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Here’s Why You Should Adopt One of These Loving Pets on Long Island

And the five top reasons for adopting a new best friend this week are…

  1. You contribute to reducing overpopulation of unwanted animals. 

  2. Sky’s the limit on choices! It’s your pick on any breed, age, etc. 

  3. You’re saving two lives. The one of your new pets and the space you created for another homeless animal.

  4. Adoption is less expensive than buying an animal from a breeder. 

  5. Saving a life is one of the most rewarding actions you can ever take. So don’t wait, head out and find your new bestie today!

Adoption Events

North Shore Animal League America and Smithtown Acura are teaming up for a mobile adoption event this Saturday, May 14! The unit will be parked at the St. James location, 780 Middle Country Rd., St James from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be filled with adorable, adoptable dogs, puppies, and kittens.

Available for adoption at All About Spay Neuter and Volunteer Request

Sheba

Beautiful Sheba arrived at All About Spay Neuter with her tiny kittens a few months ago. She is a young cat, very playful and loves affection. If you are interested in adopting this beauty, text Alicia at 516-984-4525.

In addition, adult volunteers are needed during the week to help feed, clean, and socialize kittens and cats. If you are interested in helping out, please text Alicia at the above number. They are located at 4209 Merrick Rd., Massapequa.

Available for adoption at the Babylon Animal Shelter

Ice

**Senior Alert and Special Request** Ice was turned over to the shelter when his owner left him with a caretaker and never came back for him. At around 11 years old there is no doubt that Ice is a senior with a short time ahead of him. He does deserve dignity and love during the time he has left, and most of all he deserves a home. It takes a special adopter to know that they will have a short journey with Ice, but we know they are out there. Ice is a sweet boy who loves to adventure on his own; he is an independent type of guy. Ice enjoys being pet and he makes his connection before he is on to his next good smell to come across. Ice would love to meet you and show you that he deserves a soft place to lay his weary head.

Bahama

**Senior Alert and Special Request** At 12 years old, Bahama is a senior guy who lost his home when his family lost their home. Bahama may have a short span ahead of him, but wouldn’t it be wonderful for it to be in a home. Bahama spent his whole life as an unneutered male, and he was used as a stud dog so living with another dog in a home could be challenging. Bahama is a sweet boy, and he has lots of love to offer! Bahama walks nicely on a leash and tends to get tired easily especially on warmer days.

Lucas

**Senior Alert and Special Request** Lucas is a senior guy who appears to have lived the ruff and tough life. Arriving in November of last year, his body is worn but his mind is sharp. Lucas takes a bit of time to warm up but once he gets some good butt scratches, he is all yours. He walks nicely on a leash, and he loves to talk. Lucas can out-howl a Husky on any given day. Lucas would love the idea of a home to be spoiled in; he does need to be the only pet. Please consider giving this senior boy a retirement home.

For more information about adopting these sweet seniors, contact the shelter at 631-643-9270. 

Available for adoption through private rescue

Jack

Jack is one top-notch kitty. This handsome 2-year-old fella is literal purrfection. Jack is in urgent need of a home because his foster is moving, that means his next stop is a shelter. Jack is a very chill kitty who loves to attach to his human. He does need to be the only kitty in the house though. If interested in adopting this sweet boy, contact Trudy Schilder at [email protected]

Available for adoption through AllyKatz Rescue

Skeeter

Sweet Skeeter’s mom recently passed away and now this 8-year-old gentleman needs a loving new home. He is healthy, loves people, and is ok with young kids. He is a sweet friendly guy who needs a hero to start his next chapter with.

Queenie

Queenie is a 4-year-old love that is super sweet and loving with her caregiver. Queenie has never actually had a home to call her own and may need extra time adjusting. Queenie loves nothing more than to be pet and to sit on a friendly lap.  

Jill

Jill is a beautiful, 2-year-old black panther. She doesn’t like other cats but gets along well with dogs. Jill needs a quiet home, preferable one with a perch on cat tower. Do you have room for this sweet gal?

Heihei and Pepper

Heihei and Pepper are bonded, 8-month-old brothers. Both are slightly timid, quiet yet playful, and make great lap cats because they love to purr and have their bellies rubbed.  Both are ok with older children.  

To adopt any one of these adorable kitties, fill out an application [email protected].

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter 

**Special Request** Mia is a 3-year-old Mastiff and Lab Mix who has sadly been a resident of the animal shelter for more than two years. She is a goofy dog that loves to play and throw toys around. Mia is a big fan of going on car rides and snuggling up with her favorite people! It takes her some time to get used to strangers, but once you become friends with her, she’ll reward you with kisses for life. She will need a home that can properly introduce her to new people in a way that makes her feel safe. Mia would do best in a home without any other pets or children. 

If you are interested in meeting Mia, call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes a Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and dog walk trail. For more information, call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Morgan

Beautiful momma Morgan (Adoption #NCI2670) has earned herself a tranquil life after heroically rearing her nine kittens. Nine!! Can you imagine how exhausted this serene lady must be after looking after all those little ones? While her kittens found loving homes quickly, NSALA wants 3-year-old Morgan to be rewarded for the sacrifices she’s made and find her a family quickly too. You’ll find this mini panther tucked into a cozy bed in her room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, watching carefully for someone to extend her a kind offer of friendship. Are you who Morgan has been waiting for all along?!

Diesel

Guess who has a birthday coming up? Diesel! (Adoption #NCR6019) This magnificent, 11-month-old mini house panther makes friends with all his roommates and has done a terrific job overcoming his initial shyness. Now he’s looking for a family to celebrate his first birthday with him in his first real home—one with children over age 12 who will know how to give him a little time to settle in. If you have a friendly feline at home seeking a bestie for life, please consider providing Diesel with the best gift ever—your family!  

Andy and Anne

**Double Adoption** Andy (Adoption #NCI2784) can be a little shy at first. It’s a good thing his sidekick Anne (Adoption #NCI2785) is always going to be there to make him feel more comfortable. While she is always up for a good time, Andy’s learning to open up more and more and enjoy exploring their new surroundings. Your quiet home may be the first these delightful 1-year-olds have ever known so we’re sure they’ll be so happy to share it together with you.

Ali

Ali’s (Adoption #BF3967) local rescue hero discovered her wandering around the streets, trying to survive. The moment she arrived at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center; she knew she was saved. This beautiful 7-year-old lady has a heart full of gratitude and is actively testing out the laps of visitors, hoping to find the one who fits her purrfectly. To help her in her quest for the purrfect home for her, NSALA is seeking adopters experienced in nurturing tender-hearted cats, with children over age who can show her patience and understanding as she transitions into home life. After enduring the hardship of her abandonment, Ali deserves to feel safe in her new household, one that will provide her peace as the only pet.

