North Country Animal League’s mission is to promote compassionate and responsible relationships between humans and animals.
Like many of the world’s most respected charity organizations, the origin of our non-profit was good old-fashioned grassroots community action. Long-time Hyde Park resident Jan Gordon Stange believed no animal should ever be euthanized due to the lack of a home. This fundamental belief remains core to the organization today.
In 1994, the Lamoille County Humane Society (501c3) was founded and formally adopted the name North Country Animal League (NCAL) in 1996. Over the last 30 years, NCAL has become one of Vermont’s most cherished animal welfare and humane education campuses—finding homes for over 15,000 animals.
In 2019, NCAL expanded its work in creating responsible future animal caretakers by adding a sister organization, North Country Equine Center, which provides horsemanship and riding programs for local youth, plus boarding and training.
Our strength and vibrancy lie in the community surrounding us—our generous donors, supporters, participants, dedicated staff, and volunteers.