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I tried to adopt an old 9 1/2 year old black and white cat named Max which North Shore Animal League had dumped into a Petland Store on West 23rd Street in New York City, Max was placed there to be adopted. I saw Max at this Petland Store for a month, no one had come forward to adopt him in all that time, so after seeing him there in a wire cage in this drafty Petland Store, I decided to adopt Max and I was very excited about saving Max as he looked so sad, his eyes looked vacant and lifeless in the cage North Shore Animal League had placed him in. He was in this cage all day and night, except for one time in the morning they took him out for a few minutes?? Okay, I filled out the application for North Shore Animal League and the store clerk in Petland faxed it to North Shore Animal League right in front of me. The next day a woman named Pat from North Shore Animal League called me and we talked for about 10 minutes about my adopting Max. After that, I never heard from this woman Pat again? So, I called her and she told me she put Max in another Petland Store and I got angry and asked her why when she knew I wanted to adopt him? I then called North Shore and was directed to a woman named Cindy in adoptions. She made me fill ot another application over the phone and Then I didn't hear from Cindy either? I called this Cindy at North Shore and left a message that she should follow through with the adoption of Max. She finally called and said my application was rejected and I couldn't adopt Max? This was unbelievable to me. This woman Cindy called my 2 references and got glowing references for me but this Cindy woman said that my friends didn't know my pet history? A lie as my friends told her that I had an old dog at one time and an old cat? Pure lies. Then this woman from North Shore Animal League told me that I couldn't adopt Max because I have a tiny Chihuaha and that Max doesn't like animals. She knew from the beginning I told her I had a Chihuaha, so why did she make me fill out 2 applications and call my references if she believed I couldn't adopt Max because of a Chihuaha??
I TOLD HER THAT MY CHIHUAHA LOVED CATS AS WE ALWAYS HAD A CAT AND THAT mAX WOULD GET USED TO THE LITTLE cHIHUAHA??? She still rejected me. But why? I told her that Max the cat was so old and that I wanted to give him a home for his last remaining time on earth and that is better than living in a cage as he has for a long long time I have never been rejected in my life to adopt an animal and people beg me to adopt homeless animals and I saw max and I wanted him. I feel so bad for Max the cat living in a cage in a drafty Petland Store when he could have soft beds, toys, food and the good life with me. That is not the way to treat an old cat, its abuse by North Shore Animal League If anyone can help me get Max out of North Shore Animal League let me know. loisandholly@gmail.com leave message. North Shore Animal League, there are no words to describe how mean they are by not letting Max come and live with me FOR NO REASON? I absolutely don't understand why these supposedly animal rescuers have no brains, no compassion, nothing. Thank you.

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I tried to adopt an old 9 1/2 year old black and white cat named Max which North Shore Animal League had dumped into a Petland Store on West 23rd Street in New York City, Max was placed there to be adopted. I saw Max at this Petland Store for a month, no one had come forward to adopt him in all that time, so after seeing him there in a wire cage in this drafty Petland Store, I decided to adopt Max and I was very excited about saving Max as he looked so sad, his eyes looked vacant and lifeless in the cage North Shore Animal League had placed him in. He was in this cage all day and night, except for one time in the morning they took him out for a few minutes?? Okay, I filled out the application for North Shore Animal League and the store clerk in Petland faxed it to North Shore Animal League right in front of me. The next day a woman named Pat from North Shore Animal League called me and we talked for about 10 minutes about my adopting Max. After that, I never heard from this woman Pat again? So, I called her and she told me she put Max in another Petland Store and I got angry and asked her why when she knew I wanted to adopt him? I then called North Shore and was directed to a woman named Cindy in adoptions. She made me fill ot another application over the phone and Then I didn't hear from Cindy either? I called this Cindy at North Shore and left a message that she should follow through with the adoption of Max. She finally called and said my application was rejected and I couldn't adopt Max? This was unbelievable to me. This woman Cindy called my 2 references and got glowing references for me but this Cindy woman said that my friends didn't know my pet history? A lie as my friends told her that I had an old dog at one time and an old cat? Pure lies. Then this woman from North Shore Animal League told me that I couldn't adopt Max because I have a tiny Chihuaha and that Max doesn't like animals. She knew from the beginning I told her I had a Chihuaha, so why did she make me fill out 2 applications and call my references if she believed I couldn't adopt Max because of a Chihuaha??
I TOLD HER THAT MY CHIHUAHA LOVED CATS AS WE ALWAYS HAD A CAT AND THAT mAX WOULD GET USED TO THE LITTLE cHIHUAHA??? She still rejected me. But why? I told her that Max the cat was so old and that I wanted to give him a home for his last remaining time on earth and that is better than living in a cage as he has for a long long time I have never been rejected in my life to adopt an animal and people beg me to adopt homeless animals and I saw max and I wanted him. I feel so bad for Max the cat living in a cage in a drafty Petland Store when he could have soft beds, toys, food and the good life with me. That is not the way to treat an old cat, its abuse by North Shore Animal League If anyone can help me get Max out of North Shore Animal League let me know. loisandholly@gmail.com leave message. North Shore Animal League, there are no words to describe how mean they are by not letting Max come and live with me FOR NO REASON? I absolutely don't understand why these supposedly animal rescuers have no brains, no compassion, nothing. Thank you.

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Please do not use this shelter. We spent the weekend there and it was pure humiliation and deceit. We went around 8pm Saturday night to look for a companion dog for my 8 year old collie mix and looked quickly at the older dogs around the perimeter of the glass visiting room. Some dogs were asleep, one had his face laying in feces. I was not interested in any pit bull mixes which were many of the dogs. Even though I knew that a puppy would not be an ideal companion for my dog, I went with my little girl to the puppy section and found an 8 week old Newfie mix puppy. I had never heard of the breed before and quickly googled their description of "Newfoundland terrier" and did not come up with much before I was asked to put my phone away. A worker let us play with the dog and told us how to take care of her hair and that was about it. We arranged the adoption after all our references were checked including our landlord's. The next morning, probably after a google search, the landlord expressed reservations. I also became overwhelmed when I realized what I got myself into but still loved the dog and was willing to keep her forever. After speaking with my landlord about potential liability issues (all though dogs of this breed can easily reach 150 to 200lbs, it is well known as a gentle dog, so this was an overreaction) I decided to return the pup at noon the next day because she was young and very adoptable and if I moved quickly there would be time for someone who really wanted a Newfie to bond with her.

Two NSAL workers were sympathetic to our dog and donation surrender and suggested that we instead adopt an older dog whose size and stature is established. We agreed to look around. One nice worker talked us into visiting with a hyperactive beagle and a large headed short legged rottweiler/hound mix, a very strangely combined dog that I did not feel comfortable with. When we expressed interest in more beautiful dogs, a border collie named Jonah and a pure-bred yellow lab named Paquio, they started to get rude. The nice worker disappeared and a crone took her place. She said that the dog we wanted was a large dog and I had given up a potentially large dog. I told her that there was a huge difference between a 50 or 60 lb lab and a Newfie that could weigh double that amount within a few months. She would hear nothing and blamed the decision on some nameless faceless manager that she would not let me speak to. She asked us to get a notarized copy of our lease and return with it, knowing that both the dogs we were interested in would no longer be there. Another part of the scam is that neither of those dogs need vet services. We paid $175 for the pup and another $75 for future spay services. The dog of our choice was completely healthy and neutered and would generate no future income for them or provide any profit from our earlier donation.

i understand my circumstances were not ideal, but they really should not have invited us to make a trade and then act so judgmental and shady when I don't want to choose what they select for me. The crone actually hid our dog's info card so that no other worker could intervene and advocate for us. She found some random guy to say that she was just following orders from the director and then say that he did not care that his story did not add up. All but one worker was nameless and without title. The initial nice worker never resurfaced. Based on reviews on this site, I knew better than to go. I thought it would be ok because we have a great profile. Between the forced donation and the crate and toys and wee wee pads we are easily out $350.

