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Dog In Shelter Over 500 Days Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

There’s no better way to spend the dog days of summer with a new furry friend. All of these cats and dogs have their bags packed and ready to head home with you today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Beauty

Not sure why Beauty has been in a municipal shelter for more than 500 days. In that time she has shown that she is an extremely smart learner and very cuddly with people she bonds to. She loves to watch the goings-on around the shelter from a high spot or a doggy lounger. She is still skittish around loud noises or strange people/dogs getting too close, but she trusts her person holding the leash to keep her safe. Beauty is a 3-year-old gal who is affectionate with people she knows and trusts. She enjoys training, long walks and relaxing. Due to some food guarding, she would do best with people ages 17 and up. 

Please email foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org for more information on how to make Beauty your new baby today!  

Available for adoption through Cove Animal Rescue:

Romeo

Romeo! Romeo! Here is Romeo!! This 4-year-old hopeless romantic was surrendered with his sister who was already adopted. This charmer is as sweet as he is handsome and is ready to make a new life with you today! Please contact Cove Rescue at 516-676-5913, 40 Shore Rd. Glen Cove, or check out their website at coveanimalrescue.org for additional information. 

Available for adoption at Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society, Inc.:

**Senior Alert** Meet Daisy.  Sadly, this super sweet 13-year-old gal suddenly finds herself without a home. She and her senior mom were content growing old together, but now her mom can no longer care for her. Daisy is simply a doll and is even good with other dogs. She needs a new person/family to love and a home where she can live out her golden years. 

Abby

**Senior Alert** Abby is a 14-year-old shih tzu mix. Her vision is impaired, but she gets around well and her hearing is top notch. Abby walks well on a leash, does well with children over 5 and even likes other dogs. Abby has some separation anxiety due to recent major changes in her life and would do best with a person who was able to be home with her most of the time. 

Benny

Look how cute Benny is! He is a 5-to-7-year-old Cocker Spaniel/ Terrier mix weighing in at just 18 pounds and loves to snuggle and take walks on the beach. Don’t tell Benny that he only has one eye because it doesn’t stop him from getting around just fine. Benny was picked up as a stray by a local animal shelter and PAWS took him into their foster care program, which means he is more than ready to find a permanent forever home today! 

Molly

Meet little Miss Molly. This beautiful 6-year-old finds herself at PAWS because her owner passed away. Molly is currently living with a guardian angel but will soon need to be evicted. She is super sweet and will cuddle up next to you once she gets over her initial shyness. She is used to a quiet house so no young children would be best.  

Tommy

**Senior Alert** Look at this cute little face! If Tommy could talk, he would ask you to please to take pity on him and give him a loving home to call his own. Tommy is 10 years old and his mom just passed away, leaving him all alone in the house. He has no other family and he needs someplace to go. Can you help this sweet boy?

If you are interested in adopting any of these sweethearts, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Morty

**Senior Alert** Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, Morty. Morty is a 10-year-old Havanese pup. Morty unfortunately had a rough start to his life, and he’s looking for the right home to help him get back on his feet. He was found as a stray in the industrial park with severe skin infections, ear infections, and dry eye. He has a long road to get back to normal, but through it all, his spirit remains bright, and he still holds on to his sweet and loving nature. Little Morty has been neglected before and he didn’t let it break him. He needs a home that can take care of his needs, give him his medication, and shower him with the love he deserves. Morty will do well in a home with calm dogs, cats and older children. 

If you are interested in meeting Morty, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with him in a domestic setting, which includes the shelters Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. Contact the shelter for more information about adopting Morty today! 631-360-7575. 

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Sassy and China

**Bonded Seniors Alert** China and Sassy are a bonded pair that came from Brooklyn to find their forever home. They were surrendered due to owner illness. They are both 10 years young and super affectionate! They are hoping to find a loving home together to share their golden years. If that home is yours, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring these sweet kitties home today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Handsome Harry

Handsome Harry sure does live up to his name! 5-year-old Harry comes from The Mill House Restaurant in Yaphank. He had been a part of a feral colony of six cats. Harry joined this feral cat colony a few years back and was always the first to run for the food delivered nightly by Last Hope volunteers. When a recent call came in saying Harry was limping, Last Hope volunteers jumped to help him. Harry was found with a cut between his toes on one paw and was extremely affectionate and loving with is caretakers. He loves petting and makes biscuits with his feet while enjoying attention, giving him purrfect pet potential! You can find more information and an adoption application for Harry on Last Hope’s webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Liberty

Liberty (Adoption #SCR3118) is in the pursuit of her happiness. This young southern rescue is enjoying all the freedom of her cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center but of course she’s searching for a home she can call her own where she can enchant her new family with her vibrant 8-month-old kitten energy (and beg for more snacks than she needs.)  Liberty’s fun purr-sonality makes her a top choice for energetic families looking for a furry playmate who will add more zip to their lives.

Valentina and Vinnie

What Valentina (Adoption #L80542) and Vinnie (Adoption #L80543) lack in bright coloring they more than make up for in charm! This bonded set of mini house panthers was born with purrfect personalities. Valentina loves to be petted by visitors, while Vinnie is a belly-rub-loving, purring machine! Valentina and Vinnie are ideal family members for any home, especially new cat owners looking to spoil a delightful pair of easy going 5-month-old kittens. Two hearts are better than one!

Charlize

Timid stunner Charlize (Adoption #G25734) has pushed herself beyond her comfort zone to entice adopters who might give her a permanent, loving home. This velvety soft 4-year-old lady traveled all the way from Georgia, hanging on the hope her forever home is waiting for her up here. Staff finds her nestled in a comfy bed in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Because she craves peace and quiet, Charlize would do best in a household with children 12+ in age and cat-experienced adults to help ease her into your family. Charlize is quietly waiting for someone to offer her a gentle ear rub and a ride home with you to her happily ever after.

Sebastian

When 1-year-old Sebastian (Adoption #BF3441) arrived at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, he was unsure of this new life away safely away from the streets. The comfy beds and gentle purr-suasion by the BFF team has begun to chip away at his reservations. A quiet home with patient family members who will help transform Sebastian into a contented cat is our dream for this gentle gentleman.

Grenada

Three-year old Grenada (Adoption #H210754) does a cute trick where she collapses into purrs the moment you notice her.  She’s never known a home before but we’re hopeful a quiet one will give her all the loving attention she missed out on while she was caring for herself on the busy local streets. If you’d like to set her motor running, please blink twice. She’ll know you’re as ready to commit to her as she is to becoming part of your family.  

Jasmine

**Senior Alert** Jasmine (Adoption #H198710) has had a bit of bad luck lately, but she’s not going to let that bring her down. This perky 11-year-old’s chipper cattitude isn’t only infectious—it’s inspiring! Her friends at Animal League America have given her a great big welcome and hope she’ll find the quiet, loving home she deserves. If you’re looking for a super-affectionate senior to show you how grateful she is for a blissful retirement home, Jasmine is more than willing to fill that role.  

