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Animal Shelter Dogs Are Not Damaged Goods, Experts Say

Long Island Press Publisher Joanna Austin can attest to the fact that shelter animals are amazing. Meet her pup Trooper.

Let’s clear the air right now: Rescue dogs are amazing. 

Take one home and it will love you until death do you part. There’s a dangerous misconception that dogs from shelters and rescues also come with a slew of behavioral issues, but animal behavior experts tell a very different story. 

“There is no logical reason to believe that a dog that comes from a shelter has any more behavioral issues than a dog purchased from a breeder,” says Stephen DeBono, pet behavior manager at Bideawee pet welfare organization. “A dog’s behavior depends on a wide range of factors, including genetics, upbringing, and environment. Without proper socialization, mental and physical stimulation, and training, even the purest-bred dog will demonstrate behavioral issues.” 

In fact, purebreds are often the product of overbreeding, which leads to questionable genetics that can contribute to mental and physical hurdles a nonissue for your standard mutt.

Too often dogs are surrendered or returned to shelters for simple behavioral issues that can be corrected.  A wonderful benefit of adopting a shelter dog is that most shelters are equipped with behavior experts to help you choose the pet that is the best match for you and your family based on lifestyle, schedules and many other pertinent issues.  

“When former owners do not take the time to properly train and socialize their animals, puppies quickly grow up to be fearful or have behavioral challenges,” says Diane Johnson, vice president of shelter operations at North Shore Animal League America, who has 36 years of experience helping dogs and cats thrive. “Lack of socialization is the most common behavioral issue since dogs that are afraid to be around people and other animals are often overlooked. One of the easiest ways to socialize a puppy is to expose them to a lot of different stimuli such as different sounds, sites, textures underfoot, meeting other pups (if vaccinated appropriately), and all types of people, so they get used to strangers.”  

Shelter staff is also there to help you choose your perfect match. DeBono advises “choosing a dog that is best suited for your environment. Behavior issues are often situational so you must be able to properly accommodate the dog you choose. Research the type of breed you’re interested in. Understanding their characteristics, attitudes, general health issues and needs will lead to a successful adoption and a long-lasting relationship”.   

Remember that adopting a rescue dog saves lives. Adopt, don’t shop: You’ll be glad you did!

15 Cats, Dogs Ready To Come Home With You Today

A nice, long holiday weekend is here, which only means one thing-extra time to adopt a new best friend! Read all about some amazing cats and dogs that would love to make your home their new forever home today!

North Shore Animal League America is waving adoption fees for all cats and kittens, for approved adopters, at their Port Washington campus throughout the Labor Day Weekend. North Shore Animal League America is filled to capacity with adoptable cats and kittens and they need your help creating more room so they can continue their life-saving mission.  Adopting kittens (especially in pairs,) as well as teenaged and senior cats, into loving homes will enable them to rescue more animals in need. Beginning Thursday, August 29, they will open to the public for a Feline Friends & Family Evening. Cat enthusiasts looking to adopt are invited to visit the Little Learners building on their Port Washington campus to find new feline friends. Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, adoption fees will be waived on all cats and kittens for all approved adopters. 

Dodger

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

Dodger is quite the intelligent 8-year-old feline who chose his current family all by himself.  With an injured leg, he walked up to their door, went through their house and into their lives. That was 7 years ago. Fast forward to today and his family is devastated they have to give him up due to some newly diagnosed pet allergies. Dodger is neutered and healthy and is just an all-around good boy who loves to lie in the sun and play with his toy mice.  He lived peacefully with a small dog for a few years, not sure about other cats.   If you can open your heart and home to Dodger, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call (631) 306-4616 today!

Dakota

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Dakota is a stunning 5-year-old sweet girl who was surrendered because her prior owner had to move to another state. Dakota loves to be pet and is always seeking human attention. She gets along well with the other cats and would simply love a forever home! Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Dakota today!

Hensley

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Hensley (adoption #R166808) is still just a kitten herself, yet she has spent the better part of her first year carrying and caring for a litter of kittens. Those days are behind her, and now she can spend the rest of her life as a healthy, happy, beloved indoor pet. Hensley is an 11-month-old, medium-haired North Carolina transplant with fur soft as silk who actively enjoys her playtime. Motherhood has left this lady sensitive so a home with children 10+ in age and cat-experienced adults will help her transition into her very first—and definitely her very best—home! If you’d like to help Hensley start over in your family, please come by and introduce yourself to one of the loveliest momma cat heroes our team has nurtured! For more information, email DoritS@animalleague.org

Romilda

Would you look at this adorable face!? Romilda (adoption # NCI1316) is an 8-month-old, lovable young lady originally from the Adirondack region. She’s is ready to plop into her human’s lap and spend forever cuddling with her newfound family. The markings on her face make Romilda a striking beauty with an equally striking personality to match.  She deserves the very best family out there-if that’s you, reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org to learn more about adopting Romilda today!

Sammi and Davis

**Double Adoption** When young, 2-year-old Sammi (adoption #WV0448) became a mama in West Virginia, she was so devoted to her daughter, Davis (adoption #WV0449) that her rescuers asked NSALA to keep them together forever- and they are happy to oblige because they couldn’t be more charming! Mini-me Davis looks up to her mama for guidance and never leave each other’s side, but they both have plenty of room in their hearts to embrace a new family. If you’re interested in this mother/daughter adoption, please reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org.

Tater

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Tater the 6-month-old Terrier mix is available for adoption. This sweet girl is eager to make friends with everyone she meets. She’s a loving puppy ready to begin obedience classes and put her best paw forward. Tater is looking for a home where she can be the only furry family member. Come meet her today at Little Shelter in Huntington!

Priscilla

 Priscilla is also looking for her furever home. This happy dog is a sweet at spunky 12-year-old Terrier mix who is a huge people “person.” Priscilla had a blast at Pet-A-Palooza going up to and getting attention from all the visitors who came by. With her outgoing personality, no one can can’t believe she is still available! Priscilla is a great little dog who loves to play, run, and snuggle. She does need to be the only pet, but don’t let that turn you away. She’s an extremely gentle girl that will make you laugh for hours with her puppy like personality.

Buggsy

Buggsy the luvbug wants you to meet him at Little Shelter. This guy is quite the character! He loves people and is a total ham for attention. He also doesn’t mind being dressed up and when he was being photographing in a vest, Buggsy trotted off happy as could be with his new accessory. And let’s not forget that this guy loves cuddles! Who could ask for more?

Dana

Dana is a 3-year-old tabby who was rescued from the Carolina’s after Hurricane Florence. She is a sweet girl who loves people and is always seeking out affection from visitors and staff. She is an outgoing kitty who wants to be part of the action and will follow you around like a little shadow.

For more information about adopting Tater, Priscilla, Buggsy and Dana, please contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center at 33 Warner Rd, Huntington, 631-368-8770.

Peaches

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter:

Handsome Peaches is a sweet boy who craves attention and would love his own family to cherish him. Peaches is a gentle kitty who just wants to be held and snuggled. If you’re looking for a companion that will always be by your side, look no further than Peaches.

