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




  • M Hempel Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Animal Ark - No Kill Shelter

    Hi Gwen,
    Near Minneapolis, Minnesota (in Hastings, Minnesota) is Minnesota's largest No Kill shelter, Animal Ark. It would be a GREAT place for you to visit. I'm sure they would love to meet you and they have a thrift store in Saint Paul, Minnesota which is a little closer than Hastings. I'm certain they'd be glad to meet you anywhere in the Twin Cities area.

  • Marianne Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Town Cats, Morgan Hill, CA

    This is the group we've been volunteering with for the last 7-8 years. They are located about 2 hours South of San Francisco and have a great no-kill shelter. Rosi Mirko is the contact. She lost her husband last year to cancer and is battling a rare cancer herself, so the volunteers are stepping up to do what we can.

    You can read more about her here:
    Best wishes on your tour and congratulations!

  • Lisa Christ Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Concord, NC

    Princeton's Meow is great! There are five different rooms for the cats. They are free roaming.

  • Becky Black Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Seattle Area
    They are fabulous! In Kirkland, WA which is just across Lake Washington from Seattle so it would be an easy stop.

  • Jen Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Jacksonville Florida Humane Society

  • Marie Council Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Love Saves the Day Tour

    Humane Society of York County, Fort Mill SC

    Just south of Charlotte NC

  • Patti Jenkins Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary?

    Gwen, will you be able to visit Blind Cat Rescue anytime in the near future? As you know, it's a wonderful facility and the residents would love to see you!

  • Lori Tuesday, 22 January 2013


    I hope you come to Florida! Cats Angels in Fernandina Beach is just one of many in the state. Hope to see you someplace!!

  • Tessi Brumley Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Almost Home Adoptions

    Hi Gwen!
    Here is a great no-kill cat shelter in Denver: Almost Home Adoptions. It is run by the founder and her daughter who work day and night for the cats. It would be great if you could visit!

  • Judy Pink Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Hi Gwen -

    I'd love to meet you at Best Friends Animal Shelter in Mission Hills, CA. It's about 25 miles north of downtown L.A. Affiliated with Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

  • Janitha Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Houston, TX

    Hi Gwen,
    I volunteer at this wonderful no-kill shelter in Houston and it has grown to be Houston's largest no-kill shelter this past year. It is called Friends For Life, and I will post a link to their website below. Hope to see you there in the spring/summer.

  • Val Heines Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Lifehouse for Animals no kill shelter in Frankfort, KY

    We would love to have you visit our shelter. We will be celebrating 10 years this May.
    Pres. Betty Martin

  • Vanessa Ames Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Come to Concord, NC

    Visit Princeton's Meow, the only facility of its type in the state. A 100% cage-free no kill cat shelter that provides a temporary home for about 80 cats on any given day until they find their forever homes. Named in honor of our mascot, who we lost in 2011, he was thought to be one of those "unadoptable pee cats" who was happy to live his 13 years with us.
    Or visit Princeton's Meow on Facebook at!/PrincetonsMeow

  • Colleen Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Kansas City

    Hi Gwen! Help Humane in Belton, MO is a great organization. They are located south of Kansas City metro. They just moved into a new building too. Their web address is

  • Libby Brown Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Princeton's Meow in Concord North Carolina

    Cage free shelter with adoptions almost every day. It's such a clean and cat-friendly place and has the BEST volunteers. I can sing enough praises for Princeton'w Meow in Concord NC

  • Dave Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Not in SF, but in the Bay Area

    I volunteer for an amazing shelter, the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.

    They are a far, far cry from the run-of-the-mill "all caged up" shelter. Most of our available animals have their own small rooms, frequently shared with another animal but often enough just on their own. And the Sunshine Room is like a large living room with multiple cats in it. Last week we had about eight; I've seen as many as 15 in there at once.

    It's a no-kill shelter; we have had some guests for over a year before they have found their Forever Homes.

    The down-side: It's in Milpitas, CA. That's about 45 miles from downtown SF, and can be a couple of hours drive away because of our traffic.

  • Jodie Koenig Tuesday, 22 January 2013


    Hi there! I'm very new to you and your fur-kids but I absolutely loved, loved, LOVED Homer's Odyssey. Homer reminds me of my dearly departed seeing cat named Shadow, whom I lost a few years ago. He looks just like her, and he definitely has her energy! Meanwhile, to the task at hand, there is a list of no-kill shelters at the following website - please just take a look, there are a LOT! ( I have helped to organize some benefits for Animal Ark; it's a wonderful shelter!! However, there is one shelter organization not on the no-kill list, called the Animal Humane Society ( I volunteer for this organization and can attest to the fact that although it is not a no-kill shelter, they do their VERY best to reduce euthanasia whenever possible. It's probably the largest organization in Minnesota, and honestly, sometimes there are worse things in life than death. For example, if the no-kill shelter is full, where does the animal go then? I can guarantee the AHS does not turn away any critter, even wildlife. Please consider stopping there on your tour. And thank you again for introducing the world to Homer. He has already found a place in my heart, and I've never even met him!

  • Jenn Gabriel-MacDonald Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Operation Kindness - Dallas - NO KILL Shelter

    Hi Gwen,
    Please visit Operation Kindness when you come to Dallas. It is the oldest and largest No Kill Shelter in North Texas. We would love to meet you. I adopted one of my rescues from them while volunteering in the cat room. Its ten years later; I'm still volunteering and "Momma Cow" now helps welcome foster babies to our home.

  • Janiss Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Los Angeles Shelters

    Two in L.A. I know of and have been to:

    Kitty Bungalow:
    Kitten Rescue: - although I know that right now Kitten Rescue is working on upgrading their facilities.

  • Meg Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    There are two shelters in Columbus, Ohio. and

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