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Please do not use this shelter. We spent the weekend there and it was pure humiliation and deceit. We went around 8pm Saturday night to look for a companion dog for my 8 year old collie mix and looked quickly at the older dogs around the perimeter of the glass visiting room. Some dogs were asleep, one had his face laying in feces. I was not interested in any pit bull mixes which were many of the dogs. Even though I knew that a puppy would not be an ideal companion for my dog, I went with my little girl to the puppy section and found an 8 week old Newfie mix puppy. I had never heard of the breed before and quickly googled their description of "Newfoundland terrier" and did not come up with much before I was asked to put my phone away. A worker let us play with the dog and told us how to take care of her hair and that was about it. We arranged the adoption after all our references were checked including our landlord's. The next morning, probably after a google search, the landlord expressed reservations. I also became overwhelmed when I realized what I got myself into but still loved the dog and was willing to keep her forever. After speaking with my landlord about potential liability issues (all though dogs of this breed can easily reach 150 to 200lbs, it is well known as a gentle dog, so this was an overreaction) I decided to return the pup at noon the next day because she was young and very adoptable and if I moved quickly there would be time for someone who really wanted a Newfie to bond with her.

Two NSAL workers were sympathetic to our dog and donation surrender and suggested that we instead adopt an older dog whose size and stature is established. We agreed to look around. One nice worker talked us into visiting with a hyperactive beagle and a large headed short legged rottweiler/hound mix, a very strangely combined dog that I did not feel comfortable with. When we expressed interest in more beautiful dogs, a border collie named Jonah and a pure-bred yellow lab named Paquio, they started to get rude. The nice worker disappeared and a crone took her place. She said that the dog we wanted was a large dog and I had given up a potentially large dog. I told her that there was a huge difference between a 50 or 60 lb lab and a Newfie that could weigh double that amount within a few months. She would hear nothing and blamed the decision on some nameless faceless manager that she would not let me speak to. She asked us to get a notarized copy of our lease and return with it, knowing that both the dogs we were interested in would no longer be there. Another part of the scam is that neither of those dogs need vet services. We paid $175 for the pup and another $75 for future spay services. The dog of our choice was completely healthy and neutered and would generate no future income for them or provide any profit from our earlier donation.

i understand my circumstances were not ideal, but they really should not have invited us to make a trade and then act so judgmental and shady when I don't want to choose what they select for me. The crone actually hid our dog's info card so that no other worker could intervene and advocate for us. She found some random guy to say that she was just following orders from the director and then say that he did not care that his story did not add up. All but one worker was nameless and without title. The initial nice worker never resurfaced. Based on reviews on this site, I knew better than to go. I thought it would be ok because we have a great profile. Between the forced donation and the crate and toys and wee wee pads we are easily out $350.

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I 100% support and respect the work of NSAL.
It is not easy, it costs a lot of money and the animals that are there have already suffered enough, one way or other... there is a reason why the ended up in a shelter, after all.
NSAL is one of the main reasons why we are not a society with numerous street cats and dogs, which is such an enormous and sad problem worldwide.

I adopted a cat from NSAL and find my experience of top quality. Staff and volunteers have their heart on what they do.
I have only good thinks to say about them, and so have many other people I know, who have adopted from NSAL.

I find it quite irresponsible of those who mob-blog about this place, telling people to "stay way from it" etc...
Go, visit, adopt and have your own opinion. I would bet that you would highly appreciate this excellent organization.

Also, the Health Center is very good and way less expensive than unaffiliated vet clinics. Everybody wins!

Thank you to all who are involved on this mission!

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I 100% support and respect the work of NSAL.
It is not easy, it costs a lot of money and the animals that are there have already suffered enough, one way or other... there is a reason why the ended up in a shelter, after all.
NSAL is one of the main reasons why we are not a society with numerous street cats and dogs, which is such an enormous and sad problem worldwide.

I adopted a cat from NSAL and find my experience of top quality. Staff and volunteers have their heart on what they do.
I have only good thinks to say about them, and so have many other people I know, who have adopted from NSAL.

I find it quite irresponsible of those who mob-blog about this place, telling people to "stay way from it" etc...
Go, visit, adopt and have your own opinion. I would bet that you would highly appreciate this excellent organization.

Also, the Health Center is very good and way less expensive than unaffiliated vet clinics. Everybody wins!

Thank you to all who are involved on this mission!

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I've had two North Shore dogs in my life and they were both wonderful. This shelter does amazing work. I am a volunteer at three other less funded non-profit, no kill rescue shelters, as well as at the NYC ACC, and North Shore is always lending out their adoption truck to their events, as well as rescuing dogs at the city kill shelter. In fact, one of my current dogs (I have three), a beautiful Husky/Springer Spaniel mix, was going to be put down at Animal Care & Control for having kennel cough and an ear infection and North Shore rescued him, nursed him back to health in their infirmary for two weeks and then put him out to be adopted. James was on the adoption floor for one hour when we found each other! North Shore called me to follow up on how James was doing in his new home several times. The shelter is clean (if you don't think so, you haven't spent much time in shelters) and the animals have ample space (again, if you don't think so, check out some other shelters- most won't let you see where the animals live, they bring the one you are interested in based on their website out to you). North Shore saves lives and brings light and attention to the animal rescue and adoption cause.

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I've had two North Shore dogs in my life and they were both wonderful. This shelter does amazing work. I am a volunteer at three other less funded non-profit, no kill rescue shelters, as well as at the NYC ACC, and North Shore is always lending out their adoption truck to their events, as well as rescuing dogs at the city kill shelter. In fact, one of my current dogs (I have three), a beautiful Husky/Springer Spaniel mix, was going to be put down at Animal Care & Control for having kennel cough and an ear infection and North Shore rescued him, nursed him back to health in their infirmary for two weeks and then put him out to be adopted. James was on the adoption floor for one hour when we found each other! North Shore called me to follow up on how James was doing in his new home several times. The shelter is clean (if you don't think so, you haven't spent much time in shelters) and the animals have ample space (again, if you don't think so, check out some other shelters- most won't let you see where the animals live, they bring the one you are interested in based on their website out to you). North Shore saves lives and brings light and attention to the animal rescue and adoption cause.

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First let me say that I have adopted 3 dogs from North Shore and have no complaints at all about the adoption process. I have also taken a training class with one of the dogs and was very satisfied.
My problem is with the medical center. I took my dog there for an ear infection. He was given meds and sent home. Two weeks later the infection came back. I returned to the center and the DR. himself told me "oh, he will alwyas have infections. He don'y even need to bring him in. Just call & we will refill meds whenever you want".After another few weeks the infection came back. I had to see a private vet who immediately did a culture to see what was causing the infection. In the month or so that it had fested from poor medical care he had to have his ears cleaned out under anesthesia because they were so bad.
Now, 6 months later I return to North Shore with my other dog for a well exam and booster shots. I see Kathleen Dunn the director of the medical center. Her complete exam consisted of looking at her ear (without any instrument) and a quick listen of the heart. No temp, on look in the mouth or eyes no hands on feel of her body. Will never go there again!

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First let me say that I have adopted 3 dogs from North Shore and have no complaints at all about the adoption process. I have also taken a training class with one of the dogs and was very satisfied.
My problem is with the medical center. I took my dog there for an ear infection. He was given meds and sent home. Two weeks later the infection came back. I returned to the center and the DR. himself told me "oh, he will alwyas have infections. He don'y even need to bring him in. Just call & we will refill meds whenever you want".After another few weeks the infection came back. I had to see a private vet who immediately did a culture to see what was causing the infection. In the month or so that it had fested from poor medical care he had to have his ears cleaned out under anesthesia because they were so bad.
Now, 6 months later I return to North Shore with my other dog for a well exam and booster shots. I see Kathleen Dunn the director of the medical center. Her complete exam consisted of looking at her ear (without any instrument) and a quick listen of the heart. No temp, on look in the mouth or eyes no hands on feel of her body. Will never go there again!

