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Pets Rescued From Hurricane Dorian Among Those Up For Adoption on Long Island

To help bring attention to the approximate 3.3 million dogs that enter shelters every year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has declared October Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

That means it’s the perfect time to bring one of these perfect pooches home with you! More of a cat person? There’s more than enough to go around. Read all about how to bring home your new best friend right here!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Cali

SPECIAL REQUEST: Cali found her way to the TOH Animal Shelter as a stray back in May 2014. She sat for over a year waiting to be adopted, until her original “finder” came in and said that she was now in a place where she was allowed to have a dog and was ready to adopt Cali. Fast forward to now, and poor Cali just showed up as a stray yet again!  Attempts at contacting her adopter have failed, so she sits at the shelter, waiting once again for a home.

Sadly, Cali is now 8 years old, and has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Cali did nothing to deserve this fate, and it breaks staff and volunteer hearts that she spends her days in the shelter. At this point, Cali needs to find a hospice or foster hospice home. Cali is very friendly with people, is recommended for kids 13 and older and may be able to live with another dog. She is a bit under-socialized and would need slow and proper intros.

If there is anyone out there willing to open their home and hearts to Cali, please contact the shelter immediately: 516-785-5220 or email adoption@tohmail.org or foster@tohmail.org

Bunker

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

For more information about adopting Bunker, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh NY 11793 or email  adoption@tohmail.org. You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Brownie

As sweet as his name, Brownie is an extremely handsome 2-year-old fella who is pure love and sweetness. Brownie loves to hang around humans and is always up for some petting. Did we mention he also gets along well with cats? Can’t ask for more! If you can open your home to this sweet treat, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Hosta and Hygrangea

Hosta (adoption #BF2658) and Hydrangea (adoption #BF2659) were plucked from a local garden and brought to North Shore Animal League America. Now these matching black, 7-month-old gals need a place to call home with a family ready to provide them the love deserve. If you’d like to watch these beautiful besties bloom, please pick them up and let them brighten your home.  

Miss Chirp and Sam Houston

Miss Chirp (adoption #E3612) and Sam Houston (adoption #E3613) have weathered many a storm together on their journey to find a lasting home. When their previous family could no longer care for them, this tightly bonded pair of 6-year-old cats found themselves in a southern municipal shelter. Hurricane Dorian was about to complicate things even more, but fortunately Animal League America scooped them up and delivered them to the safety of NSALA’s Adoption Center on Long Island. Sam is the strong silent type, but Miss Chirp has been vocal in her gratitude. All you need to do to be their hero is meet them and you’ll want to take them into your home and life.   

Serenity

Perhaps Serenity (adoption #E3623) hasn’t had the most direct road to a home, but at 2 years old, this Hurricane Dorian survivor has her whole life ahead of her. Serenity will sing to you for attention and based on photo evidence she might help you with your paperwork. If you’re ready for a sweet, serene young lady, Serenity is ready to go home with you now!  

Cody

Ten-year old Cody (adoption #R151356) took a detour when he recently lost the only home he’s ever known due to burden of his diabetes. NSALA’s Medical Team nursed him back to health and nurtured his spirit, readying him for a fresh chance at happiness in his new home. Cody’s diet and medication are covered, at cost, through NSALA’s Medical Center to make finding him a new home as simple as possible. This very shy senior craves a quiet place to settle and loves to nap in a cozy nook.  He’s been a model patient and laps up his special diet meals with gusto. A slow blink tells us he knows we’re here for him. I f you would like to be the recipient of the deepest gratitude, please consider fostering or adopting this treasured friend.  

For more information about adopting Hosta, Hydrangea, Miss Chirp, Sam Houston, Serenity,  or Cody, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Otis

Otis, aka the most amazing family dog ever, comes to Last hope from Kentucky. At just 2-years old, Otis is already house and crate trained, quiet, amazing with other dogs (he lived with 8 others in Kentucky), and is purrrfect with cats and kids too! Otis loves his peace and quiet, and really enjoys being outdoors. He is also food motivated which means he’s a fast learner and LOVES peanut butter! Otis may take a few minutes to bond in a stimulating environment, but once he’s comfortable he will give hugs and be your little shadow. For information, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at https://lasthopeanimalrescue.org/

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

Dog Thrown From Moving Car Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

From senior cats looking to spend the rest of their lives with that special someone, to young pups and kittens seeking forever families to grow with, can you open your heart and home to one of these deserving furry friends today?

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue for a night of fun, music and food at their Rockin’ Rescue Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy., Hicksville. Enjoy music by the band Vox Nova, a live auction and raffle baskets. The event is $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door. Light dinner fare provided by Piccolo Ristorante in Bellmore. Savory sweets, soda, tea & coffee will also be served. For more information, visit lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Ringo

Peace and love is all Ringo Starr (adoption #H190473) is asking for. Ringo has faced more adversity than any senior pet should ever face. Rescued locally from an unsafe living environment, the team at North Shore Animal League America has given this 13-year-old gentleman all the time he needs to nurture his broken spirit and learn to trust. Like any feline friend, Ringo enjoys lazing around by sunny windows and napping in cozy nooks, but he really comes to life when he’s offered treats. Ringo is seeking a quiet “retirement home” with a committed human who will continue to work with him to build his confidence.  Children 12+ in age will help him settle into his best. 

Gizmo

No worries about giving this Gizmo water after midnight. Gizmo (adoption #V30813) is a 5-year-old, long-haired fella recently rescued from Virginia. He will thrive in a calm setting, with children 12 and up in age and adults who can nurture his spirit. He’ll be sure to make the perfect soulmate for someone very soon. Plus, look at that nose! It doesn’t get much cuter than this little guy!                   

Oak

Want to be a superhero? It’s easy and no cape required, just adopt a black kitten! Black cats are often overlooked in shelters but you can’t miss Oak (adoption #T102619). This 5-month-old kitten was recently rescued from Tennessee, and while he may seem small, the love Oak shows for his humans is mighty! This sweet baby can’t wait to plant roots in your heart. A smart adopter will pick up Oak and carry him home before the weekend!   

