St. Louis is definitely a pet-friendly town, especially when it comes to dogs. All over the city and county, people can be seen walking their cute four-legged friends at various parks and on the sidewalks in neighborhoods as well as tossing frisbees and balls at dog parks. Fortunately, we are also a city that recognizes the importance of adopting dogs from shelters and rescuing them from often unspeakable, neglectful histories or a fate even worse. More and more families in St. Louis are realizing that not only are they saving a dog’s life when they adopt one from a shelter, but they are also gaining the perfect pet, as their new addition gives them so much love, loyalty and affection. With that in mind, here are the top rescue shelters to find the perfect family dog.
Stray Rescue of St. Louis
2320 Pine St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Sadly, most of the animals that Stray Rescue of St. Louis rescues are malnourished, ill, injured or abused. It’s unimaginable how people can be so cruel. But thankfully, this organization is committed to getting as many animals off the street as possible each and every day to provide them with veterinary services, nutritional support and, most importantly, to find them a loving home these beautiful animals so desperately seek and deserve. With over 200 precious dogs available for adoption on any given day, this is definitely a good place for a family to start looking for the perfect pet.
Humane Society of Missouri
1201 Macklind Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
For over a hundred years and with three different adoption centers in St. Louis, the Humane Society of Missouri has been committed to rescuing, nurturing and providing a safe haven for all animals while they, hopefully, await adoption. Families can look for the perfect family dog at the Chesterfield Valley, Maryland Heights or St. Louis City headquarters where so many beautiful dogs are eagerly waiting for a family to be matched with and taken to their new loving home. All adoption centers are open Monday through Sunday so families can come down together and spend a good amount of time acquainting themselves with the animals, educating themselves on the precise needs and requirements of committing to adoption and then hopefully finding just the right dog to bring home and love.
Gateway Pet Guardians
5321 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
As a non-profit primarily rescuing homeless animals in east St. Louis and the St. Louis Metro area, Gateway Pet Guardians’ mission is to save as many animals as possible. It always has at least 50 dogs available for adoption at any given time and, like many other rescue shelters, families can look for a potential furry friend online before making their choice to come down and meet them in person. Once they do, they’ll undoubtedly be leaving Gateway with a lifelong friend and adorable companion.
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Animal Protective Association of Missouri
1705 S. Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO 63144
Not only does the Animal Protective Association shelter and care for animals who have strayed, been abused or whose owners can no longer keep them, but as it states on the website, “it makes every effort to provide a second chance for all adoptable animals to find loving and permanent homes.” The APA makes it a priority to carefully place animals with the right owners, minimizing any chance for future problems. It always has between 100 to 150 dogs available for adoption and APA updates its animal listings throughout the day. The adoption counselors are there to help families decide which is the right dog for them, which makes the process easier. The animal shelter is open Monday through Saturday and is conveniently located in Richmond Heights.
St. Louis County Animal Control
10521 Baur Blvd.
Olivette, MO 63132
St. Louis County Animal Control is linked to AdoptaPet.com, which attempts to place as many homeless pets as as possible with loving owners for life. Unfortunately, because the county must literally accept every single animal that comes through the door, it is NOT a no-kill shelter, which means it’s imperative that the animals rescued here are adopted as soon as possible. All of the adorable pets-to-be are listed and shown on the website and the adoption process is rather easy and inexpensive.
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Meredith Johns is a freelance writer covering all things St. Louis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.