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Summer 2017

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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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It’s a good time to Adopt A Friend For Life

Shelters, rescue groups and adoption centers always seem to be their busiest during the summer months. This time of year always brings an uptick in the number of animals entering our doors.

This means it is a great time to adopt! You can basically have the “pick of the litter” from the vast variety of breeds, sizes, ages and colors of dogs, cats, kittens and puppies. Besides that, it is a great time to get a new pet acclimated to your home. There’s no potty training in the snow and longer days allow you to go for evening walks that could turn into training sessions.

If you’ve been thinking about a new pet, now is your opportunity.  We will help you through every step of the process. Our doors are open 7 days a week, so stop by the APA Adoption Center and Adopt A Friend For Life this summer!

Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

It seems the dog (and cat) days of summer are upon us in St. Louis, as well as at the APA!

With temperatures heating up, your family may be busy with summer plans, perhaps taking in a Cardinals game, splashing in a pool, grilling up something yummy, or jetting off for a family getaway. No matter what it entails, we all need a little summertime “enrichment.”

That couldn’t be truer for the pets at the APA. While our dogs and cats (guinea pigs, rabbits, and even the occasional reptile) await their loving homes, they, too, need a little extra fun to keep them happy, healthy, and cool this time of year. That’s why our year-round enrichment program at the APA is especially important in the paws-itively sweltering summer.

Our animal enrichment programs are designed to provide our animals with the resources and activities needed to explore, learn, and engage with people and their surroundings. These efforts help maintain behavioral wellness in our animals, which makes them happy and adoptable when their new family walks through our doors. To accomplish this, our highly trained and dedicated staff and volunteers engage our pets in activities such as one-on-one play, play groups, play with a variety of toys, exposure to sounds and smells, opportunities to learn new skills, positive reinforcement, as well as many walks, belly rubs and cuddles. While the typical stay at the APA is one week until an animal finds his/her new home, we want to make sure that every moment here conveys kindness, love, hope, and fun.

As you might imagine, it takes a LOT to keep the enrichment program going. We are so grateful to the volunteers who spend countless hours interacting with our animals, the dedicated staff who conceptualize and implement new enrichment ideas, and the generous donors who provide the resources to make it all possible. It is a team effort, and it is working.

In between summer activities, I encourage you to stop by the APA and see our enrichment program in action. Or, if you are looking for a fun and rewarding way to help animals in need, we would love to have you volunteer. To learn more, please visit our website

On behalf of the animals in our care, and those who will enter our doors in the future, thank you for your support. Whether it is a gift of time, a monetary donation, or simply spreading awareness of the great work being done at the APA Adoption Center, it makes a difference.

Keep cool and enjoy a great summer!


Sarah Javier
President/Executive Director