Nelson

Nelson (adoption #E3610) is a watchful boy waiting patiently for a new beginning. Having traveled all the way from the hurricane region, this 6-month-old Carolina kitten is shyly sitting pretty until his family scoops him up and carries him home this weekend. A quiet home with children 6 and up in age will reassure him that his place in your heart is a safe one. Volunteers and staff can’t wait to waive goodbye to him as he begins life as a beloved member of your family.   

Sashe

When senior Sashe (adoption #D45970) needed a second chance at happiness, NSALA came to her aide. This wonderful 12-year-old gal is very friendly, always greeting all new visitors as if she’s known them forever. Sashe makes loving her very easy, so don’t make this glorious lady wait another moment to be back in a loving home where she belongs!   

For more information about adopting Ringo, Gizmo, Oak, Nelson and Sashe, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Bounce and Downy

It’s true that sisters Bounce and Downy are named after laundry softeners, which does seem unusual, but truth be told they got their names from having the power to always “soften” the rough times in their special persons’ lives. These gals have been waiting a long time to be noticed. Rescued at 8 weeks old in Bay Shore, these girls are now 6 months old and ready to finally go to their forever home. Bounce and Downy have so much love to give, why not bring one (or both) home with you today?! For information, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue atlasthopeanimalrescue.org/

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Harry

This handsome young prince is Harry! He is very friendly and simply loves being pet. Harry gives lots of love bites! He is FIV positive (which doesn’t stop him from doing anything at all) and must be the only royal kitty in the house. If you can open your home to this prince charming, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Dahlia

Not one person can figure out why anyone would just throw sweet Dahlia out of a moving car, but even more curious, why has Dahlia has not been adopted yet? This incredibly sweet gal loves to be outside, whether it be playing in a pool, walking nicely on her leash or playing fetch. Dahlia is quite “treat motivated,” so you can teach her all the cool tricks. She does nicely in playgroups with low-key dogs, but she can also appear nervous and takes a little time to come out of her shell, so she’s recommended to go home with children 15 and older. If you are interested in learning more about adopting Dahlia, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh or email  adoption@tohmail.org. You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies

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

10 Cats and Dogs That Can’t Wait To Come Home With You

Studies show that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. So don’t wait, head out to your local shelter or rescue and adopt one of these amazing dogs or cats today!

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue on Sunday, Oct. 6 for Supermarket Bingo at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. Doors open at 3 p.m., and Bingo is played from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation programs. Prizes will include a variety of supermarket gift cards including BJs, Costco, Stew Leonard and more. Admission includes one Bingo card (set of four games), dessert and coffee/tea at intermission. There will be Basket (Chinese) Auctions, Lotto Board and 50/50 raffles. Additional cards, daubers, snacks and hot dogs can be purchased separately at the event. Admission is $15 with limited seating. To register, click on the PayPal Bingo blurb on their homepage at www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Ivy

You can’t ask for much more than what Ivy has to offer. This super sweet, dog-friendly, fun loving lady loves nothing more than playing fetch, belly rubs, and talking walks with anyone who offers. Ivy is housetrained, walks great on a leash, knows basic commands and is treat motivated, which means she is willing to learn literally anything! 

If you are interested in learning more about adopting Ivy, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email  adoption@tohmail.org. You can also check out Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info facebook.com/adoptableBestFriends

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Shaggy

Shaggy is as sweet as they come. This adorably handsome fella is just about 2 years old, and while he can be a bit shy, he loves the company of humans and other cats. Shaggy loves nothing more than to be pet, so if you can open your home to this cutie patootie, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Buddy Guy and Sunny Boy

Buddy Guy (adoption #T102417) and Sonny Boy (adoption #T102418) were singing the blues when they lost the only home they’d ever known in Tennessee. NSALA’s rescue team transported these 6-year-old brothers north for a fresh start in Port Washington and these fellas are now ready for their true forever home.  After receiving great medical care (Buddy Guy has a heart murmur that is covered by NSALA’s care), this duet is ready to make beautiful music in their next and permanent home. A low-key, quiet household is what these bonded brothers crave. If you’d like to experience the deepest appreciation of a pair of older gentlemen, let Buddy Guy and Sunny Boy be your new babies!  

Xander

Xander (adoption #E3607) is a gorgeous two-year old boy who was rescued from the path of Hurricane Dorian. It’s been a hectic journey but Xander is content to be comfy and cared for in the safety of NSALA’s Adoption Center. Staff and volunteers are excited to locate this stunning sweetheart the family ad home he deserves, probably for the first time in his young life. Ideally, Xander’s new home would be one with children 6+ in age. Falling in love with this gentle soul is simple. Is he meant to be yours?  

Glenn Close

Glenn Close (adoption #E3639) is a 1-year old stunner, patiently waiting for the next chapter in her life to begin. After surviving evacuation from Hurricane Dorian, finding a home should be a cinch for her. Glenn Close is seeking a calm, reassuring household to help her feel like a treasured part of the family. She’ll be eating treats from your hand in no time!  

Lorenzo

Rescued locally, the moment Lorenzo (adoption #R163320) arrived at NSALA, he was greeted with a promise of a bright future filled with all the love he deserves. This is an easy promise to keep because this 4-year-old guy is oozing charm and warmth. He may seem shy at first, but his playful spirit and curiosity overcome any fears he may have with just the slightest encouragement. Just say the word and you’ll go home with the piece of your heart that was missing, and this wonderful boy will begin his fresh start with your loving family.  

For more information about adopting Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy, Xander, Glenn Close, and Lorenzo, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Amadeus

Amadeus may be the cutest kitten out there! This little guy was one of the three kittens born into the “Mozart” litter four months ago. He’s been winning the hearts of staff and volunteers and is now ready to head home with you today! 

