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Adopt a Pet in Need This New Year 2021

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Zero

If your New Year’s resolution is to save a life, look no further. Any one of these adorable cats and dogs would love nothing more than to make your home their home in 2021!

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Munchie

Munchie is a beautiful 7-month-old tuxedo who is a bit on the shy side and will need a patient, loving home to help her come out of her shell. She is great with other cats but still nervous around humans.

Nico

Nico is a 4-year-old black beauty who is as sweet as he is cute! Nico comes from a hoarding situation and was found living in a dark rusty basement, so when you arrive at Almost Home’s cattery you will most likely find him lying on a cat tree in the sun! Nico loves to be pet and purrs all the time.

For more information about adopting Munchie or Nico, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this little lady home today!

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society

Devin

Devin is a lovable, goofy, playful 2-year-old Pit Mix who was rescued from a high kill shelter in South Carolina. He’s a real cuddle bug and he’ll happily hang out with his head in your lap while you work at your computer. He’s also fond of sleeping next to you. He’s got a great disposition and is friendly to everyone he meets. He loves going on walks and he would make a great hiking companion (and he’s good in the car). Devin is a smart cookie who knows his basic commands and really wants to please. He’s also quite content to hang out on the couch and nibble at his chew toys. Devin is a super sweet dog and would make a great family dog. He’s a big guy (65 lbs) and he is active so he would probably do best in an active home with older kids.

For more information about adopting or fostering Devin, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. You can also visit their website at paws-li.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue

Bruiser

**Special Request** 7-year-old Bruiser deserves the chance to become cherished & hopefully healthier…this big 17 -pound friendly tabby just happened to walk into someone’s Hicksville home. It was his feline way of saying: “I am not feral. I enjoy the company of people and would really like a warm home & family to call my own.” Upon arrival at Last Hope and during his vet intake, it was discovered that not only is Bruiser FIV positive, but he also has a pretty severe heart murmur. He is safe with Last Hope but will need further cardiac evaluation. In the meantime, Last Hope is looking for a home where Bruiser can be warm, comfy & loved.

To meet Bruiser by appointment at Last Hope in Wantagh, call 631-425-1884 or fill out an adoption application on Last Hope’s webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

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Zero

Named after a rather famous celebrity pooch, Zero is a 10-year-old sweetie that recently found her way to the shelter with her right eye half-closed, which the staff believes is the result of an entropion that will be fixed when they spay her soon. Zero is a blast to be with, loves to play, and loves a good game of fetch. She is friendly with people, is a little jumpy too and likes other dogs!! This girl is not to be missed! If you can open your heart and home to her, please email adoption@tohmail.org or call 516-785-5220 for more information today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Mia

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, the playful Mia! Mia is a loving and energetic 2-year-old Pit/Lab Mix who is equal parts goofy and affectionate. Mia came to the shelter as a stray after being hit by a car and fortunately sustaining only minor injuries. She loves to whip around her rope toys and chase after balls. Mia thinks she is a lap dog and will crawl in your lap and shower you with kisses. Mia was a yard dog, so she is protective of her space when it comes to strangers, and she will require a home that can properly introduce her to new people. Once she meets a new friend, she loves them unconditionally. Mia would be best as the only pet in the home. If you are interested in meeting Mia, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

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

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Adorable Cats And Dogs Up For Adoption on Long Island

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Ingrid

We asked all of these adorable cats and dogs what they would most like for the holidays and sure enough, the top answer was a home of their own. If you can make wishes come true this holiday season, contact your local animal shelter or rescue today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Lizzy

This sad-faced little girl named Lizzy came to the shelter as a stray this December with extremely engorged mammary glands. She was dirty, wounds healing on her chin and ear, with long nails and underweight. Very clearly, Lizzy has not been loved and cared for, and obviously had recently given birth, but her babies were nowhere to be found. Everyone is so heartbroken for Lizzy and her babies who clearly still needed their mamma. Lizzy is friendly with people, and social with dogs but may be a little controlling of her playmate. Lizzy deserves a loving home this holiday season. If you can open your heart and home to her, please email adoption@tohmail.org or call 516-785-5220 for more information today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue

Blossom

Blossom has blossomed since she was surrendered to a Georgia shelter by her previous owner, and now she’s ready to find her forever home. Sometimes when a dog comes from an abusive or neglectful home, it can be a blessing to be owner-surrendered.  This 3-year-old pit mix and her sister (recently adopted) were lucky enough to find their way to Last Hope and through the love they were shown from staff and volunteers, Blossom has made great progress coming out of her shell.  This shy gal would thrive with an adopter who can continue to bolster her confidence. If that someone is you, please call 631-425-1884 or fill out an adoption application on Last Hope’s webpage at https://lasthopeanimalrescue.org/.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Matty, Motor, and Sid

Matty, Motor, and Sid are all 1-year-old boys who are likely overlooked at the shelter because they tend to be a little on the shy side. All three kitties grew up in the shelter and watched their more outgoing siblings get happy homes. They may take some time to learn to trust new humans, but once their trust is earned, they are loving, playful, and sweet! These three boys are friends but are not bonded. They would love to be in a furrever home together but will adjust if they aren’t. Shy cats need quiet homes with patience and lots of love to give. If you are interested Matty, Motor, and Sid, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America

Franny and Tessi

**Double Adoption** When 9-month-olds Franny (Adoption #BF3274) and Tessi (Adoption #BF3275) arrived as kittens, the NSALA team determined they would benefit from a foster home setting to help them overcome their fear of humans. The time they’ve shared in a calm, nurturing environment has brought out their best selves, and their foster mom is proud to share their accomplishments with a worthy family. They’re seeking a cat experienced home with older children who will continue to nurture them as they transition into a new and permanent place. The more confident, treat-loving Tessi has grown to love receiving lots of attention and playing with wand toys. Shyer Franny is working on overcoming more of her fear, but gains confidence by watching Tessi’s success, and is joining in on some of the fun. Both sisters are doing a fabulous job with clicker training, which can be shared in their new home. All we need to complete Franny and Tessi’s adoption story is a big-hearted human—and treats!

