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COVID-19 Information

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 99 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. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated team has closely monitored recommended CDC and local health guidelines and 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 (masks required inside of our building). 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’.

At this time we are not able to accomdate visits with puppies and kittens 4 months and under. Visit our website to view photos and profiles of pets that 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. Adoptions can be completed in person or over the phone and a pick-up time will be scheduled.

Pets older than 6 months are eligible for a two-week trial adoption which allows you the opportunity to temporarily foster the pet before finalizing adoption. This makes it possible for you to determine if a pet is a good fit for your home and family. Please note this cannot be done over the phone but is available after you visit the APA and meet the pet.

To visit with an adoptable pet:

  • We recommend first viewing adoptable animals on our website. Having an idea of who you would like to meet will expedite the process.
  • Masks are required to enter the building and must remain on the entire time even if vaccinated.
  • If there is a wait for rooms, visits may be limited to a total of 4 pets and/or 30 minutes.
  • Pets older than 6 months are also eligible for a two-week trial adoption where you can temporarily foster the pet before finalizing adoption.

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 household (up to two adults and thier children). 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 for the duration of your visit.

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 are limited with most offerings available online.

Tuesday Tales, our early childhood program, is currently being offered in person and is limited to a very small number of participants. Reservations are required for this program.

Program dates and times are being shared via our website calendar and social media pages, including FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  Please be sure to check out this programming, which includes Tuesday Tales, 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 in-person events through 2021. 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