Sailor: A Shelter-Staff Favorite, But Overlooked by Adopters



Sailor arrived at Animal Protective Association of Missouri as a transfer from  Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control, where she’d been living for more than six months. While she had charmed every staff member and volunteer there, she was having a tough time finding a permanent home — most likely because she was a pit bull-type dog.

It quickly became clear why Sailor had been a favorite at her previous shelter. “Funny, quirky and sweet, this delightful dog endeared herself not only to the staff but also to everyone who met her — and that was a LOT of people,” development associate Natalie Partenheimer tells us.

APA staff pulled out all the stops to find Sailor a home, taking her to mobile adoption events, Sunday brunch fundraisers and corporate events. She strutted her stuff on TV as Pet of the Week and met celebrity ballplayers at Busch Stadium; she was featured on Facebook and Instagram. She got plenty of attention, but didn’t find a home… until a few weeks ago.


Sailor with her new family.

“One Saturday last month, a very nice couple came to the APA looking for their new pet. They were curious about a couple of dogs but also wanted a recommendation from staff members. Once the man told us he ‘just had a thing for white dogs,’ our adoption counselor Stacey recommended Sailor,” Partenheimer says.

“APA animal care technician Shelby assisted during the initial get-acquainted meeting and remembers that the woman never stopped smiling as Sailor turned on the charm during the visit. They didn’t ask to visit with any other dogs after Sailor. They didn’t need to; they knew right away she was their new pup.

“Last week, Sailor’s adopters reported that she’s loving her new home. Her owner said her tail never stops wagging and that she does great with her new friends at the dog park. We couldn’t be happier to hear that this lovable dog is enjoying the life she was meant to have.”

Sailor received the additional time and care she needed to find her perfect family thanks to donations from visitors, Orvis matching funds and a grant from the Petfinder Foundation.

Read Sailor’s story here.

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