Animal Protective Association of Missouri: Pet Transfer Program

What was the money or product used for?

The APA’s Pet Transfer Program.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant is helping us to grow our Pet Transfer Program. In 2014 we transferred in a total of 414 animals. As of July 2015, we have already transferred 544 animals from other shelters and animal controls. The shelters and animal controls that have partnered with us have seen a reduction in their euthanasia rates since being a part of the Pet Transfer Program.

How many pets did this grant help?

For the month of July, this grant helped 55 pets, and 544 pets total year-to-date in 2015.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Annie and Amelia were transfers to the Animal Protective Association of Missouri adoption center on July 8, 2015 from the Sikeston Humane Society. These 1½-year-old black Lab mixes were siblings and a very bonded pair. We quickly learned that these two dogs did not like to be separated. We housed them together in one of our larger dog kennels. Our dog walkers would try to walk them one at a time and the girls would not have it! The one left behind in the kennel would howl until the other one returned. We knew it would be an easier transition for Annie and Amelia if they were adopted together, but that is not always easy with two adult, medium-sized dogs.

Fortunately for these two, they did not have to wait long for the right family to come along! On July 11, an amazing family came to the APA looking for just one dog and they were thinking about adopting a puppy. They walked through our puppy room and then took a walk through our larger dog kennel. After looking at all the dogs, they asked one of our adoption counselors about Annie and Amelia, who in just two days had become staff favorites.

The family spent about five minutes in a visiting room with the girls and knew they couldn’t leave without them. Upon a follow-up, we have learned Annie and Amelia, now Izzy and Bella, are doing fantastic in their new home!

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