Sage

Sage (Adoption #L80797) has proven to be a very resourceful girl! First, she purrsuaded a local rescuer to scoop her up off the streets, then this witty 4-year-old managed to find her way to Animal League America’s vets who took a look at her frequent colds. With a successful treatment plan for chronic rhinitis covered at cost through our Pet Health Centers for life, Sage has moved up to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where her wide-eyes and wondrous ears are no match for her enormous heart and insatiable curiosity! Looking for a determined partner to discover your home by your side? Look no further than Sage!

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Ingrid

Sweet Mama Ingrid (Adoption #L80611) got to care for her kittens in a peaceful foster home before she joined Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Locally rescued from the city streets, this lovely one year old will never have to worry about her safety again. You’ll find her basking in a sunny room as she delights in all the wonders of her new and improved life. You’ll complete her story by carrying her off to a well-deserved life as a beloved family member. Photo by Ted Lim

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

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

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Adopt A Pet And Keep All Animals Safe From The Cold This Winter

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Sprite

Winter has unofficially arrived, and we always want to make sure animals stay safe and protected in cold and unpredictable weather. The Nassau County SPCA would like to remind everyone that pets left outside in extreme temperatures, especially without food or shelter, are at risk of hypothermia, frostbite, and even death. If you see an animal in danger, become informed, and make a report by calling 516-THE-SPCA. Their lives depend on us!

Available for adoption at All About Spay Neuter

Victoria

Victoria is a beautiful grey and white cat who is about a year old.  She is a little shy at the shelter but when she was home with one of our volunteers she showed her true colors.  She will follow you around the house and wait for her favorite salmon treats or sit and watch TV with you.  Please think about giving this young lady her forever home.  If interested, please text Alicia at 516-510-6738.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

It doesn’t take a detective to figure out how Piglet got his name…just look at this cute snout!

Piglet

Piglet found his way to the shelter when he was brought in as a stray, although, sadly, staff believes the person claiming to be the finder was in fact his owner.  But you know what they say – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Piglet is absolutely adorable.  He’s a tiny, 47-pound cutie with the most adorable eyes. Piglet likes other dogs and becomes playful with them. He knows a bunch of commands and also thinks he’s a lap dog. He does seem to have issues with strangers and is more comfortable with women than men, so a savvy, patient owner would be best for this little meatball. If you are interested in adopting this sweetie,  please contact the shelter’s placement team at (516)785-5220 or email Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society

Spencer

Meet Spencer. This strong, handsome boy found himself on the euthanasia list due to nothing more than overcrowding.  He is 4-years old weighs about 70 pounds, but don’t let his size fool you, he is a really sweet and gentle guy.  He’s a big mush who loves his people. He is dog selective, so he should be the dog only in the home and due to his size, would do best in a home without young children. Spencer loves to play and also loves his downtime- he would make a great tv buddy or book reading pal.  He loves walks but is fine just playing in his own yard as well.

If you are interested in being Spencer’s forever home and best buddy, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call (631) 306-4616 today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Cali

**Senior Alert** Cali is a 12-14-year-old Cattle Dog Mix in need of a forever home. Cali and her siblings Rocky and Suzie were brought to the Animal Shelter when their dad sadly passed away. Staff and volunteers would love for Cali to spend her golden years showered with endless affection. She needs an adult-only home, and she gets along well with calm dogs. Cali is losing her hearing due to chronic ear infections and has severe arthritis, so she needs a home that can help her navigate these challenges and provide her with the love and care she deserves. If you are interested in meeting Cali, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America

Sprite

When Sprite (Adoption #G25517)arrived from his overcrowded municipal shelter in the south, two things were evident: he was really gorgeous and really scared. A few months spent in the quietest space has relieved him from most of his fear, but he’s still every bit as handsome as the day we met him. Given time and space to acclimate to his new setting, 1-year-old Sprite has taken on some of the confidence of his feline friends and is eager to join in on the fun—sometimes too eager! The female friends of his playgroup find him overbearing, but he’s a welcome member of the boys’ club. NSALA is seeking experienced adults and children 16+ in age to help him overcome some of his reticence, and a confident male cat in the household will be a great ally as he navigates his first real home. You may fall in love with Sprite based on his dashing good looks, but it’s his delight in the little things he discovers as he explores his surroundings that makes him all the more endearing!

Flick

A good Samaritan rushed 8-month-old Flick (Adoption #H210935)to NSALA’s Pet Health Center for help with an injury to his mouth. Although fully repaired, the experience left our little friend a bit shaken. They placed Flick in a quiet place to fully recover and learn to enjoy human company. Now we can happily say this tenacious tiny tuxedo is literally climbing the walls with excitement over making so many great friends—both human and feline—while waiting to be ready for his family. NSALA is looking for a home with children 12+ and experienced adults who will give Flick all the gentle encouragement he needs to gain confidence in his first home. Flick enjoys his feline friends so much that we’re looking to find him a family with a confident cat to make his transition to a beloved family member as seamless as possible. With just a little patience, you could be looking at the piece that is missing from your heart!

