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Don’t Shop, Adopt

Hundreds of pets available for adoption this weekend. Photo courtesy of North Shore Animal League America.
Hundreds of pets available for adoption this weekend. Photo courtesy of North Shore Animal League America.
May 31, 2013

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Millions of lost and homeless companion animals currently fill shelters in New York and around the country, and thousands are euthanized every day simply because of a lack of funds and space.

North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington is working to change that.

Known as the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption agency in the world, North Shore Animal League originated Pet Adoptathon, which begins Saturday at its shelter, and at more than 2,000 other shelters and organizations in New York and around the globe.

Byron Logan, the league’s director of corporate and national relationships, says the event helps to raise awareness and save lives.

"There's going to be close to 900 pure breeds, mixed breeds, puppies, kittens, dogs and cats available for adoption this weekend,” he says. “Visit your local animal shelter and they too are going to have hundreds and thousands of pets up and available for adoption. Come on out. Don't shop, adopt."

Pet Adoptathan kicks off the month-long event at North Shore Animal League and is open to anyone in the Tri-State area. It runs 36 consecutive hours from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday.

If you can't make it to Long Island, visit and click on the event to find a participating shelter in your area.

Logan says too many people still buy pets online and in pet stores mainly because of misconceptions about shelter animals.

"We do get, let's say, a mommy dog with her puppies and they could just be dumped here or we may rescue them from a municipal shelter,” he says. “It doesn't mean that they're less desirable or there's something wrong with them. All they need is a loving home and someone to care and nurture for them."

Logan adds dogs rescued in puppy mill raids in many cases were kept in wire-bottom cages, receiving little if any veterinary care or human attention. When they come into the Animal League they do receive medical care and are socialized by experts.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - NY