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Pets 101: Care Tips For New Pet Owners

Bringing a new pet home can be both challenging and rewarding. (Pexels)

Bringing home a new furry friend can be overwhelming, but experts agree that there are some basic rules that when followed, will create a happy and healthy environment for both you and your new family member. 

The No. 1 tip for anyone bringing home a new furry friend is to be patient, according to Sean Patrick Malloy, operations manager at North Shore Animal League America. 

“All animals need sufficient time to adjust to an unfamiliar setting,” he says. “Some will be more fearful and nervous than others, so it’s crucial to allow them time to get to know their new surroundings and new family.”  

Remember that animals come from different backgrounds and have different pasts, so acclimation can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

If a dog you brought home is chewing on your shoes or demonstrating other behavioral issues, don’t panic. Dogs don’t automatically know the difference between right and wrong. Malloy says one of the best ways to redirect a dog’s attention is to keep it busy. 

“Engaging a dog with a toy and meeting its energy needs is the best way to curb destructive behavior,” he says. “This creates habits and routines so they know when it’s time to play vs. when it’s time to rest.”

For new cat owners, remember that less is more in terms of space. 

“Do not give a cat immediate free reign of the house,” he says. “Going from a small kennel to a large home overwhelms them and they will likely choose to hide from you. Start them off in a bedroom or bathroom then slowly give them space … Try letting them explore a hallway with doors closed and if they start to paw at the door, let them into the room.” 

If you’ve brought a new pet home to meet an existing pet, remember that animals don’t become friends right away. When animals first meet, they often communicate with each other in ways you may not understand. 

“Cats may hiss and dogs may growl,” Molloy says. “It’s important to monitor the situation, watch and listen to see how they interact with each other. They will likely make small progress every time they interact with each other.”

Many experts suggest following the rule of three: It takes three days for your new pet to figure out its new home, three weeks to figure out the new routine, and three months to become a part of your family. 

So don’t be too quick to throw in the towel. You’ll be glad you didn’t!

Special Needs Dog With Heart Defect Among Pets Looking For Homes on Long Island

Don’t spend your holiday gift cards on a weighted blanket when any of these adorably adoptable cats and dogs will happily play the part for free!

And with the holidays officially over, consider donating those unwanted gifts you received to Almost Home Animal Rescue. That scarf from Aunt Rita or popcorn tin from the boss can be used to make raffle baskets given out at upcoming fundraisers. Contact Almost Home for more information at 631-627-3665. 

Also, All About Spay Neuter is having a Bingo fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Seaford American Legion, located at 2301 Pentiquit Ave. in Seaford. A $20 ticket includes Bingo cards. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and cash bar. Proceeds go to a great cause, helping reopen their shelter so they can continue to rescue cats and kittens in need. Click here to purchase tickets: allaboutspayneuter.com

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Cookie

Don’t tell Cookie she is considered a senior citizen; she is as playful as they come. This 8-year-old lady will chase balls for hours with shelter volunteers. She instantly loves every person that she meets and gives away kisses for free. While her favorite past times are running and playing, she loves to cuddle whenever she can too. To meet Cookie is to fall in love, so don’t hesitate, make Cookie your sweetie today!

Ollie

Ollie is a 4-year-old female kitty who was adopted from a rescue as a kitten and then given away by her owner, then her new owner let her outside because they did not want an indoor cat. So what does Ollie do? She chose a random stranger’s home to break into and made herself comfortable. It’s pretty obvious that all this sweet girl wants is a home of her own where she can live comfortably indoors only. She is a young, healthy, affectionate kitty that even likes other cats. Don’t wait, bring her home with you today!

For more information about adopting Cookie or Ollie, head over to the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main Street, Smithtown, or call 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Levi
Levi

Levi and Lyric are a dynamic brother and sister duo. They are about a year old, playful and very loving. Levi loves snuggling into any neck he can find. Either one or both would make a great addition to your family.   If you think you might be interested in meeting them, please stop by All About Spay Neuter or call/text Alicia at 516-510-6738.  

Lyric

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Rocky

SPECIAL ADOPTION REQUEST:  You would never tell by his adorable picture that Rocky has had a “rocky” start in life. At just a year old, Rocky found his way to the shelter as a stray in September 2019. He arrived with very labored breathing, and after taking him to multiple vet hospitals, it was determined that Rocky has severe valvular pulmonic stenosis, which is a congenital heart defect. Two surgeries were performed on Rocky to add several stents where they needed to go, and he is now resting comfortably and recuperating in a temporary foster home with a staff member. Sadly, Rocky is going to need medical care for the rest of his life, so someone able to take on that expense is needed. Rocky is a very, very sweet boy, and is great with the foster’s young children. Rocky needs a home with owners able to afford whatever he will need going forward, which can include yearly (or more regularly) echocardiograms, possibly more surgeries, and medication. If you are interested in learning more about Rocky, or are interested in adopting this special-needs boy, please contact the shelter immediately at 516-785-5220 or email adoption@tohmail.org for more information. 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

As sweet as his name, Oreo is the young Border Collie/Husky stealing hearts left and right. It’s unclear why Oreo was turned into a canine-crowded Texas shelter. The man who dropped him off said he found the dog as a stray. But the children he was with were crying, so who knows. Nevertheless, Oreo is an extremely smart and lovable guy, full of that Border Collie/Husky energy, so Oreo needs a home where his mind and muscles can be stimulated with training and useful tasks. Not to say you need to purchase a flock of sheep or a dog sled, but long daily walks, obedience and agility training will keep Oreo very happy in his new home. For information about adopting Oreo,  please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Keara

As sweet as she is cute, all 1-year-old Keara really wants is to be loved by a human who will make their home hers. Keara loves to be pet and is seeking a home as an only pet so she can have all your attention. If Keara seems like the purrfect pet for you, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more today! 