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My family and I went to adopt a dog from this animal shelter and we knew something was wrong from the time we went in because when we asked about the dog we wanted the staff was extremely unhelpful and reluctant to provide information. We were denied because apparently you are never allowed to keep the dog outside unattended EVER. They never to produce the policy in written form during our visit but nevertheless we were denied because of that policy. Even after explaning that we have an enclosed dog pin with a dog house in the yard and the yard itself is also enclosed we were still denied and never able to speak to the head manager. In fact, when I called later to inquire about it the person I spoke to didn't even know where the policy was kept. She had to find a manager and could not do so, so she offered to have one return my phone call. After sometime I did receive a phone call from a manager who told me they WOULD NOT provide me with a copy of the policy, but if I wanted to make the hour long trip out there they would show it to me. We were told our only recourse would be to write a letter to the board of directors at which point the dog that my family had fallen in love with could have been adopted. I don't know if they had already promised to hold the dog for someone else or what, but we will NEVER again revisit this animal shelter!

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My family and I went to adopt a dog from this animal shelter and we knew something was wrong from the time we went in because when we asked about the dog we wanted the staff was extremely unhelpful and reluctant to provide information. We were denied because apparently you are never allowed to keep the dog outside unattended EVER. They never to produce the policy in written form during our visit but nevertheless we were denied because of that policy. Even after explaning that we have an enclosed dog pin with a dog house in the yard and the yard itself is also enclosed we were still denied and never able to speak to the head manager. In fact, when I called later to inquire about it the person I spoke to didn't even know where the policy was kept. She had to find a manager and could not do so, so she offered to have one return my phone call. After sometime I did receive a phone call from a manager who told me they WOULD NOT provide me with a copy of the policy, but if I wanted to make the hour long trip out there they would show it to me. We were told our only recourse would be to write a letter to the board of directors at which point the dog that my family had fallen in love with could have been adopted. I don't know if they had already promised to hold the dog for someone else or what, but we will NEVER again revisit this animal shelter!

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I know to stayaway from the rescue scams. I found this review online -
As a former volunteer, I'll tell you the good, the bad and the ugly about North Shore.

The good:

1. There are lots of great animals up for adoption. However, I would steer clear of the puppies as I'll explain later in the post.

2. The staff is for the most part friendly and knowledgeable. This is especially true of volunteers (those in red shirts) as they are not paid to be there.

3. It is a clean facility - at least the parts the public sees.

The bad:

1. The puppies on the website are not in the shelter. If North Shore was a business - and in many ways it is - it would've been fined a long time ago by the BBB for this blatant bait and switch scheme.

2. Most reputable shelters will never adopt out a pet that has not been spayed or neutered. Not North Shore. They require you to leave a $75 deposit which you will get back when you bring back your puppy/kitten. I can tell you that a large percentage of adopters never come back to get this done which of course further worsens the pet overpopulation problem. Now why would North Shore, an organization that is supposedly set up to fight this problem actually be encouraging it? Cos they don't have to refund that extra $75 of course!

3. Many long-term "problem" animals are neglected - kept in the back away from public view in small cages. Partly because they are understaffed and partly because not enough people care, these animals behaviors get worse the longer they are there.

4. There are way too many animals and not nearly enough workers/volunteers. If this was someones home, North Shore would be called the equivalent of a hoarder.

The ugly:

1. The president John Stevenson makes an obscene amount of money - nearly half a million a year. To put this in perspective, the top ranking executive at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary - a charity that actually has higher revenue and expenses - makes less than a third of that. This information is readily available at http://charitynavigato.... For the record, I never saw Mr. Stevenson once in my years there and I've been told by employees that he rarely makes appearances at the shelter.

2. North Shore will most likely not accept your animal if you should ever return it. Now I have little sympathy for most people that do return pets, but that said, it's almost criminal that a no-kill shelter will basically turn away their former animals and have them most likely end up in a kill shelter. Unless your dog is small, young and "cute" (e.g., not a pit bull), your dog will most likely not be accepted back after the 30-day return policy is up.

3. Conditions can be often disgusting - areas can be neglected for hours at a time resulting in animals laying in their own urine and feces. Of course this is only in areas away from public view.

4. At a recent major event, many puppies were not checked out by the vet staff before being put up for adoption. Because of this gross negligence many sick animals were adopted out and ended up passing away from the parvo virus. A large amount of the veterinary staff quit in protest.

5. Ask yourself why every other shelter does not have puppies, but North Shore seems to have an endless supply of them. There is a dark answer lurking there if you search deep enough. If you do adopt from North Shore DO NOT ADOPT A PUPPY.

So in summary, I would encourage everyone to adopt from North Shore as long as it is a kitten/cat or adult dog and NOT a puppy. I also would not donate a single cent to the organization until some serious philosophical/organizational changes are made. There are much more reputable charities out there to support.

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I know to stayaway from the rescue scams. I found this review online -
As a former volunteer, I'll tell you the good, the bad and the ugly about North Shore.

The good:

1. There are lots of great animals up for adoption. However, I would steer clear of the puppies as I'll explain later in the post.

2. The staff is for the most part friendly and knowledgeable. This is especially true of volunteers (those in red shirts) as they are not paid to be there.

3. It is a clean facility - at least the parts the public sees.

The bad:

1. The puppies on the website are not in the shelter. If North Shore was a business - and in many ways it is - it would've been fined a long time ago by the BBB for this blatant bait and switch scheme.

2. Most reputable shelters will never adopt out a pet that has not been spayed or neutered. Not North Shore. They require you to leave a $75 deposit which you will get back when you bring back your puppy/kitten. I can tell you that a large percentage of adopters never come back to get this done which of course further worsens the pet overpopulation problem. Now why would North Shore, an organization that is supposedly set up to fight this problem actually be encouraging it? Cos they don't have to refund that extra $75 of course!

3. Many long-term "problem" animals are neglected - kept in the back away from public view in small cages. Partly because they are understaffed and partly because not enough people care, these animals behaviors get worse the longer they are there.

4. There are way too many animals and not nearly enough workers/volunteers. If this was someones home, North Shore would be called the equivalent of a hoarder.

The ugly:

1. The president John Stevenson makes an obscene amount of money - nearly half a million a year. To put this in perspective, the top ranking executive at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary - a charity that actually has higher revenue and expenses - makes less than a third of that. This information is readily available at http://charitynavigato.... For the record, I never saw Mr. Stevenson once in my years there and I've been told by employees that he rarely makes appearances at the shelter.

2. North Shore will most likely not accept your animal if you should ever return it. Now I have little sympathy for most people that do return pets, but that said, it's almost criminal that a no-kill shelter will basically turn away their former animals and have them most likely end up in a kill shelter. Unless your dog is small, young and "cute" (e.g., not a pit bull), your dog will most likely not be accepted back after the 30-day return policy is up.

3. Conditions can be often disgusting - areas can be neglected for hours at a time resulting in animals laying in their own urine and feces. Of course this is only in areas away from public view.

4. At a recent major event, many puppies were not checked out by the vet staff before being put up for adoption. Because of this gross negligence many sick animals were adopted out and ended up passing away from the parvo virus. A large amount of the veterinary staff quit in protest.

5. Ask yourself why every other shelter does not have puppies, but North Shore seems to have an endless supply of them. There is a dark answer lurking there if you search deep enough. If you do adopt from North Shore DO NOT ADOPT A PUPPY.

So in summary, I would encourage everyone to adopt from North Shore as long as it is a kitten/cat or adult dog and NOT a puppy. I also would not donate a single cent to the organization until some serious philosophical/organizational changes are made. There are much more reputable charities out there to support.

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We adopted our Springer Spaniel mix puppy 5 months ago. She came to us with mange & a resistant case of worms. We brought her back to health & provided a loving, wonderful home for her. When she was approximately 6 months old, we began to see signs of aggression. We called them, & they promised us a call back. Still waiting for that call a month later. During that time, we employed a private Obedience Trainer, recommended from our Vet. It was determined that she was not improving, in fact, her aggression led to an attack. The thought of bringing her back to North Shore, to face illness & neglect, or relegated to a cage facing adoption & another family getting hurt, made our decision to euthanize our puppy the only solution. Today, we put our precious puppy to sleep. North Shore took our money, a charitable donation, & never looked back. Their practices are unconscionable. In retrospect, it would've been nice to be counseled PRIOR to adoption on the breed & what we should've expected down the road. It's not enough to just take the money & wash your hands clean. We cried out for help & were given essentially the finger. Devastated beyond belief for our loss. Rest in peace my precious darling.

