April showers bring May flowers, and there’s no better way to spend a spring day than outdoors with a new doggie or letting some sunlight into your home with a cat perched on your windowsill. Contact any one of these amazing shelters/rescues for information on bringing your new best friend home today! 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter:

Viola and Banjo

Viola and Banjo would love to make beautiful “mewsic” with you. These siblings have been at Last Hope since 2018 when they were rescued in Huntington Station at just 8 months old. Since they were first around people as older kittens, they were shy and somewhat frightened, and so their “cute kitten window of adoption opportunity” passed them by. This string duet has resided in the Wantagh Center lobby Jungle Room for quite some time where they have gotten lots of attention from Last Hope volunteers, so they have made a lot of social progress. They enjoy petting but don’t like to be picked up. They like being around other cats. They are looking for a home where patient people will appreciate them for the kitty cats they are. If you are interested in adopting this dynamic duo, please contact Last Hope at 631-425-1884.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Jo

Jo is a 4-month-old adorable puppy who comes out-of-the-box ready for his new owner to take him home! Jo is likely a Hound/Pit/Dane mix, and weighing in at just 38 pounds, he makes the perfect cuddle buddy. Jo is great with the kids and good with other dogs. He loves car rides, crawling up in a ball and enjoying the sun shining through. He loves to run and play and is also crate trained, learning slowly to do his business outside. He is vetted and has had flea/tick preventative. He needs basic obedience training, good exercise, and housebreaking. He has amazing potential with a little patience. 

Snickers

And to satisfy any potential adopters need for the perfect dog, meet Snickers. This sweet, one-eyed Lhasa Apso mix weighs about 20 lbs. and is roughly 10 years old. Poor Snickers was found as a stray and turned into a local shelter. She is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and appears to be in good health. Snickers would prefer a quiet household and loves the great outdoors, naps and catching an occasional nap in the sun. She will make a great companion to garden with, read to and just someone to talk to. Snickers would probably do best with children over 10 years old and being the only dog in the house or maybe with just one other companion who is calm would be her ideal situation.  

For more information about adopting or fostering Jo or Snickers, please email adoptions@paws-li.org, call 631-306-4616, or visit paws-li.org

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Gerry

Here’s how easy it is to make a new best friend for life: Greet Gerry with some Meow Mix. At approximately 5 years old, Gerry is a chill cat who is really just looking for a home (with Meow Mix in it) to call his own. If you can open your heart and home to Gerry, please call or text Alicia at 516-510-6738 for more information. 

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv:

Sandy

Sandy may just be one of the prettiest cats you will ever lay eyes on. This 6-month-old kitten is a bit timid at times, so she needs an experienced socializer to work with her to help her blossom into the cat she is meant to be. If you have the time and patience to work with Sandy, please contact Pets4Luv ASAP at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Rufio

Rufio is a sweet 8-year-old boy who came to the shelter as an owner surrender this past February. He lived his entire life outside, so he has never truly known what it is like to be loved, cared for and respected. Rufio is nervous with new people and may take time to warm up to them. He lived his whole life outside with his son, and they didn’t get along, so Rufio is being suggested for a solo pet home. This boy’s story literally breaks staff and volunteer’s hearts, but they know there is a kind soul out there willing to give him the life he has been waiting for since he was born. If you are interested in adopting Rufio, please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY: 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 adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Cookie

Let us introduce you to Cookie, the World’s Best Doorway Greeter! Cookie is fun-loving 8-year-old female Terrier Mix who is destined to bring love and happiness to one lucky family. With a puppy-like demeanor, a lapdog mentality and fantastic manners, she’s a great fit for families with kids over 12, or for the empty nester looking for the world’s best doorway greeter! Cookie loves to play in the dog park and give out sloppy kisses to everyone she meets. Cookie lived most of her life in a happy and loving home. Sadly, her former owner passed away. Her new family couldn’t provide her the safety she required and surrendered Cookie to the shelter where she now lives, waiting for that special person to come in and give her a happily ever after. 

