These Stress-Reducing Cats And Dogs Want To Help You Relax

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Studies have shown that stressful times are better managed with a pet by your side, which means there’s no better time than the present to adopt a new cat or dog. Read about some of the wonderful animals that are ready to provide you with some forever stress relief right here! 

If you’re not sure about adoption, New York City shelters are reporting tons of empty cages thanks to people fostering cats and dogs. Why not follow suit and show the same support to our Long Island shelters and rescues by temporarily opening your heart and home to an animal in need during these difficult times. 

Fosters Needed at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

If you’re cooped up at home, remember that cats and dogs are feeling the same way in their cages at the shelter. If you can open your home to a deserving animal by fostering (or adopting), please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  [email protected]

Available for Adoption through All About Spay Neuter:


Reagan is a very beautiful young lady looking for her forever home. She has certainly come around to the likes of people and would love to make your home her forever home. She is a stunner and would make a great companion. If you are interested in meeting her, please call or text Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment.  

Available for adoption through Last Hope Animal Rescue:


Yes, Miss Snoopy is smiling in foster care, but she would definitely prefer a forever home. This adorable young lady is a Rat Terrier mix who comes to Last Hope from Southern rescue transport. Snoopy has been in foster care with a Last Hope trainer since the lockdown, which means she’s making lots of progress, getting lots of exercise and even doing agility. Snoopy continues to smile as she practices her “sit” and “stay” commands and is thoroughly enjoying life in a home with a lovely yard. As Snoopy and her trainer work as a team, Snoopy is now getting over her fear of men and new people, and she would do best in a quiet home without small children or other dogs. If interested in adopting Snoopy she can be shown by appointment. Please call 631-946-9528 for more information. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Mia and Hokey Pokey
Mia and Hokey Pokey

Mia is a young Mastiff and Lab mix who came to the shelter as a stray after being hit by a car. Fortunately, Mia’s injuries were not severe, with only a few scrapes and minor fractures in her foot. Mia’s former owner could no longer provide for her, post car accident. Despite being scared and injured, she began to bond with the shelter staff with her playful and affectionate personality shining through the bruises and bumps. In her former life, Mia was an outdoor yard dog who didn’t receive much attention. The silver lining is just how grateful she is to love and be cuddled by everyone she meets. Mia would be best in a home without other pets or children.

Hokey Pokey is a 4-month-old Domestic Shorthair Mix, born to a stray cat in December with a deformed rear leg and tail. Hope for his survival was not high, as kittens born with deformities often have difficulty thriving. However, Hokey Pokey stayed strong, and he has shown what living life to the fullest means. This little fighter plays, snuggles, and behaves each day like he will not be defined by his disabilities, and who are we to argue? Hokey Pokey will need to have his deformed leg amputated when he is old enough, and he will likely never have control over urination/defecation behavior but his spirit and grit is absolutely unbreakable. Hokey Pokey can live with any dogs, cats, or children, he just needs a home that will give him the love and special care that he needs to live a long and happy life.

If you are interested in meeting Mia or Hokey Pokey, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and our Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process.

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access, including their loyal volunteers. If you have no other pets or young children at home and are looking for a way to serve your community in this time of crisis, please consider signing up to be a foster. Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for extended periods of time.  Download the Foster Application at smithtownny.govn

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Buddy Guy and Sonny Boy
Buddy Guy and Sonny Boy

When Buddy Guy (adoption #T102417) and Sonny Boy (adoption #T102418) first arrived from Tennessee, these Southern boys were singing the blues, unsure of what the future would hold. Now together in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, this duet of 6-year-old gentlemen is singing a different tune while lounging in comfy beds by sundrenched windows. Having been treated by NSALA’s medical team, they have a new-found joy for life. Their days are full of playtime with feline and human friends, and oodles of cuddles when it’s time for a nap. Seeing Buddy and Sonny so content is a blessing we can’t wait to share with the superheroes who take these boys home to make beautiful music.  

Cody 1

When Cody (adoption #R151356) was diagnosed with diabetes, he found himself needing to depend on the kindness of the Animal League America team. Longing for the quiet home and familiar family he’d lost, this 10-year-old boy needed time and attention from his admiring caretakers to mend his broken spirit. In a short time, it was discovered that Cody absolutely adores cats and kittens and comes alive when it’s playtime. With an understanding human, Cody will thrive once again in a home that provides him with lots of love and freedom. To make his care as simple as possible, Cody is part of NSALA’s Sponsor Program; all of his medical care is covered through their Pet Health Centers, making caring for Cody simple because he’s dealt with enough hurdles in his life; his diagnosis shouldn’t be a hindrance to him finding a loving home. Cody deserves a fresh start – will it be with you?  


Tangerine (adoption #BF3238) has needed some extra love and support as he adjusts to losing the home he enjoyed his whole life. NSALA is happy to give him all the time he needs in a comfy bed while he enjoys cage-free living in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Tangerine will thrive in a home with a cat to befriend him and experienced adults and children 12 and older to soothe him as he transitions back to being a beloved pet. It won’t be long before this sweet 6-year-old realizes we’re on the way to finding him a place to call home.

Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney. Photo by Roe Johnson

When Mickey Rooney (adoption #H210547) first arrived at NSALA, he wasn’t quite sure about his new surroundings. This smart boy has figured out quickly his new world is filled with fans applauding every positive step forward. Mickey received a special diet for his FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, a medical condition which is a covered through NSALA’s on- campus Pet Health Center in Port Washington.)  He would love to return to a quiet home where he will quickly settle into your heart. Be Mickey Rooney’s hero by taking him home where he belongs.  

Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller (adoption #H210556) recently found herself in need of a second act when she lost her home. NSALA has promised that laughter will soon return to this stunning 7-year-old lady’s life. Phyllis doesn’t seek the limelight; just a quiet home with a loving human to dote upon her.  Who wouldn’t want to spoil this tender beauty? If you’d like to be the lead in Phyllis Diller’s story, please come by for an audition. You could be the one to return the laughter to her life!    

For more information about adopting Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy, Cody, Tangerine, Mickey Rooney and Phyllis Diller, please email [email protected]

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

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