Princess

Princess is quite the outgoing little Puggle. Despite being surrendered to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter with two other Puggles a few months back, nothing seems to stop this cute little lady. Princess loves people and would prefer to be the only pooch in her new house. 

For information about adopting Amadeus or Princess, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Hamlet

Poor Hamlet was found chained up to a fence in the Bronx four years ago. His parents immediately fell in love with him and took him home where he was showered with love, attention and even trips to the dog park, but sadly he is now too big for their young child. With broken hearts, they had to move him into a kennel, but he needs a home. He is an absolute love, loves to play, loves his people. He is fully vetted, neutered, dog particular, cats unknown, and no young children as he does not know he his own strength. If your home is right for Hamlet, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call (631) 306-4616.

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

When Taming Strays, Patience Is Paramount

It has been said that time spent with cats is never wasted. But to socialize a cat, the key ingredient to success is time. 

Why socialize a cat? There’s an overpopulation of homeless felines on Long Island, and often good Samaritans take on the challenge of transforming an outdoor cat into a forever pet. While not an impossible task, it takes work and patience — for both cats and people.

“Sadly, feral is an overused term,” says Laurie Iglesias, a longtime shelter volunteer and animal advocate. “Only some homeless cats are feral. Ferals will do everything and anything to avoid humans and human contact. I’ve seen some of the most feral cats become loving additions to many families.” 

Since animals are food driven, meals can be used to socialize them. The goal is to have the cat feel comfortable eating in your presence. 

Leave food in the same place for 20 minutes and stay close. If they don’t show up, pull the plate and try again later. The cat will eventually learn that if it wants to eat, you need to be there. After several meals together, the cat will gain a sense of safety around you. 

The next goal may be physical contact. Iglesias recommends beginning by slowly approaching the cat with a soft hand, allow them to sniff you. 

“If the kitten seems fearful … try putting a dab of baby food (turkey flavor works wonders) on your finger,” she says. “As the cat approaches, slowly attempt to pet it under its chin if you can. Repeating this activity lets the cat associate your presence with good things: a delicious treat and affection.”

Gail Hoffman of Lynbrook brought her cat, Patches, inside five years ago.

“Patience is key,” she says. “Let them hide to feel safe. Give them little pieces of food from your hand and speak softly to them, and if you can get one cat to purr for you, the rest may follow.”  

Resources available to those interested in taking cats off the streets include support groups, local veterinarians, shelters, or rescues that can provide additional information So save a life — you’ll be glad you did!

11 Cats, Dogs You Will Fall In Love With This Autumn

Whether you prefer outdoor walks with a dog or a siesta by an open window with a cat, it’s the perfect time of year to bring a new best friend into your heart and home. Read all about some incredible animals available for adoption this week, right here! 

Take advantage of this wonderful weather and attend North Shore Animal League America is hosting our 3rd Annual Walk & Wag, a dog-friendly walk that brings members of the animal-loving community together to raise funds and awareness in support the no-kill mission of animal rescue on Sept. 28. 

Individuals and teams along with their furry companions will be walking the 1.5-mile route through North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington to help save lives of homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Registration/check-in begins at 9 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Head to North Hempstead Beach Park, Lot #1, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. For more information, visit animalleague.org/walkandwag

For great bargains and one-of-a-kind finds, come to Last Hope Animal Rescue’s Flea Market and Jewelry Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Church of the Advent (Winthrop Hall), 555 Advent St. in Westbury. 

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Banjo

All Banjo wants to know is when her forever family will find her. She is a 3-year-old sweetheart that came to Almost Home from a Brooklyn shelter. Banjo loves to be pet, and has no issues letting you know when she’s had enough. She is very sweet and will do best as the only kitty in the house. 

If you’re looking to add a lovely little lady to your home, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Banjo today!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Aladin and Sinbad

Aladdin (adoption #BF2653) and Sinbad (adoption #BF2655) are looking for a whole new world. These locally rescued, bonded, four-month-old baby brothers can’t imagine life without each other, and they won’t have to. They’d love to take a magic carpet right straight into your home and your heart. A little cat experience and a family with older children will help them transition smoothly into their very first home. You’ve never had friends like Aladdin and Sinbad. Bonded pairs and double adoptions are incredible; the cats keep each other company, entertain each other, and help socialize.    

Harriet

Shy Harriet (adoption #R166725) hid from visitors while she was at a New Jersey shelter, but the North Shore Animal League America team offered her a fresh start when she was brought to their Long Island Adoption Center. This gorgeous, 9-month-old kitten needed just a bit of coaxing from her new friends before Harriet’s personality blossomed. If you’re ready to have Harriet pounce into your heart, reach out for more details.

Madre

Madre (adoption #E3622) is a marvelous, young lady looking for her one true love. This 1-year-old tabby was rescued from the path of Hurricane Dorian and is now ready to settle down with a loving family up here in the north. Can you offer her comfort, peace, and a lifetime of ear rubs and treats?  

Nova

Nova (adoption #E3638) was transported by our Emergency Rescue Team out of the Carolinas and the path of Hurricane Dorian. She may be a bit shy when first introduced to new humans, but this one-year-old female tabby is always trying to make a connection with someone who will offer her cuddles and treats. Volunteers and staff think Nova is just super and they’re sure you will too.    

For more information about adopting Aladdin, Sinbad, Harriet, Madre and Nova, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Dahlia

Okay outdoorsy folks, it’s time to meet Dahlia. This gorgeous gal loves one thing: being outside. Dahlia is 3 years old, loves to play fetch, enjoys pool time, and of course walks nicely on a leash. She is treat-motivated, alert to her surroundings, and does well in playgroups with other low-key dogs. You literally can’t ask for more. Dahlia is recommended for a home with older children, ages 15 and up. 

