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What Is The Difference Between A Service Dog, Therapy Pet, and Emotional Support Animal?

Service dogs, therapy pets, and emotional support animals are not all the same. (Getty Images)

Walk around an airport, visit a hospital, or even dine at a restaurant and you’ll find service animals in action. But what services do they provide? 

There are three levels of working animals: service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals, explains Linda Keehn, a certified dog behavior consultant, certified professional dog trainer, therapy dog evaluator, and owner of Positive Canine Training, LLC in Lindenhurst.

“Service dogs perform tasks as defined by the American Disability Act (ADA),” she says. “Their main focus is mitigating their handler’s disability, whether it be medical or psychiatric.”

It can take years of rigorous training before dogs can be certified as service dogs. Service dogs have full public access with no restrictions.  

“It’s important to note that under the ADA, a service dog is not required to wear a vest, so one way of identifying a true service dog is to observe their focused behavior on their handler,” she notes.  

Following in the service dog’s pawsteps is the therapy dog. These are the dogs found in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Therapy dogs are thoroughly trained, tested, and insured by accredited therapy dog organizations. An important distinction between therapy and service dogs is that therapy dogs are not granted full public access; they are only allowed where they have been invited. 

Gaining popularity is the emotional support animal, which provides support to handlers with emotional issues.

“The emotional support animal does not require any specific training, however the owner must obtain and provide documentation from a mental health provider stating the animal used provides assistance with a mental health issue,” Keehn notes. 

But if you’re thinking about using your pet as an emotional support animal, you may need to think twice. 

“While you may feel comforted by your dog, airports and airplanes are scary places for animals who are not properly trained to handle such situations, so if you are considering this path, consider looking into obedience/therapy training first,”  says Keehn. 

Currently, emotional support animals are restricted to airport/airplane and housing access only. 

If you are interested in learning more, check resources wisely. Keehn suggests contacting nonprofit service dog organizations or contacting an organization that specializes in the disability at hand. 

“You can hire a trainer to train your own dog as a service dog, but buyer beware,” says Keehn. “Dog training is an unregulated field, so be sure to visit facilities, see their trained dogs in action, and get references from other handlers.” 

For more information, visit positivecaninetraining.com

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Senior Pets Seeking Second Chance Among Dogs, Cats Up For Adoption on Long Island

This week you’ll find some cats and dogs who have been down on their luck for too long.

Thanks to local rescues and shelters they are all healthy and safe, but the one thing they all need to thrive is their very own forever home. Please read their stories and consider opening your heart and home to one (or more) of these precious souls. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter:

Blossom

**Special Request** You may recall Blossom being crowned by award-winning artist Sophie Gamand back in 2014, but since then, Blossom finds herself back in the shelter system through no fault of her own.  

The shelter always made it clear Blossom would do best as an only pet. Blossom found her way into a new home but was shortly found roaming the streets as a stray. She was in horrific shape: patches of fur missing, confused, older, sad, scared, incontinent, and looking sickly. Her adopters had failed her. 

When contacted, her adopters picked her up, only to bring her back the next day saying they didn’t want her anymore, that she wanted to be an only dog. Mind you, Blossom was there first!

Ms. Gamand rushed to the shelter to photograph her right before confinement. The light in her eyes had dimmed as you can see from the attached photo. Blossom was crowned again, using a new crown, this time with her shelter intake collar on, because that’s her story. 

Blossom is perfection. She is a good girl, she is super friendly, good with kids of all ages. She even lived with a newborn in one of her families with no issue! She is crate-trained, knows basic commands and go to bed. She will only be adopted as an only pet. No more excuses for dumping her again. 

Please tag someone, share her story with #FindBlossomAHome, and if you can offer a home, contact the Brookhaven Animal Shelter at 300 Horseblock Rd. in Brookhaven, call them at 631-286-4940 or visit brookhavenny.gov

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter:

Jodi

Jodi is a very sweet but frightened 6-year-old Shepherd mix who was picked up as a stray with a buddy. She was definitely more relaxed when the other dog was near and may do better with another calm dog around. No one really knows what troubles Jodi has seen or how long she lost before she was picked up.

