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Animal Lovers League rescues strays

The Animal Lovers League (ALL) of Glen Cove, founded in 1994, is a shelter and rescue center for stray and homeless cats and dogs. The not-for-profit organization is located at 40 Shore Rd., Glen Cove. No animals are imported from areas outside Long Island. ALL works in collaboration with the ASPCA.

Joan Phillips serves as the director of ALL. In addition, Phillips and co-founders Ruth DiChiara and Ellie D'Amico sit on the board. We were fortunate to get an interview with Phillips. After the interview she gave us a tour of the facility.

ALL is run by a small staff; the rest of the individuals are volunteers. ALL provides shelter for abandoned, homeless, abused and injured cats and dogs. This includes feral and community cats. ALL has taken in more than 200 animals from Nassau County's Animal Crimes Unit. This unit was formed to investigate and prosecute animal crimes such as abandonment, abuse and cruelty to animals.

After the animal is taken in by the shelter, the animal must adjust to its new surroundings. After that, a volunteer veterinarian checks the animal. The veterinarian tests, vaccinates and treats the cats and dogs. In addition, the animals are neutered or spayed and dewormed if necessary.

Students can earn community service credits by volunteering. Volunteers take time to befriend animals, and draw out shy animals that are not engaged and do not want to play. Students can also feed the animals.

ALL will pick up stray dogs and neuter them if necessary. When pet owners pick up a dog, they must have a license, or one is issued. ALL will never euthanize an adoptable animal unless it has a terminal or incurable illness. Puppies are adopted first, followed by kittens. There also are many mature cats that need loving homes.

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