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.