Ajax

This is one pawsome cat that definitely deserves your attention. Ajax is known for following visitors around the cattery and sitting right at your feet looking for attention. He loves a good conversation and will answer with a gentle mew. He would be a great companion for anyone looking for a cat that will be purr-sonally attentive! Come meet him today.

For more information about adopting Peaches and Ajax, please contact the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter located at 104 Deposit Rd, East Northport, 631-651-9788. 

Joci

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Joci is a sweet and precious 10-year-old lady who’s a warm and loving senior dog seeking a home to call her own. Donning a fantastic ebony and ivory coat with brindle highlights throughout, she is both outwardly stunning and inwardly lovely. Joci needs a family that is every bit as wonderful and affectionate as she is. In return, you can expect endless love and loyalty from her. If Joci sounds like an idyllic fit for your family, call and ask about adopting or fostering her today! 

Snipe

Snipe comes equipped with a wonderful smile, precious caramel pips and a sweet freckled face-he has certainly turned heads at Bideawee. Sweet 1-year-old Snipe came all the way from South Carolina but has quickly settled into the New York lifestyle. He has won many hearts already with his cuddles and unique wiggling behind and is anxiously awaiting a home (and couch) to snuggle that behind up to. 

Pumpkin

Eight-year old Pumpkin was found trapped inside of a tire by a Good Samaritan when she just was 4 months old and was brought to Bideawee for housing and care. They took one look at her and swept her right under their wing! Pumpkin is a social and excitable domestic short-hair kitty. She has a great deal of playful, kitten-like energy still. Pumpkin would be pleased as punch to chase a string around for hours. She is quite the socialite, too, and loves to strut around; she believes that the world is her playground! Pumpkin is quite unique in both personality and creation; she is not only zesty, but she is an uncommon find, as orange female cats are a rarity! She is seeking an equally special home to call her own. Pumpkin tends to become worked up when she receives more attention at one time than she can handle, and so she would do best in an adult home with cat-savvy adopters. All Pumpkin needs is a chance with the right family! 

Carmela

Carmela is a fantastic little lady known as being a sweet and tenderhearted cat that is simply wonderful from tip to tail. Boasting piercing emerald eyes, and a coat of the most lovey tabby markings, she is a joy to behold. Just as sweet as she is beautiful, she can be counted upon to rub up against your hands for love and nuzzle for comfort. If Carmela sounds like the one for you, ask about adopting her today! 

For more information about adopting Joci, Snipe, Pumpkin and Carmela, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

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

Chihuahua Puppies Found in Vacant Home Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

While last weekend’s Clear the Shelter event was a nationwide success, there are still plenty of cute cats and adorable dogs that can’t wait to find their forever homes! Read about some of Long Island’s finest homeless pets here, and how you can make them your new best friend today!

And calling all cat caretakers! Don’t miss his weekend’s Fixing Felines Spay/Neuter event on Sunday, August 25 at Farmingdale Dog & Cat Clinic, 908 Conklin St. in, Farmingdale. Drop off time is 8 a.m. Call 631-439-5796 for questions and/or to schedule an appointment. Their low-cost services include $68 for females, $58 for males (includes rabies and distemper vaccine, flea treatment and deworming). This is a great opportunity for those who help Long Island’s stray/feral cats. Don’t hesitate, call today!

L. to R.: Daphne and Buddy

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

Buddy and Daphne are in desperate need of a new home since their mom passed away suddenly. Buddy is the dashing 3-year-old dachshund and Daphne is the darling 13-year-old French bulldog. Both are house broken, neutered/spayed and ready to find their true forever home. Buddy and Daphne are sad and rather confused and need someone special to open their hearts and home to them. 

L. to R.: Frick and Frack.

Few things in life are cooler than being able to call your pet kitties Frick and Frack! These sweet sisters were rescued off the streets when they were kittens and loved for the last 10 years until their human mama passed away. The family took care of them for as long as they could but are unable to continue caring for them. Frick and Frack are both spayed and declawed, and the only way to tell them apart is the width of their tail. They are very sweet cats, a little shy at first, and have never been apart so they need a family that will commit to adopting them both. But that’s OK, what’s Frick without Frack anyway?!   

If you are interested in adopting Buddy, Daphne, Frick and Frack, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616 today!

Leo

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Peek a boo, I see you, says Leo, the gorgeous creamsicle kitty! Leo’s human went out and got a kitten and decided Leo had to leave. It’s really a shame because Leo is very affectionate with people and loves to be pet. Leo would prefer to be the only cat in your home. He is overwhelmed with all the young kittens and cats where he is now. If you’re searching for the perfect solo pet, Leo is your guy. Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Leo today!

Isabel

Available for adoption through Our Best Friends Animal Rescue Inc.:

Meet sweet Isabel. At 2 years old and just 12 pounds, this girl hasn’t had much luck finding a forever home just yet. Isabel has cleaned up quite a bit since this photo was taken, and now she needs a home with lots of love and patience. She is a playful little girl and is still very much a puppy. She would thrive with a patient owner willing to train her and show her how to be the prim and proper gal she should be. In return, Isabel will be sure to make you giggle every day and will cuddle with you whenever you let her. 

Ducky

Poor little Ducky was found in an abandoned house with eight other dogs, all infested with fleas, starvingm and terrified. Fast forward to now, and Ducky is ready for his own home! Ducky is a little guy, maybe 7 pounds, he’s under a year old and loves to be with people. Ducky gets along well with his rescue companion but would need to be tested with other dogs. Ducky loves to talk. He starts babble barking when he wants attention but gets quiet at night once the lights go out. Ducky will be fully vetted before he goes to his forever home. 

Theo

Handsome Theo was found wandering the streets alone. The person who found him said they had seen him out for at least a week before they picked him up. They looked for his people, but no one ever came for him. Theo came with no name and no history, but Our Bet Friends Rescue discovered nothing but a super sweet boy who just wants to be loved. Theo is a bit thin and will need to gain a few pounds. He’s somewhere around 18-24 months old and will be fully vetted prior to adoption. 

Gracie

Gracie came to the rescue after being dumped with her brother George at a rural Alabama shelter. Both had been severely neglected physically and had been abused by their previous owners. Gracie is scared at first and screams if she gets scared when you go to pet her or pick her up. Thankfully she learns to trust quickly and gets over her fears for a piece of chicken or cheese. Gracie is about 7 years old and has the cutest underbite you’ve ever seen! She was infested with fleas when she got dumped at the shelter which brought about fur loss, but it is growing back nicely. Gracie deserves a loving lap for the rest of her new life.

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice were abandoned in a vacant house in filthy conditions. All the dogs had fleas, no food, and were terrified. The girls are a little frightened but that’s to be expected- they’ve been through a lot. While not a lot is known about them, volunteers know they are sweet and loving dogs that deserve a wonderful life ahead of them. They are tiny ladies at about four pounds each, approximately 12-18 months old and will be fully vetted prior to adoption. 

For more information about adopting Isabel, Ducky, Theo, Gracie, Sugar and Spice, email ourbestfriendsrescue@gmail.com or check out their webpage at ourbestfriendsrescue.org

Stephy

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Eight-year old Stephy is a fabulous golden girl who came to Bideawee all the way from Tennessee. Stephy is the kind of gal who would be down to go anywhere and do anything as long as she gets to be with her family. This sweet senior pup would be happy lounging on the couch or going for a nice neighborhood stroll. As long as she gets some cookies, she will be good to go! 