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Bootsy and Boo Boo

Bootsy (adoption #H209211) and Boo Boo (adoption # H209212) are quite content to live their lives with their many feline friends in a quiet space away from the busy adoption center, but staff and volunteers have much bigger plans for them; NSALA believes these 4-year-old brothers would thrive in a home full of love and freedom. The best match would be a cat-experienced family with children 16 and older in age to help these healthy, bonded brothers succeed in their first real home. Time and patience have proven that Bootsy and Boo Boo can thrive as long as they have each other to depend upon, and soon, they’ll come to depend upon you, too!  

Sushi and Wasabi

Sushi (female-adoption #H210097) and Wasabi (male-adoption #H210098)) were discovered fending for themselves out in the elements when a local hero happened upon them and delivered them to the safety of NSALA. Now they are living the dream in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. While Sushi is ready to bust out and join in the fun, she’s also quite loyal to her shyer companion and waits eagerly by Wasabi’s side as he slowly gains confidence. These two besties complement each other purrfectly and will brighten any household they enter.  

Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger (adoption #H210190) has traveled a long, hard road to find a safe place to rest his weary head. A good Samaritan pulled this 9-year-old boy off the busy streets and placed him in the care of NSALA staff. Although he’s still a bit unsure of his new surroundings, he’s looking forward to offering him all the tenderness he may have missed out on while he lived outdoors. Texas Ranger needs a home with cat-experienced adults (and children age 10 and up.) If you’re interested in a quiet senior to spoil, please consider pampering and loving Texas Ranger for the rest of his life.

Vincenzo and Dimitrios

After sharing a home together for two years, Vincenzo (adoption #H209142) and Demetrios (adoption #H209143) found themselves in need of our help in finding a new home This bonded pair of male two-year old fellas are a bit shy at first but will warm up once they discover you’ve offered them a second chance at happiness. These young brothers would do best in a calm home with a family (older children, please) to love them and give them a new beginning.

Firewoman. Photo by Ted Lim

What’s a momma cat to do when her work in the nursery is done? Why get herself adopted, of course! Firewoman (adoption #MA4376) is a sweet choice for first-time adopters.  She may still have nurturing instincts left over from her nursery days, so if you’re willing to spoil her, she may spoil you right back! Come introduce yourself to Firewoman at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center on NSALA’s Port Washington campus. 

For more information about adopting Bootsy, Boo Boo, Sushi, Wasabi, Texas Ranger, Vincenzo, Demetrios and Firewoman, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

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

15 Cats, Dogs Waiting To Warm You Up This Winter

Nothing beats the winter blues like snuggling up with a new furry friend. Read all about some amazing cats and dogs that would love nothing more than to call your home, theirs! 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Trucker is quite the amazing dog. Found tied to a light pole just waiting for someone to rescue him, Trucker holds not one grudge. In fact, Trucker is nothing short of a hunky 4-year-old guy who only wants to play and hang out with humans. If he could talk, he’d tell you his favorite game is playing with tennis balls, which he loves almost as much as getting back scratches. Trucker is house and crate trained and needs a savvy home with kids 17 and older who can teach him boundaries and the structure he craves. If you’re the one who can drive this little Trucker to his own real home, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh  or email  adoption@tohmail.org. You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Liam and Declan are a sensational sibling duo who are as sweet as they come. At just 7 months old, they may start out on the shyer side, but give them just a short amount of time to warm up, and you’ll have two new best friends for life! If you’re heart and home are ready for two new boys,  please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more today! 

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

Momma Molly’s world was turned upside down when she was trapped before she gave birth to her sweet little kittens. Molly is about 1 year old, and her tiny little babies are at the 9-week mark. All kittens (Han and Luke are the boys, and Millie is a girl) are super fun, very playful and extremely friendly! Mom is still a bit shy at first but is very sweet. If you’re looking for a sweet cat (or 2) to fill your heart with love, please contact Dave at info@pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200.

