Animal welfare groups form coalition in St. Louis

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | 8:15 a.m. CDT; updated 11:10 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Animal welfare groups are joining forces in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Petlover Coalition says it wants to promote responsible pet ownership and increase pet adoption rates.

The partnership says it is the first of its kind in the St. Louis region. It is modeled after similar efforts in Denver, New York and Austin, Texas.

Members include St. Louis city and county, shelter and rescue organizations and Nestle Purina Petcare Co.

Participating groups hope to collaborate, share best practices and make people more aware of issues and opportunities to improve animal welfare.

The working group is to unveil its logo and Web site at 10 a.m. Tuesday at an event in Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis.


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