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12 Cats, Dogs in Long Island Animal Shelters Hoping For A Lifeline

What’s the number one reason to adopt a pet? If you answered because it saves lives, you are correct!

When you adopt, you not only save the life of your new best friend, but you help open up shelter space for another animal in need.  

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

**Senior Alert** Tiny Debra is guaranteed to fill your heart with love. This pretty Chihuahua came to Last Hope over the weekend as an unclaimed stray from Town of Oyster Bay Shelter.  She seems to be an older gal, about 10, who has had multiple litters. Supposedly a good Samaritan found Debra late one July night wandering the streets alone. She was taken to an Animal Emergency Hospital to be held overnight and transferred to Oyster Bay Shelter in the morning. No one claimed her. Debra warms up to new people quickly and definitely loves her treats. She needs a home without young kids. Sweet Debra needs someone who will consider her a cherished Chihuahua rather than a discarded puppy maker. To meet Debra by appointment at Last Hope in Wantagh, please complete & submit a dog adoption application found on the Last Hope website at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Ash

Ash is a gorgeous lady who loves to tell humans how she feels. Ash is very sweet, very friendly and rather vocal with people she likes. Ash loves being pet and does well with other cats!

Prince

Prince is a very handsome young man who enjoys being pet and meows very loudly for his wet food in the morning! He gets along well with all the other cats in the rescue’s cattery.

If you can open your heart and home to Ash or Prince (or both!) contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

**Senior Alert** Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pets of the Week, a trio of senior siblings who are looking for a new home; Cali, Rocky, and Suzie. All three pups, each 12 years old, came to the Shelter after their owner sadly passed away. The shelter is looking for someone with a giant heart to Furrever Foster these wonderful dogs together. Cali is a Female Cattle Dog Mix, Rocky, a Male Shepherd Mix, and Suzie is a Female Border Collie Mix. The three siblings each have arthritis, and Suzie has some skin problems, but they do not let these issues stand in their way of playing and having fun with each other. These adorable loves are all very affectionate and would do well in homes with other pets. 

If you are interested in meeting Cali, Rocky, and Suzie, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting which includes a Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. Call 631-360-7575 for details. 

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, TOS Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access, including our loyal volunteers. If you have no other pets or young children at home and are looking for a way to serve your community in this time of crisis, please consider signing up to be a foster. Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, and dogs in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for extended periods of time.  Download the Foster Application at smithtownny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4325/Foster-Application

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

NSALA would like to remind everyone that all adoptions are done via appointment only to follow safety protocols and maintain social distancing, and during the month of August, all feline adoption fees are 50 percent off.

Sturgeon and Mackerel

**Double Adoption** A good Samaritan discovered local catches Mackerel (Adoption #H210196) and Sturgeon (Adoption #H210193) this winter and knew North Shore Animal League America would find them the purrfect home. With help of dedicated staff and a devoted foster family, these 1-year-old brothers began to shed their timid ways and show off their bright personalities. While shy Sturgeon has slowly come to appreciate a good head rub, marvelous Mackerel has more than enough confidence for the both of them!  Now that these bonded young brothers have successfully graduated from the Foster program, they’re ready for a permanent place to call home. A quiet household with older children and patient adults is all that is needed for a successful transition into your family. You can seal the deal with some tasty treats! Sturgeon and Mackerel are looking forward to settling down for some high-spirited playtime with whoever claims this lucky catch!  

Bianca

Greetings from beautiful Bianca (Adoption #BF2519). This proud 2-year-old mama cat was recently rescued from life on the streets and given a safe place to care for her kittens.  Now that the hard work is behind her, Bianca is ready to pour all of her nurturing energy into a relationship with you. Offer her your lap to settle into and she’ll chat with you about her day. As much as she likes to talk to you, she’s a great listener too! Because Bianca has already overcome so much, she’s looking for a smooth transition into her new home, one with children 16 and older with cat-experienced adults who will continue to nurture her spirit. She’s the classy lady waiting by the door to welcome you in the Community Outreach room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  **Bianca’s two baby boys Bramble (BF2517) and Boysen (BF2518) are 14 weeks old and available as a double adoption as well…  and nothing would warm staff’s hearts more than to see a triple-adoption happen where she could live forever in a home with both her babies.**  

Opie

Opie (Adoption #BF3480) thinks exploring his safe room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center is way better than fending for himself on the hot city streets.  This shy 11-month-old kitten benefits from the company of other cats so we envision a perfect home for him as one with a feline already in it who can help him learn the ropes of living as a beloved pet in his first real home. He so enjoys his new life that he can’t imagine it could get any better but little does he know the best is yet to come once you take him home with you.  

Buddy Hacket and Charlene Hold

Old-school Hollywood glamour has taken over Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  Six-year-olds Buddy Hackett (R159639) and Charlene Holt (R159640) have taken their star-studded act on the road. This bonded couple came to us via a southern rescue group and are ready for their next big break: a featured act in your living room! Buddy is a born scene-stealer while his companion Charlene is a more subtle, understated actress. When visitors enter the Billy Joel Piano Room, Buddy and Charlene seek them out asking for head rubs.  Together their love for each other is epic; they’ve got lots more story to tell.

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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Oyster Bay Animal Shelter Policy Change Sparks Outcry

The euthanisia of Precious has caused a stir.

The Town of Oyster Bay recently updated its policy on why dogs in the town’s animal shelter may be euthanized, prompting a pit bull the town had termed “sweet” to be put down.

Local animal advocates held a candlelight vigil after the dog named Precious was euthanized in June. But town officials deny they did anything improper.

“I spent quality time with her in March off-leash in their play yard,” says Lori Prisand, a shelter volunteer. “The shelter’s description of her was spot on. She was a wonderfully sweet and extremely smart dog who did not deserve to be euthanized.”  

So what changed from Precious being advertised for adoption as “a ridiculously sweet dog who loves to snuggle” to an unadoptable dog slated for euthanasia?

The town drafted a new animal adoption policy in March. Precious was then evaluated based on the criteria within the proposed policy. The town’s Animal Control & Adoption Center new policy prohibits adopting out dogs with a damaging bite history, no warning signs before they attempt to bite, a history of severely injuring or killing another dog, aggressive behavior toward their animal handler, stalking children in a predatory manner, uninterruptible aggression towards other dogs, or poor bite inhibition. The town board approved the policy in June.

“I knew right away that once this policy was approved, Precious and any dog in the shelter’s custody was at high risk for euthanasia,” says Prisand.  

Precious had been in and out of the shelter system for years, beginning in 2014 when she was surrendered by her family when they lost their home. They later came back to redeem her but Precious was surrendered again last year. But town officials later said Precious attacked another dog in the shelter and was aggressive. 

Advocates sought to find a sanctuary for Precious. Rescues from across the country contacted the shelter, but many say their calls and emails were not returned. 