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

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

Cats, Dogs At Long Island Shelters Looking For Forever Homes

Long Island animal shelters and rescues have it all, from tiny kittens to stunning German Shepherds. The one thing they all have in common: they are all ready to start the next chapter of their lives in a new forever home. 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Simply put, Nyxi is looking for someone who treasures and understands German Shepherds. Nyxi is a 7-month-old puppy saved from horrendous living conditions. Seized by Animal Control for lack of water and sustenance, covered with more than 100 blood-engorged ticks. Despite prior mistreatment Nyxi is good with older kids, just no cats. She weighs in at about 47 pounds but is still growing. In her former life she lived with people who didn’t deserve her, and will now do best with owners who grasp the German Shepherd psyche to help her fulfill her potential in a positive way.  You’ll find more information and an adoption application for Nyxi on Last Hope’s webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Trebek

We’ve had a lot of questions for 6-year-old Trebek (Adoption #H207860) that only he can answer, and lately he’s begun to offer some clues as to how we can ensure his happiness. Given him plenty of time he needed to relearn trusting humans, he’s experiencing a refreshing change in his spirit lately. Introductions to new friends in a quiet space have highlighted a more playful side to this typically shy fellow. It’s warmed everyone’s hearts to see him join in on some fun and games with his feline friends. While strangers still make Trebek feel in “Jeopardy,” a quiet, cat-experienced home with children 16 and older in age will help him become a champion. A confident cat in the home eager to tutor him about his new life will help as he seeks his new beginning.

Kali

NSALA’s friends from the Animal Care Center alerted them to a young trauma victim who survived a fall from a 6th floor window in Brooklyn. Kali (Adoption #MA4372) would need surgery immediately to address the leg injury she sustained. The heroes scooped her up and addressed her medical needs immediately. Thanks to generous donations from our Help Me Heal campaign, Kali’s injury is a thing of the past, and now we’re planning her future. Kali will benefit from more physical activity, but for now we are happy to see her settling into Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. No one can blame this tender, 3-year-old tuxie for feeling a little shy about the rapid changes she’s experienced recently, but her blinking eyes tell us she knows the 8 lives she has left are going to be awesome because she will be safe and loved inside with her family.

Scooter

When Scooter’s (Adoption #BF3283) rescuer discovered him in distress on the local streets, she delivered him to the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center assuring him a better future. Scooter’s pawsitive cattitude has everyone inspired by his can-do spirit. His hind limb paralysis isn’t standing in his way of making sure he crawls straight into your heart. To make his dream of a real home come true, Scooter has been welcomed into NSALA’s Sponsor Program where his medical needs will be covered through our Pet Health Center. His new family will share our vision of ensuring maximum health and happiness for this sweet 3-year-old boy who wants nothing more than to be in the loving arms of his special humans. Could that be you?  

Willy

When NSALA’s friends at their North Country Initiative program reached out for our help with a striking 10-year-old gent, North Shore Animal League America’s Medical Team came to the rescue! Wonderful Willy (Adoption #NCI1649) had lost his upstate home and needed help with chronic ear infections. Together all teams have worked on a plan to relieve this treasure of all of his obstacles so he enjoy healthy, carefree years ahead. So far, Willy has been thrilling legions of fans in each shelter. Staff and volunteers can only imagine how delighted he’ll be to be back in a home with a devoted family. Don’t make Willy wait another moment to win your heart. You and Willy will make an unbeatable team!

Daisy Bates. Photo by Ted Lim.

Sweet Daisy Bates (Adoption H210069) has settled into her comfy bed while figuring out what’s next for her. This shy kitten needs a gentle human to remind her she can leave her days in the harsh outside world behind now that she’s safe inside. Next stop: a furrrever home.  You’ll find it very easy to win this 11-month-old tabby over with an ear rub and some kindness. With just a little patience, you’ll find Daisy Bates easily slipping into your heart where she’ll settle in for a lifetime.  

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Cooper

Cooper is a super-sweet 3-year-old fella who found his way to Almost Home from Training Wheels Outreach Program. In his former life, Cooper was living outside and when their volunteers went to feed him, they realize just how sweet and friend he is! Almost Home believes he was left behind when people moved. Cooper is a laid-back kind of guy who loves being pet and seeks human attention. He gets along great with cats and kids, so don’t wait, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this little lady home today!

Available for adoption through Cove Animal Rescue:

Maddie

If you’re looking for a kitty who is as sweet as she is unique, Cove Animal Rescue has the gal for you! Maddie is a tuxedo calico cat who are typically known for their sweet, loving and sassy demeanor. At 5 years old, Maddie is ready to start her new life with you today. Maddie is available to meet by appointment only. Please contact Cove Rescue at 516-676-5913, 40 Shore Rd. Glen Cove, or check out their website at coveanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Huck

Huck is a purebred 2-year-old German Shepherd who loves to play and to learn! Huck is extremely loyal and a highly intelligent working dog. Huck is great at learning new tricks and commands. He’s naturally attentive to his humans, and his affectionate demeanor makes him irresistible at first paw. Huck’s perfect home will have experience with German Shepherds and understands the importance of giving him the mental stimulation and exercise he needs to live a happy and active life. A home with German Shepherd experience is preferred. Be sure to contact the shelter for more information about adopting Huck today at 631-360-7575. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Meet Bella Bean. This 5-year-old Cane Corso mix is an amazing girl who is adorable, dog friend, and comes equipped with a loving personality! Did we mention she’s also a genius? This gal knows a ton of commands like sit, down, stay and come. She’s also house and crate trained so you literally can’t ask for more! Bella Bean loves playing ball and loves rolling around in the grass. She is being recommended for a home with kids 17 and up. 

And this tiny peanut really lives up to her name…Sweet Pea was rescued by the TOH Animal Shelter when their veterinarian performed life-saving umbilical hernia surgery on her at just 3 weeks old. Sweet Pea is recovering beautifully in her foster home, and will be available for adoption at 8 weeks old after she is spayed. 

Please email foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org for more information on how to make Bella Bean or Sweet Pea your new family members today!  

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

9 Cats, Dogs That Can’t Wait To Be Your Furry New BFF

Roxie

Looking for a new furry best friend? These dogs and cats are waiting to meet you at Long Island shelters today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Quill

Quill is a 5-year-old cutie pie who recently arrived at the shelter in July after his owner died. He is a sweet boy who likes to play and already knows a bunch of commands. He is dog friendly who adores people. He displayed some food guarding at the shelter, so a savvy home with older kids (15+) is ideal for him. Quill is currently at the shelter and available for foster or adoption! Please email foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org for more information about how to bring home Quill today! 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Penelope

Penelope (Adoption #BF3229) is receiving the royal treatment because this princess deserves to be pampered! Her low-key personality is a perfect complement to any feline friend in search of a new soulmate. Four-year-old Penelope survived great obstacles to find her way to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, but everything she left behind her is preparing her for the golden retirement she so deserves. We can’t think of a better companion than this sleek beauty, and we’re sure you’ll agree Penelope is purrfect for you!  