If you are interested in learning more about adopting Dahlia, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email  adoption@tohmail.org. You can also check out their Adoptable Shelter Buddies Facebook page for additional info Facebook.com/adoptableshelterbuddies

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Frankie

SPECIAL NEEDS REQUEST: Frankie is an 11-year-old fully vetted, neutered, adorable mutt. He was an adopted rescue that is now in need of a home better suited to his needs. Sadly, Frankie can no longer see, but that doesn’t stop him. Frankie is a sweet, friendly dog who happens to be housebroken, crate-trained, and loves to play with his tennis balls. He is good around older children, cats and small dogs. Getting used to a world of darkness can sometimes be a little scary, so Frankie needs a caring, understanding forever home.  

Duke

Meet the Duke. He is a 2-year-old, 40-pound bundle of muscle, joy, and happiness. He wags his tail so hard he almost can’t stand up on his short little legs. He is a Boxer/Stafford terrier mix and loves to go on walks, play ball, nap at your feet, and cuddle when it is time to watch TV or go to bed. Duke is a “save from euthanasia,” but also the unfortunate victim of a “need to make room” situation. Thankfully he was saved and is now ready for his next chapter in life. Duke will make a great hiking buddy as he loves the outdoors and is very energetic. He is good with cats and other dogs, he’s fully vetted, neutered and ready to move into his new forever home today! 

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Frank

There’s a real good chance Frank Sin-Cat-Ra is gonna make you swoon. Frank is the last of the “Cat Pack” litter to be waiting for a home. Five-month-old Frank and the rest of the “Cat Pack” were rescued in Bellerose before going into Last Hope foster care. Frank is the handsome color of a Russian Blue, and a heart throb who promises to sing his theme song “I did it meow way” for anyone who asks. No regrets, not even a few. Frank is the Kitten for you.

Bodie

Bodie is a dog-friendly, 2-year-old Beagle from Amherst Humane in Virginia who will do a happy dance in a circle if you ask. He is particularly happy to be at Last Hope where many Beagle lovers visit and adopt. As an extra bonus, his tri-colored coat will blend in nicely with the leaves from deciduous trees as they fall around Bodie in your yard, making Bodie a great dog to bring home for the fall season!

For information about adopting Frank or Bodie, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org/

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

Dog in Shelter 2 Years Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

These amazing dogs and cats are ready as ever to go home with you today. They already have their bags packed! Read all about your new best friend, and how to bring them home with you right here! 

For great bargains and one-of-a-kind finds, come to Last Hope Animal Rescue’s Flea Market and Jewelry Sale on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church of the Advent (Winthrop Hall), 555 Advent St. in Westbury. 

Shadow

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Named for his gorgeous black coat, Shadow is a super sweet cat who loves to sit on the lap of any willing human and be pet, almost as much as he loves playing with fellow cats in the cattery. If you’re looking for your little shadow, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting him today!

Verrazano and Koscuiszko

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Verrazano (adoption #H209773) and Kosciuszko (adoption #H209774) were recently rescued locally and are leaning on each other as they navigate their new, temporary home at North Shore Animal League America. This bonded pair of male orange and white tabbies are looking for a calm, consistent environment to call home (likely their first ever). An adopter with some cat experience and a home with children 10 and older in age will build the “bridge” these older kittens need to discover a happy future. This is a double adoption- these guys must go home together.  

Angelina and Angelica

Young, 19-month-old mother Angelina (adoption #R166722) has been so devoted to her two-month-old daughter, Angelica (adoption #R166723). Angelica loves her mama so much, they are never more than inches apart! Adopting a mama who will take the best care of her baby is the easiest double adoption one could imagine. If you’re a first-time adopter, two is better than one, and these two will make loving them a breeze!  

Oliver

Handsome Oliver (adoption #R166724) was being overlooked at an overcrowded municipal shelter in New Jersey. A trip across the state line to NSALA’s Adoption Center will hopefully offer him fresh-eyed adopters looking for a beautiful, black, six-month-old kitten. Oliver is no wallflower; he’s looking for an experienced feline family (with children 10 and older in age) and a resident cat who will keep him entertained and show him how to live in his very first home. Often black cats tend to be overlooked, but savvy adopters will recognize the prize Oliver is, and opt to bring this kitty home today! 

Charlie

Charlie (adoption #H209917) is a 9-year-old gentleman cat who recently lost his home and is trying to make sense in his new environment at North Shore Animal League America. Charlie is feeling a bit confused and needs someone who will give him a quiet place to feel loved and cherished. If you’d like to experience the deep affection a senior feline has to offer, and can offer Charlie the devotion he craves, please consider taking him into your home.

Charlene

Beautiful Charlene (adoption #BF2683) was rescued locally and brought to an adoption center, where she is anxiously awaiting a life in a quiet home with reassuring humans. This 8-month-old female tabby has a strong desire to explore and her independence will enchant experienced cat fans who will indulge her curiosity and playfulness. Charlene is looking forward to celebrating her first birthday with a loving family – could it be yours?   

For more information about adopting Verrazano, Kosciuszko, Angelina, Angelica, Oliver, Charlie and Charlene, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Cross

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Cross is about 10 years young and came to the shelter after his owner was evicted and left him behind. Upon arrival, poor Cross was covered in fleas, sores and missing hair on his body. It was truly heartbreaking to see this sweet pup in such a condition. Cross loves other dogs, and actually relies on their company. He is very sweet with all people and is a breeze to walk on leash. Cross is looking for a loving home who will love and cherish him and give him the best years of his life. 

Tilliito

It’s hard to believe that this adorable boy, Tillito, is one of the “Top 10 Longest Residents” at the shelter. Look at that smile!! Tillito is only 8 years old and has been at the shelter for the last two years, so it’s time for him to find a forever home. Tillito is super playful and friendly, loves toys, walks great on a leash and will sit politely for anyone that asks. Tillito needs slow intros to other dogs but gets along well with others. 

