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

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

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

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

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Squeaky

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

Kattie

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

Tee. Photo by Ted Lim.

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

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

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Jade

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Wendy

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

Winky

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

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

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

Pikachu

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

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

11 Cats and Dogs That Will Make Your Home Complete

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

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

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

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

Available for adoption at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

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

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

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Cori

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

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

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

Tetrazzini

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

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

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

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

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

Available for adoption through private foster:

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

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Bubblegum

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

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Lady and Hailey

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

Available for adoption at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Bunker

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

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

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

Guardians of Rescue Takes On Tough Animal Abuse Cases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv: 

Meehan

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

Logan

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

Shera

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

Misty

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

Abby

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

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

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Whisky

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

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Austin

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

Orangey

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

Vanna and Pat

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

Kazam

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

Siciliana and Melazana

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

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

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Sweetie

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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

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

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

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Bentley

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

Chipper

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

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

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

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

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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

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

Daisy

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

Rufus

If you can open your heart and home to any of the four kittens, Daisy or Rufus, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616.

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Marble

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

Available for adoption through Private Foster:

Cali

It would be impossible to find a cuter bunch that Momma Cali and her three kittens, Murphy, Wallace, and Iggy. At 2 years old, Cali takes wonderful care of her kittens, cuddling with them and showing as much love as any mom can. She is such a chill and easy-going lady. All three kittens are super sweet, and like most kittens their age, when they aren’t snuggling with mommy, they love to play, run, climb and jump with their foster siblings. If you are interested in making your home their forever home, please email their foster, Jill at jillybean511@aol.com.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Peaches

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

Cricket

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

Princess

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

For more information about adopting Peaches, Coco, Cricket or Princess, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Pauline

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

Pandora

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Decker

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

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

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

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

Available for adoption through Private Foster:

Cali

It would be impossible to find a cuter bunch that Momma Cali and her three kittens, Murphy, Wallace, and Iggy. At two years old, Cali takes wonderful care of her kittens, cuddling with them and showing as much love as any mom can. She is such a chill and easy-going lady. All three kittens are super sweet, and like most kittens their age, when they aren’t snuggling with mommy, they love to play, run, climb and jump with their foster siblings. If you are interested in making your home their forever home, please email their foster, Jill at jillybean511@aol.com.

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Peppa

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

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Onyx

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

Spiro

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

Tesla

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

Sid

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

For more information about adopting Onyx, Spiro, Tesla, and Sid, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Roxie

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

Jacob

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

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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Penelope

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

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

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

If you can open your heart and home to Penelope, Sasha, Cheyenne or Raven, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. 

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

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

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

Available through foster care:

Francine

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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Midnight

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

Nubby

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

Limpy

If you can open your heart and home to Midnight, Nubia or Olympia, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. 

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Sammy

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

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Virtue Photo by Ted Lim.

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

Chantel. Photo by Ted Lim.

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

Romilda. Photo by Ted Lim

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

Shelby

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

For more information about adopting Virtue, Chantel, Romilda and Shelby, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption through Destiny Hope Cat Rescue:

Cali

It would be impossible to find a cuter bunch that mama Cali and her three kittens, Murphy, Wallace, and Iggy. At 2 years old, Cali takes wonderful care of her kittens, cuddling with them and showing as much love as any mom can. She is such a chill and easy-going lady. All three kittens are super sweet, and like most kittens their age, when they aren’t snuggling with mommy, they love to play, run, climb, and jump with their foster siblings. All four cuties are currently in foster care. If you are interested in making your home their forever home, please email oneg1396@aol.com.

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Courage

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

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

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

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scarily Cute Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

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

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Liam

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

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Jericho and Bambi

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

Riggins

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

For more information about adopting Jericho and Riggins, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Buster

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

Sandy

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

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

Stark

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Queenie

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

Buttercup

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

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

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Willow

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

Penelope

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

If you can open your heart and home to Willow or Penelope, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. 

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