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May 2015 - More than 1,000 Dogs, Cats, Puppies, & Kittens Rescued Find Hope This May at Animal League America

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This time of year is when hope springs eternal. When April showers bring May flowers, and everywhere you look life is in full bloom. At North Shore Animal League America new beginnings are happening every day.

The month of May has been chock-full of life-saving rescues - in fact more than 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens were rescued during a bevy of rescue missions and transports, and then brought to Animal League America’s Port Washington campus where they will soon find loving homes. Once here, each and every animal officially became the beneficiaries of a brand new lease on life. At the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, there’s no place we won’t go, no mission we won’t tackle, no homeless animal we wouldn’t provide with a second chance.

Recently, we spearheaded a rescue at a Midwestern Puppy Mill, in which we saved the lives of more than 85 innocent dogs and puppies. The lucky animals rescued from the inhumane, cramped, unsanitary conditions of the commercial breeding facility ranged from 2-month-old pups, to dogs up to 7 years of age, and included breeds such as Maltese, Poodles, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, Schnauzers, Chihuahuas, Cavaliers, Dachshunds, Boxers, Corgis, Labs and Beagles. As these visibly frightened pooches were carefully unloaded from our Mobile Rescue Unit into the loving and nurturing arms of our Rescue Team, it was as if you could see the gratitude in their eyes as they realized they were in good hands.

“Every time I go on a Puppy Mill rescue I find myself being so anxious and full of nerves just before we reach the dogs. I worry about them and the condition we’re going to find them in, but the absolute best feeling in the world is when the Mobile Unit is all loaded up and the animals are safe and they will be taken back to North Shore where they will be taken care of the way they deserve,” said Karla Agostinello, one of the members of the Off-Site Rescue Team who took part in this life-saving mission.

The rescue efforts never end at Animal League America. Just days after journeying to Oklahoma to save the lives of the dogs from the Puppy Mill, we collaborated with American Humane Association and Martinsville, VA SPCA to rescue more than 120 animals from imminent death. These animals were pulled from overcrowded shelters in various counties in Virginia and transported eight hours back to our state-of-the-art facility in Port Washington, NY. There to greet them along with our Volunteers and Shelter Associates was Animal League America Spokesperson and Volunteer, Beth Stern.

“You’re saving two lives when you adopt. Not only the animal you are adopting, but you’re also making room for one more we can care for at the shelter,” Beth said as she rolled up her sleeves and helped unload the Mobile Unit one animal at a time. “There’s nothing like the love from a rescue pet!”

Although the high-profile rescues mentioned above often receive the most attention, our weekly transports account for the bulk of lives we save here at Animal League America. With the assistance of our many valued shelter partners across the country, we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to rescue more than 800 animals during our weekly transports this month. All of those animals were rescued from municipal shelters in places like North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama just to name a few, before being carefully transported to our facility where they will be vetted, groomed and placed up for adoption.

For each and every one of these animals, hope truly springs eternal at Animal League America!

These life-saving rescues could not be possible without the generous support of our donors who unleash their compassion everyday. Please consider making a donation to help us continue our mission to rescue, nurture and adopt all animals in need.

Some images courtesy Annie Watt Photography.