Rupert

Rupert (Adoption #BF3980) is raring to go! Now that he’s safely enjoying the freedom of a sunny room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, he feels nothing can keep him from his ultimate happiness—a loving home. We agree! This sweet 1-year-old boy is a wonderful choice for any household. He’s simply irresistible! Want a purrfectly handsome, loyal friend to join your family? Come to the Port Washington campus and meet Rupert!

Jack

Happy Jack (Adoption #NCR6013) wants nothing more than to be home where he belongs. This terrific tabby will wait in a cozy bed for someone to offer him a little reassurance he’s at last safe and sound after a long trip from North Carolina. Because he can feel a little shy in new situations, NSALA is helping him find a home with older children who’ll enjoy nurturing his spirit. 20-month-old Jack would be very happy if you chose him as your partner in napping, feather hunting, and all the other adventures he’s looking forward to sharing with you in your new home together.

For more information about adopting NSALA’s adorable adoptables, contact [email protected] today!

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

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Adopt a Pet on Long Island for Mom This Mother’s Day

Want to give mom the purrfect gift? How about a lifetime companion? Any one of these adorable cats and (and dog) would love the opportunity to make your mom theirs too. 

Available for adoption at the Babylon Animal Shelter

Cece

**Senior Alert** Anyone have a couch for a sweet senior girl? Cece came to the shelter last August in pretty rough shape. She is on the road to healing but will likely need lifetime maintenance for her skin issues. Cece is a very friendly girl, happy to see everyone and to make new friends. Cece becomes so attached to her people that she doesn’t want to be alone!! Cece deserves a wonderful home where she can spread her joy with those she shares her life with. Cece seeks a home as the only pet but hasn’t met a person she doesn’t love. 

For more information about adopting Cece, contact the shelter at 631-643-9270. 

Available for adoption through Tender Loving Cats

Pinto

Check out Pinto, the sweet, mostly black kitten except for a small white patch on his chest. This adorable playful boy loves playtime with feathers. He also enjoys the cat tree with scratching posts. Pinto can be shy but enjoys affection from people by being petted and will purr once he is comfortable. He does like other kitties and is a good-natured kitten. With Pintos endless energy we ask that there be another your cat in the home or him to go home with another kitten. He is also good around small dogs. 

To adopt Pinto, complete our adoption application here: https://www.tenderlovingcats.org/adoption-application.html

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

**Special Request** Mia is a 3-year-old Mastiff and Lab Mix who has sadly been a resident of the Animal Shelter for over two years. She is a goofy dog that loves to play and throw toys around. Mia is a big fan of going on car rides and snuggling up with her favorite people! It takes her some time to get used to strangers, but once you become friends with her, she’ll reward you with kisses for life. She will need a home that can properly introduce her to new people in a way that makes her feel safe. Mia would do best in a home without any other pets or children. 

If you are interested in meeting Mia, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes a Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. For more information, call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Gizelle

When Gizelle (Adoption #NCR5932) first arrived last spring, she needed assurance that she was indeed safe. Time in a sunny room with respectful cat friends and human cheerleaders has brought out the fun-loving Gizelle. This terrific 3-year-old tabby can still be cautious in new situations, but a family with experienced adults and children over age six will quickly provide her the security she needs to learn how to be part of a family. Most of all, Gizelle longs to sun herself, content in knowing she’s safe and sound. We can’t wait for her to discover each and every window in your house and know what it means to be a cherished member of the family!

Lovey

Lovey (Adoption #H211226) was found locally and lovingly cared for by her hero rescuer before she joined Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. This tender 9-month-old tabby kitten likes to watch her friends from the safety of her bed but has become more and more interested in giving playtime a try. Her favorite activities are rolling in catnip and kicking around a silver vine stick! She’s shown us that a quiet home with kids over the age of ten will make her feel nice and settled. If you have your heart set on someone tiny, cute, and in need of some gentle reassurance, please ask about meeting Lovey!

Jasmine and Violet

**Double Adoption** When 6-month-olds Jasmine (Adoption #G27794) and Violet (Adoption #G27795) arrived after a long trip from a municipal shelter in Georgia, they asked for some time to settle into their new environment. Time is exactly what these beautiful sisters needed to feel confident in their room. Violet is now bounding around, chasing toys and playing with friends. Jasmine is interested, but not quite as self-assured yet as her sister about all the freedom they have now. A quiet home with children over age 10 will be the right fit for Jasmine and Violet. With a little time, you’ll yield a lifetime of reward for making them part of your life!

Spider

NSALA’s sister shelter up in Glen Falls reached out for help with a very special little lady with a very special heart problem. They welcomed 3-year-old Spider (Adoption #NCI2723) to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, providing her a plan to keep her healthy while we work to find her a home worthy of her. Spider may have a few obstacles, but she literally leaps over them and into the arms of everyone she meets. Making fast friends is her special talent! As if her personality isn’t enough to catch your attention, check out the adorable heart on her very boopable nose. This tenacious tuxedo is going to inspire you daily with that can-do spirit!

Andy and Anne

**Double Adoption** Andy (Adoption #NCI2784) can be a little shy at first. It’s a good thing his sidekick Anne (Adoption #NCI2785) is always going to be there to make him feel more comfortable. Anne is up for all the fun we have to offer, and NSALA predicts Andy will soon be following his bestie around. Your quiet home may be Andy and Anne’s first, one they’ll be so happy to share together with you!

Buckley

What a lucky boy Buckley (Adoption #H211261) is! This sweet 10-month-old treasure was rescued locally and offered a chance at a safe life indoors. His time outside has left him FIV+, but that’s not diminishing the pawsibilities ahead for him. NSALA is delighted to watch him enjoy new experiences each day in his room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Bubbles are a favorite! Want to be by his side while he explores a fresh start in your home? Come visit and ask to be introduced to your new best friend.

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Elijah (Adoption #WV0309) is finding his own way into our hearts in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center after being transported from a municipal shelter in West Virginia. NSALA is discovering what would make this eight-month-old boy happiest in a home, and he seems to want a feline friend to show him the way and keep him entertained. This charming boy has a lot of energy and would do great in an experienced home (with children over age eight) who’ll enjoy keeping up with him while teaching him appropriate ways to play. A confident, energetic cat in the home will be thrilled to welcome him and show him the way around home life. If you’re looking to add someone fun to your clowder, please come meet Elijah! 

