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Cat Named Tommy Hilfiger Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

This week we start off with a feel-good story out of Smithtown.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, local pizzerias teamed up with the Town of Smithtown to help find loving homes for rescue dogs and cats at the Smithtown Animal Shelter. Each Pizzeria has taped Adoption Flyers to pizza boxes which are distributed to customers throughout the town. Each flyer includes important information about the animal seeking a loving home, including age, gender, and the needs of each adoptee. 

The main objective of the Pizza Box Adoption campaign is to attract new eyes to the longest shelter residents, often passed up because of age, size or breed misconception. Every adoptee featured on these flyers is truly deserving of a second chance.

And for potential adopters outside of the Smithtown area, here’s this week’s list of adorable adoptables throughout Long Island that are just waiting for you to take them home today! 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Sampson

At just 2 years old, Sampson was found living as a stray and was brought into the shelter by a Good Samaritan. He was underweight at first, but the team at the shelter have helped him add a few pounds and get him healthy again. Sampson not only has a huge appetite for food, but he also craves love! He is a very outgoing and sweet little guy who just wants to give and get love anywhere he can find it. He may be small in stature, but he has a big heart and an even mightier spirit inside. Sampson gets along well with other cats and is good for a family with children. If you can continue giving Sampson the love he deserves, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 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/DocumentCenter

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Bella Bean

Staff and volunteers are in love with Bella Bean! This adorable, 5-year-old Cane Corso arrived at the shelter when her owner passed away. She comes with a great owner surrender profile, which is so helpful in finding her a true forever home. Bella Bean is house trained, crate trained and knows a ton of commands: sit, down, stay, come, and eat! Bella Bean is described as a very loyal dog who is very loving and needs a lot of attention. She has lived with other animals and did great on her dog test at the shelter. Bella Bean is nervous of new people and will need a patient owner so she can feel comfortable. If you are interested in learning more, please call the shelter at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY:

If you’re cooped up at home, remember that cats and dogs are feeling the same way in their cages at the shelter. If you can open your home to a deserving animal by fostering (or adopting), please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv:

Huey and Chocolate

**Double Adoption** Seven-year-old Huey and 5-year-old Chocolate were adopted together back in 2017, but now their family is moving out of state and cannot take them along. Both enjoy being pet, love to play, and love the company of humans and other dogs and cats as well, making them the purrfect edition to any home! For more information about adopting Huey and Chocolate, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Carmen

As strikingly beautiful as Carmen (Adoption #BF3231) is, it’s her delightful personality that melts everyone’s hearts. Staff and volunteers would have expected her to be rattled by the change to her life after losing her home, but this 8-year-old is taking life’s obstacles as an opportunity to meet someone new who will cherish her for the rest of her life. As the only pet in your home, Carmen will fit seamlessly into your heart like she’s always been a part of your family. Let this stunning lady charm you and you’ll discover a new friend for life!

Sedona

Special doesn’t begin to describe six-month-old Sedona (Adoption #H210546). Despite a severe paw injury that required care in NSALA’s Pet Health Center, sweet Sedona has carried on her life as a happy-go-lucky kitten. This staff favorite has taken obstacles in stride, so staff and volunteers are searching for a lifetime of happiness for her. If you’d like to share your home and heart with Sedona, she’ll reward you with her devotion.  

Athena

After being a dutiful momma cat to her kittens, Athena (Adoption #BF3246) is finally ready for her own chance at a peaceful life as a cherished member of the family. This shy, regal beauty waits sublimely for you take notice of her. She’s banking on her dazzling eyes and gorgeous silver fur catching your attention because she’s not going to monopolize your time like some of her more outgoing roommates. The time you take earning her confidence will be wisely spent and may be the beginning a beautiful life together.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger (Adoption #G25257) isn’t looking to share the limelight with anyone else. This quiet, four-year-old Georgia import has designs on your heart and will wait patiently for you to discover him. Chin rubs are a great way to begin your friendship and will lead to a lifetime of loyalty only a rescue pet knows how to give.

Lady Marmalade

Searching for your soul sister? Someone who wants to devote her whole heart and soul to making you happy for just some ear rubs in return? Your search is over! Lady Marmalade (Adoption #NCI1638) has a desire to explore your world with you. Although this two-year-old prefers human company to felines, you’ll be so enchanted by her zeal as she dashes around singing her praises, you’ll be purrfectly fulfilled by her as your only pet. Because she can be sensitive to too much handling, a home with children 12 and older in age is ideal. How lucky for you that you may be gazing into those grateful green eyes forever!

Staff and volunteers have been promising Bernie that life is only going to get better for him now that he’s safely tucked away inside a cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. This shy friend has a lot to get used to after fending for himself outside on the busy streets but a gentle ear rub reminds him things might just be work out for him. 

For more information about adopting Carmen, Sedona, Athena, Tommy Hilfiger, Lady Marmalade, and Bernie, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Babylon Animal Shelter:

Cookie

Cookie (#20-155) arrived at the Babylon Animal shelter last month as a stray. At just 5 years old, this stunning lady is 100 percent ready to find a real forever home. Sine Cookie is a bit shy, it’s recommended that she goes home with a family that does not have small children or other pets. If you’re interested in adopting Cookie, please call the Babylon Shelter at 631-643-9270 for an online application today.  

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

13 Cats, Dogs That Want To Chill With You This Summer

Who says we can’t travel Memorial Day weekend? How about taking a road trip to your local shelter or rescue and adopt one of these amazing dogs and cats today?!

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

Precious

It’s time to meet Precious. If you love to give belly rubs and adore smart and ridiculously sweet dogs, Precious is your gal! At 12 years young, Precious is simply seeking a loving home for her senior years. Previous knows a ton of commands and loves to snuggle! If you have room in your heart and home for this lovely lady, please call the shelter at 516-677-5784 today.

