of our Young Friends a few questions about why he was inspired to join and give an introduction to our Young Friends Group!

Chris Doebert is a familiar face around the APA and is also one of the leaders spearheading the establishment of the new group. In the past, Chris worked as an employee at the APA for many years. Following his departure, Chris has been a dedicated volunteer, stepping in to assist us with many of our education and outreach events. One of the first things we wanted to know was Chris’ take on who the Young Friends are and what they are all about.


Tell us about your take on the Young Friends Group. What is it that you set out to do?
What the Young Friends of the APA ultimately aim to do is help the APA further its already enormous success in bringing people and pets together.  We bring fresh perspectives and ideas on their community outreach and shelter programs and an engaged community of young people to help see those ideas through.


Obviously we are doing something right to have fantastic volunteers like you. What inspires you to be involved?
I very strongly identify with the goals of the APA and how they are achieved, so I felt compelled to continue being involved after I left my employee role, helping them to improve community outreach through their education programs and shelter animal enrichment through their community events.

The education programs the APA offers helps thousands of children, and even some adults, to become more responsible and more informed with regard to not only the animals in their families, but all animals at large. It’s greatly fulfilling, and great fun, to be involved with the APA in both of those capacities, as well as now serving on the Young Friends Board.


So what are the Young Friends going to accomplish beyond what we do here, what is your mission?
The mission of the Young Friends of the APA, to me, is to serve as an integral link to an enormous pool of young people in the St. Louis area who want to contribute in a positive and tangible way to their communities.

In some ways our mission lines up very closely with the APA’s overall mission, but with a specific focus on engaging young individuals in St. Louis in a way that helps and encourages them to further the APA’s mission, and become more involved with the APA as a whole.


Well, thanks so much for making time for us Chris. We wish you and all of our Young Friends huge success. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!!


To help introduce themselves to the St. Louis community, the Young Friends are offering a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card. To enter, just give them a like at and sign up to receive more information about the group.