Fran and Val

**Double Adoption and Senior Alert** Fran (Adoption #H204283) and Val (Adoption #H204284) have lived their whole lives together. Now these devoted 9-year-old sisters are looking for a fresh start, and we think their chances are fantastic. While Val is content to let her more outgoing sister take center stage, Fran is ready to be the life of the party in any room she’s in. You’ll find the balance between them is part of their charm, and soon see that offering them a place to resume their content lives was just the thing missing in yours. Adopting a senior is the greatest experience you can give yourself; adopting a bonded pair is the easiest way to become a hero!

Nike

**Senior Alert** Nike (Adoption #H210972) never thought he’d be looking for a new nest to settle into at this point in his life, but he’s very grateful to his North Shore Animal League America friends for comforting him while we search together for a fresh start. What this stunning 18-year old lacks in kitten energy he makes up for in ample servings of gratitude, making him a wonderful choice for a big-hearted family seeking the senior experience. A quiet home and a comfy, warm lap is all he asks for in his golden years.  If your lap could use a little warming this season, please ask about offering yours to Nike.

Fiona

When fabulous Fiona (Adoption #H204813) needed a safe place to start over, Animal League America was ready. From the moment she arrived, this stunning lady lost no time enchanting her new friends in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. With fur as soft as a bunny, bright green eyes searching for a soulmate, and a belly that tells us she’s enjoyed a kibble or two, 7-year- old Fiona is pulling out all the stops to grab hold of her fresh start. Just scratch her head and see how easily she melts into you. Fiona has a heart condition that is covered through our Pet Health Centers so loving her is as simple as receiving a head butt. With the NSALA team, and her delightful purrsonality, you’ll find her care simple and worth it. You may not realize this yet, but you’ve been missing Fiona your whole life; don’t let another moment pass without Fiona by your side!

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

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

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Adopt A Pet or Donate to “Operation Santa Paws” To Help These Animals

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Elijah

Pet adoption is the best way to save a life, but there are other ways to help too. “Operation Santa Paws” encourages animal lovers to share the gift of giving at shelters everywhere from Dec. 1 to 24.

The campaign goal of Operation Santa Paws is to stock the shelters with much-needed supplies. Unfortunately, about 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters around the country yearly. Although many get adopted, the majority spend much of their lives in cages. December is a time to donate a new blanket, toy, or even some treats for a shelter animal to enjoy during the holidays. Contact your local shelter or rescue and see how you can help today!

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Cub

Cub is a 7-month-old kitten who comes across as very shy and will need a pet parent with patience to give him the time he needs to come out of his shell. Cub is great with other cats and would do well in a home with other animals.

Renee

Who’s that peeking out from behind the corner? Why that cutie-patootie is Renee! Renee came to Almost Home from a hoarding house in Mineola. She is doing well in the rescues open cattery.  She is still a little nervous around humans but is improving everyday.

For more information about adopting Cub or Renee, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Cookie

**Senior Alert** Of all the dogs in all the shelters, there is no other who is more deserving of a loving family than Cookie. This loving and happy 9-years-young pittie mixadores every human she meets, can play for hours and gives the BEST snuggles. She would be ideal for families with kids 8 years and up and should be the only pet in the home. Cookie is very healthy and athletic. She needs a big yard where she can play fetch with her family. If you are interested in meeting Cookie,please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America

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Elijah

Elijah’s (Adoption #H205482)heroes rushed him to North Shore Animal League America’s Pet Health Centers for lifesaving treatment for pneumonia. HIs illness left him with a collapsed lung which may make him prone to more respiratory needs in his life, but this determined little 5-month- old isn’t letting anything hold him back from expressing all the gratitude for his humans while in our care. Elijah enjoyed recovering in a loving foster home where he got to pay with other cat friends. Now he’s ready to plant himself in a permanent lap and celebrate the joy his second chance will offer. If you’d like to stroke his soft fur furever, Elijah is ready to go home to you day!

**Double Adoption**Edgar (Adoption #L80708)and Estelle (Adoption #L80709)are sharing an epic love affair! After being delivered to safety from the cold, busy local streets, these 5-month old kittens are depending on each other to get through the perils of life.  We’ve promised a bright future awaits them in a quiet home.  If you’d like to nurture their gentle spirits, they’ll reward you with the tenderness of gratitude only a rescue cat can share, knowing they are at last safe and completely loved.

Bradie

Bradie(Adoption #BF3607) doesn’t know it yet, but she’s a very lucky little girl who gets to begin her search for a home with her friends at Animal League America. Shy and reserved at first, all this tender 7-month-old tabby needs is a comfortable, quiet place to learn that being loved by a family is the life she deserves. An experienced family with children 12+ in age and a feline friend to guide her into the wonders of her first home will settle her into her new life. Start with gentle ear rubs and see where her gratitude takes you!

Katy Purry (Adoption #NCR707) isn’t exactly a firework and she’s not going to roar to get your attention. The truth is she’s come a long way to be discovered by you—all the way from North Carolina. Someone as lovely as she shouldn’t be waiting very long to be swept off her paws and carried home. This 3-year-old southern beauty would enjoy a quiet, cat-experienced home with children 12+ in age where she can have all the freedom she’s been missing lately.  As the only pet, she promises to fill up your home with all the love and affection stored in her heart that she’s waiting to share.  Please give superstar Katy Purry the ride home she deserves.