“Not a single legally qualified rescue organization sought to adopt Precious,” town spokesman Brian Nevin said. “If one had, we would have welcomed the opportunity.” 

Advocates say Precious required training, arguing that putting dogs in positive settings where they can be physically and mentally stimulated can allow dogs to develop socially, and in turn, become adoptable.  

“With a $1.3 million budget for a shelter filled with empty kennels and no rehabilitation services, it’s time for the Town of Oyster Bay — one of the most affluent areas in the country — to use our tax dollars to do everything possible to save the animals, not kill them.” says Prisand. 

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13 Cats, Dogs That Will Make Your Home Complete

Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not save a life? All of these amazing cats and dogs are in need of a forever home so don’t wait- open your heart and home for one today.

If you can’t adopt but wish to help animals in need, head over to the Last Hope Animal Rescue Flea Market/Jewelry Sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 15 and 22 at 274 New York Ave. in Huntington, formerly space of the Huntington Thrift Store, featuring flea market items, vintage and antique items, costume and vintage jewelry, silver, and gold jewelry.  All Proceeds Benefit Last Hope Animal Rescue’s Adoption, Veterinary, TNR & Public Outreach Projects. Masks will be required to enter. Gloves will be distributed upon entering. Email joannascheps@aol.com for additional info.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Cookie

Cookie came to the Animal Shelter after her previous owner sadly passed away. She was well cared for, trained, and learned how to love unconditionally from a very young age. Unfortunately, Cookie is often overlooked by adopters because of her age, despite having half of her happy and healthy years ahead of her. She loves to run around the dog park and play with Animal Shelter staff and volunteers. With a puppy-like energy and fantastic manners, she’s a great fit for families with kids, other calm dogs, or the empty nester looking for a companion. This dog is the most perfect, most affectionate best friend a family can wish for! There is nothing that Cookie or the team at the Smithtown Animal Shelter would love more than to find her a new family to give wet and sloppy kisses to every time they walk through the door. 

If you are interested in meeting Cookie, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes a Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. Call 631-360-7575. 

COVID-19 Foster Opportunity: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, TOS Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access, including our loyal volunteers. If you have no other pets or young children at home and are looking for a way to serve your community in this time of crisis, please consider signing up to be a foster. Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, and dogs in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for extended periods of time.  Download the Foster Application at smithtownny.gov

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Burundi

Although Burundi (Adoption #D48077) can’t tell us what led him to needing our help, he’s making it clear he prefers the cage-free freedom and large windows full of sunshine in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center to the life he left behind. Staff and volunteers are committed to helping this stunning 4-year-old find his purrfect setting, one where he will be the only pet, in a quiet home with children him 10 and up in age, and patient cat-experienced adults.

Amboselli and Nakuru

**Double Adoption** Beautiful Amboselli (Adoption #BF3466) and Nakuru (Adoption #BF3467) are full of wonder as they explore the safe surroundings of their sunlit room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. These bonded 6-year-old girls are thrilled by the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe home after the peril they experienced during their young lives on the local streets. Their hero rescuers delivered them to a brighter future and the ladies are excited to explore a whole new world. Each has a bubbly personality brimming with gratitude, and makes friends with visitors quickly, especially when treats are offered. Amboselli and Nakuru can’t wait to discover every corner of their new home.

Tara

Tara (Adoption #H210783) suffered a tragic loss recently and now needs our help to find her a new home. She’s so over-the-top affectionate you’ll have a very hard time tearing yourself away from her (all part her master plan to win your heart—smart girl!) Tara has proven to be a survivor. This 3 ½-year-old kitty is FIV+ after spending time fending for herself on the local streets. You can change Tara’s world for the better by bringing her home, and she’ll change yours with impassioned head butts to show her gratitude.    

Stone

**Senior Alert** Ten-year-old Stone (Adoption #H200221) has fallen upon hard times but knows his friends at North Shore Animal League America will always have his back. It’s not hard to fall deeply in love with this loyal friend. Despite all he’s gone through, he’s eager to make new friends and find his way back into a heart and home where he’ll be cherished through his golden years. If you’re looking for someone special with whom to share an instant connection with, you won’t be able to skip this Stone!

Wanda Sykes and Chris Rock

**Double Adoption** Nothing could be cuter—or more entertaining—than adopting a young mama cat and her sidekick son! One-year-old Wanda Sykes (Adoption #WV0502) and her 10-week-old son Chris Rock (Adoption #WV0503) have all of us in stitches in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. One is cuter than the other! Wanda is so devoted to her baby that we’ve decided they get to deliver each other’s punchlines for the rest of their lives. If you’d like to fill your home with joy and laughter, this delightful duo, are ready to entertain you!

Perry

Pretty Perry (Adoption #R166974) is a little purry when it comes to introducing herself to new friends. It doesn’t take much to make this terrific 1-year-old tuxedo’s purr engine start up. After a long trip to New York from her Southern municipal shelter, Perry is ready to make a great impression on you so she can begin her brand new life as a cherished family member. Put Perry at the top of your list and you’ll be sharing your heart and home with a new best friend this weekend!  

Timber

**Senior Alert** Ten-year old Timber (Adoption #BF3259) has had a lot to get used to since he left behind the quiet home he’d known his whole life and became a part of our Animal League America Family. Fortunately for him, he’s got a wonderful place in our cage free senior room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center while he waits for his second chance.  After a thorough exam by our medical team, Timber has a plan to manage his heart condition (which is a covered when cared for through our Pet Health Centers in Port Washington.)  Timber has had experience with other pets in the home and is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a companion for your fur kids. This timid gentleman is relying on us to help him find a permanent, peaceful place to spend his golden years. Gentle petting sessions break the ice and he’ll let you know he’d like some more, please.

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

Available for adoption through Cove Animal Rescue:

Remi

Adorable 1-year-old Remi showed up at a back door asking for food and love. Since then, Remi has been at Cove Animal Rescue for about a month now. Remi loves attention and will flop and roll when spoken to. What’s not to love with those green eyes and that milk mustache?! Please contact Cove Rescue at 516-676-5913, 40 Shore Rd. Glen Cove, or check out their website at coveanimalrescue.org for additional information. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Beau

Beau has been at the shelter for way to long, but that doesn’t stop this handsome guy from smiling every day! 6-year-old Beau could really use a foster or forever family to help him with his kennel stress. Beau is a very smart boy who walks well on a leash and knows some basic commands too. The best part is that he’s very treat motivated so skies the limit on what this cutie can learn. Beau enjoys a good ear scratch almost as much as playing fetch with a tennis ball.  If you are interested in saving Beau, call the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516-785-5220, ext 4641 email foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org for more information today!  

