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9 Cats, Dogs That Want To Warm You Up This Winter

If you’re looking to adopt a new cat, kitten, puppy or dog, then you’re in luck! It’s hard to choose just one, but these adorable adoptables would love to go home with you today!

Jack

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Four-year old Jack is quite the handsome fella. He is a sweet and precious boy, that is impossible not to adore. Charming and that perfect medium-size, Jack has so many wonderful attributes.

Jack came to Bideawee positive for heartworm but is being treated. Bideawee will pay for his continued treatment with his adoptive family as long as it is done at its Animal Hospital in Westhampton. All he needs is a loving, mature, quiet family that will give him the time he needs to get comfortable at home and heal up. In return, you will have found a loyal friend for life.

If it sounds like Jack is the perfect match for you, check out his adoption page!

Kameo

Meet Kameo! He is a sweet and happy-go-lucky boy who loves to meet new people and make friends. He’s a true social butterfly.

You can always count on him to run right up to anyone and offer a paw of friendship. Spirited, sweet and fairly small at 18 pounds, he is the ideal pooch for anyone seeking a petite pal in their lives. Not to mention, he’s very adorable.

Donning a blonde coat and perky ears, Kameo is simply irresistible. He’d do well with any family who enjoys an active, social lifestyle. For more information, check out his adoption page.

Cookie

Cookie is a bashful and tender-hearted 10-month-old kitten who is seeking a loving, patient home to call her own. If you offer her gentleness and love, she will offer you a sweet spirit in turn. Not to mention, she is uniquely gorgeous. Donning a majestic tortoiseshell coat and hazel eyes, she is simply stunning to behold. If you’re interested in this sweet girl, check out her adoption page!

Flannel

Donning a fantastic ebony coat, fur of satin, and piercing eyes, it goes without say that Mr. Flannel is one handsome kitty! Tenderhearted, bashful, and soulful, Flannel is much like a book that is longing to be read, and just wants someone to invest the time to look into him. If you give him the dedication he craves, we promise you’ll find majestic adventure, lifelong love and faithful friendship for all his days. Check out Flannel’s adoption page for more info!

For more information about adopting Jack, Kameo, Cookie and Flannel, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

Peppa

Available for adoption at NYC Second Chance Rescue:

At just 2 years old, Peppa is a sweet a gorgeous gal who is truly ready to find a forever home she can call her own. Peppa is non-reactive to dogs but prefers to be only dog at home. Added bonus: Peppa is house trained, crate trained and loves all kids and people she meets. 

She’s tiny, under 50lbs and loves hikes and car rides.  Peppa would truly make the perfect companion, so if you’re interested in scooping this gal up, call Lisa  at 1-914-469-6605 or apply at nycsecondchancerescue.org

Marley

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Marley is a young beautiful domestic long hair cat who is extremely sweet and loves to be pet. Marley is definitely a lap cat and gets along well with other kitties, making her the puuurfect addition to any home! If you can make Marley your new BFF, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Dixie

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Sweet as sugar Dixie (adoption #NC10777) recently arrived North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington from their sister shelter in Update NY.  Their esteemed team of dedicated vets treated her minor health issues and now she’s ready to rock and roll and start her future with you! 

This 15-month-old young kitty needs a quiet home where she’s the only pet and receives plenty of attention and love. Please consider making Dixie part of your family. For more information on Dixie, please reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill (Adoption #s BF2499/BF2500) were brought to North Shore Animal League America by local rescuers. This bonded pair of domestic short hairs are just 9 months old and need to be adopted together. Their ideal family is one with children 10+ in age who will nurture them and help them learn confidence. 

Both felines are very treat-motivated. Both enjoy running freely and meeting new feline friends. Feather toys are their favorites!  

Jill is more adventurous than Jack; Jill’s found courage as she gets to know her human friends while Jack watches and learns.  If you would like to adopt Jack and Jill, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

SPECIAL REQUEST from the Nassau County SPCA

If you love animals but can’t adopt right now, please think about helping Casey. It wasn’t too long ago that Casey could barely move her hind legs. With help from her loving foster mom, physical therapy and the support of donors like you, Casey is making great strides. Everyone involved in Casey’s care is amazed at just how much this girl wants to walk again. The wonderful staff at Gold Coast Center for Veterinary Care already donates 1 session per week of physical therapy, but the NCSPCA needs your help in getting Casey 2 extra sessions a week. Each session cost $71.25. These extra sessions will bring Casey closer to her goal. Please use the link below to donate towards Casey’s physical therapy however you can. Thank you! nassaucountyspca.org

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

 

11 Cats, Dogs That Want To Start The New Year With You

If your New Years resolutions include making new friends and/or helping those in need, read about some of Long Island’s adorable cats and dogs who want to make 2019 the year they find their forever home!

