Our Story

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Founded in 1944, North Shore Animal League America has grown into the world’s largest, most comprehensive, rescue and adoption organization. View our timeline to see how far our little shelter has come.

Our Life Saving Lineage


Our Friends Leashed Up for Walk & Wag

For its fifth year, Walk & Wag encouraged animal-loving communities nationwide to get active virtually in support of our no-kill mission. Our Walk & Wag Ambassadors Renee Felice Smith (actress, author and rescue advocate) and Chris Gabriel (composer, author, rescue advocate), and their dogs, Velma, Mabel and Alfie led the charge to get walking with…

The Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center Gets an Upgrade

Throughout the summer of 2021 and into early fall, the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center underwent much-needed renovations, including the installation of a new roof and HVAC system. These changes ensure the air quality is hospital-level. In addition, the Medical Center now boasts brand-new flooring, ceilings and lighting, and a color scheme more…

Team Animal League Finishes Strong in the 2021 TCS NYC Marathon

Joining the thousands of runners who hit the pavement for the 50th anniversary of the TCS NYC Marathon was Team Animal League. Since 2008, the athletes running on behalf of Animal League America have raised an incredible $1.7 million to support our lifesaving work. Net proceeds from the 2021 Team Animal League benefited the operation…

Supporters Nationwide Join the Virtual Celebration of Rescue

On November 18, 2021, Animal League America held the second virtual Celebration of Rescue. The celebration showcased our inspiring rescue efforts, in addition to a variety of entertainment that included celebrity guest appearances, an auction with a range of unique items and one-of-a-kind experiences, a cooking demonstration by vegan chef Matt Korsky, an original performance…


Long Island Votes Us Top Dog!

North Shore Animal League America came out on top at the first annual LI Choice Awards, winning in THREE categories: Best Nonprofit Organization, Best Veterinarian, and Best Animal Adoption/Rescue Services. The LI Choice Awards, presented by PSEG Long Island, were created by Herald Community Newspapers in order to “celebrate and recognize the best Long Island has to offer.”

Giving Day Wooftop

The sun was shining on the Monarch Rooftop in NYC on June 6 for the fourth annual Wooftop, where friends of North Shore Animal League America helped kick off our Giving Day fundraising event. Supporters were rewarded with puppy love, in addition to great food, specialty cocktails, and live entertainment.

Walk & Wag

Supporters participated in the sixth annual Walk & Wag – both virtually from across the country, as well as in-person for our event in NYC. Walkers and their furry pals who joined us at Hudson River Park enjoyed the stunning view, vendors, and entertainment before embarking on the three-mile stroll along the waterfront.

NCI 5 Year Anniversary

September 2022 marked the fifth anniversary of the North Country Initiative Adirondack Region Cat Adoption Center in Glens Falls, NY, and their mission to help community cats and reduce overpopulation. To date, the NCI team has provided hands-on rescue and assistance to 5,000 felines in desperate need.

Hurricane Ian Emergency Rescue Relief

One of the most destructive storms in Florida’s history, Hurricane Ian left residents struggling in its wake. As always in times of crisis, Animal League America mobilized its resources to help, bringing people together and forging new partnerships in the process.

2022 Team Animal League

Running the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon as part of Team Animal League was a dedicated group of 30 athletes, who trained while raising money to support Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Team member Tom Zukowski was honored with the Crystal Collar Award® for his longstanding commitment to North Shore Animal League America.

Community Outreach Resource Center Ribbon Cutting

Helping local communities care for community has long been an important tenet of our mission. The Center provides access to related information and supplies, and encourages the approach of Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, and Return. Local dignitaries attended the opening of the newly renovated building and presented citations that honored our efforts in the community.