Rebecca and Gisela, friends for 15 years, had both lost their beloved cats last year. Their grief had finally softened and a spot had opened up in each of their hearts again. They were ready to adopt and welcome new furry friends into their families. “It’s just too quiet in the house, it’s time for me to come to North Shore Animal League America,” said Rebecca. So Rebecca and Gisela, along with Gisela’s husband Frank, made plans to visit our campus in Port Washington, New York.
The transformed dog park, now renamed the LaRocca Dog Park, is a busy place when canine adoptions are happening on North Shore Animal League America’s Port Washington, N.Y. campus. Families looking to adopt a new dog can become better acquainted with the pet in this beautiful quiet space. The original dog park was donated 15 years ago by Karen and Don LaRocca in memory of their dog, “Rags.” For 16 years, Karen was a valued volunteer who would always be found at Animal League America’s adoption center on Saturday afternoons. She walked and socialized the adult dogs and visited with the adult cats too.
Join us on Wednesday April 11, at 11:30am for a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the highly anticipated Don and Karen LaRocca Pet Wellness Center! This state-of-the-art facility, made possible by the overwhelming generosity of the LaRocca Family, marks another advancement towards creating a better world for all companion animals.
When he marched right up and climbed into her Chanel tote, Kristina Broderick knew that Sammy- a 14-year-old skinny black cat with a heart condition, no teeth, and thyroid problems - had just adopted her. "I'd stopped by North Shore to drop off some toys, towels, and blankets," says Kristina, 35, who lives in nearby Locust Valley, N.Y. "For the past 15 years I've been donating whatever I could whenever I could. While I was there I decided to look at the cats. After seeing a few and not feeling the 'magic,' I met Sammy, who is just so special. We have such a bond. I can't believe it was only a few months ago - on March 19, to be exact. I feel like I've had him his whole life."
Giving, Helping, and Saving Lives For Diane Michell, there’s a subtle distinction between “giving” and “helping,” which she explains with eloquence and insight. “I don’t feel I’m ‘giving’ when I make a donation” she says. “I feel I’m ‘helping’ Animal League America reach its goals for unfortunate animals. When I think of ‘giving,’” Read More
When she was just four years old, Mel and Rochelle Spielman’s daughter, Bari, announced that she wanted to be a “doggie doctor.” The news did not necessarily come as a surprise to her mom and dad, who, during their 55-year marriage have always had a love for animals, sharing their home with an assortment of rabbits, birds, and, of course, dogs, including their current companion, a five-year-old German Shepherd named Hunter.
In September 2016, on the spur of the moment, David and Linda Kaltenbach decided to take a road trip. But it wasn’t just any road trip. It was a journey with a personally meaningful, lifesaving destination. The couple, who live in Oberlin, Ohio, drove more than eight hours and 500 miles to visit North Shore Animal League America.
As donors, the Fallons demand a history of success and innovation in their charities of choice — and they agree that Animal League America more than meets that demand. “The programs at Animal League America are varied and wonderful,” says Marcia, pointing to Puppy Mill Rescue and Help Me Heal, in particular.
A Voice for the Mutt-i-grees Connie Guglielmo loves an elegant party, especially if the festivities benefit North Shore Animal League America’s lifesaving programs. You’ll see her at our Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon in June and at our fall Gala — and she’ll always be impeccably dressed, beautifully coiffed, and perfectly poised. It’s Read More
North Shore Animal League America Celebrates the Groundbreaking of The Don and Karen LaRocca Pet Wellness Center North Shore Animal League America has been saving the lives of homeless companion animals since opening its’ doors in 1944. Beginning as a tiny, local shelter in Port Washington, N.Y., the organization has blossomed into the world’s Read More