Derek

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

If you’re wondering who the dog with the smile is, that’s Derek! This awesome 2-year-old hound mix arrived at the shelter in December 2018 as a stray. He was found in someone’s yard when they went to take their own dog outside in the morning.

Derek is a truly awesome dog who is going to make someone very happy. This cutie is dog friendly and people friendly and is a blast to be with. If you are interested in adopting Derek, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, or email adoption@tohmail.org

Fiona

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Fiona wants to have a permanent slumber party with you! Fiona is a lab mix who was originally rescued from Puerto Rico. She loves getting affection and being a lap dog, she also really enjoys the company of other dogs and would be a great addition to a home seeking a second dog. 

Meet Fran Swan. This beautiful young lady came to Little Shelter in 2011. She is a sweet and playful girl who loves affection and playing with a kitty dancer. She is very personable and likes to follow her favorite staff members around. She would do well as an only cat or a multi cat household where she could have some playmates.

For more information about adopting Fiona and Fran Swan, contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center today ay 631-368-8770, littleshelter.com or visit 33 Warner Rd, Huntington.

Maxwell

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter operated by Little Shelter:

Maxwell is the handsome 9-year-old cat who is quite the ambassador around the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter. Maxwell loves to greet all visitors who come into the shelter. He will get onto a shelf to be eye level with you so he can give you a proper “hello.”

He’s super affectionate and genuinely just wants to be near people. His favorite thing is to be held and carried around like a little kid, which is rather adorable! During the day when he’s not greeting visitors, Max follows staff around to make sure everything is running smoothly.

His first priority (besides hugs) is making sure the food and treats are tasty enough to be given out. He has to sample each type of treat before it’s passed out to everyone. It’s a tough job, but Maxwell is always up for the challenge.

Maxwell truly needs to be in a home where he can get spoiled with treats, toys and love. He needs a human buddy to snuggle up with and who would be happy to carry him around the house. If this adventurous boy sounds like the right kitty for you, contact the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter at 104 Deposit Rd., East Northport, 631-651-9788.

Juniper

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Juniper is a beautiful 2-year-old gal who loves to be pet and gets along great with other cats. Juniper is very friendly and sweet and would really make a wonderful addition to any family, so if you can open your home to Juniper, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665.

Mango

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Mango is a sweet and handsome 6-year-old fella who recently lost that home when his beloved human passed away. The team at North Shore Animal League America has been nurturing him through his grief, and he is temporarily settled in as an office foster, sunning himself by the window as he awaits a new beginning. 

He’s a staff favorite – smart and sweet, and he’s guaranteed to delight you with his love for treats and ability to solve puzzles! If you’re looking for the purrrfect companion, Mango is your man. Please contact Sonias@animalleague.org for more information about adopting Mango today!

Patches and Smokey

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

SPECIAL REQUEST: Pets4Luv Foundation is being evicted from its current facility space this month. Please help them find permanent homes for their remaining cats and dogs by sharing this information.

Patches (top) and Smokey (bottom) are a bonded pair of kittens that were living in the backyard of a Long Island home. They learned early on to depend on each other for warmth, courage and love. As time goes on, they are becoming more self-assured and will make wonderful additions to your family.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo (back) & Juliet (front) are sweet 7-month-old twins who also happen to be gorgeous, playful, single and ready to mingle! Juliet is outgoing and brave, while her bro, Romeo, is shy and relies on Juliet to feel safe. They love to play swat the mouse together.

Sweet Pea truly lives up to her name! This 1.5-year-old gal is described as the complete package. She’s beautiful, loving, playful, cuddly, and oh-so-soft! Come in today and meet her!

For more information about adoption Patches and Smokey, Romeo and Juliet and Sweet Pea, contact Pets4Luv Foundation @pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200

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

Pets4Luv Animal Rescue Seeks New Home

Long Island’ s many hard-working animal rescue organizations often work miracles with little public assistance, but the local rescue Pets4Luv especially needs help and needs it quickly.

When David Bernacchi founded Pets4Luv Foundation in 2008, his primary focus was to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome as many injured, ill, disabled, and special needs animals as possible. Pets4Luv became a no-kill animal rescue organization located at the Mall at the Source in Westbury servicing hundreds of Long Island’s homeless animals. But now the foundation needs to find a new home.