Available for adoption at the Babylon Animal Shelter:

Dallas

Look at this face! 7-year-old Dallas is a mellow boy who like long walks and rolls in the grass. He knows all his commands and a belly rub is his favorite. Sadly, Dallas was surrendered due to allergies in the house so he is 100 percent ready for a Forever Home. If you’re interested in adopting Dallas, please call the Babylon Shelter 631-643-9270 for an online application.  

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Prince

With his royal charm, 2-year-old Prince offers love and affection to everyone he meets. This handsome guy loves to pet and loves to tell you when he’s ready for his wet food. Prince gets along great with other cats too- so why not bring him home to your royal family today?! 

Madge

Madge is a beautiful 3-year-old girl who found her way to Almost Home from Brooklyn. A little shy at first but give her just a bit of time and she will prove to be a purrfect pet. 

If you can open your heart and home to Prince or Madge, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more today! 

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Myrna

Myrna was rescued in December of 2018 just in time to save her life. She was part of a TNR program, but the vet said she would not survive the winter if she was released back, so All About Spay Neuter took her in, nursed her to tip-top shape and socialized her.  She now enjoys petting, cheese, hamburgers and roast beef! If you are interested in Myrna or would like see some of All About Spay Neuters our other kittens or cats, please call or text Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment. They are located at 4209 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa showing kittens/cats by appointment only at this time

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Cira

How cute is Cira?! This 1-year-old kitty was brought to the shelter as a stray. A prior injury from her life as a stray caused her to lose some of her tail, but this only adds to her charm. Cira has a very gentle and loving demeanor, with an unlimited supply of cuddles and affection. Her perfect home would be a place where she can get (and give!) all kinds of love and friendship. Cira would do well in a home with children. To inquire about Cira or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 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 through North Shore Animal League America:

Ringo Starr

As teenagers go, Ringo Starr (Adoption #H196473) is a very vocal one. All Ringo needs is love (and his special diet) to live happily ever after with you. This tenacious thirteen-year old is being treated for early Chronic Renal Disease. His care is covered at cost through our Pet Health Centers. Ringo is declawed and will need to be the only pet in the household. He’ll settle in nicely to a quiet home with children 12 and up in age who’ll be as amused by all of his conversation. 

Lincoln and Hamlin

**Double Adoption** When Lincoln (Adoption #H210589) and Hamlin (Adoption #H210590) needed a safe place to land, their friends at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center were there for them. These bonded, seven-month old black beauties may seem nervous at first but promises of a peaceful life with understanding humans and children 10 and up in age to support them buoys their spirits. If you’d like to share the peace and quiet of your home with a pair of sweet kittens, you could be the hero who makes Lincoln and Hamlin’s dreams come true! 

Kyle Broflovski

Here’s a smart, handsome boy you’ve just got to meet! Kyle Broflovski (Adoption #NCI1564) was rescued as a stray by NSALA’s sister shelter in Glen Falls and recently took a trip down state to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center so he can find a home! Kyle sees friendly faces everywhere. Just one look and he’ll blink and tip over for some chin rubbing. How could anyone resist this handsome, charming friend? Kyle is FIV+ so a home as the only cat or joining a FIV+ household is his happily ever after. Don’t miss out on your chance to be Kyle Broflovski’s best buddy for life!

Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith (Adoption #NCI1586) would love to paint you a portrait of what life will be like when you share your heart with her. This outgoing one-year-old masterpiece likes her feline friends just fine, but she knows a human is her ticket to happiness. Originally rescued by NSALA’s shelter upstate in the Adirondacks, Kiki is enjoying her cage-free life at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center – but she knows it’s only temporary until she finds an ideal home (where she’ll be the only pet.)

Tuco

Tuco  (Adoption #H210638) is all dressed up and waiting for you. This tender, two-year-old tuxedo may be shy when greeting newcomers, but he melts for a good neck rub; in fact he’ll follow you and demand more if you try to leave him!  He’s been waiting his whole life to go home with someone like you!  If you think you’re home needs Tuco to be complete, don’t wait- call NSALA today!

For more information about adopting Ringo Starr, Lincoln and Hamilton, Kyle Broflovski, Kiki Smith or Tuco, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Charlie

Looking for the perfect pooch? Here he is: meet Charlie! This 5-year-old boy came to the shelter after being found loose along the highway in the middle of the night-thank goodness he wasn’t hit by a car! Charlie is super friendly and loves making new friends, he even likes other dogs. If you like getting tail wags and kisses, then Charlie is definitely the dog for you. Charlie is currently at the shelter and available for foster or adoption. Please email  Foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org to find out how to meet Charlie today!

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY: If you’re cooped up at home, remember that cats and dogs are feeling the same way in their cages at the shelter. If you can open your home to a deserving animal by fostering (or adopting), please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org.

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

What To Know About Pets And Coronavirus

Consider pets during the coronavirus lockdown. (Getty Images)

COVID-19 has brought about a great deal of confusion, especially when it comes to pets and whether or not they can catch and transmit the disease. 

Dr. Erica Campbell, an associate veterinarian at Catnip & Carrots Veterinary Hospital in New Hyde Park, broke down what all pet parents should know during these uncertain times.

“First and foremost, do not abandon your pets,” she says. “At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals can spread COVID-19 to people.”  

People and their pets can safely coexist during this pandemic, if proper precautions are taken. 

“Treat the care of your animals as you would with other humans,” Campbell says. “Be sure to wash your hands before and after interactions and avoid excessive contact if possible.” 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone who is sick with COVID-19 avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or sleeping in the same location, and/or sharing food with your pet. When possible, designate a trusted pet caregiver to care for the animal and supply them with an emergency plan to include, at a minimum, pet’s identification, food, supplies, medication, and veterinarian’s contact information.  

