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If These Long Island Shelter Pets Could Vote, They’d Elect You Their New BFF

Regardless of whether you’re red or blue this week we can all agree on one thing: these cats and dogs are adorable and would love to go home with you today. So don’t wait, head down to your local shelter or rescue and find your new best friend today!

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Eloise

Who looks like she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders? That’s none other than tiny but mighty Eloise (Adoption #H210813)! She actually uses those sad eyes to grab your attention. Four-month-old Eloise is actively interviewing humans for the role of her best friend, climbing up onto shoulders to perch upon. Can you think of anything sweeter than that? No one can blame you if you can’t resist her—we can’t either. Eloise is being monitored for pectus excavatum (her ribcage is concave,) a condition that can impact her energy. This doesn’t impact her ability to snuggle up for some cuddles with her favorite humans. What could be more purrfectly imperfect than that?

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

**Double Adoption** Tim Burton (Adoption #H210842) and Johnny Depp (Adoption #H210843) are collaborating on their next project: stealing scenes and capturing hearts! These bonded 5-month-old brothers have been learning the finer art of inside living after being rescued by good Samaritans in a local neighborhood. Although they still have to work out their feelings about humans, they’re learning a lot from watching more confident friends in their cage-free room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. They’ve already joined a playgroup—they just can’t resist a good time! A patient family with children 8+ in age will be all they need to make a smooth transition to home living.

Lovely Rita

Lovely Rita (Adoption #T103087) has everyone singing with joy around her. This five-month-old, pretty mini-housepanther traveled all the way from Tennessee for a better chance at finding a family. She’s a delightful choice for any home and a will captivate the hearts of children and other pets. With her beauty and personality, NSALA is confident nothing will come between her and her new best friend.

Ditty. Photo by Roe Johnson

When 3-year-old Ditty (Adoption #H210895) recently lost her home, she was welcomed into the Animal League America family. Now this vivacious Maine Coon mix, completely unaware of her magnificent beauty, is delighted to greet human friends in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Ditty is very used to being the pampered princess in her home, so she’s seeking a household with no other pets to provide her a comfortable space to shine. 

Tippy and Minnie

**Double Adoption** Local heroes discovered Tippy (Adoption #BF3568) and Minnie (Adoption #BF3569) in their yard and delivered them to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center for a better opportunity at a safe life indoors. They may not know how lucky they are to be guaranteed a future as beloved pets, but we’re giving this shy bonded pair of 8-month-olds all the time they need to learn a new way of life in a quiet, cage-free room. If you have experience with shier cats, we are seeking your tranquil, predictable home with children 16 and older for Tippy and Minnie.

Serena Williams

Can you believe Serena Williams (Adoption #H201673) is a senior? NSALA can’t either! This purrfect 9-year-old angel lost the only home she’s ever known recently, and instead of wallowing in the sadness of her loss, she’s serving up forever place in your heart and home. Staff and volunteers think Serena Williams is aces, and you will too!

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

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Blaze

Blaze, a 6-year-old Pit Bull Terrier was rescued by Smithtown Animal Control Officers when a call came in that a dog was abandoned, left in a cage at Blydenburgh Park. Thanks to the dedication of the Animal Shelter’s Dog Trainer and the devoted staff, Blaze has learned to trust and love humans again. Blaze enjoys running around in the shelters dog park, eating treats, and playing in the pool with his toys! Blaze has bonded with the staff at the shelter whom he’s grown to trust. He has excellent manners and understands commands like sit, wait, and give paw. Blaze needs an adult only home, without other pets, and familiar with big breed dogs. His ideal family will spend time reinforcing his training with reward incentives, while understanding that he has been through a rough road and those days are forever in the past.

If you are interested in adopting Blaze, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information today!

Available for adoption at Cove Animal Rescue:

Ricky and Missy

Missy and Ricky are the cutest bonded 6-month-old siblings! Missy is curious, sweet, and playful and loves being pet which works out great for us humans because her fur is so super soft! Ricky is mellow, loving & purrs very loud…he is quick to let you know he wants to be pet. They would love to go to a forever home together straight from their foster home to yours! 

For more information about adopting Missy and Ricky, please contact Cove Animal Rescue by appointment only at 516 676-5913.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Taco Belle and Georgia

Meet Georgia and Taco Bell. These two cutie pies are from an abandoned litter.  They are roughly 10-weeks-old and weigh about 5 pounds. They are currently with a trained foster who is helping them get over their understandable anxieties. Both are shy, but once you are holding them, they purr and enjoy being petted. Their foster mom really feels once they have a home, they will acclimate quickly. They are fully vetted and spayed/neutered. 

If you’re looking to add some fun and affection to your life, this pair may be for you.  Please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616.

