MTV Personality Vinny Guadagnino Joins Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations Across the Globe for the 19th Annual Pet Adoptathon®

Nearly Half A Million Lives, To Date, Have Been Saved Through This Annual Event

May 15, 2013, 11:35 ET from North Shore Animal League America

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- North Shore Animal League America – Home of the Mutt-i-gree® and the world's largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization – announced that nearly 3,000 shelters in 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and six countries will join together for Pet Adoptathon Month in June.  Vinny Guadagnino, Animal League America Supporter and Host of MTV's The Show With Vinny, will serve as national spokesperson for this life-saving event sponsored by Purina ONE® brand pet food.

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North Shore Animal League America will kick off the event at Pet Adoptathon Headquarters in Port Washington, NY at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1st and remain open for 36 straight hours.  Thousands of participating shelters will host weekend Pet Adoptathon events promoting the benefits of shelter pet adoptions and showcasing the many beautiful and healthy animals that are available. Pet Adoptathon activities will run through the month of June nationwide in an effort to raise awareness for shelter animals and save more lives.  Since its inception in 1995, Pet Adoptathon events have taken place all over the world, helping find permanent and loving homes for nearly half a million animals.

"Animal League America and I share a common goal: to bring awareness to the plight of the shelter pet in our country and show the world that we need to put an end to the amount of innocent animals that are being euthanized each year," said Guadagnino. "By adopting from your local shelter during the month of June, you too can join the Pet Adoptathon cause and save a life! I made the life-saving choice when I adopted my little pup, Tita, and now it's your turn!"

Pet Adoptathon promotes the adoption of shelter pets, known as Mutt-i-grees®.  An estimated 5 million - 7 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens enter United States shelters annually, and tragically 3 - 4 million of these precious animals are euthanized.  Millions of lives can be saved when potential pet parents make the choice to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group, instead of purchasing a pet from a pet store. 

Pet Adoptathon is made possible thanks to the support of Presenting Sponsor Purina ONE® and Supporting Sponsor the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum.  For more information on Pet Adoptathon Month or to find a participating shelter near you, please visit

About North Shore Animal League America

North Shore Animal League America - Home of the Mutt-i-gree® - headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Animal League America reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes each year. Over the past decade, Animal League America saved over 200,000 lives and has saved over 1,000,000 animals since its inception. "Like" us at, follow us at To learn more about animal rescue and welfare, visit

About Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Purina ONE®is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, one of the leading global players in the pet care industry.  Nestle Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets.  The North American headquarters for Nestle Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis; Mo. Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A. – the world's largest food company.

About The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum

The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative program that builds on the affinity between children and animals, providing a unique context to teach compassion, empathy and social responsibility. Developed by the Yale University School of the 21st Century in collaboration with North Shore Animal League America's Pet Savers Foundation and funded by the Cesar Millan Foundation, the Curriculum highlights the unique characteristics and desirability of shelter dogs, known as Mutt-i-grees.

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SOURCE North Shore Animal League America