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.
Dozens of animal welfare groups have banned together with Purina to promote pet adoption in the St. Louis region. In a national study on pet acquisition, Purina found that only 27 percent of household pets came from shelters. The reason? Many people hold misconceptions about the health, age, and behavior of shelter animals.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Two months into the Animal Protective Association of Missouri’s construction project, and things are looking messy but good! If you walk into the APA today, you’ll have to do it through the side of the building instead of the front. You’ll see temporary walls blocking areas that used to be open; big holes carve out windows in the veterinary clinic, and the friendly adoption counselors now greet you from the hallway next to the cat room. As the APA works to expand its shelter and provide additional space for adopters and students, things may be a bit disorderly, but we’re working hard to keep all areas accessible and ensure that the adoption experience is still top-notch. The project is on track to be completed by September.
Once a Lonely Hearts Club member at the APA, Patches is now in training to perform lifesaving work. Those who don’t know Patches don’t notice his insatiable appetite for toys. They don’t know how, every day on his walk, Patches raced out to the toy box in the dog park to pick out his own stuffed animal or ball, or both, if he could fit them in his mouth. They haven’t heard how we bent the “outside only” toy rule for Patches so that he could carry his all the way back to the kennels before releasing it. They do, however, notice his ears.
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.
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.
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.
Twice a year, thousands of people from around the St. Louis area give $25 in honor of their favorite charity, and, in return, take a tour of tipples through 12 bars of Clayton. The pub crawl, known by its enthusiastic patrons as 12BOC, has become a wildly popular way to party with friends while helping local nonprofit organizations. It’s also a big fundraiser for the charities involved. Last December, Hope for Young Adults with Cancer raised over $12,000 for their clients!
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.
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.
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.
To help increase placement rates at neighboring animal shelters, the APA is transferring dogs to its own kennels. In the past 8 weeks, 43 dogs have found new temporary homes at the APA. From Shepherds and Labs to Corgis and Malteses, the APA has brought canine companions from all over the area to its shelter in order to give adoptable dogs the best chance at a new home. The program has seen great success in its short time- more than two-thirds of all the dogs have already been adopted, and the rest are still patiently waiting for their families. The pooches have come from several areas – both St.
Adoptions of long-term shelter dogs skyrocket in the first half of January. “Lonely Hearts Club” residents cancel their memberships and head to new homes. After waiting anywhere from 6 to 15 months at the shelter, almost all of the APA’s Lonely Hearts Club members have canceled their memberships and gone to new families. In only the first 14 days of 2014, 6 out of 7 of these veteran shelter dogs were adopted. Combined, the 6 adopted pups had lived at the APA for a whopping 50 months!
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.