/Donor Impact Report 2023
Donor Impact Report 20232023-12-04T13:30:04-04:00

Catalyzed by donor support, North Shore Animal League America has been at the forefront of the no-kill movement for nearly eight decades. The largest and longest-running no-kill animal rescue and adoption facility in the world, we use our mission of Rescue, Nurture, Adopt and Educate to enact transformative impact — thanks to your generosity.

As the pioneer of humane relocation, Animal League America utilizes well-equipped, climate-controlled Mobile Rescue Units to transport pets from overcrowded municipal shelters where they would be destroyed, to Animal League America. Rescues are conducted in states throughout the nation as well as internationally. These efforts continue to expand our reach and capabilities, especially as new rescue partners are continually added. Since our out-of-state program began in 1991, we have saved more than 156,000 saves dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.

Our work with National Mill Dog Rescue continues and in 2022 we saved 102 dogs from commercial breeding facilities – where they were at risk of euthanasia – and brought them to the safety of our campus where they received medical care and found loving homes. Our new Community Outreach Center officially opened in 2022 and is serving the local area and helping with the rescue and/or care of community cats – defined as cats who live outdoors, whether feral, stray or lost. 

In a single year, our medical staff performed 43,000 medical exams, 4,200 spay/neuter procedures, and administered 38,000 vaccines. The Freed Special Recovery Center treated 1,100 animals suffering from extremely dangerous conditions, requiring 16,700 days of hospitalization. Dental care is critical to keeping pets healthy, and in our state-of-the-art Marvin Fried Dental Suite, we performed 610 dental procedures throughout 2022. 

Volunteers play a crucial role in our success and are essential to completing the journey of our rescue animals from hopeless to happy and healthy. In 2022, 496 volunteers donated a total of 38,749 hours of service to our mission. 

Our foster care families are an important part of our organization, and in 2022 we had 105 foster care parents providing 85,392 hours of care for 144 of our animals. 

North Shore Animal League America is a world leader in setting best practices and facilitating the best matches possible for homeless animals and their adopters. In 2022, we found homes for more than 5,000 pets from our New York adoption centers and facilitated over 50,000 adoptions around the country working with our network of over 2,000 shelter partners. 

Our North Country Initiative (NCI) Adirondack Cat Adoption Center in Warren County, NY has made a significant impact on the lives of homeless felines in the Adirondack region — facilitating the rescue of more than 5,000 felines since 2015. The lives of Warren County residents have also been enriched by the many NCI community initiatives around education and volunteer opportunities that help combat feral cat overpopulation. 

Since 2019, Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center has provided a natural, cage-free environment where cats and kittens—rescued from all kinds of backgrounds including hoarding situations—can acclimate. The cat-centric atmosphere enables cats to become more comfortable and allows their true natures to emerge. 

The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum program reaches across the U.S., Canada and has student involvement in Bosnia, Croatia and Morocco. The Yale University-developed Curriculum bridges humane education with social emotional learning. With a focus on the plight of homeless animals and the importance of pet adoption, it builds kindness and empathy in the next generation. 

Throughout 2022, students and educators participated in virtual shelter tours and educational sessions with shelter professionals, published authors, and of course, adoptable animals. The team made weekly visits to several schools in NYC and Long Island. Dozens of students were Global Mutt-i-grees Student Ambassadors leading projects in communities across the country and abroad. In a growing number of schools, School Dogs impacted school life, learning, attendance, and behavior in positive ways, and 2022 saw the introduction of the first Mutt-i-grees Cat fostering program in Saratoga Springs, NY. 

82 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to helping homeless animals. Your gift supports vital program services including initial rescue, medical care, and socialization for every dog and cat.

Donors who include us in their estate plans are enrolled in our Pet Protectors Society®. More than 1,500 legacy members are already helping ensure the future sustainability of our organization for decades to come.

Learn more at animalleague.org/financials.

Donor Impact Report 2023