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Dog In Shelter For A Year Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

Pardon the inter-ruff-tion, but you should check out all of these adorable cats and dogs that are waiting to go home with you today!

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

This sweet foursome was found all alone, fending for themselves at just 7 or 8 weeks old.  The gray/white male is outnumbered by his three sisters, but he doesn’t seem to mind. These tiny tykes each need a safe and loving forever home.  Why not take one or two home today?

Daisy

Daisy and Rufus belong to a senior couple who sadly can no longer care for them. At 3 years old, Daisy is blind in one eye, but that doesn’t seem to stop her. She’s very playful and loves to be held. Her handsome brother, Rufus is somewhere between 5 and 8 years old, and is super sweet although he prefers not to be held as much as his little sis does. 

Rufus

If you can open your heart and home to any of the four kittens, Daisy or Rufus, please contact [email protected] or call 631-306-4616.

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Marble

Marble is a very sweet young lady. It’s hard to believe such a sweet girl was living outside until her feeder just picked her up and brought her to the vet. Now living life on the inside, Marble starts off shy but warms up quickly. She enjoys being pet and gets along well with other cats. If you can open your heart and home to Marble, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption through Private Foster:

Cali

It would be impossible to find a cuter bunch that Momma Cali and her three kittens, Murphy, Wallace, and Iggy. At 2 years old, Cali takes wonderful care of her kittens, cuddling with them and showing as much love as any mom can. She is such a chill and easy-going lady. All three kittens are super sweet, and like most kittens their age, when they aren’t snuggling with mommy, they love to play, run, climb and jump with their foster siblings. If you are interested in making your home their forever home, please email their foster, Jill at [email protected].

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Peaches

Fourteen-year-old old bonded buddies Peaches (adoption #H210014) and Coco (adoption #H210015) never thought the life they’d always known would ever change until it did. Fortunately, the loving pair were brought to the safety NSALA’s Adoption Center where we a determined to find them a loving home together. These seniors are doing their best to take their new situation in stride. This duo simply needs a loving heart to be open to receiving them both and they will offer you purrs and gratitude. 

Cricket

Having suddenly lost her loving owner and the only home she’s ever known, Cricket (adoption #R110206), a 14-year-old beautiful female tabby, is looking to her Animal League America family to find her a human to call her own again. She’s delightful as a kitten and offers so much love that you’ll forget she’s ever had a sad moment in her life. Please consider being her hero. Cricket deserves her golden years be filled with an abundance of love, nurturing and chin scratches. Can you offer her that life?

Princess

When Princess’ owner became ill, her life was turned upside-down. Losing the only home she’s ever known, this lovely 8-year-old lady has been making fast friends with the humans caring for her.  We won’t rest until Princess (adoption #VR1458) is back in a home where she belongs. If you have room in your heart and home for a sweet new friend, Princess is ready to move right in with you.

For more information about adopting Peaches, Coco, Cricket or Princess, please contact [email protected]

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Pauline

Known as the “Sweet P ” Kitten Sisters, Pandora and Pauline are adorable tuxedo and tabby kittens, each with a button-nose & happy face. The girls are in the official greeting cat condo when you walk into the Last Hope Cat Center in Wantagh. They are hard to miss. They were rescued in an East Meadow backyard at 9 weeks old and are 4 months old now.  For information about adopting Pandora and Pauline, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Pandora

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Decker

Decker is a stunning 2-year-old Australian Shepherd mix that came to the shelter as an owner surrender in December 2018. His owners only had him for two months and originally got him from a colleague who was giving him away. Decker is house trained, crate trained, and knows the commands “sit” and “come.” Decker used to live with other dogs and even a cat! Decker is nervous with strangers, especially men, so he’s ideal home is with a very savvy owner. Decker is suffering from myesthenia gravis, which is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles. So, even if someone is local and willing to open your home to him, please contact the shelter at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh NY 11793 or email [email protected]

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

Pup Surrendered Because Landlord Didn’t Allow Dogs Seeks New Leash on Life

These adorable cats and dogs are ready to make you an “off-fur” you can’t refuse. Adopt them today and they will forever show you unconditional love. 

Available for adoption through Private Foster:

Cali

It would be impossible to find a cuter bunch that Momma Cali and her three kittens, Murphy, Wallace, and Iggy. At two years old, Cali takes wonderful care of her kittens, cuddling with them and showing as much love as any mom can. She is such a chill and easy-going lady. All three kittens are super sweet, and like most kittens their age, when they aren’t snuggling with mommy, they love to play, run, climb and jump with their foster siblings. If you are interested in making your home their forever home, please email their foster, Jill at [email protected].