**Double Adoption**Rio (Adoption #NCR5873) and Dublin (Adoption #NCR5883) took a long trip to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center from their shelter in North Carolina in hopes of landing a family of their own to share forever. Rio had his doubts at first, but he’s warming up to the cag- free life and steady flow of treats and ear rubs. His best friend Dublin is still unsure about his human friends but derives a lot of comfort in seeing his brother’s confidence grow. We’ve no doubt a quiet, cat-experienced home with patient children 12+ in age will give Rio and Dublin all the time and space they need to grow into being members of a family.

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society

Belle

Little Miss Belle needs a home.  She’s approximately 1 yrs old and weighs roughly 10lbs.  We think she may have been hit by car as she has a wobbly walk, but she gets around just fine.  She is spayed, UTD and otherwise very healthy.  She must have been loved at one time because she’s very sweet and loves belly rubs.

If you’re interested in giving Miss Belle the forever home she needs and deserves, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. You can also visit their website at http://www.paws-li.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Bandit

Sweet Bandit has a sad story to share. He was left at the Babylon Animal Shelter by the only family he’s ever known. This 3-year-old fella is described as a sweet and loving guy who loves to run and play fetch more than anything in the whole world! He is housetrained, knows a ton of commands and just can’t wait to find a home of his own. It takes Bandit time to get comfortable with new people so he would do best in a quiet, low traffic home with older kids and no other pets. Please take the time to meet Bandit. All he needs is a new “leash” on life.

If you are interested in adopting this sweet soul, please contact the shelter’s placement teamat (516)785-5220 or email Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org.

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

Gift A Loving Pet Their Forever Home This Holiday

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Rocky

The holiday countdown has officially begun and bringing home a new pet this time of year is always a popular choice for many animal lovers. Please remember that adoption is a lifetime commitment, and the best gift you can give any one of these cats or dogs is a new forever home of their own.

Available through private adoption.

Missy

**Senior Alert** A good Samaritan found herself with a neighbor’s cat when the owner recently passed away. Missy is described as a very sweet kitty, around 12-13 years old that is ready to begin the next chapter in her life. If you or someone you know can make your home Missy’s new forever home, please contact Debbie Lee-Leone at 516 749-1074 for more information.

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America

Wolfie

When Wolfie (Adoption #MA4404) greets you, she bounces across the room with such robust enthusiasm you’ll forget that she survived a recent fall from a high-rise window. This 1-year old daredevil lives her life to the fullest. From enjoying window views from the highest perch in her room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, to climbing down those shelves to meet you at the door, Wolfie’s determination to explore new spaces and friendships makes her a delightful choice for any home setting. Be prepared to be inspired by her gleeful energy. Once you tuck Wolfie into your heart, you’ll never look at life the same again!

Mali

Marvelous momma Mali (Adoption #WV0531) is ready to squish herself right into the empty spaces of your heart and quiet all the questions you ever had about adding a cat to your home. Relieved of her maternal duties, this robust 4-year old southern rescue is setting her sights on a future that includes a family to adore her and a home to explore. Mali could use some help losing the added weight she’s collected along her life’s journey, but she’s so attentive to visitors, we have a feeling she’ll exercise the lbs. right off with some voracious head bumps! Want to be the someone Mali’s been hoping for?

Jigsaw and Crossword

*Double Adoption* 6-month olds Jigsaw (Adoption #H210896) and Crossword (Adoption #H210897) were puzzled when they first arrived in our care after fending for themselves on the local streets. Now settled into the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, they’re working out a solution to their problem by people-watching and learning to trust. Crossword is already showing just how much ear rubs are appreciated while Jigsaw watches his buddy with avid interest. Together these two sleuths will solve their greatest puzzle: finding their way home—with you!

Corazon

Hola, Corazon (Adoption #PR00004)! This 1-year old’s heart is set on being the only pet in your home. That way, you can focus all of your attention on him! After traveling all the way from Puerto Rico, he’s earned himself a home that will spoil him rotten (which he makes so very easy to do.) You’ll be rubbing his enormous ears while he enthusiastically thanks you for being his hero. If your quiet home has children 8 years and older ready to follow this bubbly friend’s lead, Corazon will be the piece missing from your heart!

Magic

Magic (Adoption #H209189) knows what it’s like to have once been someone’s pet, so he’s not hesitating a moment on finding his way into a home again. This enchanting 4-year-old boy is giving everything he’s got to bowl you over and plant himself into your heart—as if that very boopable pink nose isn’t enough to make you want to grab hold of him and carry him home. If you’re looking to add a spark of enchantment to your household, Magic is the cat to cast a spell on your heart!

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

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Rocky

**Senior Alert** Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, Rocky. This 12-14- year old sweetheart and his two siblings have recently lost their home when their dad sadly passed away. This sweet old fella deserves the chance to live out his days in a warm home with a loving family.  Rocky has significant arthritis and hearing loss. While Rocky does get along with his siblings, he should be the only pet in the house (if adopted without them). He adores being the object of attention and being around people. Everyone would love to see Rocky adopted or in a permanent foster home in time for the holidays. If you can help save Rocky, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Calvin

**Special Request** Look into Calvin’s eyes — does your heart just break for him? You can just tell how sad and confused he must be. This sweet, 2-year old boy came to the shelter as a stray in November 2020, after being found by the police. He is a nervous dog, seemingly not knowing what to do with toys or attention. If staff had to guess, he probably spent most of his time alone, perhaps outside, and under-socialized with people. Calvin is friendly with other dogs and enjoys meeting them, although he probably doesn’t know how to play yet. Sadly, Calvin was adopted and after one day, not nearly enough time to adjust to his new environment with new people, he ended up being stabbed by the male of the home. It’s unfathomable as to what he did to warrant this, as there was no bite recorded. This truly baffles and saddens everyone, but thankfully he is recovered and is ready for his actually true, forever, loving home. If you are interested in adopting this sweet soul, please contact the shelter’s placement team at (516)785-5220 or email Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org.

