North Shore Animal League America has been at the forefront of animal welfare for eight decades, consistently pioneering new approaches and setting standards for the no-kill movement. The world’s largest and longest-running no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, our mission of rescue, nurture, adopt and educate has helped save the lives of more than 1.1 million animals to date.
Humane Relocation Innovators
Our organization introduced the practice of humane relocation in 1991, which has helped save more than 150,000 animals since then. In addition to local collaborations with municipal shelters, we use our well-equipped, climate-controlled Mobile Rescue Units to transport pets from areas where they would be destroyed to Animal League America. We now have more than 2,000 national and international shelter partners helping us rescue more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in need.
Our commitment to extending the reach of our lifesaving efforts inspired the creation of our Tour for Life® and Global Pet Adoptathon® initiatives — programs that have become worldwide movements, uniting organizations in the pursuit of raising awareness and finding loving families for homeless pets.
Leadership Among Peers
North Shore Animal League America remains dedicated to innovation and setting the highest standards in the field of animal welfare, inspiring others to follow in our footsteps. By sharing our knowledge and best practices, we’ve empowered our shelter and rescue partners to replicate our successful programs, multiplying the impact for animals in need worldwide.
With the thousands of successful adoptions we facilitate each year, we are transforming the lives of animals and of people who love them. The Pet Sponsorship Program, Foster/Hospice Care, the Feline Behavior & Long-Term Care Home and the Bayles House are all ways we provide support and a lifetime of nurturing to the animals in our care, no matter what their medical condition is or how much support they need from us.
Community Engagement and Education
Our no-kill commitment extends beyond rescue and adoption. Developed in partnership with Yale University, the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is an innovative Pre-K-Grade 12 social emotional learning program that bridges social emotional learning (SEL) and humane education. Students learn empathy and resiliency while making a positive difference in the world.
Our Community Outreach Center in Port Washington and North Country Initiative (NCI) in Warren County, NY are helping communities care for feral cats; and we provide high-quality, low-cost veterinary care to our Long Island community through our cutting-edge Pet Health Centers.
As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, North Shore Animal League America remains committed to driving innovation, advocating for animal welfare, and creating a no-kill world where all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in need have the responsible, loving homes they deserve.
Want to learn more? Explore some of our milestones during our 80 years of leading the No-Kill community.