Three’s Company

Carmen, Pablo and Venus!
Carmen, Pablo and Venus!
Venus, Carmen and Pablo are three amazing dogs that have been a part of the Sponsor Program since 2007! And for the past 7 years these dogs have been in such great care receiving quality treatment. Their story was broadcasted nationally; displaying to people who were unaware that backyard breeding operations do not provide proper care and cause harm to animals. Unfortunately Venus, Pablo, and Carmen were victims of backyard breeders, and have all been born without front legs. Though it is heartbreaking to see them with the disadvantage of not having front legs; we know they do not feel uncomfortable since they were born with this condition. We are happy to report all is well for the 3 adorable Chihuahuas.

The 3 Amigos!
The 3 Amigos!

Bradley – Another Successful Story

Hats off to our amazing medical team. They are a group of incredibly talented, patient and intelligent veterinarians that save so many innocent lives. One story of an innocent life saved is the story of Sponsor pet Bradley.

Happy forever!
Happy forever!
Bradley is a big-hearted black Labrador-mix that came to the League with uncontrollable wheezing and coughing. Turns out he had a severe upper respiratory infection, chronic pneumonia and a collapsed lobe of his lung. With this being said, Bradley had to endure a very serious complicated procedure. And after the intricate ordeal was over, Bradley recovered and is now living a healthy and happy life; a life he wouldn’t know without the amazing veterinarian staff at Animal League America. Although Bradley is better, his condition still requires medical supervision and treatment with his specially designed inhaler. We are thrilled that he is in a loving home that is providing Bradley with all the attention he deserves. Cheers to our medical staff and most importantly to Bradley!
A good boy indeed - Bradley using inhaler
A good boy indeed - Bradley using inhaler
Madly in love with Bradley!
Madly in love with Bradley!

Victoria Forever Happy

sweetest eyes
sweetest eyes
posing with poise
posing with poise
It is so sad to think that an adorable dog like Victoria was once in such horrible conditions as a puppy mill victim. Puppy mills are large, inhumane breeding operations that supply so many pet stores across the U.S. the cute little puppies you see in the window. Breeding operations put profit over animal welfare, imprisoning female dogs to breed litter after litter, without proper medical care or human contact. Victoria is among the many dogs that we’ve rescued and nurtured to a happy life – a life that she never knew. She defeated her battle and stayed strong. And now, she has the world at her paws. She is in a loving home with all the proper care and affection available. Victoria has her ailments such as impaired vision and a heart murmur but that doesn’t prevent her from causing mischief and being a fun playful dog. We rely on our monthly supporters to provide Victoria with everything she requires. We had the chance to do some glamour shots of the beautiful lady! It’s so incredible how sweet and approachable she is. She knows her life will be forever happy!
sitting on mommy's lap!
sitting on mommy's lap!
nose to the sky!
nose to the sky!

Cuddling Cats

When you are a cat nothing is better than snuggling on a warm blanket, a warm lap, or window with the warm sun beaming on your body. Here are just a few photos of our famous cats snuggling up! It’s great to see a cat like Midnight break out of his shell once they are comfortable in a loving home. Midnight used to be a “scaredy cat” and wouldn’t want to receive any attention but that has all changed now. He loves to greet visitors and doesn’t mind a photo op! And Penny enjoys a good nap.

Midnight laying in the window
Midnight laying in the window
Penny silently sleeping
Penny still sleeping

 

Happiness = Becka

Becka!
Becka!
Let me introduce you to a very cute little bundle of joy named Becka. Becka is tiny calico cat that was recently selected to be part of the Sponsor Program. At a first glance you wouldn’t think that she would be categorized as “special needs”, however her tiny stature is caused by a condition known as a liver shunt, which can allow toxins to build up in her body. As you may guess, this is a life-threatening situation. Now 7-month old Becka is only 2.5 pounds; it is still undetermined if she will grow anymore. In order to provide little Becka with the best quality of life, she will forever require a special diet and daily medications. She will be closely monitored by our medical team with check-ups twice a year for continual blood work. Her mom, Liz, is proud and blessed to take care of this tiny and cute cat because she brings her pure happiness. SPONSOR BECKA

Becka ready to play
Becka ready to play

The sweetest thing

There is nothing more adorable than a bond between a child and an animal. Especially when that animal almost didn’t survive. Ranger was born with melanoma on his paw that was discovered after he was adopted. When his dad brought him back to the League for an examination there was question of his survival and lifespan, his dad had the option to find another healthy dog. But it wasn’t until his daughter said “dad, you wouldn’t give up on me if I was sick” and at that moment he knew he had to keep Ranger and support him through his journey to recovery. And sure enough, Ranger came out of his surgeries wonderfully and feeling great. Now, Ranger loves to run and play! He loves to give kisses and receive hugs from his favorite person, his sister! SPONSOR RANGER

Ranger and his best friend
Ranger and his best friend

Get by with a little help from a friend

A lot of our Sponsor Pets have canine or feline buddies – there is nothing better than a fellow comrade! I love when our pet parents share stories about dynamic duos such as Chachi and his brother Fleetwood, Xena and her friend Max, and Rockstar with his pal Loyal. Having a companion to keep each other company is simply the best, especially for our Sponsor Pets. These animals have endured so much and having a friend is great for them to feel just like any other dog or cat!

