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Tour For Life 2017: The World’s Largest Pet Adoption Crusade Makes its Final Stop in Columbus Circle

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For the 17th consecutive year, North Shore Animal League America’s Tour For Life® (TFL) took its no-kill mission on the road, visiting 54 cities in 32 states and helping shelters and rescue groups place more than 2,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens into loving, responsible homes.



On Friday, April 21, 2017 the lifesaving road show, sponsored by Purina, wrapped up in grand fashion at one of New York City’s most well recognized landmarks – Columbus Circle. With a hilarious host, a very special honoree from the New York Police Department, plenty of fanfare, and of course, one of our Mobile Adoption Units filled with adoptable puppies and kittens, the TFL finale was truly a celebration of life.

“I want to thank you all for attending this exciting and inspiring event in support of all the great work of North Shore Animal League America, a pioneer in the no-kill movement for 73 years,” said Television Producer and Media Personality Brian Balthazar, who just so happen to be coming directly from an appearance on The Today Show. “In about 10 minutes when we open the doors to the Mobile Adoption Units you all won’t believe how much cuteness is staring you in the face when you see all of these adorable puppies and kittens. Let’s wrap up this amazing event by getting them all wonderful homes!”

Detective Charles Cadiz of the New York Police Department Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad was honored with Animal League America’s Crystal Collar Award for his years of service on the force, most notably the more than 25 arrests for animal cruelty as a detective. Animal League America appreciate all of the brave men and women who serve and protect us and our precious four legged friends.

“Much of the work we do involves collaborations with a wide range of public agencies, including the police department. Law enforcement is essential to organizations like ours to protect animals from abuse and cruelty,” said Sylvia Ottaka, Animal League America Senior Director of Operations.” Detective Charles Cadiz is a very special friend to New York City’s animals. They have a hero who is out there taking care of them and protecting them, and it is our pleasure to honor him here today.”

Tour For Life Kicks Off in Sunny South Florida

This year, we kicked things off on March 3 in the Village of Wellington, Fla., just west of West Palm Beach. Festivities began with local ambassador and retired PIX11 weather anchor Linda Church reminiscing about her great experiences with Animal League America, including adopting her pal Arty.

“I just love the organization so much! You’ve given me so much and I feel coming here and doing whatever is needed to promote the work North Shore Animal League America is doing is the least I can do to show my gratitude,” said Linda as she stood in front of one of our Mobile Adoption Units holding Arty, whom she refers to as “the love of her life.” “She is why I do what I do. Animal League America brought Arty to me and I could never thank them enough for everything they do. I truly believe in their work and their no-kill mission.”

Our kickoff partner was Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, which received a donation of $10,000 thanks to media coverage. We’re happy we could help bring attention to this organization, because besides generating adoptions, raising awareness for local shelters is a major TFL goal.



Throughout the 50-day adventure, our drivers and crews sent inspiring Tails From the Road stories and anecdotes to our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, sharing the excitement and thrilling emotions accompanying every adoption. Our Instagram followers, for example, saw pure joy as White Feather, a 9-year-old kitty, found her family in Florida. Other unforgettable images included the Instagram video of one lively puppy in Ohio “helping” his adopter complete those all-important adoption forms so he could get home and start his new life.

Once again, TFL included Mission Mutt-i-grees®, coordinated by our Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Team. Schools and libraries held kid/family-friendly events in conjunction with TFL stops. Students played a vital role in encouraging adoptions and helping raise funds and awareness for their local shelters. One shelter added to this year’s route was Adirondack Save A Stray, in Corinth, N.Y., a participant in our new North Shore Animal League America Adirondack Region Program.

As in past years, our TFL partner, Purina, provided generous support and invaluable recognition, plus fun giveaways to pets and adopters alike. We also thank Hallmark Channel for featuring TFL on “The Home and Family Show” when we reached Los Angeles on March 31. Partners like Purina and Hallmark Channel are central to advancing the no-kill movement.

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