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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

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11 Linda176

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

DO NOT adopt/buy/donate to NSAL. They are a FRAUD. Animal protection groups protested there in 1986, when I was there. nsal made 31million $$$, their expensese 30million. Their president gets paid $350,000. NON PROFIT??? I DO NOT THINK SO. They bought PRIVATE JETS!!! They ARE NOT helping homeless and abandoned animals.
Linda 212-676-7842
I was forced to give NSAL one star in order to get my comment printed. They get 0000 stars from any animal rescuer


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I was young I worked directly with Mrs. Lewyt. We started the save a pet vans together..I was the vet tech that traveled to the high kill shelters and rescued the abandoned dogs, cats, pups and kittens. Mrs. Lewyt is the heart and soul of NSAL.Later in my career, I trained older dogs to asst. handicapped and seniors. The program was Helping Paws.We rescued 1000's of animals and gave them a new leash on life.I am now a prof. trainer,vet tech and a nurse.I rescue animals from high kill shelters, spay and neuter them and place them in forever homes.I learned from the best! I only wish I could still be working with Mrs. Lewyt.She is a true saint, dog lover and a friend of all creatures great and small. Donna Barry Foley,Redding,CT.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As a former employee of NSALA, I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I do believe that NSALA could be a truly fantastic organization, but unfortunately it's currently run by a group of administrators that could care less about the animals they claim to protect. There are many good people that work there and who take excellent care of the animals, but the management has some serious problems that do trickle down to the level of the animals. The Medical Center is a full animal hospital on site where any sick cats or dogs are hospitalized until healthy enough for adoption. This area of NSALA is absurdly understaffed, leaving a skeleton crew of good-hearted, hard-working employees with far too many responsibilities to be able to take good care of the sick animals. And unfortunately, due to the # of animals in any shelter that are in close contact with one another, it's inevitable that most dogs and cats coming through the shelter end up with at least a minor infectious disease, which leads to a very busy hospital. The people who run NSALA do not devote any amount of effort to fixing the huge problems in the medical center, presumably because adopters are restricted to the clean, well-staffed main "kennel" building and never set foot in the hospital area. No amount of protest from the staff regarding these problems gets through to the administrators of NSALA, and they would much rather fire someone who is a potential whistle-blower than actually deal with the problems at hand. Aside from the poorly managed medical center, NSALA also has a reputation for bad customer service that is well deserved. Until this organization is run by a different group of administrators who truly care about the mission statement of the organization and who can better distribute the millions of dollars they bring in every year and who can provide an appropriate level of respect for their animals, employees and clients, NSALA will continue to have an extremely high employee turnover rate and many unhappy clients. I witnessed a number of terrible things that happened to animals there that were a direct result of incompetent people were running the organization. If you want your donations to go toward helping animals, I urge you to do your research and find a different charity that truly stands by its mission statement.

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