Pet Adoptathon® is the world’s largest pet adoption event, with more than 700 hundred dogs, cats, puppies and kittens available for adoption in our Port Washington, NY shelter, and over 2,000 shelters participating in 26 countries worldwide. This year, North Shore Animal League America is proud to have renowned dog expert, Cesar Millan as the Pet Adoptathon® 2009 spokesperson!
In 1995, Pet Adoptathon began simply as a North Shore Animal League America adoption weekend, with the goal of finding homes for each dog and cat in the shelter. The first weekend in May was set aside and plans were made to stay open 36 hours straight. Local media was called and special fun activities were held under the big tent-all to call attention to the many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at the Animal League. And it worked! That weekend, over 500 needy pets were placed in excellent adoptive homes.
It became apparent that the overwhelming success had to be shared. Soon the Animal League extended invitations to shelters everywhere to participate in Pet Adoptathon ’96. That year, over 700 animal organizations joined together; the result was thousands more loving adoptions. And every year since, Pet Adoptathon has continued to grow. Last year, over 2,000 organizations participated all across the United States and around the globe.
Since 1995, Pet Adoptathon has helped over a quarter of a million dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens around the world find new, loving homes.
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