Available for adoption at Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society, Inc.:

Snapple

**Senior Alert** Snapple is an adorable 10-year-old Golden Retriever mix who was surrendered to the shelter when his guardian could no longer care for him. Snapple is a very healthy boy overall, but a bit overweight so he needs proper diet and exercise in his new home (preferably one with a fenced yard so this fella can do some running around). Snapple is vision impaired but seems to get around just fine.  If you are interested in adopting Snapple, 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!

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Dog In Shelter Over 500 Days Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

There’s no better way to spend the dog days of summer with a new furry friend. All of these cats and dogs have their bags packed and ready to head home with you today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Beauty

Not sure why Beauty has been in a municipal shelter for more than 500 days. In that time she has shown that she is an extremely smart learner and very cuddly with people she bonds to. She loves to watch the goings-on around the shelter from a high spot or a doggy lounger. She is still skittish around loud noises or strange people/dogs getting too close, but she trusts her person holding the leash to keep her safe. Beauty is a 3-year-old gal who is affectionate with people she knows and trusts. She enjoys training, long walks and relaxing. Due to some food guarding, she would do best with people ages 17 and up. 

Please email foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org for more information on how to make Beauty your new baby today!  

Available for adoption through Cove Animal Rescue:

Romeo

Romeo! Romeo! Here is Romeo!! This 4-year-old hopeless romantic was surrendered with his sister who was already adopted. This charmer is as sweet as he is handsome and is ready to make a new life with you today! Please contact Cove Rescue at 516-676-5913, 40 Shore Rd. Glen Cove, or check out their website at coveanimalrescue.org for additional information. 

Available for adoption at Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society, Inc.:

**Senior Alert** Meet Daisy.  Sadly, this super sweet 13-year-old gal suddenly finds herself without a home. She and her senior mom were content growing old together, but now her mom can no longer care for her. Daisy is simply a doll and is even good with other dogs. She needs a new person/family to love and a home where she can live out her golden years. 

Abby

**Senior Alert** Abby is a 14-year-old shih tzu mix. Her vision is impaired, but she gets around well and her hearing is top notch. Abby walks well on a leash, does well with children over 5 and even likes other dogs. Abby has some separation anxiety due to recent major changes in her life and would do best with a person who was able to be home with her most of the time. 

Benny

Look how cute Benny is! He is a 5-to-7-year-old Cocker Spaniel/ Terrier mix weighing in at just 18 pounds and loves to snuggle and take walks on the beach. Don’t tell Benny that he only has one eye because it doesn’t stop him from getting around just fine. Benny was picked up as a stray by a local animal shelter and PAWS took him into their foster care program, which means he is more than ready to find a permanent forever home today! 

Molly

Meet little Miss Molly. This beautiful 6-year-old finds herself at PAWS because her owner passed away. Molly is currently living with a guardian angel but will soon need to be evicted. She is super sweet and will cuddle up next to you once she gets over her initial shyness. She is used to a quiet house so no young children would be best.  

Tommy

**Senior Alert** Look at this cute little face! If Tommy could talk, he would ask you to please to take pity on him and give him a loving home to call his own. Tommy is 10 years old and his mom just passed away, leaving him all alone in the house. He has no other family and he needs someplace to go. Can you help this sweet boy?

If you are interested in adopting any of these sweethearts, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Morty

**Senior Alert** Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, Morty. Morty is a 10-year-old Havanese pup. Morty unfortunately had a rough start to his life, and he’s looking for the right home to help him get back on his feet. He was found as a stray in the industrial park with severe skin infections, ear infections, and dry eye. He has a long road to get back to normal, but through it all, his spirit remains bright, and he still holds on to his sweet and loving nature. Little Morty has been neglected before and he didn’t let it break him. He needs a home that can take care of his needs, give him his medication, and shower him with the love he deserves. Morty will do well in a home with calm dogs, cats and older children. 

If you are interested in meeting Morty, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with him in a domestic setting, which includes the shelters Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. Contact the shelter for more information about adopting Morty today! 631-360-7575. 

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Sassy and China

**Bonded Seniors Alert** China and Sassy are a bonded pair that came from Brooklyn to find their forever home. They were surrendered due to owner illness. They are both 10 years young and super affectionate! They are hoping to find a loving home together to share their golden years. If that home is yours, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring these sweet kitties home today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Handsome Harry

Handsome Harry sure does live up to his name! 5-year-old Harry comes from The Mill House Restaurant in Yaphank. He had been a part of a feral colony of six cats. Harry joined this feral cat colony a few years back and was always the first to run for the food delivered nightly by Last Hope volunteers. When a recent call came in saying Harry was limping, Last Hope volunteers jumped to help him. Harry was found with a cut between his toes on one paw and was extremely affectionate and loving with is caretakers. He loves petting and makes biscuits with his feet while enjoying attention, giving him purrfect pet potential! You can find more information and an adoption application for Harry on Last Hope’s webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Liberty

Liberty (Adoption #SCR3118) is in the pursuit of her happiness. This young southern rescue is enjoying all the freedom of her cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center but of course she’s searching for a home she can call her own where she can enchant her new family with her vibrant 8-month-old kitten energy (and beg for more snacks than she needs.)  Liberty’s fun purr-sonality makes her a top choice for energetic families looking for a furry playmate who will add more zip to their lives.

Valentina and Vinnie

What Valentina (Adoption #L80542) and Vinnie (Adoption #L80543) lack in bright coloring they more than make up for in charm! This bonded set of mini house panthers was born with purrfect personalities. Valentina loves to be petted by visitors, while Vinnie is a belly-rub-loving, purring machine! Valentina and Vinnie are ideal family members for any home, especially new cat owners looking to spoil a delightful pair of easy going 5-month-old kittens. Two hearts are better than one!

Charlize

Timid stunner Charlize (Adoption #G25734) has pushed herself beyond her comfort zone to entice adopters who might give her a permanent, loving home. This velvety soft 4-year-old lady traveled all the way from Georgia, hanging on the hope her forever home is waiting for her up here. Staff finds her nestled in a comfy bed in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Because she craves peace and quiet, Charlize would do best in a household with children 12+ in age and cat-experienced adults to help ease her into your family. Charlize is quietly waiting for someone to offer her a gentle ear rub and a ride home with you to her happily ever after.

Sebastian

When 1-year-old Sebastian (Adoption #BF3441) arrived at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, he was unsure of this new life away safely away from the streets. The comfy beds and gentle purr-suasion by the BFF team has begun to chip away at his reservations. A quiet home with patient family members who will help transform Sebastian into a contented cat is our dream for this gentle gentleman.

Grenada

Three-year old Grenada (Adoption #H210754) does a cute trick where she collapses into purrs the moment you notice her.  She’s never known a home before but we’re hopeful a quiet one will give her all the loving attention she missed out on while she was caring for herself on the busy local streets. If you’d like to set her motor running, please blink twice. She’ll know you’re as ready to commit to her as she is to becoming part of your family.  

