10 Cat and Dogs That Will Melt Your Heart

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If the gloomy weather has you down, why not head out to your local animal shelter and adopt a new best friend? Not only will you have a furry new buddy to snuggle with, but you’ll be saving the life of a homeless animal in need!

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


Bailey is a 10-month-old hound/shepherd mix that is “paw-sitively” perfect. He came to the shelter when his family had to move and could not take him with them. Staff and volunteers can’t believe this sweetie has not been scooped up yet.

Bailey’s favorite thing is to give kisses, he loves children and other dogs, and it’s likely he would be great living with cats as well. He is learning his commands and is ready to find his forever family. He would do great in just about any type of home, so head down and meet Bailey today!

Contact the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter for more information on adopting Bailey at 516-944-8220 or stop in for a visit at 75 Marino Ave. in Port Washington.

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

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Sunshine & Cubby

Looking for a pair of devoted sisters? Look no further than Sunshine and Chubby! These girls were born to the same mother from separate litters are BFF’s forever.

The slightly younger Sunshine is more confident, playful, and affectionate. Give her a little ear rub and the purring begins. She loves to play with friends, especially the human ones.

Chubby watches over Sunshine and either joins her in playtime or cuddles up to her favorite human for some tender pets and rubs. These 3-year-old gals would love a quiet home with children 16 in age and up. Cat-experienced adults who can continue to nurture them into more confidence. If calico love is something you’ve dreamed up, North Shore Animal League America has it times 2!

For more information on how to adopt Sunshine and Chubby, please send an email to [email protected]

Available for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington:

pennyLooking for a super-sweet gal who happens to love belly rubs and leash walks? Then Penny is your gal! Penny is an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix who is looking for her forever home.

She is adorable when she runs up to new people looking for affection and kisses. Penny gets so excited when she sees a leash that her whole body starts wiggling from wagging her tail. Does it get any cuter than that?


Here’s a cool gal for you to meet. ZB (yep, two letters not short for anything) is a spunky 3-year-old black and white gal who enjoys spending her time strolling the hallways of the cattery meeting new friends, playing with all the toys and waiting to be adopted just like all of her feline friends. So, come down to meet her but only if you are ready to fall in love with her gorgeous green eyes and heartwarming personality!


This adorable mug belongs to Milo, a Pug mix of around 2 years old who has also traveled across the country through the Little Shelter’s “Passage to Freedom” program. Milo is a bit of a free spirit. He’s a confident and clever boy who likes to make his own decisions but is happy to listen to humans as well.

All Milo wants is a loving family of his own. Someone who will be his partner in this new adventure called life.

For more information on adopting Penny, ZB or Milo, call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770, or come in for a visit at 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington.

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


Leche (reference #180067) is quite the handsome 6-month old, male Bull Terrier that was found as a stray in Massapequa. This adorable 40-pound, short and stocky pup is very playful, especially during a game of fetch. Leche is super friendly and even a little silly sometimes. He is ready to find a new owner that will show him what is means to be loved. If you have a dog at home, the shelter does require a meet and greet. Leche is up to date on all his vaccines, neutered and now is microchipped. We hope this young pup can find a home where he can grow up and be part of something special.


Fluffy (reference #180073) is gorgeous 4-year old Maine Coon mix that was surrendered to the shelter because her owner was moving and could not take her. Fluffy was also surrendered with her 7-year old momma and a 5-year old sister. Beautiful is only one word to describe her. She is a little shy but warms up very quickly. Fluffy would love for you to come to the shelter and meet her with the hopes of starting the next chapter in her life.

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

Available for adoption at The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Check out Romeo! Not only is he adorable with his amazing pooch smile, but he’s also the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelters dog of the month, so his adoption fees are waived!

At just 2 ½ years old, this baby face is already house broken, used to living in an active home, knows the commands “sit”, “stay”, and “come” and is used to sleeping in bed with his owners. Sadly, Romeo was surrendered by his owners, but now he’s single and ready to mingle himself into a loving, solo-dog home with owners who can work with to help him be the best boy he can be. 

For more information about adopting Romeo, call for more information at 516-785-5220, stop in for a visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email [email protected]

Rufus is available for adoption by his foster:

Rufus comes to New York from North Carolina, where he was found lost in the woods in awful shape. Rufus was fixed up and rescued by an amazing New York-based organization known as Rescue Dogs Rock. All seemed on the up-and-up for Rufus until he wound up in the care of a not-so-nice trainer ultimately accused of animal cruelty.

Thankfully, Rufus has been in wonderful foster care where he continues to receive the love and proper training he so desperately deserves. This foster care has turned Rufus into the most lovable, laid back sidekick a human could ask for.

Rufus is about 4 to 5 years old and weighs about 40 pounds. If adopted, Rufus needs slow introductions to other dogs and he does seem a little uneasy around cats. Rufus adores nothing more than some squeaky toys and cuddling up at the end of a bed with his cute little butt wiggling when you come home.

For information on adopting Rufus, contact his current foster, Madelyn, at 917-662-5792.

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

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