“Our goal was to place animal rescues in malls to educate people about options other than shopping at pet stores to find their next dog or cat,” says Mr. Bernacchi.  “Unbeknown to most buyers, pet stores commonly sell poorly bred, improperly cared-for unhealthy and neglected animals. The high visibility of being in a mall environment gives us the opportunity to provide information about rescued animals to people who normally would not visit an animal rescue or shelter.”

With more than 500 successful adoptions to date at the mall, all was going well until September, when Pets4Luv was notified that its space will no longer be available come January. Due to a recent acquisition by Lesso Home, a Chinese home furnishings, décor and design company, the mall will be renovated without Pets4Luv.

“After 16 months of promises and reassurances that Pets4Luv would remain in the mall after renovations, the deal fell flat without any explanation,” Bernacchi says.

As a result of the displacement, Pets4Luv will no longer be able continue its rescue efforts, and must find immediate alternative homes for their remaining 80 cats and two dogs.

Pets4Luv also offers several community programs including a reading program designed for young children, volunteer programs for the special needs community, community service programs, and even assistance programs for responsible pet owners who can’t afford medical care or food for their animals.

The nonprofit receives no government funding; it relies 100 percent on donations. It is asking for donations to help cover the expenses of finding forever homes for their remaining cats and dogs and to help them secure a new and permanent home for the foundation.  For more information, visit gofundme.com/pet-shelter-is-being-evictedsos.

View Pets4Luv animals available for adoption on Petfinder.com and Adopt-a-pet.com, and for additional information at Pets4Luv’s goals and mission, please contact the organization at 516-860-7057 or info@pets4luv.org​.

14 Cats, Dogs That Will Make Your Holidays Complete

One thing we know about homeless animals is that if they could write a letter to Santa, the one and only thing on their list would be a forever home. Can you grant a wish for a one of these very special cats and dogs this holiday season?

Oreo

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Oreo is a very sweet little kitten. She is a bit shy in the cattery but loves humans. She warms up quickly and enjoys being pet. Oreo would be a great addition to any family, and it’s easy to bring her home; simply contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Neida

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

It isn’t every day that you meet a lady as unique and gorgeous as Neida. This 7-year-old stunner is a beautiful pooch who has been looking for her forever home for over three years. Neida is full of personality and affection.

Her dream home would be the one that can give her all of the time and patience that she deserves, so she can settle in, and bond with her family gently and quietly. She longs for a family that she can trust, and who will make her feel safe. In return, Neida promises a lifetime of life, friendship, and faithfulness.

Thanks to a generous Bideawee volunteer and donor, Neida’s fee has been covered. All she needs now is a home to call her own, and a soft place to rest her head. She would be best as your only four-legged friend in the home as well. bideawee.org

Hoist

Meet Hoist! He’s a jubilant and joyful pooch who loves to explore and play. Always on the scent for any quest or expedition, Hoist can be counted upon for any adventure you have in mind.

Not to mention, he is ever so charming to behold. Donning a gorgeous tricolor coat, long ears, and soulful puppy dog eyes, he is too adorable for words. Weighing in at just 35 pounds, he’s also the idyllic medium-sized pup for anyone seeking a new family member that is neither too large nor too small.

All he needs is a doting home that shares in his active lifestyle. bideawee.org

Georgi Girl

This stunning 5-year-old silver-coated lady is named Georgi Girl! She is a beautiful Domestic Shorthair, who is just waiting for the right person to give her heart away to. Georgi Girl has been looking for her forever home since 2015. Once she sees that you are the one for her, she will be smitten and devoted to her one and only. bideawee.org

Pearl

Meet Pearl, a magnificent 5-year-old lady, who is just as precious as her name would suggest. She’s a fantastic Domestic Shorthair kitty with a coat of creams, silvers and whites. Pearl is a true lady, though, and must know that anyone trying to steal her heart is the one for her. She demands to be wooed and celebrated, and is awaiting for someone to win her paw! bideawee.org

For more information about adopting Neida, Hoist, Georgi Girl and Pearl, please contact Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

Kobe

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

This is Kobe. This 7-1/2-year-old baby boy came to the shelter as a stray in 2015. He was returned to his owner two times, but this is now his third stay with us and his owner never came back for him. Staff and volunteers are so heartbroken for him, but they know there is a better life out there for him.

Kobe is very sweet, loves to play with toys and knows a ton of commands including giving both paws! The best part of this angel is that he seems to like other dogs. Kobe also loves car rides and is friendly with everyone he meets. Kobe is so deserving of a forever family, so let’s make it happen.