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Peppa

Peppa is a beautiful young lady looking for her furever home. Peppa can be a bit shy at first but give her a few minutes and this cutie will come out of her shell very quickly. Sweet and friendly, Sammy loves nothing more than to be pet, and even gets along well with other cats. If you’re interested in adopting this sweet little lady, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Onyx

You would never believe everything that Onyx (adoption #E3608) has survived in his one year of life so far given his fun-loving attitude and easy-going temperament. Having survived an evacuation from his southern shelter in preparation of Hurricane Dorian and the journey north to Long Island, black beauty has settled in nicely as he awaits the next adventure in store for him. As much as Onyx enjoys playing with his feline friends, he always makes time for a good snuggle with his favorite human. 

Spiro

Spiro (adoption #NCI1412) has a lot of fans rooting for her at NSALA’s Feline Adoption Center, starting with her caretakers in their Medical Center.  When Spiro was rescued in Upstate New York she needed some medical TLC. Now healthy and healed, this 8-month old grey and white young lady has settled beautifully into her peaceful bed, waiting for the perfect adopter to fall in love with her.

Tesla

Tesla (adoption #H210024) has heard so much about the idea of a real home that she will do her best to make a great impression on you. Rev this 17-month-old tabby kitten up with a little chin rub and you’ll have her purr engine running in no time. Tesla, who was rescued locally, has been enjoying snuggles with fellow feline friends and is now looking to drive her way straight into your heart.

Sid

Sensational Sid (adoption #H209968) is a locally rescued, 6-month-old fella looking to find himself a loving forever home. This sweet feline is wide-eyed, wondering what’s next. Shy at first, ear rubs and treats win him over quickly. He’s a delightful choice for first time adopters looking for a quite friend to snuggle. Even better, if you have felines in your home looking for a new best buddy, consider Sid – friends will help him grow even more confident as a member of your family!

For more information about adopting Onyx, Spiro, Tesla, and Sid, please contact [email protected]

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Roxie

Roxie wants to rock your world! This adorably sweet 8-month-old Boxer mix was surrendered to a shelter because her former owner brought her home without checking with the landlord first. Poor Roxie hasn’t been dealt the best hand so far, but Roxie keeps her head up and awaits her true forever family. Roxie likes children and other dogs, so she would make a great family pet. If you can give her a new “leash” on life, contact Last Hope today! 

Jacob

With a similar story, Jacob was also adopted but returned when the he and the resident cat of his new place was afraid of him. Jacob is now a 1-year old handsome little fella who is seeking a real forever family. Jacob is way to friendly and outgoing to be left behind. Visit Jacob at Last Hope today! 

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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Penelope

Beautiful Penelope is a 2-year-old gem! This incredibly sweet, loving girl was found as a stray, but she has been spayed, is in great health, and now she just needs a new home and someone to cuddle with.

L. to R.: Sasha, Raven, and Cheyenne.

These three sweethearts need some help, and fast. Sadly, their human is terminal and is desperate to find a safe place her babies while she’s still able.  A pet owner who has always opened her home whenever needed, now needs someone to open their home for her babies. The orange tabbies are Sasha and Cheyenne, both 3-year-old neutered boys.  Raven is an 8-year-old, black and white beautiful lady. All three are sweet and affectionate and in need of a new forever home. 

If you can open your heart and home to Penelope, Sasha, Cheyenne or Raven, please contact [email protected] or call 631-306-4616. 

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

Dog Named Courage, Cat Named Virtue Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

Why not head down to your local animal shelter or rescue and adopt one of these awesome dogs and cats today?!

Available through foster care:

Francine

Francine is a 6-month-old sweetie who has recently undergone toe surgery, leaving her with only three toes on one foot. But that certainly doesn’t stop her, in fact it makes her quite unique! Francine is up to date on all of her vaccinations has already been spayed. If you would like to meet Francine, please call Stephanie at 516-974-6129.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Midnight

Nothing brings good luck like an adorable 8-week-old kitten. Meet Midnight. This sweet boy is ready to go home with you today,already neutered, up to date on all vaccines too. Now all he needs is his very own place to call home. 

Nubby

Nubby and Limpy got their playful nicknames from Nubia and Olympia. These adorable sisters are each missing a rear paw, but don’t tell them, they don’t seem to notice! Nubby and Limpy are happy, healthy and very playful 12-week-old kittens. Both are friendly and sweet, purring constantly. Nubby, the gray beauty, is easy to handle and especially cuddly.  Pretty little Limpy loves to be pet but isn’t overly fond of being held. They are both spayed and up to date on all vaccinations. Separately or together they would bring tons of joy to any home.

Limpy

If you can open your heart and home to Midnight, Nubia or Olympia, please contact [email protected] or call 631-306-4616. 

