Living with Pet Allergies

This time of year, the APA receives a lot of calls and a lot of animals due to allergies. Helping keep an animal with its family is a top priority for us, so we want to help allergy suffers know that, if the allergies are not life threatening, there are options to living a happy, healthy life with your pet. Here are some basic tips for cohabitating with wheeze and sneeze-inducing furry friends.  

Know thy allergies! Are you allergic to your pet’s dander or is it something else?

APA celebrates new lobby

Around 200 people stopped by the APA Adoption Center last night for an open house showcasing the remodeled work the shelter recently completed. Guests who donated to the lobby construction project, longtime supporters and volunteers gathered together to celebrate the APA’s new building features. Over the 12-month, $1 million construction project, the APA built three additional meet-and-greet rooms, an education center, a meeting room and created an overall change in the front end layout. The APA also unveiled plans to remodel the cat room this year, in order to provide more interaction and stimulation, and to decrease stress for the shelter’s felines. Steve Kaufman, Executive Director of the APA, spoke at the end of the evening, thanking the supporters for their efforts in making the remodeled shelter possible, and praising the organization’s work to increase the overall adoption rate of animals, which stands at 95 percent for 2015.

Helping Victims of Domestic Abuse and their Pets

Victims of domestic abuse are often left to wonder what to do with pets when they leave their abuser. Escaping an abusive home is a brave but stressful and difficult decision. It is enough for a woman to worry about getting herself and children to safety; to have to consider pets’ safety, too, can make the move overwhelming. In fact, several studies show that somewhere between 25-40% of women delay their departure or stay with their abuser all together because they worry about what will happen to their pets when they go. We have long known a behavioral link exists between animal abuse and human abuse: violent behavior toward animals often acts as a precursor to violence against people.

8 Great Reasons to Adopt An Older Pet

This Valentine’s Day, consider opening your heart to an older pet. Older pets make excellent companions, and are often better suited to busy lifestyles than their puppy and kitten counterparts. Here are 8 reasons why you should consider adopting an older pet. 1. No surprises

When you meet a puppy or kitten, you can guess what they will be like as adults, but you can’t know for sure.

APA Receives $15,000 Grant for Its Pet Transfer Program

The Petfinder Foundation shows support for the APA’s innovative adoption program. The APA’s Pet Transfer Program began very simply: the APA had extra kennel space available for dogs, so we called around to see if anyone needed a little help easing overcrowding at their shelters. As it turned out, several agencies did. When we saw how quickly the transfer pets were adopted, we knew we could do more. In January, staff members decided to aim for 300 animals transferred in during 2014.

APA Rings in the New Year with New Hours of Operation

Beginning January 4, the APA Adoption Center will be open 7 days a week. To give adoptable pets additional time each week to find homes, and to offer more opportunities for community members to stop in for their veterinary needs, the APA will open its doors on Sunday. The APA anticipates that the change in hours will help more animals find homes and alleviate some of the congestion the veterinary clinic sees on Saturdays. The APA’s new Sunday hours are 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

APA Lobby Open and Ready for Business

In time for the rush of holiday adoptions, the APA’s remodeled front lobby is open and receiving visitors. After a lot of work and a little patience, the APA has reopened its front doors and is ready to help homeless pets find forever families this holiday season. Since March, the APA has been under construction, working to build new visiting rooms for adopters, giving the education department its own room to teach classes, and adding much-needed office space and a meeting area. The results are terrific. 18-foot ceilings greet you at the entrance of the Adoption Center.

Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts from the APA

The smells of Thanksgiving will be in many houses this Thursday, and people aren’t the only ones to find those savory scents irresistible. Pets are also looking to partake in the festive holiday feast, but many foods may not be the best idea to feed Fido. Follow these tips for keeping the holiday healthy and happy for everyone, including furry friends. Foods for sharing

Cooked pumpkin and sweet potato – Seasonal squash is often included in many canned dog foods and dog biscuits. It’s nutritious and delicious!

Cold Weather Pet Tips from the APA

Snowflakes are a sure sign that winter is on its way. It’s a good time to remember that, even with their fur coats, pets are susceptible to cold weather woes, too. Keep your four-legged friends safe and warm this winter with these tips. Bring in all pets when temperatures drop below 32°. Frostbite is a real threat to an animal exposed to harsh, cold weather.

St. Louis-themed Halloween Pet Costumes

If you’re giving your pets a little flair this holiday, why not have some hometown pride, too? Here are 6 costume ideas for dressing up your pets in St. Louis style. Pizza Pup
St. Louis-style pizza may not be for everyone, but we locals love our Provel pies!