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We adopted our Springer Spaniel mix puppy 5 months ago. She came to us with mange & a resistant case of worms. We brought her back to health & provided a loving, wonderful home for her. When she was approximately 6 months old, we began to see signs of aggression. We called them, & they promised us a call back. Still waiting for that call a month later. During that time, we employed a private Obedience Trainer, recommended from our Vet. It was determined that she was not improving, in fact, her aggression led to an attack. The thought of bringing her back to North Shore, to face illness & neglect, or relegated to a cage facing adoption & another family getting hurt, made our decision to euthanize our puppy the only solution. Today, we put our precious puppy to sleep. North Shore took our money, a charitable donation, & never looked back. Their practices are unconscionable. In retrospect, it would've been nice to be counseled PRIOR to adoption on the breed & what we should've expected down the road. It's not enough to just take the money & wash your hands clean. We cried out for help & were given essentially the finger. Devastated beyond belief for our loss. Rest in peace my precious darling.

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I adopted a 6 yr old Papillion puppy mill rescue on May 31, 2010...just one month after my beloved Emily had died from liver cancer. I really wasn't sure if I wanted to be so tied down again or if I could ever love another dog. I have to tell this to everyone..there is no greater joy than witnessing a dog who didn't know how good a hug feels, or what to do with a toy, or what to do with a treat, a dog who just had terror in her eyes become the most adorable, loving, funniest dog I've ever had...to watch the resiliency that a dog can have after being used and neglected. Sure, she still doesn't trust everyone but it will just take time. There are no bad dogs, only owner's who are unwilling to understand what the dog is feeling. Don't expect a dog to be or do what you want them to...it's not about you, it's about giving an animal another chance to have a real life. I can't even begin to relay to you all the joy and pure loveI feel in my heart every moment I'm with her. I think I may get a friend for her...but only if she agrees.

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I adopted a 6 yr old Papillion puppy mill rescue on May 31, 2010...just one month after my beloved Emily had died from liver cancer. I really wasn't sure if I wanted to be so tied down again or if I could ever love another dog. I have to tell this to everyone..there is no greater joy than witnessing a dog who didn't know how good a hug feels, or what to do with a toy, or what to do with a treat, a dog who just had terror in her eyes become the most adorable, loving, funniest dog I've ever had...to watch the resiliency that a dog can have after being used and neglected. Sure, she still doesn't trust everyone but it will just take time. There are no bad dogs, only owner's who are unwilling to understand what the dog is feeling. Don't expect a dog to be or do what you want them to...it's not about you, it's about giving an animal another chance to have a real life. I can't even begin to relay to you all the joy and pure loveI feel in my heart every moment I'm with her. I think I may get a friend for her...but only if she agrees.

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I adopted my shepherd mixed breed dog (Daquari) at the shelter in 1994. It was love at first sight and she was healthy and happy with us for 16 long years before passing away yesterday of old age. She was the best dog that anyone could ever ask for and I am grateful for the opportunity North Shore gave me to rescue her. I had a great experience when I was there - you will be screened, thank God, because they need to know where their precious animals are going.

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I adopted my shepherd mixed breed dog (Daquari) at the shelter in 1994. It was love at first sight and she was healthy and happy with us for 16 long years before passing away yesterday of old age. She was the best dog that anyone could ever ask for and I am grateful for the opportunity North Shore gave me to rescue her. I had a great experience when I was there - you will be screened, thank God, because they need to know where their precious animals are going.

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I am not one to review things online but I had to share with anyone interested, I'm very disappointed. I've been a dog owner for 18 years and I was convinced by my kids to adopt a "young" dog. Don't get me wrong, the dog was good but, the people we're terrible. I'm pretty sure the volunteers have never held any other position of power over anyone else because they will take your dog away for one infraction of their "contract". I have a fenced yard and 1 other dog and they took the one I adopted from NSAL for fear of abuse because there was a dog house in the backyard. Be careful that blue sheet can and will cost you thousands just to see you're family friend, you are charged for ALL of their fees, even if you are right.

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I am not one to review things online but I had to share with anyone interested, I'm very disappointed. I've been a dog owner for 18 years and I was convinced by my kids to adopt a "young" dog. Don't get me wrong, the dog was good but, the people we're terrible. I'm pretty sure the volunteers have never held any other position of power over anyone else because they will take your dog away for one infraction of their "contract". I have a fenced yard and 1 other dog and they took the one I adopted from NSAL for fear of abuse because there was a dog house in the backyard. Be careful that blue sheet can and will cost you thousands just to see you're family friend, you are charged for ALL of their fees, even if you are right.

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it has been 5yr.s now i havve sent donations for the little animal and each time im told i win a tv. im 90 yrs. olds and i dont know if i will be here vbery long . is this just a scam or what. clara skaggs birthday seeptember 14,1920

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it has been 5yr.s now i havve sent donations for the little animal and each time im told i win a tv. im 90 yrs. olds and i dont know if i will be here vbery long . is this just a scam or what. clara skaggs birthday seeptember 14,1920

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I adopted twin black and white kittens on May 15 2005. One of them began breathing weird, coughing and sneezing almost immediately. I took him to the vet and it turned out that he had a respiratory infection. It wasn't supposed to be fatal, but he was too young to give the strong medicine to. A few days later, my other kitten also picked up the infection. He was a few pounds heavier, so he was able to be given slightly stronger meds. Two weeks after I adopted them, the first one to get the infection died. Thankfully the second one survived. We went back to North shore, and they let me choose another kitten at a discounted adoption donation. 5 Years later, both the new kitten, and the twin that survived are happy and healthy. We should have been warned that the there was a respiratory infection going around. We would have taken more precautions and treated the kitten before it became deadly. I think that the shelter was understanding and I would adopt again, however before adopting, this time I would ask a lot of questions and make sure that the animals are not sick.

Now if only I could find a Chihuahua puppy here...

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I adopted twin black and white kittens on May 15 2005. One of them began breathing weird, coughing and sneezing almost immediately. I took him to the vet and it turned out that he had a respiratory infection. It wasn't supposed to be fatal, but he was too young to give the strong medicine to. A few days later, my other kitten also picked up the infection. He was a few pounds heavier, so he was able to be given slightly stronger meds. Two weeks after I adopted them, the first one to get the infection died. Thankfully the second one survived. We went back to North shore, and they let me choose another kitten at a discounted adoption donation. 5 Years later, both the new kitten, and the twin that survived are happy and healthy. We should have been warned that the there was a respiratory infection going around. We would have taken more precautions and treated the kitten before it became deadly. I think that the shelter was understanding and I would adopt again, however before adopting, this time I would ask a lot of questions and make sure that the animals are not sick.

Now if only I could find a Chihuahua puppy here...

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the most unhumane people I have ever meet. About 6 years ago, a friend of mine adopted a dog from them,This dog had some behavioral problem but my friend took care of this pet.My friend suffered a massive stroke and he was no longer able to care for his pet. North shore animal league refused to take the dog back and they gave him a number for a kill shelter. My friend was heart broken. I would not recommend this place at all but if you want to save pet, get it from one of the kill shelters. North shore animal league just wants your donations.Say no to them, they are liars. If you want to donate, give to the people who are creating their own small no-kill shelters for animals that north shore animal league refuses. What a bunch of phonies.

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the most unhumane people I have ever meet. About 6 years ago, a friend of mine adopted a dog from them,This dog had some behavioral problem but my friend took care of this pet.My friend suffered a massive stroke and he was no longer able to care for his pet. North shore animal league refused to take the dog back and they gave him a number for a kill shelter. My friend was heart broken. I would not recommend this place at all but if you want to save pet, get it from one of the kill shelters. North shore animal league just wants your donations.Say no to them, they are liars. If you want to donate, give to the people who are creating their own small no-kill shelters for animals that north shore animal league refuses. What a bunch of phonies.

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I recently adopted a great puppy from North Shore Animal League.
I have nothing but praise to say for the people who work there, and the adoption process itself. I appreciate the work NSAL do to help dogs that would otherwise be put to sleep in a shelter. I do feel blessed to have received such a wonderful healthy dog.

