North Shore Animal League

by PJ Mullen on May 11, 2010

in May 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

The latest nominee in May’s edition of Sweatshirt Blanket’s Spread Your Warmth campaign is the North Shore Animal League. For more than 65 years the NSAL has been saving the lives of homeless pets.

The North Shore Animal League America is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world, housing an average of 300 animals at any given time. To date, the Animal League has found homes for almost one million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Back in 1944, a few animal lovers in Port Washington, New York got together and formed the North Shore Animal League. Their work was a modest effort at first, with the shelter being simply a garage. A few fenced outdoor runs were built. A bit of money trickled in to feed and care for the stray animals.

By 1969 the shelter had fallen on hard times and was facing a bleak future as the costs to operate continued to escalate. However, the NSAL would soon experience change for the better when Alexander and Elisabeth Lewyt became involved. Mr. Lewyt would soon organize a membership drive that not only recruited thousands of new members, but raised sufficient funds to enabled the North Shore Animal League to continue its mission.

NSAL’s rescue vans routinely visit shelters in the New York metropolitan area, rescue the puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats that may never make it to the adoption floor, and bring them to the safety of their no-kill Adoption Center. This program also facilitates the rescue of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from overcrowded animal organizations in other states, including North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Additionally, the NSAL has worked to make the world a safer, friendlier, healthier place for animals in need through their Humane Education and Pet Outreach programs to help demonstrate the value of the human-animal bond.

Thank you to Jill Miller for nominating the North Shore Animal League for the May edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about the North Shore Animal League or their mission visit their website.

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