Jodi has been in foster care with a lovely volunteer who planned to adopt her but turns out she is unable to keep her. The news is devastating. As per Jodi’s foster mom: “she is extremely fearful of loud noises. Even my cell phone when I get a text message. She hasn’t bonded with anyone else in my house. She runs away from them, especially men. She hasn’t been exposed to other dogs recently and would be better off in a home with older children 10 and up. She happily goes for walks in the morning but later in the day she wants no part of it.”

Jodi is rarely interested in playing outside. Maybe she was not allowed in her past life. Jodi needs a gentle, patient person to continue her emotional conditioning, assure her the people in her life now are here to love and protect her.  

Boogie

**Special Needs Request** Wanna boogie down Broadway with Boogie? Three-year-old Boogie the Beagle has been in foster care during the shutdown with a Last Hope family, who have fostered many of their dogs. Boogie began having seizures several months before the COVID-19 crisis. His seizure medications have been fine-tuned during his time in foster care.

But the seizures don’t stop him. Boogie is an active boy and will do best with a person or couple who like to take long walks. With his puppy energy and Beagle charm, this mush will steal your heart in no time! 

To meet Jodi or Boogie, please email lettycanals@gmail.com 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Zoe

What’s a stunning kitten like Zoe Kravitz (Adoption #H210644) doing in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center? Why waiting to be connected with you of course! This local 1-year-old rescue has been promised a great life in a loving home—her very first! Zoe may be shy at first, but offer her an ear rub and you’ll begin a beautiful relationship.

Hope

Hope (Adoption #BF3261 is hopeful that she’ll soon be home! This 6-year-young diva wants all of your attention, and would prefer not to share it with other pets. She’d like to forget her humble beginnings on the local streets and is shooting for the stars—a chance to be pampered by a loving human. If you’re looking to have only one cat, Hope springs eternal that you’ll chose her for your new best friend!   

Hoffman

If you’re feeling lonely at home, we have a purrfect solution to the problem. Seven-year-old Hoffman (Adoption #H210569) never runs out of conversation and wants to give her heart and soul to making her favorite human happy. Affectionate and charming, Hoffman is hoping to graduate from Bianca’s Furry Friends to your heart and home. 

Nueva

Beautiful tabico Nueva (Adoption #H210663) has been assured her next stop in her journey will be a real home. Until then, we’re keeping this shy little 3-year-old safe and cozy inside a cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Just a little gentle coaxing and some patience will have this precious girl warming up to you.  

Katy Tur

After waiting patiently in a long term foster home for her big opportunity, local rescue Katy Tur (Adoption #L80530) is happy to report she has finally made it to the bright lights and big time of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center—her big chance at finding permanent happiness. This quiet, classy 7-year-old knows a lot about patience and will enjoy the comfort of her cage-free room with her new feline friends while the purrfect home comes along for her. Because she loves her feline friends so much, we are looking for a household with another FIV+ cat to befriend for the rest of her life.

Patch Adams

Patch Adams’ (Adoption #H210900) life is looking up now that he’s safely in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center as he awaits his forever family. This older eight-month-old kitten was discovered in a hero’s yard this spring and brought indoors ensuring he’ll never have to fend for himself outside again. Shy at first, Patch easily overcomes his fears with a little ear rub and playtime with feline friends. He’ll make a delightful choice for anyone willing to soothe him into his first real home. Once settled, you’ll be enjoying a lifetime of snuggles with your newest best friend!  

For more information about adopting Zoe Kravitz, Hope, Hoffman, Nueva and Katy Tur, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Sonic

You’ll soon understand how Sonic got her name. This beautiful 2-year-old kitty was found as a stray scavenging for scraps of food at a local Sonic restaurant. She can be very shy, but she also has a very sweet personality and is not aggressive at all. It will take some time and patience in order to get Sonic to open up, but it’ll be very worth it when she purrs for you as her stamp of approval! She would prefer to live in a quiet and calm household with a lot of love to give.

