All About the Animal Lovers Assistance League
Doing Great Things in Currituck County
Since our founding in May, 2005, the Animal Lovers Assistance League (ALAL) can boast many accomplishments for the animals of Currituck County. Following our group's formation, selection of officers, adoption of By-laws and receipt 501c3 tax-exempt status, the Currituck County Commissioners granted the Animal Lovers Assistance League (ALAL) a contract to operate the Currituck County Animal Shelter beginning on July 1st, 2005. This contract was renewed for the years of 2006-2007 by the County Commissioners and our shelter then passed the inspection of The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to operate as a licensed animal shelter in the state of North Carolina for the years 2008-2009. During our years of operations of the county owned animal shelter we made a multitude of positive improvements in the county owned animal shelter with a mind towards a more sanitary environment and a higher level of customer service. During our years of operating the publically owned shelter we made our shelter a warmer, more attractive and inviting place to visit. Large outdoor pen were added so dogs in our care could exercise and where prospective adopters had opportunities to spend time with these animals.~~We began a Veterinary program to providing disease testing, including heartworm testing and prevention. We provided many toys, and purchased Kuranda dog beds for the kennels (protecting dogs from the concrete floors while resting and sleeping). We strived to offer a humane environment where the public felt good about visiting and this was of utmost importance.~~~~~~
These improvements had a positive impact on adoptions, public awareness as well as helping us form partnerships with other shelters and rescue groups in the Hampton Roads area for the benefit of animal in our community~~ Through our processes, relationships, and experiences gained through operating a successful county owned animal shelter, we have been able to outreach and move forward successfully in a different direction beginning in 2014, and away from providing services for the county government. It has been challenging, but has also opened up new and exciting opportunities.
Animal protections and animal sanctuary today remains our focus, as we move in a different direction and are recreating our missions. We continue our outreach in serving the abandon, helpless, and needy animals and continue support throughout our community in assisting pet owners in finding ways they can keep their pets, rather than surrendering them, due to unforeseen changes in their lives. We continue holding adoptions and we continue to explore new opportunities where we can provide protections for the hurting and defenseless animals. You will see us and recognize us out and about the community--ALAL--Animal Lovers Assistance League
Advocating for the Animals
Increasing Adoptions-Saving Animal Lives
The Animal Lovers Assistance League is very proactive in helping the animals in find new, loving and forever homes because when pets are adopted, everyone wins!
The Animal Lovers Assistance League is in the process of undertakening several initiatives such as a foster-care program that allows members of the public to open their homes to the animals in our care, virtually increasing our shelter's capacity and reducing euthanasia.
The Animal Lovers Assistance League works cooperatively to reach out to rescue groups in our region in an effort to exchange resources and know-how with the aim of finding homes and assisting pet owners in being able to keep their pets, when facing unforeseen circumstances.
We recognize that there are some things only a shelter can do, but there are other things that animal rescue groups specialize in, such as breed placement. Our combined efforts and resources act as a "force-multiplier" on behalf of many dogs and cats!
We have initiated a very proactive adoption program that includes placing adoptable animals at PETsMART stores, listing our adoptable pets on the Pet Adoption Portal which gives the pets in our shelter exposure on the three largest and best-known animal adoption websites as well as participating in monthly adoption events at various locations to give the animals in our care every chance to be adopted.
The Animal Lovers Assistance League hasn't stopped there-we have also made it easier for prospective adoptors by allowing them the option to download our adoption application or applying to adopt by using our online adoption application .
Making Currituck County More Animal-Friendly
The Animal Lovers Assistance League has taken active steps in Currituck County to help our community become more aware of the issues we confront and to help enhance the relationship between Currituck residents and their pets.
The Animal Lovers Assistance League has established our Senior Citizens Project, which includes free transportation of senior citizens and their pet's to their veterinarian and grooming services and a discount on pet adoption fees for senior citizens. The League has distributed flyers, made announcements at local senior centers, to civic groups, and sent information to churches to promote the Senior Pet Project.
The Animal Lovers Assistance League has also been invited to give presentations at Girl Scout meetings, civic functions and attended the Knapp Elementary School Fair to help the next generation of animal lovers continue the work that we have undertaken.
In the summer of 2006 the Animal Lovers Assistance League presented humane education classes at all seven of the North Carolina Extension Service 4-H camps in Currituck County, reaching 350 children with messages about the humane treatment of animals. The League, with the help of local businesses and individuals, provides the award winning "KIND News", which is a publication of the Humane Society of the United States, to all of the elementary school classes in the county who have requested it.
Since the Animal Lovers Assistance League formed, coverage in our local media has been very positive and our membership has increased with many new, energetic volunteers willing to step forward to help our group and the animals.
Fundraising and Finance
Financial Responsibility Pays Dividends
The Animal Lovers Assistance League has had several public fundraising events that were well-attended and instituted several innovative fundraising ideas that have helped us realize our goals and given us the inspiration to aim higher!
We have also enlisted the help of our local business community to help our shelter and these civic leaders understand that an animal-friendly community helps everyone.
With our website, we are now able to take online donations as well as provide several easy ways that animal lovers can help our cause by just a few clicks of their mouse!
The Animal Lovers Assistance League is moving forward and invite you to join us!
-Wish list for those who are looking for an animal with special qualifications.
-Transport of Senior Citizens and their pets to veterinarians for needed services. This service is available to those who have no other way to transport their pet to the veterinarian.
-KIND News, the award winning humane education publication of the Humane Society of the United States, is provided free of charge the entire school year to all elementary school classes whose teacher requests it. We also do educational outreach programs in school, summer camps, and for civic groups.
-Fencing a yard to free a dog from life on a chain. (Limited Program) cost of shelter dogs who are heartworm positive, which gives them a better chance for adoption.
-"Sponsor a Pet Adoption" allows for a person, who lacks adequate space and cannot adopt but wants to help an animal get adopted, to pay the adoption fee for a person who would like to adopt a pet.
-Conduct many adoptathons in two states.
-Lists pets online on Petfinder and others.
-Provide foster care, especially for newborn kittens and puppies, as much as possible.
-Work with various animal rescue organizations, including feral cats, in placing our shelter animals.
-Organize and conduct "Bark N Park" to focus attention on and respect for the family dog.
-Volunteers help socialize our animals in order to make them more adoptable and break the boredom.