Laws for Paws e-Newsletter
AUGUST 2018
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Promoting Puppy Mills
MDA Teaches Puppy Millers How to Sell Their Dogs
The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) is not only turning a blind eye to animal cruelty at puppy mills Special Report but the Department is now actively promoting the sale of puppy mill dogs. The MDA is assisting puppy millers in selling their puppies claiming that it is part of MDA’s mission to promote agriculture in the state. At a recent meeting of 100 plus dog breeders, MDA’s public information officer gave a presentation on “social media marketing.” MDA taught breeders how to establish a website on which to advertise their puppies and how best to market their puppies using social media. MDA cautioned the breeders that they should be aware of the negative reputation of dog breeders. MDA warned the breeders to be prepared to respond to any negative “attacks” they might encounter in selling their dogs on the Internet.  
MDA allows dogs to be neglected but cautions breeders not to place such
photos on their website
MDA never acknowledged, however, that the poor reputation of the dog breeding industry is the result of MDA’s failure to close down countless inhumane dog breeders which gives the entire industry its abysmal reputation. Instead of cleaning up the industry, MDA has decided to help the industry cover up its malfeasance by using social media tools. 

The Alliance is working to expose MDA's failure to enforce our state laws protecting dogs in puppy mills ( Post-Dispatch Article) and reverse MDA's attitude towards puppy mills.
Upcoming Events
AUGUST:

Hope for the Animals Day (sponsored by OpSpot)
Sunday, Aug 19: 9am - 11am / Tower Grove Park (St. Louis)
Low cost spay/neuter, nail clips, and other services for your animals
To volunteer, email  admin@maal.org

SEPTEMBER:

Pool Paws for Humane Laws Dog Swims
Kirkwood Aquatic Center (Kirkwood):
Tuesday, Sep 4th: 5pm - 7pm
Thurs, Sep 6th: 5:30pm - 6pm (small dogs ONLY), 6pm - 7:30pm ALL DOGS!
Fee: $10 per canine/1 human companion, $3 each additional human
Please bring proof of rabies and DPP vaccines

Alligator's Creek Aquatic Center (O'Fallon):
Saturday, Sep 8: 9:30am - 11:30am
Fee: $13 per canine/1 human companion, $3 each additional human
Please bring proof of rabies and DPP vaccines

Trails for Tails (10k/5k run sponsored by Five Acres Shelter)
Sunday, Sep 9: 9:00am - 12:00pm / Frontier Park in St. Charles
For more info, click here

Kirkwood Greentree Festival
Sat/Sun, Sep 15-16 / Kirkwood Park (Geyer Rd)
To volunteer for a shift below, email admin@maal.org
Saturday, Sep 15:
Shift 1: 9am -12pm / Shift 2: 12pm - 3pm / Shift 3: 3pm - 5pm / Shift 4: 5pm - 7pm
Sunday, Sep 16:
Shift 1: 10am -12pm / Shift 2: 12pm - 2pm / Shift 3: 2pm - 5pm

Baileys' Range Fundraiser for the Alliance
Monday, Sep 17: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Baileys' Range (920 Olive St. St. Louis, 63101) will donate 25% of ALL dining purchases (on site, pick up and delivery!) to the Alliance on this evening as part of their Community Table Program. Try their vegan burger "The Phoenician". We'll have an info booth there, too - see you at Baileys' Range!
For more info click here

Canine Carnival (sponsored by APA Adoption Center)
Sunday, Sep 30: 11:00am - 3:00pm / Tilles Park in St. Louis
To volunteer for a shift below, email admin@maal.org
Shift 1: 11am -1pm / Shift 2: 1pm - 3pm
For more info, click here

For more upcoming events, check out our website page Events
SPOTLIGHT ON NEW BOARD MEMBER

We are pleased to announce that Stacy Sloas has recently joined the Alliance's Board of Directors. Stacy is truly committed to animal welfare and believes firmly in the Alliance's mission of advocating for stronger laws to protect animals and encouraging stricter enforcement of existing laws. Stacy's dedication to the welfare of animals combined with her financial expertise will prove valuable to the Alliance Board.

Stacy is a financial planner with Krilogy Group and has been in the financial service industry since 2012. She earned her Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation in September 2015. Stacy is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she currently serves in the Young Professionals Division of the school's Finance and Legal Studies Curriculum Board. She also serves as a Pro Bono Financial Coach for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Stacy has a long history of community involvement where her passion lies with animals. In the past she served on the Women’s Leadership Council of the Humane Society of Missouri. Stacy actively volunteers for the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach, trapping feral cats for the Trap, Neuter and Release program. She has never met an animal she didn’t like!    

At home Stacy has four ‘fur children’ – three cats and one dog (Pierre, Pippa, Parker, Winston).  

Welcome to the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Stacy!
A Great Way to Support the Alliance
With so many people shopping online these days, you can now support the Alliance each time you make a purchase on Amazon. Click on the icon. Once you've identified "Missouri Alliance for Animals" as your charitable organization of choice, a portion of your purchase will be donated by Amazon to the Alliance each time you shop on Amazon! What a great way to contribute!
Schnucks eScrip Card

Another great way to support
the Alliance!
Did you know that every time you shop at Schnucks, they'll donate a percentage of your purchase to the Alliance? It's an awesome way to support the Alliance's mission and it doesn't cost you a thing! We'll even register your eScrip card for you so you don't have to!

Simply email us at admin@maal.org with "Schnucks eScrip" in the Subject line, no message required - and we'll send your registered Schnucks eScrip card to you within 7 days.

Once you receive it, you can start using it - put it on your key fob to remind the cashier to scan it at check-out!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!