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I recently adopted a great puppy from North Shore Animal League.
I have nothing but praise to say for the people who work there, and the adoption process itself. I appreciate the work NSAL do to help dogs that would otherwise be put to sleep in a shelter. I do feel blessed to have received such a wonderful healthy dog.

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I went to Northshore animal league. The people on the phone are extremely rude. And the employees lack any sort of work ethic. I called them and wanted to know if they had a breed of dog that I wanted and the lady if you would call her that gave me an attitude saying they dont do inventory. I wasted an hour driving over there just to be told they didnt have that breed I was looking for but were trying to pawn one of their other dogs on me. Northshore animal league is definitley just worried about how much money can go into their pockets then the actual care about where a dog ends up and if the dog would find a nice home. On top of that they have the dogs in cages the whole time with no toys, NOTHING! And you have sick dogs mixed with healthy dogs making them all sick. So be ready to bring your dog back with some sort of disease. And as for the medical center be ready to wait atleast 3hrs before you are being seen. And the people who answer the phones there really do not have a clue.

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I went to Northshore animal league. The people on the phone are extremely rude. And the employees lack any sort of work ethic. I called them and wanted to know if they had a breed of dog that I wanted and the lady if you would call her that gave me an attitude saying they dont do inventory. I wasted an hour driving over there just to be told they didnt have that breed I was looking for but were trying to pawn one of their other dogs on me. Northshore animal league is definitley just worried about how much money can go into their pockets then the actual care about where a dog ends up and if the dog would find a nice home. On top of that they have the dogs in cages the whole time with no toys, NOTHING! And you have sick dogs mixed with healthy dogs making them all sick. So be ready to bring your dog back with some sort of disease. And as for the medical center be ready to wait atleast 3hrs before you are being seen. And the people who answer the phones there really do not have a clue.

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We adopted a dog at NSAL 2 years ago. Yes, he was sick when we got him, as are all dogs/puppies that are surrounded by other rescues. He was sick but North Shore nursed him back to health FREE OF CHARGE until he was 100% ready to come home. Someone came months later to check on his welfare which I completely appreciate. And for everyone that complains about the long process to adopt, shame on you. If your not willing to do a backround that takes an hour you are obviously not concered about the animals. I applaud how well NSAL is run. THE BEST NO KILL SHELTER AROUND!!!

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We adopted a dog at NSAL 2 years ago. Yes, he was sick when we got him, as are all dogs/puppies that are surrounded by other rescues. He was sick but North Shore nursed him back to health FREE OF CHARGE until he was 100% ready to come home. Someone came months later to check on his welfare which I completely appreciate. And for everyone that complains about the long process to adopt, shame on you. If your not willing to do a backround that takes an hour you are obviously not concered about the animals. I applaud how well NSAL is run. THE BEST NO KILL SHELTER AROUND!!!

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i took my dog to north shore animal league, he was sick. I got there went in the room with the vet, The first thing out of her mouth was what it was gonna cost me, It wasn't cheap, These people that work in the medical department at nsal are not warm friendly people towards pets and the shouldn't be there working with the public if they don't know how to be warm and compassionate. I never felt so uncomfortable in a vets office in my life. I was uncomfortable and wanted to leave, so I did just that. Your better off going to a private vet where you get treated with a little compassion. I am very disallusioned with North Shore animal league. It was not what I expected. would never go back again. would rather pay more going to a regular private Vets office.

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i took my dog to north shore animal league, he was sick. I got there went in the room with the vet, The first thing out of her mouth was what it was gonna cost me, It wasn't cheap, These people that work in the medical department at nsal are not warm friendly people towards pets and the shouldn't be there working with the public if they don't know how to be warm and compassionate. I never felt so uncomfortable in a vets office in my life. I was uncomfortable and wanted to leave, so I did just that. Your better off going to a private vet where you get treated with a little compassion. I am very disallusioned with North Shore animal league. It was not what I expected. would never go back again. would rather pay more going to a regular private Vets office.

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Just how OBVIOUS does it have to be for people to see how wrong NSAL really is?!? READ what all these people are writing about this awful facility.The people who DO like them,are oblivious to what is going on around them. PEOPLE you need to think outside the BOX! For every 1 compliment, is 10 complaints.Buying from NSAL is CONTRIBUTING to the nationwide problem with PUPPY MILLS! They obviously do not care about their animals.
PEOPLE WAKE UP!!! PuppyMill dogs have PARVO,GIARDIA,and mental health issues,...like the dogs that are coming from NORTHSHORE Animal League.

Think about it.
The only ones who are SUFFERING from this are the animals,and the families whose hearts are broken.
SHAME ON YOU NSAL,and ALL PuppyMills.
Puppy Mills are FINALLY being recognized,and need to be shut down.
Speak for the animals who cant speak for themselves.

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Just how OBVIOUS does it have to be for people to see how wrong NSAL really is?!? READ what all these people are writing about this awful facility.The people who DO like them,are oblivious to what is going on around them. PEOPLE you need to think outside the BOX! For every 1 compliment, is 10 complaints.Buying from NSAL is CONTRIBUTING to the nationwide problem with PUPPY MILLS! They obviously do not care about their animals.
PEOPLE WAKE UP!!! PuppyMill dogs have PARVO,GIARDIA,and mental health issues,...like the dogs that are coming from NORTHSHORE Animal League.

Think about it.
The only ones who are SUFFERING from this are the animals,and the families whose hearts are broken.
SHAME ON YOU NSAL,and ALL PuppyMills.
Puppy Mills are FINALLY being recognized,and need to be shut down.
Speak for the animals who cant speak for themselves.

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I adopted a puppy from NSAL 6 years ago and had a mixed experience. Basically, the day she got home, she started vomiting and having diarrhea. It turned out she was too you, had kennel cough, and a parasite. I gave them the benefit of doubt and after our dog passed away in 2008 (a virus) we decided to get another dog.

We went to NSAL (with our toddler) and specifically explained that we are looking for a puppy with a temperament that could fit a family with young children. They had one dog who did not have an age restriction whom we adopted.

Within one day of being at our house again, the dog started peeing blood. She had caught a terrible bladder infection, which lasted for weeks and required double treatment by our vet.

As the dog was just recently brought to NSAL, she was not spayed yet, they took a $75 deposit, which we were to receive back after we fax in documentation that we did spay her.

In the course of a 3 month span, we tried calling them multiple times, one because of the bladder infection - no phone call back. Then after we spayed the dog, we faxed all information over (to the number they provided), called several times during the course of the week (again, no one returned our phone call) and the funds were never returned to us.

Pretty soon after having the puppy it turned out that she had some dominant tendencies and was a bit bite happy. We took her to classes, got a trainer, she always had 2 hrs of exercise a day. Long story short, she ended up nipping our son. The dog is a fine dog just not a family dog that should be around children. No blood was drawn and I can see that it was more of an accident as she also was not aggressive.

After the incident, we immediately called NSAL to report what happened and to get advice (return the dog.) As usual no one called. My husband went to the shelter with the dog the next day to try to speak to someone - everyone was on lunch break. In addition, the security guard showed my husband the finger (middle) when spoke to him regarding returning the dog.

In the end, we drove away, spoke to the AC&C who understood the problem, responded, and took the dog in. A VERY different experience.

Here is the deal with NSAL - they are making their money off puppies, they apparently pay farmers for the puppies they take (the owner of the dog training school compared them with a puppy mill) and they have NO interest whatsoever once they receive the money for the puppy. If you want to help a shelter dog, go to the AC&C or the Humane Society. Otherwise you may as well go to a good breeder....

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I adopted a puppy from NSAL 6 years ago and had a mixed experience. Basically, the day she got home, she started vomiting and having diarrhea. It turned out she was too you, had kennel cough, and a parasite. I gave them the benefit of doubt and after our dog passed away in 2008 (a virus) we decided to get another dog.

We went to NSAL (with our toddler) and specifically explained that we are looking for a puppy with a temperament that could fit a family with young children. They had one dog who did not have an age restriction whom we adopted.

Within one day of being at our house again, the dog started peeing blood. She had caught a terrible bladder infection, which lasted for weeks and required double treatment by our vet.