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Jaclyn

Jaclyn and Jocelyn have been at the shelter for way too long, and simply because it takes shy cats a bit longer to find their purrfect forever home.  But thanks to all the TLC they received from volunteers, they are as ready as can be to make your home, theirs. Jaclyn and Jocelyn are not a bonded pair, but everyone knows that 2 cats are better than one! For more information about adopting these gorgeous gals, contact Alicia at 516-510-6738 today! 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Dmitri

Dmitri and Nikita may not look like litter mates, but they sure are. This bonded sibling pair were trapped together at 7 weeks old, then lovingly fostered and brought to Last Hope Animal Rescue. Dmitri and Nikata would thrive if they were adopted together, so if you happen to be in the market for an absolutely adorable pair of kittens, now’s your chance to scoop these sweethearts up before someone else “pounces” on the opportunity. For information about adopting Dmitri and Nikita, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Sasha

SENIOR ALERT: Sasha (adoption # SPC214) has been tucked away in a quiet foster home for some time now, awaiting a permanent home where she can be the queen of her castle. This 15-year-old domestic short hair lost her human suddenly and thus the only home she’d ever known. But this teenager’s plucky attitude keeps her foster mom on her toes. Sasha is being treated for covered medical conditions and is quite cooperative about taking her medicine.  All this gal needs now is a quiet home to make her own. 

St. Patrick

Saint Patrick (adoption #MA3541) was discovered fending for himself on the streets last winter.   NSALA’s rescue team pulled him just in time from a perilous situation and started him on a journey of peace and safety with their Animal League America team. This bright-eyed, 17-month old little fella has been enjoying the security and comfort of a quiet space with other cats he has befriended. Having learned to trust his human caretakers, Saint is now in search of a quiet, loving home with cat-experienced adults and a friendly, confident cat in the home to take Saint under his wing and show him how much happiness is ahead for him as a cherished family member.

Nyx

Feeling blue? Let Nyx (adoption #WV0091) solve all your problems. This regal, 4-year-old Russian Blue mix has a quiet demeanor that is irresistible. This young lady shines brightly when she is the only pet and will shower you with loads of attention knowing she doesn’t have to share you. Expect lots of lap time and headbutts with this stunner. Nyx is being evaluated for a minor seizure disorder (a covered medical condition through NSALA’s fully accredited Medical Center at low cost to her family, so nothing should stand in her way at forever happiness in a permanent home.) You’ll find Nyx to be a hidden gem just waiting for her chance at a better life, and by rescuing her, you’ll soon realize, she’s rescued you right back.

Crow

Crow (adoption #WV0220) took a long journey from West Virginia in hopes of being discovered by his rightful New York family. As shy as this gentle boy may seem, he melts in the arms of his doting humans. Crow is seeking a quiet home with children 12+ in age to help him transition smoothly into a beloved family. You’ll have a lot to crow about when you choose Crow as your new family pet!

Lovely

Five-year old Lovely (adoption #WV0209) can’t tell us what he’s been through before he reached safety, but this peaceful soul is looking to a future with a human all his own. He’s a very content cat who likes to gaze from sunny windows or curl up in your lap.  (He’s so affectionate, the NSALA team had trouble getting him to pose for a photo!) Lovely is being treated for allergies (with a special diet that can be purchased through NSALA’s Medical Center at cost.). Nothing should keep Lovely from living up to his name and being cherished by an adoring family.

Peaches

SENIOR ALERT: Peaches (adoption #H185117) has experienced great loss recently as her owner could no longer care for her and her beloved litter mate passed away. She has taken these rapid changes in stride and seeks comfort in every new friend she makes. NSALA would love to find this 15-year old senior lady a quiet home worthy of her giving heart where she can live out her golden years. Peaches is being treated for Chronic Renal Disease with her diet (which can be purchased at cost through NSALA’s Medical Center.) Please consider offering your heart and home to Peaches. She will repay you with endless gratitude.

For more information about adopting Sasha, Saint Patrick, Nyx, Crow, Lovely and Peaches,  please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

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

16 Cats, Dogs, Ready To Start The New Year With You

Why not start the new year off right by opening your heart and home to a new dog or cat?

There are plenty of adorable animals available for adoption that would love nothing more than to make your home their forever home, so head down to your local shelter or rescue and scoop up one of these cuties today! 

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Tink

Sweet sisters Tink and Jane are very active kitties who love to romp around and play. Tink is a little more outgoing. Her sister is a bit on the shy side but curious. They are roughly 12 weeks old and are definitely ready to find their forever home. Could that home be yours?

Jane

Sally is the gal with the adorable black and white face. If Sally could talk, she would tell you that all she really wants is a home of her own where she can lay on her back and sunbathe all day. She also enjoys frolicking in her water dish. At just 4 ½ months old, she has plenty of love to give. Can you open your heart and home to Sally?

Sally

For more information about adopting Tink, Jane and Sally, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. 

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Casper

This adorably mushy face belongs to Casper. This 2-year-old disabled Canaan dog has it all. He’s good with dogs, cats, and kids over the age of 8. This handsome boy is just a darling, and ready to go home with you today, so don’t wait, email fofdogrescue@yahoo.com or call 917-864-2443 today!

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Sammy

Meet Sammy! Believe it or not, Sammy is actually an orange girl! It’s very rare but that’s what makes this little lady so special. Sammy tends to be on the shyer side when other cats are around, but once she is approached by a person she starts purrring and doesn’t stop! If you and your new orange lady cat want to be the talk of the town, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more today! 

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Havana

When Havana (adoption #H209956) first arrived at NSALA’s Adoption Center, she had reservations about humans, but just a little time in the loving arms of a foster family helped this reticent kitten rethink her first impressions. Havana is now ready to become a member of a permanent family. A calm household with children 8 and up in age (plus plenty of chin rubs) will help complete her transition into a cherished member of your family. 