Dr. Campbell suggests keeping cats and small pets indoors, and for those who must walk their dog, practice social distancing from both people and other pets. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather. 

“Keeping your leashed pets away from other dogs as well as humans is essential,” she says. “Do not allow dogs to sniff or lick other dogs, and refrain from having other people pet your dog.” 

It is important to remember that pets’ daily routines have likely changed just like everyone else’s. Animals can quickly pick up on added stress and may have negative reactions. Some stress reducers include setting up routines for playtimes and mealtimes, having extra toys and treats on hand, and providing a private, kid-free area so pets can decompress. 

Anyone who plans on adopting or fostering during the pandemic should educate themselves on how to build a strong relationship with a new pet. Give them space and allow them to adjust, as they’ve likely been through a lot. Contact local rescue groups and/or trainers for additional resources and guidance. 

For more information, visit cdc.gov/healthypets 

Related Story: Nassau SPCA Launches COVID-19 Pet Hotline

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14 Cats, Dogs That Will Put Your Heart on Lockdown

With so many cute cats and dogs available for adoption now, it’s a great op-paw-tunity to bring home your new best friend today! 

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Mercedes

Allow us introduce you to two of the sweetest cats around. Mercedes is a sweet and rather beautiful 1-year-old kitty who sadly found her way to Almost Home when her owner passed away. She is a pleasure to be around. She loves everyone she meets including other cats!

Jack

And then there’s Jack who is as handsome as they come. Jack is a loveable and playful ball of energy who is ridiculously friendly with everyone — and we mean everyone! Humans, cats and dogs, there’s no stopping Jack from making friends wherever he goes. 

If you can open your heart and home to Mercedes or Jack, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more today! 

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Lyric

Lyric is a stunning and friendly gal just waiting to be picked up by her forever family. A little shy at first but give Lyric a few minutes and she instantly becomes your new best friend. If you’re looking to be the new owner of one of the cutest kitties in town, call or text Alicia at 516-510-6738 for more information. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Queen

Pocket pittie in the house!! Meet Queen, y’all! This 4-year-old, short and stocky, 48-pound baby girl came to the TOH Animal Shelter as a stray in April 2020. She is friendly with other dogs, and while she is nervous at first with new people, she quickly warms up. Queen would make a great addition to most homes! If you want to find out more about adopting or fostering this sweetie, please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY: If you’re cooped up at home, remember that cats and dogs are feeling the same way in their cages at the shelter. If you can open your home to a deserving animal by fostering (or adopting), please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Tangerine and Tootsie

**Double Adoption** Let’s not stand in the way of true love! When 6-year-old Tangerine (adoption #BF3238) and 2-year-old Tootsie (adoption #L80521)—rescued separately—fell head over heels for each other in the cozy comfort of cage-free Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, NSALA decided to take a vow promising  their future would be  together in a safe home. Originally, each sweet friend hid shyly in the nooks of the room waiting to find a soulmate. Nowadays, they can be found wrapped around each other dreaming of spending the rest of their lives together. All that’s missing from this love story is a quiet home with children 12 and older in age as dedicated to loving them as they are to each other. If you’re looking for love in all the right places, begin your search with Tangerine and Tootsie!

Rascal

Fifteen-year-old Rascal (Adoption SPC215) recently lost his home when his beloved owner and trusted friend passed away. This special senior was so loved by his family that his care was pre-planned and provided for through NSALA’s Safe Haven Program. Rascal will be loved and cared for by the Animal League America family until a special someone offers him their heart and gives him the second chance in a home he so deserves. Their Medical Team created a plan to care for his hyperthyroidism at low cost through our fully accredited Pet Health Centers in Port Washington. Rascal has a lot he wants to tell us about how grateful he is to be safe and cared for. His heart is open to finding love again. Will it be with you?

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn (Adoption #G25256) would like a private audience to serenade. This lovely 4-year-old lady from Georgia is shy at first, so a quiet home will help her make beautiful music with you. Just a little time and patience and before long you’ll make a delightful duet!

Whisper

When 10-year-old Whisper (Adoption #H198858) lost her cherished soulmate, she lost her home as well but she is settling in comfortably at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Whisper was well-loved in her previous home so we’re determined to find an equally loving place in which she can retire. It’s no surprise that the recent changes in her life have quieted her spirit, but she’s remarkably resilient and bows her head for more ear rubs. If your hands are free right now, why not use them than to carry Whisper off to her happy new beginning.

Timber

Twelve-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 the Animal League America Family. Fortunately for him, he’s safe in their senior room at their cage-free Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center while he awaits his second chance. After a thorough look from NSALA’s medical team, Timber was diagnosed with a heart condition, which is a covered medical condition when cared for through their Pet Health Centers in Port Washington. Timber 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. You can break the ice with gentle petting sessions that will leave him begging for more.

For more information about adopting Tangerine and Tootsie, Rascal, Loretta Lynn, Whisper or Timber, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Sands and Harrahs

If you’re feeling lucky these days, or maybe need a little lady luck in your life, consider adopting Sands and Harrahs! These tuxedo siblings are in the official greeters’ cat condo as you walk into the Last Hope Wantagh Cat Center. Harrahs is the sister with the white and partially pink nose, while Sands is the classic tuxedo with a cute black triangle nose. Both are 7 months old and already have a ton of love to share. They’re a sure bet for the person looking for a Purrfect Pet (or Pets). For more information about adopting Sands and/or Harrahs, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at 631-425-1884 or head down to visit them at 3300 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh.