For more information about adopting NSALA’s adorable adoptables, contact [email protected].

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

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Adopt a Pet on Long Island, Save Two Adorable Animal Lives

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If you woke up this morning and thought, “I’d like to save a life today,” well then we got you covered. And as an added bonus, adopting an animal saves two lives: the one you bring home and the safe space you opened up at a rescue/shelter for another one.

Donation Request and Adoption Event

Paw it Forward Pet Pantry LI is in urgent need of donations including dry and wet food, especially cat litter. They accept all supplies including clean sheets, towels, blankets, and comforters. They are also seeking volunteers for an upcoming 8th Annual Paws 2 Love Adoption event on June 5 at 122 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview. For more information on donating, volunteering, or if you are in need of their services for your pets, please email [email protected], visit their Facebook page at Paw if Forward Pet Pantry LI NY or call 516-491-8781.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Mia

**Special Request** Mia is a 3-year-old Mastiff and Lab Mix who has sadly been a resident of the Animal Shelter for more than two years. She is a goofy dog that loves to play and throw toys around. Mia is a big fan of going on car rides and snuggling up with her favorite people! It takes her some time to get used to strangers, but once you become friends with her, she’ll reward you with kisses for life. She will need a home that can properly introduce her to new people in a way that makes her feel safe. Mia would do best in a home without any other pets or children.

If you are interested in meeting Mia, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes a Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. For more information, call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at the Babylon Animal Shelter

Butchie

Butchie arrived at the shelter last May at less than a year old. A tall and handsome cane corso with a shy side who would need multiple meet and greets at the shelter. He does better with the ladies, and he has a few ladies that he absolutely adores at the shelter.

Butchie is dog social, but he needs to learn to be more confident about any new people around him. He would benefit from a breed experienced adopter to show him what life has to offer. No cats or young children for Butchie.

For more information about adopting Butchie, contact the shelter at 631-643-9270.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Catherine the Great and Rum Tum Tugger

**Double Adoption and Senior Alert** Rum Tum Tugger (Adoption #H210443) isn’t a very curious cat. In fact, this shy senior is content to cuddle into his favorite sibling Catherine the Great (Adoption #H210441). These bonded 10-year-old tabbies, along with the rest of their cat family, had to begin new lives after they lost their previous home and owner last spring. They’d lived their whole lives swapping cuddles together and NSALA has intend for them to spend the rest of their lives side by side, being adored by a new adopter. Catherine has leaned heavily on Rum Tum for support as she slowly acclimates to life away from the only home they’d known. Rum Tum is loyal to a fault and barely leaves Catherine’s side. These wonderful seniors would love a peaceful, predictable home with no young children, and adults experienced in nurturing tender souls. If you feel you have the heart for a sweet pair of deserving seniors, please ask about meeting Rum Tum Tugger and his beloved Catherine the Great!

Ophelia

The exceedingly lovely Ophelia (Adoption #H210280) has become quite content in her comfy bed, but she’ll allow her nap to be interrupted if you’re offering her some gentle chin scratches. This locally rescued 3-year-old lady has been dreaming about your visit, hoping it will lead to many more years of those chin scratches in a quiet home. A loving human who has had cats before will understand just how much a gentle touch means to her. Ophelia would appreciate her home having understanding children (age eight and older, please) who can provide her the tranquility she thrives in. She’s also a lovely companion for equally serene roommates, making her a nice choice for a family seeking a gentle friend for their quiet cat at home.

Faith

When you first meet Faith (Adoption #G23101), you’ll think she’s a kitten. It’s so hard to believe this tiny 1-year-old tortie was recently a momma to five babies! Faith has put all her faith in NSALA to find a family to cherish her now that the hard work in our nursery is behind her. Spend a few moments with Faith and you’ll want to carry her off to the well-earned, happy, new beginning she’s been dreaming about all these weeks.

Papyrus

One-year-old Papyrus (Adoption #G27787) traveled all the way from Georgia hoping her forever family finds her here up north. She’ll be quietly waiting near the sunny window of her room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Do you have an empty window needing someone striking to adorn it? This serene beauty would love nothing more than to keep you company in your quiet home.

Sundance

**Senior Alert and Special Request** Fifteen-year-old Sundance (Adoption #H185743) was abandoned to the streets after spending her whole life with her first family. Delivered by heroes to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, this sensational grand dame will never have to worry about her safety again. We’ve surrounded her with all the loving hands she’s been missing, and she’s abundantly grateful to receive so much care. Because she’s very uncomfortable with other animals, NSALA is making sure her golden years will be spent as the sole object of her new family’s affection. Become Sundance’s hero and you’ll quickly be on the receiving end of some very heartfelt head butts!

If you’re dreaming about someone pretty to call your own, 1-year-old Priscilla (Adoption #NCI2769) is a pretty great choice for you. This young beauty is stunning inside and out, so we predict she’ll find her very first home in no time at all.

Ollie

Ollie (Adoption #H210844) has had a difficult time recently. This 1-and-a-half-year-old boy lost his first home and needs our help to find a new one, one with experienced adults who can provide him plenty of activities to keep his nimble mind and need for playtime well met. This gorgeous orange boy doesn’t enjoy the company of other cats, but a home of his own will restore his plucky purrsonality. If you have a predictable place for him to plop, one with no young kids to disturb him, Ollie could be the partner for adventure you’ve been hoping for!

For more information about adopting NSALA’s adorable adoptables, contact [email protected] today!

Available for adoption through Tender Loving Cats

Nate

Nate is a Tabby kitten found at three months old on the streets of Long Island with his brother Neil. Nate is the playful enjoying wand toys and balls. He also likes to ask for snuggles when he needs them. This well-rounded kitty is ready for his forever home. Is it with you?

To adopt Nate complete our adoption application here tenderlovingcats.org/adoption-application.

You can schedule a meeting at Petsmart North Babylon, 1208 Deer Park Avenue by emailing [email protected].

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

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How to Help If You See An Animal in Distress, According to the Suffolk SPCA

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Many animal rescue organizations nationwide refer to April as Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, and work to educate the public on how to identify and address animal cruelty.   

Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), explains that education is the best line of defense against animal abusers. “It’s not that there are more cruelty cases these days, it’s that more people have become educated on what to look for and how to report suspicious activity,” says Gross. 

