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.
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.
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.
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.