If you are interested in meeting Cookie, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes the shelters Meet and Greet Room, 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. Please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575 to meet Cookie today! 

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Smithtown Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access, including 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, and dogs 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.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4325/Foster-Application

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Neko

Two-year old Neko (Adoption #R165393) has been quietly charming his Animal League America friends since safely arriving into the care of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center last fall. This tranquil, male tuxedo is enjoying cage-free life in his window-lit room with his other FIV+ roommates. Niko’s dream is to find a permanent home with a human who will offer him ample ear rubs during lounging sessions together. It’s easy to overlook him when you visit as his eager, outgoing friends greet visitors to the door. \Neko is more laid back. Make sure you look for this mellow fellow, snug in his bed because he’ll definitely offer you his chin when you find him. If a quiet, loyal friend is what’s missing in your home, Neko will happily fill that role.  

Capulet

After being rescued from a chaotic situation, beautiful Capulet (Adoption #BF3221) needed some support when she first arrived at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  Love, patience, and a few good friends soothed this shy 6-year-old lady so much that she is now ready to meet her future family and settle into a nice quiet home. Because feline friendships mean so much to her, we are seeking a home with a confident cat waiting to help her adjust to life as a cherished member of the family. A home with children 12 and up in age and cat-experienced adults will provide her with the happily-ever-after her story deserves.  

Tamara

When NSALA’s sister shelter in upstate Glen Falls alerted them to a special needs kitten who could use their Medical Team’s intervention, Animal League America jumped at the opportunity to help her. After spending some time with their vets, Tamara (Adoption #NCI1466) was placed into a wonderful foster home where her neurological issues were observed in order to determine what her needs would be. Turns out, this vivacious 6-month-old spitfire beauty will fit seamlessly into any home. She’s been enjoying her furry housemates as much as the human friends she’s made and is ready to find a permanent home. Tamara may be a bit uncoordinated, but nothing stops this energetic bundle of joy from tackling obstacles. Her ideal home is one with a family who can keep up with her playful energy, preferably with fur friends who’d enjoy being entertained by her. Tamara doesn’t know this, but she’s an inspiration to everyone who meets her. 

Penelope, Julio, and Romeo

**Triple Adoption** Meet a dynamic trio of life-long friends seeking a home to retire in together. Eigh-year-olds Penelope (Adoption #BF3229), Julio (Adoption #BF3230) and Romeo (Adoption #BF3232) lost the only home they’d ever known when their owner passed away. Their bond has only deepened since and NSALA’s goal is to keep them together. A devastating turn of events would shake up any family member, but these bonded friends have relied on each other to get through this bumpy road, and together will have courage to discover what’s on the horizon. Kind hearts, soulful eyes, can’t lose.

Atticus

If you have any doubts about adopting a friend in need, 6-year-old Atticus (Adoption #BF3033) will erase them and replace them with an abundance of gratitude for having him in your life.  This gregarious gentleman was scooped up by NSALA’s rescue team when his life was in peril and has made it very clear he doesn’t take this second chance for granted.  Atticus may have had a less than ideal beginning, but he’s prepared to make up for lost time with a soulmate as enthusiastic as he is. You’ll find caring for his diabetes easy peasy— just like everything else about him. Atticus’ zest for life is inspiring and laidback nature endearing. Make him part of your family and you’ll soon realize he was the piece missing from your home all this time.  

Hannah

Hannah (Adoption R166921) hasn’t had the easiest time finding her way to her family, but NSALA promised her it will be worth the wait.  For now, she is enjoying cage-free living in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  This sweet 1-year-old has already overcome the odds after being transported to us from an over-crowded municipal shelter. She’s had a few minor bumps in the road, but thanks to NSALA’s devoted Medical Team, Hannah is healthy and is ready to find her way to a peaceful home. 

For more information about adopting Niko, Capulet, Tamara, Penelope. Julio and Romeo, Atticus and Hannah, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

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