By: APA Adoption Center | February 2, 2016
The APA is proud to announce an exciting new opportunity to apply your professional skills and help our four-legged friends. We have partnered with the volunteer organization Launch St. Louis to ‘launch’ our very own young friends group, the Young Friends of the APA. If you are a business man or women under the age of 40, now is your chance to help your community, meet new friends, network and most importantly, meet some of our most adorable puppies and kittens.
Interested? Coming up next week we are holding a recruitment mixer for all animal-loving young professionals. The mixer is a great introduction to the Young Friends Board whether you are looking to take on a serious leadership position, or would just like a chance to help out occasionally. Please join us at the APA Adoption Center between 5:30pm and 7:30pm on Thursday, February 11th for drinks, snacks and games (puppies and kittens will be provided). The event is completely free, just RSVP in advance if you will be coming by either responding on Facebook or by contacting Rashida at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the mixer we will be accepting applications for the very first leadership board of the Young Friends of the APA. Members of the board can expect to work on important projects such as volunteer coordination, event planning and fundraising. We need a diverse range of expert talent on the Young Friends Board, so young professionals from all fields are welcome.
In addition to the opportunity to network with other young leaders, we will be providing tours of the APA and there will be plenty of time to play with many of our cutest pets. Rooms will be dedicated just for interaction with our adoptable cats and dogs, so be prepared to make a few new furry friends. Also, make sure to test your knowledge in our trivia challenge for a chance to take home some new APA gear. Save the date, and we will see you at the APA!
APA Young Friends Mixer
Thursday, February 11th
5:30pm – 7:30pm
@ the APA Adoption Center
By: APA Adoption Center | March 20, 2015
Escaping an abusive home is a brave but stressful and difficult decision. It is enough for a woman to worry about getting herself and children to safety; to have to consider pets’ safety, too, can make the move overwhelming. In fact, several studies show that somewhere between 25-40% of women delay their departure or stay with their abuser all together because they worry about what will happen to their pets when they go.
We have long known a behavioral link exists between animal abuse and human abuse: violent behavior toward animals often acts as a precursor to violence against people. Social scientists, abuse counselors and law enforcement refer to this cycle simply as “The Link.” In domestic abuse situations, some abusers harm the pets’ of their victims in order to intimidate or coerce them back into the relationship. Other times, pets are simple victims of abuse themselves.
Recently, bipartisan legislation was introduced in Washington that aims to assist victims of abuse and their pets. The Pet and Women Safety Act (PAWS Act) would establish a federal grant program that helps domestic violence shelters house both women and their companion animals. The APA strongly supports keeping people and pets together, especially during challenging, uncertain times. Women in abusive relationships are often made to feel isolated, scared and lonely. Their companion animals provide security, reliability and comfort during an especially challenging period. The proposed legislation would potentially benefit thousands of women one day, and we hope you will encourage your representative to cosponsor or support the PAWS Act and help keep families together.
Until the day when pets are able to stay with their people in safe places, the APA offers Domestic Violence Pet Assistance. This program fosters the pets of victims while they are in shelter and reunites them with their family once they are back on their feet. During that time, the APA provides all medical care, vaccinations, food and shelter at no cost to the family.
The APA has offered Domestic Violence Pet Assistance – the only safe harbor program for pets in the St. Louis region – since 1997. In that time, we have served hundreds of women and pets, and we see every day how important it is to provide protection and services for abuse victims and their animals. By fostering her pets while a woman is in shelter, we give her time to focus on herself and to regain her independence outside of a violent home. When the family is reunited afterward, it’s a happy ending for everyone.
By: APA Adoption Center | January 30, 2015
After a lot of hard work and a little bit of patience, the APA has reopened its front doors and is welcoming visitors into our new front lobby! The remodeled, two-story addition features three new meet-and-greet room for potential adopters to visit with pets. It allows the Humane Education Department to have its own space for classes and parties. There is also additional meeting space and much-welcomed new offices. For pet parents experiencing a difficult loss, we have created a grieving room to offer a quiet place for reflection.
These upgrades will help us operate more efficiently and allow our pets additional space to meet their new families. We’re thrilled with how great everything looks, and although we are still putting on the finishing touches, be sure to stop by to see our new lobby!