If you are interested in learning more about adopting Cross and Tillito, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh or email  adoption@tohmail.org

Raven

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Raven is an 8-year-old black and white beauty who’s in need of a forever home as her senior mom is quite ill. Raven’s owner has been a devoted cat rescuer her entire life, always ready to open her home whenever needed and now she needs someone to open their home for her baby. Raven is very sweet and affectionate, and ready to go home with you today! 

Sasha

Three-year old Sasha is as sweet as they come and is also owned by the same devoted cat rescuer. Can you help place Sasha in his next forever home?

Brinley

Brinley is an adorable, super sweet young mix breed. Like most 2 year olds, she has lots of energy. She loves to run and jump and play with her toys. Brinley is good with children over 10 years old as she weighs about 45-50 lbs. She isn’t used to sharing her human(s) so it may be best if she’s the only pet in the home. She is spayed and up to date on shots, so she’s ready to go home with you today! 

JoJo

Want someone to go running or hiking with?  Meet Jo Jo Bo. This big, handsome 3-year-old Shar-pei/Labrador mix loves to run and play. Weighing in at about 75 lbs, he would prefer to be the only pet in the house with no children. If Jo Jo Bo sounds like your running mate, contact PAWS today!

Lola

Meet Lola, a 6-year-old, 65 lb Rottie mix. Sadly, Lola’s 94-year-old father was sent to a nursing home and never returned. She was her dad’s best friend and she waited for him alone in their house for months and realized he was not returning. She has been with a foster who adores her but, sadly, he realizes she would be best with someone who was home more frequently. She loves walks and playing ball. She is good with children but not good with cats and would best as the only dog in the home. She is spayed and is fully vetted and a true sweetheart. 

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

Sherlock

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

One-year old Sherlock boasts the pointiest ears and the most loving face, he certainly is one charming boy. Sherlock came to Bideawee from Florida after hurricane Dorian. This pup would be happy to be by your side anywhere you go. Whether it be a nice walk around the block to running or even hiking!

JP

This handsome 5-year-old boy is named JP. What a face he has! Donning a fantastic obsidian and gold coat, floppy ears, and the most heart-melting eyes, it’s impossible not to swoon over JP. Every bit as sweet with his beloved friends as he is adorable and irresistible, he encompasses only the loveliest qualities. He is seeking a patient, loving home with older children that will help him to feel comfortable and safe. 

Linus

This handsome 2-year old feline is named Linus. He’s a gorgeous cat that has a way of stealing hearts anywhere he goes. Upon meeting you the first time, he will gently place his face into the palm of your hand and will nuzzle in for love. The definition of a mush, Linus is spilling over with love to share. He is a sweetheart and has the most wonderful qualities. 

Lenore

Meet lovely Lenore! She is a gorgeous 7-year-old kitty with glowing green eyes and a fantastic tabby coat. Lenore has been at Bideawee since March 2015. Her diva personality and sassy kind of love sure has a way of winning hearts. She is looking for a home that knows how to treat a lady and that can fully appreciate her feminine charms. Therefore, an adult-only home would be ideal for her. 

For more information about adopting Sherlock, JP, Linus and Lenore, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

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

Cat in Hat Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

If heading back to school has you feeling overwhelmed, take a homework break and read about some of the most adorable cats and dogs available for adoption on Long Island right here!

Jungle

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

This handsome 6-year-old boy is Jungle! He is an entertaining boy who knows how to charm and make the crowds roar with laughter. This adorable tuxedo feline is very people-oriented and loves to play and engage with his friends. Being active and enthusiastic, Jungle tends to get a little carried away at times and may play with extra vigor. Therefore, we recommend a mature, experienced and adult-only family for this fun fellow. Mr. Jungle might be able to live with another active kitty, but this should be considered on a case-by-case basis. He would just blossom if his future household could provide a good amount of space, exercise and healthy outlets for his energy and curiosity. 

Missy

Three-year old Missy is one charming little girl! Missy is a funny feline, who is a little nosey with her fellow cats, and just likes to watch what everyone else is up to. When she’s not busy spying, she spends time with her people pals and feline friends in equal measure; though she is a diva, so it’s all on her own terms! She’d do great in any home as saucy as herself, that shares in her sense of humor! She would do nicely with another kitty as well! 

Roy

Seven-year old Roy came to Bideawee with his brother, Ross, all the way from Tennessee. Unfortunately, this sweet man is positive for heartworm, but Bideawee will cover all the treatment costs. Sweet Roy just needs a gentle place to rest his head until he is healthy, and in return he will light up your life with joy and affection. 

Lexie

This sweet and fantastic 3-year old gal is named Lexie. She’s currently being treated for heartworm. Bideawee does cover the cost for her treatment, but this lovely lady needs a nice low energy home to recover in. While she might be shy at first, she would love nothing more than to be by your side all day.

For more information about adopting Jungle, Missy, Roy and Lexie, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

Ranger

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Rescued from the outside elements by an Almost Home volunteer, Ranger is as sweet as they come, loves to be pet and welcomes all humans to the cattery like a little mayor. Ranger gets along great with other cats too, so you can bring him home to your already-existing fur baby! Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Ranger today!

Azul

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Cool Azul is known as the shelter’s dog play group super star! This adorable 8-year-old Pit Mix was surrendered to the shelter and apparently lived in a back yard his whole life. Azul was never socialized with people but boy oh boy, does he love to play with dogs of all sizes. The shelter uses Azul to test other dog’s friendliness and he is a total rock star in their doggy play groups! Azul is nervous meeting new people, but once you gain his trust, he is the most cuddly and mushiest dog ever. Azul is a laid-back dog and walks great on leash. Azul is looking for a dog savvy owner who can help him with socialization and work on his food issues. If you think you got what it takes, please don’t delay! Contact the shelter today!

Foxy

Foxy is a gorgeous 9-year-old gal who has been at the shelter for way too long! She is extremely affectionate and loves to give hugs and kisses. All this gal wants is a home of her own. She’s interested in other dogs (slow intros are a must) and can live in a home with older kids (13+). Foxy loves going for walks and walks very nicely on her leash. She knows basic commands and is treat motivated so she’s always willing to learn a new trick. 