**Double Adoption** (BF3230/32): This dynamic duo of lifelong friends is seeking a home to retire in together. When 8-year-olds Julio and Romeo lost the only home they’d ever known when their owner passed away, their bond deepened. Together they insist they belong, and together is our goal for them. A devastating turn of events would shake up any family member, but these bonded brothers have relied on each other to get through this bumpy road and have courage to discover what awaits on the horizon. They’re hoping you’ll be drawn in by their kind hearts and soulful eyes because they are ready to be your steady dates for the future!

Fluffington

Fabulous Fluffington (Adoption #H210696) found himself needing NSALA’s help to find him a more permanent home. This shy 1-year-old is ready to find new friends—feline and human—who will offer him tons of fun, love, and cuddles. He’s a terrific choice for a quiet home setting. If you’ve never had a cat before, let Flufflington show you how easy it is to love one, and be loved thoroughly in return!  

Pugsley

Sit down and let Pugsley (Adoption #NCI1653) tell you about his day. This handsome 6-year-old found his way down state from our sister shelter in Glen Falls, and we’re so glad he did. Besides pleasant conversation, Pugsley is keen for lengthy ear rub sessions. His gentle, friendly nature makes him an instant fan favorite at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Pugsley is being treated for a minor heart condition—treated at cost through our Pet Health Centers. Don’t hesitate to claim your new best friend. We have a feeling this feline is headed to his permanent home very soon!  

Dewey and Dolly

**Double Adoption** (Adoption #BF2425/26) Dewey and Dolly’s human rescued them off the busy city streets and provided them a safe place in which to live out their lives. When sudden tragedy struck, North Shore Animal League America vowed to keep them safe until they could find a new home for this bonded pair of 2-year-olds. Dewey is setting a good example for his shyer sister by enjoying the company of new friends and exploring new spaces. Dolly is never far behind her brother. This dynamic duo has survived so much in such a short time. NSALA is looking for a home committed to making sure they are as adored for the rest of their lives as they were from the beginning. If you’d like to complete their story by offering them your heart, Dewey and Dolly will reward you with all the gratitude they can purr your way.  

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Uno

Uno (now called Don by his foster) is a handsome and loving 1-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Shepherd mix who simply adores people and kids too! Uno is an energetic and highly intelligent fella that needs an active home where he is challenged with new tricks/tasks and exercised often.  He makes a great running partner too!  Uno does prefer to be the only pet in the home. Uno would be the perfect playmate for any family so don’t wait, contact the shelter for more information about adopting Uno today at 631-360-7575. 

Additionally, there is a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster at the shelter too. 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!

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: 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

Available for adoption through Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Jupiter

**Senior Alert** Jupiter is a 12-year-love who was brought to Almost Home when his mom became seriously ill. Sadly, he lost the only home that he spent his entire life in. He is very sweet and enjoys being pet. Jupiter came from a home with five other cats and does well in the rescue’s cattery. Please consider him as your next furry family member.

Roxie

Roxie is a very pretty 3-year-old gal who is known for her friendly and sweet temperament. She gets along great with other cats and looks after the kittens in the rescue’s free roaming cattery. Roxie is searching for her furever home. She looks forward to meeting you!

It’s feeding time for Almost Home’s kittens!! They have many beautiful kittens for adoption. They are little purr machines!! They are playful, energetic, sweet, and cuddly! Come down and meet your new baby today!

For more information about adopting Jupiter, Roxie or a new cutie patootie kitten, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665.

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

How New Dog Owners Can Avoid Furry Faux Pas With These Dog-Walking Etiquette Tips

New dog owners should know the rules to avoid conflict. (Getty Images)

As the weather gets warmer, more pet owners rely on daily walks with their dogs to ease pandemic-induced anxiety. But even for the most responsible dog walkers, taking a stroll can be anything but relaxing. 

Like many people who walk their dogs, Rebekah Peterman of Glen Cove has seen her fair share of confrontation. 

“I had a neighbor scream at me to curb my dog,” she says. “Not long after, rat poison was found on their property. The city was notified and the poison was removed, but I am personally offended that someone would try to poison an animal to make a point.”

To help avoid confrontation with not-so-pet-friendly neighbors, here are simple steps dog owners can take to keep their pets safe and neighbors at ease. 

It may seem obvious, but first and foremost, always avoid walking your dog on someone else’s property. Local regulations restrict where the public is legally allowed to curb a dog.  Regulations differ slightly, but typically allow dog walkers to utilize the strip between the street and the sidewalk, and in some areas, the grass between the curb and sidewalk is considered public easement and therefore fair game. But wherever a dog does its business, the walker is required to immediately remove all items in a plastic bag, which must be sealed and deposited in a covered garbage receptacle.

That is followed by the next suggestion: Never leave a used bag in someone else’s garbage can (yes, even on garbage day). It may seem tempting to unload the goods as quickly as possible, but don’t give neighbors another reason to get upset. It’s easier to dispose of it at home than to get into an argument about it. There are plenty of products on the market, including bag holders that hang on leashes and even harnesses that house bags to avoid getting caught bagless.

If caught in a confrontational situation, remain calm and respectful. Avoiding problematic homes on a route is always the best solution, but there are certainly times when that is not possible. 

“We can’t be expected to carry around a scrub brush and bucket,” says dog owner Dawn Ohaire of Deer Park, “but we can certainly try our best to keep the peace between dog walkers and homeowners.”

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14 Cats, Dogs Ready To Go Home With You Today

If you like big mutts and you cannot lie, there some cuties right here who are ready to go home with you today. Fancy a feline? There’s plenty of those too!  

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Mr. Smithers

**Senior Alert** Mr. Smithers is a 10-year-old gentleman who still has a lot of life in him and a lot of love ready to give. This little chatterbox will let you know when he is in need of some more TLC or attention. If the occasional meow doesn’t do the trick, this dapper guy will cuddle up to you with a nudge. Mr. Smithers has a hyperthyroid condition that requires a little extra care, but this is easily managed with daily medications. Mr. Smithers gets along with other cats and would fit in well as a cuddle buddy to any family! If you are looking for a best friend who enjoys spending his days perfecting the art of becoming a couch potato doting on his every purr, look no further than Mr. Smithers. Call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Jade

Jade is a 2-year-old beauty in need of a loving home. She was trapped along with her kittens as part of the Animal Shelter’s Trap/Neuter/Release program. She instantly showed her affectionate side and trust for the staff and volunteers in the Shelter. Jade is a little ball of love, serving up sweetness to everyone she meets. Jade would do well in a home with children, making her a great family pet! Call 631-360-7575 today for more information. 

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!

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: 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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Ulysses

**Double Adoption** Meet bonded brothers, Ulysses and Sancho. Sadly, their mom is terminally ill and needed to surrender her two precious boys. They need a new home and as they’ve already lost so much, it’s really important they don’t lose each other too.  Ulysses is an 8-year-old American bulldog and Sancho is an 11-year-old Puggle…one is cuter than the next!