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

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These Adoptable Shelter Pets Will Do Tricks For Treats This Halloween

If your trick-or-treat plans seem less-than-spooktacular this year, why not head down to your local shelter or rescue and lift the spirits of a cat or dog by bringing them home with you today?

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

**SPECIAL REQUEST** When Pets4Luv was alerted by a Long Island Rail Road employee about a kitten stuck in the middle of the train tracks at the Garden City station, they came running. By some miracle, a train passed right over her but didn’t hit her. Staff and volunteers guess the impact probably tumbled her, as she has head trauma and a fractured pelvis. Doctors have her on a 48-hour watch and her current prognosis is “guarded.”  Pets4Luv calls this little nugget Zephyr, and they are seeking a home for her so that she can be released from the hospital. For more information please call 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org.  To apply online or to donate to her medical care, visit paypal.me/pets4luvfoundation

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter: 

Huck

Meet hunky Huck. This 2-year-old purebred German Shepherd loves to play and to learn. Huck is extremely loyal and a highly intelligent working dog. Huck is great at learning new tricks and commands. He’s naturally attentive to his humans, and his affectionate demeanor makes him irresistible at first paw. Huck can be protective of his home and his humans, but this loyalty can make him easy to train. Huck’s perfect home will have experience with the German Shepherd breed and will understand the importance of giving him the mental stimulation and exercise he needs to live a happy and active life.

If you are interested in adopting Huck, please fill out an adoption application online or call 631-360-7575 today for more information today!

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Beautiful Jade has traveled all the way from South Carolina to find her forever family. Jade enjoys being pet and is just the sweetest Southern Belle. Jade can be a little sassy when she wants to be alone, but who isn’t? Jade gets along great with other cats, so don’t wait, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue to adopt this gal today! 

Sammy

Nine-month old Sammy was found as a kitten and fostered by a good Samaritan. Shy but sweet, Sammy is ready for his forever home. Could it be yours?? 

For more information about adopting Jade or Sammy, visit almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring them home today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Bentley

Check out Bentley, aka your new best friend! This 8-year-old pooch is super goofy, always acting like a puppy. He came to shelter as an owner surrender due to moving. He knows a ton of commands including sit, down, stay, come, and fetch. He is accustomed to bathing, brushing, teeth cleaning, ear cleaning, and car rides. He was described by his previous owners as very sweet, loyal, and affectionate. Sounds awesome, right? If you are interested in adopting Bentley, please contact the shelters placement team at 516-785-5220 or email  Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org

Available for Adoption through Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Callie Mae

Callie Mae is a 2-to-3-year-old Lab mix who had a rough life in Georgia before being surrendered under duress to the local shelter. Her former owner was threatened with cruelty charges by Animal Control unless she was relinquished because her owner kept Callie tied to a tree with no shelter, whelping as she had her many litters at such a young age. Callie May is now a happy pup after lots of love and attention from Last Hope volunteers. Now she smiles, plays ball, tries to be a lap dog, is thrilled to see everyone, rolls over for belly rubs, and romps in the play yard. All she needs now is a forever home of her own. 

For more information about adopting Callie Mae, check out Last Hope’s website at lasthopeanimalrescue.org/ or call today at 631-425-1884. 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Cranston

Enthusiastic Cranston’s (Adoption #H210639) zest for life sometimes gets the better of him. This 2-year-old’s exuberance is best appreciated by experienced cat fans who understand feline body language rather than novices to the feline world. Now that NSALA gave Cranston a quiet space to settle in to, this entertaining young boy is showing his best, most playful side. Running from windows to feather toys to trusted humans doling out treats, Cranston is proving he’ll be a devoted sidekick to a human whose life has the predictable pace he needs to transition smoothly. If your home needs a large personality to fill in the gaps, Cranston would appreciate being the only pet there. A household with children 16 and older in age will ensure that his enthusiasm isn’t misinterpreted.  Keep those treats and toys coming and we can assure you a delightful life together awaits!

Sassy and Sasha

**Double Adoption** Sweet Sassy (Adoption #R166986) and her somewhat shier sidekick Sasha (Adoption #R166996) are quietly waiting for you in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. These 6-month-old southern belles took a road trip in the hopes the East Coast would help them discover a family for the duo. Sweeter and more patient companions would be hard to find. Sasha has learned a lot from watching her bestie branch out and enjoy ear rubs from attentive humans. Together they dream of a future filled with windows to share and cuddle time together, but they’ll always make room for the human who completes their rescue story.