Signs of animal abuse can take all forms. You may see wounds on the body, tight collars, underweight animals, limping/difficulty walking, or animals that seem to be under emotional distress. Environmentally speaking, animals left without food or water or in unsanitary conditions, or housed in small kennels with the inability to turn around and stand up or lie down comfortably, should be reported.  

As part of Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, April 8 has been designated as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. According to Gross, this is more of a behind-the-scenes type of cruelty that’s difficult to detect. “You won’t see dogs that are trained to fight being walked on the streets. These dogs are exercised in basements or run on treadmills or in backyards using a spring pole which allows the dog to latch on and hang to strengthen their jaws. These dogs remain hidden from the public to avoid exposure. Dogs brought into this way of life are tormented and fight until they die,” says Gross. To make matters worse, those who don’t “turnout,” meaning those who can’t or refuse to fight, are used as bait dogs or killed by their owners in barbaric fashions. Signs of dogfighting may include evening gatherings, sometimes in a party setting, with loud music and constant barking.  

If you witness animal cruelty or believe you’ve seen an animal in distress, document the details and contact your local SCSPCA (Suffolk County) and NCSPCA (Nassau County).

Calls remain anonymous. Don’t assume that someone else will take care of the situation. Animals are not able to speak up for themselves, so we must do it for them.

And while Long Island has these great resources, it’s important to remember that SPCA officers must follow the laws. “Unfortunately, as local and state laws are written, most animal abuse charges are only misdemeanors that result in small fines or short jail times,” says Gross. Many times, an animal can’t even be removed from an abuser under these laws. The best way to change this is to speak to your local legislature and advocate for stricter laws and penalties. 

If you want to help Long Island animals and the agencies that protect them, consider donating. “The SCSPCA is a non-for-profit, 5013c organization that relies 100% on private donations. We are not affiliated with the ASPCA in any way and receive no funding from them,” says Gross. 

To make a donation or to become a volunteer, visit the SCSPCA website at suffolkspca.org.

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The Cutest Cats and Dogs Available for Adoption on Long Island

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You can’t celebrate National Pet Parents Day this Sunday without a pet of course, so why not adopt one (or more) of these adorable cats and dogs that would just love to go home with you today?

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Chance and Spots

**Double Adoption** Despite the difficult life they shared before they were rescued, Chance (Adoption #BF3948) and her sister Spots (Adoption #BF3949) vowed to support each other furever. You’ll find them giving each other comfort as they navigate all the new firsts in their lives. Watching them discover all the ordinary experiences cats typically enjoy fills everyone with so much joy! Chasing balls and bathing in catnip are just some of their favorite activities. These beautiful girls never knew so much freedom—or love—before. They’re ready to share their joy with you.

Edward and Charlie

**Double Adoption** Edward Cullen (Adoption #PR00061) and Charlie Chaplin (Adoption #PR00062) started their rescue story in a foster home together in Puerto Rico, but it wasn’t until they reconnected in a room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center that we saw a true bond begin to grow. Edward clearly finds confidence in Charlie’s company, and although Charlie is quite shy, he too feels safer when his friend is nearby. Wouldn’t you love to follow their story all the way to your living room?

Piper and Pearl

**Senior Alert and Double Adoption** 13-year-old Pearl (Adoption #SPC314) and her 7-year-old daughter Piper (Adoption #SPC315) faced a huge obstacle when they recently lost their home. With their trusted friends at Animal League America by their side, these tentative ladies have taken comfort in the quiet room they share in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. After taking time to regroup, these devoted ladies have ventured out of hiding to warmly greet visitors to their room. Both are quite motivated to share treats with new friends! While you may find Piper greeting you by the door, Pearl likes to hang back and receive visitors from her bed. Our vets have put together a terrific plan for Pearl’s hyperthyroidism, which is covered at cost through our Pet Health Centers. A quiet, cat-experienced home with older children will fill them up with the love they’ve missed, and in return, they’ll show you their gratitude for setting their lives back on track towards happiness.

Pixie

**Senior Alert** 13-year-old Pixie’s (Adoption #SPC316) life lost its magic when her owner passed away. Taken from the only home she’d ever known; this distinguished senior beauty needed our help to work out all of the abrupt changes to her life. NSALA has offered her a peaceful spot while we find her a family who vow to offer her the sanctuary, she needs to regain her confidence. The progress she’s made already with treat encouragement has everyone very hopeful that a nurturing, patient adult will delight in sharing their heart with her as much as we have. Your quiet home may be exactly what Pixie needs to renew her magical life.

Pirate and Nero

**Double Adoption** Pirate (Adoption #G27927) and Nero (Adoption #G27928) traveled all the way from Georgia, enthusiastic about sharing new adventures together in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. These 6-month-old, male kittens have a lifetime of love ahead of them. They just need the right humans to include them in family fun!

Tanya

Tanya (Adoption #G27930) may seem a little bit timid at first, but we can’t fault her for wondering what’s next in her rescue adventure. This gorgeous 2-year-old Georgia peach would love to be settled into a quiet life with an enamored family, one who’ll have treats and encouraging chin rubs always ready. With a blink of an eye, you’ll have won over a new best friend, the one who’ll never forget how much better her life is now that she’s finally home with you.

Zoe

**Senior Alert** Sweet Zoe (Adoption #H205276) has lost her zest after losing the only home she’s ever known due to her humans’ allergies. NSALA is going to help turn her heartbreak into happiness by finding her a nice, quiet household. Hope you have plenty of time for ear rubs because that’s exactly what this sweet 8-year-old calico needs to feel she’s safe and sound. Wouldn’t you love to be the one to end her uncertain days and carry her off to her happily ever after?

Milo and Mova

**Double Adoption** Locally rescued Milo (Adoption #H211247) and Mova (Adoption #H211248) don’t mind moving from their rescuer’s care to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, and they don’t mind the hustle and bustle of shelter days. As long as these loyal 10-month-old brothers have each other by their sides, they know they can get through anything. Want to show them how much fun being part of a family can be? Come visit NSALA’s Port Washington campus and ask about offering Milo and Mova a permanent place in your heart and home.

For more information about adopting NSALA’s adorable adoptables, contact [email protected].

Available for adoption through Tender Loving Cats

Layla

Layla is a sweet young cat that purrs happily when petted. She is a very easy-going cat. All Layla loves is lots of love and attention in between her naps, not to mention her favorite time is treat time! Layla is an affectionate girl that will do well in a home as the queen of her castle, so a home without pets would be best. Let’s find her the best home.

To adopt Layla complete an adoption application here: tenderlovingcats.org/adoption-application.html.