Sancho

Tyson is such a brave little guy, and despite the fact his owner moved and left him behind, this 10-year-old Pit/Boxer Mix is just a big ole’ mush! Tyson needs to be the only pet in the home, but if you have the room and the love to give Tyson the home he truly deserves, give PAWS a call today!

Tyson

Please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616 for more information about adopting these sweet dogs today!  

Available for adoption at Cove Rescue in Glen Cove:

Felicia

Not only is Felicia is as soft as velvet and loves to talk, but she’s a great listener too! Need we mention those whiskers that go on for miles?! Felicia is about 2 years old and is just the sweetest girl. Very friendly, spayed and up to date on all her shots.  She’s available for adoption by appointment only. Please contact Cove Rescue at 516-676-5913, 40 Shore Rd. Glen Cove, or check out their website at coveanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Gertrude

A local rescue hero discovered Gertrude (Adoption #H21089) fending for herself in the elements last fall and secured her a safer retirement home than a busy parking lot. This shy 9-year-old deserves so much more than she had on the streets. Gertrude has been tucked away in a quiet space away from the bustling Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center to provide her a safe place to adapt to life indoors among humans. As a treasured family member. NSALA is actively seeking a loving, peaceful home with fearful cat experience and children 16 and older in age who will give her the predictable life she craves. When Gertrude’s trust is gained, she’ll discover the joy of being a treasured family member. 

Carmine

After spending his life in a loving home, 5-year-old Carmine (Adoption #H210682) finds himself needing help from the Animal League America team to find him a new one. This sweet, gentle boy has lived peacefully in a home with children, and although he can seem shy at first, he overcomes it easily when he receives gentle attention. Carmine is being treated for a minor heart condition which is covered through our Pet Health Centers. NSALA would love to get Carmine back into a real home as soon as possible so he can continue to thrive as the gentle soul we know him to be. 

Ozzie

When NSALA first met Ozzie (Adoption #BF3227), he was uncertain about all the new people in his life. In a very short time, this sweet 1-year-old has graduated to full-time lap cat and lover of ear rubs.  Ozzie comes alive in a quiet home with feline friends to keep him company. Staff predicts a very bright future for this formally frightened friend, one that includes unlimited access to your lap!  

Boots. Photo by Ted Lim

Brilliant Boots (Adoption #G25714) is working his way into the hearts of our North Shore Animal League America staff. This 3-year-old tuxedo brought his gentle southern charm with him when he was rescued from Georgia. Staff is finding him to be a quick learner. Boots has figured out that rolling over when he sees you is an easy way to grab the heartstrings of visitors.  He’s also a very good listener, so if you’re looking for a friend with whom you can discuss life plans, he’s your best choice for BFF material!  

Midnight. Photo by Ted Lim

It’s as if Midnight (Adoption #L80550) were born to be a meowdel and just needed NSALA’s help as her agents to find her next gig: a photo shoot in her forever home! This radiant local rescue doesn’t want to even think about the life she left behind—it’s beneath her! Don’t make this classic lady wait another day to mesmerize you with her stunning eyes. She’s runway ready today!  

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams (Adoption #BF3300) was discovered fending for himself near a feral feeding colony, but his rescuer realized right away that he’d need help adjusting to a safer life indoors. Animal League America offered this FIV+ 9-year-old a fresh start at a comfortable retirement. NSALA is not surprised that Billy Dee needs time to learn to trust humans again, but he’s surrounded by the most loving, trustworthy humans in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. They don’t want him to worry another day of his life, and are hoping to find him a quiet home with older children who will spoil him with all the attention he desires, or give him plenty of space to relearn home living if he needs it. If your kind heart wants to offer Billy Dee Williams a shot at love, please consider providing him the home he has always deserved.  

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

Available for adoption through Remember Me Rescue:

Duke

Poor Duke spent several years in the Town of Hempstead animal shelter, getting bounced around several times because people don’t know how to be good leaders for shelter dogs. Duke has a lot of drive, loves to play and loves to be with his person. Remember Me Rescue pulled him from the shelter and put him into an 8-week board and train to help him adjust to life in a home. Duke is now ready for that next step. He needs a family who owns a home and has a nice, secure yard and a family who will commit to exercising him and being a good leader. Anyone interested will be working along with Dukes trainer to make a good transition. If you are looking for a great dog, look no further. Contact the rescue at remembermerescueny.net

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Gizmo

Talk about being “spotted” at the right time! Gizmo made his way to Last Hope Animal Rescue from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.  Last Hope’s president found this little cutie and scooped him up right away because he was too friendly to pass up! At just about 2-year old, Gizmo is single and ready to mingle his way into a new forever home. To meet Gizmo by appointment, please first complete & submit an online cat adoption application found on the Last Hope website lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Celebrate Independence Day With These Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

Beanie and Blitz

What do you get when you cross any one of these adorable cats and dogs and a calculator? A friend you can count on. And if you think that’s fun, try bringing one home with you today! 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter:

Trixie

You can tell by Trixie’s sad look that she is the product of neglect. This is a look of Southern transport that Last Hope as seen too many times. Beagles in poor, rural Southern areas are considered possessions rather than pets, and when they are no longer productive as hunting or breeding dogs, they are discarded in cruel ways. Trixie came to Last Hope from a Kentucky shelter after having puppies. She is heartworm positive and will be treated by Last Hope. While her sad eyes lack the glimmer of hope, what Trixie doesn’t know is that Last Hope is equipped with compassionate volunteers who will work wonders to brighten the spark in her eyes and help her attract a foster or forever family. If you’d like to know more about adopting or fostering Trixie, please email lettycanals@gmail.com

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv: 

If you’re looking to adopt an adorable kitten or three, Pets4Luv is the place to call. All very young, approximately 7-to-10 weeks old, all healthy and sweet as they come. Now they just need a home of their own. If you can open your heart and home to any one of these cuties, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Sassy

Sassy is a beautiful 9-month-old calico kitty. calico cats and kittens are well-known for their gorgeous, tricolored coats in hues of orange, black, and white. In folklore, calicos are revered worldwide for their good luck. Sassy hasn’t had the best of luck so far but she’s looking for that to change. Sassy lives up to her name as she needs a little time to warm up to people, but only because she needs time to trust people. Maybe Sassy is the gal for you?!

Snowball

Snowball is a 20-month-old handsome fella, with his wonderful white fur and sweet demeanor. Snowball is curious about his surroundings, don’t be surprised to find him hiding in a hamper full of clothes (among other interesting places). He also loves windowsills and lying in the sun almost as much as he loves laps  If you are looking for a sweet, handsome lap cat, look no further, Snowball is your man.  

Please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616 for mor information about adopting these cute kitties today!  

