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Roxanne Among Dogs Seeking Homes on Long Island

Too often animals wind up at local shelters as strays, with no history or owners. While these voiceless souls can’t tell us where they’ve been, they can prove their sweet and affectionate ways would make them an amazing best friend to any lucky human.

Keeping in mind that we should never judge a book by its cover, we introduce you to Roxanne! She recently came to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter as a stray, already missing one eye. This is quite unusual, especially since no owner was ever found.

But staff and volunteers at the shelter say Roxanne is a true gem. She’s very sweet, a joy to be with and is quite affectionate. If that’s not enough, Roxanne gets along well with other dogs and is even housebroken!

Can’t as for more that’s for sure! If you are interested in adopting this sweet gal, please call the shelter for more information at 516-785-5220, visit them at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org

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

Buddy, Zeus Among Long Island Pets Seeking Homes

From left: Buddy and Zeus

With so many homeless animals, it’s hard to choose a new best friend, but if you’re in the market for an awesome beagle or amazing kitty, then look no further.

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh, Buddy is a 5-year-old Beagle with the sweetest disposition. He loves every person he meets, gets along with other dogs and is even good with kids. Buddy is a quiet and gentle fella who would make an amazing addition to any family.

Since we can’t say enough good things about Buddy, be sure to check out his webpage and submit an adoption application today! lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Check out this super cool cat, Zeus! He has been on a not-so-fun adventure when he was rescued from a dumpster, and then taken to Hempstead Town shelter. When Last Hope heard his sad story, he was scooped up right away.

At about 2 years old, and with an adorable finger paint smudge on his nose, Zeus really deserves to be treated like the king of the gods. He is a loving mush who loves to be held and talks to you to get your attention. Zeus isn’t looking for a castle on Mt. Olympus, he just wants a home of his own where someone treats him with love and dignity. Might that person be you? lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Prince, Bella Among Pups Up for Adoption on Long Island

Prince

Much like a fairy tale, it would be a dream come true for Prince and Bella to find their forever homes this week. Read all about how you can adopt them today!

Handsome Prince was surrendered to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter by his owner because they were moving and couldn’t take him along. Prince was adopted from a shelter in Florida at just four months old. His owners had him for just nine months before surrendering him to the shelter.

Prince is a smart young pup who already knows the commands “sit”, “come” and “paw.” He has made a lot of friends at the shelter who all have fabulous things to say about him: He is an excellent walker, one of the best loose leash walkers around! Prince is attentive and friendly with everyone.

Prince is smart, responsive and always looking to love. He also seems very much house broken. Prince would love nothing more than to get himself back into a loving home ASAP.

If you are interested, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org

Bella

Across the street at Last Hope Animal Rescue is Bella! She is an adorable brown Chihuahua weighing just about 10 pounds and about 6 years old. Bella was rescued in Kentucky and brought to Long Island in search of her forever home.

Bella loves going on walks and playtime, is super sweet and absolutely lovable! Bella would love a soft lap on which to rest her head for the rest of her life–why not make that lap yours?!

For more information on adopting Bella, contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Dog in Shelter Since 2013 Among Long Island Pets Seeking Homes

Cookie

Two dogs and a cat is this week’s theme for sweet adoptable animals waiting for their forever homes. Read all about Tango, Rufus and Cookie and how to bring them home with you today!

As sweet as her name, Cookie is the longest resident at The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Cookie has been waiting for her forever home since Aug. 31, 2013. This sweet 7-year-old beauty came to the shelter as a stray after the owner skipped town and left Cookie on the street.

Thankfully, the neighbors knew her, and called the shelter right away. Cookie spent the next three years in the shelter, just hoping and praying she would be noticed by an adopter, but that never happened. What did happen though, is that a staff member decided to bring Cookie into their home to foster, while the search for her forever home continues.

Cookie has now been in foster care since November 2016, and is reportedly an amazing house guest. Not only is Cookie 100 percent house trained, but she is also quite comfy in her crate, loves to run around the yard, loves to play with toys, and takes treats super gently. Cookie loves all people who visit the home, she is super smart and listens very well…did I mention she is the most amazing kisser and cuddler?

Cookie has dog siblings right now, and although her fosters are taking it very slow, so far, so good! Cookie could either live as a solo dog, or maybe with one, laid back dog. Cookie’s ideal home would be with savvy dog parents, who will love her, cherish her and keep her safe.

Tango

If you are interested, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org 

This gorgeous 5-month-old gray-and-white kitten is Tango, who happens to be one of the most gentle and loving kittens. He also happens to be FIV positive.

Take note: FIV is a cat-only disease. It cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines. FIV is spread through serious, deeply penetrating bite wounds. The type of bite wound that is seen in feral unneutered cats. An infected mother may also infect her kittens while they are in her womb. FIV cannot be spread casually between cats, such as in water or food bowls, or in litter boxes.