Lana

One-year old Lana (adoption #BF2900) may not be the most outgoing personality in her room but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a lovely tabby girl hoping you’ll give her a chance at forever happiness. Lana’s dream home is one with children 12 and up in age to gently ease her into her very first family. Sometimes the quiet ones are the ones who are listening with their hearts, so with an open mind and open heart, head down to NSALA and spend a little time with Lana today. 

Kaos and Karma

**Double Adoption – must go home together** When Kaos (adoption #H208125) and Karma (adoption #H208126) lost their home recently, they clung to each other as they settled into NSALA’s Adoption Center. In a very short time, their frowns turned up-side down. Stop in for a visit where you’ll find this dynamic duo snuggling together in NSALA’s cage-free Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Let’s help these 3-year-old boys forget any sadness they may have had and help show them true happiness as they’re welcomed back into a loving home.

Schnookie and Racetrac

**Double Adoption – must go home together** Before Schnookie (adoption # SPC216) and Racetrac (adoption #SPC217)’s beloved human passed away, she made provisions for their care through NSALA’s Safe Haven program. Now, although these bonded fellas are unsure of the changes in their lives, they are responding well to the love and care staff and volunteers are giving them. Schnookie is a cautious 12-year-old who is gingerly taking in his new situation but warms up with silver vine and cat nip toys. Seven-year-old Racetrac is quicker to encounter new friends, and delighted when they have love and cuddles waiting for him. There may be no better way to fill your heart with love than to offer a piece of it to these wonderful guys.

Ashley

Adorable Ashley (adoption # R166702) comes all the way from a wonderful NSALA rescue partner in South Carolina. With whiskers for days and ears that never say no to ear rubs, this sweet 1-year-old girl only needs a moment with you to help you discover your soulmate. Ashley is FIV+ and is being treated for allergies through her diet (which she gobbles up with gusto!). Staff and volunteers anticipate this gorgeous, dilute calico friend will be delighting a new family soon. Will it be yours?

For more information about adopting Havana, Lana, Kaos, Karma, Schnookie, Racetrac, and Ashley, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

They say they’re young and they don’t know, and won’t find out until they grow, but Sonny (about 5-6 months old) and Cher (about a year old) already know they want their own forever home to grow old in. Cher is a quiet gal and Sonny takes a little time to warm up, but once they know they can trust you they’ll be your friend for life. Sonny and Cher were trapped from a dangerous situation and were going to a farm but turned out to show signs of socialization which means they are ready for adoption. This dynamic duo can be adopted or fostered together or separate. Please contact Dave at info@pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200.

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Mint

How about adopting a Last Hope “Spice Litter” kitten?! Mint and his sister Rosemary are both Last Hope “Spice” tabby kittens rescued when they were just 8 weeks old in Hempstead. Their 2 littermates, Basil and Sage, have been adopted and now it’s their turn.  The “Spice” Kittens are now 4 months old, fabulously friendly, and beautifully marked. Mint is meant for you. He greets you as if you’ve been his BFF for years. His sister Rosemary is a “Tom Boy Beauty Queen” and a riot in her own right. She’s a cat combo of girly-girl kitten with her perpetual eye liner pooling in the corner of her eye and tabby tomboy because she is always on the go playing with her siblings and toys. Mint and Rosemary do not have to be adopted together but it would be a great way to start the New Year. Meet the “Spice Kittens” at Last Hope Cat Adoption Center in Wantagh today! 

Rosemary

For information about adopting Mint and Rosemary, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Shelter Experts Offer Pet Adoption Advice

Fostering a cat or dog helps prepare them for their forever home (Photo by Alla Shcherbak/Shutterstock)

The numbers are staggering. Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide annually and about 1.5 million are euthanized. While the saying “Adopt, don’t shop” has gained popularity, animal shelters are still not seeing the volume of adoptions they hope for. 

Many people find visiting an animal shelter to be overwhelming or sad. Maybe believe a shelter won’t have the breed of dog or cat they’re seeking. But volunteers tell a different story and sharing their knowledge may help save some lives. 

“If a dog’s record indicates a previous bite, it may not mean what you think,” says Bonnie Zarillo, a volunteer at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter who highly recommends potential adopters stop at the front desk for detailed information about animals that are otherwise overlooked. “For intake purposes, a scratch that draws blood is considered a bite, which would not automatically mean a dog has a history of biting at all. Twenty-five percent of the dogs at the shelter note bites on their record, and when people see that they keep walking. It is imperative to ask more questions and spend actual face time with any dog that may be a match for you and your family.”

With more than 35 years of volunteer experience at several Long Island animal shelters, Joanne Anderson has helped hundreds of people find their perfect pet. 

Sometimes it takes a little time to find the dog of your dreams,” she says. “No one should settle when choosing a rescue dog. Wait until you discover that dog that makes a connection with you.  If you are looking for a specific breed, you can always contact the appropriate purebred rescue organization.”  

Once home, the dog or cat will need three to six months to settle in.

“Too many adopters want instant perfection and return pets for small transgressions,” Anderson adds. “We must remember that any dog (even puppies) that winds up in a municipal shelter or rescue has already been failed by humans at least once. Adopted rescue dogs need time to decompress, catch up on their sleep, bond with new people, and learn the family rules and routine and what is expected of them.”