If you are interested in adopting Azul or Foxy, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit him at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email  adoption@tohmail.org

Ashley

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

This southern young lady named Ashley (adoption #R166702) comes all the way from a wonderful rescue partner in South Carolina. With ears that never say no to ear rubs, this adorable 1-year old calico needs only a moment with you until you discover your soulmate. She’s never lived with a family before – can you offer Ashley the loving first (and last home) she’ll ever know?

Rex

When Rex (adoption #V38282) was left behind, the Animal League America team rallied around him to give him a fresh start. This precious 23-month-old, black and white, domestic short hair is one chill guy.  He patiently awaits being discovered by a family who will welcome him with open arms. Rex would be a wonderful choice for first time cat families. If that family is yours, reach out to learn more about this little dude today.

Marley

Marley (adoption #H209916) had his life turned upside-down when he recently lost his home, but this 4-year-old tabby is taking these changes in stride.  Marley would blend in beautifully to any loving home (as long as his humans promise to love him and give him ear rubs. Lots of ear rubs.) Marely has lived in a home with several cats in the past so he’ll make a great sidekick to a calm cat companion seeking a new best friend.  Would Marley be the perfect addition to your cat-loving home?  

Mr. Tibbs

Mr. Tibbs (adoption #E3611) found himself in an overcrowded southern municipal shelter in the path of Hurricane Dorian.  Last week, the North Shore Animal League Emergency Rescue Team headed south to rescue at-risk animals and this lucky 11-year-old was among the dozens of animals transported out of harm’s way.  After a trip north, this charming tuxedo is ready for a safe, fresh start up in New York! He’s friendly, inquisitive, and playful – he’s perfect for a household looking for an older cat who is young at heart.   Would you like to be the northern hero that takes in this Hurricane Dorian rescue?  

For more information about adopting Ashley, Rex, Marley and Mr. Tibbs, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

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

Animal Shelter Dogs Are Not Damaged Goods, Experts Say

Long Island Press Publisher Joanna Austin can attest to the fact that shelter animals are amazing. Meet her pup Trooper.

Let’s clear the air right now: Rescue dogs are amazing. 

Take one home and it will love you until death do you part. There’s a dangerous misconception that dogs from shelters and rescues also come with a slew of behavioral issues, but animal behavior experts tell a very different story. 

“There is no logical reason to believe that a dog that comes from a shelter has any more behavioral issues than a dog purchased from a breeder,” says Stephen DeBono, pet behavior manager at Bideawee pet welfare organization. “A dog’s behavior depends on a wide range of factors, including genetics, upbringing, and environment. Without proper socialization, mental and physical stimulation, and training, even the purest-bred dog will demonstrate behavioral issues.” 

In fact, purebreds are often the product of overbreeding, which leads to questionable genetics that can contribute to mental and physical hurdles a nonissue for your standard mutt.

Too often dogs are surrendered or returned to shelters for simple behavioral issues that can be corrected.  A wonderful benefit of adopting a shelter dog is that most shelters are equipped with behavior experts to help you choose the pet that is the best match for you and your family based on lifestyle, schedules and many other pertinent issues.  

“When former owners do not take the time to properly train and socialize their animals, puppies quickly grow up to be fearful or have behavioral challenges,” says Diane Johnson, vice president of shelter operations at North Shore Animal League America, who has 36 years of experience helping dogs and cats thrive. “Lack of socialization is the most common behavioral issue since dogs that are afraid to be around people and other animals are often overlooked. One of the easiest ways to socialize a puppy is to expose them to a lot of different stimuli such as different sounds, sites, textures underfoot, meeting other pups (if vaccinated appropriately), and all types of people, so they get used to strangers.”  

Shelter staff is also there to help you choose your perfect match. DeBono advises “choosing a dog that is best suited for your environment. Behavior issues are often situational so you must be able to properly accommodate the dog you choose. Research the type of breed you’re interested in. Understanding their characteristics, attitudes, general health issues and needs will lead to a successful adoption and a long-lasting relationship”.   

Remember that adopting a rescue dog saves lives. Adopt, don’t shop: You’ll be glad you did!

15 Cats, Dogs Ready To Come Home With You Today

A nice, long holiday weekend is here, which only means one thing-extra time to adopt a new best friend! Read all about some amazing cats and dogs that would love to make your home their new forever home today!

North Shore Animal League America is waving adoption fees for all cats and kittens, for approved adopters, at their Port Washington campus throughout the Labor Day Weekend. North Shore Animal League America is filled to capacity with adoptable cats and kittens and they need your help creating more room so they can continue their life-saving mission.  Adopting kittens (especially in pairs,) as well as teenaged and senior cats, into loving homes will enable them to rescue more animals in need. Beginning Thursday, August 29, they will open to the public for a Feline Friends & Family Evening. Cat enthusiasts looking to adopt are invited to visit the Little Learners building on their Port Washington campus to find new feline friends. Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, adoption fees will be waived on all cats and kittens for all approved adopters. 

Dodger

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

Dodger is quite the intelligent 8-year-old feline who chose his current family all by himself.  With an injured leg, he walked up to their door, went through their house and into their lives. That was 7 years ago. Fast forward to today and his family is devastated they have to give him up due to some newly diagnosed pet allergies. Dodger is neutered and healthy and is just an all-around good boy who loves to lie in the sun and play with his toy mice.  He lived peacefully with a small dog for a few years, not sure about other cats.   If you can open your heart and home to Dodger, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call (631) 306-4616 today!

Dakota

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Dakota is a stunning 5-year-old sweet girl who was surrendered because her prior owner had to move to another state. Dakota loves to be pet and is always seeking human attention. She gets along well with the other cats and would simply love a forever home! Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Dakota today!