You can schedule a meeting at Petsmart North Babylon, 1208 Deer Park Ave. by emailing [email protected].

Available for adoption at the Babylon Animal Shelter

Bindi

**Senior Alert** 10-year-old Bindi came to the shelter wagging her tail last May. She can be vocal and assertive, but hey, girl power! Bindi loves to play fetch and if she can get two or three fetch items in her mouth at the same time, then even better. Bindi would love to spend her golden years with love and of course her ball. Bindi has been very stressed in the shelter environment, and she seeks a home as the only pet and kids over 8 years old. Please consider giving this sweet senior ball playing girl a home.

For more information about adopting Bindi, email [email protected].

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Sunny Girl

**Senior Alert** Sunny Girl is a 9-to-10-year-old gal who is as friendly and sweet as her name suggests. Sunny and her siblings arrived at the Animal Shelter after losing their mom. She is a chunky, loving senior cat that will curl up on your lap and reciprocate all of the love that you give her. Sunny has an overactive thyroid, so she will require medications twice a day and visits to the vet twice a year to help monitor her thyroid levels. Sunny came from a home with many other cats, and she tends to get along with cats and children.

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!

For more information about adopting Sunny Girl, call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

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

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Shabby Tabby Cat Café Offers Adoptions, Fun Events in Sayville

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When Ryan Shea lost her beloved pet cat in 2017, she began volunteering at local animal rescues and shelters to help cope with her loss. Much to her surprise, the shelters were completely inundated with homeless cats, most of which are confined to cages or small enclosed rooms. Shea believed that given the chance to roam free and socialize with other cats and humans, homeless kitties would have a greater chance of finding a forever home.

Working as a registered nurse for the past 10 years, Shea decided it was time to hang up her scrubs and open the Shabby Tabby Cat Café in Sayville.

“It’s truly amazing to see how these cats quickly become comfortable around children, adults, and other animals, an opportunity they would not typically have in a shelter setting,” Shea says. “You’ll find the outgoing ones walking the floors and for cats who need a little more acclimation time, they tend to hang out on the shelves until they reach their comfort level.”

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At any given time, you’ll find approximately 25 to 35 cats at the café, all of which come from Almost Home Animal Rescue. Shea and her staff work tirelessly to make sure the transition from the rescue or foster home to the café is seamless for the animals. Any cat that requires a little extra socialization is assigned to café staff and volunteers for some extra-human time.

Serving hot and cold beverages, snacks, and desserts, the café offers the purrfect spot to chill out during the week. “People bring their laptops and do their work here,” says Shea.

Because if you have to work, why not have a cat nearby? You can also attend events on evenings and weekends such as paint night, bingo, tarot reading, wine tasting, yoga … the pawsibilities are endless.

Depending on the package you choose, you can spend anywhere from an hour to the whole day in the cat area, chatting, petting, and playing with the felines. This social setting has proven to be very successful for both the animals and potential adopters. “Since its opening in 2018, there have been 930 adoptions and continuing,” says Shea.

And now the burning question on everyone’s mind … won’t you get fur in your drink? According to Shea, the café is separate from the cat area, but it may be possible to find a little extra love in your cup.

For more information about the Shabby Tabby Cat Café, visit its website at theshabbytabbyli.com.

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Adopt An Adorable New Furry Friend This Holiday Weekend

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Forget the egg hunts this weekend, and head down to your local animal shelter or rescue and search for your new best furry friend!

Available for adoption through Tender Loving Cats

Felicia

Felicia is quite the friendly and equally gorgeous 2 1/2 years old lady that believe it or not, has lived most of her life outside with her mom and siblings. This affectionate mellow and sweet cat loves being groomed and will purr when you brush her. Felicia’s favorite things to do are playing and feeling energetic with string toys. This is mellow and vocal girl will even talk to you when you give her attention. Let’s find this black beauty a forever home where she could be loved and admired.

To adopt Felicia, complete an adoption application here: tenderlovingcats.org.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Angel

Angel is an 8-year-old Blue Nose Pit who has been a resident of the Animal Shelter for four years. April 14 will be Angel’s 4-year anniversary as a homeless dog, and she is long overdue to have her happily ever after. Angel has a huge heart and love for every new person she meets. She loves food, going for walks and car rides, the kiddie pool, and any toy she can get her paws on. Her perfect owner will have experience with large breed, strong-willed dogs, and will provide her with discipline and proper boundaries. Angel would do best in a home without children or any other pets.

For more information about adopting Angel, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at the Babylon Animal Shelter

Fioki

Handsome fella alert! Floki is a happy guy who arrived in May 2021 around 3 years old.  He enjoys getting attention and is very playful. He loves chasing a ball or taking dip in the pool.

Floki walks nicely on leash, and he really enjoys sitting at your side for loving. Floki has shown signs of being shy when a movement is very fast. Although he can be social with some dogs, he would do best with no other pets and kids older than 12.

For more information, email [email protected]

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Honshu and Hokkaido

**Double Adoption** Nine-month-olds Honshu (Adoption #H211098) and Hokkaido (Adoption #H211099) forged a tight bond when they struggled to survive on their own in the great outdoors last summer. NSALA has given them a safe place to land while they learn about the wonders of indoor living, and these fast learners are shedding their fears and trading them in for pets and treats. Hokkaido loves a good party! His sister Honshu is not quite as confident, but reassurance and treats warm her right up. If you have a peaceful home with children 8 years and older who can continue to throw them treats parties in their very first home, Honshu and Hokkaido would love to explore that opportunity with you!

Tutelo and Cayuga

**Senior Alert and Double Adoption** Tutelo (Adoption #BF2528) and Cayuga (Adoption #BF2529) have taken great comfort in each other’s company throughout their lives together. After their rough start, these 10-year-old brothers are ready to begin a fresh new chapter. Brave Cayuga has been a great mentor to his shyer brother who watches his interactions with trusted friends. You may now find Tutelo venturing out to play with kitten roommates, making up for time lost during their perilous beginnings. A patient, experienced adult will recognize the value of going slowly to build trust. Ideally, a predictable home with older children will make the waiting worth it. Who can resist their dreamy eyes? They’ll grab your heart from the moment you assure them they’re safe.

Mittens

(Adoption #H211189) Looking for a quiet friend with a penchant for tasty treats? Look no further than Marvelous Mittens! Three-year-old Mittens took his time settling into shelter life after being rescued locally from the outdoors. Now he feels purrfectly comfortable being visited by his human friends and doesn’t mind sharing space with his roommates. His time outdoors left him FIV+ but this tender tuxedo will live the rest of his life safely indoors with a family who can appreciate his love of chasing feathers, his propensity for cat nip baths, and his fondness of a good, long chin scratch. Want to make Mittens part of your family? Come meet him at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.