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

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Give These Adoptable Pets A Reason to Be Thankful

Let’s give these adorable adoptables something to be thankful for…head down to your local shelter or rescue and save a life today!

The Nassau County SPCA would like to remind everyone that while it can be tempting to give your pets a taste of your Thanksgiving meal, common festive dishes are full of ingredients that are toxic to dogs and cats or can cause digestive upset.  Reminders:

  • Dogs can gulp down bones without chewing and choke; bones can splinter and puncture the digestive tract. 
  • Other ingredients to avoid; garlic, onions, leaks, chives, unbaked dough containing yeast and desserts.
  • Be sure the trash is out of reach.
  • It can get a bit hectic as guests arrive and a full house can overstimulate and stress your pets. Be mindful of open doors and make sure your pets are wearing collars and updated tags.
  • Set rules for kid visitors on how to play and interact with your pet.
  • Be sure your pet has a safe and quiet place to retire to. 

And please remember, to report animal abuse call 516-THE-SPCA and visit www.nassaucountyspca.org for more information. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter 

Suzie

**Senior Alert** Suzie is a 12-14-year old female Border Collie who sadly lost her dad recently and is now looking to live out her golden years showered with love.  Suzie does have significant arthritis and chronic skin disease but that doesn’t stop her from being an amazing companion.   She has a young and playful spirit, even if her body isn’t always up to it.  She loves to be pet, being outside exploring and food!!  She can live with another calm dog and children 12+.  

In honor of November being Adopt-A-Senior Pet month, we’d like to remind everyone that seniors are often already trained and definitely more calm than younger pooches. Suzie is available for adoption or forever foster in a home that can manage her medication. If you can help save Suzie, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption through Last Hope Animal Rescue

Timothy

Meet Timothy, Last Hope’s little social butterfly.  This handsome tuxedo loves nothing more than to fly out of his cage & gently land on your shoulder so he can make his feline heart flutter to show you how much he loves you.  Timothy was rescued in Medford 3 months ago…all by himself – no Mom or littermates…and he was already quite friendly.  Now just 7-months old, Timothy is looking for a forever shoulder to perch on. If that shoulder is yours, please complete and submit a cat adoption application found on the Last Hope website https://lasthopeanimalrescue.org/

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America

Kandila

Now that Kandila (Adoption #H210823) is safely settled in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center awaiting her big day, she is lighting up the place with gratitude! This delightful dilute one-year-old female tortie is warming up to the idea that being part of a family is a fabulous way to spend her days. Invite her home and watch how eager she is to let you know she’s proud to be part of your family!

Namibia

Namibia (Adoption #E3713) sure is lucky to find herself transported to our Port Washington Adoption Center where NSALA’s vets discovered she would need surgery to remove her enlarged kidney. Now fully recovered, and with a plan for success, Namibia is sparkling like a diamond with her new lease on life. This sleek three-year-old beauty has returned to good health and has an abundance of gratitude to share with her next hero—a family of her own. Her ideal one is with children 6+ in age who will help her feel welcomed but not overwhelmed to a life as a cherished family member.

Ross and Rachael

Ross (Adoption #BF3573) and Rachael (Adoption #BF3574) aren’t taking a break from each other! This bonded set of 5-month-old tabbies leans on each other as they figure out a safer alternative to life on the local streets. While Rachael purrs in gratitude for the comfy bed she’s snuggling into in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, Ross is watching her to gain more confidence. If you have a quiet home, you have what these friends need to spend forever together with you! Photo by Roe Johnson

Domino

If you’re looking for a soulmate who earnestly wants to thank you for high bright new future every chance he gets, Domino (Adoption #NCR5709) is the cat for you! This grateful male four-month-old tuxedo left his overcrowded municipal shelter in North Carolina with the promise of a safe life as a devoted family member. He’s an ideal choice for first time cat adopters or families with children looking to pamper a very worthy new friend. You’ll find Domino right behind you, following you all the way home!

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz (Adoption #NCR5710) is a young starlet rescued from an overcrowded municipal shelter in North Carolina and looking for her a permanent role in your family.  She may seem a bit shy upon greeting her, but that just makes her all the more charming when she bows for an ear rub. Couldn’t you just see yourself featuring this sweet four-month-old in the peace and quiet of your heart and home? 

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Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes (Adoption #R166977) is all that! This precocious young lady is thrilled for the opportunity to find her family now that she’s safely greeting friends in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Staff and volunteers describe this four-year-old as a real playful boredom-buster! If you’d enjoy someone who’ll plant herself in the middle of everything just to be part of your world, Amanda Bynes is the feline friend you’ve been waiting for!

