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North Shore Animal League America Finds Homes For Over 600 Puppies, Kittens, Dogs and Cats During Its 17th Annual Pet Adoptathon® Kick-Off Weekend!

Celebrities, Officials, VIP’s and a Famous Hound, Joined in the Festivities in Support of this Life-Saving Event

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May 4, 2011, Port Washington, NY – Six hundred and seven orphaned animals found homes this weekend, as North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, kicked off its 17th Annual, Pet Adoptathon. More than 1,000 animal shelters and rescue groups around the world joined the Animal League for this premiere global pet adoption event, sponsored by Purina ONE®, to help save the lives of homeless animals.

At Pet Adoptathon Headquarters in Port Washington, a 36-hour adoption event was held. Beginning Saturday, April 30th at 9:00 AM and ending Sunday, May 1st at 9:00 PM, Tri-state area animal lovers came to find their new family members. As wide-eyed adopters made their way through the adoption center, they were delighted to see the largest selection of puppies, dog, cats and kittens – purebreds and plenty of Mutt-i-grees®! By the end of the weekend, hundreds of families and individuals opened their hearts and homes to a loving pet.

To help kick- off the event on Saturday, Nassau County Executive, Edward Mangano presented the Animal League with a proclamation; Animal Advocate Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice shared her passion for the mission and even adopted an adorable puppy; Actress Carolyn Hennesy conveyed her sentiments with fellow adopters and rescuers; and two-time Super Bowl Champion Jarvis Green was filled with emotion when learned of the stories of the animals and why they were homeless.

The football star stopped by the Animal League again on Sunday, this time joined by Lomax, from the hit PBS Kids Series, Lomax the Hound of Music, for a special kid’s day program, Mutt-i-grees ACTIV-ities promoting healthy lifestyles for children.

For the first time ever, Pet Adoptathon activities will be extended throughout the entire month of May in an effort to save more animals’ lives. For more information on Mutt-i-grees visit http://education.muttigrees.org/ or for more information on Pet Adoptathon activities throughout the month, call the Hotline at 800-214-4308 or visit www.AnimalLeague.org.

About Pet Adoptathon
The first Pet Adoptathon, in 1995, began as a local North Shore Animal League America adoption event, with the goal of finding homes for each pet in the shelter. Encouraged by its success, the Animal League invited shelters and rescue organizations worldwide to participate in Pet Adoptathon. Seventeen years since its inception, Pet Adoptathon has helped find loving homes for over 300,000 animals.



Six hundred and seven orphaned animals found loving homes this weekend, as North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, kicked off its 17th Annual, Pet Adoptathon®. Attending VIP’s included Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (2nd on right) who presented NSALA’s SVP of Operations, Joanne Yohannan (far right) with a proclamation. They are joined by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and two-time Super Bowl Champion Jarvis Green.



After participating in the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Actress Carolyn Hennesy found herself falling in love with this little bundle of joy!



Two-time Super Bowl Champion Jarvis Green visits the Animal League to help support the effort. Green is a gentle giant with a baby kitten while a very curious little puppy, held by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, wants to say hello! Rice could not resist and later adopted the loveable creature.



Two-time Super Bowl Champion Jarvis Green visits the Animal League to help support the effort. He was joined by Lomax, from the hit PBS Kids Series, Lomax the Hound of Music, for a special kid’s day program,
Mutt-i-grees® ACTIV-ities promoting healthy lifestyles for children.

ABOUT NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA
North Shore Animal League America - Home of the Mutt-i-gree® - headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. The Animal League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes each year. Over the past decade, the Animal League saved over 200,000 lives and has saved 1,000,000 animals since its inception. “Like” us at www.Facebook.com/TheAnimalLeague, follow us at www.Twitter.com/AnimalLeague. To learn more about animal rescue and welfare, visit www.AnimalLeague.org.

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