Flux

When three-year-old Flux (Adoption #LA2192) arrived from a shelter in Louisiana, he needed some coaxing to believe the scary part of his journey was behind him. The best way to learn trust turned out to be watching his feline friends! With his besties to guide him, you’ll now find the formally bashful boy lining up for treats and pets alongside his roommates, lingering for a little extra ear rubbing from the humans he’s grown to love. It didn’t take Flux long to figure out living safely inside is indeed wonderful! Flux is looking for a quiet household (with children 12 and older) who would be respectful of Flux’s need for security. Most importantly, Flux would love a cat friend to follow around in his new home…he’ll be the best friend your cat has ever known and become a beloved part of your family.

Malt and Milkshake

**Double Adoption** Malt (a girl) (Adoption #H210996) and Milkshake ( a boy) (Adoption #H210997) needed help when allergies became an issue in the home they’d shared for most of their lives. Now safely nestled in a cozy cubby together in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, this very bonded pair of 1-year-old siblings will love each other through this moment — hopefully a brief one — as we help them find a permanent solution to their housing problem. While they wait, Malt enjoys chatty moments with visitors while her brother chases toys around the room. While they’re overcoming their shyness, they’re seeking a calm household (with kids ages 8 and up) that will nurture away any apprehension they may bring with them as they resettle into family life as beloved pets.

Dempsey

**Senior Alert** It’s always sad for a senior to lose the home they’d known their whole lives, but 12-year-old Dempsey (Adoption #D43983) needed much more than moral support as he transitioned to a new life in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. This tender tabby needed a plan to restore him to optimum health. Newly diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism, Dempsey has successfully responded to daily medication. He also received entropion repair surgery which immediately alleviated him of his discomfort. These conditions will be covered through NSALA’s Pet Health Centers at cost. You’ll find Dempsey eager to repay the kindness he’s received, hopeful you’ll sit with him and rub his chin. Once you begin, you’ll never want to stop! Dempsey’s misfortune has turned into a new lease on life, and he’s hopeful to share his with someone as special as you.

In his short life, 1-year-old Adrienne (Adoption #T103369) has endured suffering no animal should have to experience. NSALA rescue partners in Tennessee put out an SOS for this victim who’d been found shot in the face and in need of immediate medical attention. Animal League America answered that call and shuttled him directly to our Pet Health Centers for a complete plan for his care. Despite the trauma he endured, Adrienne has proven to be a true survivor, putting his past behind him with a determined heart towards a bright future. At present, this little miracle has no long term restrictions other than eating soft food—how easy is that?! Even easier is how quickly you’ll fall in love with our most inspiring, thriving friend!

Tucker

Tender Tucker (Adoption #G27800) is waiting to see what is ahead for him. The first months of his life have been full of adventure—more so than he’d hoped for. What 8-month-old Tucker really wants is to be settled into a chill life as a cherished member of a family. Looking for a quiet companion to nurture? This tuxedo wants nothing more than to be right by your side, enjoying a little less adventure and a lot more snuggles. Come meet Tucker at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.

For more information about adopting NSALA’s adorable adoptables, contact [email protected].

Available for adoption through Allykatz Rescue

All of these adorable adoptables are pairs, meaning they must be adopted together, which is great because two is ALWAYS better than one! Email [email protected] for more information.

Murph
Sally

Sally and Murph are 6-month-old kitties described as being very friendly, affectionate, and playful. They love kisses and are good with other cats and children too!

Anna and Valentin

Anna and Valentin are 8 months old and are super playful with each other and their foster.  They have a tendency to be shy with strangers (understandably so) but with time, they will definitely warm up in a loving home.

Carl and Carla

Carl and Carly are 5-month-old siblings and the only thing they love more than each other is getting love hugs from other cats. Let’s all collectively say “awwww”!

Kinsey and Junior

Kinsey and Junior are perfect for a home that already has furry friends residing in it. They are good with other cats and dogs, too! Kids older than 10 is suggested.

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

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These Furry Friends on Long Island Want You to Adopt Them for National Pet Day April 11

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Murphy and Cream

April 11 is National Pet Day so to avoid FOMO (fear of missing out), bring home any one of these awesome cats or (or dog) or head down to your local animal rescue or shelter and find your new pet today.

Available for adoption at Alleykatz Rescue

**Senior Alerts** Did you now that senior pets make the most amazing companions to pet owners young and old but especially for senior citizens? Older cats provide entertainment, love and a reason to get up each morning. Senior pets are usually low-key and happy to just sit in your lap or next to you and watch TV, making the purrfect companion for just about anyone!

Skeeter

Skeeter is an 8-year-old lovebug who lost his mom and his home but is hoping to find a new person that will love him. He is sweet, friendly and well behaved. He loves everyone he meets including young children.

Clementine

Clementine, much like her name, is a sweet 10-year-old lady who loves humans as much as she loves other cats. Don’t let her age fool you, this girl is as healthy as they come and ready to spend many many happy years in her new forever home.

Callie

12-year-old Callie is a tiny, sweet gal also ready to start her next chapter in a safe home where she can thrive!

Dominick

Dominick is a 9-year-old guy who simply craves attention and love. He is quiet, dignified, and good with other cats and children.

Marshmallow

Wanna snuggle up with a marshmallow? Well then 5-year-old Marshmallow is your guy! This orange and white fella is ready to be your sweet treat today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Angel

No one is really sure why Angel is still homeless. This adorable 8-year-old beauty literally loves everyone she meets. She is strong in will and body and will need a leader that can be strict with her and setting boundaries. Angel loves food, walks, car rides, kiddie pool and any toy she can shred to pieces. This girl has a huge heart and wants her happily ever after!  She cannot be placed with other animals.

For more information about adopting Angel, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Ward

When 2-year-old Ward (Adoption #H209908) arrived, he was grieving deeply for the loss of his home and family. NSALA tucked him into the quietest place available, with the most loving hands experienced in helping fearful cats acclimate to a new setting. Time and patience were gifts Ward never received in his previous home. Beginning to trust those who care for him, Ward is enjoying life in the comfort of a predictable space, with feline friends modeling what’s in store with a little curiosity. Ward wants to feel confident with his new family and is searching for adults with experience in nurturing the spirit of timid cats. Because he’s responded so well to his feline roommates, a confident cat in the home will show him all the joy of family life. Would you like to be Ward’s hero? You’re just one visit away from making him part of your heart.

