St. Louis Pet Lovers

The Gateway City is a top pet destination

If you’re a pet lover who diligently plans vacations so you can take your pet along, then St. Louis is a must-see vacation destination. Located in the heart of the country, St. Louis warmly welcomes pets and those who love them at museums, wineries, dog parks, gardens, hotels and outdoor restaurants.

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Animal Protective Association

Founded in 1922, the Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri specializes in bringing people and pets together.  The nonprofit organization takes in about 4,000 unwanted, lost or abandoned animals each year. Learn more about the Animal Protective Association here.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Compassionate animal lovers will appreciate the mission of Stray Rescue of St. Louis, a nonprofit rescue organization that literally plucks abandoned animals from the darkest alleys and decrepit buildings of St. Louis. No matter whether your stay in St. Louis is two days or two weeks, a visit to Stray Rescue’s new shelter is bound to motivate you to get involved in animal rescue.

A pet-loving culture

St. Louis’ long history as a pet-loving community began in 1870 with the founding of the Humane Society of Missouri, followed by the Animal Protective Association in 1922. Both organizations were begun by animal lovers who believed that homeless animals deserved a second chance. Their inspirations have helped to reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia, and have sparked a culture that offers unwavering support for animal welfare.

Ralston Purina – now Nestlé Purina PetCare – was founded in St. Louis in 1894. Originally a horse and mule feed business, the company expanded and became a pioneer leader in pet nutrition and care. Today, that tradition continues with Purina supporting programs that enrich pet adoptions, animal-assisted therapy, rescue animals and senior-to-senior adoptions. As an advocate for responsible pet care, Purina works to build a positive bond between people and pets.

In the spring of 2009, Nestlé Purina PetCare helped to organize the St. Louis Petlover Coalition with a shared focus on saving more animals. By raising awareness of pet welfare issues, this group promotes pet adoptions through community outreach programs. The Petlover Coalition includes animal rescue groups, shelters, veterinary organizations, and city and county health departments.

So, as you see, St. Louis offers many enjoyable opportunities for pet lovers. If you’re considering a vacation to the Gateway City, we invite you to come and please bring your pet. Our Midwestern pet-loving hospitality will make you glad you did.

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