Featuring Renowned Dog Behavior Expert Cesar Millan, Honoring Warner Bros. Consumer Products & Iraq War Veteran Steve Johnston & Highlighting Award-Winning Student Created PSAs PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, will hold its annual DogCatemy Mutt-i-grees® Rescue Awards Gala on Monday, December 17th at 6 p.m. at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Highlighting the life-saving efforts of Animal League America, this annual event will also celebrate the inaugural Mutt-i-grees® Express rescue of over 100 animals from across the country that were given a ticket to a new life on board the Mutt-i-grees Express. The Mutt-i-grees Express, will be present at the Gala, with some of the Mutt-i-grees from the inaugural journey who will be up for adoption. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121212/DC28463) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110111/DC27967LOGO) The evening will begin with a celebrity Red Carpet cocktail hour attended by Animal League America Spokesperson Beth Stern and Animal League America Supporters HGTV's Tanya Marchiol, Renowned Dog Behaviorist Cesar Millan, Actors Kathryn Erbe, Renee Felice Smith and Josh Flitter, and Broadcasters Michael Kay and Jodi Applegate. ABC News Good Morning America Co-Anchors Lara Spencer (who has adopted from Animal League America), Josh Elliott and Sam Champion will lead the program as the Masters of Ceremonies. The Gala is themed around the rapidly expanding Mutt-i-grees® Movement, a movement that generates awareness of the plight of shelter animals, elevates their status and reduces animal cruelty through education and innovative programs, such as the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, a unique approach to teaching children social, emotional and instinctual skills as well as highlighting the individual characteristics and needs of Mutt-i-grees, and the Mutt-i-grees Express.