The Animal Protective Association of Missouri in St. Louis has found itself in the midst of the Cubs/Cards rivalry with an animal shelter in Chicago!
In an effort to find out which city has the most love for shelter pets, the APA and The Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago are battling it out head-to-head, or tail-to-tail as may be in this case, to see who can raise the most money for shelter pets.
“Never before have we challenged another shelter to a friendly competition,” says APA Executive Director Steve Kaufman. “But seeing that this is Chicago and our baseball teams are playing each other twice in one month, we thought this would be a great way to help the animals! But, we need St. Louis Cardinals’ fans to step up to the plate and donate to the APA!”
The Anti-Cruelty Society is a much larger shelter in a much larger city. “We have our work cut out for us,” says Kaufman. But, he is confident his hometown can come out on top.
The shelter with the most amount of money raised at the end of the series in Chicago on April 25 will be declared the winner. The stakes are high: the losing shelter will be forced to name its next nine unnamed pets after the other teams’ starting lineup!
And if beating Chicago isn’t enough, the person who donates the largest amount to the APA will receive four Owner’s Box tickets to a Cardinals game and the other donors will be entered in a drawing to win a limited edition Michael Hunt lithograph and baseball, both signed by Cardinals great Stan Musial!
The contest ends on Thursday, April 26 at 8am, after the Cardinals finish a three-game series in Chicago.
ABOUT THE APA OF MISSOURI
Founded in 1922, The Animal Protective Association of Missouri is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond. Among other programs, it offers pet adoptions, a low-cost veterinary clinic, domestic violence pet assistance and “Pick Your Price” adoption fees for cats. For more information, visit www.apamo.org or call (314) 645-4610.
ABOUT THE ANTI-CRUELTY SOCIETY
The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago’s oldest and largest, private, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society. With a mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people, its comprehensive programs and services help over 50,000 animals and humans every year and include: adoption, charity veterinary clinic, low or no-cost spay/neuter clinic, cruelty investigations and rescue, humane education & community outreach, a free behavior hotline, dog training classes, S.A.F.E. program (short-term accommodations for emergencies), The Bruckner Rehabilitation & Treatment Center, the Virginia Butts Berger Cat Clinic, and the Dog Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit www.anticruelty.org or call (312) 644-8338.