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Circle of Hope Membership

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The Circle of Hope program is made up of a very unique and special group of people. They're special because "hope" is certainly what they have given to countless deserving animals. Joining this vital program will show your commitment to the hands-on, life-saving mission that defines North Shore Animal League America. Join this elite group today with your donation of $1000 or more, and enjoy exclusive member benefits.

Circle of Hope Membership annual benefits include:

  • Circle of Hope Personalized Member Certificate, suitable for framing
  • North Shore Animal League America quarterly newsletter, Pawprints

  • Animal League America holiday ornament, annual limited edition collectible!
  • Private Animal League America guided campus tour, by appointment
  • Early Bird Discounts and advance notice to Animal League America Special Events
  • Preferred Animal League America Gala seating, with ticket purchase
  • Toll-Free Donor Services Hotline, 1 (877) BE-MY-PAL

Learn how you can join the Circle of Hope with your major gift contribution...

10 Steps of Hope

To give you an idea of how the Circle of Hope members are helping us, we created the 10 Steps of Hope, which highlights many of the activities that are making a big difference in the lives of homeless animals.

Step 1 – Rescue

The thousands of animals that we rescue each year come into our care in a variety of ways. Our Humane Relocation Program saves numerous pets from states where municipal shelters are overflowing and euthanasia is widespread. We also rescue pets impacted by natural disasters and other emergencies, and we conduct regular rescues to save puppies and dogs from puppy mills.

Step 2 - Behavioral Assessment/Training

Behavioral Assessment/Training - Each animal is given a Behavioral Assessment to determine any existing issues, and our trainers address any problems before the pet becomes available for adoption.

Step 3 - Medical Evaluation

A full Medical Evaluation is performed on each animal to provide any necessary treatment.

Step 4 – Vaccinations

Each dog, cat, puppy and kitten receives all the necessary vaccinations. Over 80,000 animals were vaccinated in 2013.

Step 5 - Spay/Neuter

North Shore Animal League America understands the vital importance of spay/neuter in helping to end euthanasia and work
toward a no-kill nation. In 2013, we performed over 15,000 spay/neuter procedures and provided countless low-cost spay/neuter referrals through our SpayUSA® program.

Step 6 – Grooming

A bath and grooming help each animal put their best paw forward on the adoption floor.

Step 7 - Adoption Center

Our Adoption Center is open 365 days a year and houses an average of 350 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Forty-two indoor dog runs surround a bright and spacious atrium where potential adopters can become acquainted with possible new family members.

Step 8 - Cooperative Mobile Adoption Program

Through our Cooperative Adoption Program, we work in partnership with rescue organizations and shelters to save animals from their shelters. Using our Mobile Adoption Units, we host adoption
events at high-traffic locations to raise visibility of our shelter and rescue partners and increase adoptions.

Step 9 - Adoption Screening

Our adoption screening process is designed to ensure that each animal is placed with a responsible person prepared to make a life-long commitment. An important part of the process is to
match the lifestyle and needs of the adopter with the individual dog or cat. To ensure successful, caring adoptions, an application must be completed and references provided. Each application is carefully screened by our Adoption Counselors.

Step 10 - Adopted into a loving, new home!

Nothing is more exciting than the moment an animal leaves Animal League America to begin its new life with a loving family. Our work isn’t over though. Post-adoption quality control follow-ups
ensure that pets are in caring homes.

To join the Circle of Hope with a major gift contribution or to learn more about matching our unique giving opportunities with your desired level of charitable support please:

  • Contact our Major Gifts Department at (516) 883-7900, ext. 833
  • Email our Major Gifts Department at
  • Use the Major Gift online donation form here
  • Mail donations to North Shore Animal League America, ATTN: Major Gifts, 16 Lewyt Street, Port Washington, NY 11050