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North Shore Animal League America , Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: NSAL America, founded in 1944 is more than just an advocacy group. We advise the public through the various media about how important it is to adopt from a shelter and spay/neuter your pet. We go to shelters and homes to rescue unwanted animals and find them homes with new families. Any sick animals we rescue are cared for in our medical center, and not destroyed as in many other shelters. All this work is able to be done through voluntary public support of caring people all over the world.

Results: Since 1944, North Shore Animal League America has been saving the lives of innocent dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens — over 1,000,000 to date.

Target demographics: save the lives of as many companion animals as possible and promote education to increase shelter adoptions, reduce animal cruelty and advance the highest standards in animal welfare.

Geographic areas served: the New York metropolitan/tri-state area

Programs: our no-kill mission, the Mutt-i-grees curriculum, adoption events, mobile adoptions, emergency rescues, puppy mill rescues, out of state rescues, spay/neuter initiatives, helping other shelters

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 2

I have adopted two dogs from NSAL, the first many years ago went smoothly, this last one not so much- the cages were dirty-absolutely no comforts for the animals at all, some of the people there were mean and impatient with the animals. Our dog was so sick we took her to our vet 3 weeks after getting her, she had hookworm so bad and had it so long she has breathing problems, it took several months to get rid of. I used to donate all the time, I will find somewhere else to send my donations, I think the salaries of their management is disgusting.


Client Served

Rating: 1

My husband and I decided to get a dog for little girls, they've been dreaming about one.
So when we heard about the clear the shelters we thought that will be a good idea to drive there and get them one, we went there found a beautiful female dog was so so gorgeous , then they said that we have to do an application and wait a few hours to get the dog.
We went outside to eat by the time they will call us to pick the dog, but when we went back they called my name and told me that couldn't get in touch with my landlord which she was away at the time and I told them that she will be back after 2 months.
They said that they were sorry but they have to get he approve from the landlord.
I feel that they ask too many personal questions, how much we are making a year?
From what time to what time we work?
Who is going to be with the dog when we go to work?.............
By the end they told that the application wasn't approve!!! I was like I was applying for a loan . I just felt they were too much they made my girls cry , they broke there hearts, and everybody was complaining about all that waist of time , we have been there for 7 hours then left empty handed , a lady was there almost 9 hours for a cat.
They have to make it easy for us , we just were trying to adopt an animal not a baby.

10 Tina54

Client Served

Rating: 2

I adopted one of my most beloved cats from here many years ago. Because of him I even donated a car. What I subsequently discovered was that they would not take I stray kittens that were born in my yard or any other strays that I came across. Not too impressed with NSAL.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a 6 month old cat in 2006 that had a heart murmur. He had been at NSAL since he was 2 months old, cute as a button, but I suspect no one wanted to adopt a less than perfect cat. I agreed to take him and much to my surprise, NSAL said that they would monitor and treat his heart condition for life free of charge. Since then, for the past 6 years, my cat received the best care with echocardiograms and medication with a caring veterinarian - the same one each time - and wonderful staff members at the hospital. I continue to donate to NSAL whenever I can for the wonderful work they do. I read a few criticisms of the president's compensation which I feel is totally unfair. I worked for nonprofits for over 25 years and you need to compensate talent fairly in order to attract excellent candidates. I am sure that the president of NSAL would make more money in the for profit world.

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