Breed Specific Legislation

By: | January 15, 2015

The APA Adoption Center’s statement on breed specific legislation:

PitThe APA does not feel that the banning of any specific breed of dog solves the problems that the community is trying to address. City Councils around the country that discuss the topic of Breed Specific Legislation must be “results-oriented”. What is the result the city is trying to accomplish?

The answer of most city councils is that they want to reduce the number of dog bites and dangerous dogs in their municipality. The banning of specific breeds does not accomplish this, as thus is not a “results-oriented” approach.

Studies have shown that the largest number of dog attacks come from un-altered males that are tethered or chained.

The APA supports laws that would prohibit tethering and laws that would require the spay or neuter of all companion animals. The city should pass a dangerous dog ordinance that is enforceable and strict. If the city truly wants to reduce the number of dog bites and attacks, history has proven banning is not the answer.

Parvovirus Prevention and Treatment

By: | January 15, 2015

What is parvovirus?

Canine parvovirus is a viral illness that usually attacks a dog or puppy through the intestinal tract (canine parvovirus enteritis) and, in a few cases, the heart (myocarditis). This virus, first identified in the late 1970’s, is one of the most resistant known; able to withstand heat, cold and most common disinfectants.

Who gets parvo and how?

Although parvo attacks dogs and puppies of any age, purebred or mix of breeds, it is most commonly found in puppies six to twenty-four weeks old. Generally puppies are protected through their mother’s immunity up to that six week stage. Many adult dogs are immune because they were either vaccinated against the illness or they have survived the virus when young.

We vaccinate all incoming puppies under six months of age as soon as they arrive here. Older dogs are vaccinated upon adoption. Several studies suggest Dobermans and Rottweilers may be more vulnerable to this illness, and that non-neutered animals may be at greater risk than those that have been spayed or neutered.

ALL animals adopted from the APA of MO are spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter. (Animals that have been spayed or neutered are more likely to have been vaccinated and are less likely to roam. So they have less chance of exposure.)

How is parvovirus spread?

“Parvo” is spread through the feces and vomit of infected dogs and puppies. This virus can live in feces for about two weeks and can survive in the environment (areas on floors and cages) for many months. This survival rate allows it to be passed along by hands, clothing or shoes of anyone who comes in contact with it.


Symptoms of this terrible illness appear anytime during the the three to twelve day incubation period which follows exposure.The first signs of “parvo” usually include loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy (no energy to play or move about), bloody diarrhea or feces that smells bad and is gray or yellow. These animals can quickly suffer from dehydration. There is often fever and a general depression.

Remember, some dogs infected with the virus show no symptoms, and some never become il. Some dogs only show a few of the symptoms and recover quickly while still others become severely ill and become fatalities within forty-eight to seventy-two hours after first showing signs of illness.

How is this illness treated?

Treatment for “parvo” usually includes hospitalization, intravenous fluids and medication (to control vomiting, diarrhea and secondary infections.

How is parvovirus prevented?

The two (2) best ways to help prevent dogs from acquiring “parvo” is to vaccinate them against the virus (DHLPP vaccination) AND to keep them under control. Dogs allowed to roam are more likely to come in contact with illness. Remember to wash your hands after petting any other dog or puppy BEFORE you pet your own. Wipe off your shoes with a bleach and water solution if you know you have walked in an area with multiple dog exposure and change your clothes and wash them immediately if you have spent time exposed to another puppy or dog.

If you have any additional questions, please contact your veterinarian or call the APA at  314.645.4610 ext.18 during regular clinic hours.

Donate Your Used Cell Phones to the APA

By: | January 14, 2015

Do you have an old cell phone that you just don’t know what to do with? Donate it to the APA!

Your old cell phone can help the APA raise funds that will go directly to the animals in our care.  Drop yours off at our shelter today, or have a used cell phone drive at your school, business or place of worship and get even more used phones for the APA.

There’s no phone that’s too old for us!

For other special opportunities, click here.

New Clinic Hours

By: | January 14, 2015

With the recent addition of two new veterinarians, the APA is proud to announce extended clinic hours! Now you can bring your dog or cat to the APA for basic medical care, flea and tick preventative or heartworm prevention Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  The clinic is closed from 1pm to 1:30pm for lunch.

St. Louis Dog Parks

By: | January 14, 2015

*Taylor Dog Park: Taylor at Maryland

*Lister Dog Park: Taylor at Olive

Contact Information:


4529 Laclede #285

St. Louis, MO 63108


*Maplewood Dog Park: West Point Dr at Rannells

Contact Information:

City of Maplewood City Hall

7601 Manchester Rd

Maplewood, MO 63143



*Florissant Dog Park: Graham Rd at Manion Park Rd

Contact Information:

Ron Veach, Director Parks and Recreation

City of Florissant

James J. Eagan Center

#1 James J. Eagan Dr.

Florissant, MO 63033



*Frenchtown Dog Park: 10th and Emmet

Contact Information:

Frenchtown Dog Park Association

Box 123

1312 Washington Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63103


*Shaw Dog Park: Thurman and Cleveland

Contact Information:

Shaw Neighborhood Improvement

2211 S. 39th St.

St. Louis, MO 63110



University City Dog Play Area: Vernon and Pennsylvania

Contact Information:

University City City Hall

6801 Delmar

University City, MO 63130


Quail Ridge Off-Leash Dog Area: St. Charles County

Where Highway 70 and Highway 40 meet

Contact Information: