Love at First Hug

By: | May 22, 2017

As a part of our Transfer Program, Boomer arrived at the APA Adoption Center along with nine other dogs from The Animal Shelter of Texas County on January 26th, 2016. Boomer was a sweet and outgoing Labrador/Pit Bull mix and we knew he would quickly find a home.

His lucky day came on January 31st, 2016 when Danielle came to the APA looking for a companion. She planned on just visiting, not adopting a dog she saw on our website. When that dog was not the right fit, she decided to meet Boomer. Danielle said “The second he was brought into the room he wrapped his arms around my neck to give me a hug and rested his head on my shoulder. It was then, at that very moment, I knew he was the perfect dog for me and I couldn’t leave him behind.” Luckily, Danielle knew that transitioning from a shelter to home life can be stressful for a dog so she didn’t give up on him after he destroyed the blinds in the house not once, but three times. She worked through the separation anxiety and says he has been an amazing blessing in her life as her certified emotional therapy animal.

Boomer and Danielle visited the Adoption Center on the anniversary of his one year adoption (his Gotcha Day) with donations for the rest of the APA pets waiting for their forever homes. The staff at the APA was excited to see Boomer and learn he is training to get his service dog certification!

Taking Matters into his own Paws

By: | May 15, 2017

On April 3rd, 2016, Tink, a 7 month old kitten (now named Hobbes) was surrendered to the APA Adoption Center. His previous owner had become ill and could no longer care for him. Just a couple days later, on April 9th, the Snelling family came to the APA wanting to adopt a cat. Below is the account of their love connection when meeting Hobbes!

From the Snelling Family:

We lost our 20 year old family cat in August of 2015. Our daughter, Grace, had a special connection to her and was not ready to start looking for a new cat right away.

In January of 2016, we decided as a family that we were ready to bring another cat into our home and visited multiple shelters in the St. Louis area. I’m not sure how we heard about the APA, but what kept us coming back and leaning towards the APA was the facility itself. We loved the rooms the cats stay in and the biographies for each cat. We wanted a younger cat who had been with dogs, because we are a family with a Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever. The cat biographies noted whether or not the cat had been around other pets. Hobbes had been in a family with other cats and dogs.

In the end, my husband and I let our 15 year old twin daughters pick Hobbes, although I think Hobbes actually picked them! He walked into the visiting room, climbed up on our daughter’s lap and sniffed her face. The decision to adopt him was made at that moment.

Hobbes had no fear of our two dogs and had no problem acclimating to our home. He’s independent and entertaining. Like many cats, he decides when he wants to be in someone’s lap and when he’d rather be alone. He enjoys talking to birds out of open windows and watching neighborhood cats. A year later, he now tolerates and/or torments our dogs. He’s the perfect cat for our family!

Second Chance Sam

By: | May 4, 2017

On June 29th, 2016, Sam was found abandoned in a foreclosed home in North County, MO. He was brought to the APA Adoption Center, in rough shape, in hopes that we could nurse him back to health and find him a loving home. Sam had clearly not been groomed in a long time, had cataracts in both eyes and was in need of dental surgery. Our team of veterinary technicians estimated him to be around 8 years old.

It took a couple of weeks to get him feeling better and healthy enough to be placed for adoption. Sam was already neutered, so after being vaccinated, receiving a dental cleaning and a microchip, he was ready to find a family.

July 29th, 2016, exactly one month after arriving at the APA, the Coonrod Family came to the APA looking for a playmate for their Shih Tzu, Max. One of our Adoption Counselors told the family about Sam and they wanted to meet him to see if he could be “the one.”

The Coonrod’s and Max immediately fell in love and took Sam home that same day. Sam has adjusted amazingly well in his new home and enjoys weekly trips to a pet spa! Max even acts as his seeing-eye dog when Sam gets a little lost in the yard. According to the Coonrod’s “Sam brings us so much joy every day. We can’t imagine our lives without him!”

Enrichment does a Doggie Good

By: | April 7, 2017

The APA has been busy the past six months developing three new enrichment programs: Doggie Dates, Group Play Sessions and Feline Enrichment. These programs were all designed to enhance our pets’ lives while they’re waiting to find their forever homes.

Doggie Dates, our newest enrichment program, allows trained dog walkers to “check out” a dog from our Adoption Center to go on an offsite outing. Dogs that participate in this program get to spend two hours with their favorite volunteer. Most often the outings consist of hiking in a park, visiting local pet stores and sometimes they even get to enjoy a special lunch date at a local pet friendly patio.

Staff receive valuable feedback about the dog after each outing such as how the dog does during car rides and how well they walk on a leash while out enjoying nature. We have found that even our perkiest pup will be ready for a nap by the end of their Doggie Date.

Group Play Sessions are another way our dogs get to enjoy their stay at our Adoption Center. Staff will coordinate play groups based on style of play, age and energy level. Once a play group is established, volunteers are able to supervise the sessions which typically last around twenty minutes. These short play sessions are equal to two hours of being walked individually on a leash.

The APA also keeps our frisky feline friends in mind when it comes to enrichment. We have a cat program that was recently created to help keep our cool cats careless and stress free. During cat enrichment, volunteers participate in a number of activities to benefit the felines in our care. It could be something as simple as playing cat friendly music, interactive toys or even just giving out fresh catnip. Volunteers learn each cats’ likes and dislikes and then pass that information along to potential adopters.

If you are interested in becoming an APA volunteer, please visit our website to fill out a volunteer application. No time to volunteer but still interested in helping the pets in our care? No problem! Consider donating an enrichment toy. You can shop our Amazon wish list and have the toy shipped directly to us! The dogs and cats thank you in advance

Happily Ever After: Molly and the True Family

By: | February 15, 2017

Once upon a time, Lynn True was lonely without a cat. In June 2016, her cat of 18½ years passed away.

“I knew I was going to have to adopt another cat,” True says. “I’ve had both dogs and cats, but cats are my favorite.”

 Since she was planning a trip to Alabama to visit friends in October, True told herself she wouldn’t browse any websites for cats until she got back, not wanting to leave a newly adopted pet behind.

“But there was just this pull to look,” she says. “I got on the [APA Adoption Center’s] website, and that’s when I saw Molly.”

True knew she didn’t want a young cat, and at 13 years old, Molly certainly wasn’t a kitten. But after meeting her at the APA in August, True came back for Molly just a few days later. She ended up not going to Alabama, since she was a cat mom again.

“I wanted to stay with her and get her used to the house and the environment,” True says. “She’s just the cutest thing, and she definitely has an attitude.”

Molly is a cuddly senior kitty, and she and True curl up in the living room together and watch TV.

“I was a volunteer for the Humane Society, so I’ve seen firsthand how much people gravitate toward the younger animals,” True says. “Rarely do they choose an older animal. But [senior animals] have so much to offer. I knew Molly would be perfect.”

 

When she first brought Molly home, True says Molly was getting sick daily, and she couldn’t figure out why. True discovered the cat had been eating plastic: grocery bags, casings for water bottles and so forth .

“Now, she’s on a plastic-free diet!” True says with a laugh.

One of Molly’s favorite things is a box she discovered when she first came home with True. True had brought up a box of things from the basement and set it down in the living room. Molly has since claimed the box as her own, running to it whenever she’s alarmed or if she hears the mailman come to the door.

But when True has visitors, Molly has to be right in the middle of everything, going from lap to lap and getting as much attention as possible.

“She just makes my day every day,” True says. “I love waking up and knowing she’s part of my day. She’s going to have a good life for however long she has.”

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Story courtesy of Robyn Dexter, Ladue News