Reaching Out and Giving Back

The APA Adoption Center is committed to furthering the cause of animal welfare within the community. These are some of the educational programs we offer.

PetReach Animal Assisted Activities

It is widely documented that pets have a therapeutic value for people in residential care facilities. Since 1983, PetReach has sent APA Adoption Center staff, volunteers and their pets into senior care facilities, psychiatric units, convalescent centers and children’s hospitals. PetReach was the first no-fee, pet-assisted activity program in the St. Louis area.

Participating PetReach Locations:

Alexian Brothers Lansdowne Village
Bethesda Hawthorne Place
Breeze Park
Catherine’s Place
Cottages of Lake St. Louis
Crestview Senior Living
Creve Coeur Assisted Living
Creve Coeur Manor
Delmar Gardens-Fenton
Delmar Gardens-O’Fallon
Family Partners Adult Day Services in Des Peres
Garden View Care Center
Laclede Groves in Webster
Life Care Center of Bridgeton
Manor Grove in Kirkwood
Mary Culver Home for Visually Impaired Women
Mary Queen and Mother Home
McKnight Place – Extended Care in Ladue
Mount Carmel Senior Living
Nazareth Living in South County
Richmond Terrace
Southview Assisted Living
St. Agnes Home
Stonecrest at Clayton View
Willow’s Way

Some of our PetReach partners have even become foster parents for APA pets. Our hope is that by partnering with these senior facilities, we can give residents a purpose, implement healthy activities and bring more people and pets together. Our puppies and kittens also benefit from the interaction with so many people on a daily basis and learn crucial socialization skills. Residents are able to spoil and cuddle puppies and kittens throughout the day, and we’ve found that the residents really enjoy getting to spend time with the animals and are even getting out of their rooms more often!

Humane Legislation Advocacy

The APA Adoption Center continues to support legislation strengthening penalties for animal cruelty and facilitating exposure of inhumane animal exploitation. Recognizing the importance of humane legislation, the APA participates through education of our government representatives and our donors. We encourage members of the community to become more aware of animal welfare issues and to support animal welfare legislation and programs.

To learn more about these programs or to become involved with our efforts, contact

Animal Welfare Certification Program

Do you work or volunteer with animals? Or at least considering it? This certification program is for you!

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Celebrate Their Birthday at the APA

Does your child love animals? Make the big day special with a celebration like no other!

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We’ll Learn Together

Whether it’s at our place, your place, or one of our partner locations, sign up for classes on topics such as safety with animals and animal welfare.

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