If you are interested in adopting Kobe, please call for more information: 516-785-5220, visit the shelter at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, or email adoption@tohmail.org

Yafa

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Yafa (BF2423) was found locally by good Samaritans, and now this darling 6-year-old gal is learning to live among humans in a quiet, cage-free setting. Yafa is seeking a peaceful home with cat-experienced adults to help her continue to heal. If there are children in the home, it’s best that they’re twelve or older. Yafa is FIV+ so a home with other FIV+ cats would be optimal.

Della

Staff refers to Della (NCI0784) as their “house panther” who is happiest as a lap cat. At almost a year old, Della has already survived trauma but thanks to the heroes at North Shore’s Medical Center who repaired an injured paw, Della is fully recovered and has no physical limitations. Della enjoys the company of other felines and loves to snuggle with a trusted human friend. You can be that friend!

Clark Kent

Currently an office foster, Clark Kent (E3318) is a staff favorite and their in-house Superman. This 11-year-old senior Chihuahua is a snugglebug who wants to be as close to you as possible. He’s got energy that belies his age and loves to be among people. He does have a few health issues (a heart murmur and allergies that cause skin irritations) but all manageable for the lucky adopter who chooses to give Clark Kent a happy, loving home.

For more info about adopting Yafa, Della and Clark Kent, please email MikeS@animalleague.org.

Honey Bun

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

Honey Bun came to this rescue with her four 3-day-old babies. She was only 10 months old at the time, she is now 1 1/2 years old. She’s shy, but super sweet and is learning to trust more and more each day. She loves to play and is often found with her belly in the air (this is a big gesture in cat language that shows they are comfortable with humans and their surroundings). There is no denying she’s a beauty, so why not adopt her today?

Sophie and Slinky

Sophie & Slinky are 2-year-old bonded siblings that are just too adorable. Sophie with her heart nose and Slinky with his bad haircut! Sophie is more confident than Slinky, but they are both super sweet, loving and silly kitties who would make great additions to your family.

Betty

Betty is just about 5 years old, and is as pretty as a Boxer/Pit Bull Terrier comes. She’s a sweet and friendly girl with High Energy. She loves to cuddle up on the sofa! It takes her a while to warm up to certain men but she gets along well with women.

For more information about adoption Honey Bun, Sophie, Slinky and Betty, contact Pets4Luv Foundation @pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200.

Autumn

Available for adoption from The No Kill Project:

Autumn is a sweet but timid 7-month-old kitten who is a double polydactyl. She is litter trained and gets along well with other cats. She is good with children and loves playing with her cat toys or laying in the sun. She is not a lap cat and will need time to acclimate, however she is capable of being a good companion if she finds the right loving patient person to work with her.

If you’re interested in adopting Autumn, please email info@thenokillproject.org.”

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

All These 13 Cats and Dogs Want For Christmas Is You To Adopt Them

There is a ton of gorgeous cats and dogs available for adoption right now! From young puppies and kittens to “very special” cats, if you’re in the market for a new best friend, you should have no problem finding one right here!

If you can’t adopt right now but wish to help your local shelters and rescues, why not try your luck by entering Embrace Pet Insurance’s “It’s Better to Give AND to Receive” sweepstakes. Ten randomly-selected winners will be rewarded with $500, as well as a $500 donation to their nominated pet charity. The sweepstakes runs through through December 25, so don’t wait…enter today

Norma

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Norma is the sweetest kitty! With her adorable little bow, she wants nothing more than to play with humans and other cats, and to snuggle on your neck and purr. Norma is very loving and will do great in any home It’s easy to adopt Norma, simply contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Brenda

Available for adoption from Second Chance Rescue:

Brenda needs our help. Not sure why, but sweet Brenda has been in boarding for 850 days! You might be thinking, “Wow, that’s a long time, she must be a bad dog.” But the truth is, Brenda is a AMAZING!

She is playful, smart, loving, and loyal. She has been let down and betrayed over and over again by humans. She’s had truly rotten luck. Still, she greets every person she meets with joy and enthusiasm. Her resilience is mind blowing.

So, why hasn’t she found a home? Brenda needs to be an only pet. That’s it. She loves humans but never learned to share her space with other animals. Her forever home needs a person who will appreciate all she has to offer and who will be satisfied with her as their one and only.

Brenda has a huge circle of rescue volunteers who are devoted to her, they visit and walk her, take her on outings, bring her presents, and every one of them will tell you…what they want most for the holidays is a loving home for Brenda. To adopt or foster Brenda, please apply at nycsecondchancerescue.orgor call Lisa: 914-469-6605.

Kali Ma

Special Needs Request: Kali Ma is a sweet young cat who is extra special. This is because this sweet girl has an extra arm growing from the right side of her body.  Because of this, Kali Ma is having trouble walking and this is clearly very uncomfortable.