Cuddling, playing and other forms of casual physical contact do not spread the virus. FIV itself does not shorten a cat’s life-span. Because FIV affects a cat’s immune system it can be more difficult for an FIV positive cat to fight off infections. Otherwise, FIV positive cats are no different from other cats, often living long, healthy lives.

Rufus

Don’t let the FIV diagnosis stop you from bringing home this affectionate and loving kitty. Tango needs someone to open their heart and adopt him before he grows up in a cage. For more information, check out his webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org 

Up next is the amazing Rufus! He came to New York from North Carolina, where he was found lost in the woods in awful shape. Rufus was fixed up and rescued by an amazing New York-based organization known as Rescue Dogs Rock. All seemed on the up-and-up for Rufus until he wound up in the care of a not-so-nice trainer ultimately accused of animal cruelty.

Thankfully, early last year little Rufus found his way into a wonderful foster home, where he continues to receive the love and proper training he so desperately deserves. This foster care has turned Rufus into the most lovable, laid back sidekick a human could ask for.

Rufus is about 3-4 years old and weighs 30-40 pounds. If adopted, Rufus needs slow introductions to other dogs and he does seem a little uneasy around cats. As per his current foster, favorite activities include having fun with squeaky toys and “cuddling up at the end of a bed with his cute little butt wiggling when you come home.”

Who needs more than that? For information on adopting Rufus, please contact his current foster, Daisy, at 718-663-1737 or email her atdaisy9892@gmail.com.

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

Meet Dogs, Cats Seeking Homes at Long Island Shelters

Sally

With three lovely ladies available for adoption this week, it makes it hard to choose which one will be your new best friend. Read all about Sally, Nikki and Penny and how to bring them home with you today!

Available at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, Sally is a gorgeous 6 1/2 year old, tan-and-white baby girl with the saddest eyes and sweetest smile. Sally is a scared at the shelter, and would love nothing more than a nice warm bed and a quiet home of her own.

Sally knows multiple commands, and is said to be house trained, and requires a home as a solo dog. If you are interesting in saving Sally, please contact the shelter for more information at 516-785-5220, stop in for a visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email them at adoption@tohmail.org

Nikki

Right next door at Last Hope Animal Rescue you can meet this very pretty, 7-month-old stray Treeing Walker Coonhound puppy named Nikki! She was likely discarded in a rural Southern area the way so many Coonhounds are before she was rescued and brought to Long Island.

Nikki is a wonderful dog who gets along well with kids and other dogs. Right now she is a big puppy and needs someone who will be consistent and patient with her; to transform her into the well-mannered and gorgeous dog she has the potential to be. For more information, check out her webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Also awaiting her forever family is Penny. Rescued in Corona, Queens in July, this sweetie was pregnant and just about a year old. While all of her kittens have been adopted, Penny is now spayed and ready for a home too. She approaches for petting and if you are not close enough she starts rubbing affectionately against her cage door.

Penny would make the puuurrfect lapcat and BFF for any feline lover. To learn more about adoptiong Penny, check out her webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Shorty and Misty Among Dogs, Cats Seeking Homes on Long Island

Misty and Shorty are looking for their forever homes.

Old or young, there’s no shortage of homeless animals that are ready to be adopted on Long Island. Read all about how to adopt Shorty and Misty right here!

Sadly, local shelters often have large numbers of senior cats and dogs who are unable to find loving homes due to their age. But studies show that senior animals are often calmer, gentler and likely already trained — a perfect companion for a quieter home.

With that said, it’s my pleasure to introduce Shorty. Shorty is a tiny fellow (less than 16 pounds) and resembles a Shiba Inu mix painted in Pomeranian rust. At 10 years old, Shorty was rescued as an older stray at a dangerous traffic intersection in Wyandanch.

Thanks to the Town of Babylon Shelter, Shorty has been provided extensive dental work (17 teeth were extracted) and has also been neutered. Shorty is described as friendly, energetic and enjoys meeting new people and other dogs. He has a prance in his step, and looks forward to stepping into a loving home soon. For more information, check out his webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

On the flip side of the age bracket, meet Misty. Here’s a tongue twister…Misty is a kitten who had kittens this kitten season. It is believed that her offspring were placed in homes but Misty continues to wait for her forever family. Misty is sweet and adorable, spayed and ready to leave the shelter and go home! For more information, check out Misty’s webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Meet Top Dogs Up for Adoption This Week at Long Island Shelters

Dutch

Three of the sweetest dogs are available for adoption this week, but don’t take my word for it. Head down to your local animal shelters for a meet and greet with this week’s top dogs: Berry, Dutch and Lindy!

