Our Life Saving Lineage
Roots of Rescue
North Shore Animal League and Dog Protective Association, Inc., led by animal advocate Marianne H. Sanders, begins rescuing homeless animals in and around the Town of North Hempstead, Long Island. The Association dedicates itself to the no-kill philosophy.
Building a Foundation
Acquires two lots and a house in Port Washington; begins planning shelter construction.
Expansion = Limitless Opportunities
Shelter is completed; group purchases local homes to expand offices.
Keeping Our No-Kill Promise
As Long Island grows, the Association must choose between handling animal control and remaining no-kill. It chooses no-kill. As a result, it loses lucrative animal control contracts and suffers a serious drop in revenue.
Lewyt Family Creates Lasting Legacy
Name changes to North Shore Animal League, Inc. Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt become more involved in day-to-day operations, helping the Association regain financial stability. Lewyts recruit their neighbor, popular singer and dog-lover Perry Como, as celebrity chairman of a successful membership drive. Alex Lewyt becomes President and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Broadening Our Reach
Humanely relocates animals from the ASPCA in New York City and other municipal shelters on Long Island to the safety of its no-kill shelter.
Faithful Volunteers Spark a Movement
Elisabeth Lewyt’s Pound Rescue Team grows from one volunteer to dozens, saving thousands of animals from municipal shelters.
A Passing of the Torch
Alex Lewyt dies. Elisabeth Lewyt is named Chairperson of the Board of Directors, a position she holds until her death.
A New Era of Rescue Begins
Celebrates grand opening of new adoption center and Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center. Launches nationwide National Shelter Relocation Program, the first to work with overcrowded shelters in the South, welcoming animals slated for euthanasia. Today this program is widely imitated, saving hundreds of thousands of lives.
Networking to Save Lives
Launches Pet Savers® Foundation, with a revolutionary Cooperative Advertising Program that supports local advertising and provides advertising grants for other shelters to encourage adoptions. First such advertising campaign in the country.
Remembering Our Seniors
Develops Seniors for Seniors Program, which enables senior citizens to adopt well-matched senior pets, with some veterinary costs covered.
Rolling Into A Lifesaving Future
Acquire the first state-of-the-art Mobile Adoption Unit.
Mobile Adoption Units Create Limitless Possibilities
Uses new Mobile Adoption Unit. to pioneer two off-site adoption programs: Mobile Adoption Program (MAP), which transports our pets to high-traffic areas, leading to countless adoptions; and Cooperative Adoption Program (CAP), through which we share our mobile units with small rescue groups and shelter partners, saving even more lives.
North Shore Animal League Expands Across America
Name changes to North Shore Animal League America, Inc., reflecting growing national scope of programs.
Expanding the Fleet
Laura J. Niles Foundation donates funding for second mobile adoption unit.
Medical Center Expands Service
The Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center expands its ongoing care of shelter animals and new adoption rechecks by opening its doors to community pets for exams and surgery.
A New Curriculum For Humane Education
Our Pet Savers Foundation partners with Yale University School of the 21st Century and the Cesar Millan Foundation to develop and pilot test the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, a groundbreaking Prek-Grade 12 program that links humane education and social and emotional learning
We Have A Word For It!
Introduce the term Mutt-i-gree to define any dog, cat, puppy, or kitten adopted into a responsible, loving home – or still waiting for that perfect family. The word generates a new phenomenon, the Mutt-i-grees Movement.
Always Ready When Called Upon
Emergency Response Team tackles two major natural disasters: Hurricane Sandy, in our own backyard, and Colorado wildfires.
The Passing of a Special Woman
Elisabeth Lewyt, an early leader with her husband, dies at age 99.
Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Flourishes
More than 2,000 schools use the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum in the U.S. and Canada. Also implemented in libraries, animal shelters, and after school programs.
We celebrate 70 years as the leader of the no-kill shelter movement.
The Tour Rolls On
The 2014 Tour for Life® travels more than 17,000 miles and helps place more than 2,500 pets into loving homes.
Record Number of Animals Find Homes
Pet Adoptathon® 2014 places more than 30,000 animals in loving homes around the world.
A Lifesaving Milestone Reached
Puppy Mill Rescue efforts exceed 2,500 lives saved.
Lifesaving Leadership In The Classroom
The Curriculum introduces the Mutt-i-grees National Student Ambassadors Program to recognize caring student advocates and to encourage more students to work for shelter pets across the country.
Cat-letes Reach Millions
Kitten Bowl III reaches more than 1.3 million “furball” fans, thanks to Volunteer, Foster Parent, and National Spokesperson Beth Stern and our friends at Hallmark Channel. Kitten Bowl Parties at shelters across the country lead to many adoptions. Hallmark also broadcasts Kitten Summer Games, reaching a huge audience.
Stand With Us!
Our petition against the Yulin (China) Dog Meat “Festival” generates nearly 60,000 signatures from around the world. In addition, our International Rescue Program transports 16 dogs from the horrors of the Yulin (China) Dog Meat “Festival” to the safety of our Adoption Center. We also continue to rescue from Thailand.
Mutt-i-grees On The March
To date, the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum and its supplemental programs have been implemented in more than 4,000 schools and libraries in all 50 states, including Washington D.C., and Canada.
We Don’t Forget
Nearly a year after hurricanes devastated Texas, Louisiana, and the Caribbean, we continue to work with shelter partners in the region to bring stranded and abandoned pets to safety, including homeless kittens rescued from the streets.