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




  • Karen Davenport Saiers Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Please come to Blind Cat Rescue in St. Pauls, NC. It's my favorite place - thanks to you and reading Homer. I live in Charlotte, NC and it's not far, maybe 2.5 hour drive. My sister and I just love visiting there. Alana is the best!

  • Christa Cote Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Our No-Kill on the border of AZ/CA

    Hi Gwen,
    I live on the border of Arizona and California on the Colorado River. We have a nice little no-kill shelter that I've rescued 5 kitties from. The people there are just wonderful and the kitties have a whole area to play in with all the things a kitty could want! My town, Parker, AZ, is up from Interstate 10 on the way from Phoenix to Los Angeles. The link to the shelter is:

  • Daniel becker Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    New Life Pet Adoption Center
    125 Cattail Ave.
    Marathon, WI 54448

  • Katelynn Robinson Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Animal Allies - Minnesota

    Though it's not in Minneapolis, Animal Allies in Duluth (MN) is a wonderful no-kill shelter with dedicated staff and volunteers who genuinely care for every animal that comes through their doors. Cats and dogs in the cold north need love too! :3

  • Tammy Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    In Southern California, the Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS). I am not sure what part of So Cal you plan to visit, but this is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

  • Lisa Richman Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Kansas City!

    Hi Gwen! You get a *twofer* now when you come to KC: on one side of the state line, you have the largest no-kill shelter and rescue resource in Missouri - Wayside Waifs - (who, incidentally, is about to launch a national humane education program called No More Bullies, which is a Violence Prevention curriculum for Grades 3 through 5) *AND* Great Plains SPCA, which I believe is Kansas' biggest no-kill shelter! Both are awesome, incredible organizations, with a huge Gwen Cooper fan base!!

  • Kristi Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Princeton's Meow in Concord, NC

    This place is absolutely a wonderful place for adopting. Last year in 2012 they adopted out over 500 cats which shows the dedication these staff members have. They increased their adoption rate by 38%. My family and I have adopted 2 precious and loving cats that have forever changed our lives. That is a true testament to the love and care they receive while they are waiting for their forever home. THis is a wonderful cage free facility where you can really get to know the personality of each cat there.

  • Anne Harris Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Feline Rescue of Northern Nevada (FRONN)

    Hello Gwen. FRONN, located on the western outskirts of Reno, NV, is devoted to ending euthanasia by providing quality of life for elderly, injured, special needs or otherwise unwanted cats. On one of my visits, a blind cat walked onto my back as I was bending over. I am now her sponsor! Study the web site and read some of the newsletters. They are an amazing feline sanctuary and also run an adjacent cat boarding facility known as "Cozy Cattery." You will never forget a visit to FRONN!!!

  • Allison Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Southern California

    We have a wonderful no kill shelter in Seal Beach, CA called Seal Beach Animal Care Center. The website is

  • Steph Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    PAWS in Seattle

    PAWS Cat City adoption facility is in Seattle and the main shelter is in Lynnwood (about 15 minutes north of Seattle). Since they take in stray animals from many local cities, which may have serious medical or behavioral issues, they aren't considered "no kill." However, no healthy adoptable animal is ever euthanised.

  • Kathy Kimber Tuesday, 22 January 2013

    Shelter recommendation

    I'd like to recommend We Care Animal Rescue in St. Helena, CA, north of San Fran. The San Fran SPCA gets all the publicity but, as a supporter, I haven't been happy with changes that have been made in recent years. Their no-kill status has been called in question, for example. We Care went through a really rough time several years back when their shelter was flooded. They got a lot of community support and were able to move into new quarters. Here's their web site:

  • dee Wednesday, 23 January 2013


    in PA : the center for animal health & welfare easton pa. just got in a kitten found with one eye.

  • Susan Feorino-Stein Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    West Palm Beach, FL

    The Peggy Adams Rescue League is a long-established no-kill shelter with a fabulous reputation. I particularly love their "Senior Program," which matches senior (hard to adopt) animals with senior people for a very reduced fee. What a great concept!

  • Lisa Brzoska Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Friends of Homeless Animals, Aldie, VA

    Friends ( has been no kill shelter since day one. This year is the 40th year for them. We have dogs and cats, FIV+ cats too. I got my FIV+ boy from here, and been a volunteer for 7 years. Would love to take you there on your way back home to NY.

  • Lisa Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Princeton's Meow, Concord, NC

    Please visit Princeton's Meow, in Concord, NC - near Charlotte. I adopted two kitties from Princeton's and love the place. It is a part of the Humane Society. Hard working, creative and loving people have taken a former doctor's office and transformed it into a cage free refuge for cats rescued from Animal Control - a kill shelter. They live in a clean, happy, cage free enviornment and get all the medical and socializing help they need until their forever family comes to take them home. They know everything about each cat and work hard to meet their individual needs. The volunteers have a network of foster homes for special needs cats as well. My two precious kittes would have surely been put down or suffered for a very long time in cages before I got to them if not for the wonderful people at Princeton's Meow. Come and see it for yourself!

  • Liz Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Welcome to Kansas City!

    As several others have noted the Kansas City metro is home to several great shelters. Two I am involved in and love:
    Kansas City Pet Project is the private concern running the Kansas City, Mo municipal shelter. They just completed their first year with good results. On the web at
    The second is Wayside Waifs.
    We'd be thrilled to have you visit any of our fabulous shelters or rescues!

  • Gussie's Mom Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Safe Haven

    Safe Haven for Cats is a very successful no-kill shelter in Raleigh, NC. They have grown like crazy in the last 10 years and have found homes for many cats of all stripes.

  • Lori Johnson Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Feline Friends of Olympia WA

    I know you probably won't have the time but in case you do, Feline Friends is just south of Seattle about 60 miles. I would be glad to pick you up and take you. Feline Friends is a no-kill all volunteer cat & kitten rescue. We are small but we have a lot of heart and we do great things for the cats in our care.

  • carolyn swain Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    CA and ID shelters

    I'm sure you must have heard of the Cat House on the Kings, which may be the largest cat sanctuary in the world. I believe she is near Fresno. Nat Geo Wild just did a special on her "The Lady with 700 Cats." It's amazing...
    And if you happen to swing through Boise, ID, I volunteer at a wonderful shelter called Simply Cats
    Would love to see you!

  • Charles Merrell Wednesday, 23 January 2013


    Not on your current list, but if you decide to add the west coast of Florida to your tour, I hope you'll consider the Humane Society of Pinellas. Saving animals in our community since 1949, HSP had 2066 adoptions in 2012, an increase of about 25% from the prior year. There is no time limit for the animals in our care. We also have low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinics as well as a food pantry to help families in our community care for and afford to keep their furry family members. The website is Would love to have you visit!

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