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Beth’s Blog

//Beth's Blog

North Shore Animal League America National Spokesperson Beth Stern is an incredible advocate for the animals, and a proud parent to adopted cats Walter, Bella, Yoda, Pebble and Helen Rose.

Beth helps focus national attention on the plight of shelter animals, appearing on so many TV and cable shows to help spread the word about shelter adoptions.

Beth also helps behind the scenes, lending a hand to our rescue team as they take animals from our Mobile Adoption Units to our medical facility. Beth’s passion for the animals is truly unmatched — she even ran a 26.2 mile marathon to save lives.


They Are Family. Period!

“Too much responsibility.” These words are simply infuriating, especially right now with May being Responsible Animal Guardian Month. I believe that having a pet is a privilege that we earn by being responsible. So, what does it take to be a responsible animal guardian? I’ve thought a lot about this, and I’ve come up with five characteristics that define responsible pet guardianship.

By |2022-05-16T13:21:22+00:00May 16th, 2022|

Celebrate Pet Parenthood

It occurs every year on the last Sunday in April, and even though it involves millions of people, it doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. It’s National Pet Parents Day, which honors the unbreakable bond between pets and their human parents. So, consider this my greeting card to you: Happy Pet Parents Day!

By |2022-04-12T13:35:28+00:00April 12th, 2022|

The loving ties that bind

The world is full of things that divide us: borders, politics, religion, race, traditions, and most brutally of all, war. But there are also many things that connect us to one another and to our planet. One of those things is our compassion for animals and our commitment to help the helpless even at great cost.

By |2022-04-12T13:38:49+00:00March 14th, 2022|

Psst… There is no such thing as Kitten Season!

Do I have your attention? Good, because the tragedy of feline overpopulation needs everyone’s attention all the time. FYI, kitten season is usually defined as the months between April and October, when feline reproduction goes into overdrive. But the fact is, kitten season never really stops, which means that you and I can never stop doing everything we can to educate people about the absolute necessity of spay/neuter.

By |2022-03-15T08:55:43+00:00February 10th, 2022|

A New Year’s Resolution

Experts speculate that we’re hesitant to plan too far ahead because of all the disruptions we’ve experienced with Covid. Still, despite the pandemic’s ongoing challenges, we have the power to make the world better for animals in ways both large and small. January 24 is national Change a Pet’s Life Day. So, let’s get started!

By |2022-02-14T12:50:53+00:00January 12th, 2022|

December’s Gifts

As the last month of the year, December is a very evocative period, calling up memories at the same time it asks us to think about the future. So here are some of 2021’s most memorable rescue stories as well as reasons to hope that the future will be better for animals. And with Covid marring yet another holiday season, our memories and hopes are more important than ever.

By |2022-01-12T21:32:45+00:00December 13th, 2021|

Giving thanks to the “good people all around us”

It’s November. The weather here on the East Coast has shifted toward the autumnal, the days have shortened, dusk arrives a bit earlier every day, and the instinct to pull in, settle down, and take a bit of personal inventory is strong. Fall is definitely the season for introspection, and introspection often leads to giving thanks, especially in times like these.

By |2021-12-14T16:12:42+00:00November 9th, 2021|

When Saving Lives Takes a Social Media Village

When Instagram went down earlier this month — at the same time that Facebook was undergoing intense public scrutiny — people around the world felt the impact. Many pointed out the serious problems with social media, and I agree — there are many. But like everything we humans invent, social media can be used for both good and ill. And when it comes to animal rescue, the positive far outweighs the negative.

By |2021-11-10T13:05:48+00:00October 14th, 2021|

When Less Adoptable Means More Lovable

I have a new boyfriend and his name is Ringo Starr. He’s a soulful ginger Tabby with eyes designed to melt hearts. But like most boyfriends, he’s not perfect, which is why adopters at North Shore Animal League America have been passing him by for more than a year! In the world of animal rescue, Ringo is one of the “less-adoptables,” which means, of course, I love him!

By |2021-10-18T09:41:58+00:00September 13th, 2021|

The Month of the Sparrow

August, also known as “DOGust,” is a busy month for pet people. Besides being Immunization Awareness Month, it’s chock-full of special dog and cat “holidays,” each reminding us of the importance of caring for the precious animals in our lives. But for me, this month is special for another reason: I will always think of August as the Month of the Sparrow.

By |2021-09-13T16:08:26+00:00August 27th, 2021|