Bottom line: saving a life can’t go wrong, so with an open heart and open mind, head out to a local shelter or rescue and adopt a new best friend today!

8 Cats That Will Give The Gift of Love This Holiday Season

While most of us are busy writing our lists and checking them twice, the Nassau County SPCA urges you to think carefully before you give a pet as a holiday gift.  

Animals come with responsibilities and the person receiving them may not be prepared to adequately provide for the animal’s care. A pet is a serious long-term responsibility and the decision to include a pet into any home should come only after careful consideration. Please don’t just “get a pet for the kids,” unless you are prepared for a lifetime commitment!

And if you are ready, remember to start at your local town animal shelter where you’ll find dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds, colors, temperaments and personalities. By giving a home to a shelter or rescue animal, you save a life and create space for another needy animal. There is no greater gift than to open your heart and home to an animal in need.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Squeaky

Squeaky (adoption # BF2877) is ready for her next great adventure. After being rescued from the city streets, this terrific, 2-year-old gal is looking forward to a comfortable, safe future with a responsible, loving family. She’s enjoying climbing high and gazing out the windows of NSALA’s cage-free FIV+ room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where she entertains friends (feline and human) with her sweet, quiet demeanor. If you’re looking for a calm companion for your FIV+ cat at home, Squeaky is a delightful choice!

Kattie

When Kattie (adoption #R165391) first arrived NSALA’s adoption center, staff and volunteers thought she was a scared, older kitten needing some time and patience to adjust. Turns out, this beautiful, female tortie is a senior 9-years-old cat who has known the security of a home before and truly appreciates her freedom. She’ll be enjoying the cage-free spaces inside Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center while she awaits her new family. This deserving dame is seeking a quiet home, so if you can offer a loving home to a mature, older cat when she needs it most, please come by and introduce yourself to Kattie.

Tee. Photo by Ted Lim.

One-year-old Tee’s bright blue eyes are hypnotizing, but beyond her stunning appearance is a quiet, hope-filled beauty slowly acclimating to her current environment. Tee (adoption #IR1678) traveled all the way from Puerto Rico for her chance at a quiet home, only to discover it wasn’t the right match. Tee’s dream is to be discovered by a loving, responsible family and start a peaceful life as the only pet in the home where she can be nurtured and doted on as a beloved family member. If you envision Tee as part of your household, please come to the Port Washington campus to meet her today! 

For more information about adopting Squeaky, Kattie, and Tee, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Jade

Sweeter than sweet is this girl, Jade. Jade can be a little shy at first but once she warms-up she’s your new best friend whether you like it or not. Jade has been searching for her forever home for a while now, so if you can commit to her forever, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today! 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Wendy

Wendy loves being pet, and while this low-key sweetheart adores the private time she gets with volunteers, she is ready for a permanent home with an owner who will provide her with the love she deserves. Last October, kids found Wendy in the parking lot of the Copiague Wendy’s. Last Hope advertised her several weeks as a lost cat because she is so friendly, but no owner claimed her. At about 5 years old, Wendy has a stain from an old eye infection but that doesn’t stop her one bit! She will be the purrfect pet for someone looking for a calm, loving companion who will fit right into a household without kitten antics. 

Winky

Appropriately named, Winky has adapted quite well to having one eye. Winky had her eye surgically removed because of irreparable damage from an eye infection before she was rescued as a kitten. Now almost 5-months old, Winky waits patiently for her “happily ever after” to begin. Winky is currently waiting at Petsmart in Huntington for her forever family. Head down to meet her if that could be you! 

For information about adopting Wendy and Winky, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org/

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

Pikachu

Pikachu is as sweet as she is cute. This little girl was adopted a while back, but recently returned now that her elderly parents can no longer care for her. Pikachu is single and ready to mingle, so if you can open your heart and home to this little lady, please contact Dave at info@pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200.

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

11 Cats and Dogs That Will Make Your Home Complete

You already know Dasher and Dancer and Donner and Vixen, but Rudolph, Grinchy, Pumpkin, Pep, Champ, Vanilla, Chocolate, Reeses, Honey, Morganite and Tourmaline are this week’s adorable adoptables, and they are ready to go home with you today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Brothers Rudolph and Grinchy are always ready for the holidays with their seasonal names. These adorable 3month-old kittens are also ready to find their forever homes! It would be wonderful if they found a home together (or separately) before Santa makes his way down the chimney. For information about adopting Rudolph and Grinchy, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

URGENT PLACEMENT REQUEST: Poor Pumpkin got himself into a bit of a pickle. Pets4Luv received a call from a woman in East Patchogue regarding a cat she has been feedingwhen she noticed he was limping. His injuries were so severe that he had to have his front/left limb amputated. He is healing in temporary foster care right now but is extremely scared and needs an experienced adopter or longterm foster to help him overcome his fears. He is truly a sweet boy deserving of a home and some love. To adopt or foster Pumpkin, please contact Daveat info@pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200.