As the dog was just recently brought to NSAL, she was not spayed yet, they took a $75 deposit, which we were to receive back after we fax in documentation that we did spay her.

In the course of a 3 month span, we tried calling them multiple times, one because of the bladder infection - no phone call back. Then after we spayed the dog, we faxed all information over (to the number they provided), called several times during the course of the week (again, no one returned our phone call) and the funds were never returned to us.

Pretty soon after having the puppy it turned out that she had some dominant tendencies and was a bit bite happy. We took her to classes, got a trainer, she always had 2 hrs of exercise a day. Long story short, she ended up nipping our son. The dog is a fine dog just not a family dog that should be around children. No blood was drawn and I can see that it was more of an accident as she also was not aggressive.

After the incident, we immediately called NSAL to report what happened and to get advice (return the dog.) As usual no one called. My husband went to the shelter with the dog the next day to try to speak to someone - everyone was on lunch break. In addition, the security guard showed my husband the finger (middle) when spoke to him regarding returning the dog.

In the end, we drove away, spoke to the AC&C who understood the problem, responded, and took the dog in. A VERY different experience.

Here is the deal with NSAL - they are making their money off puppies, they apparently pay farmers for the puppies they take (the owner of the dog training school compared them with a puppy mill) and they have NO interest whatsoever once they receive the money for the puppy. If you want to help a shelter dog, go to the AC&C or the Humane Society. Otherwise you may as well go to a good breeder....

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This place was the worst adoption center i have ever been to. i am a big animal lover and currently own a pet i adopted. here the process was excrutiating they stated how they needed to speak to my landlord and two refrences when given refrences and they all checked out they then decided that had to speak to my mom even though i am 25 years old! the 17 year old "manager" was rude and dismissive and was joking with others about how often he had said denied! today and how funny it was when they spoke to my mother i was still denied even though she approved of the adoption just because i am hispanic and my mother "didnt sound spanish enough" i think that comment was very racist and uncalled for not the place to go to if you are a dog lover or hispanic am guessing

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This place was the worst adoption center i have ever been to. i am a big animal lover and currently own a pet i adopted. here the process was excrutiating they stated how they needed to speak to my landlord and two refrences when given refrences and they all checked out they then decided that had to speak to my mom even though i am 25 years old! the 17 year old "manager" was rude and dismissive and was joking with others about how often he had said denied! today and how funny it was when they spoke to my mother i was still denied even though she approved of the adoption just because i am hispanic and my mother "didnt sound spanish enough" i think that comment was very racist and uncalled for not the place to go to if you are a dog lover or hispanic am guessing

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Terrible, I adopted a puppy from there and she not only had an anorexia but pnemonia too. She was hospitalized for 2 w eeks and then brought home nd proceeded not to eat. (I even cooked her rice tried all sort os vet reccoemded food)

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Terrible, I adopted a puppy from there and she not only had an anorexia but pnemonia too. She was hospitalized for 2 w eeks and then brought home nd proceeded not to eat. (I even cooked her rice tried all sort os vet reccoemded food)

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My entire family loves dogs. We adopted 2 dogs from North Shore 9 and 10 years ago and our experience was mixed. Our first dog was healthy, but our second dog nearly died within 2 weeks from DISTEMPER of all things. We hospitalized our sick pup and thankfully he was nursed back to health by our local Vet. Since years have gone by and our grown, married daughter was interested in a dog, we decided to give North Shore another try. It was a disaster.If you love animals, DO NOT go to North Shore to adopt. You will be extremely disappointed. You might be lucky enough to find love at first sight with the dog of your dreams, but you will leave in tears as we did. Why? Because the managers at North Shore reject an enormous percentage of dog lovers. While my daughter and son-in-law patiently waited their turn to be grilled by one of the rude, negative managers, we watched Allen, the worst of the bunch, reject 5 families in a row. By the time we arrived at Allen's station, it was clear that anything Allen deemed "problematic" would torpedo the adoption. But it was even worse than we thought. In fact, Allen appeared to be "profiling" each prospective dog owner and the Q&A was merely a formality. Allen abruptly ended his interview with my daughter and announced that she would not be permitted to adopt the puppy she had just spent 2 hours with. Why? Because Allen decided that she and her husband would not devote enough time to house breaking their new pet. Apparently, Allen is both a genius and prophet, so we became the sixth family to face rejection. As my daughter left North Shore sobbing, I vowed that we would let everyone know about this horrid environment. Whatever good this hell hole does for dogs and cats, it is eclipsed by the countless numbers of pets that will never experience the love and devotion of a family environment. Save your time and avoid breaking your heart - GO ELSEWHERE!!!

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My entire family loves dogs. We adopted 2 dogs from North Shore 9 and 10 years ago and our experience was mixed. Our first dog was healthy, but our second dog nearly died within 2 weeks from DISTEMPER of all things. We hospitalized our sick pup and thankfully he was nursed back to health by our local Vet. Since years have gone by and our grown, married daughter was interested in a dog, we decided to give North Shore another try. It was a disaster.If you love animals, DO NOT go to North Shore to adopt. You will be extremely disappointed. You might be lucky enough to find love at first sight with the dog of your dreams, but you will leave in tears as we did. Why? Because the managers at North Shore reject an enormous percentage of dog lovers. While my daughter and son-in-law patiently waited their turn to be grilled by one of the rude, negative managers, we watched Allen, the worst of the bunch, reject 5 families in a row. By the time we arrived at Allen's station, it was clear that anything Allen deemed "problematic" would torpedo the adoption. But it was even worse than we thought. In fact, Allen appeared to be "profiling" each prospective dog owner and the Q&A was merely a formality. Allen abruptly ended his interview with my daughter and announced that she would not be permitted to adopt the puppy she had just spent 2 hours with. Why? Because Allen decided that she and her husband would not devote enough time to house breaking their new pet. Apparently, Allen is both a genius and prophet, so we became the sixth family to face rejection. As my daughter left North Shore sobbing, I vowed that we would let everyone know about this horrid environment. Whatever good this hell hole does for dogs and cats, it is eclipsed by the countless numbers of pets that will never experience the love and devotion of a family environment. Save your time and avoid breaking your heart - GO ELSEWHERE!!!

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I think it's great that they investigate people that want to adopt. There enough crazies that leave dogs behind tie them up, there are so many horror stories so any "little" thing they do to take the extra step, take it to heart. It's a wonderful thing. Also, I got my dog many, years ago. She was the smartest, and best pet I've had in my life,learn to love them for themselves & not to try and make something out of them that isn't "in them". The fact that they are the largest no kill shelter it's a wonderful, terrific, big hearted gesture. They also rescue all animals. I really get very upset when people are so negative toward N.S. the letters I rec've the horror stories would make you cry, they do everything in their power to save, rehabilitate, help etc in every way they can.

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I think it's great that they investigate people that want to adopt. There enough crazies that leave dogs behind tie them up, there are so many horror stories so any "little" thing they do to take the extra step, take it to heart. It's a wonderful thing. Also, I got my dog many, years ago. She was the smartest, and best pet I've had in my life,learn to love them for themselves & not to try and make something out of them that isn't "in them". The fact that they are the largest no kill shelter it's a wonderful, terrific, big hearted gesture. They also rescue all animals. I really get very upset when people are so negative toward N.S. the letters I rec've the horror stories would make you cry, they do everything in their power to save, rehabilitate, help etc in every way they can.

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I decided to adopt a puppy in September of 2008, but was having a hard time. My previous dog, an Irish Wolfhound named Whiskey that we'd adopted from Kent Animal Shelter, had died the previous September, and it was proving hard finding a dog that filled his shoes. I visited Kent a few times, not really finding a dog that I was crazy about. Multiple people told me to go to North Shore Animal League, all surprised that even though I live on Long Island that I had never been there. I looked on their website, and was surprised by the amount of puppies they had available.

I went there on February 1st of this year. Well, the amount of puppies on their website was NOT the amount they had there. I only saw maybe a little more than a handful, as opposed to the many that they had listed as available on the website . However, I managed to fall in love with an eight week old black lab mix. When I inquired about him, the 17 year old high school kid that was helping me told me that he had an upper respiratory infection, to which I replied "Don't you mean Kennel Cough?". He didn't respond, just looked really uncomfortable. He seemed fine though, and I wanted to adopt him anyway.

