12 Cats, Dogs in Long Island Animal Shelters Hoping For A Lifeline

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What’s the number one reason to adopt a pet? If you answered because it saves lives, you are correct!

When you adopt, you not only save the life of your new best friend, but you help open up shelter space for another animal in need.  

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:Debra

**Senior Alert** Tiny Debra is guaranteed to fill your heart with love. This pretty Chihuahua came to Last Hope over the weekend as an unclaimed stray from Town of Oyster Bay Shelter.  She seems to be an older gal, about 10, who has had multiple litters. Supposedly a good Samaritan found Debra late one July night wandering the streets alone. She was taken to an Animal Emergency Hospital to be held overnight and transferred to Oyster Bay Shelter in the morning. No one claimed her. Debra warms up to new people quickly and definitely loves her treats. She needs a home without young kids. Sweet Debra needs someone who will consider her a cherished Chihuahua rather than a discarded puppy maker. To meet Debra by appointment at Last Hope in Wantagh, please complete & submit a dog adoption application found on the Last Hope website at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

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Ash is a gorgeous lady who loves to tell humans how she feels. Ash is very sweet, very friendly and rather vocal with people she likes. Ash loves being pet and does well with other cats!

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Prince is a very handsome young man who enjoys being pet and meows very loudly for his wet food in the morning! He gets along well with all the other cats in the rescue’s cattery.

If you can open your heart and home to Ash or Prince (or both!) contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:Cali Rocky and Suzie

**Senior Alert** Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pets of the Week, a trio of senior siblings who are looking for a new home; Cali, Rocky, and Suzie. All three pups, each 12 years old, came to the Shelter after their owner sadly passed away. The shelter is looking for someone with a giant heart to Furrever Foster these wonderful dogs together. Cali is a Female Cattle Dog Mix, Rocky, a Male Shepherd Mix, and Suzie is a Female Border Collie Mix. The three siblings each have arthritis, and Suzie has some skin problems, but they do not let these issues stand in their way of playing and having fun with each other. These adorable loves are all very affectionate and would do well in homes with other pets. 

If you are interested in meeting Cali, Rocky, and Suzie, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting which includes a 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. Call 631-360-7575 for details. 

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, TOS Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access, including our 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:

NSALA would like to remind everyone that all adoptions are done via appointment only to follow safety protocols and maintain social distancing, and during the month of August, all feline adoption fees are 50 percent off.

Sturgeon and Mackerel
Sturgeon and Mackerel

**Double Adoption** A good Samaritan discovered local catches Mackerel (Adoption #H210196) and Sturgeon (Adoption #H210193) this winter and knew North Shore Animal League America would find them the purrfect home. With help of dedicated staff and a devoted foster family, these 1-year-old brothers began to shed their timid ways and show off their bright personalities. While shy Sturgeon has slowly come to appreciate a good head rub, marvelous Mackerel has more than enough confidence for the both of them!  Now that these bonded young brothers have successfully graduated from the Foster program, they’re ready for a permanent place to call home. A quiet household with older children and patient adults is all that is needed for a successful transition into your family. You can seal the deal with some tasty treats! Sturgeon and Mackerel are looking forward to settling down for some high-spirited playtime with whoever claims this lucky catch!  

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Greetings from beautiful Bianca (Adoption #BF2519). This proud 2-year-old mama cat was recently rescued from life on the streets and given a safe place to care for her kittens.  Now that the hard work is behind her, Bianca is ready to pour all of her nurturing energy into a relationship with you. Offer her your lap to settle into and she’ll chat with you about her day. As much as she likes to talk to you, she’s a great listener too! Because Bianca has already overcome so much, she’s looking for a smooth transition into her new home, one with children 16 and older with cat-experienced adults who will continue to nurture her spirit. She’s the classy lady waiting by the door to welcome you in the Community Outreach room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  **Bianca’s two baby boys Bramble (BF2517) and Boysen (BF2518) are 14 weeks old and available as a double adoption as well…  and nothing would warm staff’s hearts more than to see a triple-adoption happen where she could live forever in a home with both her babies.**  


Opie (Adoption #BF3480) thinks exploring his safe room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center is way better than fending for himself on the hot city streets.  This shy 11-month-old kitten benefits from the company of other cats so we envision a perfect home for him as one with a feline already in it who can help him learn the ropes of living as a beloved pet in his first real home. He so enjoys his new life that he can’t imagine it could get any better but little does he know the best is yet to come once you take him home with you.  

Buddy Hacket and Charlene Hold
Buddy Hacket and Charlene Hold

Old-school Hollywood glamour has taken over Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  Six-year-olds Buddy Hackett (R159639) and Charlene Holt (R159640) have taken their star-studded act on the road. This bonded couple came to us via a southern rescue group and are ready for their next big break: a featured act in your living room! Buddy is a born scene-stealer while his companion Charlene is a more subtle, understated actress. When visitors enter the Billy Joel Piano Room, Buddy and Charlene seek them out asking for head rubs.  Together their love for each other is epic; they’ve got lots more story to tell.

Reach out to [email protected] for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

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