This wild major deformity is most likely due to in-breeding. Second Change Rescue is arranging transport with the shelter to get her to the hospital where she will be assessed by a team of experts to see what kind of operation would improve her quality of life. Second Change is doing everything to help her. If you wish to help too, you can donate at nycsecondchancerescue.org/donate

Kiddo

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Meet Kiddo! This adorable 4-month-old kitty is a true beauty with her lovely smoke-colored coat, and precious eyes. Not to mention, she’s every bit as affectionate and charming as she is outwardly lovely. Bashful and tenderhearted, she is simply a gem. The only thing she needs is an equally lovely family to call her own. bideawee.org

Rudy

Handsome and tenderhearted 4-month-old Rudy is sweet and bashful, and seeking a loving, patient home to call his own. If you offer him gentleness and love, he will offer you his heart in return. With a heart as warm as his ginger and crimson coat, he promises a lifetime of love. All he needs is a family to give him a chance! bideawee.org

Nugget

Meet Nugget! She is an enthusiastic and lovely 8-month-old lady! Boasting a smooth, blonde coat, charming ears, and some of the most endearing eyes ever seen, Nugget is just wonderful! More than just her good looks, Nugget is also loving and dedicated as well.

She possesses only the finest qualities and attributes. She is seeking a family that embraces and enjoys her affectionate and playful personality, and that enjoys an active lifestyle as much as she does. Anyone who jogs, hikes, or wouldn’t mind a social stroll through the heart of town may have found their perfect match. bideawee.org

Carlos

Carlos is 2 years old and as handsome as they come. He is a spirited and sweet pooch who loves to explore and play. Always on the trail for adventure and the next fun quest, Carlos can be counted upon for any expedition.

Not to mention, he is too adorable for words! Donning a fantastic tricolor coat, long ears, and short legs, he is an adorable boy! He’s also the perfect medium-sized pooch for anyone seeking a new family member that is neither too large, nor too small. All he needs is a loving home that shares in his active lifestyle! Anyone who hikes, jogs, or likes long walks has found their ideal match!  bideawee.org

For more information about adopting Kiddo, Rudy, Nugget and Carlos, please contact Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Spunky and sweet, Yolito is a 1-1/2-year-old Lab mix rescued from Puerto Rico. He’s an exuberant boy who loves to cuddle and play. Yolito is always eager to please and ready to being obedience class to learn how to put his best paw forward. He loves giving kisses and is eager to start his journey as your best friend. 

Domino is a handsome black-and-white kitty at the Little Shelter Cattery. He is a very affectionate cat who has a lot of love to give. When he knows you are his friend, he will come and sit by your feet and give a gentle mew for attention. This gentle giant has been at Little Shelter for a few years and is hoping to have a furever home for the pawlidays!

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

Gerald

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter:

Gerald is a very handsome boy with some very interesting quirks. He sometimes snorts when hes really happy and loves to sit in your lap. He definitely likes being the only cat around, as he doesn’t like to share the love, but he does have a lot of love in his heart. He enjoys treats and being cuddled, and needs to be by your side. 

Nadia

Nadia is a beautiful tabby kitten available at Town of Huntington Cat Shelter. She is a very sweet kitty, but takes time to warm up to new people and places. She loves getting treats and having another cat to play with. She’s a sweet girl who is looking for her special someone to love her.

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

Dante

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Everyone loves Dante! This 9-yea-old boy is 124 pounds of cuteness! Dante came to the shelter after his owner was evicted and had nowhere else for Dante to go. Dante came to the shelter with his son King Kong, and his “girlfriend,” Layla.

All three dogs were once very loved so it’s sad to see them in a shelter setting now. Dante is said to like children and small dogs. He is calm, sweet, friendly and would truly make a great addition to almost any home. 

If you are interested in learning more about Dante,please call 516-785-5220 or email adoption@tohmail.org. Best yet, head down for a visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave, Wantagh. 

Fredo

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Fredo (R166245) is a young male cat who was locally rescued from a difficult life, but thankfully he is now adjusting to all the helpful people at North Shore Animal League America.  He’s particularly fond of ear rubs and is seeking a quiet home to call his own with an experienced, confident cat owner.  If there are children in the home, it’s best if they’re 12 or above.  For more info about adopting Fredo, please email MikeS@animalleague.org. 

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

6 Cats, Dogs That Want To Spend The Holidays With You

All with adorable looks and some of the sweetest personalities on the planet, it’s hard to decide which cat or dog to choose as your new best friend.  

Read all about some of the cutest animals Long Island has to offer, and how you can bring them home today!