Available for adoption at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

At only 12 months old, Pep is just a pup. He recently arrived at the shelter as a stray, and is described as energetic, friendly, and goofy. Pep would love to have an active owner who could make sure he is properly exercised so that he can happily spend the rest of the day relaxing in his new forever home. He is playful with other dogs and knows the command “sit.” Pep is looking for an owner who can work on some basic obedience, including how to walk well on leash. Don’t let this cutie pass you by! If you are interested in learning more: Please call the shelter at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org

Champ only wants two things in life, his frisbee and a forever home. Champ is a pretty awesome 3-year old- he is both dog and cat friendly, is already house-trained and crate trained, enjoys bathing, brushing, ear cleaning, teeth brushing and car rides. Can’t ask for much more from a new best friend! Contact the Town of Hempstead animal shelter or check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional infofacebook.com/

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Here’s the scoop on Vanilla (adoption #H209521) and Chocolate (adoption #H209519). They’re delectable! This bonded pair of 14-month-old siblings (Vanilla is a girl, Chocolate is a boy) are ready to go home to loving, responsible adopters. This is a double adoption, so they’ll always be together. You could be the cherry on top of this delicious sundae by bringing them home this weekend!

What could be sweeter than a pair of devoted tortie sisters? Having recently lost their upstate New York home, Reeses (adoption #NCI0766) and Honey (adoption #NCI0767) are bonded 1-year-old females depending on each other to get past this bump in the road. Hopefully their shelter stay will be brief because their tender charms are irresistible. Reeses and Honey are more than ready to come home and live a peaceful life with you.  Photo by Ted Lim.

Shy Morganite (adoption # BF2872) and Tourmaline (adoption # BF2873) shine brightest when they’re together. These locally rescued 4-month old kittens are waiting to be discovered by their family.  Morganite (a female) and Tourmaline (a male) are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.  They’d thrive best if offered a peaceful life in a household with older children and adopters with cat experience.  If you’re mining for a pair of new family members, come discover these hidden gems!  Photo by Ted Lim

For more information about adopting Vanilla, Chocolate, Reese, Honey, Morganite and Tourmaline, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

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

Cat Named Candy Cane Among Pets That Want To Come Home With You For The Holidays

This holiday season, please remember that pets are a lifetime commitment, not just a gift for under the tree. If you can forever open your home to an animal, please adopt from a local shelter or rescue, or start by checking out the adorable adoptables right here!

If you wish to help animals in need but can’t adopt, consider donating locally. You’ve seen the heartfelt commercials for the ASPCA, but did you know SPCAs are not affiliated with one another? This confusion greatly affects the Nassau County SPCAs ability to receive much needed donations, allowing them to actively investigate animal cruelty and animal crimes here on Long Island.

Additionally, the Nassau County SPCA is run on a 99 percent volunteer basis, which means unlike the ASPCA, all donations go straight to their rescue missions, animal care, and preventive programs for animals in Nassau.  By supporting the Nassau County SPCA, you are helping animals right here in your own community, educating your neighbors, and saving the pets next door to you. For more information, check out their website at SupportYourLocalSPCA.org.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Cori

NSALA has a special resident they’ve been stowing away in their Medical Center for several months, but they can’t keep her a secret any longer. Ten-year-old Cori (adoption #R165159) is ready to find her home. This loving, female tortie survived a great injury thanks to the dedicated care of NSALA’s top Medical Team. Cori’s patience and resilience has warmed everyone’s hearts, and the success of her laser treatments has afforded her a second chance at life. Cori needs to continue wearing a cast to protect her wound but she thinks she looks stunning in it, and everyone agrees. She also has a mild heart condition that will be monitored at cost through NSALA’s Medical Center. All Cori asks for in a home is to be the only pet so she doesn’t have to share your lap with anyone…not too much to ask, right? 

L. to R>: Calvin and Hobbes. Photos by Ted Lim.

Calvin (adoption #R166730) and Hobbes (adoption #R166731) are a rather reserved pair, looking for a home of their own. This subdued pair of 7-month-old, domestic short hair brothers need more from you than just ear rubs to assure them they’re safe-they’ll need adopters committed to loving and caring for these beautiful boys for the rest of their very long lives ahead and a home with children 8 and up in age. Time, patience, and some playtime will open doors to a happy future in your home. It all begins once you take notice of two shy little boys with imploring eyes. 

Tetrazzini

Tetrazzini (adoption #D48087) likes to keep an eye on things from atop her perch as she figures out this new phase in her life. This 2-year-old gal with the big beautiful eyes are intent and her nose twitches with excitement when she meets new friends. She may shyly back away at first but offer her treats and some gentle words and she’ll be melting in your arms in no time. Tetrazzini’s ideal home is one where she’s the only pet so she can be sure she’s getting all the attention she has been missing.

For more information about adopting Cori, Calvin, Hobbes and Tetrazzi, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

SENIOR ADOPTION REQUEST: Princess is a royal lady, a sweet 14-year-old Miniature Poodle surrendered by her owners who chose to give her up rather than perform life-saving surgery on this spunky little girl. After her surrender, she did have pyometra surgery, which only means she wasn’t spayed and had a badly infected uterus that needed to be removed. Princess has recovered beautifully and continues to dazzle potential adopters with her “oldie but goodie” charms. Please consider opening your heart and home to this deserving gal. 