Q&A with Jennifer Blome

It’s been six months since Jennifer Blome left her desk at NewsChannel 5 to become the Director of Humane Education at the APA. She sat down to talk about her new line of work and how life has changed since leaving the morning newscast. Why did you leave broadcast journalism to join the APA? The APA has always had a special place in my heart because of its neighborhood feel. I have enjoyed working at the Canine Carnival over the years.

APA’s Canine Carnival Is Coming Back to Town

Be a part of the carnival where the dogs play the games and win the prizes! What: APA’s Canine Carnival

Where: Tilles Park (9551 Litzsinger Road)

When: Sunday, October 5 from 11 am – 3 pm. Cost: Donations to the APA are encouraged upon entrance. The 24th Annual Canine Carnival is coming up on Sunday, October 5! Bring your pooches and join the APA for a day packed with dog games, prizes, adoptable pets, kids’ activities, vendor booths, food trucks, beer and more!

APA Celebrates Its Own STL 250

Last December, the APA embarked on an ambitious project to help reduce euthanasia in our area by transferring pets to our own Adoption Center. When the APA started the Pet Transfer Program last December, we knew there was a need for greater collaboration among the various types of animal welfare groups: government (animal control), private shelters (such as the APA), and smaller rescue groups that operate primarily on a foster-based system. However, we also understood that with these groups come different philosophies regarding animal welfare. Sometimes these differing viewpoints butt heads, and that can make collaboration tricky. Nonetheless, we believed that the objectives of the Pet Transfer Program – alleviating overcrowding at area animal control agencies and offering rescue groups a place for their animals when foster homes are filled – would show that the program’s end result was something on which we could all agree: saving companion animals’ lives.

APA Lobby Renovation in Final Stages

The APA’s current lobby renovation will add only about 1,000 additional square feet to our adoption center, but what we’re getting in that space will make a BIG difference in how we operate.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

When construction is completed, gone will be the days when long lines formed for time in the one room we used for pet meet-and-greet. This project adds 3 new visitation rooms for adopters to visit with pets, giving families more time to meet with their potential new member. The Humane Education department is receiving major upgrades in the form of a new high-tech classroom that will help us spread the message of compassion toward animals and give the young members of our community the knowledge they need to be responsible stewards of our companion animals. The new meeting room for 2-legged people ensures that education classes never need to be scheduled around staff or board meetings and that we always have a space for discussion.  The new grieving room will offer solace and a place for quiet reflection to pet parents who are experiencing a difficult loss.

Vote No on Amendment 1

Enshrining ambiguous language into the Missouri constitution opens the door to lawsuits challenging important animal welfare laws. The so-called “Right to Farm” amendment does nothing to protect Missouri’s family farms, but it does create legal grounds to protect puppy mills. Under the guise of protecting Missouri farms, in its original form, the upcoming Amendment 1 would have barred local health department from conducting animal health and safety inspections at commercial breeding facilities and prevented Missouri citizens from voting on future initiatives involving animals. Thankfully, advocacy groups, such as the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, have been successful in watering down the most harmful elements in the bill. As it currently stands, Amendment 1 only ensures Missourians the right to do something they have been doing for centuries: farming.

4th of July Pet Safety Tips from the APA

Our shelter sees a huge influx of stray animals after the holiday. Keep your pet safe and sound with these tips. Animals are often terrified by the sights and sounds of fireworks displays and neighborhood celebrations. Imagine it from their perspective: it’s a warm summer day, turning into a quiet lazy evening. Suddenly, the sky lights up and is filled with loud crackles and shrieking whistles. “July 5 is one of our busiest days of the year.

Bringing Your Pet to Work Isn’t Just Fun, It’s Healthful

Inviting pets to tag along to the job brings a whole host of benefits to both employees and their companies. Tomorrow is the Take Your Dog To Work Day, a great chance for offices to open their doors to our beloved four-legged family members. Although Take Your Dog to Work Day occurs just once a year, more companies are recognizing the perks of having pets in the workplace and offering employees the option of working alongside their faithful companions. Companies such as St. Louis’ own Purina and Build-A-Bear, along with Amazon, Google and Ben & Jerry’s all allow furry friends to accompany their pet parent during their 9-5.

APA Toasts to Tabbies in 12 Bars of Clayton

The biggest pub crawl in St. Louis draws thousands of summer time revelers every June, and this year the APA is part of the party!  

 

 

 

12 bars, 4 charities, 1 heck of a party. On June 28, merrymakers will hop on trolleys and tootle around the best bars of Clayton for a day of fun with a philanthropic twist- helping local nonprofits. Participants  pick their charity of choice and join the afternoon soiree as a member of that nonprofit’s “team.”

Summer Pet Tips from the APA

The summer is here, and it’s a great time to have fun outdoors with your pets. Just remember to keep them safe from certain warm weather dangers with these tips. Be an early bird or night owl. Exercise your dog in the cool of the early morning or later evening. Daytime heat can overwhelm even the most fun-loving pup.