Jasmine

**Senior Alert** Jasmine (Adoption #H198710) has had a bit of bad luck lately, but she’s not going to let that bring her down. This perky 11-year-old’s chipper cattitude isn’t only infectious—it’s inspiring! Her friends at Animal League America have given her a great big welcome and hope she’ll find the quiet, loving home she deserves. If you’re looking for a super-affectionate senior to show you how grateful she is for a blissful retirement home, Jasmine is more than willing to fill that role.  

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!

Cats, Dogs At Long Island Shelters Looking For Forever Homes

Long Island animal shelters and rescues have it all, from tiny kittens to stunning German Shepherds. The one thing they all have in common: they are all ready to start the next chapter of their lives in a new forever home. 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Simply put, Nyxi is looking for someone who treasures and understands German Shepherds. Nyxi is a 7-month-old puppy saved from horrendous living conditions. Seized by Animal Control for lack of water and sustenance, covered with more than 100 blood-engorged ticks. Despite prior mistreatment Nyxi is good with older kids, just no cats. She weighs in at about 47 pounds but is still growing. In her former life she lived with people who didn’t deserve her, and will now do best with owners who grasp the German Shepherd psyche to help her fulfill her potential in a positive way.  You’ll find more information and an adoption application for Nyxi on Last Hope’s webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Trebek

We’ve had a lot of questions for 6-year-old Trebek (Adoption #H207860) that only he can answer, and lately he’s begun to offer some clues as to how we can ensure his happiness. Given him plenty of time he needed to relearn trusting humans, he’s experiencing a refreshing change in his spirit lately. Introductions to new friends in a quiet space have highlighted a more playful side to this typically shy fellow. It’s warmed everyone’s hearts to see him join in on some fun and games with his feline friends. While strangers still make Trebek feel in “Jeopardy,” a quiet, cat-experienced home with children 16 and older in age will help him become a champion. A confident cat in the home eager to tutor him about his new life will help as he seeks his new beginning.

Kali

NSALA’s friends from the Animal Care Center alerted them to a young trauma victim who survived a fall from a 6th floor window in Brooklyn. Kali (Adoption #MA4372) would need surgery immediately to address the leg injury she sustained. The heroes scooped her up and addressed her medical needs immediately. Thanks to generous donations from our Help Me Heal campaign, Kali’s injury is a thing of the past, and now we’re planning her future. Kali will benefit from more physical activity, but for now we are happy to see her settling into Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. No one can blame this tender, 3-year-old tuxie for feeling a little shy about the rapid changes she’s experienced recently, but her blinking eyes tell us she knows the 8 lives she has left are going to be awesome because she will be safe and loved inside with her family.

Scooter

When Scooter’s (Adoption #BF3283) rescuer discovered him in distress on the local streets, she delivered him to the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center assuring him a better future. Scooter’s pawsitive cattitude has everyone inspired by his can-do spirit. His hind limb paralysis isn’t standing in his way of making sure he crawls straight into your heart. To make his dream of a real home come true, Scooter has been welcomed into NSALA’s Sponsor Program where his medical needs will be covered through our Pet Health Center. His new family will share our vision of ensuring maximum health and happiness for this sweet 3-year-old boy who wants nothing more than to be in the loving arms of his special humans. Could that be you?  

Willy

When NSALA’s friends at their North Country Initiative program reached out for our help with a striking 10-year-old gent, North Shore Animal League America’s Medical Team came to the rescue! Wonderful Willy (Adoption #NCI1649) had lost his upstate home and needed help with chronic ear infections. Together all teams have worked on a plan to relieve this treasure of all of his obstacles so he enjoy healthy, carefree years ahead. So far, Willy has been thrilling legions of fans in each shelter. Staff and volunteers can only imagine how delighted he’ll be to be back in a home with a devoted family. Don’t make Willy wait another moment to win your heart. You and Willy will make an unbeatable team!

Daisy Bates. Photo by Ted Lim.

Sweet Daisy Bates (Adoption H210069) has settled into her comfy bed while figuring out what’s next for her. This shy kitten needs a gentle human to remind her she can leave her days in the harsh outside world behind now that she’s safe inside. Next stop: a furrrever home.  You’ll find it very easy to win this 11-month-old tabby over with an ear rub and some kindness. With just a little patience, you’ll find Daisy Bates easily slipping into your heart where she’ll settle in for a lifetime.  

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

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Cooper

Cooper is a super-sweet 3-year-old fella who found his way to Almost Home from Training Wheels Outreach Program. In his former life, Cooper was living outside and when their volunteers went to feed him, they realize just how sweet and friend he is! Almost Home believes he was left behind when people moved. Cooper is a laid-back kind of guy who loves being pet and seeks human attention. He gets along great with cats and kids, so don’t wait, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this little lady home today!

Available for adoption through Cove Animal Rescue:

Maddie

If you’re looking for a kitty who is as sweet as she is unique, Cove Animal Rescue has the gal for you! Maddie is a tuxedo calico cat who are typically known for their sweet, loving and sassy demeanor. At 5 years old, Maddie is ready to start her new life with you today. Maddie is available to meet by appointment only. Please contact Cove Rescue at 516-676-5913, 40 Shore Rd. Glen Cove, or check out their website at coveanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Huck

Huck is a purebred 2-year-old German Shepherd who loves to play and to learn! Huck is extremely loyal and a highly intelligent working dog. Huck is great at learning new tricks and commands. He’s naturally attentive to his humans, and his affectionate demeanor makes him irresistible at first paw. Huck’s perfect home will have experience with German Shepherds and understands the importance of giving him the mental stimulation and exercise he needs to live a happy and active life. A home with German Shepherd experience is preferred. Be sure to contact the shelter for more information about adopting Huck today at 631-360-7575. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Meet Bella Bean. This 5-year-old Cane Corso mix is an amazing girl who is adorable, dog friend, and comes equipped with a loving personality! Did we mention she’s also a genius? This gal knows a ton of commands like sit, down, stay and come. She’s also house and crate trained so you literally can’t ask for more! Bella Bean loves playing ball and loves rolling around in the grass. She is being recommended for a home with kids 17 and up. 

And this tiny peanut really lives up to her name…Sweet Pea was rescued by the TOH Animal Shelter when their veterinarian performed life-saving umbilical hernia surgery on her at just 3 weeks old. Sweet Pea is recovering beautifully in her foster home, and will be available for adoption at 8 weeks old after she is spayed. 

Please email foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org for more information on how to make Bella Bean or Sweet Pea your new family members today!  