Lilly Allen

Lilly Allen (Adoption #H210318) makes everyone smile! That’s because NSALA knows how much she’s already survived, and although her past trauma made her hesitant at first, her triumphant spirit overcomes her fear with the right offering of an ear rub or treat. NSALA vets tended to an injured leg when she first arrived. Now fully recovered, 1-year-old Lilly is looking for a quiet home with a committed family who’ll always keep her safe and surround her with love. She’s learning to trust through watching her feline friends so a house with a cat looking for a side kick would complete her rescue story. Children older than age ten will enjoy watching this sweet mini-house-panther learn to trust them. With a little help from her new friends, Lilly Allen will be smiling in no time, and her family will too!

Hattie

Despite the hardship of losing her owner recently, 2-year-old Hattie (Adoption #V39903) has been putting her best paw forward in a foster home as NSALA helps her find the purrfect place to spend furever. Because this tender tabby is fearful of other pets, she needs a place as quiet as her foster home, one with older kids who’ll provide her a predictable environment to help ease her back into family life. Experienced adults are going to offer her the understanding she craves to help her overcome her apprehension in new situations. Hattie deserves to be settled back into the heart of her family. Would you like to be the hero she’s been waiting for?

Mercury and Mars

**Double Adoption** When 1-year-olds Mercury (Adoption #H211412) and Mars (Adoption #H211413) were orbiting around someone’s backyard this fall, they had no idea how safe their landing would be. This timid pair of devoted siblings has leaned heavily upon each other as they explore the galaxy of indoor living. The NSALA team has given them time and attention in a quiet place where they’ve learned all about trust—and treats! Now we’re looking to launch them into a furever universe: your home! If you’ve had cats before, you’ll see how love and patience is all that’s needed to coax them into exploring your living room. A family with children (ages 12 and older) will provide them the kind of predictable setting they thrive in.

Victor and Misto

**Double Adoption and Senior Alert** Before 9-year-old Victor (Adoption #SPC318) and 7-year-old Misto (Adoption #SPC319) lost their beloved owner, they were enrolled in NSALA’s Safe Haven program to ensure they’d be safe while waiting for a second chance. Victor has lost no time letting us know how grateful he is that they’re safe. Misto is more cautious than his big brother, but also eager to meet new cats and people, especially when Victor is nearby to reassure him. These gentle boys have already experienced what it is to be loved by a special human, in a home with other cats and dogs. They’re hoping a new hero comes along soon to begin their fresh start, one as wonderful as their previous one.

Stella and Bruno

**Double Adoption and Senior Alert** Eight-and-a-half-year-old Stella (Adoption #H211231) and her 8-year-old son Bruno (Adoption #H211232) shared a quiet home their whole lives, until that lifestyle was interrupted by tragedy. Despite this upheaval to their peaceful life, they’re sticking by each other, longing for someone to show them the home life they once enjoyed. Stella has voiced gratitude with her polite chattiness. Bruno may not have as much to say as his mom, but he shows his appreciation with a robust head bump. All Stella and Bruno need now is someone special to choose them as their newest family members, and they’ll offer all the gratitude they can muster in return.

Raven and Pinky

**Double Adoption** A sunny room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center is a far cry from the life 8-month-olds Raven (Adoption #NCR6003) and her sister Pinky (Adoption #NCR6004) left behind in North Carolina. At first these bonded sisters were unsure of this new situation, but in a very short time, they’ve come to realize that freedom and sun beams are a fabulous thing. Imagine their joy when they realize their first home is even better!

Murphy and Cream

**Double Adoption** Murphy (Adoption #NCR6021) was down on his luck when he first arrived from a North Carolina shelter, seeking a friend to lean on while adjusting to his new setting. Along came Cream (Adoption # LA2188), a timid boy from Louisiana who needed his own buddy to fill him with a sense of security he’d been missing. Once these beautiful one-year-old boys clicked, they never left each other’s sides. That’s why NSALA has decided to let them spend furever together, completing each other’s hearts. Want to continue watching the bromance in your home? There’s always room for more love in their circle of friendship!

Alutia

When Alutia (Adoption #G26629) first arrived, she was unsure of her new situation and hid in cubbies to avoid altercations. Time in a quiet sunny room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center has smoothed out all the worries from her beautiful brow, and what’s left is a dedicated companion, eager to greet you at the door, hopeful your hands have time for rubs and treats. Two-and-a-half-year-old Alutia is being treated for chronic rhinitis, a covered medical condition throughout Pet Health Centers. A family with children (ages 10 and older) and experienced in soothing a sensitive soul will pave the way for her success. Although she coexists ok with her familiar feline roommates, her true happiness will come from being able to devote all her time and attention to the hero who escorts her home. Will that be you?

For more information about adopting NSALA’s adorable adoptables, contact [email protected] today!

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

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Adopt One of These Cats and Dogs on Long Island

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Would you believe all the homeless animals we spoke to this week all said they were content not finding a forever home? April Fools! They’re all ready to pack their bags and move into your heart and home forever. Will you let them in?

Available for adoption through Tender Loving Cats

Juniper

In a word, Juniper is gorgeous. This 2.5-year-old kitty is described as a lovely girl that is quiet and shy (but with time that will likely subside), smart and curious. Juniper was rescued from the brutal outdoors and has been leaning into the easy life every day since. Jupiter would be a good fit for someone who knows cats, has experience with cats that are shy. She took a few weeks to come out of her shell in foster, but then quickly began to blossom into a lovely companion!

Jupiter absolutely loves cats, so if you are looking for a kitty companion, she would be an excellent choice. If you are a patient adopter who will allow Jupiter time to blossom, she will make a lovely pet. With time, Jupiter has learned that petting is lovely, cat friends are great, treats are yummy, and napping with a human is a great way to spend a day.

To adopt Jupiter, complete an adoption application here: www.tenderlovingcats.org.

Available for adoption at the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter

Jackie

Three-year-old Jackie is in search of a loving home where she can learn about life and have someone to call her own. She had lived an outdoor life prior to her arrival and will need some patience to acclimate to a home. Jackie is on the small side; she is very sweet and enjoys time in your lap. She would be most successful in a home with calm energy where she doesn’t get amped up and over-stimulated. She loves to exercise with her toys in a game of fetch and to go for walks to see the world. Jackie seeks a home without other pets and young kids.  Please give her the chance to know love and happiness!