Hazel

Back in February, Mama Hazel and her two 1-week-old babies were rescued in Bellmore. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of a foster, Hazel’s kittens have found their way to a forever home, and now it’s Hazels turn! At just 1 ½ years old, Hazel is a very friendly, loving lady who would make a great pet to any household. If you’re interested in adopting Hazel, fill out an adoption application  at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Peggy

Peggy is the Purrfect Pal! This 7-month-old female Domestic Shorthair is looking for a caring home. She came to the shelter as part of the Trap-Neuter-Release program, and she instantly started looking for affection. Peggy is gentle, and sometimes can be a little shy, but she loves to be loved by people! She’s great with children and would do well in a home with other feline friends. In the past, Peggy had to deal with a ruptured ear drum, but she has since improved her condition and is now feeling much better and happier. She has learned to come out of her shell recently, and she would love the opportunity to socialize and make new friends! Her perfect home would be a quiet place where she can cuddle, lounge around, and play all day.

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! All of the felines at the Shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam etc) by a board-certified Veterinarian.

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

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

Dog In Shelter 6 Years Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

These awesome cats and dogs offer amazing “pet-tential” and are all looking for a forever home. Read all about how to bring these cutie-patooties home with you today! 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Turquiose

Just one look at beautiful mama Turquoise (Adoption #H210548) and you’ll want to promise her a lifetime of luxury. This tender, 3-year-old tuxedo cat worked very hard to care for her kittens and should be rewarded for her efforts with a trip home to a loving family committed to letting her be the kitten she missed out on being while fending for herself on the local streets. Don’t miss out on this treasure, Turquoise is a gem!

Secondi

Secondi (Adoption #R166953) received the second chance he deserved when he was delivered to NSALA’s Pet Health Center for some TLC. Now fully recovered, this sweet, 2-year-old boy has a lot of gratitude stored up in his gentle body and can’t wait to share it with the humans who carry him home in their loving arms.

Margaret Thatcher

Although Margaret Thatcher (Adoption #NCI1575) is more than capable of running a nation, this glorious tabby just wants to rule your heart  Shy at first, Margaret is welcome to ear rubs as long as you promise not to stop. After traveling from NSALA’s sister shelter upstate Glen Falls to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, this 2-year-old is enjoying cage free living. Margaret wants her next move to be into your living room for some serious window gazing alongside you. She’s a noble choice for any home!

Carly Simon

Nobody does it better than Carly Simon! Carly (Adoption L80525) is one very grateful kitty. This incredibly sweet, 2-year-old tortie isn’t vain at all. She has the best attitude considering all that she’s been through recently. Her positive attitude is what drew her rescuer’s when they found her left behind and fending for herself on the city streets. Carly is an expert biscuit maker and seems to want to make up for lost time with everyone she meets, in the hopes someone will become her family. 

For more information about adopting Turquoise, Secondi, Margaret Thatcher, or Carly Simon, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Prince

You always knew that someday your prince would come, and here he is: Prince! This handsome 2-year-old is sweet as sugar. He loves to be pet and meows loudly for his wet food. He gets along great with other cats and would make a wonderful addition to any family! If Prince seems like the purrfect pet for you, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more today! 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Betty Boop

Named after the iconic cartoon diva (who was originally designed as a dog), Betty Boop is an 8-year-old female Pit Bull Terrier Mix who can’t get enough of people, and they can’t get enough of her! She was brought into the Animal Shelter by a Good Samaritan who found her looking lost at a nearby train station. Staff and volunteers discovered quickly how attached she gets to everyone when she cried watching the Good Samaritan leave. She doesn’t like to see any of her new friends go! Betty Boop is the perfect combination of calm, affectionate, and sweet all rolled into a 70-pound ball of love. Her eyes say it all, she oozes love and adoration for every new person she meets. While she’s great with children, she would prefer to be the only pet in her home. 

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, 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. Please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575 to meet her today! 

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:

Lexi Mama

Lexi Mama has been at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for way too long. Staff and volunteers are utterly heartbroken for this 6-year-old girl who has spent most of her life in the shelter system. Lexi first came to TOH as a stray in 2014 with her brother. She was reclaimed by her owner, only to reappear in 2015. Lexi’s day finally came in September 2018 when someone came from afar to adopt her, but it didn’t work out and she was returned once again in July 2019. Lexi Mama takes a long time to warm up to new people, which her adopter knew, but that situation is not for everyone. Lexi Mama is a special girl who once again is seeking that special person or family willing to put in the time and be patient with her. After all these years in the shelter, it’s no wonder she may have some issues that need addressing. Lexi is currently looking for a solo pet home. It’s definitely time for Lexi’s luck to turn around! If you are interested in adopting Lexi Mama, please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY:

If you’re cooped up at home, remember that cats and dogs are feeling the same way in their cages at the shelter. If you can open your home to a deserving animal by fostering (or adopting), please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv:

Smart little Trevor was found hiding out in the garage of one Pets4Luv’s volunteers. That seems like the smartest place in the world to get help if you’re a stray cat! At approximately 5 years old, this handsome genius is fully vetted and ready to go home with you today. For more information about adopting Trevor, please contact Pets4Luv ASAP at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org.

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

Nassau SPCA Launches COVID-19 Pet Hotline

The Nassau County SPCA launched the Nassau County COVID-19 Pet Hotline, which will serve as an information, planning, referral, and service coordination hub for residents who need support for their pets during the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 Pet Hotline can be reached directly at 516-843-7722, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Nassau County SPCA received a grant from PetSmart Charities to support their efforts in providing aid to pet owners affected by COVID-19.

“Pets are part of the family and our goal is to provide assistance wherever we can, in order to keep people and their pets together,” said Gary Rogers, president of the Nassau County SPCA. “Our team has adapted to the many changes brought on by COVID-19 and are able to safely support and service the pet community.”

Althought two New York house cats, a North Carolina pug and several big cats at the Bronx zoo were recently diagnosed with coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say pet owners should not worry.