Blossom

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Blossom is a beautiful 7-month-old girl who loves people and is very affectionate. She likes to play and snuggle and gets along well with other cats. Her cute little mustache is not to be missed. If you can open your home to Blossom, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Rocky

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Rocky is a handsome 7-year-old Chihuahua mix who has earned the title of “expert snuggle buddy.” He loves going for walks and running up to meet visitors so they can pet him. Rocky is known to beg for attention and it’s hard to deny such a cute face. He’s a happy dog just waiting to be your best friend.

Faith

Recently rescued from North Carolina, Faith is a sweet 2-year-old Chihuahua mix who loves getting affection and adores being pet. Faith has a cute little habit of sticking her tongue out when she is excited. She is a young girl who is eager to explore new surroundings and go on walks to make new friends.

Cheeto

Cheeto is a handsome fluffy white and black kitty who has a unique little mustache one his face. He is a quiet kitty who prefers to keep to himself and find sunny spots to nap in or high perches to lay on. He is a loving boy who enjoys getting attention from his favorite staff and volunteers. He would love to snuggle up to you while your reading a book or chase a laser pointer to make you laugh.

For more information about adopting Rocky, Faith and Cheeto, contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center today. You can visit them at 33 Warner Rd., Huntington, or call 631-368-8770 littleshelter.com 

Jameson

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter operated by Little Shelter:

Meet Jameson. This adorable ginger boy is an exceptionally friendly cat who is always looking for someone to hold him or snuggle with him. He loves people and is always following staff and volunteers around like a little shadow. This sweet kitty is looking for a family to call his own and who he can share all his love with. 

Nicole

Nicole is a gorgeous kitty with an outgoing personality. She loves people and is always trying to be eye level with you to get extra attention. When she’s not trying to be the center of attention, Nicole likes to find the sunniest spot to lay in, or a corner to hide in to play pranks on the other kitties. Come meet her today!

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

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

Here’s What To Do If You Find Injured Wildlife

Many Long Islanders have encountered a wild animal in need of medical attention, but not everybody knows who to call in such a situation.

Experts say to look for a clear and definite injury, such as a bird that is unable to fly due to an injured wing. If the animal has been in another animal’s mouth, is freezing, wet, or continuously crying, then it’s a good idea to reach out for help. In the interim, if it is safe to do so, securing the animal in a container or box with ventilation holes is recommended.

There are also several situations in which a wild animal should be left alone. One of the most commonly asked questions relates to baby birds during the spring.

“A fledgling typically spends as long as 72 hours on the ground learning to fly, and it’s likely that the parents are keeping a close eye on it during this time,” says Amanda Daley, of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays. “Continue to monitor the situation from a distance, quietly observing the animal’s condition.”

Daley notes that people often want to help return fledglings to their nests but the best thing to do is just leave them alone.

There are several rescues and facilities on Long Island that specialize in wildlife emergencies and rehabilitation.

In the case of domesticated animals such as cats and dogs, Maria Mora, executive director of the Nassau County SPCA, advises that if an animal is in imminent danger, call 911. For non-life-threatening emergencies, call a local, nonemergency police number or local animal shelter. And if you encounter any form of animal abuse, call the Nassau County SPCA 24-hour hotline at 516-THE-SPCA (843-7722) immediately.

And remember that many of these rescue groups helping animals are nonprofits, so consider donating or volunteering to help them in their mission.

WHO TO CALL FOR HELP WITH INJURED WILDLIFE

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center
wildliferescuecenter.org, 631-728-WILD (728-9453)

Volunteers for Wildlife
volunteersforwildlife.org, 516-674-0982.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
dec.ny.gov

 

8 Cats, Dogs That Want To Play In The Snow With You

November is Senior Pet Adoption Month, so why not head down to your local shelter this week and give one of these very special dogs and cats something to be thankful for

Rusty

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Cool dude Rusty is a handsome 3-year-old boy that is known for his sweet temperament and mellow personality. Orange cats are the coolest and Rusty is no exception. He loves being pet and just hanging out with his favorite humans. Oh, and he gets along with other cats too! Bonus! If you can open your home to Rusty, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Gabel

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Gabel is quite the handsome, bold and brilliant boy! He is a sweet, handsome, and spirited pooch, who is all about life, making friends, and the next adventure. He would love nothing more in life than an equally jubilant family, who is always on the go!

Whether it be hiking, jogging, or a fun trip into town, he is certainly up for any expedition. Not to mention, he’s a fast learner, and would love to continue to learn and grow! A mature family that is gung-ho for obedience training and fun games would be such fun for Gabel. If this gorgeous guy sounds like your perfect match, check out his webpage.

