While we have worked hard to place as many pets as possible into wonderful foster and adoptive homes during these difficult times, there are still many pets who need us. For the past 98 years, the APA has remained committed to the care and safety of pets, and that commitment continues.

Protecting our staff, volunteers, and the families who foster and adopt pets is a top priority for the APA. Over the past several weeks, our dedicated team has worked to implement new protocols to ensure public safety while continuing to serve the animals who depend on us.


The  APA Adoption Center is open for adoptions with modified operations. It is vital for us to continue placing pets in safe, loving homes as there are still many pets who need us. If you are interested in adopting, please visit our adoptable pets page for up-to-date information on pets currently available for adoption. To contact us, please call 314-645-4610 and select option ‘1’.

Curbside adoptions available for puppies and kittens under 6 months. First visit our website to view photos and profiles of puppies and kittens are currently available. Once you identify a pet you are interested in, please call to speak with an adoption counselor who will help you determine if the pet is a good fit for your home and discuss next steps.

  • Puppy and kitten adoptions will be completed over the phone and a pick up time scheduled.
  • Due to limited vising capacity we are dedicating our meet and greet rooms to animals 6 months and older. We are not doing visits with puppies and kittens at this time.

We have limited capacity for visits with adoptable animals 6 months and older. To visit with an adoptable animal:

  • First view adoptable animals on our website. While clients are unable to walk through the building at this time, we will bring animals to a meet and greet room for you.
  • Visits are limited to 2 people per household.
  • We cannot accommodate visits with children under age 12 at this time. Under normal circumstances we love to accommodate visits with the entire family and our staff are present on visits with children. However, our meet and greet rooms do not have adequate space for social distancing between potential adopters and staff.
  • Masks are required to enter the building and must remain on the entire time.
  • If there is a wait for the rooms, visits may be limited to a total of 4 pets and/or 30 minutes.
  • Animals over 6 months are also eligible for a 2 week trial adoption where you can foster them first.

Please do not visit our adoption center if you are sick with COVID symptoms or have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.  

Wellness Clinic

The APA’s Wellness clinic is open with modified operations. Our waiting room is limited to one client. Please call to let us know you have arrived (we recommend getting in line for the queue from home first).  Clients cannot accompany pets into the exam room because the space is not large enough for social distancing. However, one client at a time can wait in our waiting room. Masks are required to enter the building and must remain on.

Please do not visit our wellness clinic if you are sick with COVID symptoms or have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.  

Education Programs

Our education programs have shifted online and are being shared via our social media pages, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Please be sure to check out this programming which includes Tuesday Tails storytime, short dog training videos, pet enrichment ideas, and of course, positive and uplifting stories about pets in our care.


In accordance with national, state and local recommendations to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the APA is postponing all upcoming events scheduled through May, including Sit. Stay. Speak! We greatly appreciate your understanding and support while we work to ensure the safety of our community.

Can I get COVID-19 from my pet?

There is no evidence that companion animals or pets can spread COVID-19. For the latest information about coronavirus and pets, please visit the following links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Should I have a preparedness plan for my pet?

In the event of a crisis or disaster, we encourage everyone to have a preparedness plan in place for their pet.  Pets are important members of the family, and should a person become sick or hospitalized, a person to care for pets is critical. Below are some important steps to take to ensure you are prepared:

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if you become sick or hospitalized. Be sure to communicate this to your designated person.
  • Have a supply of food, a crate, and any necessary medications on hand should the relocation of your pet be necessary.
  • Document all vaccination records and medications with dosing and directions, as well as contact information for your veterinarian. Put this with your supplies or your pet’s to-go bag.
  • Ensure your pet has proper identification, including a registered microchip and collar with ID tag.

Need Help?

The APA is here for you. We are doing all we can to provide resources for you and your pet during this time of uncertainty. Please check out our COVID-19 community resources page for a list of known resources in our community. This list is updated as we become aware of available services, so please check back often.

If you have questions or need assistance, you may also  call us at 314-645-4610 and we will do our best to help.

How Can I Help?

The APA Adoption Center is a St. Louis-based, independent, not-for-profit organization that depends solely on the generosity of our community to do this work. We continue to receive new animals into foster care and our Adoption Center, are still coordinating transfers for urgent situations, and still take in pets from families in crisis (the number of which is on the rise as families face new economic realities and illness). We need your support more than ever as we experience this increased need for our services throughout the community.

To make a gift to support our lifesaving work, please visit our donation page. Every amount makes a difference to a pet in need.

We also welcome donations of supplies to keep our facility clean and our animals happy and healthy. Donations of Purina pet food will be used to feed pets in homes where pet owners are having a difficult time making ends meet. You can order donations to be delivered to the APA through Chewy or Amazon, or if you are out for supplies, we invite you to drop off an item outside of our front door at 1705 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63144.

We appreciate your support during this time.


Related links:

APA Statement on Spay and Neuter During COVID-19 Pandemic

Temporary Foster Volunteers Needed

APA Adoption Center and Wellness Clinic Reopening with Modified Operations