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Sammy

Sammy is a beautiful young lady looking for her furever home. She is one of six cats left on the rescue’s front door back in June. While she was very scared and shy at first, this cutie has definitely come out of her little shell. Sweet and friendly, Sammy loves nothing more than to be pet. And did we mention she gets along well with other cats? If you’re interested in adopting this sweet little lady, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Virtue Photo by Ted Lim.

Virtue (adoption # E3624) is a gorgeous 11-month-old tabby that would be a wonderful addition to your home if you have no other pets and would like to make Virtue the center of your world. Her ideal setting is one with children 10 and older in age who will help her feel confident and safe in her very first home. This Hurricane Dorian survivor is more than ready to settle down in calm waters with you. 

Chantel. Photo by Ted Lim.

After sacrificing months of her own kittenhood as she raised five beautiful babies of her own, 20-month-old Chantel (adoption BF2688) is an enchanting local rescue that will do more than grab your attention with her big, imploring eyes, she’ll have you holding her in your heart forever. 

Romilda. Photo by Ted Lim

Romilda (adoption #NCI316) traveled south from North Shore Animal League America’s Adirondack Region Cat Adoption Center in upstate Glens Falls to be a part of the action here on Long Island. The loving care of NSALA’s medical team and Feline Enrichment staff has readied this lovable 11-month-old sweetheart for a forever home. Romilda is ready to plop into her human’s lap and spend forever cuddling with her new family (she would like to be the only pet in the house please).  

Shelby

Shelby (adoption #H209942) is a 6-month-old baby girl who has the most calming, peaceful demeanor and would do best in a home that itself is calm and peaceful. She’s quite fond of chin rubs and cuddles from her favorite humans.   

For more information about adopting Virtue, Chantel, Romilda and Shelby, please contact [email protected]

Available for adoption through Destiny Hope Cat Rescue:

Cali

It would be impossible to find a cuter bunch that mama Cali and her three kittens, Murphy, Wallace, and Iggy. At 2 years old, Cali takes wonderful care of her kittens, cuddling with them and showing as much love as any mom can. She is such a chill and easy-going lady. All three kittens are super sweet, and like most kittens their age, when they aren’t snuggling with mommy, they love to play, run, climb, and jump with their foster siblings. All four cuties are currently in foster care. If you are interested in making your home their forever home, please email [email protected].

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Courage

Courage is the most charming little boy ever! Through no fault of his own, Courage found himself at a municipal shelter when For Our Friends Dog Rescue scooped him up. About 8-9 years old and weighing in around 10 pounds, Courage would make a great pet for any family! This apricot poodle is great with other dogs (any size) and he can live with cats and kids too. He’s up to date on all his shots and in excellent health. Courage is described as perfection on 4 legs, so what are you waiting for? Email [email protected] or call 917-864-2443 today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Zara and Zachary are littermates who’ve waited too long at Last Hope for forever homes. Born in the middle of May 2019, Zara and Zachary were babies when rescued in Huntington Station. Just in time for Halloween, both are adorable tuxedos who wear permanent cat costumes. Zara has a Bat Girl mask, and Zachary has a pirate’s black patch over one eye. This adorable duo makes up the official greeters in a cat condo as you walk through the glass door into the Last Hope Wantagh Adoption Center. They love when people stop to give them attention. Zara and Zachary do not need to be adopted together, but it would be so nice if they were. Each is playful and friendly and quite ready to become treasured pets.

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

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Cool dude Johnny is in the market for his new family. This super sweet, good natured and rather affectionate boy loves people and some dogs (he is a bit dog selective, which just means slow intros are a must). Johnny needs a home with kids 13 and older and comes equip already knowing a ton of commands like sit, heel, and even leave it. And since he loves treats, you can teach him a bunch more. Oh, he also loves to give kisses and loves to be pet from head to toe! 

For more information about adopting Johnny, check out the Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies,call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh or email  [email protected]

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

Double D Bar Ranch: A Farm of Hope For Abused Animals

Just off the Long Island Expressway, the no-frills Double D Bar Ranch in Manorville offers a haven, and often a last hope, for abused and unwanted farm animals.

Two years after Rich and Gay Devoe purchased their farm in 1997 as a home for their horses, they purchased the adjacent four acres and adopted the 50 animals the previous owner could no longer care for. As news of the rescue efforts began to spread, calls came in asking the couple if they would accept more unwanted animals. Now, the no-kill, volunteer-run rescue aims to adopt animals to good homes but also takes in as many animals as they have room for — they have about 350 — caring for them throughout the animals’ natural lives. 

“Between food, shelter, veterinarian services, and medications, it costs just about $2,000 a week to run the ranch,” says Gay, who continues to work a full-time job while both owners use their Social Security checks to fund the rescue.

Over the past 20 years, the ranch has welcomed numerous animals who have dramatic stories. 