Pookie

This lovely 3-year old girl is named Pookie. She’s a precious lady that everyone simply adores. Although she comes off as being bashful at first, it only takes her moments to shower you with affection. Her wonderful brand of gentle trust and love is without compare. Not to mention, she comes in a fantastically adorable shape with her long body, short legs and weighing only 22 pounds! 

Cooper

This charming young lady is named Cooper. Not only is she gorgeous, but her personality is as unique as her coloration. Her delightful diva personality is a fine compliment to her lovely appearance. At just 5 months old, she already knows how to shower you with attention on her own terms, but when she loves, she truly LOVES; making it mean that much more. 

Hyacinth

This beautiful young lady is named Hyacinth. She is a 4-month old spirited and zesty kitten who is always ready to spring into action. With an intrepid character, a playful soul and a loving heart, Hyacinth possesses only the most admirable and wonderful qualities. She loves to leap and bound around and is much adored by everyone at Bideawee. 

For more information about adopting Stephy, Pookie, Cooper and Hyacinth, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

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

Cats, Dogs Waiting For You To Take Them Home on Clear The Shelters Day

Adopting a new best friend has never been more fun! With August 17 officially designated as Clear the Shelters Day, it’s the puurfect time to bring home a new cat or dog. Read about this weekend’s events and about just some wonderful fur-babies that are ready to go home with you today!

Little Shelter’s Pet-A-Palooza is happening Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18. Don’t miss out on Little Shelter’s biggest adoption event of the year! The fun starts at 9 a.m. and goes to 6 p.m. on both days with free admission. Come find your new furry family member or bring your Little Shelter Alumni to participate in special events. With live entertainment and kid’s games, there is something for every family member! There will be hundreds of animals for adoption, a huge Chinese auction, blessing of the animals, kids game corner, live entertainment from WBLI, face painting, BBQ at old-fashioned prices, an illusionist, parade, doggie swimsuit contest open to LS Alumni and doggie guests, coloring contest and more!

Did you know kittens can be spayed/neutered as young as 8 weeks/or weighing 2 pounds? If you know a cat or kitten in need of a “fix,” there is a wonderful Fixing Felines Spay/Neuter event Sunday, August 25 at Farmingdale Dog & Cat Clinic at 908 Conklin St. in Farmingdale. Drop off time is 8 a.m. Call 631-439-5796 for questions and/or to schedule an appointment. Their low-cost services include $68 for females, $58 for males (includes rabies & distemper vaccine, flea treatment and deworming). This is a great opportunity for those who help Long Island’s stray/feral cats. Don’t hesitate, call today!

Bear

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Adorable 2-year-old Bear is so incredibly sweet! Bear loves to be pet and gets along great with other cats. He is patiently waiting for his forever family- could that home be yours? Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Bear today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter:

Come join Town of Huntington Cat Shelter this Saturday for Clear The Shelter! All cats and kittens will have their adoption fee waived for qualified adopters. (*potential adopters must meet all TOHCS adoption standards). 

Joey and Hailey are two affectionate kitties who would love to come home with you. These two are the best of friends and have spent their entire lives together. They are both adventurous and outgoing kitties who have a knack for mischief (the good kind that keeps you laughing!). They adore people and seek out affection from all our visitors. Come adopt this dynamic duo today at Town of Huntington Cat Shelter operated by Little Shelter, 104 Deposit Rd, East Northport, 631-651-9788, huntingtoncatshelter.org

Lila and Lola

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Lila (adoption #H209583) and her sister Lola (adoption #H209584) fell on hard times recently when their owner developed allergies and could no longer keep them.  Although they’re weary of this change in their lives, they’re open to new friendships with trusted humans and would love to return to the freedom they enjoyed in a home. These stunning 11-month-old tabbies are ready for a fresh start.  Would you be home for this double adoption? If so, contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Tundra and Glacier

How would you like to be owned by not one but two lap cats?! Not only are Tundra (adoption #R166705) and Glacier (adoption #R166706) are identical in appearance, but also in sweetness! From day one they were holding paws and watching all the new things together as they learned the lay of the land of the shelter.  Now these 18-month-old boys enjoy playing with friends (when not curled up in the laps of their favorite humans). Their gentle souls make them irresistible.   If they’re speaking to your heart and you’d like to take this duo home, reach out toDoritS@animalleague.org for more information.

Philly

Silly Philly (adoption #BF2632) is ready to race straight through your heart and into your home! When Philly first arrived, he was unsure of the changes in his life.   Rescued locally, this 11-month- young boy had to learn who to trust, but soon overcame his trepidation and dove in with all paws for a good time with his feline friends. Now ready to find a permanent place in which to frolic, Philly is looking for a fun home with other cats and children 12+ in age who can help harness his energy for good. You won’t want to miss out on sharing your heart and home with this silly boy!  Reach out toDoritS@animalleague.org for more information.

Bella

Bella (adoption # V29767) is a super sweet, 6-year-old American Pit Bull mix who loves belly rubs and sloppy kisses. A little shy at first, Bella has become a staff favorite and is one of NSALA’s office fosters (she lives in their Marketing Building!) Bella recently became an Instagram sensation when she had a visit from their national spokesperson, Beth Stern.   

Even though Bella has made great friends here at the shelter, she longs for life in a home of her own with room to run and do zoomies. Bella is looking for a home with children over the age of 16. She may be shy at first but warms up quickly so a meet and greet with the whole family would be best to make sure it’s a good fit. Bella also gets along with other dogs and would love to meet any possible canine siblings as well. If you’re interested, please contact RachaelR@animalleague.org

Snickers

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

ALL ADOPTION FEES ARE BEING WAIVED THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 17!

Meet Snickers! She’s a lovely 9-month-old girl who is just as sweet as her name might suggest. Boasting a gorgeous caramel face, a chocolate coat, and a cocoa nose, her coloration was quite apt for her name too! Snickers is seeking a home as wonderful as she is. 

Landon

This adorable 3-year-old lad is named Landon. He already has a fan club of volunteers as well as staff at Bideawee! Landon would flourish in a mature home where he could enjoy the finer things in life like long walks around the neighborhood and chewing on a toy next to the couch while binging Netflix with his people. 

Manny

This sweet 4-year-old boy is named Manny. He’s everything that a proper gentleman should be. Gentle in mannerisms, unassuming, affectionate, charming and a wonderful listener, Manny has it all! Not to mention, his stunning looks. Manny is ready to be scooped up by the right person! 

Dimples

This fuzzy and handsome little fellow is named Dimples. It’s only assumed that he got his name because it’s simply impossible to resist smiling when you meet him. Full of love, Dimples has a bold and forthright style of giving affection. It’s like he’s always known you when he meets you for the first time. Adorable and fun-loving to boot, this tiny guy truly has it all! 

For more information about adopting Snickers, Landon, Manny and Dimples, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

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

13 Cats, Dogs That Will Make Your Life Complete

Long Island is jam-packed with ways to adopt your new best friend. Read about some upcoming events and some of the best cats and dogs available for adoption right here!