Rabbit

Meet Rabbit! She is a beautiful and spirited puppy, who is truly one-of-a-kind. Donning a fantastic chocolate and caramel brindle coat, a tiny tail, and the most endearing eyes, she really is hard not to fall in love with in but a glance.

Every bit as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside, Rabbit truly encompasses only the loveliest qualities. She is seeking a family that shares in her jubilant nature, who can be by her side all day. Rabbit longs to explore the world, make new friends, and learn all about life. Any active family that loves to jog or hike would certainly be ideal. If Rabbit sounds like your idyllic match, check out her webpage.

Marco

Handsome 2-year-old Marco came to Bideawee with his brother and friend, Polo. They are both immensely sweet kitties. Marco is a big boy with a big heart to match. Sweet and social, he lives to love. Polo has found his forever home, but Marco still needs to find his forever family. Check out Marco’s webpage.

Pumpkin

This adorable little girl is Pumpkin. She was found trapped inside of a tire by a Good Samaritan, when she just was 4 months old, and was brought to Bideawee for housing and care. They took one look at her and swept her right under their wing.

Pumpkin is a social and excitable domestic short-hair kitty. She has a great deal of playful, kitten-like energy still. Pumpkin would be pleased as punch to chase a string around for hours. She is quite the socialite, too, and loves to strut around; she believes that the world is her playground.

Pumpkin is quite unique in both personality and creation; she is not only zesty, but she is an uncommon find, as orange female cats are a rarity! This 7-year-old gal is seeking an equally special home to call her own. Pumpkin tends to become worked up when she receives more attention at one time than she can handle, and so she would do best in an adult home with cat-savvy adopters.

All Pumpkin needs is a chance with the right family! Won’t you please consider adopting this beautiful girl? Check out her webpage!

For more information about adopting Gabel, Rabbit, Marco or Pumpkin, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

Stanleigh

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Stanleigh (BF2351) was discovered fending for herself outdoors and good Samaritan delivered her to North Shore’s Adoption Center.  This senior lady is deaf, toothless, and declawed. She’s also being treated for chronic renal disease. If you’re an experienced cat owner (with no other cats in your home at present,) and willing to take on her special needs, Stanleigh will be a perfect addition to your family.  She’s affectionate, likes a good ear rub and a nap in the sunbeams by a window.  In honor of Senior Pet Adoption Month, consider taking this survivor home with you.

Sam Adams

Sam Adams (T67620) is a handsome hound mix looking for a family of his own. This sweet senior has some special needs, but that doesn’t hold him back. Sam is energetic, playful, and would do well in a home with children over 11-years-old who can keep up with him!! Sam is housebroken, handles well on leash, and gets along well with other dogs. If you’re interested in meeting Sam Adams, contact our Foster Manager at fostercare@animalleague.org or 516-883-7900, ext. 352.

Grace

Available for adoption through the No Kill Project:

Grace is an approximately 2-year-old lab mix who was dumped at a high kill shelter in rural Texas. Grace was abandoned with her 11 puppies; all of which were saved along with 16 other orphaned puppies. Grace has seen her fair share of neglect and abuse.

Severely emaciated and with bb and pellet gun fragments in her body, Grace has not known a kind hand. Though terribly abused and neglected, Grace is incredibly sweet and loving, never once having showed an ounce of aggression even when handled by veterinarians. She is cautious that she will be hit by hiding her face but once she knows that you aren’t hurting her, she melts into your loving hands.

She is gentle and calm and is learning what love is in the foster home that she currently resides in. Grace will soon be ready to find her forever home. We are looking for a home that understands that Grace will need patience and time to learn what love is. She will need time to learn that not all people will hurt her and that she will always have a nice full belly at night. 

For more information about adopting Grace, please contact The No Kill Project at info@thenokillproject.org

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

8 Cats, Dogs That Will Warm You Up On A Cold Night

Long Island hosts some of the best fall scenery around. Why not head down to your local animal shelter or rescue and adopt a dog to enjoy the outdoors with?

More of a homebody? There’s plenty of cute kitties available for adoption that you can bring home to snuggle up with! Read all about adopting your perfect pet right here!

Faye

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Faye is this gorgeous one-year-old Chihuahua mix. This beauty is a bit shy, but nonetheless eager to meet new people and make friends. Lively, energetic, and fast as lightning, she’s the perfect one for a game of tag or flag football. She is also loving and affectionate, knowing the best place in the world is inside of a hug. So don’t delay, come meet Faye today!