If you are interested in meeting Sonic, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with him in a domestic setting, which includes the 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. For more information, call 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 Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Wilbur

**Senior Alert** Can you hear Mr. Ed calling his best buddy?  This senior handsome little chihuahua is about 10 years old and weighs all of 8 pounds soaking wet. Wilbur is very sweet, gets along well with other dogs and loves all people, but a home without cats would be best. If snuggling and taking naps is your thing, then Wilbur is your perfect match! He’s had a rough life and just needs a home to enjoy his golden years surrounded by love.

Callie

**Senior Alert** Meet Callie. This sweet senior is a hypoallergenic mix for those of you with allergies! She is spayed, about 9 years old and weighs roughly 25 pounds. Callie loves nice leisurely walks followed by a nice leisurely nap! She would make the perfect companion for a retiree who enjoys spending time outdoors. Callie will sunbathe while keeping you company in the garden and giving you unconditional love. Have some unconditional love to give her in return?

Poppy

Look at this face! Poppy is a healthy 5-year-old terrier mix whose original owners (who had her for 4 ½ years) recently relinquishing her to a high-kill shelter due to some guarding issues. She was adopted after a very short stay at the shelter by a young couple who unfortunately made matters worse. The male owner was very rough with Poppy when she was protecting items that were important to her.

She is currently under the care of a behaviorist and learning to work through her issues. Poppy is otherwise sweet, loving, and friendly. She loves people!! She enjoys playing catch, going for walks, and running in the grass. She’s pretty good on leash and is learning to be better. 

She gets along well with other dogs; cats are an unknown. Poppy would do best in a home with adults or kids older than 13. Her new person or family will be required to continue to work with our behaviorist. Local adoptions only. 

For more information about adopting or fostering Wilbur, Callie or Poppy, email adoptions@paws-li.org, call 631-306-4616, or visit paws-li.org

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

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Dog Who Lost Owner To Coronavirus Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

If TV binge-watching is getting old, why not change things up by bringing a new cat or dog home this weekend?

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Mr. Poof

Poof! And magically, the coolest cat in town appears and is ready to be adopted. Oh, that’s this cutie’s name, Poof! This 2-year-old sweetheart is very affectionate, loves nothing more than being pet and held — a total mush ball! Poof gets along great with adults, kids and cats, making him the purrfect cat for almost any household. Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this handsome fella home today!

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Zeus

Meet Zeus; this 4-year-old Staffie mixed-breed is 65 pounds of pure love! Big and goofy, Zeus loves to play, loves to hug and basically just loves to be loved. He is good with dogs and all people and seems okay with cats. He is just waiting patiently for his new home.  Due to his size, he would do best with children older than 10.

Koby

**Special Needs Request** Don’t tell sweet 10-year-old Koby that he has a neurological issue that affects his walking. He mostly gets around by himself but does need help at times as he does forget he needs to take it slow. He loves his toys, naps and people! His requirement for his retirement years is a person who understands his neuro/walking issues, who has lots of patience and lots of love to give. He will give the love back 1,000 times over. It seems he may have lived his life as a junkyard dog and he just wants to enjoy his twilight years in a quiet home lavishing in love and attention. He will make a wonderful companion as he really loves people. He does need a fenced in backyard in which to safely walk around and sunbathe. He also needs to be the solo pet in the house. 

Luna

**Senior Alert** Luna is a 12-year-old Bull Mastif mix who was sadly and cruelly dumped at kill shelter in her golden years. She was on the euthanasia list and just seemed to accept her fate until PAWS jumped in at the last minute. She’s been with a wonderful foster who is helping her to trust again, but it’s taken awhile. She loves to nap and go for walks. She is best in a home with no other dogs, cats or children under 13 years old. She needs a patient person with a big heart to help her believe again that people can be good. 