Try Some Pasta with a Purpose! Come to the Last Hope SPAYghetti Dinner at 6:60 p.m. Aug. 9 at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. Tickets are $25 tickets or $30 at the door and include spaghetti and meatballs dinner (vegetarian meatballs available), salad, dessert and soda/coffee/tea. Proceeds benefit Last Hope’s Feral Cat Programs including their Fix-A-Feral vouchers and TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) clinics open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at lasthopeanimalrescue.org or mailing a check to Last Hope Inc., Attn: Spayghetti Dinner; P.O. Box 7025, Wantagh, NY 11793 no later than Aug.5.

Little Shelter’s Pet-A-Palooza, its biggest adoption event of the year, is coming Aug. 17 and 18. The fun starts at 9 a.m. and goes to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with free admission. Come find your new furry family member or bring your Little Shelter Alumni to participate in special events. With live entertainment and kid’s games, there is something for every family member! There will be hundreds of animals for adoption, a huge Chinese auction, blessing of the animals, kids game corner, live entertainment from WBLI, face painting, BBQ at old-fashioned prices, an illusionist, parade, doggie swimsuit contest open to LS Alumni and doggie guests, coloring contest and more!

Did you know kittens can be spayed/neutered as young as 8 weeks/or weighing 2 pounds? If you know a cat or kitten in need of a “fix,” there is a wonderful Fixing Felines Spay/Neuter event Sunday, August 25 at Farmingdale Dog & Cat Clinic at 908 Conklin St. in Farmingdale. Drop off time is 8 a.m. Call 631-439-5796 for questions and/or to schedule an appointment. Their low-cost services include $68 for females, $58 for males (includes rabies & distemper vaccine, flea treatment and deworming). This is a great opportunity for those who help Long Island’s stray/feral cats. Don’t hesitate, call today!

Casey

Available for adoption through the Nassau County SPCA:

Once hit by a car and left to die, Casey has made amazing strides in her life. Her rough past doesn’t hamper her spirit at all! This special-needs sweetheart would truly make an amazing companion and would show her new owner everyday how much having her own home would mean to her. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Casey, please email mmora@ncspca.us for more information.

Hamlet

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

Poor Hamlet was found chained up to a fence in the Bronx four years ago. His parents immediately fell in love with him and took him home where he was showered with love, attention and even trips to the dog park, but sadly he is now too big for their young child. With broken hearts, they had to move him into a kennel, but he needs a home.

He is an absolute love, loves to play, loves his people. He is fully vetted, neutered, dog particular, cats unknown, and no young children as he does not know he his own strength. If your home is right for Hamlet, why not bring him home today?

Pebbles

Pebbles is such a sweet kitty who was found living in an empty lot with her siblings and a few adult cats. This poor girl was alone, wet and hungry. Staff and volunteers believe she is about 9 to 10 weeks old. She’s a healthy, active little girl who just needs a loving home to grow old in. She gets along with other cats and has become used to living in a house with dogs. What more could you ask for?

For information about adopting Hamlet and Pebbles, please email adoptions@paws-li.org, call 631-306-4616 or check out their website here paws-li.org

April

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

April (adoption #H209667) showered us with five little flowers this spring. This sweet, 21-month-young mama was rescued and was fortunate to raise her kittens in the safety of NSALA’s nursery. Now that her hard work is behind her, she’s receiving all the pampering she deserves as she gets ready for a loving home of her very own. This beautiful young tabby deserves a quiet place to begin her new life, and children 10 and up in age will help her understand her future is bright as a beloved pet. Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org if you’re interested in adopting April.

Cassava

Shy Cassava (adoption #R165376) patiently awaits an understanding human to introduce her to the world of being a pampered pet. This tender, young, 2-year-old calico traveled all the way from South Carolina and now needs a forever family to discover her. A little cat experience and a home that allows her space, and some peace and quiet, is all Cassava seeks. Could her home be yours? For more information on Cassava, emailDoritS@animalleague.org 

Theon and Samwell

When Theon (adoption #E01583) and Samwell (adoption #E01584) arrived at NSALA’s Adoption Center, each struggled to adjust to their new setting after being rescued from a dangerous situation. Once reunited, they immediately attended to each other’s needs and quickly curled up around each other. NSALA’s goal is to find these 9-month-old buddies a family who will enjoy watching this friendship flourish in the safest home they’ve ever known. A peaceful household (with children 6+ in age) will assure the duo’s future is a bright one. For more information on this double adoption, please reach out to DoritS@AnimalLeague.org 

Tripp

Trip (adoption #H209719) is a very special friend of volunteers and staff, seeking a very special family with children 6 and up in age who will soothe his weary brow when he’s fretful. This 7-year-old, three-legged gentleman had a difficult life on the streets before being discovered and fostered in a bustling home with lots of pets. Although he didn’t mind the chaos, his foster family knew a quieter home awaited him and asked our help in finding one. We can’t think of a more worthy friend than this tabby tripod.

Life on the streets left Trip FIV+, but NSALA is positive his obstacles are behind him and a life within a loving family is ahead. For details on Trip, his FIV+ status, and how you could make him a member of your family, please contactDoritS@animalleague.org

Juliette

Juliette (adoption #BF2640) arrived at NSALA’s Adoption Center with rave reviews from her foster family. After a rough start fending for herself on the city streets, this two-year-old black beauty responded immediately to loving attention given to her by her rescue heroes. This young lady is a wonderful choice for a family seeking one companion for their lap (Juliette’s not willing to share your attention once she gets it!) If you’re interested in making Juliette the lone animal in your household, reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org

Kendra

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Five-month old Kendra is a gorgeous little lady that everyone adores. Perhaps it’s her loving heart they embrace most, her velvety ears, or her charming puppy dog eyes. Whatever it is, they just can’t get enough of sweet little Kendra! If this wonderful pup has caught your eye, please ask about meeting her today! 

Curry

This special 1-year-old fella is named Curry. Although his name may sound spicy, he is the sweetest pooch you could meet. Curry is a goofy gentleman who would enjoy an active home where he could run and play the day away. 

George

Meet George! As he arrived just before the Fourth of July, he was named in honor of our nation’s first president. He’s handsome, unique, bold and well-natured, so the name certainly suits. George is also quite unique in appearance. While his coat is mostly black, he has fine, white hairs mixed throughout his fur, and a handsome white spot on his chest. He is truly one of a kind, wonderful and ever so sweet. 

Bridget

Bridget is a majestically beautiful 7-month-old cat with a loving spirit and exotic eyes. Her uncommon face and striking coat stands apart from the crowd. She’d love nothing more than to curl up on your lap or nuzzle up to you for love. Outgoing and charming, Bridget is the first to greet you and solicit the pleasure of your company. If possible, this sweet girl would love to go to a home with her sister, Melanni, who she is very attached to. If this special girl sounds like the one for you, ask for more information about Bridget and her sister today! 

For more information about adopting Kendra, Curry, George and Bridget, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

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

Animal Advocates Tout Benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return Programs for Feral Cats

The outdoor feral cat population on Long Island is drastically increasing, with no end in sight. 

