Community Programs 

The APA works actively to educate the public on animal welfare issues. To learn more about these programs or to become involved with our efforts, contact Michelle Kodner, Humane Education, at

PetReach Animal Assisted Activities

It is widely documented that pets have a therapeutic value for people in residential care facilities. Since 1983, PetReach has sent APA staff, volunteers and their pets into senior care facilities, psychiatric units, convealescent centers and children’s hospitals. PetReach was the first no-fee, pet-assisted activity program in the St. Louis area. 

Domestic Violence Pet Assistance

The APA has established St. Louis’ first pet assistance program for victims of domestic violence. Because concern for the safety of pets is often a barrier to leaving a violent home environment, the APA works with area domestic shelters and anti-violence agencies to provide temporary foster care for pets of domestic violence victims transitioning to safety. 

Humane Legislation Advocacy

The APA continues to support legislation strengthening penalties for animal cruelty and facilitating exposure of inhumane animal exploitation. Recognizing the importance of humane legislation, the APA participates through education of our government representatives and our donors. We encourage members of the community to become more aware of animal welfare issues and to support animal welfare legislation and programs.