Thelma

Thelma is a sweet-as-sugar 5-year-old staffie/bulldog mix who is as gentle as they come. Just look at this face! Thelma loves to cuddle and play. She gets along well with other dogs and enjoys going to the park. Thelma would do best in a home with children over the age of 10. 

For more information about adopting or fostering Zeus, Koby, Luna, and Thelma, 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:

Machiavelli

**Senior Alert**  The team at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center is so enamored with Machiavelli (adoption #BF3243) they’ve declared him North Shore Animal League America’s No.  1 Bachelor. This suave 15-year-old has them all swooning from all the head butts he offers. His irresistible charm will find him a new family but they need to promise him endless ear rubs. Machiavelli will have no trouble fitting into any home (and any lap.)  Sure he’s got a few medical issues — the usually issues our senior feline friends do — but they are covered by our Medical Center. All you have to worry about is finding enough time in your day to cuddle him!

Tabitha Stevens

Sensational tortie Tabitha Stevens (adoption #NCI1635) doesn’t need to twitch her nose to get what she wants. All this lovely 3-year-old lady needs is to gaze at you with her big beautiful eyes and the magic between you will begin instantly. You’re going to fall under her spell from your first hello. Tabitha came to us from our shelter partner upstate and has had experience with feline friends and calm canine friends, so she’d be a wonderful addition to any family.

Larry David

A true gentleman, Larry David (adoption # R166958) is pretty, pretty, pretty awesome.  Unlike his namesake, this 2-year-old has impeccable manners and will make a wonderful impression at your next dinner party. You’ll need to curb your enthusiasm when you meet him because he’s simply too sweet to be believed. Larry would do best in a home with feline-experienced adults (and children 8+ in age).

Martin Short

Shy guy Martin Short (adoption #H210666) tries very hard to put his best paw forward and make a lasting impression (beginning with his unique meow) in the hopes you’ll lead him home. Martin has put the first year of his life on the local streets behind him and now looks forward to spending the rest of his life in a quiet home. You provide the ear rubs and Martin Short will provide the smiles. 

Grape

After spending his young life on the local streets, Grape (adoption #H210667) has settled into the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center and beginning to understand how great things are becoming for him. This sweet, 1-year-old male tabby’s big eyes are taking in all of the rapid changes to his life, and his nose is waiting to be booped.

For more information about adopting Machiavelli, Tabitha Stevens, Larry David, Martin Short, and Grape, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Hilton

Hilton, a lovely 2-year-old calico has been with All About Spay Neuter since she was a kitten. She is a “special needs” cat with a heart murmur and requires medication in the morning. She has a big personality and trills happily when she spots you with cheese. If you are interested in this sweet girl or would like see any of the adorable kittens or cats at the rescue, 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:

Parker

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, a little guy who has been through the ringer, Parker. Parker is an 8-year-old Male Chihuahua Mix. Sadly, he is a COVID-19 orphan who lost his owner to the disease two months ago. His 2 geriatric doggy siblings went into foster care, while Parker was brought to the Animal Shelter. Parker is an absolute love mush who loves all people, and most other dogs and cats! Parker has a heart murmur that currently does not require any medications, but this may change in the future. Parker does have food aggression, so he cannot be placed in a home with small children. It may require a bit of extra attention and care to meet all of Parker’s needs, but the extra work is worth it when he snuggles up with you. Parker has been through a lot in his little life, and all he wants is love, attention and a comfy lap to sleep on. We know his hero and forever home is out there for him somewhere. 

If you are interested in meeting Parker, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with him in a domestic setting, which includes the 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. 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 hsmithtownny.gov

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Beauty

Beauty is about 3 years old and came to the shelter as a stray in March 2019. She was found loose on the streets by a good Samaritan who took her into their home for a few weeks. They ultimately decided they couldn’t keep her and brought her to the shelter. No original owner was found, so now Beauty awaits her future forever family to come find her. Beauty is very nervous at the shelter but she does love to see her buddies and is more happy and calm with the people she knows. Beauty needs a solo pet home. If you are interested in learning more please call the shelter at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantaghor 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!

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

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