In December, the ranch’s neighbor, a slaughterhouse, mistakenly purchased a pregnant cow and asked the Devoes if they would purchase her. After scrambling for donations, they saved her and the next day she gave birth to her calf. Both are thriving at the ranch. 

When 12-year-old Lumpy the bull passed away from a neurological disease, he left behind his best friend, Norman. 

“We moved Norman behind the barn so he would have some company, but he still missed Lumpy. It’s amazing how loving these animals can be” says Gay. “We called the slaughterhouse next door and asked them if they would purchase a young cow for us, and so they came back with Pearl. It was love at first sight, and Norman and Pearl are doing great to this day.”

A visit to the ranch is a great way to learn about the responsibilities of caring for animals, which animals make good pets, and which do not. The ranch is open for tours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekend, weather permitting. 

To donate or learn more, visit doubledbarranch.org/help-us/

Scarily Cute Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

What do seven cats and four dogs all have in common? They are all patiently waiting for their forever homes! Read their stories here, then don’t wait, head out to your local shelter and adopt them today! 

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Liam

How adorable is Liam?! Liam is just a super sweet cat, a little on the shy side, but once he warms up to someone, there’s no looking back. He loves to play with other cats so a home with already existing felines would be purrfect for this little fella. If you are a patient pet parent willing to help Liam come out of his little shell, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Jericho and Bambi

Jericho (adoption #BF2860) and his sister Bambi (adoption #BF2861) were fortunate to receive their mother’s love their entire first year of life. Now these bonded, 1-year-old siblings are ready to see what life as beloved pets is like. They’ll be a terrific addition to any family who chooses to embrace this sweet sister and brother pair. Grateful head butts are in your future!   

Riggins

Riggins (adoption #H205572) lost the only home he ever knew but has quickly adapted with the help of his friends at North Shore Animal League America who have given him all the comfort and love he needs to get back on his paws. This 5-year-old cutie would do best in quiet home with understanding humans 10 and older in age. He’ll smoothly transition into being part of a loving family once again in no time! 

For more information about adopting Jericho and Riggins, please contact [email protected]

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Buster

You’re in for a real treat if you adopt Buster! Crowned “play group super star,” Buster loves nothing more than getting out for walks with his buddies, playing in the yard, and of course rocking his doggy play groups! Buster was an owner surrender in April 2018, so he’s been waiting way too long for his chance at a forever home. Buster is stressed at the shelter but has come a long way since his arrival. He’s seeking a savvy owner and/or a home with kids 17 and up. 

Sandy

Sandy is a super sweet, beautiful 5-year-old girl who loves nothing more than receiving affection from anyone willing to show her some love. She is in search of a savvy foster/adopter who can help her overcome some guarding issues, but these are some of the easiest behaviors to correct. A little play time and some kisses and she (and you) will fall in love for a lifetime! 

If you are interested in learning more about Buster and Sandy, please call the shelter at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email [email protected]

Stark

Stark has been waiting patiently for his forever home for too long of a time, and no one is quite sure why. Stark is a very smart dog. He knows a ton of commands and loves long walks. This 9-year-old pup wants nothing more than to spend his golden years with a family he can call his own. For more information about adopting Stark, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh or email [email protected]. You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Queenie

Queenie is a sweetie! This 10-year-old Beagle comes from a Manhattan shelter, picked up as a stray if you can believe it. This gal is a very animated, happy-go-lucky doggie that just can’t wait to find her forever home.  

Buttercup

Buttercup is a beautiful, semi-long-haired tortie that was part of Last Hope’s “Princess Bride” litter rescued in Hauppauge at just 7 weeks old. Now 4 months old and thriving, Princess Buttercup has one request, and that is for her own forever home.  

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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Willow

Who is this adorable puffy little Russian Blue mix? Why that’s Willow! Sweet little Willow is just  8 weeks old and is ready for her forever home. This beauty needs someone to care for her, play with her and teach her all the things a little kitty needs to know. She needs someone to love for the rest of her life. Is that lucky someone you? 

Penelope

At only 2 years old, little Penelope is one of the sweetest, loving girls you’ll ever meet. Found as a stray, she is now safe, spayed and in excellent health. All she needs now is a new home and someone to cuddle with.

If you can open your heart and home to Willow or Penelope, please contact [email protected] or call 631-306-4616. 

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

Pets Rescued From Hurricane Dorian Among Those Up For Adoption on Long Island

To help bring attention to the approximate 3.3 million dogs that enter shelters every year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has declared October Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

That means it’s the perfect time to bring one of these perfect pooches home with you! More of a cat person? There’s more than enough to go around. Read all about how to bring home your new best friend right here!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Cali

SPECIAL REQUEST: Cali found her way to the TOH Animal Shelter as a stray back in May 2014. She sat for over a year waiting to be adopted, until her original “finder” came in and said that she was now in a place where she was allowed to have a dog and was ready to adopt Cali. Fast forward to now, and poor Cali just showed up as a stray yet again!  Attempts at contacting her adopter have failed, so she sits at the shelter, waiting once again for a home.

