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September 2017   



We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have submitted comments to the Missouri Department of Agriculture requesting that they preserve all current regulations on puppy mills. Because of your efforts, over 2,200 comments have been submitted to the Department - the overwhelming majority from animal welfare advocates supporting the current regulations. Your efforts sent a clear and powerful message to the Governor and to the Department of Agriculture on the critical need for the strict oversight of puppy mills.

We now need you to contact the United States         Department of Agriculture


Currently USDA automatically renews licenses for commercial dog breeders on an annual basis regardless of how bad the facility is or how many violations the breeder has accumulated. USDA is now proposing to remedy this problem by refusing to renew licenses of substandard breeders but at the same time, proposing to only require breeders to renew their licenses every 3 - 5 years instead of once a year. USDA is asking for your input on this matter.

Please ask USDA to stop renewing licenses of substandard dog breeders and to continue to require dog breeders to renew their licenses every year . 

You can be certain that the puppy millers will be inundating USDA with their comments, begging the Department not to review their history when it is time to renew their licenses!

You can submit your comment to USDA by going HERE and clicking on the blue "COMMENT NOW" button in the right hand corner. 

Here are some sample comments that you might consider submitting to USDA:  

Thank you for sharing your valuable input with USDA!

 Outreach and Education 


In addition to working full time on enacting, protecting, and defending legislation, the Alliance also supports our partner advocate organizations while continuing to raise awareness and educating the public about the plight of animals in Missouri. But we don't do it alone - you, our supporters and volunteers - are an awesome part of the equation. Because we are NOT just a group of "animal lovers"; we are a growing contingency of humans who take animal welfare seriously - while enjoying some fun moments along the way. 

Here's a glimpse of what we've been up to the past few  months:

Humane Day at the Capitol /April

Earth Day in St. Louis / April

Woofstock in Kansas City (w/NAWS) / May

Bark in the Park (w/HSMO) / May

Hope for the Animals Day (w/OPSPOT) /August 

Pool Paws for Humane Laws (w/McNair, Kirkwood, Alligator's Creek pools)/ August & September

(for more fun Pool Paws pix, visit our website under Past Events)

Trails for Tails (w/5 Acres Animal Shelter) / September

Kirkwood Greentree Festival / September

Check out our next page for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!


APA Canine Carnival
Sunday, October 1: 11 am - 3 pm / Tilles Park
For more info, visit: 
To volunteer, email:
Saturday, October 14: 12 - 3 pm / DuSable Dog Park 
For more info, visit:  
To volunteer, email:

St. Louis Pet Expo
Saturday, October 28: 10 am - 5 pm / St. Charles Convention Center
Sunday, October 29:  11 am - 4 pm / St. Charles Convention Center
For more info, visit:   St. Louis Pet Expo
To volunteer, email:


Great KC Pet Expo
Saturday, December 2: 10 am - 6 pm / KCI Expo Center
Sunday, December 3:  10 am - 4 pm / KCI Expo Center
For more info, visit:  
To volunteer, email:

 Volunteers Needed!


Pick Your Event! Pick Two! Pick Three!

Volunteers assist with information, sign ups and sign-ins, and other light duties as needed. It's fun and the time flies by - it really does!

Please contact us at
if you can help with any of the following events:

APA Canine Carnival (Tilles Park)
Sunday, Oct 1
Shift-1:  11 am - 1 pm / Shift-2: 1 - 3 pm

Dogtoberfest (DuSable Dog Park)
Saturday, Oct 14
Shift: 12 - 3 pm

St. Louis Pet Expo (St. Charles Convention Center)
Saturday, Oct 28
Shift-1: 10 am - 12 pm / Shift-2: 12 - 2 pm / Shift-3: 2 - 5 pm
Sunday, Oct 29
Shift-1: 11 am - 1 pm / Shift-2: 1 - 4 pm

Animal Welfare Certification Program

Alliance Executive Director Bob Baker, guest presenter

Animal Welfare isn't a just a moment- it's a  movement . And it's a movement that is gaining traction, propelled by people like YOU who support humane laws for animals and believe that compassion applies to all creatures. 

Did you know that St. Louis Community College offers Animal Welfare Certification classes? Presented in partnership with the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO), the APA Adoption Center, and the St. Louis County Animal Care and Control, these classes are open to anyone who is interested in the well-being of animals - be that by means of volunteer work or in pursuit of a career in animal welfare. Classes can be taken individually or as part of a certification program. In fact - there are two remaining class dates this Fall which you can click on below, to register:  

(Alliance Exec Director Bob Baker will be one of several guest presenters)

For general Program information, click on the image below:
Help the Alliance continue to  
fight for the animals. 
Please consider a donation today!      

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