Meet Berry. As sweet as his name, Berry (aka Mr. Huckleberry) is a friendly, sweet 1-year-old chocolate lab mix. He gets a glowing review from his foster mom.

“From the moment I met sweet Berry boy, I knew he would make a fantastic family dog,” she said. “He is about 45 lbs. and loves other dogs and people! This sweet boy is gentle with my 2-year-old son and 10-year-old small puggle. He knows his boundaries and does not jump or knock anyone over, even though he is still a young pup! “Berry walks well on the leash with his easy walk harness, and is completely house trained,” she continued. “Berry loves treats, playing fetch, going for walks, and snuggling on the couch. This sweet boy lets you know when someone is at the door, but then is completely content to get back to snoozing. He would make a wonderful family dog and his forever family will be so lucky to have him. He’s a one in a million pup!”

If you’re interested in adopting Berry please go to furfriendsinneed.com to fill out an application. Please also note that Berry is available for a meet and greet this Sunday, Oct. 8, at Petco on 2752 Veterans Rd. in Staten Island from 12-3 p.m.

Dutch is the Town of Hempstead’s October Dog of the Month and for a great reason! This 6-year-old boy is famous for knowing a ton of commands, being house and crate trained and even playing well with other dogs! Dutch is sweet, gentle and quietly awaiting his forever family. He would do best in a home with teenagers. Please call for more information: 516-785-5220 or visit at him at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh.

Last but not least, check out Lindy. This 3-year-young boxer/terrier/pit mix weighs in at approximately 55 lbs. and makes the world’s best lap dog! Lindy is very energetic and loves to play, so much so that she even plays with her toys by herself if no one else is around.

Lindy has been in foster care for a few weeks now and is doing great. She is completely housebroken, understands simple commands and is very easily trained because of her young age. Lindy will do best with a fenced-in yard and wouldn’t mind another dog in the house for company since her last home had a few. To boot, Lindy is pretty quiet and doesn’t bark unnecessarily—she even sleeps all night!

Lindy would truly make a great new best friend so if you’re interested in adopting, please go to furfriendsinneed.com and fill out an application.

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

Rocky The Rescue Among Dogs Up for Adoption at Long Island Shelters

Rocky
Rocky

Among the many amazing dogs available for adoption at animal shelter on Long Island this week are Rocky, Mimi, Lex and Julian.

Rocky is the man of the hour. This adorable 2-year-old pocket pittie is ready for his forever home! He found his way to Fur Friends in Need when a Good Samaritan found him abandoned and extremely emaciated. Rocky was treated for malnutrition and is now healthy as can be and ready to go home with you today. 

Not only is Rocky super sweet but he’s also good with cats, dogs and kids. If you’re interested in adopting Rocky please go to furfriendsinneed.com and fill out an application today. 

Mimi

Mimi is a current resident at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. At 9 years old, this sweet pup was surrendered to the shelter by her owners. Mimi was scared when she arrived and rightly so, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers, Mimi is just a total goof ball with the people she knows and loves. Once Mimi knows and trusts you, she will allow you to do anything to her, she is beyond tolerant and sweet.  

Mimi loves to kiss, roll around in the grass, and cuddle.  She even knows the commands “sit,” “go to your place” and “lay down.” Mimi seems social with male dogs, but doesn’t love females.

Mimi is looking for a savvy owner, one who will understand her and appreciate her. If you are interested, please call for more information: 516-785-5220 or visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email at adoption@tohmail.org 

Lex
Lex

I am a true sucker for Labs, and who could not fall in love with this face! Lex was brought to Babylon Shelter in August with his brother, who has already been adopted. Lex is a field Lab who requires lots of exercise, training, attention (because he loves people) and a secure yard because he will escape to be near people.

Lex is known as a happy, social fellow with a perpetually wagging tail. He loves to play ball and is slightly cross-eyed, which is beyond adorable by the way since he’s famous for his comical look when his green eyes are focused on the ball in your hand. Lex will thrive with an athletic person as his partner…someone who will set limits for his enthusiasm and help him adjust to the good life in a real home. For more information on adopting Lex, check out his webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org 

Julian
Julian

Calling all Boxer fans… meet Julian! This 2-year-old boy is nothing more than a big mush. He enjoys being around people and will give you his soft-eyed look for some loving and attention. He is fully house trained and enjoys sleeping in a cuddle bed and is also crate trained. 

Julian enjoys playing and would love a house with a fenced yard for him to run. He enjoys an active lifestyle and would enjoy a family that can give him love and exercise. Julian is currently being fostered with other dogs both large and small, so he gets along with everyone!  For more information, pictures and videos about Julian please go to dougbittinger.com

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

Princess Ariel Among Dogs Up for Adoption at Long Island Shelters

Ariel is up for adoption.

