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500 Mutt-i-grees® Are Now Among the “Formerly Homeless,” Thanks to Animal League America’s July 2016 Efforts

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For most of us, July means picnics with family and friends, a few rounds of golf, weeding in the garden, and sunning at the beach. And, of course, there’s that one special day we reserve every year for watching fireworks light up the night sky as we celebrate our nation’s birthday.

At North Shore Animal League America, we, too, love July — especially when it’s 31 days filled with lifesaving success. Beginning with special adoption incentives over Independence Day weekend and running straight through the end of the month for Clear the Shelters, the month of July brought bright futures to more than 500 homeless animals.



Our Humane Relocation team was busy every day of the month, working with a wide range of rescue partners, near and far, to reach that impressive number. In Clayton, N.J., we visited the Gloucester Animal Shelter, where we rescued 18 cats and kittens, many facing imminent euthanasia due to overcrowding. We also welcomed cats and kittens from the North Country Initiative, in Warren County, N.Y., which is improving life for felines in the Lake George area, as well as 27 kittens and senior cats — plus one adult dog, a pug mix — from New York City’s Animal Care and Control. Other rescues came from nearby shelters on Long Island.

Nationwide, we joined forces with partners like the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund, in Kentucky; the Martinsville SPCA, in Virginia; Precious Friends Puppy Rescue, in Tennessee; and the Outer Banks SPCA, in North Carolina. We also conducted international rescues, collaborating with Project Street Dog, in Thailand, and the Cayman Island Humane Society. We’re thrilled whenever we can save any animal’s life, including dogs and puppies from opposite sides of the globe who, despite their very different backgrounds, need exactly the same thing that all homeless animals need: the advanced, individualized care that only Animal League America can provide.

 

After safely arriving at our Port Washington, N.Y., campus, all of our highly adoptable pets are examined by our veterinary staff, spayed/neutered, pampered by our grooming team, and eventually declared ready for adoption.

“The Humane Relocation Program is an opportunity for us not only to rescue local animals,” says Cindy Szczudlo, Senior Manager or Rescue Services, “but also to branch out across the country and around the world where there are so many animals in need and overpopulation is such a major problem. Not only are we rescuing these animals and finding them homes fairly quickly, we’re constantly opening cages here and at our partner shelters so even more animals get another chance.”



On July 23, for the second consecutive year, Animal League America participated in a nationwide pet adoption event called Clear the Shelters. More than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television affiliates promoted the event that, this year, linked 700 shelters across the country. All told, Clear the Shelters 2016 generated more than 47,000 adoptions nationwide. Here at the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, we offered free adoptions during this one-day event, which helped 112 Mutt-i-grees® find their perfect matches.

“Adoption events like Clear the Shelters, when adoption fees are waived or reduced, are great because they encourage people to come down and find their new best friends,” says Off-Site Manager Matthew Carroll. “This is the second year for Clear the Shelters, and each time we more than doubled the number of adoptions we’d have on a normal Saturday. The more responsible, loving homes we can find for our animals, the better, so this event is a win-win.”

 

Animal League America sends a warm, summer thank-you to all of our loyal supporters for enabling us to save so many lives each month. Take a minute to add up all of the deserving animals we’ve rescued, nurtured, and adopted because of your generosity, and give yourself a big pat on the back. You provide hope for nearly 18,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens each year. That’s 18,000 beautiful individuals who will not become sad statistics, but instead will have the chance to know and express love and companionship.

Your continued support will us allow to rescue even more animals in need well into the future. Please donate to the Rescue Fund.