Candy Cane’s life could be much sweeter, and you can help make that happen. This chubby-cheek, peppermint tabby with dazzling green eyes was rescued in Bay Shore with her kittens and then fostered. This sweet gal is now 1 ½ years old and ready to hang out/under/near your Christmas tree. Candy Cane is seeking a forever family that she can love forever. 

For information about adopting Princess and Candy Cane, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through private foster:

Momma Cali’s foster mom was lucky enough to find good homes for her three kittens, but now it’s Cali’s turn to find her forever home. Cali was the best mom ever, and now all she wants is to spend her life with a family that can make her feel like the special cat she is. If you are interested in making your home her home too, please email Jill at jillybean511@aol.com.

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Bubblegum

Bubblegum is just as sweet as his name. This 3-month-old kitten is full of energy and loves to play. If that’s not enough to convince you to adopt him, he also knows when it’s time to chill and snuggle with his favorite humans. Don’t burst Bubblegum’s bubble, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information today!

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Lady and Hailey

Lady and Hailey are really excited about the upcoming holidays. They can’t wait to find themselves in a new forever home. Lady is a 4-5 year old poodle and Hailey is a 4-5 year old Havanese. Both ladies are fully vetted and healthy. They are good with dogs, cats, and kids, so what more could you ask for in some new best friends? Lady and Hailey are bonded and must be adopted together which is great, because everyone knows two dogs are always better than one! For more information about adopting these two cuties, email fofdogrescue@yahoo.com or call 917-864-2443 today!

Available for adoption at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Bunker

How is it that Bunker, one of the coolest dogs in the world, has been calling the TOH Animal Shelter his home for almost two years? Bunker is dog-friendly, loves playing fetch, taking walks, and just enjoying his surroundings. But Bunker’s favorite thing is to be pet. He loves the attention! Bunker needs slow intros and is being recommended for a home with kids 17 and up, so please head out to meet this boy today, you’ll be glad you did!  

For more information about adopting Bunker, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh  or email  adoption@tohmail.org. You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies

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

Guardians of Rescue Takes On Tough Animal Abuse Cases

A Guardians of Rescue trainer works with one of the dogs it saved.

At Smithtown-based Guardians of Rescue, former top gun-toting lawmen are taking their skills to the streets to save four-legged victims of animal abuse and catch perpetrators.

Founded by Robert Misseri in 2010, the nonprofit works with agencies and law enforcement across the globe to bring much-needed intelligence to acute and chronic cruelty cases. 

“Most agencies do not have the time or resources to address these urgent cries for help,” says Misseri. “While animal-related cases may not be of high importance to others, they are a top priority to the Guardians. We take the cases no one else can handle.”

With a heavy influence in Southern states where animal laws and protections are lacking, the Guardians take on investigations that others turn away. Reducing the number of cases in the South can decrease the number of dogs coming up North. Recent cases include dog-fighting rings, abandoned cats, and a mutilated dog.

Contributing to the organization’s success is the dedicated and highly skilled group of individuals that make up the Guardians of Rescue, all possessing an incredible amount of passion for change. Among them is Director of Investigations Jack Garcia, a former undercover FBI agent, who spent 26 years working cases ranging from public corruption to terrorism. In the event a case doesn’t result in prosecution, the Guardians continue to monitor the suspect(s) with their licensed private investigators. 

Outside of conducting in-depth investigations, the Guardians run several animal welfare projects on a global scale. One of their largest undertakings has been their hard-hitting nationwide spay and neuter efforts. 

“We’re focusing on changing the mentality of local agencies, working to bring in more aggressive programs to help bring the stray population to a standstill,” says Misseri.  

For animals forced to live outside, they provide Styrofoam shelters on a situational basis. 

“We always try to convince neglectful owners to surrender their dogs,” he says. “Living outside is never the right thing for a dog. Just one night of frigid temperatures is the worst torture an animal can go through. In most cases, we can at least get the dogs off the chains and into kennels or insulated dog houses. In many cases, it’s the difference between life and death.”

Animals rescued by the Guardians can be adopted through their rescue group partner, Save-A-Pet via saveapetusa.org To volunteer or donate, visit guardiansofrescue.org

Cat Found Shot With BB Pellets While Pregnant Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month, and a great reason to celebrate and promote the adoption of older animals who are most often calmer, gentler and already trained! There is no shortage of senior dogs and cats looking to spend the best years of their live in a new forever home, so head down to your local shelter/rescue and adopt one today!

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv: 

Meehan

Meehan is a sweet and quiet little cat who was found outside with an open wound across his face. Pets4Luv came to rescue, trapped and treated his wounds as quickly as they could. At about 8-to-10 years young, this little guy now co-exists peacefully with one dog and other cats in his temporary foster home but prefers to hide and keep to himself. Can you open your heart and home to this deserving kitty?

Logan

Poor Logan shares a similar story. Pets4Luv answered a call for help for a cat outside with a gaping, open wound on his neck, and thanks to their caring and quick action, Logan has since healed from his surgery. He also co-exists peacefully with the one dog and cats in his current temporary foster home, but is extremely timid, keeps to himself, and hides. Logan is a mellow boy who just needs a quiet and safe forever home of his own. Logan is about 8-to-10 years old and is FIV+, but that doesn’t mean he needs to be a solo cat in a home. Contact Pets4Luv for more information. 

