The mission of The Animal League is to act for the community as an advocate on behalf of animals; to provide for the well-being of animals who are abandoned, injured, subjected to unfair or cruel treatment, or otherwise in need; to provide shelter for these animals; to maintain a "no kill" policy; to serve the citizens and animals of our community by sponsoring related public health programs and upholding the laws enacted for their protection; to educate the public on responsible pet ownership including prevention of over-population by spay and neutering; and to enhance the lives of animals and people in our communities through education, awareness, adoption, and compassion.
The Animal League was established in 1988 to help the abused, abandoned, and neglected animals of Lake County. Started on a non-existent budget by a small group of animal lovers committed to a no-kill policy, the organization soon became an important presence in the growing South Lake area. Our organization places approximately 600 pets in loving homes each year.
The League is known statewide for its many unique and heart-warming success stories. Every animal that comes into the League's care receives the best routine and specialized veterinary care, is spayed or neutered, and microchipped. "In the League's long history there has not been a single case where an animal has been put to sleep as a result of being around too long," says League founder, Beth McCabe Priestley. "We remain as faithfully committed to our no-kill policy today as we were when we started."
Because the organization receives no state or federal funding, the League relies on the continued support of the community. Many fundraising events have been held over the years bringing rescuers together in our common cause. One of the League's most important sources of operating income is its Thrift Shop located in downtown Clermont.
Despite the remarkable growth and change over the past 25 years, the League has never lost sight of its original goal - to maintain a no kill policy as it helps the abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in the community. With the opening of A Haven Before A Home Adoption Center, the organization is in an excellent position to meet its goal.