A female cat as young as four months old can have a litter of up to six kittens and can have three to four litters per year. The average female cat can add up to 300 more cats to this ever-growing population. This creates an overpopulation of homeless, abandoned, and unwanted feral and stray cats — and there are right and wrong ways to help. 

“If you feed a feral, fix a feral,” says Stephanie Notarnicola of Farmingdale Dog and Cat Clinic and Fixing Felines of Islip Township. “While feeding outdoor cats can help them survive, if outdoor cats aren’t spayed or neutered, the overpopulation issue will only get worse. If one person fixed just one cat in their lifetime, hundreds of lives would be spared.” 

Thanks to several organizations, shelters and rescue organizations on LI offering free or low-cost trap-neuter-return (TNR) services, becoming part of the solution is easy. Fixing Felines of Islip offers a monthly spay/neuter clinic. Their low-cost services include $68 for females and $58 for males, which includes rabies and distemper vaccine, flea treatment and deworming. Some rescues such as Little Shelter Animal Rescue in Huntington offer low-cost spay/neuter certificates for cat colony caretakers.

People who want to help are urged to set up a spay-neuter appointment before trapping a cat.  This reduces stress for both the human and kitty. 

With the right equipment, trapping a cat is simple. Most experts recommend using a Tru Catch Trap, which can be purchased for approximately $60 (some groups have loaners). The trap is easy to set, and using fragrant food like rotisserie chicken or tuna traps cats in no time. Once caught, cover the trap with a blanket or sheet and keep in a quiet/secure place until the spay/neuter appointment. Never leave a trapped animal unattended outside. 

After the procedure, it is recommended to keep male cats for at least 24 hours and 48 hours for females in a crate/trap until they can safely be released back outside. If space is an issue, some groups such as Farmingdale Dog & Cat Clinic offer overnight boarding for only $14. 

For those who want to help but can’t commit to trapping, TNR groups are always in need of donations and volunteers. Check with local shelters and rescues and ask how to become part of the solution.

18 Long Island Shelter Dogs and Cats Looking For Their New BFF

If you can’t adopt one of these amazing cats or dogs but want to help animals in need, how about attending a local event or donating to Long Island Animals in need. 

Try Some Pasta with a Purpose! Come to the Last Hope SPAYghetti Dinner at 6:60 p.m. Aug. 9 at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. Tickets are $25 tickets or $30 at the door and include spaghetti and meatballs dinner (vegetarian meatballs available), salad, dessert and soda/coffee/tea. Proceeds benefit Last Hope’s Feral Cat Programs including their Fix-A-Feral vouchers and TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) clinics open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at lasthopeanimalrescue.org or mailing a check to Last Hope Inc., Attn: Spayghetti Dinner; P.O. Box 7025, Wantagh, NY 11793 no later than August 5th.

Donation Request from Little Shelter: Not much was known about Daisy’s past except that she was found in a basement abandoned by her owner, severely matted, injured and crying to be saved. What was found under her matted and dirt caked fur was heartbreaking; her right paw was missing leaving only a bone-exposed forelimb. It’s hard to say if this happened due to the constrictions of the matted fur or by some other means, but the wound needed immediate treatment. That’s when Little Shelter scooped Daisy up and brought her to Huntington. Now that Daisy’s paws have healed as much as they can on their own, she needs a custom splint to correct the damage to her left leg, followed by an orthotic so that she can live a healthy and happy life! If you can help Little Shelter raise the $3,000 they need to make this happen, please head to their campaign page found  here: campaignlp.constantcontact.com

Taco

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Come on over to Bideawee Westhampton and scoop up your own Taco! He is a wonderful 2-month-old kitten that is equal parts gorgeous and handsome, and everyone swoons for. Spicy, saucy and simply splendid, he has many fans. He truly loves attention and may even try to hog it all for himself when in a crowd.

Brownie

This gorgeous 4-month-old puppy is named Brownie. With a happy-go-lucky and affectionate greeting, she truly possesses the spirit of friendship for all! Just as sweet as her name would suggest, Brownie is simply over-spilling with love; she was quite aptly dubbed! She’d thrive in an equally loving and enthusiastic home. 

Foster

This happy-go-lucky 2-year-old fella is named. Look at that grin of his! His enthusiastic smile, paired with his generous paw-giving, is enough to melt any heart. Foster’s social charms are only rivaled by his loving and free-spirited nature. 

Lilac

This gorgeous girl is named Lilac. She is a phenomenal 3-month-old beauty! Boasting an unrivaled tortoiseshell coat, golden eyes and a bobtail, she is a genuine gem to behold. Not to mention, her personality shines. Always the first to spring forward and dive right in (literally at times), she is spirited and gung-ho for life! Funny and sweet, she is the whole package in one fantastic cat. 

For more information about adopting Taco, Brownie, Foster, and Lilac, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

Penelope

Available for adoption through Our Best Friends Animal Rescue Inc.:

Penelope is quite the lovely American Hairless Terrier! This 4-year-old purebred pup is spayed, up to date on all her shots, is housebroken and good with other dogs too! Penny, as she’s lovingly known as, was surrendered to the rescue because her mom didn’t want to spend the time to properly train her. Penny is doing wonderfully in her foster home, and now she is seeking a terrier experienced person to be her new mom and/or dad. Because she is a hairless terrier, she needs to wear clothing to protect her from the weather, hot or cold, from the sun, even in the winter, the rain and so on. This is absolutely of the utmost importance! Penny would do best in a calm adult home with no young children. If you’re looking for a dog who loves to snuggle and can provide a little guidance along her way, Penny is your gal! 

Lucas

Lucas was adopted from a high kill shelter when he was about two. Unfortunately, his owner did not properly care for Lucas when he has a disc injury, and now Lucas will likely never walk on his own again. Our Best Friends Animal Rescue is dedicated to trying alternative therapies, however there are no guarantees that Lucas will walk. But Lucas loves going for walks in his wheelchair. He runs like the wind, loving his balls and squeaky toys. He wears a belly band so he doesn’t have accidents in the house and is will do his business outside if given the time. Lucas realizes that he has been saved and shows you with his loyalty and love. His only handicap is the one that humans say he has. Sure, it takes a little more work with a pup like him, but what you get in return is priceless. 

Jake

Little 4-year-old Jake was left outside with his brother for most of his life. The people that had them didn’t think animals should be allowed in the house. Thankfully Jake has found his way to Our Best Friends Animal Rescue and is ready to find is own forever home. Jake is fully vetted, house trained, good with kids and dogs and is described as the perfect gentleman.

Hambone

Hambone found himself in a shelter when his owner claimed he had food aggression. Turns out his owner was sticking his hand in Hambone’s bowl at feeding time. So poor Hambone gets a bad rap and winds up on the euthanized list. Thankfully this sweetie was spotted by a volunteer who scooped him up and brought him to Our Best Friends Animal Rescue. Turns out, Hammy is the funniest dog! He is happy all the time. He’s very food motivated and rather easy to work with. Hammy needs a home without young children that has experience with herding breeds. Hambone is good with other dogs and can be tested with cats too. 