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Zena

It’s so hard to follow Zena’s back story, but it seems as though her owner was evicted and left her behind, tied up to a tree with no food or water. Everyone is just so heartbroken for this sweet girl, but there are high hopes that this lady’s life is about to turn itself around. Zena is friendly with people and is being recommended for a home with kids 15 and up. This 5-year old baby is very petite, weighing in at 52 itty bitty pounds. She is house trained and knows “sit”, “down” and “touch”. Zena is looking for an active household as she is energetic and loves to play. Zena is recommended to go as a solo pet. If you are interested in our girl, please contact our placement team at (516)785-5220, Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv

Waldo and Kerri

**Double Adoption** This dynamic duo is known as Waldo and Kerri.  Waldo is a 5-year old fella (FIV+ but remember, that’s only spread from the mom in utero or from a deep bite, so living amongst non-FIV+ cats is completely acceptable).  Kerri is approximately 10-years old.  This bonded pair was trapped, vetted and tested by Pets4Luv and are both ready to find their forever homes.  They are a little on the shy side when they first meet people, but they love to be pet and love each other!!!! 

For more information about adopting Waldo and Kerri, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org today. 

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society

Audrey and Black Panther

Audrey and Black Panther were abandoned ferals rescued from a dangerous location.  Tiny 4-month old Audrey is always ready to eat and Black Panther likes to act as the protector of all kittens.  Both are understandably skittish but with time, will become wonderful additions to any household.  

Maximus is a stunningly handsome 3-month old kitten with his all black paws and sweet demeanor.  He is very affectionate, loves to cuddle has the cutest little baby purr.  He gets along well with other cats and children.   Maximus had been part of a feral colony. He suffered some kind of impact trauma; maybe have been hit by a car.  He was hospitalized, treated and is well on the mend. He holds his head at a tilt but is capable of turning it regularly. He runs with a bit of an impaired gait but is capable of using all four limbs independently. He loves to play with toys and is learning how to wrestle with his foster brother.

For more information about adopting Audrey, Black Panther or Maximus, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. You can also visit their website at http://www.paws-li.org

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

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Pets and Pet Lovers Will Adore These Holiday Gifts

Randi Schneweiss makes custom ornaments for pets.

It’s been a ruff year, and with the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to set your sights on that purrfect gift for your furry companion. Here are some great gift ideas to help make your pets’ howliday season furry and bright. 

Here’s a gift idea that’s great not only for your pet, but also for the environment. Dogs play a key role in the food system; an estimated 80 percent of water usage goes to agriculture, livestock, and manure management, which are the leading causes of methane gas emissions. Concurrently, chicken, and beef are often the cause of allergies for dogs. To address these issues, women-owned business Chippin uses alternative protein — cricket, semolina — to support gut health and ships their treats in post-consumer recycled packaging material to help reduce our carbon pawprint. Both sustainable and delicious, this is a win-win for any lucky pooch. Products, gift options, and gift cards are available online at chippinpet.com

Any pooch would be lucky to receive a gift that is both adorable and delicious. Based in Wantagh, The Barking Biscuit is a small family-owned business offering homemade dog treats with a cause. Every month a portion of sales is donated to a new local animal rescue. With flavors including Pumpkin Bark, Peanut Butter Bark, Iced Pumpkin Bark, and Fresh Bark, these treats are sure to please even the finickiest of pets! thebarkingbiscuitllc.com

If you’re looking to please a pet owner, Randi Schneweiss has just the gift in mind. A former medical illustrator, she turned her talents to painting pet portraits about 10 years ago and later began selling customized pet ornaments. These specialized ornaments make a wonderful personalized gift for any animal lover. Ornaments begin at $45 and can be found at etsy.com/shop/pinkwisteriadesigns

Other hot trends this holiday season include puzzle and snuffle mats to encourage brain health and foraging skills and calming donut beds which promote better sleep by providing head and neck support and an increased sense of security. You can never go wrong with a treat-dispensing toy to keep your little one occupied and satisfied. All can be found online or at your local pet store. 

Interested in playing Santa for a homeless animal? Contact your local animal shelter or rescue organization to see what items they may need to make this holiday season a little brighter for their residents. While many have postponed accepting household items, most have Amazon wish lists or websites for donations.

These Senior Pets for Adoption Will Be Grateful for a New Home

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Betty

In observance of “National Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month,” we’d like to remind potential adopters of the benefits of adopting older pets; they are likely already trained, calmer, require less supervision than their younger counterparts and always seem to show a tremendous amount of gratitude towards their later-in-life adopters. So don’t wait, call your local rescue or shelter to inquire about your new best friend today!

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society

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Lady

**Senior Alert** Lady was saved from the euthanasia list at a high kill shelter down south with almost no time to spare.  This sweet, laid back girl is dog friendly, people social and loves going for walks.  She is an 8/9-year old hound mix and would love to make your home her forever home today.

For more information about adopting Lady, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. You can also visit their website at paws-li.org.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

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Betty

**Senior Alert** Betty is an approximately 9-year-old Pittie Mix, found wandering around a local train station and brought to the Animal Shelter by a good samaritan. This sweet girl is the ideal therapy dog! Her eyes say it all, she oozes love and adoration for every new person she meets. From the first introduction, she is instantly attached. Betty Boop is very laid-back, great on a leash and a stage five clinger on the couch. Betty Boop would do well in a home without children, and she deserves to be the only pet in the family. This lovely lady needs a home that is experienced with her breed and can provide her with a little bit of extra care and attention to help manage her arthritis issues.