Sadly, Cali is now 8 years old, and has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Cali did nothing to deserve this fate, and it breaks staff and volunteer hearts that she spends her days in the shelter. At this point, Cali needs to find a hospice or foster hospice home. Cali is very friendly with people, is recommended for kids 13 and older and may be able to live with another dog. She is a bit under-socialized and would need slow and proper intros.

If there is anyone out there willing to open their home and hearts to Cali, please contact the shelter immediately: 516-785-5220 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

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+ , 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 NY 11793 or email  [email protected]. You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Brownie

As sweet as his name, Brownie is an extremely handsome 2-year-old fella who is pure love and sweetness. Brownie loves to hang around humans and is always up for some petting. Did we mention he also gets along well with cats? Can’t ask for more! If you can open your home to this sweet treat, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Hosta and Hygrangea

Hosta (adoption #BF2658) and Hydrangea (adoption #BF2659) were plucked from a local garden and brought to North Shore Animal League America. Now these matching black, 7-month-old gals need a place to call home with a family ready to provide them the love deserve. If you’d like to watch these beautiful besties bloom, please pick them up and let them brighten your home.  

Miss Chirp and Sam Houston

Miss Chirp (adoption #E3612) and Sam Houston (adoption #E3613) have weathered many a storm together on their journey to find a lasting home. When their previous family could no longer care for them, this tightly bonded pair of 6-year-old cats found themselves in a southern municipal shelter. Hurricane Dorian was about to complicate things even more, but fortunately Animal League America scooped them up and delivered them to the safety of NSALA’s Adoption Center on Long Island. Sam is the strong silent type, but Miss Chirp has been vocal in her gratitude. All you need to do to be their hero is meet them and you’ll want to take them into your home and life.   

Serenity

Perhaps Serenity (adoption #E3623) hasn’t had the most direct road to a home, but at 2 years old, this Hurricane Dorian survivor has her whole life ahead of her. Serenity will sing to you for attention and based on photo evidence she might help you with your paperwork. If you’re ready for a sweet, serene young lady, Serenity is ready to go home with you now!  

Cody

Ten-year old Cody (adoption #R151356) took a detour when he recently lost the only home he’s ever known due to burden of his diabetes. NSALA’s Medical Team nursed him back to health and nurtured his spirit, readying him for a fresh chance at happiness in his new home. Cody’s diet and medication are covered, at cost, through NSALA’s Medical Center to make finding him a new home as simple as possible. This very shy senior craves a quiet place to settle and loves to nap in a cozy nook.  He’s been a model patient and laps up his special diet meals with gusto. A slow blink tells us he knows we’re here for him. I f you would like to be the recipient of the deepest gratitude, please consider fostering or adopting this treasured friend.  

For more information about adopting Hosta, Hydrangea, Miss Chirp, Sam Houston, Serenity,  or Cody, please contact [email protected]

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Otis

Otis, aka the most amazing family dog ever, comes to Last hope from Kentucky. At just 2-years old, Otis is already house and crate trained, quiet, amazing with other dogs (he lived with 8 others in Kentucky), and is purrrfect with cats and kids too! Otis loves his peace and quiet, and really enjoys being outdoors. He is also food motivated which means he’s a fast learner and LOVES peanut butter! Otis may take a few minutes to bond in a stimulating environment, but once he’s comfortable he will give hugs and be your little shadow. For information, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at https://lasthopeanimalrescue.org/

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

Dog Thrown From Moving Car Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

From senior cats looking to spend the rest of their lives with that special someone, to young pups and kittens seeking forever families to grow with, can you open your heart and home to one of these deserving furry friends today?

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue for a night of fun, music and food at their Rockin’ Rescue Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy., Hicksville. Enjoy music by the band Vox Nova, a live auction and raffle baskets. The event is $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door. Light dinner fare provided by Piccolo Ristorante in Bellmore. Savory sweets, soda, tea & coffee will also be served. For more information, visit lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Ringo

Peace and love is all Ringo Starr (adoption #H190473) is asking for. Ringo has faced more adversity than any senior pet should ever face. Rescued locally from an unsafe living environment, the team at North Shore Animal League America has given this 13-year-old gentleman all the time he needs to nurture his broken spirit and learn to trust. Like any feline friend, Ringo enjoys lazing around by sunny windows and napping in cozy nooks, but he really comes to life when he’s offered treats. Ringo is seeking a quiet “retirement home” with a committed human who will continue to work with him to build his confidence.  Children 12+ in age will help him settle into his best. 

