SOUL SINGER JOSS STONE AND NASCAR DRIVER GREG BIFFLE NAMED NATIONAL SPOKESPERSONS FOR NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA’S TOUR FOR LIFE 2006

Help Save Pets Across America
Greg Biffle
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Greg Biffle

PORT WASHINGTON, NY (March 13, 2006) - North Shore Animal League America, soul singer Joss Stone and professional NASCAR driver Greg Biffle announce the 2006 Tour for Life which will stop in more than 20 U.S. cities to help save pets across America.  A cooperative initiative with animal shelters across the country, Tour for Life reinforces the importance and advantages of adopting shelter cats and dogs.  Since its inception in 2001, Tour for Life has placed thousands of needy animals with loving adopting families.

Tour for Life commences on March 29 as two of the League’s Mobile Adoption Units travel two routes simultaneously, helping over 100 shelters and rescue groups across the country find homes for orphaned pets.  The Tour ends with a “Grand Finale” event at FAO Schwarz in New York City on Saturday April 29, 2006. Tour for Life’s two celebrity spokespersons; Greg Biffle and Joss Stone will actively promote and communicate Tour for Life’s mission to save pets nationwide.
“This lifesaving tour is really important to me.  It is an honor working with North Shore Animal League America on Tour for Life to help save pets across America,” said Joss Stone, soul singer and national spokesperson for Tour for Life.

“For many homeless pets it is a race of life and death to find new homes as they wait at shelters for that special someone.  I am so proud to work with North Shore Animal League America on Tour for Life to raise awareness of shelter dogs and cats,” stated Greg Biffle, NASCAR Driver and spokesperson for Tour for Life.

A complete nationwide schedule of Tour for Life is listed below:
 
Wednesday March 29, Washington Humane Society , Washington, DC

Wednesday, March 29, Haven Humane Society, Redding, CA

Friday, March 31, City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, Sacramento, CA

Sunday, April 2, City of LA Department of Animal Services, Los Angeles, CA 

Sunday April 2, The Jacksonville Humane Society, Jacksonville, FL

Wednesday, April 5, Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM     
Friday April 7, Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Birmingham, AL

Saturday April 8, Lauderdale County Humane Society, Jake’s Fund, Ltd.,  Florence, AL

Saturday, April 8, Humane Society SPCA of Bexar County, San Antonio, TX    

Sunday April 9, Citizens for Animal Protection, Houston, TX

Thursday, April 13, North Little Rock Animal Shelter, N. Little Rock, AR
    
Saturday, April 15, Metro Animal Control, Nashville, TN

Saturday, April 15, APA of Missouri, St. Louis, MO

Wednesday, April 19, Chicago Animal Care & Control, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, April 19, Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, Harrisonburg, VA

Saturday, April 22,  Humane Society of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, April 22, Monmouth County SPCA, Eatontown, NJ

Sunday, April 23, Humane Society of Madison County, London, OH

Sunday, April 23, C.A.R.E. Brookfield, CT

Saturday, April 29, Animal Aid of Cortland, Homer, NY

Saturday, April 29, North Shore Animal League America, FAO Schwarz, New York, NY


Tour for Life is sponsored by Purina®, Bayer Healthcare, LLC Animal Health Division, Fort Dodge Animal Health®, and Nylabone® products.    

EDITOR NOTE:   Adoption experts are available for interviews on topics including selecting the best pet for your lifestyle, proper nutrition, health and wellness and training.

About North Shore Animal League America
North Shore Animal League America, headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world.  The League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt nearly 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes every year.  Since being founded in 1944, they have placed closed to 1 million puppies, kittens, cats and dogs into carefully screened homes.  One of the first animal rescue agencies on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the League rescued more than 900 pets from the region, 613 have been adopted and 21 reunited with their families. 
The League is home to the Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center which provides 24-hour care for the pets sheltered at the League.  Every year the medical center takes care of more than 10,000 outpatient visits, administers more than 27,000 vaccinations and performs over 14,000 free spay/neuter procedures for every adopted animal.  The League also has a National Shelter Rescue team, and offers a wide variety of programs such as a mobile adoption program, adoption counseling, a Public Education Team and has created a community Pet Outreach Team.  For more information on North Shore Animal League America visit www.nsalamerica.org.

About The Greg Biffle Foundation
The Greg Biffle Foundation for Animals was founded in 2005 by Greg Biffle and Nicole Lunders to create awareness and serve as an advocate to improve the well-being of animals by engaging the power and passion of the motorsports industry. For more information on the Greg Biffle Foundation please visit www.gregbifflefoundation.com.