On Sunday, November 1, some athletes running in the ING New York City Marathon will be raising money to benefit the North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world.
At least 50 runners have made pledges to the fundraiser, which hopes to net $300,000 for the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of NSALA. To boost efforts, the organization is now selling t-shirts to anyone wishing to donate.
Parties who donate $100 or more will receive a t-shirt that depicts drawings of dogs and cats victoriously crossing a finish line, stenciled with the phrase, "Go Team Animal League." The shirts, designed by Spiritual Whimsy, are intended as a badge of support for responsible pet care, especially for homeless animals that heavily rely on community support.
Each year, NSALA finds permanent homes for about 20,000 dogs and cats. Entering its 65th year, the organization boasts nearly 1 million success stories. In this regard, representatives believe it has fulfilled its mission to "rescue, nurture and adopt homeless animals."
The U.S. Humane Society estimates that 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, and about half are eventually euthanized.