Mitzvot from the Heart: Leo Singer

Leo Singer, Central Reform Congregation

Leo has loved animals all of his life. Son of Vicki and Barry Singer of Clayton, Leo has taken care of many pets including dogs, cats, gerbils, hermit crabs, and goldfish. He currently lives with Maisie, an eight-year old pointer and George, a one-year old rescue tabby cat, who are best friends. Every year Leo’s family visits the Animal Protective Association (APA) to donate lemonade money or wish list items. Leo always plays with the animals in the shelter.  

The Animal Protective Association of Missouri is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond.

Two essential items are always needed at the APA, newspapers and towels. These items are vital in keeping the kennels sanitary and safe for the influx of animals brought in daily. Leo requested that his friends and family bring these items to a collection bin at CRC or to make a monetary donation in his honor, totaling about $1,400. Leo also donated a large centerpiece filled with dog toys and treats for the dogs to enjoy.

After his bar mitzvah, Leo and his family drove a car full of towels, newspapers, and pet treats to the shelter.  “When I went on the APA tour with Executive Director Steve Kaufman, it was cool to find out we both have a Camp Sabra connection,” said Leo. “He told me about the horses he took care of as a camper and now has spent his life helping animals as a career.  I am glad I chose the APA for my mitzvah project and might volunteer there when I am 16.”

Leo, a student at Wydown Middle School, and Maisie, also attended several APA events in 2014 including the Fast and the Furriest in Tower Grove Park, a one-mile walk that brought awareness to the community of the important work done by the APA. They also supported the Canine Carnival in Tilles Park, a fundraiser that featured carnival games and activities for dogs. Maisie really enjoyed the speed race.  

“Mitzvot from the Heart” is compiled by Editorial Assistant Elise Krug.