Monthly giving is so vital to the Animal Leagueâ€™s efforts â€“ it really helps us plan aheadâ€¦and do MORE for the animals in our care!
When you make the decision to become a monthly giving Sponsor of either the Animal Leagueâ€™s Sponsor Program or the Animal Leagueâ€™s H.E.L.P Program, we want you to be well-informed. Here are some commonly asked questions for your review.
Q: What is Sponsorship?
A: Sponsorship is a donorâ€™s 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 65 year old no-kill shelter, we make a commitment to all animals and that includes our innocent and deserving Sponsor Program pets. These pets would be forgotten elsewhere; become a part of their lives and letâ€™s support them â€“ we can make a difference together!
Q: Why should I Sponsor a newborn puppy or kitten?
A: Each day our nursery is filled with the small cries of between 100-200 puppies and kittens. They require 24 hour care to survive. These unwanted litters are often rescued from other shelters or dropped off at our doorstep. Your monthly donations to the H.E.L.P Program will continue to provide these babies, and their mothers in our care, with a safe place to live, nourishment and the medical attention they so desperately need.
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 â€“ 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, via our secure online form, or by printing an application and faxing it to us at 516-883-8256 or mailing it to 16 Lewyt St., Port Washington, NY 11050.
Q: What Do I Receive When I Become an Animal League Sponsor?
A: Monthly Sponsorship has infinite rewards â€“ for you and our Sponsor pets! With your monthly Sponsorship, you will receive a welcome kit which includes a personalized certificate and color photo of your new best friend, plus a letter of appreciation from North Shore Animal League Americaâ€™s president. You will also receive quarterly pet progress updates highlighting the health and well-being of all Sponsor pets in the Sponsor Program, the Animal Leagueâ€™s quarterly newsletter, Paw Prints, an annual personalized Certificate of Appreciation, a pocket size calendar and address labels, plus other exciting promotions throughout the year!
Q: Can I support the Sponsor Program or the H.E.L.P Program without making a monthly pledge?
A: Yes, you can! We understand that monthly giving is not the right fit for every donor. We appreciate any support that you would like to give to the Animal League at any time that you would like to donate. Every single donation makes a difference to a pet in need.
Q: As an Animal League Sponsor, can I make changes to my sponsorship account?
A: Yes, you can! As an Animal League Sponsor, you reserve the right to change your monthly pledge amount, change the number of animals you sponsor, change your donation payment method – almost anything you want at any time youâ€™d like. Itâ€™s quick and easy. Just give us a call or email us and weâ€™ll take care of it for you right away.
Q: As an Animal League Sponsor, can I cancel my monthly giving whenever I want to?
A: Yes, you can! As a valuable patron and animal lover, we certainly donâ€™t want to see you go, but we understand that monthly giving is not the right fit for every donor. Just give us a call or email us and weâ€™ll cancel your sponsorship. If however, you decide at any time to reinstate your sponsorship, weâ€™d be more than happy to bring you back into our beloved Family of Sponsors!
Q: As an Animal League Sponsor, when are my authorized credit card or bank account withdrawals made each month?
A: As an Animal League Sponsor who donates by automatic methods of payment (the methods that get more of your money to the pets in our care!), credit card and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) withdrawals are made on the last business day of each month.
Q: As an Animal League Sponsor, who makes monthly donations by credit card, can I change the day of the month when charges are deducted?
A: Yes, you can! The Animal League offers 3 other options to Animal League Sponsors who have opted to donate monthly by credit card: 1) 1st Friday of each month, 2) 2nd Friday of each month, or, 3) 3rd Friday of each month. The choice is always yours to make.
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.
Q. As an Animal League Sponsor, are there any levels of sponsorship that I may be able to reach?A. Yes, there are! If you have been a monthly giving Sponsor for 5 years, you will become known by the Animal League as a Lifeline Sponsor. If you have been a monthly giving Sponsor for 10 years, you will become known to the Animal League as a Guardian Angel Sponsor. Both prestigious honors are acknowledged with a token gift and letter from the Animal Leagueâ€™s President via mail.
Donâ€™t see an answer to your question? 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 weâ€™ll be happy to respond. Thank you for your continued support!