North Shore Animal League America has been saving the lives of dogs and cats since 1944. Long Islanders know the shelter as a popular adoption spot, but it's also the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption shelter in the world. Here are 12 other facts about the shelter that you might not know.
You can watch a live stream of North Shore Animal League pups.(Credit: North Shore Animal League)
Every Thursday, the North Shore Animal League streams live footage of a few special pets playing in its nursery. The Puppy & Kitten Cam captures every move the feisty pups and kittens make while enjoying an afternoon together. If you miss the live stream, you can still get your daily dose of cuteness anytime by viewing previous streams online at ustreamtv.com/animalleague.
Well-known celebrities adopt from North Shore Animal League.(Credit: North Shore Animal League)
Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern have adopted more than six cats from the shelter. But they're not the only celebrities who have rescued their pets from the Port Washington shelter. Kevin Spacey, Glenn Close, Billy Joel, Chuck Scarborough, Kathryn Erbe and Linda Church are also among North Shore Animal League's celebrity adopters.
North Shore Animal League kittens wandered around NYC’s Cat Café.(Credit: AP)
In 2014, New York City's first Cat Café opened in Manhattan. Visitors enjoyed cups of coffee while playing with the kittens that wandered throughout the cafe. North Shore Animal League provided 22 cats, ranging from 5 months to 4 years old, to occupy the pop-up feline coffee house.
North Shore Animal League has a program for special-needs dogs.(Credit: North Shore Animal League)
The North Shore Animal League’s Buddy Program helps dogs with special needs prepare to find permanent homes. The program partners a behavior specialist with a pup that may have trouble with social skills, manners and other various issues. br>
Pictured: Assistant pet behavior manager Erica Knors and 5-year-old pit bull, Holly. At the shelter, Holly is known as a “very friendly, cuddly mush.” Holly was brought to the shelter because her first family was unable to care for her. br>
June is its most popular month for adoptions.(Credit: AP)
Each June, the North Shore Animal League stays open for 36 hours during its Annual Pet Adoptathon event. The first Adoptathon was held in 1995, with the hopes of increasing the number of permanent, loving homes the shelter could provide for their rescue animals. To date, Adoptathon has helped find homes for nearly 500,000 animals, making June the shelter's most popular month for adoptions. The North Shore Animal League also sees a significant spike in adoptions during the holidays, starting on Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year's Day, says Kathleen Lynn, director of communications.
Mutt-i-grees Movement was founded by North Shore Animal League.(Credit: Uli Seit)
North Shore Animal League has created a movement to aid the millions of animals that end up in U.S. shelters annually. The Animal League calls these special shelter animals Mutt-i-grees. The Mutt-i-gree Movement brings animal lovers across the country together with the hopes of ending animal cruelty. The movement supports the "adopt, don't shop" motto and aims to lower the number of kittens and puppies being euthanized yearly.
North Shore Animal League pups are New York Fashion Week models.(Credit: AP / Afton Almaraz)
On Feb. 19, 2015, pups from North Shore Animal League, partnered with athletes from the Hofstra men’s soccer team, walked a Manhattan runway during New York Fashion Week. The annual Canine Catwalk runway show, presented by Global Visual Group, features 20 adoptable dogs and raises funds and awareness for the shelter.
More than 1 million dogs and cats have been rescued.(Credit: North Shore Animal League)
North Shore Animal League has been saving the lives of dogs and cats since 1944. With the help of celebrity sponsors and animal-loving volunteers, the shelter has successfully found homes for more than 1 million pets. The shelter tries to increase adoption rates, end animal cruelty and reduce euthanasia. br>
Pictured: Deanna Caliendo, a member of the shelter's Animal League Volunteer program, and 5-year-old spotted Catahoula, Lulu. Lulu has been at North Shore Animal League since being separated from her family during superstorm Sandy. br>
North Shore Animal League provides the Kitten Bowl kitties.(Credit: Crown Media United States / Marc Lemoine)
For the past two years, the North Shore Animal League has teamed with Hallmark Channel to provide its feistiest kittens to form the Feline Football League. The Super Bowl Sunday show, hosted by Beth Ostrosky Stern, features adorable, athletic and adoptable kittens tackling their way across the field in their own arena.
North Shore Animal League shelter cats have their own house.(Credit: North Shore Animal League)
The Friskies Cat Habitat, located across the street from the North Shore Animal League, is home to the shelter's kittens. Built and designed by Purina, everything inside the house is kitty-friendly. All of the counters, floors and surfaces are made of cat-approved materials so the cats feel comfortable to play and roam as they please. The Habitat allows visitors to observe the kittens in an actual home setting before adopting them.
Howard Stern’s wife, Beth Ostrosky Stern, is its spokesperson.(Credit: Crown Media United States / Marc Lemoine)
Beth Ostrosky Stern has not only adopted her own cats from North Shore Animal League, but she is its celebrity spokeswoman as well. She has appeared on numerous television programs to spread awareness, but also devotes her time within the shelter. She has fostered more than 100 kittens from North Shore Animal League.
North Shore Animal League has a NYC marathon team.(Credit: North Shore Animal League)
North Shore Animal League ran in the 2014 TCS New York City marathon with the slogan “Team Animal League: Running to save pets' lives.” Team Animal League captain, Scott Guber, has been running with the group since its inception in 2008, with the goal of increasing animal abuse awareness.