The human/animal bond is one of the oldest bonds in history. Nothing can describe the feeling you get when your dog kisses you, or your cat puts its head on your lap. That surge of trust is absolutely indescribable. We’ve leaned on pets for help, support, and companionship. Our pets, be they dog, cat, bird, reptile, or anything else, have given us that extra dose of serotonin when we’ve needed it (especially during the past year).
But right now, over 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters per year, according to the ASPCA. Just as humans need love, so do they. APA MO, or the APA Adoption Center of Missouri, knows this all too well. The organization is looking to decrease those numbers and provide the animals behind their doors with a perfect home. And that’s only the beginning.
APA MO’s mission is not just adoption, but humane education and programs beneficial to that special bond between a pet and a person. They provide classes, free spay and neuter treatments, and even more to ensure that each pet finds the perfect owner and the perfect home. They’ve been avid advocates against animal cruelty since 1922—almost a full century ago—when their creator Ella Megginson witnessed a man beating his horse in front of City Hall. She founded the Humane Society of St. Louis County, and although they’ve changed locations and names, their drive and passion remain unchanged.
In fact, it’s unlike any we’ve seen before in the pet industry. In 1998 they introduced the first and only anti-abuse pet assistance program in St. Louis, and in 2014 they opened their doors to animals from overcrowded shelters. But that’s only in the past few decades. We are honored to have them as the second public charity for the STL 50/50. We understand and support the magnitude of their mission and hope that the funds raised this month will assist them in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
German philosopher Immanuel Kant once said “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” By that logic, APA MO’s heart is one of gold; it’s also large enough to encompass all of St. Louis and more. By having them front and center for the second round of the STL 50/50 Charity Raffle, we hope that we can bring more attention to their message and endeavors.