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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.
Purr-fect Time for Change
Welcome to the APA’s new electronic newsletter! After a whirlwind year of changes in 2018, now is a great time to keep the momentum going and introduce this new version of our newsletter. Like many changes in the past year, this update is meant to help us better communicate with you, our community of supporters.
Letter from the Director
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.