“There is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC advises. “Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.”

The Nassau SPCA Pet Hotline will help answer people’s questions and concerns about caring for their pets during the COVID-19 crisis. As well as provide resources such as pet food, medical services, temporary placement or supplemental care of animals.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all Nassau County residents, including pet owners,” Rogers added. “This COVID-19 pet hotline will offer valuable direction and assistance to those most in need.” 

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16 Cats, Dogs That Want To Stop And Smell May Flowers With You

April showers bring May flowers, and there’s no better way to spend a spring day than outdoors with a new doggie or letting some sunlight into your home with a cat perched on your windowsill. Contact any one of these amazing shelters/rescues for information on bringing your new best friend home today! 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter:

Viola and Banjo

Viola and Banjo would love to make beautiful “mewsic” with you. These siblings have been at Last Hope since 2018 when they were rescued in Huntington Station at just 8 months old. Since they were first around people as older kittens, they were shy and somewhat frightened, and so their “cute kitten window of adoption opportunity” passed them by. This string duet has resided in the Wantagh Center lobby Jungle Room for quite some time where they have gotten lots of attention from Last Hope volunteers, so they have made a lot of social progress. They enjoy petting but don’t like to be picked up. They like being around other cats. They are looking for a home where patient people will appreciate them for the kitty cats they are. If you are interested in adopting this dynamic duo, please contact Last Hope at 631-425-1884.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Jo

Jo is a 4-month-old adorable puppy who comes out-of-the-box ready for his new owner to take him home! Jo is likely a Hound/Pit/Dane mix, and weighing in at just 38 pounds, he makes the perfect cuddle buddy. Jo is great with the kids and good with other dogs. He loves car rides, crawling up in a ball and enjoying the sun shining through. He loves to run and play and is also crate trained, learning slowly to do his business outside. He is vetted and has had flea/tick preventative. He needs basic obedience training, good exercise, and housebreaking. He has amazing potential with a little patience. 

Snickers

And to satisfy any potential adopters need for the perfect dog, meet Snickers. This sweet, one-eyed Lhasa Apso mix weighs about 20 lbs. and is roughly 10 years old. Poor Snickers was found as a stray and turned into a local shelter. She is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and appears to be in good health. Snickers would prefer a quiet household and loves the great outdoors, naps and catching an occasional nap in the sun. She will make a great companion to garden with, read to and just someone to talk to. Snickers would probably do best with children over 10 years old and being the only dog in the house or maybe with just one other companion who is calm would be her ideal situation.  

For more information about adopting or fostering Jo or Snickers, please email adoptions@paws-li.org, call 631-306-4616, or visit paws-li.org

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Gerry

Here’s how easy it is to make a new best friend for life: Greet Gerry with some Meow Mix. At approximately 5 years old, Gerry is a chill cat who is really just looking for a home (with Meow Mix in it) to call his own. If you can open your heart and home to Gerry, please call or text Alicia at 516-510-6738 for more information. 

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv:

Sandy

Sandy may just be one of the prettiest cats you will ever lay eyes on. This 6-month-old kitten is a bit timid at times, so she needs an experienced socializer to work with her to help her blossom into the cat she is meant to be. If you have the time and patience to work with Sandy, please contact Pets4Luv ASAP at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Rufio

Rufio is a sweet 8-year-old boy who came to the shelter as an owner surrender this past February. He lived his entire life outside, so he has never truly known what it is like to be loved, cared for and respected. Rufio is nervous with new people and may take time to warm up to them. He lived his whole life outside with his son, and they didn’t get along, so Rufio is being suggested for a solo pet home. This boy’s story literally breaks staff and volunteer’s hearts, but they know there is a kind soul out there willing to give him the life he has been waiting for since he was born. If you are interested in adopting Rufio, please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY: If you’re cooped up at home, remember that cats and dogs are feeling the same way in their cages at the shelter. If you can open your home to a deserving animal by fostering (or adopting), please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Cookie

Let us introduce you to Cookie, the World’s Best Doorway Greeter! Cookie is fun-loving 8-year-old female Terrier Mix who is destined to bring love and happiness to one lucky family. With a puppy-like demeanor, a lapdog mentality and fantastic manners, she’s a great fit for families with kids over 12, or for the empty nester looking for the world’s best doorway greeter! Cookie loves to play in the dog park and give out sloppy kisses to everyone she meets. Cookie lived most of her life in a happy and loving home. Sadly, her former owner passed away. Her new family couldn’t provide her the safety she required and surrendered Cookie to the shelter where she now lives, waiting for that special person to come in and give her a happily ever after. 

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 the shelters Meet and Greet Room, 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. Please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575 to meet Cookie today! 

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/DocumentCenter/View/4325/Foster-Application

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Neko

Two-year old Neko (Adoption #R165393) has been quietly charming his Animal League America friends since safely arriving into the care of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center last fall. This tranquil, male tuxedo is enjoying cage-free life in his window-lit room with his other FIV+ roommates. Niko’s dream is to find a permanent home with a human who will offer him ample ear rubs during lounging sessions together. It’s easy to overlook him when you visit as his eager, outgoing friends greet visitors to the door. \Neko is more laid back. Make sure you look for this mellow fellow, snug in his bed because he’ll definitely offer you his chin when you find him. If a quiet, loyal friend is what’s missing in your home, Neko will happily fill that role.  

Capulet

After being rescued from a chaotic situation, beautiful Capulet (Adoption #BF3221) needed some support when she first arrived at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  Love, patience, and a few good friends soothed this shy 6-year-old lady so much that she is now ready to meet her future family and settle into a nice quiet home. Because feline friendships mean so much to her, we are seeking a home with a confident cat waiting to help her adjust to life as a cherished member of the family. A home with children 12 and up in age and cat-experienced adults will provide her with the happily-ever-after her story deserves.  