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

9 Cats, Dogs That Can’t Wait To Be Your Furry New BFF

Roxie

Looking for a new furry best friend? These dogs and cats are waiting to meet you at Long Island shelters today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Quill

Quill is a 5-year-old cutie pie who recently arrived at the shelter in July after his owner died. He is a sweet boy who likes to play and already knows a bunch of commands. He is dog friendly who adores people. He displayed some food guarding at the shelter, so a savvy home with older kids (15+) is ideal for him. Quill is currently at the shelter and available for foster or adoption! Please email foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org for more information about how to bring home Quill today! 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Penelope

Penelope (Adoption #BF3229) is receiving the royal treatment because this princess deserves to be pampered! Her low-key personality is a perfect complement to any feline friend in search of a new soulmate. Four-year-old Penelope survived great obstacles to find her way to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, but everything she left behind her is preparing her for the golden retirement she so deserves. We can’t think of a better companion than this sleek beauty, and we’re sure you’ll agree Penelope is purrfect for you!  

**Double Adoption** (BF3230/32): This dynamic duo of lifelong friends is seeking a home to retire in together. When 8-year-olds Julio and Romeo lost the only home they’d ever known when their owner passed away, their bond deepened. Together they insist they belong, and together is our goal for them. A devastating turn of events would shake up any family member, but these bonded brothers have relied on each other to get through this bumpy road and have courage to discover what awaits on the horizon. They’re hoping you’ll be drawn in by their kind hearts and soulful eyes because they are ready to be your steady dates for the future!

Fluffington

Fabulous Fluffington (Adoption #H210696) found himself needing NSALA’s help to find him a more permanent home. This shy 1-year-old is ready to find new friends—feline and human—who will offer him tons of fun, love, and cuddles. He’s a terrific choice for a quiet home setting. If you’ve never had a cat before, let Flufflington show you how easy it is to love one, and be loved thoroughly in return!  

Pugsley

Sit down and let Pugsley (Adoption #NCI1653) tell you about his day. This handsome 6-year-old found his way down state from our sister shelter in Glen Falls, and we’re so glad he did. Besides pleasant conversation, Pugsley is keen for lengthy ear rub sessions. His gentle, friendly nature makes him an instant fan favorite at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Pugsley is being treated for a minor heart condition—treated at cost through our Pet Health Centers. Don’t hesitate to claim your new best friend. We have a feeling this feline is headed to his permanent home very soon!  

Dewey and Dolly

**Double Adoption** (Adoption #BF2425/26) Dewey and Dolly’s human rescued them off the busy city streets and provided them a safe place in which to live out their lives. When sudden tragedy struck, North Shore Animal League America vowed to keep them safe until they could find a new home for this bonded pair of 2-year-olds. Dewey is setting a good example for his shyer sister by enjoying the company of new friends and exploring new spaces. Dolly is never far behind her brother. This dynamic duo has survived so much in such a short time. NSALA is looking for a home committed to making sure they are as adored for the rest of their lives as they were from the beginning. If you’d like to complete their story by offering them your heart, Dewey and Dolly will reward you with all the gratitude they can purr your way.  

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:

Uno

Uno (now called Don by his foster) is a handsome and loving 1-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Shepherd mix who simply adores people and kids too! Uno is an energetic and highly intelligent fella that needs an active home where he is challenged with new tricks/tasks and exercised often.  He makes a great running partner too!  Uno does prefer to be the only pet in the home. Uno would be the perfect playmate for any family so don’t wait, contact the shelter for more information about adopting Uno today at 631-360-7575. 

Additionally, there is a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster at the shelter too. 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!

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: If you have no other pets or young children at home and are looking for a way to serve your community in this time of crisis, please consider signing up to be a foster. Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, and dogs in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for extended periods of time. Download the Foster Application at smithtownny.gov

Available for adoption through Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Jupiter

**Senior Alert** Jupiter is a 12-year-love who was brought to Almost Home when his mom became seriously ill. Sadly, he lost the only home that he spent his entire life in. He is very sweet and enjoys being pet. Jupiter came from a home with five other cats and does well in the rescue’s cattery. Please consider him as your next furry family member.

Roxie

Roxie is a very pretty 3-year-old gal who is known for her friendly and sweet temperament. She gets along great with other cats and looks after the kittens in the rescue’s free roaming cattery. Roxie is searching for her furever home. She looks forward to meeting you!

It’s feeding time for Almost Home’s kittens!! They have many beautiful kittens for adoption. They are little purr machines!! They are playful, energetic, sweet, and cuddly! Come down and meet your new baby today!

For more information about adopting Jupiter, Roxie or a new cutie patootie kitten, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665.

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

How New Dog Owners Can Avoid Furry Faux Pas With These Dog-Walking Etiquette Tips

New dog owners should know the rules to avoid conflict. (Getty Images)

As the weather gets warmer, more pet owners rely on daily walks with their dogs to ease pandemic-induced anxiety. But even for the most responsible dog walkers, taking a stroll can be anything but relaxing. 

Like many people who walk their dogs, Rebekah Peterman of Glen Cove has seen her fair share of confrontation. 

“I had a neighbor scream at me to curb my dog,” she says. “Not long after, rat poison was found on their property. The city was notified and the poison was removed, but I am personally offended that someone would try to poison an animal to make a point.”

To help avoid confrontation with not-so-pet-friendly neighbors, here are simple steps dog owners can take to keep their pets safe and neighbors at ease. 

It may seem obvious, but first and foremost, always avoid walking your dog on someone else’s property. Local regulations restrict where the public is legally allowed to curb a dog.  Regulations differ slightly, but typically allow dog walkers to utilize the strip between the street and the sidewalk, and in some areas, the grass between the curb and sidewalk is considered public easement and therefore fair game. But wherever a dog does its business, the walker is required to immediately remove all items in a plastic bag, which must be sealed and deposited in a covered garbage receptacle.

That is followed by the next suggestion: Never leave a used bag in someone else’s garbage can (yes, even on garbage day). It may seem tempting to unload the goods as quickly as possible, but don’t give neighbors another reason to get upset. It’s easier to dispose of it at home than to get into an argument about it. There are plenty of products on the market, including bag holders that hang on leashes and even harnesses that house bags to avoid getting caught bagless.

If caught in a confrontational situation, remain calm and respectful. Avoiding problematic homes on a route is always the best solution, but there are certainly times when that is not possible. 

“We can’t be expected to carry around a scrub brush and bucket,” says dog owner Dawn Ohaire of Deer Park, “but we can certainly try our best to keep the peace between dog walkers and homeowners.”

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14 Cats, Dogs Ready To Go Home With You Today

If you like big mutts and you cannot lie, there some cuties right here who are ready to go home with you today. Fancy a feline? There’s plenty of those too!  

