What We Do

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What We Do2023-05-31T15:58:32+00:00

As the leader in the no-kill movement, North Shore Animal League America is committed to saving and rehabilitating the lives of homeless animals and educating the public about the joys and responsibilities of rescue.

Founded in 1944, we’re one of the world’s largest, most comprehensive no-kill rescue and adoption organizations. We are headquartered in Port Washington, N.Y. with 2,000 shelter partners across the country and around the globe.


We conduct local, national, international, puppy mill and emergency rescues. We respond to calls from shelter and rescue groups that are forced to destroy animals as a means of population control, and we respond to the cries of so many dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in peril that count on us to save their lives. Learn More

Animals Saved


We provide a high level of care to every animal that we rescue, to help ready that pet for adoption. In a single year our staff performed 58,000 exams and vaccinated 65,000 animals. Learn More

Exams Performed Annually


Each year we find homes for more than 10,000 pets from our Adoption Center in NY, and facilitate over 50,000 adoptions around the country working with our network of over 2,000 shelter partners. Learn More

Pets Adopted


Our Mutt-i-grees Curriculum empowers educators to create future generations of informed and empathetic adopters. Learn More

Students Reached