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600 Companion Animals from Near and Far Find New Life at Animal League America this May

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With summer right around the corner, there’s no doubt many folks will be finalizing their vacation plans. While everyone is planning to get away, here at North Shore Animal League America we’re providing refuge to hundreds of animals from all parts of the world at our Port Washington, N.Y. Adoption Center.

In fact, this past May we worked with several rescue groups and shelter partners across the country and around the globe to save the lives of more than 600 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.

“This month, on top of orchestrating many local rescues and out-of-state transports, we actually assisted with three international rescues. We worked with rescue groups in the Cayman Islands, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, and Thailand to save the lives of close to 50 puppies and dogs,” said Animal League America Senior Manager of Rescue Services Cindy Szczudlo. “There’s no question that rescuing animals in our own backyard is a large part of what we do here, but we are always expanding our reach in hopes of providing quality lives for as many homeless animals as possible.”



Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year, and 2.7 million of them are euthanized. Take a moment and let those astonishing numbers sink in. All of those dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens with nowhere to turn, nobody to provide them with responsible, loving homes. It’s eye-opening statistics like this which inspire Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, to rescue animals from all over the world. By saving the lives of hundreds of animals each month from places like Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, not only do our part to ease the overpopulation problem that exists in these areas, but we ultimately provide new life to animals that would otherwise have no chance at living happy, prosperous lives.

The same can be said for the animals we rescue from locally from municipal shelters and other life-threatening situations. Unfortunately, because of overcrowding and lack of resources, many of these animals are euthanized within days if they aren’t claimed or adopted. By maintaining strong relationships with animal welfare groups in New York and the surrounding tri-state area we are able to provide our local animals with the best opportunity to see a better tomorrow. For instance, during “Kitten Season,” the time of year when animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation are flooded with homeless litters of kittens and pregnant cats, our organization is on high alert. Although it can be overwhelming at times because of sheer volume, we do all we can to accommodate as many cats and kittens as possible, while doing all we can to find them homes to call their own.



Another way we work to lessen the strain of “Kitten Season” is our SpayUSA Program. Since 1993, the program has been a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services across the country. Its goal is to make these services available to everybody to help combat pet overpopulation and homelessness of not just cats and kittens, but all companion animals.

“Sadly there aren’t enough homes for all of the homeless animals out there. The overall mission of SpayUSA is to reduce the number of unwanted births among companion animals,” said Christina Lovari, National Community Outreach Manager at Animal League America. “The more we can do now, the less stress is put on the shelters and rescue groups who are working around the clock to provide a better tomorrow for these animals. We believe Spay/neuter services should be within reach, geographically and financially, for everyone who has a cat or dog.”

Animal League America stays true to its mission by continuously taking animals both near and far out of harm's way, as well as doing all we can to protect those at risk of euthanasia.  

You can help us save even more animals’ lives when you donate to the Rescue Fund.