The spotlight is on Princess Ariel, Rocky and Moose this week as these three lovely pooches are all available for adoption and eager to find their forever home.

Staff and volunteers at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter have a new obsession and her name is Princess Ariel! Princess Ariel is a very sweet and gentle 5-year-old gal who is being recommended for a home with kids 13 and older. She is friendly with strangers, displayed no issues with people near her food, and is a blast to hang out with.

Princess Ariel is social with dogs of her size, but doesn’t like pushy behavior. Princess Ariel wishes she could be part of your world- if interested in adopting this sweet gal, please email adoption@tohmail.org, call for more information: 516-785-5220, or visit the shelter at 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh.

Rocky
Rocky

Next up is Rocky! This adorable 6 year old Chi-Corg mix known as one of the greatest lap dogs of all time. Rocky likes other dogs and would thrive in a home with adults (no kids please). True to his breed, Rocky would love to cuddle up with his human but is also quite comfy just relaxing on his own. If you are interested in adopting Rocky, please go to furfriendsinneed.com and fill out an application today!

Moose
Moose

It’s hard to believe that my buddy Moose has still not found his forever home. Moose is a handsome 8-year-old Pit Mix rescued from Animal Care & Control back in 2013. Moose is a sweetheart that is so very loving once he gets to know you. He needs slow introductions to other dogs and would do best in a home with older children. Moose would love a person who would take him on walks and hang on the couch with him. If you’re interesting in adopting this handsome fella, please contact Daisy at 718-663-1737 or email her at daisy9892@gmail.com.

 

Meet Dogs Up for Adoption at Long Island Shelters This Week

With so many homeless animals awaiting their furever homes in Long Island shelters, it’s hard to decide on a new best friend. To help, each week we will showcase some amazing animals available for adoption as well as special events happening across LI.

Available at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh is Destiny! With brains and beauty, Destiny already knows commands such as “sit,” “paw” and even “lay down!” Destiny is a sweet and simple gal who enjoys the little things in life, such as being lazy and receiving belly rubs (so much so that she starts smiling when she gets one). 

Destiny also enjoys playing in the kiddie pool and going for walks with her human buddies. She is very treat motivated, house trained, affectionate and even likes other dogs. Destiny is wary of new people, so she will need a very savvy owner who can help her get over her fear of new people.

Once she knows you, she is super cuddly, sweet and eager to be close to you. If you would like to learn more, please call the shelter to speak to a staff member today: 516-785-5220 or come in to fill out an application: 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. 

Up next is the amazing Rufus! He came to New York from North Carolina, where he was found lost in the woods in awful shape. Rufus was fixed up and rescued by an amazing New York-based organization known as Rescue Dogs Rock.

All seemed on the up-and-up for Rufus until he wound up in the care of a not-so-nice trainer ultimately accused of animal cruelty. Thankfully, early last year little Rufus found his way into a wonderful foster home where he continues to receive the love and proper training he so desperately deserves. This foster care has turned Rufus into the most lovable, laid back sidekick a human could ask for.  

Rufus is about 3-4 years old and weighs 30-40 pounds. If adopted, Rufus needs slow introductions to other dogs and he does seem a little uneasy around cats. As per his current foster, favorite activities include having fun with squeaky toys and “cuddling up at the end of a bed with his cute little butt wiggling when you come home.”

I mean come on, who needs more than that? For information on adopting Rufus, please contact his current foster, Daisy, at 718-663-1737 or email her atdaisy9892@gmail.com.

But wait, there’s more! Meet Moose, a handsome 8-year-old Pit Mix rescued from Animal Care & Control back in 2013. Moose is a sweetheart that is so very loving once he gets to know you. He needs slow introductions to other dogs and would do best in a home with older children.

Moose would love a person who would take him on walks and hang on the couch with him. If you’re interesting in adopting this handsome fella, please contact Daisy at 718-663-1737 or email her atdaisy9892@gmail.com.

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic for Dogs and Cats
Last Hope Animal Rescue will be offering $5 rabies vaccinations, $12 distemper combo and $12 Bordetella shots. All Long Island pet owners are eligible; no appointment necessary, Pets must be at least 2 months old. Dogs must be leashed, and cats need to be in carriers. Cats will be taken inside for their inoculations. Dogs must be dog & people-friendly. Last Hope Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. lasthopeanimalrescue.org 631-671-2588 11 a.m.-2 p.m. September 24.

Bring paper certificate proof of a recent rabies shot, if you are planning on asking for a 3 year, rather than 1 year rabies vaccine certificate for your dog or cat. Our vet will determine if the pet’s past vaccine is recent enough for a 3 year certificate. A rabies tag does not constitute proof.