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Fall 2018

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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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Canine Carnival

Two spectacular APA events – the Fast & Furriest 5k run/1-mile walk and Canine Carnival – are just around the corner and we know your dog won’t want to miss it! The event is fun for the whole family!

Running and walking enthusiasts will complete the Fast & Furriest 5k/1-mile walk along with their furry best friend and cross the finish line to a celebration like no other – the Canine Carnival! And not to worry – if you aren’t a runner or a walker, you can join us for the Carnival fun!

  • 100% of proceeds benefit the APA.
  • Registration is $35/person.
  • Registering for the 5k/1-Mile Walk includes a t-shirt and access to the Canine Carnival.
  • Please note, a ticket for the Canine Carnival, does not enter you into the 5k.

Canine Carnival celebrates the bond between people and their pets! Be part of the Carnival where the dogs play the games and win great prizes. Bring your favorite canine friend and join the APA Adoption Center for the fun and festivities:

  • Dog-related “carnival” activities & games
  • The Canine Court
  • Children’s activities & games
  • Exhibitor booths
  • Live music
  • Food trucks
  • Beer garden
  • Schlafly Beer VIP tent
  • More prizes than you can shake a stick at
  • FIDO Friendly magazine and the Get your Licks on Route 66® Adoption Tour

And TONS of dogs!

In 2017, the APA found homes for 3,463 pets that were brought to our Adoption Center. This year, we are on track to help even more dogs, cats and other critters. Your ticket purchase helps take care of these animals and get them the medical attention they need. We truly appreciate your support for homeless animals in and around St. Louis.

Dogs, who are well-behaved, up to date on vaccinations and on leash, are invited to share in the fun. No retractable leashes, please!

As one of our largest fundraisers, The Canine Carnival + Fast & The Furriest makes it possible for The APA to give many homeless pets their deserving second chance. Get your Canine Carnival tickets and register for Fast & Furriest 5k/1-mile walk here.

Letter from the Director


Dear Friends,

It seems that Fall has finally arrived! The weather has cooled a bit and soon the leaves will change to vibrant hues of red, gold and orange. It is this time of year that we start to breathe a little easier – the hustle and bustle of summer begins to subside, volunteers who faithfully show up to walk dogs are grateful that the sweltering heat has passed, and our kennels and cages become a little less crowded. While it is a welcome change of pace, we know our work is far from over.

At this time last year, we had helped 2,507 pets find safe, loving homes. This year we have reached 2,748 new homes for pets and are on pace to exceed 3,500. While spaying and neutering programs are making a difference, pet homelessness persists, so we are here to help. Through adoption, education and wellness programs, the work we are doing at the APA is making a difference, and we are grateful for your support.

Each pet that comes through our door reminds us why the work we do is so important. Of course, some reminders have a way of etching paw prints a little more deeply into your heart. That is the case with Ricky, a tiny orange tabby kitten who came to us just a few short weeks ago.

When Ricky arrived with his two siblings, he was in really bad shape. He was being devoured by fleas, needed nourishment, and was so weak he could barely keep his eyes open or make a sound. We honestly did not know if he would survive — it certainly wasn’t looking good. Our team was quite busy that day, so I jumped in to help where needed. Using a small syringe to feed him, I slowly drizzled nutrient-rich kitten formula into Ricky’s mouth, gently encouraging him to swallow. His tiny body resting in my palm was fragile and still, only adding to the urgency I felt. After he consumed two syringes, I gently bathed him and removed the fleas. I sang to him as I bathed him, letting him know he was safe and should keep fighting. Soon after, he and his brothers went home with a foster volunteer who had experience with bottle feeding tiny kittens. This would give them the very best chance possible to grow big and strong. With fingers crossed and a prayer in our hearts, out the door they went.

Today Ricky and his brothers returned to the APA for vaccinations. I didn’t recognize them! With the help of the foster volunteer and our team of incredible vet techs and veterinarians, the kittens are thriving and doing well. Their eyes are bright and they are curious and playful, just as healthy kittens should be. Soon they will be ready for new, loving homes of their very own, and we couldn’t be happier. To recall their difficult and uncertain beginning and to see them now, just a few weeks later, is the best kind of reminder that the work we are doing at the APA is making a difference.

On behalf of little Ricky and his brothers, our team, as well as the many animals in our care and those yet to come, thank you for being such a wonderful friend to the APA. We couldn’t do it without you.



Sarah Javier
Executive Director

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