Donate Your Used Cell Phones to the APA

By: | January 14, 2015

Do you have an old cell phone that you just don’t know what to do with? Donate it to the APA!

Your old cell phone can help the APA raise funds that will go directly to the animals in our care.  Drop yours off at our shelter today, or have a used cell phone drive at your school, business or place of worship and get even more used phones for the APA.

There’s no phone that’s too old for us!

For other special opportunities, click here.

New Clinic Hours

By: | January 14, 2015

With the recent addition of two new veterinarians, the APA is proud to announce extended clinic hours! Now you can bring your dog or cat to the APA for basic medical care, flea and tick preventative or heartworm prevention Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  The clinic is closed from 1pm to 1:30pm for lunch.

St. Louis Dog Parks

By: | January 14, 2015

*Taylor Dog Park: Taylor at Maryland

*Lister Dog Park: Taylor at Olive

Contact Information:

CWEDP

4529 Laclede #285

St. Louis, MO 63108

centralwestend@stldogparks.org

 

*Maplewood Dog Park: West Point Dr at Rannells

Contact Information:

City of Maplewood City Hall

7601 Manchester Rd

Maplewood, MO 63143

314-645-3600

 

*Florissant Dog Park: Graham Rd at Manion Park Rd

Contact Information:

Ron Veach, Director Parks and Recreation

City of Florissant

James J. Eagan Center

#1 James J. Eagan Dr.

Florissant, MO 63033

314-839-7671

 

*Frenchtown Dog Park: 10th and Emmet

Contact Information:

Frenchtown Dog Park Association

Box 123

1312 Washington Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63103

 

*Shaw Dog Park: Thurman and Cleveland

Contact Information:

Shaw Neighborhood Improvement

2211 S. 39th St.

St. Louis, MO 63110

314-771-1301

 

University City Dog Play Area: Vernon and Pennsylvania

Contact Information:

University City City Hall

6801 Delmar

University City, MO 63130

 

Quail Ridge Off-Leash Dog Area: St. Charles County

Where Highway 70 and Highway 40 meet

Contact Information:

636-949-7535

A Few Words About I.D.

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A Few Words About I.D.

All pets, including indoor dogs and cats, need to wear collars with personal identification and rabies vaccination tags. Personal identification tags with the owner’s name, current address, and current telephone number(s) are necessary.

Microchip your pet. Give your pet the extra security of a microchip. A microchip identifies your pet even when his collar and tags get lost or removed. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is inserted under your pet’s skin between his shoulder blades with a special needle. It hurts a little at first, just like a shot, but will stay there for the rest of your pet’s life as permanent identification. Your pet will not even know it’s there. If your pet gets lost and someone brings him to a shelter, he is scanned for a microchip. If he’s been chipped, the shelter is able to identify you and your pet with the one-of-a-kind I.D. number.

Even the most responsible pet owners experience unexpected circumstances which cause pets to accidentally stray, becoming lost or injured.

Don’t let your pet become a shelter statistic – Give him or her proper identification!

Grieving the Loss of a Pet

By: | January 14, 2015

Grieving the Loss of a Pet

We grieve over the loss of a pet. This reaction is only natural. When we lose a pet we lose a friend. Our feelings toward pets are so special that experts have a term for the relationship: The human-companion animal bond. When this bond is severed, the sense of loss can be overwhelming. Our society does not offer a grieving pet owner a great deal of sympathy. Even a close friend may comment: “It’s only a dog (cat). You can always get another.” Such a reaction would be considered heartless given the loss of a human friend or family member.

People who have experienced such loss need the support of friends and relatives. Psychologists now know that we need as much support–but receive far less–with the loss of a companion animal. When a pet dies, there is rarely a formal ritual, such as a funeral, that allows for a formal out-pouring of grief. In fact, to many folks, such an event would seem bizarre or eccentric. Still, the loss of a pet affects our emotions, and all the more so if the pet was an integral part of the family. The feelings we have progress through several stages, very similar to those experienced after the loss of a human loved one. Recognizing these stages can help us cope with the grief we feel.

The First Stage: DENIAL
Denial is the initial response of many pet owners when confronted with a pet’s terminal condition or sudden death. This rejection seems to be the minds buffer against a sharp emotional blow.

The Second Stage: BARGAINING
This stage is well documented in the human grieving process. Many times, faced with the impending death, an individual may “bargain”–offering some sacrifice if the loved one is spared. People losing a pet are less likely to bargain quite that way, however there are reactions such as “If Spot recovers I’ll never skip his walk again… I’ll never put him in a kennel again…etc.”

The Third Stage: ANGER
Recognizing anger in the grief process is seldom a problem; dealing with anger often is. Anger can be obvious, such as hostility or aggression. Some anger can be turned inward and that anger shows itself as guilt. Here is where we hear such statements as “If only I had taken the cat to the vet a week ago…Not put the dog in the yard at that time of day…” Whether true or false, such reactions do little to relieve the anger and are not constructive. Check with your vet for the facts about why your pet died. Then remember the facts, not the possibilities, when you consider the loss of your pet.

The Fourth Stage: GRIEF
This is the stage of true sadness. Your pet is gone and so is your guilt or anger, now only an emptiness remains. It is in this stage that the support of family and friends can mean so much. Unfortunately, by the time we reach this stage many of those close to us believe we should have “moved on” and find it difficult to offer that support. When this is not available to us the grief stage can be prolonged. If you need assistance with this sadness, it can be a good time to contact your veterinarian or professional counselor for assistance. It is helpful to recognize that other pet owners have experienced similar strong feelings and you are not alone in this feeling of grief. Share the many things you remember about your special animal companion with a human friend.

The Final Stage: RESOLUTION
All things come to end–even grieving. As time passes, the distress dissolves as memories of the good times outweigh the trauma of your pet’s death. At this stage, it might be appropriate to consider adding a new member to your family. It could be time to visit your local shelter and see if you are able to find a friendship waiting to happen.