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Mr. Smithers

**Senior Alert** Mr. Smithers is a 10-year-old gentleman who still has a lot of life in him and a lot of love ready to give. This little chatterbox will let you know when he is in need of some more TLC or attention. If the occasional meow doesn’t do the trick, this dapper guy will cuddle up to you with a nudge. Mr. Smithers has a hyperthyroid condition that requires a little extra care, but this is easily managed with daily medications. Mr. Smithers gets along with other cats and would fit in well as a cuddle buddy to any family! If you are looking for a best friend who enjoys spending his days perfecting the art of becoming a couch potato doting on his every purr, look no further than Mr. Smithers. Call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Jade

Jade is a 2-year-old beauty in need of a loving home. She was trapped along with her kittens as part of the Animal Shelter’s Trap/Neuter/Release program. She instantly showed her affectionate side and trust for the staff and volunteers in the Shelter. Jade is a little ball of love, serving up sweetness to everyone she meets. Jade would do well in a home with children, making her a great family pet! Call 631-360-7575 today for more information. 

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats and 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!

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: If you have no other pets or young children at home and are looking for a way to serve your community in this time of crisis, please consider signing up to be a foster. Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, and dogs in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for extended periods of time. Download the Foster Application at smithtownny.gov

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Ulysses

**Double Adoption** Meet bonded brothers, Ulysses and Sancho. Sadly, their mom is terminally ill and needed to surrender her two precious boys. They need a new home and as they’ve already lost so much, it’s really important they don’t lose each other too.  Ulysses is an 8-year-old American bulldog and Sancho is an 11-year-old Puggle…one is cuter than the next!

Sancho

Tyson is such a brave little guy, and despite the fact his owner moved and left him behind, this 10-year-old Pit/Boxer Mix is just a big ole’ mush! Tyson needs to be the only pet in the home, but if you have the room and the love to give Tyson the home he truly deserves, give PAWS a call today!

Tyson

Please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616 for more information about adopting these sweet dogs today!  

Available for adoption at Cove Rescue in Glen Cove:

Felicia

Not only is Felicia is as soft as velvet and loves to talk, but she’s a great listener too! Need we mention those whiskers that go on for miles?! Felicia is about 2 years old and is just the sweetest girl. Very friendly, spayed and up to date on all her shots.  She’s available for adoption by appointment only. Please contact Cove Rescue at 516-676-5913, 40 Shore Rd. Glen Cove, or check out their website at coveanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Gertrude

A local rescue hero discovered Gertrude (Adoption #H21089) fending for herself in the elements last fall and secured her a safer retirement home than a busy parking lot. This shy 9-year-old deserves so much more than she had on the streets. Gertrude has been tucked away in a quiet space away from the bustling Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center to provide her a safe place to adapt to life indoors among humans. As a treasured family member. NSALA is actively seeking a loving, peaceful home with fearful cat experience and children 16 and older in age who will give her the predictable life she craves. When Gertrude’s trust is gained, she’ll discover the joy of being a treasured family member. 

Carmine

After spending his life in a loving home, 5-year-old Carmine (Adoption #H210682) finds himself needing help from the Animal League America team to find him a new one. This sweet, gentle boy has lived peacefully in a home with children, and although he can seem shy at first, he overcomes it easily when he receives gentle attention. Carmine is being treated for a minor heart condition which is covered through our Pet Health Centers. NSALA would love to get Carmine back into a real home as soon as possible so he can continue to thrive as the gentle soul we know him to be. 

Ozzie

When NSALA first met Ozzie (Adoption #BF3227), he was uncertain about all the new people in his life. In a very short time, this sweet 1-year-old has graduated to full-time lap cat and lover of ear rubs.  Ozzie comes alive in a quiet home with feline friends to keep him company. Staff predicts a very bright future for this formally frightened friend, one that includes unlimited access to your lap!  

Boots. Photo by Ted Lim

Brilliant Boots (Adoption #G25714) is working his way into the hearts of our North Shore Animal League America staff. This 3-year-old tuxedo brought his gentle southern charm with him when he was rescued from Georgia. Staff is finding him to be a quick learner. Boots has figured out that rolling over when he sees you is an easy way to grab the heartstrings of visitors.  He’s also a very good listener, so if you’re looking for a friend with whom you can discuss life plans, he’s your best choice for BFF material!  

Midnight. Photo by Ted Lim

It’s as if Midnight (Adoption #L80550) were born to be a meowdel and just needed NSALA’s help as her agents to find her next gig: a photo shoot in her forever home! This radiant local rescue doesn’t want to even think about the life she left behind—it’s beneath her! Don’t make this classic lady wait another day to mesmerize you with her stunning eyes. She’s runway ready today!  

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams (Adoption #BF3300) was discovered fending for himself near a feral feeding colony, but his rescuer realized right away that he’d need help adjusting to a safer life indoors. Animal League America offered this FIV+ 9-year-old a fresh start at a comfortable retirement. NSALA is not surprised that Billy Dee needs time to learn to trust humans again, but he’s surrounded by the most loving, trustworthy humans in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. They don’t want him to worry another day of his life, and are hoping to find him a quiet home with older children who will spoil him with all the attention he desires, or give him plenty of space to relearn home living if he needs it. If your kind heart wants to offer Billy Dee Williams a shot at love, please consider providing him the home he has always deserved.  

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

Available for adoption through Remember Me Rescue:

Duke

Poor Duke spent several years in the Town of Hempstead animal shelter, getting bounced around several times because people don’t know how to be good leaders for shelter dogs. Duke has a lot of drive, loves to play and loves to be with his person. Remember Me Rescue pulled him from the shelter and put him into an 8-week board and train to help him adjust to life in a home. Duke is now ready for that next step. He needs a family who owns a home and has a nice, secure yard and a family who will commit to exercising him and being a good leader. Anyone interested will be working along with Dukes trainer to make a good transition. If you are looking for a great dog, look no further. Contact the rescue at remembermerescueny.net

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Gizmo

Talk about being “spotted” at the right time! Gizmo made his way to Last Hope Animal Rescue from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.  Last Hope’s president found this little cutie and scooped him up right away because he was too friendly to pass up! At just about 2-year old, Gizmo is single and ready to mingle his way into a new forever home. To meet Gizmo by appointment, please first complete & submit an online cat adoption application found on the Last Hope website lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Celebrate Independence Day With These Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

Beanie and Blitz

What do you get when you cross any one of these adorable cats and dogs and a calculator? A friend you can count on. And if you think that’s fun, try bringing one home with you today! 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter:

Trixie

You can tell by Trixie’s sad look that she is the product of neglect. This is a look of Southern transport that Last Hope as seen too many times. Beagles in poor, rural Southern areas are considered possessions rather than pets, and when they are no longer productive as hunting or breeding dogs, they are discarded in cruel ways. Trixie came to Last Hope from a Kentucky shelter after having puppies. She is heartworm positive and will be treated by Last Hope. While her sad eyes lack the glimmer of hope, what Trixie doesn’t know is that Last Hope is equipped with compassionate volunteers who will work wonders to brighten the spark in her eyes and help her attract a foster or forever family. If you’d like to know more about adopting or fostering Trixie, please email lettycanals@gmail.com

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv: 

If you’re looking to adopt an adorable kitten or three, Pets4Luv is the place to call. All very young, approximately 7-to-10 weeks old, all healthy and sweet as they come. Now they just need a home of their own. If you can open your heart and home to any one of these cuties, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Sassy

Sassy is a beautiful 9-month-old calico kitty. calico cats and kittens are well-known for their gorgeous, tricolored coats in hues of orange, black, and white. In folklore, calicos are revered worldwide for their good luck. Sassy hasn’t had the best of luck so far but she’s looking for that to change. Sassy lives up to her name as she needs a little time to warm up to people, but only because she needs time to trust people. Maybe Sassy is the gal for you?!

