Shelter Dogs, Cats Want to Cuddle Up With You

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Few things in life are better than snuggling up to a furry friend when it’s cold outside!

Long Island shelters and rescue groups have tons of dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and breeds that are just waiting to find their forever home. Read about some of the adorable animals that are available for adoption this week!

Due to current freezing temperatures and inclement weather, if you see an animal outside and in distress, please contact the Nassau or Suffolk SPCA or local authorities right away! These weather conditions can be fatal for our furry friends!


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

Check out this real cutie pie! Maggie is a 3-year-old gal who came to the shelter as a stray, not that you can tell. This gal is super sweet and ready to find her forever home! Maggie already knows the commands “sit,” “come” and “paw” and is house trained and crate trained!

Maggie is a good girl who stays quiet in her crate and is friendly with everyone who comes in to meet her. She needs slow intros with other dogs, so if you already have another dog, you could be in luck with Maggie!

CleoBrains and Beauty describe Cleo, the sassy 6-year-old Pittie mix who really needs a forever family! Cleo was brought to the shelter as a stray in this past June, quite thin and not in the best shape. Cleo had a lump on her tail that ultimately required partial tail removal.

But that didn’t stop this girl. She is social (definitely more relaxed when she’s out of her kennel) and is house broken, loves playing with toys, walks well on a leash and would do best with children 13 years old and above. Cleo is a true rescue that would make a great addition to your family!

If you are interested in adopting Maggie or Cleo, call 516-785-5220, stop in for a visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email them [email protected]

Available for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington:


Meet Damascus! This gorgeous 5-year-old chow mix is super friendly and looking for a family that would enjoy going on hikes in the woods and spending time playing with him outside. His favorite toy is a large ball which he loves to carry around in his mouth. All Damascus asks is that he be the only four-legged king of the castle. Please consider opening your home to this handsome gentle giant, you won’t be sorry!


Peanut is a humble fella who originally arrived at the Little Shelter with his two brothers when their owner passed away. Both his brothers have since been adopted and now Peanut is the last one waiting for his new family to find him. Peanut loves getting affection (especially chin scratches) and will look up at you with pleading eyes to cuddle with him.

Peanut is a quiet cat despite his larger size and very nimble jumping up the cat trees to take a nap. He has spent his entire life in a home until last year, and would love nothing more than a forever home of his own. Why not head down and meet this adorable chunk of love today!


Bailey is an ultra-sweet little kitten who loves to spend time curled up in warm soft blankets. He loves turkey and chasing a laser with his kitty friends at Little Shelter. He would do best in a multi-cat household as the other kitties could help him get use to new surroundings. He is very sweet, enjoying getting his chin scratched and the occasional belly rub too!

For more information on adopting Damascus, Peanut and Bailey, please call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770, or stop in for a visit at 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington.

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

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Attention Kitty Lovers…do we have a treat for you! Star and Sky are very special to the North Shore Animal League America Family, so special that they became Sponsor Cats! Because these bonded sisters arrived this summer with minor medical conditions, they were nominated to be part of a special program which guarantees their medical care will be covered for life at the Alex Lewyt Medical Center in Port Washington.

These 2-year-old females are doing great and very ready to be part of a permanent family. Sky, the introvert, watches her much braver sister frolic in playgroups, and sometimes she’ll even have the courage to join in. Both sisters love lounging together in comfy beds or by windowsills, but Star’s favorite place to be is in her human friends’ laps. These beauties are waiting for you to offer them your heart. You’ll be very glad you did!

Please contact the North Shore Animal League at [email protected] for more information on adopting Star and Sky!

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


Who’s that lean, mean, handsome machine? Why, it’s Buster (reference #170668)! Buster is a 3-year-old neutered male shepherd mix that was surrendered to the shelter due to a family hardship. His family felt that the best life for their dog would be with new owners who could love and care for Buster the way any animal should be cared for.

Buster is a highly social and energetic dog that gets along with other dogs and children. He is a big boy weighing 66 pounds and loves to run and play with toys. A meet and greet is always required if you already have another dog at. Please come to the shelter to meet Buster today!

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

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