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Prince

You’re in royal company when your Prince. This 2-year-old love is adorable with his morning meows for breakfast. Prince loves attention and really just wants to be pet (ok, and wet food). Prince is good with children and other cats. 

Midnight

Midnight is a stunning 1-year-old fella; a bit shy at first but will slowly open up and show his personality. He likes to be pet and loves other cats. He is FIV positive but does not let that stop him from doing anything. He is in great health!

If you would like more information about Prince or Midnight, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Betty Boop

Betty Boop, a medium sized 8-year-old Pit Terrier Mix was found wandering around a nearby train station and was brought to the Animal Shelter by a Good Samaritan. This sweet girl is the ideal therapy dog! From your first introduction, she becomes instantly attached. You’ll find it hard-pressed to walk away. Betty Boop is very laid-back, great on a leash, and a stage five clinger on the couch. She does have some arthritis issues, but this is manageable with a little bit of extra care and attention. Betty Boop would do well in a home with children but deserves to be the only pet in the family. 

If you are interested in meeting Betty Boop, 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. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Rodney

Ok, everyone seems to love Rodney! This adorable 6-year-old boy came to the shelter as a stray after being found tied up on the street. He is really friendly with people, but nervous when meeting new people. Rodney is really smart- knows multiple commands and even likes dogs! He’s really unhappy and sad at the shelter so staff and volunteers would love nothing more than to get him into a loving home with owners who can provide structure… as fast as possible. Please email the shelter to find out how to meet Rodney. Foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Beanie and Blitz

**Double adoption** When Beanie (Adoption #BF2666) and Blitz (Adoption #BF2667) were discovered outside fending for themselves, a local rescuer delivered them to the safety of the NSALA Adoption Center. How lucky these kittens were to spend time in a loving foster home where they began to overcome their fears and learn to trust humans again. Although they are still shy, these bonded one-year-old tabby sisters are sticking together to make each other feel safer in the new setting of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Beanie has decided that exploring her new world is tons of fun, and we predict the more cautious Blitz will join the fun soon. A home with children 12+ in age who will ease them into their permanent home will soothe away their fears. Together they will discover the wonderful world of being beloved pets!

Sammy Davis

If you’re looking for a feline friend to change your life, Sammy Davis (Adoption #WV0230) will do just that! This precious 8-year-old fellow can’t tell us what he went through before he was rescued from an overcrowded southern municipal shelter. NSALA immediately noticed his dashing good looks and understated charm, be we also saw right away that Sammie was going to need medical intervention for flexor tendon contracture which affects the use of his hind legs. This limited mobility hasn’t stopped Sammy from doing the normal things cats do. He’s a purrfect gentleman (and he uses the litter box like his more abled feline friends.) Staff is in awe of Sammy’s ability to overcome adversity with gusto. After time in a wonderful foster home, Sammy is ready to find a permanent home. Sammy is also being treated successfully for feline asthma which is a covered medical expense through NSALA’s Pet Health Centers. One thing Sammy is better at than any other cat is showing his gratitude.

Audra

When Audra Mae (Adoption #WV0268) arrived at the North Shore Animal League America as part of a rescue from West Virginia, it was clear she would need their help in soothing more than her spirit. After time shared with our caring Medical Team, Audra Mae is feeling much brighter about her future. Now healthy and ready to find her way into your heart and home, this 6-year-old sweetheart is hoping you’ll give her the love she’s always deserved.

Skye

As stunning as Skye (Adoption #WV0277)  is to gaze upon, it’s her gentle personality that has captivated the hearts of her caretakers at North Shore Animal League America.  After working very hard to care for her litter of kittens, this young 1-year-old mama has been allowed to resume being a kitten herself. Skye is open to lengthy chin rubbing sessions if you have the time to pamper her. She’d be a delightful choice for tabby lovers and a joy to welcome in any home. The sky is the limit when you adopt Skye!  

Tennessee

**Double adoption** Tennessee (Adoption #D48083) and Vermont (Adoption #D48084) are looking for a second chance at a forever home. Temporarily living cage-free at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, Vermont is settling in nicely but he’s keeping an eye on his timid brother, Tennessee and helping assure him they are safe and cared for. Tennessee is learning a lot from the brother he looks up to, and we’re confident that in the right home, these nine-month-old siblings will thrive happily together. If you have a quiet home with children 12+ in age and some experience with fearful felines, these young boys are waiting for you to bring them home.   

Vermont

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

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

Cats Named Clam Chowder and Minestrone Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

Clam Chowder and Minestrone

COVID-19 has certainly put a strain on animal shelters and rescues. With limited staff and an abundance of homeless animals, these cats and dogs need a hero. No cape required — they just need love and a safe, forever home. 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Salvatore

After a lifetime running around the streets of the Bronx scavenging for his next meal, Salvatore (Adoption #L80528) came upon a kind hero who had a better plan for him. Now this gentle, 3-year-old is being pampered for the first time by his new friends in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Whatever his life was before he came to NSALA, he’s put it behind him and is lapping up all the attention he’s receiving both from human friends. He would prefer to be the only pet in his home so if you’re looking to share your home with a true heartthrob, Salvatore should be your number one choice! 

Stella and Stew

**Double Adoption** When an experienced local rescue hero discovered Stella (Adoption #L80526) and Stew (Adoption #L80527) hovering near his home, he plucked up the lucky duo and knew exactly where to bring them to ensure their brightest future. Now you’ll find these sweet, shy 11-month-old kittens making biscuits in comfy blankets while receiving ear rubs from new human friends. They may seem shy at first, but just try to stop rubbing their ears and you’ll see how much they appreciate making new friends with you. All Stella and Stew need now for their happily ever after is one more hero: you!  

Sash and Humphrey Bogart

**Double Adoption** When Sash and Humphrey Bogart’s (Adoption #WV0270) lives got derailed by a crisis, they lost the only home and family they’d ever known. Sash, a 3-year-old tabby, has taken the sudden changes in their lives in stride, and is gratefully greeting visitors to their cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center like the grand southern belle she is. Humphrey, a fetching 4-year-old male, is less enchanted by the changes, but is trying very hard to follow his braver sister’s lead. He’s never far from Sash’s side, and NSALA promised them that their forever includes each other. If you would like to offer these besties a loving home, Sash and Humphrey Bogart would be most grateful for your kindness.  

Valencia

When you’re as stunning as Valencia (Adoption #WV0272), you don’t have to work too hard to get adopters’ attention. This spotted, 3-year-old tabby with velvety soft fur will chirp for you. She’s impossible to miss, and everyone’s top pick for most likely to succeed at getting adopted this weekend. Flawless Valencia is ready to chirp her way into your heart so please don’t pass up the opportunity to make room for this southern rescue in your home!           

Geena Davis

Geena Davis (Adoption# WV0282) is in a league of her own! In a very short time, she’s experienced a lot of excitement. She mothered a beautiful litter of kittens and then traveled from West Virginia to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Now it’s time for this one-year old young mama to put a chaotic life behind and luxuriate in the comfort of her human’s arms. Let Geena Davis show you she’s the purrfect match for you in your quiet home. Your big heart is all she requires.  

