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Product, Service and Facility Approval



Welcome to APA Approval
For Pet Businesses and Services

"I was truly impressed with the thoroughness of the testing that the APA did and I have been told by several people in the trade that it is very meaningful to gain their accreditation.  I'm now using their approval logo in all of my advertising and marketing materials and I think it serves well as one more vote of confidence to potential buyers.  From my experience, I would highly recommend the APA testing and approval process."

Denise Woods
Snap 2 It, LLC

A letter in 2008 from an angry pet owner made a big change for us here at the APA. This woman had a serious problem with a pet care business she had recently used. One paragraph stood out and called us to action.

"Even with some recent government regulations, you cannot tell if a business owner is kind to the pets in their care, is a fair and honest business person or that their facility is a safe and humane environment for my pet. What are you doing about it?"

In 2010, this woman, and the many others, concerns were confirmed. In a 2010 poll, 27% of pet owners said they would not take their pet to any groomer, kennel, trainer or use a pet sitter because they were "unsure if their pet would be treated humanely".

Since 1991 APA Members have turned to us to recommend products, services and facilities. This is not something we have taken lightly.  APA Members know they can count on us for an unbiased position on all pet issues. We do not accept corporate donations or sell advertising at our web sites or newsletters; this allows us to remain unbiased in our decisions.

The Approval Department was made to meet this demand for all pet owners. The APA's ethics are the highest in the industry and this department is a perfect example. Our approval fee is solely to cover the process of approval, and approval is never guaranteed. We encourage feedback from all consumers and every feedback form is personally addressed by an APA Employee.

The only Business Approval that includes Humane Treatment of Animals, Cleanliness and Safety of Facility AND Ethical Business Practices of the Owner and Employees.

Approval Departments
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Veterinary Facilities
Multiple Businesses under one roof

Other pet related businesses