Gizmo

No worries about giving this Gizmo water after midnight. Gizmo (adoption #V30813) is a 5-year-old, long-haired fella recently rescued from Virginia. He will thrive in a calm setting, with children 12 and up in age and adults who can nurture his spirit. He’ll be sure to make the perfect soulmate for someone very soon. Plus, look at that nose! It doesn’t get much cuter than this little guy!                   

Oak

Want to be a superhero? It’s easy and no cape required, just adopt a black kitten! Black cats are often overlooked in shelters but you can’t miss Oak (adoption #T102619). This 5-month-old kitten was recently rescued from Tennessee, and while he may seem small, the love Oak shows for his humans is mighty! This sweet baby can’t wait to plant roots in your heart. A smart adopter will pick up Oak and carry him home before the weekend!   

Nelson

Nelson (adoption #E3610) is a watchful boy waiting patiently for a new beginning. Having traveled all the way from the hurricane region, this 6-month-old Carolina kitten is shyly sitting pretty until his family scoops him up and carries him home this weekend. A quiet home with children 6 and up in age will reassure him that his place in your heart is a safe one. Volunteers and staff can’t wait to waive goodbye to him as he begins life as a beloved member of your family.   

Sashe

When senior Sashe (adoption #D45970) needed a second chance at happiness, NSALA came to her aide. This wonderful 12-year-old gal is very friendly, always greeting all new visitors as if she’s known them forever. Sashe makes loving her very easy, so don’t make this glorious lady wait another moment to be back in a loving home where she belongs!   

For more information about adopting Ringo, Gizmo, Oak, Nelson and Sashe, please contact [email protected]

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Bounce and Downy

It’s true that sisters Bounce and Downy are named after laundry softeners, which does seem unusual, but truth be told they got their names from having the power to always “soften” the rough times in their special persons’ lives. These gals have been waiting a long time to be noticed. Rescued at 8 weeks old in Bay Shore, these girls are now 6 months old and ready to finally go to their forever home. Bounce and Downy have so much love to give, why not bring one (or both) home with you today?! For information, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue atlasthopeanimalrescue.org/

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Harry

This handsome young prince is Harry! He is very friendly and simply loves being pet. Harry gives lots of love bites! He is FIV positive (which doesn’t stop him from doing anything at all) and must be the only royal kitty in the house. If you can open your home to this prince charming, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Dahlia

Not one person can figure out why anyone would just throw sweet Dahlia out of a moving car, but even more curious, why has Dahlia has not been adopted yet? This incredibly sweet gal loves to be outside, whether it be playing in a pool, walking nicely on her leash or playing fetch. Dahlia is quite “treat motivated,” so you can teach her all the cool tricks. She does nicely in playgroups with low-key dogs, but she can also appear nervous and takes a little time to come out of her shell, so she’s recommended to go home with children 15 and older. If you are interested in learning more about adopting Dahlia, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh or email  [email protected]. 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!

10 Cats and Dogs That Can’t Wait To Come Home With You

Studies show that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. So don’t wait, head out to your local shelter or rescue and adopt one of these amazing dogs or cats today!

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue on Sunday, Oct. 6 for Supermarket Bingo at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. Doors open at 3 p.m., and Bingo is played from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation programs. Prizes will include a variety of supermarket gift cards including BJs, Costco, Stew Leonard and more. Admission includes one Bingo card (set of four games), dessert and coffee/tea at intermission. There will be Basket (Chinese) Auctions, Lotto Board and 50/50 raffles. Additional cards, daubers, snacks and hot dogs can be purchased separately at the event. Admission is $15 with limited seating. To register, click on the PayPal Bingo blurb on their homepage at www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Ivy

You can’t ask for much more than what Ivy has to offer. This super sweet, dog-friendly, fun loving lady loves nothing more than playing fetch, belly rubs, and talking walks with anyone who offers. Ivy is housetrained, walks great on a leash, knows basic commands and is treat motivated, which means she is willing to learn literally anything! 

If you are interested in learning more about adopting Ivy, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email  [email protected]. You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableBestFriends

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Shaggy

Shaggy is as sweet as they come. This adorably handsome fella is just about 2 years old, and while he can be a bit shy, he loves the company of humans and other cats. Shaggy loves nothing more than to be pet, so if you can open your home to this cutie patootie, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Buddy Guy and Sunny Boy

Buddy Guy (adoption #T102417) and Sonny Boy (adoption #T102418) were singing the blues when they lost the only home they’d ever known in Tennessee. NSALA’s rescue team transported these 6-year-old brothers north for a fresh start in Port Washington and these fellas are now ready for their true forever home.  After receiving great medical care (Buddy Guy has a heart murmur that is covered by NSALA’s care), this duet is ready to make beautiful music in their next and permanent home. A low-key, quiet household is what these bonded brothers crave. If you’d like to experience the deepest appreciation of a pair of older gentlemen, let Buddy Guy and Sunny Boy be your new babies!  

