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More Than 600 Animals Have A Lot To Be Thankful For This November

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The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, as it’s been dubbed, has long become the unofficial start of the holiday season. Shoppers flock to department stores and retail outlets at all hours of the day in hopes of scoring holiday bargains that will put smiles on the faces of their family members and closest friends.



This Black Friday, North Shore Animal League America joined in on the festivities as we held our annual Black “Furday” event, offering free adoptions from 9am-12pm on all of our highly adoptable Mutt-i-grees. Hundreds of excited adopters flooded our Port Washington, N.Y. campus to find the perfect family pet while taking advantage of our special promotion. When the day was through and all of the turkey and stuffing was burned off, a whopping 177 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens were placed in responsible loving homes. A grand total of 338 animals were paired with lucky adopters by the time the weekend came to a close.

“The turnout we had during our Black Friday adoption special and over the holiday weekend was terrific,” said Animal League America Shelter Director Christina Travalja. “Not only were we able to find homes for more than 300 animals, but we are confident that each and every one of them were placed into homes where they will be loved and appreciated. Although it’s nice to see our animals find homes, it’s more important that it’s the right fit.”

When an animal arrives at Animal League America they may not realize it at the time, but they are on their way to a better life. Each year, more than 18,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are rescued by our Off-site Rescue Team, nurtured by the medical staff in our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center, and helped to find their new families at our adoption center. This November, 613 homeless animals were rescued from municipal shelters across the country and then transported back to Animal League America’s facility.


 
Of those 600+ lucky animals, 100 of them were transported across the country from California by Wings of Rescue, a donation based charity, which flies large numbers of at-risk healthy companion animals long distances from high intake shelters to safety at no kill shelters throughout the United States and Canada. As pioneers in Humane Relocation, Animal League America has teamed up with them several times to save the lives of hundreds of animals in desperate need of a second chance. On the night of arrival, members of our Off-site Rescue Team loaded up two of our state-of-the-art, climate-controlled Mobile Rescue Units and traveled Farmingdale’s Republic Airport to greet the newest batch of Mutt-i-grees. After two hours of unloading the precious cargo from the plane and carefully placing the dogs onto the units, it was off to the safety of the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.



“Having the opportunity to take part in rescues like this are special,” said Animal League America Senior Manager of Rescue Services Cindy Szczudlo. “When you are unloading these dogs from the plane, dogs that wouldn’t have had a chance if it wasn’t for the rescue efforts of everyone involved, it feels amazing to be a part of it. They may be scared at the time, but they’ll realize soon enough they are in good hands and on to a much better life, hopefully with a new family who loves them.”

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