Tamara

When NSALA’s sister shelter in upstate Glen Falls alerted them to a special needs kitten who could use their Medical Team’s intervention, Animal League America jumped at the opportunity to help her. After spending some time with their vets, Tamara (Adoption #NCI1466) was placed into a wonderful foster home where her neurological issues were observed in order to determine what her needs would be. Turns out, this vivacious 6-month-old spitfire beauty will fit seamlessly into any home. She’s been enjoying her furry housemates as much as the human friends she’s made and is ready to find a permanent home. Tamara may be a bit uncoordinated, but nothing stops this energetic bundle of joy from tackling obstacles. Her ideal home is one with a family who can keep up with her playful energy, preferably with fur friends who’d enjoy being entertained by her. Tamara doesn’t know this, but she’s an inspiration to everyone who meets her. 

Penelope, Julio, and Romeo

**Triple Adoption** Meet a dynamic trio of life-long friends seeking a home to retire in together. Eigh-year-olds Penelope (Adoption #BF3229), Julio (Adoption #BF3230) and Romeo (Adoption #BF3232) lost the only home they’d ever known when their owner passed away. Their bond has only deepened since and NSALA’s goal is to keep them together. A devastating turn of events would shake up any family member, but these bonded friends have relied on each other to get through this bumpy road, and together will have courage to discover what’s on the horizon. Kind hearts, soulful eyes, can’t lose.

Atticus

If you have any doubts about adopting a friend in need, 6-year-old Atticus (Adoption #BF3033) will erase them and replace them with an abundance of gratitude for having him in your life.  This gregarious gentleman was scooped up by NSALA’s rescue team when his life was in peril and has made it very clear he doesn’t take this second chance for granted.  Atticus may have had a less than ideal beginning, but he’s prepared to make up for lost time with a soulmate as enthusiastic as he is. You’ll find caring for his diabetes easy peasy— just like everything else about him. Atticus’ zest for life is inspiring and laidback nature endearing. Make him part of your family and you’ll soon realize he was the piece missing from your home all this time.  

Hannah

Hannah (Adoption R166921) hasn’t had the easiest time finding her way to her family, but NSALA promised her it will be worth the wait.  For now, she is enjoying cage-free living in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  This sweet 1-year-old has already overcome the odds after being transported to us from an over-crowded municipal shelter. She’s had a few minor bumps in the road, but thanks to NSALA’s devoted Medical Team, Hannah is healthy and is ready to find her way to a peaceful home. 

For more information about adopting Niko, Capulet, Tamara, Penelope. Julio and Romeo, Atticus and Hannah, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

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

15 Cats, Dogs That Want To Socially Distant With You

With so many animals looking for a foster or forever home now, it’s hard to choose just one to take home. Read about just some of the cute cats and dogs ready to be your best friend today!

*Please note, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently advises that there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading COVID-19 in the United States. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare. Please continue to adopt, foster, and care for all companion animals. *

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

This beautiful lady is Jade! She traveled all the way from South Carolina to find her forever family. Jade enjoys being pet and is just the sweetest Southern Belle. Jade can be a little sassy when she wants to be alone, but who isn’t? Jade gets along great with other cats, so don’t wait, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this little lady home today!

Raffle Fun: Almost Home is having a fun 50/50 raffle and proceeds go directly to animals in need. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased on their website at almosthomeli.org. Winners will be announced on June 6, so don’t wait, have some fun while helping animals in need! 

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Sophie

URGENT ADOPTION/FOSTER REQUEST: Meet Sophie. She is a 2-year-old lover girl who just melts in your arms. Sophie has been sitting in a kill shelter for way too long due to overpopulation, but she now has a time frame for her life; she is scheduled for euthanasia in a few days if no one steps up for her. She is spayed, up to date on all vaccines, and is healthy. She just needs someone to open their heart and home and save her life. She has proven to be good with male dogs but would need to be tested with to female dogs and cats. Sophie loves everyone she meets, she’s good with kids and loves her toys- especially playing ball! She is a sweet and kind soul. 

Khalesi

Beautiful Khalesi is a 3-year-old Stafforshire terrier and mix. She was adopted from North Shore Animal league as a puppy and raised in a loving home with a male Golden Retriever mix. They get along famously, and she gets along extremely well with another family dog she has known since a pup but she gets fearful and anxious around dogs she does not know. She has never bitten another animal but can growl and be aggressive. Her current family says she is the most loving animal they’ve ever had. Khalesi warms up to everyone very quickly and wants to be your best friend. Her nature is sweet, and she is generally calm but can be very excitable when you first come home.  Her ideal in a home without other animals or little children. Khalesi is house and leash trained quite well. She is approximately 60 pounds, fully vaccinated, and spayed. If you’re looking for a loving and dedicated companion, Khalesi is your girl.  

Koby

Koby is literally the sweetest boy around, and don’t remind him of his neuro issue that affects his walking because he won’t believe you! At 10 years young, Koby mostly gets around by himself but does need help at times as he tends to forget to take it slow. He loves his toys, loves his naps and he loves people! Koby is seeking a person who understands his neuro/walking issues, who has lots of patience and lots of love to give. Koby needs to be the only pet in the house and since he lived most of his life as a junkyard dog, he just wants to enjoy his twilight years in a quiet home lavishing in love and attention. He does need a fenced in back yard in which to safely walk around and sunbathe.

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

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Poppy

When pretty Poppy (adoption #L80507) needed a fresh start, NSALA jumped at the opportunity to offer her a warm bed in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. She was a bit nervous about her new situation after surviving on the streets this winter, but this lovely, little 17-month-old house panther needs not worry anymore because one day she will spend the rest of her life being spoiled by the lucky family (with children 12 and older, please) who takes her home. Pick Poppy and you’ll be bringing home the sweetest new member of your family!  