Chachi with Fleetwood
Chachi with Fleetwood
Rockstar (laying low) and Loyal
Rockstar (laying low) and Loyal
 
Xena giving Max a hug
Xena giving Max a hug

Alfredo – The Dog with a Funny Personality

With Halloween just around the corner, we have a sneak peek of Sponsor Dog Alfredo’s costume! He wore this costume at a local fair this summer and won an honorable mention award for his creativity of adding a sprig of basil on his Penne Alfredo costume – he had EXTRA Alfredo! Dressing up your pet for Halloween is always okay as long as they are comfortable, something simple is perfect. A dog like Alfredo who is so mellow and sweet doesn’t mind showing off his true personality. All of the kids in the neighborhood always stop his mom when going out for walks just to play with the little guy! And even after all he has endured with all his extensive ailments, he is always happy. Life is good.           SPONSOR ALFREDO!!

Mastering the Penne Alfredo Costume!
Mastering the Penne Alfredo Costume!
Someone wants a belly rub!
Someone wants a belly rub!
Glamour shot!
Glamour shot!

What is Monthly Giving? And how does it work

Are you or a friend not a Sponsor but would like to be? OR, maybe you are considering giving the gift of Sponsorship to a beloved friend? Below are a few Q & A’s about Monthly Giving…

Monthly giving is so vital to the Animal League’s efforts in helping us plan ahead and to do MORE for the animals in our care!

Q: What is Sponsorship?
A: Sponsorship is a donors personal commitment to making monthly donations to critical programs offered by North Shore Animal League America. The Animal League offers 2 life-saving monthly giving programs. Through our Sponsor Program, you can choose to support a special-needs dog Sponsor a Dog or a special-needs cat Sponsor a Cat or to sponsor all the orphaned and newborn puppies and kittens, and their mothers, in our nursery through our H.E.L.P Program.

Q: Why should I Sponsor a special-needs Animal?
A: Many animals that come to the Animal League have conditions and illnesses that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. These special-needs dogs and cats would most likely be euthanized elsewhere, but not at North Shore Animal League America. As a 70 year NO-KILL shelter, we make a commitment to all animals which includes our innocent and deserving Sponsor Program pets. These pets would be forgotten elsewhere; become a part of their lives and let’s support them – we can make a difference together!

Q: How Do I Become an Animal League Sponsor?
A: You can make your monthly pledge to support our special-needs animals in the way that is most convenient to you either by check, monthly bank debit, or credit card. You may set this up over the phone using our toll-free number 1-877-Be-My-Pal, on our website at www.animalleague.org/sponsor, or you can email us at sponsor@animalleague.org.

Q. As an Animal League Sponsor, why would I continue to sponsor a pet who has been adopted into a loving home?
A. Some of our precious and deserving special-needs pets are lucky enough to get adopted into their forever home, but they will always require life-long medical care. The Animal League will continue to provide for each of them for the rest of their lives. Although their place of residence has changed, the principles of the program remain the same. Our promise is to continue the funding and we hope you will remain committed to our life-saving program.

Have more questions? Please call our toll-free phone number at 1-877-BE-MY-PAL and speak with a Sponsor Relations Manager or email your questions to sponsor@AnimalLeague.org and we’ll be happy to respond. Thank you for your continued support!

Sasha – Forever in our hearts

Sponsor dog, Sasha, passed away peacefully on August 26th. We take a look back now, 2 months later, and honor the amazing dog she was. Her dad, Ronald, had her for almost 5 years and even though he mourns the loss of his girl, he reminisces with his wife on the wonderful times they shared together. Sasha earns the label of a strong survivor, she was born without a left kidney and had multiple urinary abnormalities. But because of her determination, she came out of surgery ready to live a joyful life – and she sure did! Ronald would take her on hikes in the mountains and let her run free on acres of beautiful land. We thank our sponsors for helping with providing her the best life possible. She was a fantastic, affectionate dog that we will forever keep in our hearts.

Sasha on the lake
Sasha on the lake
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha posing
Sasha posing

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