Tour for life 2009 visits CNY

Traveling from west to east on one route and south to north on the other, the North Shore Animal League America successfully completed its two tours for 2009 last weekend.

The non-profit rescue organization, based out of Port Washington on Long Island, N.Y. made one last stop in Mattydale last Saturday.

The sun was shining and the rig was running. The rescue parked its Winnebago-style vehicle in the Northern Lights Plaza outside of the Petco storefront. The rescue on wheels operates fully functional with storage space for supplies and enough room to travel cross country with cats and dogs.

The tours are designed to promote adoption awareness and help rescues everywhere get in on the events, said six-year associate for the league Jen Lewis. The mobile rescue unit is capable of housing up to 50 cats, or up to seven large dogs as kennel walls can be taken down to house a larger animal.

While the tour has ended and the league is heading back to Long Island, the adoption advocacy is far from finished. The league is the largest non-profit no-kill animal shelter in the world, Lewis said. At any given point of a week, the rescue could have up to 400 animals. Finding homes for all the animals is anything but simple.

"Next weekend is a global adoptathon," Lewis said of the May 2 and May 3 event.

The league has seen much success in getting support worldwide for adoption awareness. The league will host a tri state adoptathon that will involve sending some of the mobile units to places that might not have much transportation.

All the efforts are put toward the animals' best opportunity to find a home.

In CNY, Wayward Paws in Dewitt will be hosting an adoption event this weekend in conjunction with the worldwide effort. Also, Tompkins County SPCA in Ithaca will host adoptions during the global event.

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