Mandy and Lilly

**Double Adoption** When a crisis upturned their lives, Mandy (Adoption #BF3284) and Lilly (Adoption #VR2457) needed NSALA’s help to get them back on track. These two lovely bonded ladies have been welcomed into into Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where they can take all the time they need to get back on their paws and help us search for a more permanent situation. Lilly is already very grateful for the opportunity and is displaying it openly with hearty greetings at the door. Shyer Mandy watches her best friend for inspiration and is warming up to ear rubs from visitors. This wonderful pair of 6-year olds has gone through hard times together and look forward to safe, secure future filled with all the love they deserve. Lilly and Mandy are waiting for a guardian angel to take them home — they’ve been waiting for you!  

For more information about adopting Salvatore, Stella and Stew, Humphrey and Sash, Valencia, Geena Davis or Mandy and Lilly, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Clam Chowder and Minestrone

Voila! Clam Chowder and Minestrone are a pair of 11-month-old brothers who would love to be adopted together. Both kitties were originally adopted from the Animal Shelter this past December, however they sadly were brought back after experiencing some issues with the dog in the house. These little guys are hoping for another chance at finding a furever home with a loving family. Both Clam Chowder and Minestrone are quiet and full of love. They would do well in a calm home, and they get along well with other cats and with children. 

If you are interested in meeting Clam Chowder and Minestrone, please call ahead to schedule a meet and greet 631-360-7575.

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

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Grover

Take a look at this face! Grover is the adorable 6-year-old cutie pie who came to the shelter as a stray in May 2020. He was found by a good Samaritan, very underweight when he arrived. Grover is super friendly with people and likes meeting other dogs too. He displayed slight guarding issues during his evaluation, so his ideal home would be with people with some experience with guarding, and a home with kids 15 and older. Grover is currently at the shelter and available for foster or adoption. Please contact foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org to learn more about how to bring Grover home today!

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv:

Kerry and Waldo

**Double Adoption**Waldo and Kerry are a bonded pair in search of their forever home. Waldo is approximately 5 years old and distinguished Kerry is a 10-year-old gal. It’s assumed that this loving pair was dumped prior to being rescued by Pets4Luv, because they are way too sweet to have been feral. If you can open your heart and home to Waldo and Kerry, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter:

Meet Elroy Jetson. Elroy and the rest of the Jetson’s (his three sisters) were trapped and vetted back in May. This 10-week old cutie is ready for adoption- comes neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped! The Jetson futuristic feline family has been in loving foster care with a Last Hope volunteer. They are super-social and playful. Elroy climbs up his foster Mom’s leg so he can reach her lap for petting. To meet Elroy by appointment,  please complete and send Last Hope the cat adoption application at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Snowy

**Senior Alert** Meet Snowy, an adorable 15-year-old poodle. His senior dad passed away and, sadly, the family could or would not keep him. He had a date to be euthanized before PAWS took him in. Poor thing was so matted, volunteers could barely find his head!  e is blind but otherwise, the vet has proclaimed him to be “very, very healthy.” Snowy is understandably set in his ways. He is very sweet and very sure about what he wants. He lets you know when he’s hungry and when he has to go out. He just needs a safe, warm and loving home. His only requirement for his new parent/family is to provide a home to allow him to enjoy his twilight years without the fear of being subject to euthanasia for his age or disability.

Puma

Puma and his sister Serena are about 8 years old and need all the help they can get.  Their senior mom passed away months ago and they have since been in foster homes but need a home of their own. They’ve lost so much; they are now very shy and will need some time to settle in. They need someone with patience and love who will understand they will not want to be held for a while. It will take some time for them to warm up but imagine how great it will feel when you earn that trust. They are in desperate need of a home of their own.  

Serena

If you can open your hearts and home to these beautiful, frightened souls, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or go to their Facebook page or call the number listed below.  

Available for adoption through Remember Me Rescue:

Liam

If you love big dogs and big dogs love you, then Liam is your guy! Liam lost his foster home so this shy and scared fella needs to find a forever home as soon as possible. Liam will thrive and has the potential to be an amazing pet-he really just needs his own home as a solo dog, and an owner to love him forever. If you can save Liam, please contact the rescue at remembermerescueny.net

Available for adoption at the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:

Bayden

Can you help Bayden get adopted? He’s an 11-year-old pure breed American Staffordshire Terrier, surrendered to the Animal Shelter by his owners after they had their children. The family did not feel he was a good fit with small children. Bayden has bilateral hip dysplasia as well as an old injury to one of his knees. These conditions have left him extremely arthritic. He would need someone who has experience and is willing to accept the cost of the medications that he requires to keep him comfortable. Bayden would thrive in a home environment as opposed to the shelter. Hoping that someone will have that special place in their heart and home for Bayden in his golden years. If you would like to meet Bayden, please call 516-677-5784.

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

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What Is The Difference Between A Service Dog, Therapy Pet, and Emotional Support Animal?

Service dogs, therapy pets, and emotional support animals are not all the same. (Getty Images)

Walk around an airport, visit a hospital, or even dine at a restaurant and you’ll find service animals in action. But what services do they provide? 

There are three levels of working animals: service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals, explains Linda Keehn, a certified dog behavior consultant, certified professional dog trainer, therapy dog evaluator, and owner of Positive Canine Training, LLC in Lindenhurst.

“Service dogs perform tasks as defined by the American Disability Act (ADA),” she says. “Their main focus is mitigating their handler’s disability, whether it be medical or psychiatric.”

It can take years of rigorous training before dogs can be certified as service dogs. Service dogs have full public access with no restrictions.  

“It’s important to note that under the ADA, a service dog is not required to wear a vest, so one way of identifying a true service dog is to observe their focused behavior on their handler,” she notes.  

Following in the service dog’s pawsteps is the therapy dog. These are the dogs found in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Therapy dogs are thoroughly trained, tested, and insured by accredited therapy dog organizations. An important distinction between therapy and service dogs is that therapy dogs are not granted full public access; they are only allowed where they have been invited. 

Gaining popularity is the emotional support animal, which provides support to handlers with emotional issues.

“The emotional support animal does not require any specific training, however the owner must obtain and provide documentation from a mental health provider stating the animal used provides assistance with a mental health issue,” Keehn notes. 

But if you’re thinking about using your pet as an emotional support animal, you may need to think twice. 

“While you may feel comforted by your dog, airports and airplanes are scary places for animals who are not properly trained to handle such situations, so if you are considering this path, consider looking into obedience/therapy training first,”  says Keehn. 

Currently, emotional support animals are restricted to airport/airplane and housing access only. 

If you are interested in learning more, check resources wisely. Keehn suggests contacting nonprofit service dog organizations or contacting an organization that specializes in the disability at hand. 

