Adopt a Cat or Dog, Plus Keeping Pets Safe in Winter Storm

pets in winter storm

Bring home any one (or more) of these adorable snuggle buddies to keep you warm this weekend!

And please remember to bring your pets indoors during this upcoming and every winter storm and help care for outdoor animals and wildlife. The Nassau County SPCA urges pet owners to make preparations ahead of the storm to keep their families and pets safe. Please:

  • Always bring pets indoors, including outdoor cats, at the first sign or warning of a storm. A snowstorm is no place for a pet.

  • Don’t let your dog off the leash after heavy snowfall. Dogs can lose their scent during winter storms and easily become lost. Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification.

  • Prepare for a power outage, especially if your family includes fish, reptiles, or pocket pets.

  • Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid supplies.

  • Clean off your dog’s paws with a moist washcloth after going outside. Snow-melting salt can be very painful to dogs’ feet and can make them ill when ingested.

  • Arrange a safe haven for your animals in the event of evacuation. Do not leave anyone behind.

If you see an animal left outside and in danger, please call your local authorities such as the Nassau and Suffolk SPCA’s for help.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Rudy the Red Nosed Kitty

**Senior Alert** You know Dasher and Dancer and all the rest, but do you know about the sweetest senior tabby of all? NSALA has been nurturing remarkable 9-year-old Rudy the Red-Nosed Kitty (Adoption #H210437) in a quiet room where he’s taken his sweet time getting to know the humans who now care for him, while still sharing the space with his clowder of familiar friends who were rescued with him last spring. Rudy’s fearfulness kept him from opening up to new possibilities, but recently he’s discovered lower shelves where he can receive ear rubs and reassurances that he’s safe and sound in our care until his family discovers him. You may find him piled up with feline friends in a comforting cuddle. Everyone wants this timid tabby’s future to be calm and nurturing so an adult household with experience and patience in loving fearful felines would be best. Rudy will lean on a confident companion in your home to sooth him in his new setting, or you can take one of his friends home with him! Either way, he’ll be lighting his way straight to your heart.

Rum Tum Tugger and Dorothy*Senior Alert and Double Adoption** Rum Tum Tugger (Adoption #H210443) isn’t actually a very curious cat. In fact, this shy senior is content to cuddle into his favorite sibling Dorothy Two Dots (Adoption #H210440). These bonded 9-year-old tabbies (along with the rest of their cat family) recently lost their home and owner. They lived their whole lives swapping cuddles together, and we intend for them to spend the rest of their lives side by side, being adored by their newest heroes. Dorothy is open to new experiences, and is often socializing with visitors, hoping for a treat — or 10! Her courage has encouraged Rum Tum to come out of his shell and make human connections. Through Dorothy’s guidance, Rum Tum has opened up his heart more each day. These two would love a quiet, predictable home with children over age 12 and adults experienced in helping cats settle into a smooth transition into a golden retirement.

State Farm Jake
State Farm Jake

State Farm Jake (Adoption #BF3792) isn’t looking for favors — just a great home! This 1-year-old local rescue invested time with some loyal friends to gain confidence in his new, safe life. The magic of crunchy treats combined with loving care warmed up this sensitive boy to become quite the charmer who begs for long petting sessions. Jake is seeking a calm household (with children over 12) so his confidence can continue to grow. Better take out some insurance on your heart because once State Farm Jake figures out you’re his person, he’ll claim it as his own!


Despite the hardship of losing her owner recently, Hattie (Adoption #V39903) has been putting her best paw forward in a foster home as we help her find the purrfect place to spend furever. Because this tender two-and-a-half-year-old tabby is fearful of other pets, NSALA is helping her find a quiet space, one with older kids who can provide her a predictable environment to help ease her back into family life.  Experienced adults are going to offer her the understanding she craves to help her overcome her apprehension in new situations. Hattie deserves to be settled back into the heart of her family. Would you like to be the hero she’s been waiting for?

Mercury and Mars
Mercury and Mars

**Double Adoption** When Mercury (Adoption #H211412) and Mars (Adoption #H211413) were orbiting around someone’s backyard this fall, they had no idea how safe their landing would be. This timid pair of 9-month-old kittens has leaned heavily upon each other as they learn about the galaxy of indoor living. The NSALA team has given them time and attention in a quiet place where they’ve learned all about trust—and treats! Now they’re looking to launch them into a furever universe: your home! If you’ve had cats before, you’ll see how love and patience is all that’s needed to coax them into exploring your living room. A family (with children ages twelve and up) can provide the predictable setting they’ve thrived in thus far.

Desi and Marley
Desi and Marley

**Double Adoption** Four-year-old brothers Desi (Adoption #H209108) and Marley (Adoption #H211465) seemed a bit little nervous joining the Animal League America family but that’s to be expected after losing the only home they’d ever known. Time in a sunny room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center is easing their trepidation. NSALA would like to make their gap time between homes as short as possible.

For more information about adopting NSALA kitties, please email [email protected].

Available for adoption through Tender Loving Cats


Lady Marmalade was found outside with a litter of kittens. With the weather turning colder she was rescued with the intent to TNR (trap-neuter-release), but she quickly let her rescuers know that she loves people, is gentle and loving. Lady Marmalade enjoys napping during the day and is low key. She will need time to adjust to new surroundings and loves making air biscuits when being petted. She would also do well with other cats given the proper introduction. Let’s find this orange tabby mama a loving home that she can call her own.

To adopt Lady Marmalade, complete an adoption application here: https://www.tenderlovingcats.org/adoption-application.html

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter


**Senior Alert** Betty Boop is a 10-year-old Pit Bull Terrier Mix described as a super calm and low-key couch potato who absolutely loves people and attaches to them very easily. She is a BIG fan of belly rubs and getting treats! Betty would love nothing more than to spend her golden years snuggled up with her favorite person, lulling them to sleep with her adorable snore. Betty has significant arthritis and will need a home that can help her manage this issue with extra love and care. Her ideal home will be an adult-only home without any other dogs or cats. Betty Boop is available for adoption or Forever Foster.

If you are interested in meeting Betty, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes the shelters Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. 631-360-7575.

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

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