Snowball

Snowball is a 20-month-old handsome fella, with his wonderful white fur and sweet demeanor. Snowball is curious about his surroundings, don’t be surprised to find him hiding in a hamper full of clothes (among other interesting places). He also loves windowsills and lying in the sun almost as much as he loves laps  If you are looking for a sweet, handsome lap cat, look no further, Snowball is your man.  

Please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616 for mor information about adopting these cute kitties today!  

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Prince

You’re in royal company when your Prince. This 2-year-old love is adorable with his morning meows for breakfast. Prince loves attention and really just wants to be pet (ok, and wet food). Prince is good with children and other cats. 

Midnight

Midnight is a stunning 1-year-old fella; a bit shy at first but will slowly open up and show his personality. He likes to be pet and loves other cats. He is FIV positive but does not let that stop him from doing anything. He is in great health!

If you would like more information about Prince or Midnight, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Betty Boop

Betty Boop, a medium sized 8-year-old Pit Terrier Mix was found wandering around a nearby train station and was brought to the Animal Shelter by a Good Samaritan. This sweet girl is the ideal therapy dog! From your first introduction, she becomes instantly attached. You’ll find it hard-pressed to walk away. Betty Boop is very laid-back, great on a leash, and a stage five clinger on the couch. She does have some arthritis issues, but this is manageable with a little bit of extra care and attention. Betty Boop would do well in a home with children but deserves to be the only pet in the family. 

If you are interested in meeting Betty Boop, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes the shelters Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Rodney

Ok, everyone seems to love Rodney! This adorable 6-year-old boy came to the shelter as a stray after being found tied up on the street. He is really friendly with people, but nervous when meeting new people. Rodney is really smart- knows multiple commands and even likes dogs! He’s really unhappy and sad at the shelter so staff and volunteers would love nothing more than to get him into a loving home with owners who can provide structure… as fast as possible. Please email the shelter to find out how to meet Rodney. Foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Beanie and Blitz

**Double adoption** When Beanie (Adoption #BF2666) and Blitz (Adoption #BF2667) were discovered outside fending for themselves, a local rescuer delivered them to the safety of the NSALA Adoption Center. How lucky these kittens were to spend time in a loving foster home where they began to overcome their fears and learn to trust humans again. Although they are still shy, these bonded one-year-old tabby sisters are sticking together to make each other feel safer in the new setting of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Beanie has decided that exploring her new world is tons of fun, and we predict the more cautious Blitz will join the fun soon. A home with children 12+ in age who will ease them into their permanent home will soothe away their fears. Together they will discover the wonderful world of being beloved pets!

Sammy Davis

If you’re looking for a feline friend to change your life, Sammy Davis (Adoption #WV0230) will do just that! This precious 8-year-old fellow can’t tell us what he went through before he was rescued from an overcrowded southern municipal shelter. NSALA immediately noticed his dashing good looks and understated charm, be we also saw right away that Sammie was going to need medical intervention for flexor tendon contracture which affects the use of his hind legs. This limited mobility hasn’t stopped Sammy from doing the normal things cats do. He’s a purrfect gentleman (and he uses the litter box like his more abled feline friends.) Staff is in awe of Sammy’s ability to overcome adversity with gusto. After time in a wonderful foster home, Sammy is ready to find a permanent home. Sammy is also being treated successfully for feline asthma which is a covered medical expense through NSALA’s Pet Health Centers. One thing Sammy is better at than any other cat is showing his gratitude.

Audra

When Audra Mae (Adoption #WV0268) arrived at the North Shore Animal League America as part of a rescue from West Virginia, it was clear she would need their help in soothing more than her spirit. After time shared with our caring Medical Team, Audra Mae is feeling much brighter about her future. Now healthy and ready to find her way into your heart and home, this 6-year-old sweetheart is hoping you’ll give her the love she’s always deserved.

Skye

As stunning as Skye (Adoption #WV0277)  is to gaze upon, it’s her gentle personality that has captivated the hearts of her caretakers at North Shore Animal League America.  After working very hard to care for her litter of kittens, this young 1-year-old mama has been allowed to resume being a kitten herself. Skye is open to lengthy chin rubbing sessions if you have the time to pamper her. She’d be a delightful choice for tabby lovers and a joy to welcome in any home. The sky is the limit when you adopt Skye!  

Tennessee

**Double adoption** Tennessee (Adoption #D48083) and Vermont (Adoption #D48084) are looking for a second chance at a forever home. Temporarily living cage-free at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, Vermont is settling in nicely but he’s keeping an eye on his timid brother, Tennessee and helping assure him they are safe and cared for. Tennessee is learning a lot from the brother he looks up to, and we’re confident that in the right home, these nine-month-old siblings will thrive happily together. If you have a quiet home with children 12+ in age and some experience with fearful felines, these young boys are waiting for you to bring them home.   

Vermont

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!

Cats Named Clam Chowder and Minestrone Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

Clam Chowder and Minestrone

COVID-19 has certainly put a strain on animal shelters and rescues. With limited staff and an abundance of homeless animals, these cats and dogs need a hero. No cape required — they just need love and a safe, forever home. 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Salvatore

After a lifetime running around the streets of the Bronx scavenging for his next meal, Salvatore (Adoption #L80528) came upon a kind hero who had a better plan for him. Now this gentle, 3-year-old is being pampered for the first time by his new friends in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Whatever his life was before he came to NSALA, he’s put it behind him and is lapping up all the attention he’s receiving both from human friends. He would prefer to be the only pet in his home so if you’re looking to share your home with a true heartthrob, Salvatore should be your number one choice! 

Stella and Stew

**Double Adoption** When an experienced local rescue hero discovered Stella (Adoption #L80526) and Stew (Adoption #L80527) hovering near his home, he plucked up the lucky duo and knew exactly where to bring them to ensure their brightest future. Now you’ll find these sweet, shy 11-month-old kittens making biscuits in comfy blankets while receiving ear rubs from new human friends. They may seem shy at first, but just try to stop rubbing their ears and you’ll see how much they appreciate making new friends with you. All Stella and Stew need now for their happily ever after is one more hero: you!  