If you are interested in adopting Betty, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption through Last Hope Animal Rescue

Sandy

If you lack tortitude in your life, Sandy is your gal! This 6-month old tortie with a gorgeous fur pattern of earth tones and peridot eyes is looking for a loving home. Sandy is one of four tortoiseshell kittens rescued from an industrial site in New Cassel.  Sandy is a beautiful, sweet girl that will truly make a loving pet for any household. To meet Sandy at Last Hope in Wantagh, please complete and submit a cat adoption application found on the Last Hope website: lasthopeanimalrescue.org.

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America

Bubolina

Now that Bubolina (Adoption #BF3538) has completed her mama cat duties in our nursery, she’s ready to celebrate her newfound freedom in the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. You’ll find this 1-year-old local rescue rolling around, just relishing being a kitten once again. Bubolina will fit seamlessly into any home setting and lucky the humans who get to watch her embrace life as the pet she deserves to be!

Lila

Lila (Adoption #BF3565) doesn’t know it yet, but she’s one very lucky little girl! This shy 6- month-old tabby was found outside by a good samaritan who brought her to North Shore Animal League America for a better life. Already settled in with feline friends, Lila can be found admiring birds from her window. She’ll need some understanding, cat-experienced humans to help her settle into her first real home. NSALA believes the ideal home for Lila will one with children 16+ in age who can gain the trust of our timid yet delightful friend. A confident cat in your home would be the perfect guide to show Lila that being in a loving home is exactly where she is meant to be!

Kinshasa

When local discovery Kinshasa (Adoption #H210918) was provided a quiet space to settle into, she dove straight into a comfy bed. This beautiful 1-year-old lady may feel a bit overwhelmed by the recent changes in her life, but we’re giving her all the time she needs to settle in and learn about a better life indoors with humans to adore her. If you have a quiet home to help nurture her spirit, she’ll reward you with gratitude she’s reserving for her special hero.

Cherish

If 2-year old-Cherish (Adoption #WV0634) seems too pooped to entertain guests, please remember she’s just reentering the world after dedicating herself to her kittens for several months. Mama cats need homes too! This beautiful belle from West Virginia can put a tumultuous past behind her. NSALA is letting her dream about being a pampered pet in a loving home, and they’re hoping those dreams come true very soon. Interested in spoiling someone special? Start today by adopting Cherish.

Stefano

Please forgive 6-month-old Stefano (Adoption #(PR00009) if he’s not giving you the attention you deserve. He’s just so excited to land in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center after his long journey from Puerto Rico that he can’t seem to focus on one thing for long. NSALA finds his enchantment by his new situation truly heartwarming, and we can’t wait to hear how much he’ll enjoy learning about your family. Stefano is going to settle into his new life as a cherished family member very quickly, and you’re going to love watching him thank you for all the new and exciting places to discover with you in your home!

Sophia

One-year-old Sophia (Adoption #E3849) is not getting out of bed. She’s had a lot of changes in her life recently so she just wants to chill and no one blames her. This laid back lady isn’t indifferent to your overtures of affection; she just wants to bask in the joy of being cage-free after evacuating her shelter in Louisiana as Hurricane Beta approached. Now relishing the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, she’s declared herself quite content, loudly purring for pets from visitors. Sophia doesn’t realize how much better life gets once she has a human to call her own. Would you like to show her the good life in your home?

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv

Mocha

Gorgeous, and we mean Gorgeous Mocha is in search of a forever home of her own. Currently in temporary foster care, this 6-year-old gal is described as very friendly and wildly affectionate!  She is FIV+ (important note: FIV is transmitted via mom in utero or by a severally deep bite meaning Mocha or any other FIV+ feline can happily co-exist among non FIV+ cats and all humans). We bring this PSA to your attention so you don’t let this special lady pass you by for the wrong reasons.

For more information about adopting Mocha, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org today.

 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Blue

Meet Blue. This 4-year-old gentleman is a rather quiet fella who happens to be house and crate trained, loves walks and even walks nicely on a leash. Blue also knows a ton of commands like sit, down, come and paw.  Blue takes some time to get comfortable with new people and would do best in a 1 or 2 adult person home with possibly 1 dog just about his size.

Please take the time to meet Blue. He is a sweet dog who very much deserves a loving home to call his own. For more information, please contact the shelters placement team at 516-785-5220, Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org.

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

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Why Pet Rats Are Rising in Popularity

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Rats make great pets. (Getty Images)

Picture the perfect pet that checks off all the boxes: Smart, trainable, highly social, affectionate, clean, hypoallergenic. What if it has all these traits but doesn’t purr or bark, because the perfect pet is actually a rat?

While rat ownership has been popular overseas for years, domestic ownership is only recently seeing an uptick. This may be due in part to animal lovers seeking out pets for allergy sufferers. But while American culture traditionally views rats as subway vermin, food at the bottom of the chain, or best suited for laboratory testing, as people become more educated about rats, their popularity is on the rise.  

“We’ve always had pets, but after [my daughter] watched a National Geographic special about mistreatment of rats despite their high intelligence and petlike qualities, she began her research and asked for a rat for her birthday,” said Long Islander Susan Gregori, who recently opened her heart and home to pet rats with her daughters Emily and Sarah.  

Sarah’s research yielded some interesting results. Turns out, rats are very social animals and, much like cats and dogs, thrive on daily bonding with their owners. Studies show training a rat is quite achievable, with millions of YouTube videos and Instagram posts showcasing a variety of successful behavioral training and tricks learned by rats across the world.  

