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Animal Protective Association of Missouri: Pet Transfer Program Grant Report

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

**NOTE: This grant was made possible in part by a donation from Beggin’.**
The grant money was used for the APA's Pet Transfer Program.

With this grant, the APA was able to transfer 57 pets during the month of August to our shelter from other shelters with higher euthanasia rates. We have transferred 601 pets year-to-date. These transferred pets are vaccinated, spayed/neutered and microchipped, then placed up for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 59 dogs find homes during the month of August. Year-to-date the grant has helped 553 of the transfer pets find homes.

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

Missy (first photo) was a sweet 4-year-old old border collie mix who was transferred to the APA on Aug. 19, 2015. She was scared and shy when she came to the shelter. Missy wanted nothing more than to sit next to someone and put her head in their lap. The shelter staff all fell in love with her immediately. We all know it’s sometimes harder for adult dogs to find homes, but we hoped her new family would come soon.

Luckily, she didn’t have to wait too long! On Aug. 27, a gentleman came into the APA and first looked at all of the young puppies we had available for adoption. After petting all the puppies, he told a shelter employee that he knew all the puppies would find homes and asked her to suggest a gentle, older dog who might have a hard time finding a home. Missy, of course, came to mind! He visited with her and really liked her, but wanted to see one more dog before he made his final decision.

He then visited with Buster (second photo), an 8-year-old old beagle mix. He really liked Buster, too! He asked us if we could put Missy and Buster in the room together to see if they got along. Luckily for everyone involved, Missy and Buster were immediate friends. The shelter staff was so excited to see these two adult dogs go home together!

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