To help bring attention to the approximate 3.3 million dogs that enter shelters every year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has declared October Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

That means it’s the perfect time to bring one of these perfect pooches home with you! More of a cat person? There’s more than enough to go around. Read all about how to bring home your new best friend right here!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:


SPECIAL REQUEST: Cali found her way to the TOH Animal Shelter as a stray back in May 2014. She sat for over a year waiting to be adopted, until her original “finder” came in and said that she was now in a place where she was allowed to have a dog and was ready to adopt Cali. Fast forward to now, and poor Cali just showed up as a stray yet again!  Attempts at contacting her adopter have failed, so she sits at the shelter, waiting once again for a home.

Sadly, Cali is now 8 years old, and has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Cali did nothing to deserve this fate, and it breaks staff and volunteer hearts that she spends her days in the shelter. At this point, Cali needs to find a hospice or foster hospice home. Cali is very friendly with people, is recommended for kids 13 and older and may be able to live with another dog. She is a bit under-socialized and would need slow and proper intros.

If there is anyone out there willing to open their home and hearts to Cali, please contact the shelter immediately: 516-785-5220 or email or


How is it that Bunker, one of the coolest dogs in the world, has been calling the TOH Animal Shelter his home for almost two years? Bunker is dog-friendly, loves playing fetch, taking walks, and just enjoying his surroundings. But Bunker’s favorite thing is to be pet. He loves the attention! Bunker needs slow intros and is being recommended for a home with kids 17+ , so please head out to meet this boy today, you’ll be glad you did! 

For more information about adopting Bunker, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh NY 11793 or email You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:


As sweet as his name, Brownie is an extremely handsome 2-year-old fella who is pure love and sweetness. Brownie loves to hang around humans and is always up for some petting. Did we mention he also gets along well with cats? Can’t ask for more! If you can open your home to this sweet treat, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Hosta and Hygrangea

Hosta (adoption #BF2658) and Hydrangea (adoption #BF2659) were plucked from a local garden and brought to North Shore Animal League America. Now these matching black, 7-month-old gals need a place to call home with a family ready to provide them the love deserve. If you’d like to watch these beautiful besties bloom, please pick them up and let them brighten your home.  

Miss Chirp and Sam Houston

Miss Chirp (adoption #E3612) and Sam Houston (adoption #E3613) have weathered many a storm together on their journey to find a lasting home. When their previous family could no longer care for them, this tightly bonded pair of 6-year-old cats found themselves in a southern municipal shelter. Hurricane Dorian was about to complicate things even more, but fortunately Animal League America scooped them up and delivered them to the safety of NSALA’s Adoption Center on Long Island. Sam is the strong silent type, but Miss Chirp has been vocal in her gratitude. All you need to do to be their hero is meet them and you’ll want to take them into your home and life.   


Perhaps Serenity (adoption #E3623) hasn’t had the most direct road to a home, but at 2 years old, this Hurricane Dorian survivor has her whole life ahead of her. Serenity will sing to you for attention and based on photo evidence she might help you with your paperwork. If you’re ready for a sweet, serene young lady, Serenity is ready to go home with you now!  


Ten-year old Cody (adoption #R151356) took a detour when he recently lost the only home he’s ever known due to burden of his diabetes. NSALA’s Medical Team nursed him back to health and nurtured his spirit, readying him for a fresh chance at happiness in his new home. Cody’s diet and medication are covered, at cost, through NSALA’s Medical Center to make finding him a new home as simple as possible. This very shy senior craves a quiet place to settle and loves to nap in a cozy nook.  He’s been a model patient and laps up his special diet meals with gusto. A slow blink tells us he knows we’re here for him. I f you would like to be the recipient of the deepest gratitude, please consider fostering or adopting this treasured friend.  

For more information about adopting Hosta, Hydrangea, Miss Chirp, Sam Houston, Serenity,  or Cody, please contact

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:


Otis, aka the most amazing family dog ever, comes to Last hope from Kentucky. At just 2-years old, Otis is already house and crate trained, quiet, amazing with other dogs (he lived with 8 others in Kentucky), and is purrrfect with cats and kids too! Otis loves his peace and quiet, and really enjoys being outdoors. He is also food motivated which means he’s a fast learner and LOVES peanut butter! Otis may take a few minutes to bond in a stimulating environment, but once he’s comfortable he will give hugs and be your little shadow. For information, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at

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

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