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North Shore Animal League America Celebrates 20 Years of World-Wide Pet Adoptathon®

Over 2000 Shelter & Rescue Organizations Around The Globe Host Pet Adoptathon Events!

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May 27, 2014 (Port Washington, NY) – North Shore Animal League America – the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization – announced that over 2,000 shelters in 50 states, Puerto Rico, and eight international territories will join together for Pet Adoptathon Month in June, sponsored by Purina®.

North Shore Animal League America will kick off the event at Pet Adoptathon Headquarters in Port Washington, NY at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 31st and remain open for 36 straight hours.  Thousands of participating shelters will host weekend Pet Adoptathon events promoting the benefits of shelter pet adoptions and showcasing hundreds of thousands of adorable puppies, kittens, dogs and cats available for adoption. Pet Adoptathon activities will run through the month of June nationwide in an effort to raise awareness for shelter animals and save more lives.  Since its inception in 1995, Pet Adoptathon events have taken place all over the world, helping find permanent and loving homes for over half a million animals.

“North Shore Animal League America and all of the rescue organizations involved in Pet Adoptathon share a common goal to bring awareness to the plight of homeless animals world-wide,” said Vice President of Operations Joanne Yohannan. “Together we will save the lives of over a hundred thousand homeless animals. Join us and save a life – adopt!”

An estimated 5 million - 7 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens enter United States shelters annually, and tragically 3 - 4 million of these precious animals are euthanized.  Millions of lives can be saved when potential pet parents make the choice to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group, instead of purchasing a pet from a pet store.  

Pet Adoptathon is made possible thanks to the support of Presenting Sponsor Purina®. For more information on Pet Adoptathon Month or to find a participating shelter near you, please visit our Pet Adoptathon page.

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, follow us at To learn more about animal rescue and welfare, visit

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry and promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestlé, the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company.

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