Xander

Xander (adoption #E3607) is a gorgeous two-year old boy who was rescued from the path of Hurricane Dorian. It’s been a hectic journey but Xander is content to be comfy and cared for in the safety of NSALA’s Adoption Center. Staff and volunteers are excited to locate this stunning sweetheart the family ad home he deserves, probably for the first time in his young life. Ideally, Xander’s new home would be one with children 6+ in age. Falling in love with this gentle soul is simple. Is he meant to be yours?  

Glenn Close

Glenn Close (adoption #E3639) is a 1-year old stunner, patiently waiting for the next chapter in her life to begin. After surviving evacuation from Hurricane Dorian, finding a home should be a cinch for her. Glenn Close is seeking a calm, reassuring household to help her feel like a treasured part of the family. She’ll be eating treats from your hand in no time!  

Lorenzo

Rescued locally, the moment Lorenzo (adoption #R163320) arrived at NSALA, he was greeted with a promise of a bright future filled with all the love he deserves. This is an easy promise to keep because this 4-year-old guy is oozing charm and warmth. He may seem shy at first, but his playful spirit and curiosity overcome any fears he may have with just the slightest encouragement. Just say the word and you’ll go home with the piece of your heart that was missing, and this wonderful boy will begin his fresh start with your loving family.  

For more information about adopting Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy, Xander, Glenn Close, and Lorenzo, please contact [email protected]

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Amadeus

Amadeus may be the cutest kitten out there! This little guy was one of the three kittens born into the “Mozart” litter four months ago. He’s been winning the hearts of staff and volunteers and is now ready to head home with you today! 

Princess

Princess is quite the outgoing little Puggle. Despite being surrendered to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter with two other Puggles a few months back, nothing seems to stop this cute little lady. Princess loves people and would prefer to be the only pooch in her new house. 

For information about adopting Amadeus or Princess, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Hamlet

Poor Hamlet was found chained up to a fence in the Bronx four years ago. His parents immediately fell in love with him and took him home where he was showered with love, attention and even trips to the dog park, but sadly he is now too big for their young child. With broken hearts, they had to move him into a kennel, but he needs a home. He is an absolute love, loves to play, loves his people. He is fully vetted, neutered, dog particular, cats unknown, and no young children as he does not know he his own strength. If your home is right for Hamlet, please contact [email protected] or call (631) 306-4616.

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

When Taming Strays, Patience Is Paramount

It has been said that time spent with cats is never wasted. But to socialize a cat, the key ingredient to success is time. 

Why socialize a cat? There’s an overpopulation of homeless felines on Long Island, and often good Samaritans take on the challenge of transforming an outdoor cat into a forever pet. While not an impossible task, it takes work and patience — for both cats and people.

“Sadly, feral is an overused term,” says Laurie Iglesias, a longtime shelter volunteer and animal advocate. “Only some homeless cats are feral. Ferals will do everything and anything to avoid humans and human contact. I’ve seen some of the most feral cats become loving additions to many families.” 

Since animals are food driven, meals can be used to socialize them. The goal is to have the cat feel comfortable eating in your presence. 

Leave food in the same place for 20 minutes and stay close. If they don’t show up, pull the plate and try again later. The cat will eventually learn that if it wants to eat, you need to be there. After several meals together, the cat will gain a sense of safety around you. 

The next goal may be physical contact. Iglesias recommends beginning by slowly approaching the cat with a soft hand, allow them to sniff you. 

“If the kitten seems fearful … try putting a dab of baby food (turkey flavor works wonders) on your finger,” she says. “As the cat approaches, slowly attempt to pet it under its chin if you can. Repeating this activity lets the cat associate your presence with good things: a delicious treat and affection.”

Gail Hoffman of Lynbrook brought her cat, Patches, inside five years ago.

“Patience is key,” she says. “Let them hide to feel safe. Give them little pieces of food from your hand and speak softly to them, and if you can get one cat to purr for you, the rest may follow.”  

Resources available to those interested in taking cats off the streets include support groups, local veterinarians, shelters, or rescues that can provide additional information So save a life — you’ll be glad you did!

11 Cats, Dogs You Will Fall In Love With This Autumn

Whether you prefer outdoor walks with a dog or a siesta by an open window with a cat, it’s the perfect time of year to bring a new best friend into your heart and home. Read all about some incredible animals available for adoption this week, right here! 

