Humane Relocation Program

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North Shore Animal League America’s most far-reaching program, our Out of State Nationwide Pet Rescues, are responsible for saving over 150,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since the program’s inception in 1991.

For these on-going rescues, we use our well-equipped, climate-controlled Mobile Rescue Units to transport pets from areas where they would be destroyed to Animal League America.  Rescues are conducted from overcrowded municipal shelters in other states, including North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida just to name a few.

Closer to home, our rescue units routinely collaborate with municipal shelters in the New York metropolitan area to rescue the puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats slated for death, and bring them to the safety of our Port Washington, N.Y. Adoption Center.

All animals are medically and behaviorally evaluated as they arrive at Animal League America, where they receive the individualized medical care and any rehabilitation they need to be readied for adoption.

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Cinderella, Brooklyn, and Emory, three neglected and abandoned mama dogs who came north with their pups to our Port Washington, NY campus on a rescue from Georgia earlier this year, have all found loving, responsible homes.
Recently, the Mobile Rescue Unit, piloted by our Rescue Team, pulled onto the North Shore Animal League Campus in Port Washington, N.Y. filled with more than 30 puppies and dogs from a new shelter partner, Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) of Mississippi.
The long journey for these weary felines, by land and air from Puerto Rico, was almost over. And as the 13 cats are unloaded, we reach the milestone of 200 felines rescued together with Proud Rescuers of Puerto Rico and helped them all start new lives.
North Shore Animal League America, working together with the Southwest Georgia Animal Rescue and Transport, welcomed 60 dogs and cats to our Port Washington, NY campus. These innocent animals were in serious danger of euthanasia plus in the path of the terrible tornados that tore through the southern states the week before.
North Shore Animal League America’s Rescue Team received a cry for help from the Georgia Coalition, a group of shelter partners we regularly work with in the south. There were three mama dogs with pups that would be euthanized if they couldn’t find a place for them right away. We immediately said we’d take them, and they were all put on a lifesaving transport directly to our Port Washington, NY campus.
North Shore Animal League America’s Rescue Team revved up their lifesaving efforts for December with more than 300 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens arriving at our Port Washington, NY campus this month. The homeless animals were welcomed from six different states and one US territory: Georgia, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico. Among these new Mutt-i-grees is a nursing mom and her 8 puppies who arrived from Hub City Humane Society in Mississippi.
North Shore Animal League America recently welcomed 36 dogs and puppies on a rescue transport from our newest shelter partner, Hub City Humane Society in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Among the weary travelers was Star, a new mama who was found as a stray in a field with her 11 newborn puppies.
Our Rescue Team here at North Shore Animal League America got off to a very busy start this month with 100 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens arriving safely at our Port Washington, NY campus. Including a special air rescue facilitated by the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team and their new airvan donated by The Rachael Ray Foundation.
Recently, North Shore Animal League America partnered for the first time with a coalition of groups in North Carolina that work together to save cats and sent a team to bring back 23 cats and four kittens to our Port Washington, N.Y. campus.
Heartbreaking. There’s simply no other way to describe Forest’s condition when he first arrived at North Shore Animal League America. The 8-year-old Shih Tzu was found abandoned in a vacant parking lot struggling to survive. His black and white coat filthy and severely matted. His ears and skin badly infected. Both front legs mangled, the left also wounded due to the unkempt hair that wrapped itself so tightly around the limb it caused lack of blood flow. There’s no telling how long this poor creature was left to suffer in this condition, but he’ll never feel that pain again thanks to the high quality compassionate care he’ll receive at our Pet Health Centers.
Kittens, so innocent and full of life, should spend their formative years exploring and playing, basking in front of sun drenched windows, and enjoying the company of human companions. Unfortunately, not every animal who finds themselves at our Port Washington, N.Y. campus has the luxury of enjoying such spoils. Recently, we met Trey, a 5-month-old kitten, when he and his sibling were picked up by our Rescue Team and swiftly transported to our Pet Health Centers.
Imagine being so malnourished and hungry that your ribs begin to protrude through your skin. So weak and dehydrated that you can barely hold yourself up right. Suffering from an array of physical ailments that never heal because you have no access to medical care. Now imagine being in this condition, but having nowhere to turn and nobody to lean on for support.
Collaborative rescue effort with Proud Rescuers of Puerto Rico brings six homeless kittens from deplorable conditions the tiny island is still suffering after Hurricane Maria hit last year.
Barry Allen, a 4-year-old orange tabby, was a stray in desperate need of human intervention. Found with lacerations and scarring on his head and face, as well as symptoms of dehydration, Barry was also suffering from a severely damaged front right paw that would likely have to be surgically removed to avoid further complications.
As Puerto Rico continues to slowly recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Animal League America collaborated with Save A Gato, a non-profit rescue based in Old San Juan, dedicated saving the lives of the cats of the old city.
As our Mobile Rescue Unit pulled down Lewyt Street on a snowy Saturday afternoon, the 47 dogs and puppies aboard may not have known it at the time, but they were finally safe.
Animal League America's Rescue Team collaborated with Brooklyn Animal Care & Control to save the life of one severely injured kitten, and a homeless mama cat and her five adorable kittens. Now all in the care of our highly skilled medical team and nurturing shelter staff, all seven of these felines will have everything they need to find responsible, loving homes to call their own.
Recently, we were contacted by one our shelter partners in Puerto Rico regarding eight dogs who were in desperate need of our help. The group of dogs were living in the home of their loving foster mother, Doña Santa. The canine family was enjoying a happy, healthy life before their foster mother suddenly became gravely ill.