11 Cats, Dogs That Want To Start The New Year With You


If your New Years resolutions include making new friends and/or helping those in need, read about some of Long Island’s adorable cats and dogs who want to make 2019 the year they find their forever home!


Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

If you’re wondering who the dog with the smile is, that’s Derek! This awesome 2-year-old hound mix arrived at the shelter in December 2018 as a stray. He was found in someone’s yard when they went to take their own dog outside in the morning.

Derek is a truly awesome dog who is going to make someone very happy. This cutie is dog friendly and people friendly and is a blast to be with. If you are interested in adopting Derek, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, or email [email protected]


Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Fiona wants to have a permanent slumber party with you! Fiona is a lab mix who was originally rescued from Puerto Rico. She loves getting affection and being a lap dog, she also really enjoys the company of other dogs and would be a great addition to a home seeking a second dog. franswan

Meet Fran Swan. This beautiful young lady came to Little Shelter in 2011. She is a sweet and playful girl who loves affection and playing with a kitty dancer. She is very personable and likes to follow her favorite staff members around. She would do well as an only cat or a multi cat household where she could have some playmates.

For more information about adopting Fiona and Fran Swan, contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center today ay 631-368-8770, littleshelter.com or visit 33 Warner Rd, Huntington.


Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter operated by Little Shelter:

Maxwell is the handsome 9-year-old cat who is quite the ambassador around the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter. Maxwell loves to greet all visitors who come into the shelter. He will get onto a shelf to be eye level with you so he can give you a proper “hello.”

He’s super affectionate and genuinely just wants to be near people. His favorite thing is to be held and carried around like a little kid, which is rather adorable! During the day when he’s not greeting visitors, Max follows staff around to make sure everything is running smoothly.

His first priority (besides hugs) is making sure the food and treats are tasty enough to be given out. He has to sample each type of treat before it’s passed out to everyone. It’s a tough job, but Maxwell is always up for the challenge.

Maxwell truly needs to be in a home where he can get spoiled with treats, toys and love. He needs a human buddy to snuggle up with and who would be happy to carry him around the house. If this adventurous boy sounds like the right kitty for you, contact the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter at 104 Deposit Rd., East Northport, 631-651-9788.


Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Juniper is a beautiful 2-year-old gal who loves to be pet and gets along great with other cats. Juniper is very friendly and sweet and would really make a wonderful addition to any family, so if you can open your home to Juniper, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665.


Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Mango is a sweet and handsome 6-year-old fella who recently lost that home when his beloved human passed away. The team at North Shore Animal League America has been nurturing him through his grief, and he is temporarily settled in as an office foster, sunning himself by the window as he awaits a new beginning. 

He’s a staff favorite – smart and sweet, and he’s guaranteed to delight you with his love for treats and ability to solve puzzles! If you’re looking for the purrrfect companion, Mango is your man. Please contact [email protected] for more information about adopting Mango today!

Patches and Smokey

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

SPECIAL REQUEST: Pets4Luv Foundation is being evicted from its current facility space this month. Please help them find permanent homes for their remaining cats and dogs by sharing this information.

Patches (top) and Smokey (bottom) are a bonded pair of kittens that were living in the backyard of a Long Island home. They learned early on to depend on each other for warmth, courage and love. As time goes on, they are becoming more self-assured and will make wonderful additions to your family.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo (back) & Juliet (front) are sweet 7-month-old twins who also happen to be gorgeous, playful, single and ready to mingle! Juliet is outgoing and brave, while her bro, Romeo, is shy and relies on Juliet to feel safe. They love to play swat the mouse together.sweet pea

Sweet Pea truly lives up to her name! This 1.5-year-old gal is described as the complete package. She’s beautiful, loving, playful, cuddly, and oh-so-soft! Come in today and meet her!

For more information about adoption Patches and Smokey, Romeo and Juliet and Sweet Pea, contact Pets4Luv Foundation @pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200

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