“You can hire a trainer to train your own dog as a service dog, but buyer beware,” says Keehn. “Dog training is an unregulated field, so be sure to visit facilities, see their trained dogs in action, and get references from other handlers.” 

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Senior Pets Seeking Second Chance Among Dogs, Cats Up For Adoption on Long Island

This week you’ll find some cats and dogs who have been down on their luck for too long.

Thanks to local rescues and shelters they are all healthy and safe, but the one thing they all need to thrive is their very own forever home. Please read their stories and consider opening your heart and home to one (or more) of these precious souls. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter:

Blossom

**Special Request** You may recall Blossom being crowned by award-winning artist Sophie Gamand back in 2014, but since then, Blossom finds herself back in the shelter system through no fault of her own.  

The shelter always made it clear Blossom would do best as an only pet. Blossom found her way into a new home but was shortly found roaming the streets as a stray. She was in horrific shape: patches of fur missing, confused, older, sad, scared, incontinent, and looking sickly. Her adopters had failed her. 

When contacted, her adopters picked her up, only to bring her back the next day saying they didn’t want her anymore, that she wanted to be an only dog. Mind you, Blossom was there first!

Ms. Gamand rushed to the shelter to photograph her right before confinement. The light in her eyes had dimmed as you can see from the attached photo. Blossom was crowned again, using a new crown, this time with her shelter intake collar on, because that’s her story. 

Blossom is perfection. She is a good girl, she is super friendly, good with kids of all ages. She even lived with a newborn in one of her families with no issue! She is crate-trained, knows basic commands and go to bed. She will only be adopted as an only pet. No more excuses for dumping her again. 

Please tag someone, share her story with #FindBlossomAHome, and if you can offer a home, contact the Brookhaven Animal Shelter at 300 Horseblock Rd. in Brookhaven, call them at 631-286-4940 or visit brookhavenny.gov

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter:

Jodi

Jodi is a very sweet but frightened 6-year-old Shepherd mix who was picked up as a stray with a buddy. She was definitely more relaxed when the other dog was near and may do better with another calm dog around. No one really knows what troubles Jodi has seen or how long she lost before she was picked up.

Jodi has been in foster care with a lovely volunteer who planned to adopt her but turns out she is unable to keep her. The news is devastating. As per Jodi’s foster mom: “she is extremely fearful of loud noises. Even my cell phone when I get a text message. She hasn’t bonded with anyone else in my house. She runs away from them, especially men. She hasn’t been exposed to other dogs recently and would be better off in a home with older children 10 and up. She happily goes for walks in the morning but later in the day she wants no part of it.”

Jodi is rarely interested in playing outside. Maybe she was not allowed in her past life. Jodi needs a gentle, patient person to continue her emotional conditioning, assure her the people in her life now are here to love and protect her.  

Boogie

**Special Needs Request** Wanna boogie down Broadway with Boogie? Three-year-old Boogie the Beagle has been in foster care during the shutdown with a Last Hope family, who have fostered many of their dogs. Boogie began having seizures several months before the COVID-19 crisis. His seizure medications have been fine-tuned during his time in foster care.

But the seizures don’t stop him. Boogie is an active boy and will do best with a person or couple who like to take long walks. With his puppy energy and Beagle charm, this mush will steal your heart in no time! 

To meet Jodi or Boogie, please email lettycanals@gmail.com 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Zoe

What’s a stunning kitten like Zoe Kravitz (Adoption #H210644) doing in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center? Why waiting to be connected with you of course! This local 1-year-old rescue has been promised a great life in a loving home—her very first! Zoe may be shy at first, but offer her an ear rub and you’ll begin a beautiful relationship.

Hope

Hope (Adoption #BF3261 is hopeful that she’ll soon be home! This 6-year-young diva wants all of your attention, and would prefer not to share it with other pets. She’d like to forget her humble beginnings on the local streets and is shooting for the stars—a chance to be pampered by a loving human. If you’re looking to have only one cat, Hope springs eternal that you’ll chose her for your new best friend!   

Hoffman

If you’re feeling lonely at home, we have a purrfect solution to the problem. Seven-year-old Hoffman (Adoption #H210569) never runs out of conversation and wants to give her heart and soul to making her favorite human happy. Affectionate and charming, Hoffman is hoping to graduate from Bianca’s Furry Friends to your heart and home. 

Nueva

Beautiful tabico Nueva (Adoption #H210663) has been assured her next stop in her journey will be a real home. Until then, we’re keeping this shy little 3-year-old safe and cozy inside a cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Just a little gentle coaxing and some patience will have this precious girl warming up to you.  

Katy Tur

After waiting patiently in a long term foster home for her big opportunity, local rescue Katy Tur (Adoption #L80530) is happy to report she has finally made it to the bright lights and big time of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center—her big chance at finding permanent happiness. This quiet, classy 7-year-old knows a lot about patience and will enjoy the comfort of her cage-free room with her new feline friends while the purrfect home comes along for her. Because she loves her feline friends so much, we are looking for a household with another FIV+ cat to befriend for the rest of her life.

Patch Adams

Patch Adams’ (Adoption #H210900) life is looking up now that he’s safely in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center as he awaits his forever family. This older eight-month-old kitten was discovered in a hero’s yard this spring and brought indoors ensuring he’ll never have to fend for himself outside again. Shy at first, Patch easily overcomes his fears with a little ear rub and playtime with feline friends. He’ll make a delightful choice for anyone willing to soothe him into his first real home. Once settled, you’ll be enjoying a lifetime of snuggles with your newest best friend!  

For more information about adopting Zoe Kravitz, Hope, Hoffman, Nueva and Katy Tur, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Sonic

You’ll soon understand how Sonic got her name. This beautiful 2-year-old kitty was found as a stray scavenging for scraps of food at a local Sonic restaurant. She can be very shy, but she also has a very sweet personality and is not aggressive at all. It will take some time and patience in order to get Sonic to open up, but it’ll be very worth it when she purrs for you as her stamp of approval! She would prefer to live in a quiet and calm household with a lot of love to give.

If you are interested in meeting Sonic, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with him in a domestic setting, which includes the 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. For more information, call 631-360-7575.

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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Wilbur

**Senior Alert** Can you hear Mr. Ed calling his best buddy?  This senior handsome little chihuahua is about 10 years old and weighs all of 8 pounds soaking wet. Wilbur is very sweet, gets along well with other dogs and loves all people, but a home without cats would be best. If snuggling and taking naps is your thing, then Wilbur is your perfect match! He’s had a rough life and just needs a home to enjoy his golden years surrounded by love.

Callie

**Senior Alert** Meet Callie. This sweet senior is a hypoallergenic mix for those of you with allergies! She is spayed, about 9 years old and weighs roughly 25 pounds. Callie loves nice leisurely walks followed by a nice leisurely nap! She would make the perfect companion for a retiree who enjoys spending time outdoors. Callie will sunbathe while keeping you company in the garden and giving you unconditional love. Have some unconditional love to give her in return?

