Calling all Superheroes!

Calling all Superheroes!

Over the past month we’ve been discussing Superheroes in our community, and how everyone can be a Super Hero in the life of faith. SUPERHEROES UNITE FOR YOUR MOST IMPORTANT MISSION YET! This coming Sunday (August 24th, 2014) is Rally Sunday at Maplewood United Methodist Church. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help celebrate RALLY SUNDAY–our opening celebration for fall Sunday school groups for children and youth. We’ve noticed your skills and called YOU into action!  Come and discover your inner Super Hero!

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.

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.

Springtime Pet Allergies

Perhaps you’ve noticed that Spike is scratching at himself a little more than usual. Maybe Kitty has runny eyes or is suddenly quite sneezy. People aren’t the only creatures who suffer from allergies, especially in the warmer weather. Here are some tips to help alleviate your pet’s springtime symptoms.

Mold, pollen, grass, dust and flea bites are all common irritants to a pet’s immune system. Those jogs around the park and even spring cleaning can trigger allergic responses.

APA’s Fast and the Furriest Runs Again!

Back again for its 6th year, the Fast and the Furriest, on Sunday, is one of the most anticipated 5K races around! Every April, more than 500 people and their pups pack Tower Grove Park for a morning of fast-paced fun that raises money for homeless pets. The Fast and the Furriest 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk offers participants both a professionally-timed race as well as the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful park. This year, the APA’s new Director of Education, longtime KSDK anchor Jennifer Blome, will lead the 1-Mile Walk and head up the children’s activity area. More than a dozen vendor booths, including Sports Authority, New Balance and Kennelwood, will be on site offering visitors a variety of goods and services, and Destination Desserts food truck will be satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth.

Give STL Day: Serving the whole community

The APA is excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 6, we will take part in the very first Give STL Day. This locally-focused online giving event partners more than 500 area nonprofits with the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation to rally our community’s donors for one day in order to raise significant funds for local needs. Other cities around the country have raised millions of dollars in the past several years through their own giving days, and this year St. Louis will join dozens of partner cities in providing essential support to local charitable organizations, like the APA. Many community businesses and philanthropists have lined up to support the effort, and, throughout the day, there will be “Power Hours” offering matching gifts, $500 drawings and a $5000 bonus for the organization with the most donors participating.

Girls Scouts - April Showers

Girls Scouts – April Showers

Thank you to all in the community who donated personal care items for Girls Scouts April Showers.  If your bag of donated items got missed or you forgot to fill it you may drop off your bag at any Dierbergs in St. Louis (for a list of available Dierbergs stores and drop-off dates click here). We would also like to thank Immaculate Conception Parish for donating their gym as a central drop-off point for girl scouts collecting in the area.

APA welcomes Jennifer Blome as Director of Humane Education

After more than 30 years at the desk of KSDK News Channel 5, journalist Jennifer Blome is retiring from the news business and joining her fellow animal lovers as the Director of Humane Education at the APA. The APA is thrilled to have well-known broadcast journalist and animal advocate, Jennifer Blome, joining our organization. Jennifer’s love of animals is no secret to the many viewers of Today in St. Louis, where she hosted Sammy’s Stars, a daily segment featuring adoptable homeless animals in our area. Many of the APA’s own pets found their families through Sammy’s Stars.

APA Laces Up for 6th Annual 5K

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to dust off those running shoes and start stretching- the Fast and the Furriest 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk is on its way! What: 6th Annual Fast and the Furriest 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
Where: Sons of Rest Pavilion at Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Ave, St Louis, Missouri 63110)
When: Sunday, April 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Mark your calendars now for the furriest race in town! This unique event is one of only a handful of races in the whole country that allows participants to run or walk with their four-legged friend. Now in its 6th year at Tower Grove Park, participation in this popular, festive run grows every year- nearly 500 people came out for it last year! The 5K features RFID chip timing on a course accurately measured by Fleet Feet Sports, and the 1 Mile Walk offers a nice scenic stroll through the park, with or without your pooch.

APA Enters Adult Education with Animal Welfare Certificate Program at STLCC

The Animal Protective Association is taking its humane education program to a higher level…of education, that is. This month, the APA begins its second semester as a partner in the new Animal Welfare Assistant Certificate Program at St. Louis Community College. This popular program brings together local animal welfare organizations and animal-loving students to introduce major topics in the field and potentially prepare students for their future careers. Alongside instructors from the Humane Society of Missouri and St.

APA Moves Forward on Building Renovation

It’s official: The APA will remodel the front end of its building beginning in early February. Last week, the City of Brentwood cleared the way for the APA to begin a construction project that has been years in the making. Beginning on February 10, the front-end of the shelter will see walls demolished, new rooms built, and throughout the whole process, the shelter will remain open. Visitors can expect to see several significant changes once construction is completed. Three new meet-and-greet rooms will accommodate adopters visiting with their potential new pets.

Happy New Year from the APA!

From start to finish, 2013 was a great year at the APA! Through the Monsanto Grow St. Louis contest, we won new glass kennels for our dogs, giving the pups a less stressful and healthier environment while they await their new homes. During The Harry & Hanley Project, we celebrated our 90th anniversary in high style with amazing larger-than-life animal sculptures and a summer full of memorable, fun events. This fall, we began an exciting new chapter in humane education through a partnership with St.

Girl Scouts Carolling outside J & E Office City this Saturday!

Come out and shop, and listen to the girl scouts sing Christmas Carols before the weather gets bad.. Local Maplewood girl scouts will be singing Christmas carols outside J & E Office on Saturday starting at 11am on behalf of the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association (proceeds go to benefit approximately 30 local charities). Come out and shop in downtown Maplewood and take in the holiday spirit! -Robert Chandler

 

8 Unique Pet Gift Ideas from the APA

Christmas is fast approaching, and you may still be searching for that special something for Fluffy or Fido. Don’t  worry- the APA has you covered. With this list of fun and unusual gift ideas, you’re sure to spoil your pet without breaking the bank. 1. Airplane Cat House ($26, fab.com)

It’s no secret that cats love to pretend they’re invisible inside cardboard boxes.

David Backes-signed Tees Benefit the Animal Protective Association

Scratching your head over what to give the Blues fan who has it all?  Score one for the holidays by bidding on exclusive David Backes autographed ‘Holiday Blues’ t-shirts and ticket pack, while also helping homeless pets! As part of the Ugly Holiday Sweater Tees campaign (sweatertee.com), the APA and local marketing agency Switch partnered to auction several St. Louis Blues-themed t-shirts signed by the team captain. Two of the shirts for auction are packaged with a pair of nearly-front row tickets to an upcoming game, one against the Coyotes in January and the other against the Predators in February. These very limited edition shirts are available for bidding only until Saturday afternoon.

Winter Pet Tips from the APA

Sleet and snow are a sure sign that winter has arrived. It’s a good time to remember that, even with their fur coats, pets are susceptible to cold weather woes, too. Keep your fur babies 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.

Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts for Pets

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!