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Spring 2016

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Our Mission:

The APA Adoption Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond.

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We are moving and grooving right along in 2016. Helping to find animals loving homes, educating the public and spearheading innovative programs is what we do. Read on to find out what we are up to this season and be sure to Save The Date for May 3rd, aka Give STL Day. Our goal is to raise $15,000 in 24 hours and with your help we are sure to reach that goal!

SteveKaufmannLetter from the Director

I often open these newsletters with a story of a new program that the APA Adoption Center is providing, or a success story of a recently adopted pet.  This month, I want to offer a look back and a look forward.

Over a decade ago, the Animal Protective Association of Missouri was an animal shelter in the traditional sense of the word.  Animals came in, animals got adopted.  We spayed and neutered them as fast as we could, but still struggled to keep up with the volume of pets coming through our doors. Many pets found their way into new and loving homes, and many did not.  The staff and volunteers were ready for change, and change is what we did.

Flash forward to today. The agency is now recognized as a leading Adoption Center, not an animal shelter.  This is a place where pets find new homes in record time, and no pet is put to sleep due to a lack of space or resources. It’s an education center, where kids and adults learn about animal welfare and the important role these pets play in our lives.  It’s a community center, where outside groups host meetings and parties in the fun and inviting atmosphere of the facility.  It has grown into an agency that the community wanted, the animals needed, and the residents continue to promote with enthusiasm and delight.

As the APA continues to change and progress, so does my career.  I have recently accepted a role with the Center of Excellence at PetSmart Charities.  As manager of their adoption programs, I will be afforded the opportunity to create programs that will promote pet adoption on a national level.  To date, PetSmart has assisted in finding homes for more than 6 million pets.  I never imagined leaving the APA, but being a part of an opportunity of this scale to promote pet adoption is one that cannot be passed up.

For over a decade the APA has been where I have had the privilege to call home. It is an astounding organization that is doing amazing things for both pets and people.  The Board of Directors, the staff, and the volunteers are all some of the most caring people you will ever meet.  I could not leave you in better hands.  I will miss all of the relationships that this agency has afforded me.  I am excited for the future of this Adoption Center and the many successes that lie ahead.  Thank you for continuing to support this mission that is dear to my heart:

The Animal Protective Association of Missouri is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond.

Best regards to all,

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Steve Kaufman
Executive Director