Turpen's And APA

 

The Turpen's and Action Programs for Animals


My name is Shawn Turpen.  Tobe Turpen is my husband. Our journey with APA began in 2009 when the organization was only a food bank aimed at supplementing dog and cat food for people struggling financially.

I was a stay at home mom and had plenty of time to help out with APA's endeavor. One Saturday per month all the volunteers would gather at our designated location and hand out collected bags of food and treats.

I spent many a day traveling around picking up food from donation bins and taking it to storage for the once a month event.

APA then embarked on a new mission.  That of saving at risk animals from our local animal shelter.  This was a very big undertaking and required the team work of many dedicated volunteers.  The mission was to save as many dogs or cats as was feasibly possible, take them to a quarantine home for a week, then find foster homes and then up for adoption. I embraced this 100% because once an animal is rescued by APA they can NEVER be returned to the shelter.  APA is always the 2nd number on the microchip and the shelter works closely with APA in seeing the safe return of any of APA's animals.  Once saved, forever saved and I loved this idea and concept.

These animals were always the ones at risk of euthanasia because they appeared unlikely to be adopted from the shelter for many different reasons.  Others were at risk simply because the shelter was at capacity.

My girls and I would help pick up animals from the shelter and get them to quarantine.  Take those who needed medical help to one of the volunteer vets in the city, deliver to foster homes, pick up from foster homes, really just any type of job that needed to be done, if we were available we hopped in the van and got to it.

I then talked with my family about becoming a foster home for small dogs.  Hence we began our journey of fostering for APA.  Our first dog was a Jack Russell, beagle cross named Jack.  He had been in the shelter for nearly a year.  We had some trials and tribulations with Jack due to him not understanding humans.  He and I watched the Olympics together and finally bonded.

APA does allow for the return of their animals should one get adopted and it does not work out.  Of course they hope the adoptive family will try everything possible to keep the animal, sometimes there is not a fit. It took Jack 3 times to find his forever home.  Each time he was returned he came back to live with us.

3 years and over 50 dogs (a few kittens) later we are still a part of APA.  We have kept two of our foster dogs, hey only two, and every day I am reminded of how proud I am of the work APA does at saving these babies because the very thought of one of our fosters not being offered a life and home is tough.

We have stepped back from fostering at the moment and instead have chosen to support them through donations from our real estate transactions for 2016.  We hope by our doing so, more citizens will be aware of what they do and may find a way to help out by volunteering, fostering or donating.

2 years ago APA was able to open a facility on West Picacho.  This has enabled them to rescue more animals and they still run the food bank out of the facility. This also brought on more financial hurdles for them as they are strictly volunteer and rely on donations.

I have merely scratched the surface of the amount of time and work the Director and Volunteers put in to this organization.  They are undying in their dedication.  We encourage you to click on the link and check out their webpage. They are also on Facebook. 

Thank you for reading,

Shawn