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Bringing People and Pets Together in Paradise

By APA Adoption Center | December 23, 2019

The APA team is passionate about animals and their dedication is inspirational. Just as I write this I’ve witnessed happy adoptions, animals coming in who need us, staff excited about a new program, volunteers walking dogs, and fosters taking animals into their home. So, it came as no surprise when an employee asked if she…

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

By APA Adoption Center | December 13, 2019

While the holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, it can be a dangerous and stressful time of year for our pets. Here are some tips to help keep your furry loved ones safe, happy and healthy this holiday season.     Foods to avoid:   Chocolate – This sweet treat is poisonous…

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Ollie’s Story

By APA Adoption Center | November 13, 2019

Ollie, an 11-year old blonde tabby cat, came to the APA with his brother, Henry, whose health was rapidly declining due to feline leukemia. Heartbreakingly, staff noticed that Ollie would wrap himself around Henry, as if holding onto hope that he could somehow protect and save his brother from the disease. After losing Henry, Ollie…

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Darla’s Story

By APA Adoption Center | November 13, 2019

Darla knows that hope comes in many forms. Clinging to life, Darla and her two puppies were discovered in a rural Missouri ditch. Hope first arrived in the form of a kind-hearted man who rescued the trio and brought them to the safety of his home while he began searching for shelters to give them…

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Two Kittens are Better Than One

By APA Adoption Center | November 4, 2019

One is the loneliest number doesn’t apply to everything, but the song rings true with kittens. Every cat owner wants a happy, healthy, well-adjusted, “good citizen” cat. Kittenhood is a time of growth and development. A kitten’s ability to learn appropriate behaviors is amplified when adopted with another kitten because, absent their mother, interactions between…

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Catch and Kill vs TNR: A Look at Sustainability

By APA Adoption Center | October 16, 2019

One of the major opponents to TNR are bird people. They often cite a study, conducted by scientists Clark and Castillo for the Department of Environmental Studies – Florida International University, which found that after 2 years there was no change in the feral cat population – and that these cat colonies had even increased,…

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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

By APA Adoption Center | October 15, 2019

Halloween should be a fun, exciting and safe event for all, including our furry friends. Please keep the following safety tips in mind for your pets as you celebrate: Repeated ringing of doorbells & people at the door in strange costumes can be stressful for many pets. Even normally friendly pets may become fearful or unexpectedly…

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Socially Conscious Animal Sheltering at the APA

By Sarah Javier | October 3, 2019

Based on respectful and compassionate care of animals, the APA is committed to a socially conscious framework, which allows us to more fully understand and define our role in creating the best, most appropriate outcomes for all pets in our community, not just those who enter our doors. It is finding a place for every…

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Socially Conscious Animal Sheltering: What It Means To Our Community

By Sarah Javier | October 3, 2019

  Rarely does one data point accurately measure what success looks like. Because St. Louis is a baseball town, think about this – when considering the effectiveness of a player, what if the St. Louis Cardinals only measured the number of times a player hit the ball when stepping up to the plate, ignoring everything…

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FIV Facts

By Lauren Mirelli | September 10, 2019
Scratching a cat's chin

The following are a collection of frequently asked questions about FIV. What is FIV? Is it like AIDS? FIV stands for feline immunodeficiency virus. It basically means that they have a depressed immune system – so they are extra susceptible to kitty colds. It is not like AIDS – which is the late stage of…

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