Dingo is a large white and tabby cat with an unusual face that makes him look like he’s squinting. He is a very affectionate boy who loves getting chin scratches and will follow his favorite staff members around. This guy is a gentle giant who is just looking for someone to love him and spoil him the way he deserves.    

For more information about adopting Faye and Dingo, contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center today. You can visit them at 33 Warner Rd., Huntington, call 631-368-8770 or visit littleshelter.com 

Tobias

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter operated by Little Shelter:

Tobias is an amazing boy who has no trouble seeking out the nearest human for affection. With his very outgoing personality, he loves to be the No. 1 guy in the room at all times. He will jump on a shelf to be close for you to give him chin scratches and will meow for attention.

Tobias will follow you like a dog everywhere you go and loves to be part of the action. Another cool attribute, Tobias loves kittens! He’s become a nanny in the shelter’s kitten room, taking care of all the little ones and providing plenty of cuddles. 

Lilo

Lilo is the kitty with the perfect milk mustache. This funny gal is guaranteed to keep you laughing. Lilo loves being cuddled, and will do the craziest things to get your attention. She adores all kinds of treats and will always find a comfortable place that’s close to you. She loves to play with laser pointers and has an awesome personality.

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

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Tess is FAN-TESS-TIC!  This beautiful one-year-old girl is super friendly and enjoys life simplest pleasures, like getting attention from humans and hanging out with other cats. Tess would really make a wonderful addition to any family, so if you can open your home to Tess, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Biggie

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Wow, check out this hunk! Biggie is a 5-year-old Corso who came to the shelter as a stray. He is only 85 pounds but is underweight right now so should be weighing in much more. Biggie is really sweet, calm, slow and a total blast to hang out with. He is a cool dude but will need to be a solo home dog. That’s okay though, there’s a perfect home out there for him, can that home be yours?

If you are interested in adopting Biggie, please call for more information: 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org 

Sushi

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Some animals have a tough of it in a kennel setting. Sushi (reference # V34511) is a bright-eyed, two-year-old black and white cat, who took some time to adjust before her true personality shone through. When North Shore Animal League America staff offered the freedom to live cage-free in a staff office, Sushi proved how loving and affectionate she is. 

She loves being brushed and having her chin scratched. When she’s done being fawned over, she tucks herself into a comfy bed near her human companions. Sushi has made it clear she shines as an only pet in a home with children 12+ in age. If you crave a meeting with Sushi, please email dorits@animalleague.org to learn more about this precious friend.

Brittney

Brittney (reference #V35252) is a sweet and spunky black Labrador mix with a lot of enthusiasm and an eagerness to please. She is super smart and requires daily mental and physical stimulation. She gets along well with other dogs, as long as they can keep up with her energy level and speed.

She’s quite the affectionate gal and loves to be the center of attention. She would do best in an active home with someone looking for a dog to exercise with, possibly even introducing her to  canine agility activities.​ Please contact Sonias@animalleague.org for more information about adopting Brittney today!

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

 

How To Foster A Pet Up For Adoption

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

For those who love animals but cannot commit long term to an animal that needs a forever home, fostering is a mutually beneficial alternative.  

Homeless animals are sometimes sick, injured, or have been abandoned at a very young age when they arrive at shelters and rescue organizations. These animals require special care such as bottle feeding, veterinary care, and often times just a quiet place to lay their heads so that they can heal, grow, get stronger and socialize. Fostering provides animals with the care that gives them a great chance of being permanently placed in a home of their own.  

“Our foster care program increases our ability to save as many lives as possible,” says David Ceely, executive director of Little Shelter in Huntington. “We simply wouldn’t be able to help as many as animals as we do if it wasn’t for our wonderful foster homes.”

Shelters are often at maximum capacity, so fostering frees up valuable space. Often times, cats and dogs become stressed in shelter environments, which can affect their eating habits, overall health, and adoptability. Fostering allows an animal to feel safe and secure, away from a hectic shelter environment.

In most cases, families and individuals agreeing to foster are provided with training, medications, bottles, veterinary care bedding, toys, and anything else that an animal may need while being fostered. All a foster parent needs to provide is love, care, fun, and interaction, to prepare the animals for loving homes. Fosters may often help bring animals to checkups as well as to events and/or to meet potential adopters.

Many fosters describe the experience as beyond rewarding. Giving an animal a fighting chance towards finding a forever home is a truly wonderful experience for everyone involved.

“It’s understandable that a foster family might fall in love with the dog or cat and be reluctant to let them go, but when you see how happy the animal is in their new home and you know you played such a critical role in that story, the reward far outweighs the sacrifice,” Ceely says.

It’s easy to get started. Simply contact a local rescue or shelter for more information.