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Animal Protective Association Of Missouri

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond.

Target demographics: Homeless pets and those pets in need of low-cost wellness services

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,519 homeless pets find homes; fostered 1,928 pets prior to adoption; reunited 133 lost pets with their families; provided 3,878 wellness visits to pets in need.

Geographic areas served: St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding communities

Programs: Adoption: We find and match pets with safe and loving homes. Adoption is at the heart of what we do at the APA. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 we matched 3,519 pets with wonderful new families. For animals that are too sick, pregnant or need medical attention, our temporary foster homes offer a safe and healthy environment to grow and recuperate. In 2020, 1,928 pets were fostered before adoption -- a record for the APA!

Wellness: We keep pets healthy so they can stay in their homes. Wellness services are an important component of our work to help people maintain a healthy pet. In addition to low-cost wellness services, which reach thousands of companion animals each year, the APA also understands that spaying and neutering are critical to the health (and population management) of animals throughout the community. In 2020, the APA provided 2,794 spay and neuter surgeries.

Education: We cultivate hope and a more kind and compassionate world. The APA has a 30+ year history of developing and implementing innovative educational programming. Taking a lifespan approach to both people and pets, we offer a variety of programming to people age 2 to 102. This includes animal-focused literacy programs for toddlers and preschoolers, school-based animal safety programs and programs geared toward our most mature citizens, including Pet Reach and Senior Saviors.

We remain on the leading edge of change. The APA has developed a reputation for being an innovator in our region. We are just the right size to be nimble and responsive, but big enough to affect lasting change. This can be seen in our recent successes, like the launch of Pet Partners, which serves animals in low-income communities, or our No More Bullying program, that involves school partnerships where we deliver a unique, anti-bullying curriculum. You can see it in our commitment to providing the best care to animals in need, minimizing their fear and addressing emotional and social needs through enrichment. In our move to be the first shelter in the state to remove breed labels. In our award-winning "Grown-Ass Adult" senior pet adoption PR campaign, which went viral and reduced the average length of stay for senior pets by 3 days. Or in our commitment to the professional development and care of our staff.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amy W.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had lost our two senior dogs. Our last surviving senior was so depressed. We ended up getting a 6 month pup at the APA. Many people say getting a dog at the shelter is getting someones problem dog. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Our Bailey has been nicknamed BDE (Best Dog Ever) by my husband. The APA is a great place to get your next pet. So easy to adopt and their understanding and love for animals shows. I send all of my friends and family there to look for their new family pet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My two cats, Nyssa and Turlough were at the APA just waiting for me to find them! Without the APA, I would have missed out on the most amazing part of my life. They were the best companions anyone could ever want, all because the APA took them in and cared for them until the day we met. The APA is a wonderful organization that brings together humans and pets by the wonderful work that they do to rescue homeless animals. I’m forever grateful to them for my fur babies.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful dog from the APA 20 years ago and just this year, my father and I found his new best friend there; both experiences were great! My daughter had a birthday party there too - it was incredibly fun, and we loved that the cost helped support APA programs :) We are proud to be supporters of the APA.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization! They truly love animals. They help sponsor spay neuter programs and everyone that I’ve talked to that adopted a dog or cat has been very happy with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a sweet dog from the Missouri APA and he has been a joy! After they rescued him, got him healthy and showed him people can be good, he has joined our family and made our lives better. He is the second dog we have adopted from the APA. They know how to help animals!

Jessica B.24

Client Served

Rating: 5

The APA is one of the best animal welfare organizations in Missouri. They care deeply for each pet that comes through their doors. I have worked there and the employees are top notch, although I’m no longer a part of the APA I continue to support them. We got our dog, Jake around 3 years ago and I’m so happy he’s joined my family. Without the awesome work of the staff at the APA we wouldn’t have him and for that I’m grateful they continue to do the AMAZING work they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet pup at the APA. Great place! Pets are well cared for and the staff are wonderful! If you are looking for a pet, I highly recommend them!

jansdog

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gotten 2 of my dogs from the A. P. A. They are such a caring, knowledgeable, and selfless group of people. They will do anything to save any animal. I think so highly of this organization. I now foster puppies for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted several dogs from the A.P.A. I am a volunteer for their Canine Carnival. I also now am a foster for puppies. The A.P.A. provides EVERYTHING needed to foster. They are always available for questions, or any problems that may arise. They are caring, knowledgeable, people who do everything possible to make their adoptions possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster for the APA of Missouri and have adopted several pets from the facility. EVERYTHING a foster needs is provided by the staff. My pets especially enjoy the Annual Canine Carnival that raises funds for the shelter. Everyone is extremely attentive. I also take my pets to visit Seniors and Rehabilitation Centers through their Pet Reach program! I really enjoy fostering the pets in need of extended care for displaced families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with another animal welfare organization. The APA's transfer program has saved the lives of hundreds of animals in the rural area we serve. With no rescues or shelters in the entire county, thousands of abandoned and neglected animals have no place to go. Oreo and Indy were two of them. A few months ago, we were contacted about some dogs who lost their home due to a fire. Their owner moved away and left them behind. Without anyone in the country to feed them, they barely survived by eating scraps the neighboring school children saved for them from their lunches and tossed to them when they got off the bus in the evenings. They were skin and bones, trying to take shelter in the winter in a burned out trailer with sharp exposed glass in the windows and a large hole in the roof of the trailer which made their bedding wet and even colder when it rained. We were contacted more than two months after they had been abandoned, and they were in rough shape, hungry and cold. We reached out to APA who welcomed them with open arms. They provided them with much needed veterinary care, nutritious food and they love they had been missing. To complete their happy story, APA found them a wonderful home to live forever TOGETHER!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Volunteered here a bit a while ago and adopted my dog from here back in 2008 - she's still going strong! Great facilities, great staff, and healthy animals here.

1 Laurie102

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I host a Public Affairs show on WIL in St. Louis & Stacey Switzer and Jennifer Blome were guests to discuss fundraising events and several programs benefiting the APA. Not only do they have pets for adoption, they have spay/neuter programs, days where kids come in & read to the pets, birthday parties that often end in an adoption & volunteer opportunities. When we spoke, it was time for their Canine Carnival which is their biggest fundraiser. The APA is a great place to get a pet, volunteer & donate some funds.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Animal Protective Association is a wonderful organization that brings people and pets together and focuses on Education and Adoption.

Review from Guidestar