Halibut

The first things you’ll notice about Halibut (adoption #H210195) are his golden eyes and long whiskers but you’ll realize there’s so much more than meets the eye when you meet this shy, sweet guy. After being rescued locally from life on the cold city streets, this 1-year-old has begun to realize he can look forward to a very bright future. Offering Halibut treats will get you an invitation to a chin rub, the makings of a great beginning! If your family cat could use a little friend to mentor, you may be the purrfect pawrents for Halibut!  

Capulet

After being rescued from a chaotic situation, Capulet (adoption #BF3221) needed love, patience, and a few good friends at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center to soothe her shy soul. Now she’s ready to meet her future family, one with a confident cat waiting to help her adjust to life as a cherished pet. Capulet will also thrive in a home with older children (although not required) and cat-experienced adults will offer the happily-ever-after her story deserves.

Mild and Spicy

**Double Adoption** Bonded brothers Mild (adoption #BF3207) and Spicy (adoption #BF3208) have been learning to understand and appreciate humans while being cared for at Bianca’s Furry Friends. Mild enjoys visitors to his room, following them in hopes of pets and scratches. Meanwhile, Spicy prefers to people watch for now. Together, these timid 8-month-old boys complete each other. All they need is a quiet home with some patient, cat-experienced adults and older children to complete their rescue story!  

For more information about adopting Poppy, Halibut, Capulet, Mild, and Spicy, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Andy

Andy is a 5-year-old Domestic Shorthair who was brought to the Animal Shelter by way of a happy accident. A resident was attempting to locate their beloved feline family member and accidentally trapped Andy. Andy was brought into the shelter, where he received a health and well-being checkup and microchip search. He is now looking for a purrfect home with a loving family. This little guy loves to lounge around and get attention from everyone he meets. Andy is FIV+, and still has some scars from his time in the streets. However, this little ham has his nine lives to spend furever with his special person. Hours at the Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sundays and Wednesday evenings: by appointment only). During the COVID-19 pandemic, public access is restricted to confirmed adoption appointments and wildlife/domestic animal rescue only). For more information about adoptions, please call the Smithtown Animal Shelter at 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv: 

**Double Adoption** 7-year-old Huey and 5-year-old Chocolate were adopted together back in 2017, but now their family is moving out of state and cannot take them along. Both enjoy being pet, love to play, and love the company of humans and other dogs and cats as well, making them the purrfect edition to any home! For more information about adopting Huey and Chocolate, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Camden

Camden and Chloe are both very loving and playful kitties. Camden would be content to sit on your lap all day long and Chloe is the more playful one. They are not a bonded pair, but they would love to go home together if possible. If you’re looking to be the new owner of an adorable pair of felines, call or text Alicia at 516-510-6738 for more information. 

Chloe

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Duke

**Foster/Adopt/Rescue Group Opportunity** Duke needs a home and needs one quick. Duke is an amazing dog, loves playtime with his friends and is incredibly sweet with staff and volunteers, but he does not like being in a kennel at all. He is so sad to be locked up that he waits for someone to take him outside to use the bathroom. This boy needs a forever home of his own. Duke would thrive with a family willing to work with him and a trainer to help him thrive. If you are an individual or rescue group interested in adopting Duke, please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY: If you’re cooped up at home, remember that cats and dogs are feeling the same way in their cages at the shelter. If you can open your home to a deserving animal by fostering (or adopting), please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

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

How To Keep Your Pet Active During The Coronavirus Quarantine

Photo by Carole Fuchs

The idea of being stuck at home may not sound great to people, but pets everywhere are surely enjoying all the extra attention they’re receiving. After some time, however, this new routine may get old. So how can you keep yourself and your pets happy and healthy during stay-at-home orders? 

Some pet owners on Long Island shared their tips. For example, Gloria Vasco of Farmingdale includes her dog Marlena in her online teaching posts. 

“She makes a cameo in every video/picture and has encouraged students to respond with pictures of their own dogs, making this new normal a little easier for the students,” says Vasco.  

Studies have shown that taking your pet to work reduces stress, promotes social interactions, and may increase employee performance. Since most people are home anyway, this can be a win-win for your career and your pet.

Stuck at home in Old Westbury, Michelle Elea Bello is teaching her dog, Arya, one new trick every day. One of her most recent tricks was teaching “shy,” wherein Arya puts her arm and paw over her head for a treat. 

And be sure to take advantage of the fresh spring air as Susan Gerardi and her husband do with their dog, Pepper. 

“Getting out of the house and connecting with nature can have a real impact on your health and state of mind,” she says.

Cats enjoy a cool breeze just as much as dogs do, so open your windows and let some fresh air in as soon as you can.

No pet? No problem! Almost every local shelter and rescue are seeking volunteers to foster animals during this difficult time, and that’s exactly what volunteer Leslie Braunstein is doing for one Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter resident named Forest. 

“I chose to foster Forest so the staff has one less dog to care for,” says Leslie. “Volunteers are not allowed to walk dogs, so I took one of my buddies home.” 

If you are interested in fostering or adopting too, call your local shelter or rescue today.

And remember, during these trying times, “paw-sitive” attitudes will prevail!

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12 Cats, Dogs, That Want To Help Keep Your Mind Off The Pandemic

Even with limited staff and adoption hours, Long Island animal shelters and rescues continue to work tirelessly for the homeless animals who need them the most. You can help lighten their load by adopting or fostering any one of these adorable adoptables today! 

A message from the Nassau County SPCA:

Our humane officers continue to respond to our 24-hour abuse hotline and are working to provide COVID-19 related services where they can. With all the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the uncertainty of when things will go back to normal, we urge you to have a plan of action that includes your pet.  