For more information about adopting Penelope, Lucas, Jake, and Hambone, email ourbestfriendsrescue@gmail.com or check out their webpage at ourbestfriendsrescue.org

Ally

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Look at this face! Ally (adoption #BF2399) knows she hit the jackpot when she was rescued and placed safely in the NSALA’s nursery. This stunning, 20-month-old, tortoise shell mama will never have to face life on the streets again. Now done with her duty to her kittens, Ally is ready to find her happy new beginning. You’ll find her quietly waiting to collect ear rubs from visitors and loving every minute of the attention she gets. Ally is FIV+, but life indoors with a devoted family will be the peaceful life she deserves. For more information on Ally and her FIV+ status, please reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org

Trebek

Trebek (adoption #H207860) is a shy, 5-year-old fella in the market for a nurturing human who will give him time to settle into a quiet home. Trebek is seeking a calm, predictable household with older children and adults with fearful cat experience to help him succeed. Trebek may not have all the answers to your questions, but he’ll sure have fun helping you find them! Please email DoritS@animalleague.org if you’re interested in adopting this little guy today! 

Perilla and Tomatilla

Never were there such devoted and Gorgeous sisters as Perilla (adoption #R121232) and Tomatilla (adoption #R121233). These beautiful, 15-month-old tabby/calicos look to each other for courage as they embark on their next journey—the search for their permanent home. Perilla and Tomatilla need to be adopted as a pair which is great for their new family, because they will provide each other with endless love. These sweet sisters will thrive in a quiet, predictable home with children 12 and older who can help ease them into the tranquility of family life.  If you would like to adopt these stunning sister, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org to find out more!

Gypsy

Stick out your tongue and say, “adopt me!” Kitten season means mama cats need homes too- and Gypsy (adoption #H209900) is no exception. Having been rescued by local good Samaritans, Gypsy raised her beautiful kittens and now is ready to be pampered in her very first home.

This precious, gray 3-year-old lady is always sliding her little pink tongue out and LOVES ear rubs.   Gypsy is ready to settle down in a home with children 8+ who can help gently ease her into being part of the household. For more information about Gypsy, please email DoritS@animalleague.org

Frida

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Frida is a super sweet and loving 2-year-old Terrier mix rescued from Puerto Rico. She can be very shy when first meeting someone, but quickly warms up to people with a couple of belly rubs. Her foster mom says she’s nothing but a big mush, always looking for attention and gets along great with other dogs. Frida needs to be in a home with another dog who can show her that the world is not such a scary place. 

Elroy

Elroy is a handsome 7-year-old long-haired kitty who is just the sweetest little boy! He can be a little shy around new people (who isn’t) but warms up quick as he loves all the attention! Elroy is looking for a quiet home with someone who can spoil him with lots of treats. Come meet this gorgeous boy today!

For more information about adopting Frida and Elroy, please contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center at 33 Warner Rd, Huntington, 631-368-8770.

Rollo

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter:

Rollo is a loyal gem of a gal who will always stay by your side. She will sit on your lap and relax with you all day if you let her. She is very curious and will always find new things to discover. When she isn’t exploring new places, she will be claiming ownership of her sleeping quarters (your bed).

Lady Godiva

Like her namesake, Lady Godiva is a true beauty who likes to strut her stuff.  She can always be found stretched out either on the windowsill or outside in the sun. She’s an affectionate girl who likes getting attention from our volunteers. 

Caramel

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Caramel’s sweet name says it all! This super friendly gal is searching for her forever home. She loves being pet and is known to snuggle up to any human visitors that she gets. Caramel was left outside the rescue with 5 other kitties, but you wouldn’t know it- she is now ready to become a permanent fixture in your home. If Caramel is your gal, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information today!

Lexi

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

At just 3 years old, Lexi found her way to TOH Animal Shelter as a stray. She was found loose on the streets, very very skinny. Thankfully, she is safe at the shelter, gaining weight and getting love from staff and volunteers until she finds her forever home. Lexi is very friendly, playful and sweet- she even likes other dogs. Please don’t make this girl wait another second for her forever home. If you are interested in learning more, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit him at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh NY 11793 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

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

 

6 Cats, Dogs That Want To Beat The Heat With You

You’d be barking up the right tree if you adopted any one of these adorable dogs and cats this weekend. These amazing animals are looking for their forever home-could it be yours?

Zuffie

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

Zuffie is a handsome American Eskimo, almost 13 years old weighing about 25 pounds. He doesn’t look or act his age, and he makes the perfect companion since he is willing to be a couch potato, but also prances like a teenager when it’s time for his walk. Zuffie is a barker at first but can be won over easily. How could you say no to bringing this handsome fella home?!

Duke

Meet the Duke. He is a 2-year-old, 40-pound bundle of muscle, joy and happiness. He wags his tail so hard he almost can’t stand up on his short little legs. He is a Boxer/Stafford terrier mix and loves to go on walks, play ball, nap at your feet and cuddle when it is time to watch TV or go to bed. 

Duke was saved from euthanasia, but also the unfortunate victim of a “need to make room” situation. Thankfully he is now ready for his next chapter in life. Duke will make a great hiking buddy as he loves the outdoors and is very energetic. He is good with cats and other dogs, he’s fully vetted, neutered and ready to move into his new forever home today! 

Lila

Lila is an adorable 8-year-old French Bulldog who is spayed, healthy and up to date on her shots. Lila is very friendly with adults and kids over the age of 14 years. She loves to snuggle and play ball and will follow you around like your shadow. The only thing Lila needs now is a family of her own. How about yours? 

For information about adopting Zuffie, Duke or Lila, please email adoptions@paws-li.org, call 631-306-4616 or check out their website here paws-li.org

Catalina

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Catalina is the super-cute Tabby pictured here. This sweet-as-sugar 3-year-old gal loves other cats, and really enjoys being pet and by humans and snuggling with other kitties. Sadly, Catalina found her way to Almost Home after her owner passed away. Catalina is seeking a calm home with no more than one additional cat to keep her company. If Catalina is your “Cat”alina, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information today!

Ester

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

The hard work of mothering is behind young Ester, who’s practically a kitten herself! Ester (adoption # BF2769) is a shy, 2-year-old tuxedo kitty who has already experienced so much hardship in her short life. Nevertheless, she’s appreciating the safety and serenity she’s experiencing at NSALA’s Adoption Center as she waits to find her new home. Her ideal household is one which can offer her a peaceful place for her to plant herself by sunny windows (and if there are children, age 8 and up, please.)  For more information on Ester, please reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org

Lacey

Available for adoption through Second Chance Rescue:

OMG look at that tongue! Super-friendly Lacey was spotted by Second Chance Rescue in a packed shelter, and she was one of the longest residents, which they couldn’t believe. Second Chance couldn’t bear to see Lacey put down, so they pulled her to safety, and now she is looking for her forever home. Lacey is a 9-month-old hound mix and is described as a happy girl who is great with other dogs, and good with cats, too. She is young, so she is active, and will literally wiggle her way right into your heart. Lacey is also looking for a foster home when she arrives to NYC this weekend. If you’re interested in adopting Lacey, head to nycsecondchancerescue.org and fill out an application today!