Poppy

Look at this face! Poppy is a healthy 5-year-old terrier mix whose original owners (who had her for 4 ½ years) recently relinquishing her to a high-kill shelter due to some guarding issues. She was adopted after a very short stay at the shelter by a young couple who unfortunately made matters worse. The male owner was very rough with Poppy when she was protecting items that were important to her.

She is currently under the care of a behaviorist and learning to work through her issues. Poppy is otherwise sweet, loving, and friendly. She loves people!! She enjoys playing catch, going for walks, and running in the grass. She’s pretty good on leash and is learning to be better. 

She gets along well with other dogs; cats are an unknown. Poppy would do best in a home with adults or kids older than 13. Her new person or family will be required to continue to work with our behaviorist. Local adoptions only. 

For more information about adopting or fostering Wilbur, Callie or Poppy, email adoptions@paws-li.org, call 631-306-4616, or visit paws-li.org

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Dog Who Lost Owner To Coronavirus Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

If TV binge-watching is getting old, why not change things up by bringing a new cat or dog home this weekend?

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Mr. Poof

Poof! And magically, the coolest cat in town appears and is ready to be adopted. Oh, that’s this cutie’s name, Poof! This 2-year-old sweetheart is very affectionate, loves nothing more than being pet and held — a total mush ball! Poof gets along great with adults, kids and cats, making him the purrfect cat for almost any household. Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this handsome fella home today!

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Zeus

Meet Zeus; this 4-year-old Staffie mixed-breed is 65 pounds of pure love! Big and goofy, Zeus loves to play, loves to hug and basically just loves to be loved. He is good with dogs and all people and seems okay with cats. He is just waiting patiently for his new home.  Due to his size, he would do best with children older than 10.

Koby

**Special Needs Request** Don’t tell sweet 10-year-old Koby that he has a neurological issue that affects his walking. He mostly gets around by himself but does need help at times as he does forget he needs to take it slow. He loves his toys, naps and people! His requirement for his retirement years is a person who understands his neuro/walking issues, who has lots of patience and lots of love to give. He will give the love back 1,000 times over. It seems he may have lived his life as a junkyard dog and he just wants to enjoy his twilight years in a quiet home lavishing in love and attention. He will make a wonderful companion as he really loves people. He does need a fenced in backyard in which to safely walk around and sunbathe. He also needs to be the solo pet in the house. 

Luna

**Senior Alert** Luna is a 12-year-old Bull Mastif mix who was sadly and cruelly dumped at kill shelter in her golden years. She was on the euthanasia list and just seemed to accept her fate until PAWS jumped in at the last minute. She’s been with a wonderful foster who is helping her to trust again, but it’s taken awhile. She loves to nap and go for walks. She is best in a home with no other dogs, cats or children under 13 years old. She needs a patient person with a big heart to help her believe again that people can be good. 

Thelma

Thelma is a sweet-as-sugar 5-year-old staffie/bulldog mix who is as gentle as they come. Just look at this face! Thelma loves to cuddle and play. She gets along well with other dogs and enjoys going to the park. Thelma would do best in a home with children over the age of 10. 

For more information about adopting or fostering Zeus, Koby, Luna, and Thelma, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. You can also visit their website at paws-li.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Machiavelli

**Senior Alert**  The team at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center is so enamored with Machiavelli (adoption #BF3243) they’ve declared him North Shore Animal League America’s No.  1 Bachelor. This suave 15-year-old has them all swooning from all the head butts he offers. His irresistible charm will find him a new family but they need to promise him endless ear rubs. Machiavelli will have no trouble fitting into any home (and any lap.)  Sure he’s got a few medical issues — the usually issues our senior feline friends do — but they are covered by our Medical Center. All you have to worry about is finding enough time in your day to cuddle him!

Tabitha Stevens

Sensational tortie Tabitha Stevens (adoption #NCI1635) doesn’t need to twitch her nose to get what she wants. All this lovely 3-year-old lady needs is to gaze at you with her big beautiful eyes and the magic between you will begin instantly. You’re going to fall under her spell from your first hello. Tabitha came to us from our shelter partner upstate and has had experience with feline friends and calm canine friends, so she’d be a wonderful addition to any family.

Larry David

A true gentleman, Larry David (adoption # R166958) is pretty, pretty, pretty awesome.  Unlike his namesake, this 2-year-old has impeccable manners and will make a wonderful impression at your next dinner party. You’ll need to curb your enthusiasm when you meet him because he’s simply too sweet to be believed. Larry would do best in a home with feline-experienced adults (and children 8+ in age).

Martin Short

Shy guy Martin Short (adoption #H210666) tries very hard to put his best paw forward and make a lasting impression (beginning with his unique meow) in the hopes you’ll lead him home. Martin has put the first year of his life on the local streets behind him and now looks forward to spending the rest of his life in a quiet home. You provide the ear rubs and Martin Short will provide the smiles. 

Grape

After spending his young life on the local streets, Grape (adoption #H210667) has settled into the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center and beginning to understand how great things are becoming for him. This sweet, 1-year-old male tabby’s big eyes are taking in all of the rapid changes to his life, and his nose is waiting to be booped.

For more information about adopting Machiavelli, Tabitha Stevens, Larry David, Martin Short, and Grape, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Hilton

Hilton, a lovely 2-year-old calico has been with All About Spay Neuter since she was a kitten. She is a “special needs” cat with a heart murmur and requires medication in the morning. She has a big personality and trills happily when she spots you with cheese. If you are interested in this sweet girl or would like see any of the adorable kittens or cats at the rescue, please call or text Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment. They are located at 4209 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa, showing kittens/cats by appointment only at this time.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Parker

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, a little guy who has been through the ringer, Parker. Parker is an 8-year-old Male Chihuahua Mix. Sadly, he is a COVID-19 orphan who lost his owner to the disease two months ago. His 2 geriatric doggy siblings went into foster care, while Parker was brought to the Animal Shelter. Parker is an absolute love mush who loves all people, and most other dogs and cats! Parker has a heart murmur that currently does not require any medications, but this may change in the future. Parker does have food aggression, so he cannot be placed in a home with small children. It may require a bit of extra attention and care to meet all of Parker’s needs, but the extra work is worth it when he snuggles up with you. Parker has been through a lot in his little life, and all he wants is love, attention and a comfy lap to sleep on. We know his hero and forever home is out there for him somewhere. 

If you are interested in meeting Parker, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with him in a domestic setting, which includes the 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. 631-360-7575.

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 hsmithtownny.gov

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Beauty

Beauty is about 3 years old and came to the shelter as a stray in March 2019. She was found loose on the streets by a good Samaritan who took her into their home for a few weeks. They ultimately decided they couldn’t keep her and brought her to the shelter. No original owner was found, so now Beauty awaits her future forever family to come find her. Beauty is very nervous at the shelter but she does love to see her buddies and is more happy and calm with the people she knows. Beauty needs a solo pet home. If you are interested in learning more please call the shelter at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantaghor 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

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