Adopting Cute Pets Found To Cure Loneliness of Coronavirus Social Distancing

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Shelters and Rescues across Long Island hope that you’ll take advantage of being home and adopt or even foster one of their many homeless cats or dogs.

Read about some of the adorable adoptables here, then contact your local shelter/rescue for adoption times and availabilities. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Nora and Peggy
Nora and Peggy

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pets of the Week, Nora and Peggy! Nora is a pint-sized 1-year-old female Lab and Terrier mix. This adorable pup was brought into the shelter as a stray after she was found wandering the Long Island Expressway service road. She was initially very nervous, but her time in the shelter has helped her come out of her shell and turned her into the energetic girl she is now! If you come to visit Nora, she’ll run up to you and give you a big kiss. She can be the perfect snuggle buddy, or a great friend to play with. Nora would be a great fit for a home with children.  

Peggy is a 6-month-old demale domestic shorthair kitty. She came to the shelter as part of the Trap-Neuter-Release program, and she instantly started looking for affection. Peggy is gentle and shy, but she loves to be loved by people! She’s great with children and would do well in a home with other cats. Peggy unfortunately has a ruptured ear drum which causes her to have a chronic stuffy nose. Her perfect home would be a quiet place where she can cuddle and play all day.

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats and kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two! All of the felines at the Shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam etc) by a board-certified Veterinarian.

If you are interested in meeting Nora or Peggy, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting, which includes the shelter’s Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. For more information, contact the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main Street, Smithtown or call 631-360-7575 today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Hachi 1

How adorable is Hachi’s smile!? Hachi is 9 years old and is a recent arrival at the shelter. He arrived in January 2020 as a stray, with a microchip, so the shelter was able to locate his owner. It turns out that he was adopted as a young dog from a North Carolina shelter and a few weeks after that, given to another member of the adopter’s family. Sadly, they can no longer keep him. Hachi has one the sweetest little faces staff and volunteers may have ever seen. It’s so sad that he has found his way back to a shelter, and everyone wants to see him adopted into his true forever home as soon as possible. He is friendly with people, house trained, and is being recommended for a home with kids 13 and older. He is looking for a solo pet home at this time. 

If you are interested in adopting Hachi, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit him at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email  [email protected]

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:


Louie is a rather gorgeous 6-year-old gal in need of finding a new home ASAP! Her current foster is moving out of state to a small apartment and cannot take her. They are moving on March 26 so she needs a new home right away. Louie may start out a bit shy, but once she warms up she is as sweet as they come.  She loves to be pet and will sit, high five and even roll over for a treat! If you are interested in adopting or fostering this cutie, please call Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email [email protected]

A Message from Last Hope Animal Rescue:

After consulting with other not-for-profit shelters on Long Island and observing town shelter safeguards, the following protocols will be implemented:

  • Last Hope will be closed to the public as of Wednesday, March 18. Adoptions from this point on will be conducted by appointment only.
  • Those interested in meeting a Last Hope adoptable dog, please call 631-946-9528. 
  • Those interested in meeting a Last Hope adoptable cat, please call 631-671-2588.
  • The adoption status of current Last Hope dogs & cats will be updated daily at lasthopeanimalrescue.org
  • Only certain volunteers will be showing our dogs and cats as well doing home inspections or pet deliveries. 
  • For the present time, Last Hope will continue to have adoptable cats at Petco Wantagh, Petco Syosset, Petsmart Bellmore, and Petsmart Huntington Station. Adoption showings of store-based cats by appointment.

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