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




  • Christine Penyak Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    The Center for Animal Health and Welfare - PA

    Hi Gwen,
    If you're looking for a place "close to home," The Center would LOVE to host you. They are a private non-profit, no-kill shelter located in Easton, PA that is home to nearly 500 animals (100 dogs and 400 cats) on any given day. This year is their 100th year and are looking for BIG ways to celebrate! You can visit their website at or find them on Facebook.

  • sue Rice Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Princeton's Meow, NC The house for Cats... is part of the Cabarrus Humane society where cats can live out their lives until they find their forever home. They have free roam of the house and visitors can come in and social with the cats in a fun, safe environment.

  • Chris D. Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Milo's Sanctuary, Inc

    Hi Gwen,
    Milo's Sanctuary: A smaller cat rescue & sanctuary for special needs kitties in Burbank, CA. They adopt & also have a lifetime care program. I've worked with one of their active officers, Michele & crocheted leggings for a special needs kitten named Sophie. They truly go above & beyond for their babies & any kitty who finds their way to Milo's is a lucky kitty indeed. Thank you for considering them!!! Can't wait to see you wherever that may be!

  • Michelle Stephens Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Wescott Acres Rescue - Columbia, SC

    This is a great place! I first heard about Wescott Acres when I first moved to SC and needed to board my German Shepherd dog (who I had adopted in MN). I had to put Girl down at the end of 2008. About 6 months later, I was ready to get a new furry family member and decided a cat would be the best fit. My son and I visited Wescott Acres a few times. Eventually we were each "chosen" by separate kitties who just happened to be litter mates. Needless to say, I couldn't walk out with just one kitty! The staff is fantastic and work hard to find furever homes for all the animals. It would be pawsome if you could visit!!

  • Cindy Babcock Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Princeton's Meow

    Fabulous cat haven in Concord, NC (outside of Charlotte). They let their kitties enjoy cage free environment. We adopted our lovely Isis from them and it was an great experience dealing with these kind hearted people.

  • Robin Wiggers Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Best Friends in Kanab Utah

    They are the largest no-kill shelter in the country. The place is absolutely gorgeous! Angel's Rest, with its windchimes and memorials, is beyond description. My husband and I travel out there to live and volunteer (their cottages are great) and we feel like we are in Heaven.

  • Suzanne Schaffer Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Second Chance Animal shelter in Shaftsbury, VT. Then take a trip to Manchester, VT and pop into Northshire Book store.

  • S. Kingston Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Cincinnati, OH

    Ohio Alleycat Resource
    They are building a new shelter, so if you come after August 2013, a nice, new space for you to read :-)

  • Shellie Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Kansas City Shelters

    Hi Gwen,

    We would love to see you in Kansas City. Here are some shelters and links below.

    Great Plains SPCA (same as Heartland SPCA)
    Wayside Waifs
    Human Society of Greater KC


  • Lynne Wendelstadt Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Seal Beach Animal Care Center in Seal Beach, CA - all volunteer, no city money, no kill shelter; six of my seven came from there an I can attest they are outstanding people.

  • Lisa Dumoulin Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    No-Kill Shelters

    There are three wonderful no-kill shelters in my area, the Metro East suburbs of St. Louis, MO. They are: Granite City APA in Granite City, IL; Spencer Kennel and Rescue in O'Fallon, IL; and Hope Rescues in Alton, IL.

  • Barbara Z Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Animal Refuge Center in North Fort Myers, Florida

    I know North Fort Myers Florida is not on your list, but there is an amazing No-KILL shelter there called ARC Animal Refuge Center. There place is amazing, they have houses and cottages for the kitties to live in. They have one cottage just for FIV positive kitties, and a ferral community. This place is amazing and I would love for you to visit them! Here is their website, check them out

  • Amanda Lopez Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Shelter in Gaithersburg, MD

    I know Washington DC was not on your list, but I volunteer with the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (AWLMC, We are small no kill cat only shelter. We work with the county and the public to find homes for cats in need. We would love to have you visit :)

  • Bobbi Hahn Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Hilton Head Island, SC

    Hi, Gwen! If you'd like a serene rest stop on what I imagine will be a VERY busy tour, please come to beautiful Hilton Head Island. My husband and I live in a condo beside a lagoon, and our 17 year old cat, Mozart, would be happy to show you to our guest room where you will find everything you need to relax and unwind.
    Our local shelter, Hilton Head Humane Association, would be a perfect place for you to visit. I've just begun volunteering there, and I am very impressed with the facility, staff and volunteers: and they also have a Facebook page.
    I'm almost finished "Love Saves the Day" and am absolutely loving it!

  • Dr. Jane & The Girls, in MN Tuesday, 22 January 2013


    Gwen! Come see us in MN! Feline Rescue rescued my Bette Davis, and fostered her until I adopted her. They would LOVE to see you, and so would I and ALL of us in St. Paul MN!

  • Katy Tuesday, 22 January 2013


    Not on your list, but I would recommend my local (small town, out of the way corner of the country) shelter - the Springfield (VT) Humane Society. A no-kill shelter, with newly renovated cat rooms (and fundraising for a new dog area). Two of my fur babies are from there. They work hard fundraising locally to keep the animals warm, fed and happy. Numerous school groups take volunteer field trips to visit the animals. Would be cool to meet you and for you to meet the felines hoping for forever homes.

  • Diane Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Cat Angels Pet Adoptions in Cary, NC

    Would SO love to have you and show you around!

  • Pam Serra Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Sacramento, CA - Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary - No kill rescue shelter

    Hi Gwen, I think I may have given you the link to their website in a previous post but I guess it can't hurt to do it again. They also have a facebook page so I am also adding that link. I love this place and do volunteer work for them for more reasons than I have room to write. They do so much for kitties, both feral and domestic. The center has housing not only for domestic cats that have been rescued from so many life threatening scenarios or forms of abandonement; it has separate housing for feral cats as well that have become tame enough to care for and sometimes socialize enough to become adoptable!
    They also rescue doggies but they are strictly cared for in foster homes not at the center.
    Their website is: and
    Facebook page is:
    Thank you for everything you do! Love and hugs from The Serras (humans AND animals)

  • Amy Palmer Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Wayside Waifs-Kansas City

    Kansas City has a lot of great shelters, but I am most proud of the shelter where I volunteer, Wayside Waifs. We've been adopting out FIV+ cats thanks to staff and volunteers who are educating potential adopters. When you stop by the website, be sure to check out the kitty cam too!

  • Karen Oxner Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    New Orleans, Louisiana--Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO)

    Hi Gwen,
    Loved your 1st book & cannot wait to get/read the new one. You did not have New Orleans LA on your list but you really should plan a stop there. Animal Rescue New Orleans was opened after Hurricane Katrina. They have rescused/rehomed over 6,000 animals. They are still on the ground helping the greater New Orleans/Gulf Coast area. Please consider stopping in there on your trip to Dallas/Houston areas. Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) would love to have you!!!

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