Sash and Humphrey Bogart

**Double Adoption** When Sash and Humphrey Bogart’s (Adoption #WV0270) lives got derailed by a crisis, they lost the only home and family they’d ever known. Sash, a 3-year-old tabby, has taken the sudden changes in their lives in stride, and is gratefully greeting visitors to their cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center like the grand southern belle she is. Humphrey, a fetching 4-year-old male, is less enchanted by the changes, but is trying very hard to follow his braver sister’s lead. He’s never far from Sash’s side, and NSALA promised them that their forever includes each other. If you would like to offer these besties a loving home, Sash and Humphrey Bogart would be most grateful for your kindness.  

Valencia

When you’re as stunning as Valencia (Adoption #WV0272), you don’t have to work too hard to get adopters’ attention. This spotted, 3-year-old tabby with velvety soft fur will chirp for you. She’s impossible to miss, and everyone’s top pick for most likely to succeed at getting adopted this weekend. Flawless Valencia is ready to chirp her way into your heart so please don’t pass up the opportunity to make room for this southern rescue in your home!           

Geena Davis

Geena Davis (Adoption# WV0282) is in a league of her own! In a very short time, she’s experienced a lot of excitement. She mothered a beautiful litter of kittens and then traveled from West Virginia to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Now it’s time for this one-year old young mama to put a chaotic life behind and luxuriate in the comfort of her human’s arms. Let Geena Davis show you she’s the purrfect match for you in your quiet home. Your big heart is all she requires.  

Mandy and Lilly

**Double Adoption** When a crisis upturned their lives, Mandy (Adoption #BF3284) and Lilly (Adoption #VR2457) needed NSALA’s help to get them back on track. These two lovely bonded ladies have been welcomed into into Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where they can take all the time they need to get back on their paws and help us search for a more permanent situation. Lilly is already very grateful for the opportunity and is displaying it openly with hearty greetings at the door. Shyer Mandy watches her best friend for inspiration and is warming up to ear rubs from visitors. This wonderful pair of 6-year olds has gone through hard times together and look forward to safe, secure future filled with all the love they deserve. Lilly and Mandy are waiting for a guardian angel to take them home — they’ve been waiting for you!  

For more information about adopting Salvatore, Stella and Stew, Humphrey and Sash, Valencia, Geena Davis or Mandy and Lilly, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Clam Chowder and Minestrone

Voila! Clam Chowder and Minestrone are a pair of 11-month-old brothers who would love to be adopted together. Both kitties were originally adopted from the Animal Shelter this past December, however they sadly were brought back after experiencing some issues with the dog in the house. These little guys are hoping for another chance at finding a furever home with a loving family. Both Clam Chowder and Minestrone are quiet and full of love. They would do well in a calm home, and they get along well with other cats and with children. 

If you are interested in meeting Clam Chowder and Minestrone, please call ahead to schedule a meet and greet 631-360-7575.

COVID-19: Foster Opportunity: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Smithtown Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access, including loyal volunteers. If you have no other pets or young children at home and are looking for a way to serve your community in this time of crisis, please consider signing up to be a foster. Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, and dogs in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for extended periods of time. Download the Foster Application at smithtownny.gov

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Grover

Take a look at this face! Grover is the adorable 6-year-old cutie pie who came to the shelter as a stray in May 2020. He was found by a good Samaritan, very underweight when he arrived. Grover is super friendly with people and likes meeting other dogs too. He displayed slight guarding issues during his evaluation, so his ideal home would be with people with some experience with guarding, and a home with kids 15 and older. Grover is currently at the shelter and available for foster or adoption. Please contact foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org to learn more about how to bring Grover home today!

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv:

Kerry and Waldo

**Double Adoption**Waldo and Kerry are a bonded pair in search of their forever home. Waldo is approximately 5 years old and distinguished Kerry is a 10-year-old gal. It’s assumed that this loving pair was dumped prior to being rescued by Pets4Luv, because they are way too sweet to have been feral. If you can open your heart and home to Waldo and Kerry, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter:

Meet Elroy Jetson. Elroy and the rest of the Jetson’s (his three sisters) were trapped and vetted back in May. This 10-week old cutie is ready for adoption- comes neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped! The Jetson futuristic feline family has been in loving foster care with a Last Hope volunteer. They are super-social and playful. Elroy climbs up his foster Mom’s leg so he can reach her lap for petting. To meet Elroy by appointment,  please complete and send Last Hope the cat adoption application at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Snowy

**Senior Alert** Meet Snowy, an adorable 15-year-old poodle. His senior dad passed away and, sadly, the family could or would not keep him. He had a date to be euthanized before PAWS took him in. Poor thing was so matted, volunteers could barely find his head!  e is blind but otherwise, the vet has proclaimed him to be “very, very healthy.” Snowy is understandably set in his ways. He is very sweet and very sure about what he wants. He lets you know when he’s hungry and when he has to go out. He just needs a safe, warm and loving home. His only requirement for his new parent/family is to provide a home to allow him to enjoy his twilight years without the fear of being subject to euthanasia for his age or disability.

Puma

Puma and his sister Serena are about 8 years old and need all the help they can get.  Their senior mom passed away months ago and they have since been in foster homes but need a home of their own. They’ve lost so much; they are now very shy and will need some time to settle in. They need someone with patience and love who will understand they will not want to be held for a while. It will take some time for them to warm up but imagine how great it will feel when you earn that trust. They are in desperate need of a home of their own.  

Serena

If you can open your hearts and home to these beautiful, frightened souls, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or go to their Facebook page or call the number listed below.  

Available for adoption through Remember Me Rescue:

Liam

If you love big dogs and big dogs love you, then Liam is your guy! Liam lost his foster home so this shy and scared fella needs to find a forever home as soon as possible. Liam will thrive and has the potential to be an amazing pet-he really just needs his own home as a solo dog, and an owner to love him forever. If you can save Liam, please contact the rescue at remembermerescueny.net

Available for adoption at the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:

Bayden

Can you help Bayden get adopted? He’s an 11-year-old pure breed American Staffordshire Terrier, surrendered to the Animal Shelter by his owners after they had their children. The family did not feel he was a good fit with small children. Bayden has bilateral hip dysplasia as well as an old injury to one of his knees. These conditions have left him extremely arthritic. He would need someone who has experience and is willing to accept the cost of the medications that he requires to keep him comfortable. Bayden would thrive in a home environment as opposed to the shelter. Hoping that someone will have that special place in their heart and home for Bayden in his golden years. If you would like to meet Bayden, please call 516-677-5784.

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