Fortunately I was approved. It was not until after I was approved, however, and paid the $175 for him, that a vet tech was brought over to talk to me. She explained to me that he had Kennel Cough (I already knew), and then let slip two big factors: the shelter had classified him as "food aggressive", and that he had also already been returned once because the family decided that he was "too much to handle". This was AFTER I paid for him that I was told this! Of course, I was going to keep him anyway--he was eight weeks old, of course he was a lot to handle, and I have still have not seen signs of food aggression, thankfully--but the dishonesty of it, the fact that I never would have known either of those things if the vet tech hadn't accidentally slipped and told us. She even said "they never told you that?".

As for their website, they STILL have my dog on there, claiming that he is available for adoption. Look on their site right now, and go to the Puppy Page. Take a look at the little black sweetheart with the short fluffy ears named "Papa"--that's MY DOG!

All in all I would not recommend going to North Shore Animal League because they are dishonest and not at all forthcoming.

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I decided to adopt a puppy in September of 2008, but was having a hard time. My previous dog, an Irish Wolfhound named Whiskey that we'd adopted from Kent Animal Shelter, had died the previous September, and it was proving hard finding a dog that filled his shoes. I visited Kent a few times, not really finding a dog that I was crazy about. Multiple people told me to go to North Shore Animal League, all surprised that even though I live on Long Island that I had never been there. I looked on their website, and was surprised by the amount of puppies they had available.

I went there on February 1st of this year. Well, the amount of puppies on their website was NOT the amount they had there. I only saw maybe a little more than a handful, as opposed to the many that they had listed as available on the website . However, I managed to fall in love with an eight week old black lab mix. When I inquired about him, the 17 year old high school kid that was helping me told me that he had an upper respiratory infection, to which I replied "Don't you mean Kennel Cough?". He didn't respond, just looked really uncomfortable. He seemed fine though, and I wanted to adopt him anyway.

Fortunately I was approved. It was not until after I was approved, however, and paid the $175 for him, that a vet tech was brought over to talk to me. She explained to me that he had Kennel Cough (I already knew), and then let slip two big factors: the shelter had classified him as "food aggressive", and that he had also already been returned once because the family decided that he was "too much to handle". This was AFTER I paid for him that I was told this! Of course, I was going to keep him anyway--he was eight weeks old, of course he was a lot to handle, and I have still have not seen signs of food aggression, thankfully--but the dishonesty of it, the fact that I never would have known either of those things if the vet tech hadn't accidentally slipped and told us. She even said "they never told you that?".

As for their website, they STILL have my dog on there, claiming that he is available for adoption. Look on their site right now, and go to the Puppy Page. Take a look at the little black sweetheart with the short fluffy ears named "Papa"--that's MY DOG!

All in all I would not recommend going to North Shore Animal League because they are dishonest and not at all forthcoming.

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I am not against North Shore Animal League and all the good they do for animals, ( I have an adopted dog from a rescue center in my home town,) but I read a report about charities in England which have hundreds of thousands of pounds, even millions sitting in banks etc which they are not spending.
I keep getting competition envelopes from this charity saying I have already won a prize and just send back entry to have my prize sent to me. I sent a donation in every time they sent me a new envelope with contents much like the ones already received. NO PRIZE HAS SO FAR BEEN SENT and this competition seems to have been going on for 6 months now.

Is this just a scam like so many others to keep getting donations? I survive on $600 a month as a senior and would like to get the gift they told me I had won so many times. I am still sending the entry forms back but cannot afford and refuse to send any more money. I am sure this charity has $$millions as most of the others do.

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I am not against North Shore Animal League and all the good they do for animals, ( I have an adopted dog from a rescue center in my home town,) but I read a report about charities in England which have hundreds of thousands of pounds, even millions sitting in banks etc which they are not spending.
I keep getting competition envelopes from this charity saying I have already won a prize and just send back entry to have my prize sent to me. I sent a donation in every time they sent me a new envelope with contents much like the ones already received. NO PRIZE HAS SO FAR BEEN SENT and this competition seems to have been going on for 6 months now.

Is this just a scam like so many others to keep getting donations? I survive on $600 a month as a senior and would like to get the gift they told me I had won so many times. I am still sending the entry forms back but cannot afford and refuse to send any more money. I am sure this charity has $$millions as most of the others do.

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I had gotten a 8 week old black lab/cocker spaniel mix from there. The experience there was good everyone was friendly and helpful. But a day after we took him home he was always lazy and he had dirahhrea and he puked constantly.He even started to puke blood! We called up a vet that worked there and he said that our puppy was nervous because he was in a new surrounding. My mother didnt believe this at all and took him to our personal vet. Our vet did all the tests on our puppy and he said he had a serious case of parvo. He asked where we got him and when we said North Shore. He said that place has been known for parvo. in puppies. He also said only puppies get it because they have been shipped from other places. The older dogs there can fight off the parvo virus because their immunity has been built up. Our vet kept the dog in his care to watch him overnight and to treat him. My mom called up North Shore telling them he had a parvo and that she took the puppy up to our own vet and North Shore said dont worry about it and he is nervous. The vet also called up North Shore stating who he was and whos dog he was treating and they denied the whole thing telling him that he was wrong and that this dog was nervous. I couldnt believe it! Sadly after all this my puppy had passed on. So I don't recommend this place at all, bad news for anyone. Please go somewhere else like a mom and pop type of shelter at least you'll probably get a healty pet and you won't get your heart broken.

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I had gotten a 8 week old black lab/cocker spaniel mix from there. The experience there was good everyone was friendly and helpful. But a day after we took him home he was always lazy and he had dirahhrea and he puked constantly.He even started to puke blood! We called up a vet that worked there and he said that our puppy was nervous because he was in a new surrounding. My mother didnt believe this at all and took him to our personal vet. Our vet did all the tests on our puppy and he said he had a serious case of parvo. He asked where we got him and when we said North Shore. He said that place has been known for parvo. in puppies. He also said only puppies get it because they have been shipped from other places. The older dogs there can fight off the parvo virus because their immunity has been built up. Our vet kept the dog in his care to watch him overnight and to treat him. My mom called up North Shore telling them he had a parvo and that she took the puppy up to our own vet and North Shore said dont worry about it and he is nervous. The vet also called up North Shore stating who he was and whos dog he was treating and they denied the whole thing telling him that he was wrong and that this dog was nervous. I couldnt believe it! Sadly after all this my puppy had passed on. So I don't recommend this place at all, bad news for anyone. Please go somewhere else like a mom and pop type of shelter at least you'll probably get a healty pet and you won't get your heart broken.

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I think I once had a tooth pulled with less pain and annoyance than the process of adoption that this place puts you through. Once we found puppy we were asked to fill out an adoption application. We sat for an hour waiting for them to contact two references and our household for verification. After that, we were told that we'll not be able to take our puppy home until I bring my mom, an old lady that lives with us, to their location to attest that she is in fact ready and willing to accept and take care of the new family member. I had to tell them the deal is off because I'm not about to transport and old woman 20 miles to glance at a dog.

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I think I once had a tooth pulled with less pain and annoyance than the process of adoption that this place puts you through. Once we found puppy we were asked to fill out an adoption application. We sat for an hour waiting for them to contact two references and our household for verification. After that, we were told that we'll not be able to take our puppy home until I bring my mom, an old lady that lives with us, to their location to attest that she is in fact ready and willing to accept and take care of the new family member. I had to tell them the deal is off because I'm not about to transport and old woman 20 miles to glance at a dog.