Take advantage of this wonderful weather and attend North Shore Animal League America is hosting our 3rd Annual Walk & Wag, a dog-friendly walk that brings members of the animal-loving community together to raise funds and awareness in support the no-kill mission of animal rescue on Sept. 28. 

Individuals and teams along with their furry companions will be walking the 1.5-mile route through North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington to help save lives of homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Registration/check-in begins at 9 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Head to North Hempstead Beach Park, Lot #1, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. For more information, visit animalleague.org/walkandwag

For great bargains and one-of-a-kind finds, come to Last Hope Animal Rescue’s Flea Market and Jewelry Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Church of the Advent (Winthrop Hall), 555 Advent St. in Westbury. 

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Banjo

All Banjo wants to know is when her forever family will find her. She is a 3-year-old sweetheart that came to Almost Home from a Brooklyn shelter. Banjo loves to be pet, and has no issues letting you know when she’s had enough. She is very sweet and will do best as the only kitty in the house. 

If you’re looking to add a lovely little lady to your home, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Banjo today!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Aladin and Sinbad

Aladdin (adoption #BF2653) and Sinbad (adoption #BF2655) are looking for a whole new world. These locally rescued, bonded, four-month-old baby brothers can’t imagine life without each other, and they won’t have to. They’d love to take a magic carpet right straight into your home and your heart. A little cat experience and a family with older children will help them transition smoothly into their very first home. You’ve never had friends like Aladdin and Sinbad. Bonded pairs and double adoptions are incredible; the cats keep each other company, entertain each other, and help socialize.    

Harriet

Shy Harriet (adoption #R166725) hid from visitors while she was at a New Jersey shelter, but the North Shore Animal League America team offered her a fresh start when she was brought to their Long Island Adoption Center. This gorgeous, 9-month-old kitten needed just a bit of coaxing from her new friends before Harriet’s personality blossomed. If you’re ready to have Harriet pounce into your heart, reach out for more details.

Madre

Madre (adoption #E3622) is a marvelous, young lady looking for her one true love. This 1-year-old tabby was rescued from the path of Hurricane Dorian and is now ready to settle down with a loving family up here in the north. Can you offer her comfort, peace, and a lifetime of ear rubs and treats?  

Nova

Nova (adoption #E3638) was transported by our Emergency Rescue Team out of the Carolinas and the path of Hurricane Dorian. She may be a bit shy when first introduced to new humans, but this one-year-old female tabby is always trying to make a connection with someone who will offer her cuddles and treats. Volunteers and staff think Nova is just super and they’re sure you will too.    

For more information about adopting Aladdin, Sinbad, Harriet, Madre and Nova, please contact [email protected]

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Dahlia

Okay outdoorsy folks, it’s time to meet Dahlia. This gorgeous gal loves one thing: being outside. Dahlia is 3 years old, loves to play fetch, enjoys pool time, and of course walks nicely on a leash. She is treat-motivated, alert to her surroundings, and does well in playgroups with other low-key dogs. You literally can’t ask for more. Dahlia is recommended for a home with older children, ages 15 and up. 

If you are interested in learning more about adopting Dahlia, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email  [email protected]. You can also check out their Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info Facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Frankie

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

Duke

Meet the Duke. He is a 2-year-old, 40-pound bundle of muscle, joy, and happiness. He wags his tail so hard he almost can’t stand up on his short little legs. He is a Boxer/Stafford terrier mix and loves to go on walks, play ball, nap at your feet, and cuddle when it is time to watch TV or go to bed. Duke is a “save from euthanasia,” but also the unfortunate victim of a “need to make room” situation. Thankfully he was saved and is now ready for his next chapter in life. Duke will make a great hiking buddy as he loves the outdoors and is very energetic. He is good with cats and other dogs, he’s fully vetted, neutered and ready to move into his new forever home today! 

If you can open your heart and home to Frankie or Duke,  please contact [email protected] or call (631) 306-4616.

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Frank

There’s a real good chance Frank Sin-Cat-Ra is gonna make you swoon. Frank is the last of the “Cat Pack” litter to be waiting for a home. Five-month-old Frank and the rest of the “Cat Pack” were rescued in Bellerose before going into Last Hope foster care. Frank is the handsome color of a Russian Blue, and a heart throb who promises to sing his theme song “I did it meow way” for anyone who asks. No regrets, not even a few. Frank is the Kitten for you.

Bodie

Bodie is a dog-friendly, 2-year-old Beagle from Amherst Humane in Virginia who will do a happy dance in a circle if you ask. He is particularly happy to be at Last Hope where many Beagle lovers visit and adopt. As an extra bonus, his tri-colored coat will blend in nicely with the leaves from deciduous trees as they fall around Bodie in your yard, making Bodie a great dog to bring home for the fall season!

For information about adopting Frank or Bodie, 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!