If you can open your heart and home to Jackie, please call the shelter at 631-643-9270 or email [email protected]

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Cali and Archie

**Double Adoption** Cali and Archie are a pair of 2-year-old bonded siblings that arrived at the Animal Shelter after living in a feral cat colony. Now they can be seen cuddling together all day long! Cali is very outgoing and loves people, while Archie is more reserved and shy when meeting new humans. However, once Archie learns to open up to you, he is very playful and sweet. Cali and Archie would prefer a furrever home without children.

For more information about adopting Cali and Archie, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Ophelia

The exceedingly lovely Ophelia (Adoption #H210280) has become quite content in her comfy bed, but she’ll allow her nap to be interrupted if you’re offering her some gentle chin scratches. This locally rescued 2-year-old has been dreaming about your visit, hoping it will lead to many more years of those chin scratches in a quiet home. A loving human who’s had cats before will understand just how much your gentle touch means to her. Ophelia would appreciate her home having understanding children (age 8 and older) who can provide her the tranquility she thrives on.

Titan and Zeus

**Double Adoption** You may find 6-month-old Titan (Adoption #NCR6001) and Zeus (Adoption #NCR6002) hanging out together on a high perch to survey their surroundings. These almost identical brothers from North Carolina love the time they share together. Zeus is game for new adventures with human visitors, and volunteers predict Titan will soon be joining in on the fun. NSALA can’t think of a better pair to rule your heart than Titan and Zeus! And remember, when you adopt, you save two lives – the life of the cat you take home, and the life of another rescue’s now have room for. When you adopt TWO bonded cats, you’re saving four lives!

Bubbles

When Bubbles (Adoption #NCR6006) arrived from his North Carolina rescue, he felt a bit overwhelmed by yet another change to his life. Watching his friends play has done wonders for his confidence; you’ll now find him waiting for his turn at play! NSALA is counting on his bubbly purrsonality coming out when he meets his true family. He’s saving the best for them! Want to give this gorgeous 1-year-old guy all the loving he deserves?

At first glance, you may think Amy (Adoption #NCR6014) is a shy, quiet girl. Pull out some toys and see a whole new side of this ambitious player! Although she has impeccable manners about waiting her turn, 1-year-old Amy is quite enthusiastic about being part of the fun, making her a wonderful choice for first time families looking for the best a cat can offer—a reason to smile while she thanks you for completing her rescue story.

Molly

Marvelous Molly (Adoption #NCR6017) is determined to share her experiences with you. This 1-year-old southern belle traveled a long way to be discovered, and she’s ready to lead you into a new era where she’ll take full command of your heart. Molly is enthusiastic about her playtime and provides chatty play-by-play with her actions. NSALA finds her whimsical purrsonality completely mesmerizing, and you will too!

Diesel

When 9-month-old Diesel (Adoption #NCR6019) first arrived from his North Carolina rescue, he spent all his time hiding in bed. That changed when he was provided a sunny room to explore with calm cat friends encouraging him to join in on the fun. With just a little provocation, Diesel is discovering a whole new world. He hasn’t yet figured out that treats are for eating, not playing, but that’s ok. You’ll work out those little kinks with him when you bring him to his first real home. To make that transition a successful one, Diesel is looking for a household with children over 12 years old, adults experienced in nurturing their new furry family member, and a confident cat in the home waiting to show him the wonders of being a beloved family pet.

Ketzilla

A local rescue hero discovered two-year-old Ketzillah (Adoption #H211235) and realized she was meant for a better life than living on the streets where she was struggling to survive. A quick trip to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center has transformed this radiant beauty from timid to thankful. Ketzilah seeks an experienced home (with children age 8 and older) who can provide her the peace and comfort she’s always deserved.

Susie Greenberg

Seven-year-old Susie Greenberg (Adoption D48053) has very conflicting feelings about the abrupt end to the life she’d always known and the new one she’s now facing. Fortunately for her, she’s got a team of understanding fans ready to help her with her fresh start. This tenacious lady has never lived with cats before, so NSALA is looking for her to be the only pet in her new home. When she feels she’s got you all to herself, she’ll roll over and reveal her belly, but it’s her chin where she really loves receiving scratches. You’ll feel an instant bond with Susie from the moment she meows her gratitude for helping her restart her life.  Susie’s green eyes are telling you to come and take her home.

For more information about adopting NSALA’s adorable adoptables, contact [email protected] today!

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

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Patchogue’s Almost Home Animal Rescue Chosen for Special Cat Training Program

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Dawn Donaghey and a cat named Sweet Cheeks, learning to give paw through the Cat Pawsitive Program.

If you’re a feline fanatic, chances are you’ve heard of Jackson Galaxy, renowned cat behavior and wellness expert and host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell. The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a program of Greater Good Charities, created a life-saving initiative known as Cat Pawsitive, which introduces positive-reinforcement-based behavior training and enrichment to shelter cats. This innovative training program aims to increase feline adoption rates and empower shelter staff and volunteers to maintain and improve cat “mojo.”

This year, Patchogue-based Almost Home Animal Rescue is one of 34 shelters nationwide selected for JGP’s Cat Pawsitive Program. 

“Quite a lot of planning went into the application submission alone,” says Dawn Donaghey, Almost Home’s cattery manager. “Then each shelter participates in three phases of online courses, all geared towards improving a cat’s life and adoptability.”

Cats who are exposed to the reward-based training methods of Cat Pawsitive are said to gain confidence, experience reduced stress levels, and build connections with staff, volunteers, and potential adopters. Cat Pawsitive can help a shy cat learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet an adopter, a feisty cat learn to play nice, and an outgoing kitty learn to give an endearing “high-five” to his visitors to seal an adoption deal. 

“We’re very surprised how food- and/or toy-motivated many of the cats are,” says Donaghey. “We’re hoping that being accepted into this program really brings awareness to our rescue and ultimately finds our animals a loving, forever home.”

Since 2016, more than 1,900 cats have been adopted during Cat Pawsitive program semesters, with hundreds more cats benefitting from being in the program and continuing their training on the road to adoption. To date, a total of 203 unique animal welfare organizations have participated in Cat Pawsitive semesters with over 1,700 staff members and volunteers taking part in the training of thousands of cats. 

Jackson Galaxy will be sharing highlights of the Cat Pawsitive program on The Jackson Galaxy Project Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages coming soon. And to adopt a lucky kitty from Almost Home, check out their website at almosthomeli.org.

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