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So this weekend I and my brother drove over to Port Washington, LI to adopt a new dog. I was interested in an older dog as I felt that that would suit my lifestyle/personality better. When we arrived I noticed a larger German Shepherd Dog and asked to take a look at him. I was told that he had hip dysplasia and a bad knee, both of which had already been operated on. Regardless of being told these problems, I wanted to take a look at him anyway. After spending a few minutes with him, I felt that he was an awesome dog and that despite his current problems I was interested in adopting him.I asked the girl who brought him out for me what I could realistically expect from him in terms of his medical condition and was basically told that he would need pain management medication every day and would need to keep an eye on his weight. Both of which I felt were doable for me (I've worked in vet clinics before and have pilled dogs, cats, ferrets, etc and have seen the consequences of overweight animals). However, when I asked if it would be possible for him to need additional surgeries and the prognosis on his hips as he aged, I was given the run around. I was told "You can't guarantee whether a dog will need surgery or not" (Okay fair enough, but how are his hips? Is it realistically something I would have to consider?) and the even more dismissive "All German Shepherd Dogs get arthritis when they get old".I also concerned about whether or not he would be dog aggressive and asked specifically if this was an issue and was give three different, unhelpful answers. The most comical to me was "Every dog reacts differently to different dogs..." Yes, but does this one react aggressively to every if not most dogs? I finally asked if I could speak to a vet tech. I was told that after I went through the adoption, then I could speak to a technician, b/c they were "very busy". Honestly, I realize that I was asking many questions, but I was serious about adopting this dog and since it was a dog with special needs I don't think it was too much to get as much information from the shelter as possible! Isn't it their job to make sure that all their animals get good homes? I was just trying to get a clear picture of what I was getting myself into. Finally the girl who was helping me turned around and said "Okay, I need to know if you're going to adopt him or not, now." I'm sorry but that is probably the single most irresponsible thing someone can say to a potential adopter in a shelter. Horrible!

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So this weekend I and my brother drove over to Port Washington, LI to adopt a new dog. I was interested in an older dog as I felt that that would suit my lifestyle/personality better. When we arrived I noticed a larger German Shepherd Dog and asked to take a look at him. I was told that he had hip dysplasia and a bad knee, both of which had already been operated on. Regardless of being told these problems, I wanted to take a look at him anyway. After spending a few minutes with him, I felt that he was an awesome dog and that despite his current problems I was interested in adopting him.I asked the girl who brought him out for me what I could realistically expect from him in terms of his medical condition and was basically told that he would need pain management medication every day and would need to keep an eye on his weight. Both of which I felt were doable for me (I've worked in vet clinics before and have pilled dogs, cats, ferrets, etc and have seen the consequences of overweight animals). However, when I asked if it would be possible for him to need additional surgeries and the prognosis on his hips as he aged, I was given the run around. I was told "You can't guarantee whether a dog will need surgery or not" (Okay fair enough, but how are his hips? Is it realistically something I would have to consider?) and the even more dismissive "All German Shepherd Dogs get arthritis when they get old".I also concerned about whether or not he would be dog aggressive and asked specifically if this was an issue and was give three different, unhelpful answers. The most comical to me was "Every dog reacts differently to different dogs..." Yes, but does this one react aggressively to every if not most dogs? I finally asked if I could speak to a vet tech. I was told that after I went through the adoption, then I could speak to a technician, b/c they were "very busy". Honestly, I realize that I was asking many questions, but I was serious about adopting this dog and since it was a dog with special needs I don't think it was too much to get as much information from the shelter as possible! Isn't it their job to make sure that all their animals get good homes? I was just trying to get a clear picture of what I was getting myself into. Finally the girl who was helping me turned around and said "Okay, I need to know if you're going to adopt him or not, now." I'm sorry but that is probably the single most irresponsible thing someone can say to a potential adopter in a shelter. Horrible!

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I visited NSALA just for a visit. I was shocked how I was forced to pick a puppy and take one home. I was just looking. I had no intensions on taking anything.

I know that they have so many animals shipped to them from many different places. I think their process to screen in really hard. My cousin was turned down for a kitten because she lived in an apt building. She had a letter from her landlord saying it was ok and she was still turned down.

If you are going to NSALA you should make a phone call first and ask all questions before you be pisst before going. The prices that they are now charging is outrageous and people who are low-income can forget it they will not be able to afford with such high rates.

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I visited NSALA just for a visit. I was shocked how I was forced to pick a puppy and take one home. I was just looking. I had no intensions on taking anything.

I know that they have so many animals shipped to them from many different places. I think their process to screen in really hard. My cousin was turned down for a kitten because she lived in an apt building. She had a letter from her landlord saying it was ok and she was still turned down.

If you are going to NSALA you should make a phone call first and ask all questions before you be pisst before going. The prices that they are now charging is outrageous and people who are low-income can forget it they will not be able to afford with such high rates.

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Used to think these people did a great job, cannot say that any longer, do not agree with importing animals from other countries , we have enough to deal with at home first, and when we are finished cleaning up our mess at home maybe then we take a look at the rest of the world

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Used to think these people did a great job, cannot say that any longer, do not agree with importing animals from other countries , we have enough to deal with at home first, and when we are finished cleaning up our mess at home maybe then we take a look at the rest of the world

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North Shore Animal League America has up for adoption puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, in pure breeds or mixed breeds. There are hundreds too choose from. They are opened seven days per week and have convenient hours of operation. So if you are thinking about getting a new addition to your household, stop by and have a look and give an animal a new house.

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North Shore Animal League America has up for adoption puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, in pure breeds or mixed breeds. There are hundreds too choose from. They are opened seven days per week and have convenient hours of operation. So if you are thinking about getting a new addition to your household, stop by and have a look and give an animal a new house.

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I liked adopting our dog from North Shore Animal League. They make the whole process quite comfortable. We viewed the dogs our in the public area. Once we saw one we thought we wanted, they let us take her in a private area and see how she would react with our family.

A mistake we made the first time was bringing the whole family. They want to call the house and if everyone is at the shelter there's no one to answer. They also verified that my spouse would consent to the animal the time I took my kids by myself and called him at work.

The animals have a sweet disposition and were flagged correctly. The animals whice were better as the sole pet in a home were easy to figure out and bypass in our case. All of the animals seemed well cared for and the cages were clean.

PROS: makes choosing a new pet very easy
CONS: have to call the house???

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I liked adopting our dog from North Shore Animal League. They make the whole process quite comfortable. We viewed the dogs our in the public area. Once we saw one we thought we wanted, they let us take her in a private area and see how she would react with our family.

A mistake we made the first time was bringing the whole family. They want to call the house and if everyone is at the shelter there's no one to answer. They also verified that my spouse would consent to the animal the time I took my kids by myself and called him at work.

The animals have a sweet disposition and were flagged correctly. The animals whice were better as the sole pet in a home were easy to figure out and bypass in our case. All of the animals seemed well cared for and the cages were clean.

PROS: makes choosing a new pet very easy
CONS: have to call the house???

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We adopted a very sickly mixed terrier 1 1/2 years ago
and he needed 3 surgeries in which North Shore paid for
and give us the medical for a very serious infection he had,
not only did they take great care of him, the surgeries went
so well he is now running and playing like a normal dog.
He was only 17 pounds and now he is 91 lbs and the best
dog we have ever had. I would recommend getting an animal
from this facility because they not only take good care of the
animals, it is a clean and well organized facility. We go every
few months to get a free check up just to make sure he is
doing well. We also go and get his shots there. If you have
any questions, someone is always there 24/7 to answer them, if not they do get right back to you. This is this best!

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We adopted a very sickly mixed terrier 1 1/2 years ago
and he needed 3 surgeries in which North Shore paid for
and give us the medical for a very serious infection he had,
not only did they take great care of him, the surgeries went
so well he is now running and playing like a normal dog.
He was only 17 pounds and now he is 91 lbs and the best
dog we have ever had. I would recommend getting an animal
from this facility because they not only take good care of the
animals, it is a clean and well organized facility. We go every
few months to get a free check up just to make sure he is
doing well. We also go and get his shots there. If you have
any questions, someone is always there 24/7 to answer them, if not they do get right back to you. This is this best!

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This is where we adopted our two cats. The place just gets better and better every year. They treat the sick and injured animals and then put them up for adoption. They also do many local events to get the word out about adoptions, spay and neuter,etc. They are actually down in Mississippi right now helping with hurricane reilef for the animals.

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This is where we adopted our two cats. The place just gets better and better every year. They treat the sick and injured animals and then put them up for adoption. They also do many local events to get the word out about adoptions, spay and neuter,etc. They are actually down in Mississippi right now helping with hurricane reilef for the animals.

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