Help Me Find Shelters for the LOVE SAVES THE DAY TOUR!

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Hi, guys!  It's been an INSANE roller-coaster of a week here in the Cooper-Lerman household getting my new book, LOVE SAVES THE DAY, launched.  To say I'm tired is an extreme understatement.  ;-)  But now I'm turning my attention to this spring/summer's LOVE SAVES THE DAY tour, and I need your help.


Basically, I'm interested in learning about no-kill shelters in the following cities.  Please note: These are not the only cities I will visit on my tour, and these cities will not be definite stops.  There are many shelters in small-towns and out-of-the-way corners of the country that I'm already looking at, and also several major cities where I'm already in touch with at least one great shelter (and in some cases, many more).  In a nutshell, I'd like to travel as far and wide as I can, so that I get the chance to meet the maximum number of the readers and rescuers I've spent the last three amazing years getting to know online.  :-)

So if you do know of an outstanding no-kill shelter in any of these cities, hit me with their name (and, if available, a link to their website) in the comments section:



San Francisco



Kansas City



Portland, OR

Southern California


Thanks, guys!  I look forward to meeting you on the road! :-D




  • Tom & Claudette Ferguson Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Phoenix No-Kill Shelter

    Arizona Animal Welfare League

    This is an amazing group in Phoenix, AZ. We adopted both our cats from them.

  • Anna Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Dallas Pets Alive

    For Dallas, at least Pets Alive, and Operation Kindness.
    But please come visit Austin too - Pets Alive is really huge here as well, and it's made a huge impact in getting Austin to be (safely towards) a no kill city. You have a lot of fans here, Homer.
    There is also Shadow Cats, a kitty sanctuary in Round Rock (basically in Austin).

  • Cheryl Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    If you come east I suggest A Better Tomorrow Shelter for Cats...would love to have you visit!! :-)

  • Gwen Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Thanks, Cheryl! What city are they in?

  • Nevada SPCA No-Kill Animal Shelter

    I know they are in Las Vegas and not on the list of the cities above, but from Southern Cal to Phoenix you drive right by! Please look at their wonderful Facebook page as well!!

  • Karen Wallace Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Really missing out....

    Huntsville, AL has an awesome no-kill shelter! Visit the The Ark.

  • Barbara Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Unfortunately I don't know of any in those cities/states. However, I have been watching a site in Defiance, OH. The woman that runs this rescue is Jacci Moss. She is another hero in my book. You should stop in to her LIVE 24/7 site and see for yourself what it's all about (if you haven't already). It's:

    Thank you for all you do! Homers Odyssey made me laugh and made me cry. Looking forward to reading Love Saves The Day.

  • Torey Levine Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Kansas City

    Kansas City has a number of no kill shelters; Wayside Waifs, Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, HELP Humane Society, Heartland SPCA are a few. What is interesting is that Kansas City, Missouri's shelter is on track to becoming a no kill shelter as well. This would make the Kansas City metro area one of a handful of cities considered to be a no kill community. Please come to Kansas City and help us make our metro community a no kill shelter. Thank you.

  • Amanda Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Portland, OR

    For cats only, the best is Cat Adoption Team (C.A.T.). out in Sherwood (it's close-ish). I volunteer with The Pixie Project. We're small, but have both dogs and cats. Also, our Oregon Humane Society. They're the biggest, but (for someone on public transit here), they're difficult to get to. Pixie is the most centrally located.

  • Nancy O. Sunday, 27 January 2013


    Like another follower wrote, Cat Adoption Team in the Portland area is wonderful. A no-kill shelter that reaches into many communities to help cats and find them permanent homes.

    Hope to meet you there!!

  • Sherry Douceur Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    3 great shelters in the Seattle area

    In my area, I would recommend MEOW Cat Rescue, Purrfect Pals, which are both cat rescue shelters. Purrfect Pals is also a sanctuary for cats who are not easily adoptable. Homeward Pet is a great shelter that serves cats and dogs. I have supported all 3 of these places for many years.

  • Debbie DeLong Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Great no-kill shelter north of Denver

    The Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay Neuter Clinic is about an hour north of Denver in Fort Collins, CO. They are a small, but growing organization and have helped save lots and lots of kitties. Their website is: Sarah Swanty is the person you should talk to. She's dedicated her life to this great cause!

  • Josie Leahy-Brooks Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Outside of Seattle

    I highly recommend two shelters that are about one hour North of Seattle. We have adopted our cats (one from each shelter). Purrfect Pals in Arlington WA and NOAH (cats/dogs) in Stanwood, WA - and

  • Karen Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Minneapolis Area

    They're a little south of Minneapolis proper, but Animal Ark is a great shelter! The cats all have big sun rooms, with kitty condos, and radios that play classical music. The shelter does a lot for the city, including sponsoring a feral cat neuter program.

  • Patti King Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    I see you are coming to Portland, OR I will try to make it there!

    Below is the link to an amazing group of wonderful people, they are in Oregon, just not in Portland.

  • Cats of Wildcat Woods Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Asheville NC

    If you come here you must visit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue - - they are outstanding and will go to great lengths to help homeless animals.

  • Cats of Wildcat Woods Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Sorry - Brother Wolf in in Asheville NC!

  • Lisa Sommers Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    S. Carolina

    Hi Gwen;
    If you are planning to come to SC at all, there's an AWESOME no-kill shelter called the SPCA Albrecht Center It's a brand-new (just opened in Sept. 2012) state of the art shelter that also has a great multi-purpose meeting place that can hold a lot of people for an appearance. I'm a volunteer there~ and I can tell you the cat facility is OUTSTANDING. We are conveniently located less than an hour away from Atlanta, Charleston and Savannah. We'd LOVE for you to come here!!!!!

  • Karen Bates Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Dallas area No Kill

    Operation Kindness for sure!
    In north Dallas and you would pick up so many of the surrounding areas! Let me know if you need a place to stay :) At least I don't have to ask if you're allergic to cats like I have to everyone else!

  • Bonny Hosking Fengel Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Eva's Eden, Blaine Washington

    Hi Gwen, Our favorite no-kill shelter is Eva's Eden in Blaine, Washington. It is a cage free shelter open on weekends, and the cats are fostered in homes during the week. We adopted two very loving tabbies from there a little over a year ago. is their website. Blaine is about two hours north (straight up I-5) of Seattle, right at the Canadian border.

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