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

 

Cool Cat Named John Snow Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

Looking for a new best friend? We got you covered! There are so many adorable cats and dogs just waiting to meet you this weekend.

Take advantage of the summer weather and head out to your local shelter/rescue and even attend a few upcoming adoption events and clinics listed right here!

PET EVENTS

North Shore Animal League America is waiving adoption fees for felines one year and older for all approved adopters through Sunday. Cat enthusiasts looking to adopt are invited to visit the Little Learners building on campus to find new feline friends. Head over to their Port Washington Campus and adopt your new best friend!

Fixing Felines Spay/Neuter Event: Did you know kittens can be spayed/neutered as young as 8 weeks/or weighing 2 pounds? If you know a cat or kitten in need of a “fix,” there is a wonderful Fixing Felines Spay/Neuter event starting at 8 a.m. July 14 at Farmingdale Dog & Cat Clinic, 908 Conklin St. in Farmingdale. Call 631-439-5796 for questions and/or to schedule an appointment.

Their low-cost services include $68 for females, $58 for males (includes rabies & distemper vaccine, flea treatment and deworming). This is a great opportunity for those who help Long Island’s stray/feral cats. Don’t hesitate, call today!

Visit Bideawee’s new pop-up shelter at 61 Main Street in Westhampton Beach though September 1. Adoptions will be processed on site. Hours of operation each week are 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 

Buca

Special Request: Finding a Home for Buca:

Buca is seeking a rather special home and person who can help him live out his life in a peaceful, loving way. At only 2 years old, this young baby has been diagnosed with feline leukemia. Since Buca’s rescue, he continues to improve dramatically; gaining weight and warming up to people, but sadly cats with this illness typically don’t have a long lifespan.

Buca was also diagnosed with a heart murmur which is treatable and common in cats. If you or someone you know can provide this sweet fella with the ultimate forever home, please call or text Stephanie at 516-974-6129. 

Bran and John Snow

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Bran (adoption #E01987) and Jon Snow (adoption #E01988) are devoted friends who have survived so much strife in their young lives, yet together they’re a happy duo. These older kittens (Bran is 20 months and Jon Snow is just 11 months) can be found peacefully canoodling in their bed, dreaming of a safe forever home. While Jon is cautious about new surroundings, Bran has taken the changes in stride.  

They’re a wonderful balance for each other and are sure to fill your home with joy. If you would like to give these sweet boys the keys to rule your kingdom, the North is waiting – visit NSALA’s Port Washington campus or contact DoritS@animalleague.org for more information.   

Agatha

Agatha (adoption #H209837) has settled nicely into the adoption center at NSALA and is now ready to finally find her forever home. Agatha is being treated for chronic rhinitis (a covered medical condition through our on-campus Medical Center.) She would love to be the only pet in her new home, so she is sure to get all the attention she desires.

Agatha eagerly awaits making your acquaintance, and once you meet, you’ll have discovered a new best friend to bring home. If you’d like to adopt Miss Agatha, or have any questions about her diagnosis, please reach out to DorisS@animalleague.org

Juan and West

Juan (adoption #R166818) and West (adoption #R166821) have a lot on their minds. These older kittens (Juan is 14 months old and West is 15 months old) were very suspicious of volunteers and staff when they first arrived after a long trip from North Carolina. But time (and ear rubs) are winning them over.   

A calmer home with older children will help east them into realizing that being loved by their own human is everything they could ever want. If you were thinking of rescuing a pair in need, Juan and West make a great choice! DoritS@animalleague.org is ready to answer any questions you might have about this curious kitty combo.

Annabelle

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

This lovely 2-month-old pup is Annbelle. She’s a gorgeous girl with a bright ivory coat and the most charming spots and speckles. With her angelic face, it’s hard not to swoon for her! Spirited, sweet and engaging in nature, Annabelle truly has it all. 

Joi

This sweet 4-year-old speckled girl is Joi! Boasting large brown eyes and a stunning ivory coat dappled with brown, she is simply gorgeous. This precious pup has traveled all the way from Tennessee to find her forever family.

Though Joi can be bashful at first, once she is comfortable, she would be happy to spend her days snuggled with her people. She also needs a home that feels comfortable helping her heal and recover. Sadly, she came into Bideawee positive for heartworm and needs a family that will continue her treatments. Bideawee is willing to pay for the cost of her treatment, as long as it’s done at their Animal Hospital in Westhampton. 

Slinky

Meet Slinky! This handsome 3-month-old kitten makes everyone swoon. Between his good looks and sweet nature, it’s hard to resist his charm. While he can be bashful at first, he’s truly a wonderful companion. Blooming more and more each day, everyone at Bideawee has enjoyed getting to know him. 

Christopher

This sociable 3-month-old kitten is named Christopher. He hogs the spotlight wherever he goes while flaunting his cute face and fun personality. His love and charms are unrivaled. 

Andrea

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Meet Andrea! This adorable doll is so sweet, that all she wants to do is seek out human affection. Andrea loves being pet, and would be so happy in her own home, preferably as an only cat since she’s a bit shy around others. If you’re looking for a stunner, Andrea is your gal. Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information today!

Gable

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Gable says, “jump in, the water’s fine!” Gable is a super adorable Jack Russel Terrier mix looking for a best friend to enjoy the pool with this summer. Gable is a very friendly boy who just wants to be the life of the party. He’s always eager to go out on an adventure and make new friends. If you are too, head down and meet him today! 

Cindy Lou

This cool chick donning her sunnies is Cindy Lou, a Calico adult female who came to Little Shelter in December of 2018. Cindy Lou is very optimistic that she will find her forever home soon. Can you help make her future so bright that she’s gotta keep wearing shades?

Please contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center at 33 Warner Rd, Huntington, 631-368-8770 for more information about adopting Gable and Cindy Lou today! 

Angel Blossom

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter:

Angel Blossom is the sweetest girl. She will be very vocal about how much attention she wants, sometimes even begging for you to give her some love. This adorably orange kitty can’t wait to find her furever home. Could it be yours?

Nadia

Nadia is a beautiful young lady. A little skittish at first, but quickly comes out of her shell and will make you her bestie once she spends some time with you. Nadia will happily play with you and her toys, so if you’re looking for a playmate, Nadia is your gal!

For more information about adopting Angel Blossom and Nadia please contact the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter located at 104 Deposit Rd, East Northport, 631-651-9788. 

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

 

16 Cats, Dogs Looking For Their Forever Home on Long Island

Why not give a shelter cat or dog their independence this weekend? Read all about some of Long Island’s most adorable adoptables right here!

Christy

Available for adoption at Bideawee

This little 4-year old beauty is Christy. She is a fantastic girl and it’s impossible not to adore her. Bashful, and gently engaging, it means quite a bit to have her grace you with her love. However, once you’re in her circle of friends, she is ever so loving and loyal. Christy is seeking an equally exquisite and exclusive home to call her own. This precious pup has traveled all the way from Tennessee to find her forever home. 

