Meet 10 Dogs, Cats Seeking Homes for The Holidays


There are so many adorable animals available for adoption on Long Island, but this time of year, experts remind us that animals come with many responsibilities and the person receiving them as a gift may not be prepared to adequately care for the animal.

The reality is that a pet is a serious long-term responsibility and the decision to include a pet into any home should come only after careful consideration. Please don’t just “get a pet for the kids,” unless you are prepared for a lifetime commitment.

In addition, the Nassau County SPCA reminds us to start your search at your local town animal shelter. You’ll find dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds, colors, temperaments and personalities at your local shelter.

Want a high-energy ball player to be your activity partner? How about a low-key but lovable lug to snuggle with on the couch? Shelter staff and volunteers can counsel you and your family on the best pet to fit your lifestyle.

By giving a home to a shelter or rescue animal, you save a life and create space for another needy animal, helping to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless animals in your community. There may not be a greater gift for homeless animals than to open your heart and home to them.

So, ready for a new best friend? Read all about how to adopt one right here!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh:

Diamond is a bright and shinning senior pit mix who so desperately needs a new home. She was surrendered by her owner because they could no longer care for her. Staff and volunteers are all heartbroken for this sweet gal who lived in the same home for her entire life, and now finds herself alone and homeless.

Diamond is 9 1/2 years old, 65 pounds, and happens to have the most gorgeous brownish-reddish fur and the cutest floppiest ears that we’ve ever seen. Her previous owner, said Diamond is house trained, knows the commands “sit,” “stay,” and “come” and is afraid of thunder and fireworks. Diamond is very friendly with people, and would love nothing more than to make her way back into a home as fast as possible.

If you are interested, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email at [email protected]

Available for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington:


Xavier is a young adult cat at the Little Shelter cattery. He is a fun-loving, energetic boy who is always looking for something to do. He loves playing with cat dancers, lasers, getting into boxes and cuddling with his favorite people. He is an active cat who wants to be part of the action and always be the center of attention.


Clancy is an adorable 11-year-old Lhasa Apso! He has been a resident of Little Shelter since May 2016 and is still waiting to find his furever family to share his golden years with. He is an energetic boy who loves going on walks and playing with his friends. He is also a snuggle-bug with those he trusts.


Rosalinda is described as a very sweet and energetic tuxedo kitten who is looking for a furever home. She was born blind, but that doesn’t stop her from running around, jumping onto the couch, playing with other kittens, toys and more. She is very active and talkative, using call and response to follow the staff around the cattery. Rosalinda loves being a part of whatever is going on and actively seeks out attention.

For more information on adopting Xavier, Clancy and Rosalinda, call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770, or visit them at 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington. 

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington:


At just about 3 years old, Grover is a male Shepard/Doberman mix who loves cuddling and snuggling up to his human friends. He will do almost anything for food and has learned “sit,” “down” and even “stay” for treats! He loves to play fetch with his favorite toys and roll around in the grass when he needs to relax. Grover’s dislikes include thunderstorms, city streets, and fireworks. He prefers sunny days and quiet homes. As a food lover, he’s learning how to share his food.


Coco is a gorgeous 3-year-old female Terrier/Shepard mix, who loves hugs and kisses and long walks! Shelter life is hard, so she loves socializing and playing with humans, and going for long walks. She gets a kick out of playing with different food dispensing toys that keep her busy and happy. She is not a fan of confinement or being crated for long periods of time.

Also, she has some bladder inconsistencies which makes it difficult for her to hold it in for long hours. She has made some progress, but will continue to need more attention for potty times. She could really use a forever home ASAP.

Contact the North Shore Animal League America at [email protected] for more information on adopting Grover and Coco!

Available for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:


Nelson (reference #170678) is the adorable 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Mix that was surrendered to the shelter because his owner was unable to take care of him any longer. Nelson is an awesome dog who would do best in a home with older children. He is used to being an only pet, so if you are thinking of adopting Nelson and you already have another dog, the shelter requires a meet and greet. Nelson is really hoping to find a forever home for the holidays, so head on down to the shelter and scoop this little man up today!


Sweet Laney (reference #170110) has been at the shelter since March…that’s 9 long months of waiting for her forever family. While the staff is head-over-heels for her, they would love for her to find a permanent family ASAP. Laney is approximately 2-3 years old and is as sweet as sugar. Why not head down and meet this gal today?!

For more information about adopting Nelson and Laney, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.

Available for adoption at The Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Athena 2

Poor Athena…this sweet 8-year-old pit bull/bull terrier mix was brought to the shelter when her owner passed away and no one was able to care for her. Athena is a doll who can be shy at first but once she warms up to you, she loves nothing more than to bring you her favorite thing: tennis balls! Athena loves the trail and walks calmly, but look out because this nutty gal always tries to chase the squirrels! Athena likes to get all the attention and would prefer to be an only pet in the house.

maxine 1

Maxine is a 6-year-old American Bulldog who came to the shelter after her family had to move to a place that does not allow pets. Maxine is an easy-going girl that is looking for a new companion to go on leisurely strolls with and hang out with on the couch. That’s not asking for too much…Maxine just wants a new forever family that will love her unconditionally. To boot, Maxine enjoys the company of other dogs and would do best in adult home.

Call the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516-944-8220 for more information on adopting Athena and Maxine.

As always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!