Mission: Bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond.
Programs: Adoption: the association takes in companion animals that have strayed, been abandoned, or whose owners can no longer care for them and makes every effort to provide a second chance for all adoptable animals to find loving and permanent homes. The association also helps overcrowded shelters and rescue groups find homes for their animals by transferring them into the association's adoption center. Approximately 1,700 animals were adopted this year, and another 160 lost animals were reunited with their families.
education: the association actively works to educate the public on animal welfare issues and the benefits of the human/animal bond with programs reaching schools, organizations, and individuals, adults as well as children. Approximately 5,000 individuals were reached by these programs this year. The association also provides outreach program to benefit the community. The domestic violence pet assistance program assists victims of abuse by fostering their pets while they regain their independence outside of a violent home. The association helped 10 abuse victims and 16 pets in the past year. The petreach program brings the joy of animal companionship to those who live without them in assisted living facilities. Association volunteers made approximately two dozen visits to numerous assisted living facilities this year.
veterinary clinic: the association's clinic provides routine well care for clients' cats and dogs, as well as provides veterinary care for the animals in the adoption shelter. Approximately 5,700 animals were served this year.
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.