Bindi

One-year old Bindi is a doll. Boasting large brown eyes and a stunning chocolate coat, dusted with white, she is simply gorgeous. This precious pooch has traveled all the way from Tennessee to meet her forever family. While she might be bashful at first, with some time, patience and most importantly, treats, she will be right by your side to go on any adventure you’re up to. Bindi has quickly become a staff favorite at Bideawee since she is the sweetest gal.

Scout

Scout is truly one of the most interesting cats that you’ll ever meet. Coming from a background of tasteful travels to Paris and The Keys, Scout was quite aptly dubbed, as he certainly loves to adventure. Equal parts coolly confident and handsome, this loving cat will undoubtedly make any family overjoyed with his presence in their life. 

Gumby

This smoky 3-month-old boy is Gumby. He is a charming and gorgeous little kitten that can easily capture any heart! Boasting a blue-grey coat and a loving spirit, Gumby knows just how to woo and love. He is seeking an equally wonderful family to call his own. 

EVENT NEWS: Be sure to check out Bideawee’s new pop-up shelter, Bideawee on Main located at 61 Main Street in Westhampton Beach. It will remain open until though September 1. Adoptions will be processed on site, so why not head over there and find a new best friend this holiday weekend.  Hours of operation each week are 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sundays. 

Gucci

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Gucci is a wonderful 7-year-old girl that came to the shelter as an owner surrender last July because her owner said she never adjusted well to the new baby in the home. Gucci’s owners had her since she was a puppy, so everyone is very heartbroken for Gucci. Gucci’s owner said she was very nice with strangers and is affectionate, house-trained and crate trained.

They also said she knows the commands “sit” and “come.” Gucci lived with another dog previously and did well on the shelter’s dog test here too. She also has gone out on a few foster day field trips and has done wonderfully, meeting new people and exploring the world a little bit. Gucci also seems to like cats.

Poor Gucci has been waiting way too long for her forever home, and we hope she doesn’t have to wait much longer. If you are interested in learning more, please call the shelter at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, or email adoption@tohmail.org today!

Tammy

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Tammy is a very cuddly Beagle mix who was rescued from Puerto Rico. She always likes to curl up on your lap like a cat and stay close to you. At only 3 years old, she’s a young dog with a lot of love to give, but she is a shy dog that needs a family who’s willing to work with her to build her confidence and trust. Tammy gets along very well with other dogs, so much so that she needs to go to a home where she will have a canine companion. If you and your furry friend are looking for a new addition, contact Little Shelter today!

Jazzy

Jazzy is an incredibly sweet and loyal kitty who came to Little Shelter when his owner passed away. Don’t be fooled if you come across him napping by a sunny window, the second he senses one of his favorite people are near, he’s wide awake and looking for affection. All Jazzy wants is someone special to spoil with snuggles. 

Please contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center at 33 Warner Rd, Huntington, 631-368-8770 for more information about adopting Tammy and Jazzy today! 

Holden

Available for adoption at Little Shelter Sanctuary:

Holden is an 8-year-old lab mix who loves people. He is an oversized teddy bear that enjoys snuggling. Holden has a lot of fun running around in the sanctuary and his handlers say that he listens very well to commands. He also enjoys going for daily walks through the sanctuary trails and hanging out by the pond.

Holden’s favorite hobby (other than snuggling) is eating and he will sit at your feet with pleading puppy eyes that say, “give me cookies.” Holden is beautiful inside and out. He is full of love that he just wants to share with everyone and is such a kind soul. Holden is located near the Whitney Point/ Vestal/Binghamton area and potential adopters should call Little Shelter Sanctuary to schedule an appointment to meet him. Please call: 607-692-2036 if you are interested in adopting Holden.  

Tobias

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter:

Tobias is a super-sweet young gentleman who enjoys getting affection from people and cats alike. He is especially good with the kittens in the shelter and has earned the title “Mr. Mom.” What everyone really wants for Tobias is for him to have a family of his very own. He’s an active guy that enjoys playing with toys, but also knows when it’s time to just chill and snuggle up to you.

Nicole

Nicole is a wonderful gal with quite the easy-going personality. She’s super low maintenance…only wanting love and affection. When not seeking attention, Nicole can be found curled up in sunny spots by the window or all snuggled up in a bed. If you have a spare window for this lady to perch on, head down to adopt her today!

For more information about adopting Tobias and Nicole, please contact the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter located at 104 Deposit Rd, East Northport, 631-651-9788. 

JoJo

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Want someone to go running or hiking with? Meet Jo Jo Bo. This big, handsome 3-year-old Shar-pei/Labrador mix loves to run and play. Weighing in at about 7 pounds, he would prefer to be the only pet in the house with no children. He is neutered and up to date on shots, who could ask for more?

Lola

Meet Lola, a 6-year-old, 65-pound Rottie mix. Her elderly father was sent to a nursing home and never returned. She has been with a foster who adores her but sadly, he realizes she would be best with someone who was home more frequently. She loves walks and playing ball, is good with children but not good with cats, and would best as the only dog in the home. She is spayed and fully vetted. Now all she needs is a new best friend to care for her. 

Zena

Zena is a sweet, beautiful 2-year-old German Shepard in desperate need of someone to take care of her. Sadly, her owner is no longer able to care for her. Zena needs a home and someone who can continue to teach her good dog manners. She lost her person and is confused. Zena is spayed, very sweet but strong on leash. Can you make this Zena your warrior princess?

SPECIAL NEEDS REQUEST: Frankie is an 11-year-old fully vetted, neutered, adorable mutt. He was an adopted rescue that is now in need of a home better suited to his needs. Sadly, Frankie can no longer see, but that doesn’t stop him. Frankie is a sweet, friendly dog who happens to be housebroken, crate-trained and loves to play with his tennis balls. He is good around older children, cats and small dogs. Getting used to a world of darkness can sometimes be a little scary, so Frankie needs a caring, understanding forever home.  

If you can open your heart and home to Jo Jo, Lola, Zena, or Frankie, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. 

Bella

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Meet Bella! Truly the belle of the ball, this 1-year-old stunner is a super sweet lady, who was sadly surrendered because her owner could no longer afford to care for her. Bella loves to be held and gets along great with other cats, and that’s pretty much all anyone can ask for in a feline friend. If Bella is for you, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Medina

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Being a mama cat is hard work, and no one knows that better than Medina (adoption #SCR2327). This young, 2-year-old lady from South Carolina has proved to be a wonderful mother to her litter of kittens, and now Medina is ready to retire from motherhood and ease into a peaceful life of being doted upon. Medina can still feel sensitive after all she’s experienced the past several months so would be best suited to a home with older children who can soothe her or give her space depending on what she needs. Patience and love will make Medina feel safe and sound. If this is the type of home you can provide, reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org today!  

Pixel

When Pixel (adoption #BF2144) was a kitten, she was left outside to fend for herself in the bitter cold of winter. NSALA’s rescue team was dispatched to bring her to safety, and she’s been tucked away in a quiet place where she has learned to trust the humans who care for her. Pixel is a 2-year-old, reserved girl who cautiously watches other cats. She’s learning she is safe. If you have had fearful cats before, have a quiet home with no young children, and are looking to expand your family, Pixel is your girl! Please contact DoritS@animalleague.org if you’re interested in welcoming Pixel into your home. 

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