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




  • Laura Horseman Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Kansas City - Yea!!!

    Hi Gwen, I am so excited you are coming to Kansas City! We often don't make the cut. Check out Great Plains SPCA (formerly Heartland SPCA) at
    Can't wait to meet you! Safe travels!!!

  • Diane Stewart Wednesday, 23 January 2013


    Celebrating 25 years this year! MaxFund is a NO KILL dog and cat shelter. Through generous donations, MaxFund opened a brand new cat facility last year, and this year they are building a new dog facility. Separating the dogs and cats has given a new quality of life to them while they wait for the forever home!

  • Nancy March Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    In McMinnville near the Spruce Goose

    Homeward Bound Pets no kill shelter in McMinnville,Oregon

  • Colleen Carnevale Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Friends of Cats in El Cajon, CA (near San Diego). Established more than 80 years ago.
    Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA (near Fresno), more than 800 cats on the property.

  • Kristen at Kristen's Comforts Thursday, 24 January 2013

    No Kill Shelters

    Hey Gwen thereis an awesome no-kill shlter in Bristol RI - Bristol Animal Shelter - here's the link:
    Please plase please PLEASE come to Rhode Island - or at least Boston!!!!!
    Just finished the book - had to read it twice! I was so anxious to see what happened next the first time around that I missed half of it!
    Love you guys!

  • Dorothy Miller Thursday, 24 January 2013


    Please consider coming to Wayside Waifs in Kansas City. It is an amazing shelter that does so much for animals in the Kansas City area. I'm a volunteer there and I absolutely love every minute I spend at this shelter.

  • Shari Eisenberg Friday, 01 February 2013

    Furever Friends Rescue

    In Phoenix AZ, please contact Furever Friends Rescue. Our mission is to help those individuals who have gone into assisted living, hospice care, have become too sick to take care of their animals or have passed away. We take in those animals and put them up for adoption, finding them new FUREVER homes!

  • Sheree Raudenbusg Sunday, 03 February 2013

    No kill shelter

    There is a no kill shelter in Ocean City, New Jersey. The Humane Society of Ocean City. (609) 399-2018

  • dmd408 Friday, 08 February 2013

    Princeton'sMeow Concord, NC

    Charming house renovated to home for sweet adoptable cats. I lived in a few places across the country and have never seen a more loving caring professional clean safe fun temporary home for cats to await their forever home. If you love cats, you will find this place amazing. It is an absolute joy to go there.

  • Lanae Tuesday, 19 February 2013

    Animal Ark In Hastings, MN

    As another person recommended, Animal Ark is a WONDERFUL shelter! We have done their "Walk for Animals" before and they truly work hard to both save animals and give them a good "home" while waiting for their fur-ever home.

  • Jim Kurack Thursday, 21 February 2013

    NJ Ocean County No Kill Shelter

    Hi Gwen... my favorite no kill shelter is Calling All Cats in Bayville, NJ. They are a group of 4 girls who run a shelter (Site on Facebook) and they rescue cats from shelters that will put cats & kittens to sleep. The other shelters call them to see if they want to take these cats. They are small, but get a lot of adoptions. I donate food ect. as often as I can to them. I constantly share pics of the cats/kittens that they have for adoption.

  • Jim Kurack Wednesday, 27 February 2013

    NJ Ocean County Shelter

    HI Gwen,,, I would highly recimmend Calling All Cats Rescues in Bayville (Ocean County) NJ. I se that you've taken Ocean County off your list of places to visit. Sara & Bridgett & 2 other girls run this shelter on their own. They adop & foster cats & kittens out. I do not know of them refusing a cat. In fact Area shelters call them to see if they want cats that are to be put down due to no room. Of course, they go over & pick them up. I try to help as much as possible. Sara & Bridgett both work at the East Coast Spay & Neuter Clinic. They constantly have fundraisers & adoption events, but it seems that they receive more cats than are adopted, even though they adopt out 5-6 a week. It would be really great if you could visit.

  • Janet Taylor Saturday, 12 October 2013

    No Kill Shelter

    Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation in Dillsburg, PA. They are a No-Kill shelter that specializes in Abused, Abandoned, Neglected, Stray, Injured & sick dogs & cats. Mostly cats. They have about 200 cats & 10 dogs. They take in the worst of the worst & get them whatever medical attention they need no matter the cost. The animals are then rehabilitated and become available for adoption. Most animal shelters would simply put these animals down rather than spend the money for medical & the time it takes for rehabilitation. Some of these animals never find a home & this becomes their permanent home. The cats are in rooms free roaming. It is more of a home like atmosphere. They have rooms for cats that have FeLV & FIV. These cats ARE available for adoption to homes with no other cats or homes that already have FeLV or FIV kitties. I volunteered there for about 16 years. They survive solely on donations & fundraising. The majority of people who work there are volunteers. They do have about 3 paid employees ,simply because of the remote location it is sometimes hard to get volunteers to go out there.

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