Shera

Sadly, Shera is a gorgeous 11-to-12-year old lady who was found with BB gun pellets inside of her. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, it turned out she was also pregnant. While her baby was adopted, she waits patiently for her forever home. Now she coexists peacefully with a dog and other cats in her temporary foster home but is shy and keeps to herself. 

Misty

Eleven-year-old Misty is stunning! She likes to be pet and adores human attention. She is peacefully co-existing with a dog and other cats in her temporary foster home but would love nothing more than a permanent home. Can it be yours?

Abby

URGENT PLACEMENT REQUEST: Abby is a 5-to-7-year old whose human caretaker (a Pets4Luv volunteer) has a terminal condition and sadly can no longer care for her. Abby is very shy. She’s not a lap cat, doesn’t like to be pet, but with the right socialization, Abby will do just fine. She’s just in need of a safe home to live in. She loves food so she can be motivated to come around. Abby’s owner would like to find peace in knowing she is cared for. Please help if you can. 

To adopt or foster Meehan, Logan, Shera, Misty, or Abby, please contact Dave at info@pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200.

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Whisky

Whisky is just the cutest little pup! At 8 years young, Whisky would make a great pet for any family! He does great with other dogs and kids of all ages making him the perfect companion. So what are you waiting for, email fofdogrescue@yahoo.com or call 917-864-2443 today!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Austin

When 12-year-old Austin (adoption #D46107) arrived NSALA’s adoption center recently, he was overwhelmed, first by the rapid changes occurring to him after years in a home, then by the outpouring of support he received from all of his Animal League America Family. Treats and chin rubs will earn his forever love. If you’d like to make a difference in a senior cat’s life, please make time to visit the Port Washington campus and meet Austin. He will not disappoint!

Orangey

When Orangey (adoption #H199817) first arrived at NSALA’s Pet Adoption Center, staff had to check her birth certificate. They couldn’t believe this sweet, gentle soul is 9 years old! From the moment Orangey arrived, this gal has displayed a can-do attitude and welcomes every visitor with head bumps and purrs. Not every feline can accept drastic changes to their life with such courage. Orangey has nothing but high hopes for her future! If you’re looking for an easy-going senior cat to take into your home, Orangey is the purrfect choice.  

Vanna and Pat

Time to spin the wheel of better fortune for Vanna White (adoption #BF2819) and Pat Sajak (adoption #BF2820). While Vanna was immediately aware that her new surroundings were safe, it took her best friend Pat some time to accept humans as companions. But with a little time and lots of love from staff and volunteers, Pat is now ready to host some human hearts. Vanna and Pat are looking for a home with children 8 and up in age and cat-experienced adults who will continue to help them acclimate to their very first home together. 

Kazam

Kazam (adoption #NCI1279) may seem cautious at first, but this older kitten of seven months just needs a quiet home and a gentle human to help him adjust to life as a family member. Having traveled from NSALA’s Upstate NY Adirondacks shelter, Kazam is ready to be showered with love. A family with children 6 and up in age will soothe his worries and help him adjust to life as a cherished pet. 

Siciliana and Melazana

Looking for a delicious pair of devoted sister kittens to add to your home? Siciliana (adoption #H210003) and Melazana (adoption #H210004) are 5-month-old sweethearts who enhance any room they’re in with their stunning beauty and wide-eyed curiosity. This pair may seem shy at first, but given just a little encouragement, they are ready to be part of all the activities in your home! These two are the recipe for a happily-ever-after.  

For more information about adopting Austin, Orangey, Vanna, Pat, Kazam, Siciliana, and Melazana, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Sweetie

Appropriately named, Sweetie is a beautiful 2-year-old girl who was brought to Almost Home by a good Samaritan who found her outside. Sweetie is very friendly and loves to be pet! She gets along beautifully with other cats too! If you can open your heart and home to Sweetie, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

L. to R.: Dahlia, Luna, and Vivian.

URGENT PLACEMENT REQUEST: All of these sweet babies belong to a senior couple who sadly can no longer care for them. Dahlia, Luna, Vivian and Oreo are somewhere between 5 and 8 years old and Peanut and Nicky are about 3 ½. All are super sweet, a bit shy, and in need of a permanent home fast! If you can open your heart and home to these sweethearts in desperate need of a home, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616.

L. to R.: Oreo, Peanut, and Nicky.

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Bentley

Look how handsome Bentley is! This 8-month-old Hound mix with his golden-brown coat and a tail that curls will melt your heart! Bentley is 39 pounds of puppy! He likes to play with other dogs and hopes someone will adopt him and guide him as he grows to maturity so he can fulfill his pup potential as a happy and mannerly family dog.

Chipper

The start of 7-month-old Chipper’s life has been anything but Chipper. Until only recently, this little guy was trapped in a Central Islip cemetery…could you imagine?! Now safe, Chipper is ready to reap the benefits of being an inside companion cat. This gray with white feline fellow has a round, friendly face. He enjoys attention from the volunteers & visitors who stop at his Last Hope Wantagh cage. Head down to meet him today!

For information about adopting Bentley and Chipper, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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