Monday, August 1, 2011

North Shore Animal League America Launches World Mutt-i-grees® Rescue Day Today

North Shore Animal League America Launches World Mutt-i-grees® Rescue Day With PSA Featuring Spokesperson and Adopter Beth Stern(Tweet this) on Monday, August 1st

Social Networkers and Animal Lovers are Encouraged to Raise Awareness of the Plight of Homeless Animals Beginning MONDAY, AUGUST 1st – Helping to End the Senseless Destruction of Shelter Pets

North Shore Animal League America – the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization – will debut its Public Service Announcement featuring animal advocate and adopter Beth Stern, on Monday, August 1, 2011 for “World Mutt-i-grees® Rescue Day”.

A live webcast of the Animal League press conference at 12:00 NOON EST will be available at: World Mutt-i-grees Rescue Day. This includes a special celebrity guest appearance by actress, adopter and Mutt-i-grees spokesperson Kathryn Erbe.

An estimated 8-10 million animals enter shelters each year – most are healthy, affectionate and beautiful. Tragically, more than half of those animals are euthanized, as they are victims of overpopulated shelters. World Mutt-i-grees® Rescue Day recognizes that shelters nationwide have many wonderful animals and we can save lives by adopting(Tweet this) – not shopping. “Individuals who purchase puppies online or from pet stores need to be educated on the facts that most of these providers are supplied by the cruel puppy mill trade,” said Beth Stern.

Broadcasters and Social Networkers are encouraged to air and/or post the PSA*(Tweet this) beginning Monday, August 1st – World Mutt-i-grees® Rescue Day. In both the 30 and 60 second PSA’s, Stern asks animal lovers to help save lives by adopting a pet from a shelter and to join the Mutt-i-grees® Movement – a movement that rallies millions of animal lovers to help end animal cruelty.(Tweet this) Mutt-i-grees® represent shelter pets and their unique qualities, whether they are purebreds or mixed-breeds; puppies, kittens, dogs or cats; large or small; energetic or laid back. While their individuality makes each one of these Mutt-i-grees® special, they all share a common need, and that is to find a permanent loving home.(Tweet this)

Beth, who adopted cats Walter and Apple from the Animal League with husband Howard Stern, urges broadcasters, social networkers and animal lovers to participate in this life-saving effort by airing or posting the PSA on World Mutt-i-grees® Rescue Day. “Spreading the word and raising awareness can help change the way cat and dog-loving Americans perceive shelter pets – ultimately saving the precious lives of countless animals. I encourage all animal lovers looking to add to the family to visit a shelter today.”

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“Pet lovers are incredibly proud of their Mutt-i-grees®, and now they can join together communicating, sharing ideas and celebrating(Tweet this) their choices,” said John Stevenson, President of NSALA. He added, “While NSALA practices a no-kill philosophy, many other shelters are forced to euthanize due to lack of space and resources, resulting in approximately 4 million shelter pets unnecessarily dying each year, which makes shelter adoption the responsible choice.”

Adopters of shelter pets are also asked to join World Mutt-i-grees® Rescue Day by signing up with the National Mutt-i-grees® Registry.(Tweet this) All registrants will receive an Official National Mutt-i-grees® Registry Certificate.

The Mutt-i-grees® Initiative was created in 2009 by The Pet Savers Foundation, the development arm of NSALA, to give a voice to the over 50 million mixed-breed dogs in the United States. Now, recognizing all shelter pets, the Initiative has grown into the Mutt-i-grees® Movement. This includes an educational component that has been rolled out in over 900 schools nationwide called the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum– created in partnership with Yale University’s School of the 21 Century, and graciously funded by the Millan Foundation, as well as Mutt-i-grees® ACTIVities.

For more information on cat or dog adoption, or to find a local shelter, visit this) For more information on the Mutt-i-grees® Movement, visit this)

The Animal League has saved almost 1,000,000 lives. As the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, we understand that a rescue isn’t complete until each animal is placed into a loving home. Our innovative programs provide education to reduce animal cruelty, and advance standards in animal welfare. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly in the pursuit of our vision of a world where all companion animals find permanent homes to end euthanasia. For more information, visit

The Mutt-i-grees® Movement generates awareness of the plight of shelter animals, elevates their status and reduces animal cruelty through education and innovative programs. An estimated 8,000,000-10,000,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens enter U.S. shelters annually, and tragically, over 4,000,000 of these wonderful animals are destroyed to control pet overpopulation. Millions of lives could be saved when potential pet parents make the simple choice to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group, instead of purchasing a pet from a pet store. You can find any type of healthy, vibrant and wonderful dog, cat, puppy or kitten at a shelter near you. Become part of the Mutt-i-grees® Movement by adopting a pet today. When you adopt a pet – you save a life and help reduce animal cruelty. Learn more at

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