Hensley

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Hensley (adoption #R166808) is still just a kitten herself, yet she has spent the better part of her first year carrying and caring for a litter of kittens. Those days are behind her, and now she can spend the rest of her life as a healthy, happy, beloved indoor pet. Hensley is an 11-month-old, medium-haired North Carolina transplant with fur soft as silk who actively enjoys her playtime. Motherhood has left this lady sensitive so a home with children 10+ in age and cat-experienced adults will help her transition into her very first—and definitely her very best—home! If you’d like to help Hensley start over in your family, please come by and introduce yourself to one of the loveliest momma cat heroes our team has nurtured! For more information, email DoritS@animalleague.org

Romilda

Would you look at this adorable face!? Romilda (adoption # NCI1316) is an 8-month-old, lovable young lady originally from the Adirondack region. She’s is ready to plop into her human’s lap and spend forever cuddling with her newfound family. The markings on her face make Romilda a striking beauty with an equally striking personality to match.  She deserves the very best family out there-if that’s you, reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org to learn more about adopting Romilda today!

Sammi and Davis

**Double Adoption** When young, 2-year-old Sammi (adoption #WV0448) became a mama in West Virginia, she was so devoted to her daughter, Davis (adoption #WV0449) that her rescuers asked NSALA to keep them together forever- and they are happy to oblige because they couldn’t be more charming! Mini-me Davis looks up to her mama for guidance and never leave each other’s side, but they both have plenty of room in their hearts to embrace a new family. If you’re interested in this mother/daughter adoption, please reach out to DoritS@animalleague.org.

Tater

Available for adoption at Little Shelter:

Tater the 6-month-old Terrier mix is available for adoption. This sweet girl is eager to make friends with everyone she meets. She’s a loving puppy ready to begin obedience classes and put her best paw forward. Tater is looking for a home where she can be the only furry family member. Come meet her today at Little Shelter in Huntington!

Priscilla

 Priscilla is also looking for her furever home. This happy dog is a sweet at spunky 12-year-old Terrier mix who is a huge people “person.” Priscilla had a blast at Pet-A-Palooza going up to and getting attention from all the visitors who came by. With her outgoing personality, no one can can’t believe she is still available! Priscilla is a great little dog who loves to play, run, and snuggle. She does need to be the only pet, but don’t let that turn you away. She’s an extremely gentle girl that will make you laugh for hours with her puppy like personality.

Buggsy

Buggsy the luvbug wants you to meet him at Little Shelter. This guy is quite the character! He loves people and is a total ham for attention. He also doesn’t mind being dressed up and when he was being photographing in a vest, Buggsy trotted off happy as could be with his new accessory. And let’s not forget that this guy loves cuddles! Who could ask for more?

Dana

Dana is a 3-year-old tabby who was rescued from the Carolina’s after Hurricane Florence. She is a sweet girl who loves people and is always seeking out affection from visitors and staff. She is an outgoing kitty who wants to be part of the action and will follow you around like a little shadow.

For more information about adopting Tater, Priscilla, Buggsy and Dana, please contact Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center at 33 Warner Rd, Huntington, 631-368-8770.

Peaches

Available for adoption at the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter:

Handsome Peaches is a sweet boy who craves attention and would love his own family to cherish him. Peaches is a gentle kitty who just wants to be held and snuggled. If you’re looking for a companion that will always be by your side, look no further than Peaches.

Ajax

This is one pawsome cat that definitely deserves your attention. Ajax is known for following visitors around the cattery and sitting right at your feet looking for attention. He loves a good conversation and will answer with a gentle mew. He would be a great companion for anyone looking for a cat that will be purr-sonally attentive! Come meet him today.

For more information about adopting Peaches and Ajax, please contact the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter located at 104 Deposit Rd, East Northport, 631-651-9788. 

Joci

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Joci is a sweet and precious 10-year-old lady who’s a warm and loving senior dog seeking a home to call her own. Donning a fantastic ebony and ivory coat with brindle highlights throughout, she is both outwardly stunning and inwardly lovely. Joci needs a family that is every bit as wonderful and affectionate as she is. In return, you can expect endless love and loyalty from her. If Joci sounds like an idyllic fit for your family, call and ask about adopting or fostering her today! 

Snipe

Snipe comes equipped with a wonderful smile, precious caramel pips and a sweet freckled face-he has certainly turned heads at Bideawee. Sweet 1-year-old Snipe came all the way from South Carolina but has quickly settled into the New York lifestyle. He has won many hearts already with his cuddles and unique wiggling behind and is anxiously awaiting a home (and couch) to snuggle that behind up to. 

Pumpkin

Eight-year old Pumpkin was found trapped inside of a tire by a Good Samaritan when she just was 4 months old and was brought to Bideawee for housing and care. They took one look at her and swept her right under their wing! Pumpkin is a social and excitable domestic short-hair kitty. She has a great deal of playful, kitten-like energy still. Pumpkin would be pleased as punch to chase a string around for hours. She is quite the socialite, too, and loves to strut around; she believes that the world is her playground! Pumpkin is quite unique in both personality and creation; she is not only zesty, but she is an uncommon find, as orange female cats are a rarity! She is seeking an equally special home to call her own. Pumpkin tends to become worked up when she receives more attention at one time than she can handle, and so she would do best in an adult home with cat-savvy adopters. All Pumpkin needs is a chance with the right family! 

Carmela

Carmela is a fantastic little lady known as being a sweet and tenderhearted cat that is simply wonderful from tip to tail. Boasting piercing emerald eyes, and a coat of the most lovey tabby markings, she is a joy to behold. Just as sweet as she is beautiful, she can be counted upon to rub up against your hands for love and nuzzle for comfort. If Carmela sounds like the one for you, ask about adopting her today! 

For more information about adopting Joci, Snipe, Pumpkin and Carmela, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

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

Chihuahua Puppies Found in Vacant Home Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

While last weekend’s Clear the Shelter event was a nationwide success, there are still plenty of cute cats and adorable dogs that can’t wait to find their forever homes! Read about some of Long Island’s finest homeless pets here, and how you can make them your new best friend today!