Like all pets, rats require basic care, plus a few extras. The bigger the cage the better, as they require a great amount of ventilation. Rats love tubes and tunnels and sleep best on rat hammocks and can even be litterbox trained. 

Worried about the smell? Studies show that rats who are given enough space and time to roam free actually have a naturally sweet smell. It’s the cage that gets stinky so be sure to clean the cage and litter at least every other day. Once trained, they can roam around the house just like a cat or dog using their cage only for sleeping. 

“If you’re interested in becoming a rat owner, do your homework,” says Gregori. “Take caution when purchasing from pet stores because the lineage of the rat is often unknown, and rat temperaments vary.  While rats are extremely intelligent and often sweet in nature, a bite from one is not pleasant. Your best bet is to find a reputable rescue or breeder that understands your needs and can pair you with a compatible pet.”

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Reduce Stress By Adopting a Pet on Long Island

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Rocko and Dexter

Scientific studies have shown that the act of petting an animal reduces stress and can even lower high blood pressure. We’re thinking everyone could use a little stress relief these days, so head down to your local shelter or rescue and bring home some therapy today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Calvin

Looking into Calvin’s eyes, does your heart just break for him? You can just tell how sad and confused and lost he must be. This sweet, 2-year old boy came to the shelter as a stray after being found by the police. He is a nervous dog, seemingly not knowing what to do with toys, or attention. If staff and volunteers had to guess, he probably spent most of his time alone, perhaps outside, and under-socialized with people. Calvin is friendly with other dogs and enjoys meeting them, although he probably doesn’t know how to play yet. Everyone wants to see this sweetie in a loving, warm, safe forever home, and soon! If you are interested in learning more, please contact the shelters  placement team at (516)785-5220, Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter 

Chloe

Chloe is a gorgeous 4- year-old Domestic Shorthair. Chloe suffers from a seizure disorder which is easily managed by two separate medications daily and bi-annual blood work. She was adopted from the Animal Shelter as a kitten and was then surrendered to the Animal Shelter because her family could not manage this disorder. She is gentle and calm and has previously lived with other cats, small children, and a small dog, making her a good fit for just about any home. Chloe is an absolute mush, she loves to be pet and to be brushed. Chloe is patiently waiting for her happily ever after in a caring home and loving family.  If you are interested in adopting Chloe, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two!

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America

Elijah and Joshua

*Double Adoption* No matter what Elijah (Adoption #L80705) and Joshua (Adoption #L80706) survived outside on the local streets, they faced it together, and together is how they will share their lives. As content as these bonded 5-month-old brothers are to experience the wonders of their sunlit room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, they’re even more in love with the idea of checking out their first real home. Keep those treats and ear rubs coming because Elijah and Joshua are ready to be family members today!

Calypso

You’re going to think tiny Calypso (Adoption #E3737) is a kitten, but this lovely hurricane survivor is actually a 2-year-old who recently completed mama cat duties in our nursery. Her dedication to her babies will be rewarded as NSALA helps her find what is probably her first safe home. Can you picture yourself cradling her and reassuring her that she’ll always be your baby?

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Rocko and Dexter

*Double Adoption* Rocko (Adoption #H209753) and Dexter (Adoption #H209754) are a dynamic duo looking out for each other as we look out for them. When their beloved owner became ill, these bonded 1-year-old brothers needed NSALA’s help. Rocko is a quiet observer who enjoys treats and ear rubs, while Dexter is a little more interested in adventure as long as it leads him back for a chin scratch. We find them irresistible and look forward to seeing them in a home again soon. If you’d like to offer your lap, they’ll repay you with ample purrs of gratitude for their second chance at being a cherished member of a family.

Sadie

Sensational Sadie (Adoption #BF3144) is ready be part of your family! This slightly shy 6-month-old kitten doesn’t need a lot of encouragement to join in on the fun, and feline friends are a wonderful boost to her confidence. She’s a purrfect choice for families with older children looking for a pleasant playmate for their pets. Sadie’s rough beginnings on the local streets is behind her now; she’ll be delighted to look ahead at life as a cherished member of the family. If Sadie sounds like the missing piece of your heart, please ask about meeting her today!

Shere Khan and Bhageera

*Double Adoption* At North Shore Animal League America, we’re all big fans of the senior experience. The only thing better than one senior is a bonded pair! When 12-year-old Shere Khan (Adoption #BF3566) and 9-year-old Bhageera (Adoption #BF3567) lost their home, they stuck together to help each other through their crisis. Bhageera is already braving it and showing her brother that it’s worth snuggling with their new friends. She’s an established lap warmer who wastes no time proving our point about the wonders of senior adoption. Although Shere Khan is more tentative than his sister, he can’t help but drop his guard for the chance at some ear rubs and treats. Other than being FIV+, the duo have a clean bill of health and are ready for the next step. Love is the bare necessity missing in Shere Khan and Bhageera’s lives. Open your heart to some senior love and start a new chapter in their story.

Kenya

Are you looking for someone new to discover? You don’t need to go on a faraway safari to meet your new best friend.  7-month-old Kenya (Adoption #WV0628) may be the sweet addition you long for! Shy at first, this adorable explorer can’t help but join in with her playgroup. Kenya’s manners are impeccable, making her a lovely choice for homes with other cats who would love a respectful kitten to take under their wing. Someone with children 10+ and a little cat experience who can help her have a successful transition to her first real home will be all she needs to discover happiness in your nurturing hands. NSALA is hoping your home is Kenya’s final destination!

Reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org for more about adopting any one of NSALA’s adorable adoptables!

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

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