Driving Up Dog Adoptions, "Tour For Life" Hits the Road Today
This morning, in partnership with Purina One, North Shore Animal League America sent off two"shelters on wheels" for its annual"Tour For Life" national life-saving event.
To kick off the world's largest cooperative mobile pet adoption event, the country's largest no-kill animal shelter couldn't have picked a better, more appropriate day than today, "Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet Day." Like today's blog hop, the Tour For Life will help drive up dog adoptions (and cat adoptions too).
Except the Tour For Life is literally driving, criss-crossingAmerica in two Mobile Adoption Units (MAUs). TheAnimal Leagueoperates a fleet of six MAUs: flashy, 40-foot-long, fully-loaded, RV-style coachescustomized so adoptable K9s (and felines) can travel in first-class comfort to their dream destination: a forever home. The vehicleswill travel simultaneously across the country for the next five weeks, one driving west-to-east and the other south-to-north.
Along their routes, the MAUs will partner with more than 100 shelters and rescue groups in 38 cities in 19 states. These "shelters on wheels" will cover over 13,000 miles and help save the lives of thousands of adoptable all-American animals around the country through humane education and mobile adoption events.
Among those present for the send-off at the Animal League's Port Washington campus were Beth Stern, left, Animal League spokesperson, and Broadway actress Orfeh. Tour For Life's official spokesperson, Wynonna Judd, couldn't make it to New York this morning.
But, since an undertaking like this could always use a boost from a higher power, the Animal League had this aspect very well covered. On hand to bless the MAUs and the rescue teamswere Rabbi Mishkin of Temple Beth Israel and Father Peterson of Our Lady of Fatima. With so much divine energy, the MAUs are bound to do a lot of good out there on the road!
This column will be sure toupdate you on the happy adoption tails that result from this year's Tour For Life. In the meantime, Happy Adopt the Internet Day!