Pet owners who have COVID-19: If you are ill but are still able to care for your pet, please keep them at home where they are most comfortable and notify your pets’ caregiver of a potential need. If you become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized: Your emergency pet plan should go into effect. 

Pet owners needing assistance with pet food: Long Island Cares Baxter’s Pet Pantry licares.org, Island Harvest Food Bank, 631-873-4775.

To report animal abuse, call 516-THE-SPCA and/or visit www.nassaucountyspca.org

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv:

Pepper

Pepper is adorably shy yet super sweet kitty who has already shown volunteers great “pet”ential when she’s given time to love and trust humans. At under a year old, this girl is ready to spend her life cuddled up next to you. For more information about adopting Pepper, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Kobe

Kobe is a natural anti-depressant! He is a 3-year-old Pit Bull/English Bulldog mix who loves to perform and act goofy for everyone that he meets. Kobe was born with a narrow valve in his heart that causes him to have dangerously high blood pressure within his heart. He will need to be on blood pressure medication for the rest of his life and have yearly visits to a cardiologist. He also has some minor medical issues common to his bulldog heritage. Kobe never lets any of this keep him from enjoying life. He loves to meet new people and play with toys. He had a sad start to life but makes the most out of every day! He enjoys children, but not other animals.

Chloe

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, a friendly, furry little attention-seeker named Chloe. Chloe, a 4-year-old female domestic shorthair mix, is a special girl with special needs. Chloe suffers from a seizure disorder which is easily managed by two separate medications daily and bi-annual blood work. She was adopted from the Animal Shelter as a kitten and was returned when her family could not properly care for her disorder. Her ideal furrever home is a caring, low stress environment where she can bask in the sunlight, take in the occasional cat nap and purr through endless petting. Chloe is wonderful around other cats and children, and she grew up in a home with a calm dog. She’d make a great addition to a loving family.

If you are interested in meeting Kobe or Chloe, 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. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process.

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access, including their 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, dogs and puppies 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:

Zeus

Look at this smile! Zeus is a 7-year-old boy who came to the shelter as an owner surrender. Zeus got out of his owner’s control and went after a small dog on the street. Zeus is now on the search for a solo pet home. Zeus’ previous owners had some fantastic things to say about him: he is house trained, crate trained, and used to living with people of all ages – from infants to adults. They described him as playful and affectionate. Zeus loves to go out for walks and play in the yard with his buddies. He is a goofy boy who is searching for a savvy owner. If you are interested in learning more, please call the shelter at 516-785-5220 or email adoption@tohmail.org

FOSTER OPPORTUNITY: If you’re cooped up at home, remember that cats and dogs are feeling the same way in their cages at the shelter. If you can open your home to a deserving animal by fostering (or adopting), please call for more information at 516-785-5220 or email  adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Briana and Kelly. Photo by Roe Johnson

*Double Adoption* Are you prepared for a shy pair of calicos to quietly steal your heart? Look no further than Briana (adoption #H210153) and Kelly (adoption #H210154), a bonded duo locally rescued and searching for a permanent place to call home. Although these older female kittens (6 months) have a lot of questions about us humans, their curiosity wins out when it’s mealtime! Briana and Kelly come alive in the company of confident cats and will thrive in a calm home with older children, especially if there’s a resident cat ready to show them the ropes of being a beloved family member. An open heart and a bag of treats is the key to success with this pair longing for the security and comfort of a real home.  

Tootsie

Shy Tootsie (adoption #L80521) was discovered locally and is currently residing at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. She’s gaining confidence with trusted companions in the safety of a cage-free setting. Tootsie needs a quiet life with older children and compassionate companions who can soothe her way into what is likely her first home.  Time spent with reassuring felines gives her a slight boost in confidence. A little love and patience will go a long way towards success for this 1-yea- old beauty.   

Nicholas Cage

When Nicholas Cage (adoption #BF3037) heard about Bianca’s Furry Friends cage-free Feline Adoption Center, he was ready to move right in. This local discovery wants to inspect every corner of his world, but he comes back to his human caretakers to let them know how great he thinks things are.  Life on the streets left Nicholas FIV+, and although he can’t tell us all that he’s survived, within minutes of meeting him it’s clear he’s focused on the here and now. Would you like to offer this bright boy a future with you?   

Boise. Photo by Roe Johnson

Boise (adoption #H210583) is an adorable 7-month-old kitten who was left to fend for himself on the local streets. After some time with a foster family, this shy boy is ready for his new life to truly begin. A quiet home with experienced cat people and children 8+ in age will set Boise up for success. Because volunteers and staff have observed he’s happiest when he’s with his feline friends, he is looking for a confident cat in your home that will smooth away all his worries and show him the ropes, and guaranteed they’ll be fast friends because Boise is very loyal to his buddies! 

Arkansas and Connecticut. Photos by Roe Johnson

*Double Adoption* Arkansas (adoption #H10584) and Connecticut (adoption #H10586) survived life on the local streets this winter and NSALA promised these brothers they’ll be living on easy street from now on. These handsome, 7-month-old kittens are never far apart and look forward to every new experience being shared together. Although they can be shy, just a little experience in the right quiet home, with children 10 and older in age, will make these kittens more confident and fans of life indoors!  

For more information about adopting Briana and Kelly, Tootsie, Nicholas Cage, Boise, Arkansas and Connecticut, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption through Babylon Animal Shelter:

Timmy

Timmy is one of the cutest and friendliest cats in the shelter’s cattery. At just 8 years old, Timmy was surrendered to the shelter by his owner who became homeless. Timmy is ready to find his new forever home and hopes that home is yours. Timmy gets along well with other cats too! 

Babylon Shelter is closed to the general public but is doing adoptions by appointment with people having pre-approved applications. Call 631-643-9270 for more information today! 

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