An Animal Adventure Can Be Found at Your Area Pet Adoption Center or Shelter

Pet Adoption Centers Offer Fun and Learning Activities for Families


You expect to see pets at your local animal adoption center, but often it seems there are as many smiling faces of people at some Saint Louis area adoption agencies as there are eager animals waiting for a home.


Scouts cuddle puppies

Many animal agencies are also centers for learning and community events centered on animals. For example, the APA Adoption Center in suburban Saint Louis welcomes civic, community, school and scouting groups almost every day. There are tours of the facility, classes on pet care and training, and even pet themed parties where puppies, kittens, pigs and even miniature horses might show up.

No matter your age, there is always something new to learn about pets, animal legislation, safety and the therapeutic value of animal visits to hospitals and health care facilities. It is exciting how many animal lovers want to reach out and support animal programs and pet initiatives. Local animal centers and shelters are at the forefront of this community outreach and education.


Another Saint Louis area animal rescue center also offers a variety of programs for all ages. One of Stray Rescue’s newer community initiatives uses certified therapy dogs to help young people between the ages of 6 and seventeen develop empathy, compassion and critical thinking skills. This program is aimed at young people from juvenile court system at this time. Stray Rescue’s Redirect Kids program includes one-on-one mentoring and focuses on helping at risk youth stay in school.

Across the country, adoption centers and shelters are putting the power of pets to work to connect with people on behalf of a number of community issues including education, anti-bullying and domestic violence initiatives

Animal adoption agencies and shelters are a great place for families to get involved in the community while learning and having fun. The Saint Louis County Adoption Center is a part of many events for families including an egg hunt for dogs scheduled for around Easter every year. The center brings adoptable pets out to meet the public at events year around.


It doesn’t have to be a special event to be part of the mission to save a life. For example, during spring break and school vacation some families organize scavenger hunt competitions for things pet adoption agencies have on their wish lists. Or scouts who are learning about pet care and animal safety, get experience making pet toys and beds. Visit an animal adoption center near you soon, it’s a great way to get in some puppy play and cat cuddling and you never know who you’ll see!




June is National Adopt a Cat Month

Dogs may be known as “man’s best friend”; but cats win the popularity contest. Many families own a feline friend. Cats are the most popular companion animal in the United States, outnumbering dogs by some 15 million!

June is National Adopt-a-Cat Month to help increase awareness of the wonderful feline friends ready for adoption. The annual Adopt-a-Cat observance not only helps to save cats, but also can improve the lives of new cat owners.

Cats provide multiple benefits for human companions too. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves. Plus feline fun and cat play add up to an incredible capacity to entertain and engage all ages of the family.

Every spring during “litter season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. The Animal Protective Association of Missouri and many other facilities have wonderful cute, cuddly kittens, in addition to all the mellow, older cats ready for adoption.

Many prospective cat adopters consider taking home two feline friends. Cats are great for both apartments and homes.  Cats and kittens are also very trainable.

Taking a little time and visiting with cats at your local shelter can help you find a feline whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. Many shelter adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.