And calling all cat caretakers! Don’t miss his weekend’s Fixing Felines Spay/Neuter event on Sunday, August 25 at Farmingdale Dog & Cat Clinic, 908 Conklin St. in, Farmingdale. Drop off time is 8 a.m. Call 631-439-5796 for questions and/or to schedule an appointment. Their low-cost services include $68 for females, $58 for males (includes rabies and distemper vaccine, flea treatment and deworming). This is a great opportunity for those who help Long Island’s stray/feral cats. Don’t hesitate, call today!

L. to R.: Daphne and Buddy

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

Buddy and Daphne are in desperate need of a new home since their mom passed away suddenly. Buddy is the dashing 3-year-old dachshund and Daphne is the darling 13-year-old French bulldog. Both are house broken, neutered/spayed and ready to find their true forever home. Buddy and Daphne are sad and rather confused and need someone special to open their hearts and home to them. 

L. to R.: Frick and Frack.

Few things in life are cooler than being able to call your pet kitties Frick and Frack! These sweet sisters were rescued off the streets when they were kittens and loved for the last 10 years until their human mama passed away. The family took care of them for as long as they could but are unable to continue caring for them. Frick and Frack are both spayed and declawed, and the only way to tell them apart is the width of their tail. They are very sweet cats, a little shy at first, and have never been apart so they need a family that will commit to adopting them both. But that’s OK, what’s Frick without Frack anyway?!   

If you are interested in adopting Buddy, Daphne, Frick and Frack, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616 today!

Leo

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Peek a boo, I see you, says Leo, the gorgeous creamsicle kitty! Leo’s human went out and got a kitten and decided Leo had to leave. It’s really a shame because Leo is very affectionate with people and loves to be pet. Leo would prefer to be the only cat in your home. He is overwhelmed with all the young kittens and cats where he is now. If you’re searching for the perfect solo pet, Leo is your guy. Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Leo today!

Isabel

Available for adoption through Our Best Friends Animal Rescue Inc.:

Meet sweet Isabel. At 2 years old and just 12 pounds, this girl hasn’t had much luck finding a forever home just yet. Isabel has cleaned up quite a bit since this photo was taken, and now she needs a home with lots of love and patience. She is a playful little girl and is still very much a puppy. She would thrive with a patient owner willing to train her and show her how to be the prim and proper gal she should be. In return, Isabel will be sure to make you giggle every day and will cuddle with you whenever you let her. 

Ducky

Poor little Ducky was found in an abandoned house with eight other dogs, all infested with fleas, starvingm and terrified. Fast forward to now, and Ducky is ready for his own home! Ducky is a little guy, maybe 7 pounds, he’s under a year old and loves to be with people. Ducky gets along well with his rescue companion but would need to be tested with other dogs. Ducky loves to talk. He starts babble barking when he wants attention but gets quiet at night once the lights go out. Ducky will be fully vetted before he goes to his forever home. 

Theo

Handsome Theo was found wandering the streets alone. The person who found him said they had seen him out for at least a week before they picked him up. They looked for his people, but no one ever came for him. Theo came with no name and no history, but Our Bet Friends Rescue discovered nothing but a super sweet boy who just wants to be loved. Theo is a bit thin and will need to gain a few pounds. He’s somewhere around 18-24 months old and will be fully vetted prior to adoption. 

Gracie

Gracie came to the rescue after being dumped with her brother George at a rural Alabama shelter. Both had been severely neglected physically and had been abused by their previous owners. Gracie is scared at first and screams if she gets scared when you go to pet her or pick her up. Thankfully she learns to trust quickly and gets over her fears for a piece of chicken or cheese. Gracie is about 7 years old and has the cutest underbite you’ve ever seen! She was infested with fleas when she got dumped at the shelter which brought about fur loss, but it is growing back nicely. Gracie deserves a loving lap for the rest of her new life.

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice were abandoned in a vacant house in filthy conditions. All the dogs had fleas, no food, and were terrified. The girls are a little frightened but that’s to be expected- they’ve been through a lot. While not a lot is known about them, volunteers know they are sweet and loving dogs that deserve a wonderful life ahead of them. They are tiny ladies at about four pounds each, approximately 12-18 months old and will be fully vetted prior to adoption. 

For more information about adopting Isabel, Ducky, Theo, Gracie, Sugar and Spice, email ourbestfriendsrescue@gmail.com or check out their webpage at ourbestfriendsrescue.org

Stephy

Available for adoption at Bideawee:

Eight-year old Stephy is a fabulous golden girl who came to Bideawee all the way from Tennessee. Stephy is the kind of gal who would be down to go anywhere and do anything as long as she gets to be with her family. This sweet senior pup would be happy lounging on the couch or going for a nice neighborhood stroll. As long as she gets some cookies, she will be good to go! 

Pookie

This lovely 3-year old girl is named Pookie. She’s a precious lady that everyone simply adores. Although she comes off as being bashful at first, it only takes her moments to shower you with affection. Her wonderful brand of gentle trust and love is without compare. Not to mention, she comes in a fantastically adorable shape with her long body, short legs and weighing only 22 pounds! 

Cooper

This charming young lady is named Cooper. Not only is she gorgeous, but her personality is as unique as her coloration. Her delightful diva personality is a fine compliment to her lovely appearance. At just 5 months old, she already knows how to shower you with attention on her own terms, but when she loves, she truly LOVES; making it mean that much more. 

Hyacinth

This beautiful young lady is named Hyacinth. She is a 4-month old spirited and zesty kitten who is always ready to spring into action. With an intrepid character, a playful soul and a loving heart, Hyacinth possesses only the most admirable and wonderful qualities. She loves to leap and bound around and is much adored by everyone at Bideawee. 

For more information about adopting Stephy, Pookie, Cooper and Hyacinth, contact the Bideawee adoption center located at 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton, or call 631-684-0079.

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