Oliver

Sure, Oliver (Adoption #MA2525) never met a bowl of kibble he didn’t like, but this terrific tuxedo feels that way about everyone and everything! Everyone is quite impressed with his impeccable manners and voracious head butts(which he considers part of his exercise regime.) Everything about 4-year-old Oliver is robust. NSALA has placed him on a healthy diet which—guess what—he eats with gusto! If you’d like to join him on his healthy plan to get fit, he’ll repay you with second helpings of gratitude!

Mila

Mila (Adoption #BF3564) was recently delivered into the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where she was given a quiet place to adjust to indoor living. This stunning 5-month-old kitten was shy at first, but the perks of freedom have revealed a delightfully confident side of her. Staff and volunteers see Mila transitioning very easily into her first home with the help of your gentle hands. Also, lots of reassuring ear rubs along the way will aid her journey from the streets into your heart and home.

Shenanigans

Shenanigans (Adoption #H210908) was left outside to fend for himself until NSALA’s Rescue Team turned his life around by offered him a safe room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. It only took a moment for this shy 2-year-old boy to realize awesome living the rest of his life safely inside could be, surrounded by love and attention. Although tentative at first, he is super treat motivated and welcomes ear rubs—begging for more! NSALA is promising Shenanigans a lifetime of fun and games, but he’d be happy for a quiet spot in your home to settle into the life he deserves, as a beloved member of your family.

Patron and Tito

**Double Adoption** When Patron (Adoption #BF2437) and Tito (Adoption #BF2438) lost their home, they moved the party to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center! These festive 2-year-old brothers never met a feather wand toy they didn’t love and have lost no time adjusting to their new life. You’ll find them both hopping around with friends looking for a good time, but they always make time for treats and ear rubs. If your home is missing a little spark, we know the purrfect siblings to liven things up for you!

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

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

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CBD Use Gains Popularity For Treating Pets

Is CBD oil right for your pet? (Getty Images)

While CBD oil may seem like a relatively new trend, hemp, from which CBD is derived, is known as the world’s oldest fiber, used in weavings 10,000 years ago. 

Several years ago, Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., discovered the effect of cannabidiol as it interacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found that the chemical compound has been known to treat psychosis, anxiety and depression disorders; suppress seizure activity; reduce nausea and vomiting; and combat inflammation, among other ailments. Humans are now realizing the positive effects CBD has on animals. 

“There was a time when I was spending $400 a month on opioids to keep my senior miniature pinscher’s ailments under control,” says Craig Zaffe, founder of CBD Oils of Long Island, who’s seen the benefits. firsthand. “Side effects included dementia and blindness. To prolong her life, I tried CBD oil and in just 2 1⁄2 weeks she was off all medications and her quality of life improved immensely. She went back to being a puppy at the ripe old age of 14.” 

Much like humans, animals cannot tolerate THC, the chemical that gives hemp its psychoactive properties. This makes CBD an excellent alternative to medical marijuana, providing the same benefits without the high. 

Due to the lack of regulatory approval of CBD in animals, many veterinarians are often leery of suggesting CBD as a treatment. But other vets across the globe are reporting treatment success for all types of animals, from elephants suffering from depression after losing a mate, to cats with arthritis and dogs with Fourth of July anxiety. 

“One of the most common products on the market for pets is a tincture (dropper),” says Zaffe, noting that CBD products are purchased without a prescription. “Dosing goes by the size of the animal, therefore, you should always check with your veterinarian before starting your pet on any CBD product.” 

Zaffe adds that pet parents should educate themselves before making any CBD purchase. 

“Now that CBD oil has become mainstream, there are many companies selling poor-quality products,” he says. “As an organic landscaper since 1973 with a passion for holistic healthcare management, I started my own company in 2016 to ensure I am providing the best hemp-based products on the market. Read websites and ask questions. At a minimum, be sure any CBD product you purchase is third-party tested and 100 percent organic.” 

Related Story: CBD Use Gaining Popularity For Help With Everything From Pain to Anxiety

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Pawsitively Cute Cats, Dogs Up For Adoption on Long Island

Did you know October is Trick or Treat Yourself to a New Shelter Pet Month? Ok, maybe we made that up but it’s still a great idea, right? Call your local shelter or rescue to find your new best friend today! 

Chance

Available through Private Adoption:

Can you take a chance on Chance? This adorable 5-year-old Rottie is full of life, he’s a very loving and friendly pooch who is seeking a new forever home because sadly, his owner recently passed away. Chance is approximately 90 pounds, not fixed and good with other dogs. Most importantly, he is ready to begin the next chapter of his life. Could it be with you? For more information, please contact Lisa at 516-319-5701 or via email at Lmuller722@gmail.com.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Zena

It’s so hard to follow Zena’s back story, but it seems as though her owner was evicted and left her tied up to a tree with no food or water. Everyone is just heartbroken for this sweet girl, but hopefully her luck is about to change. Zena is friendly with people and is being recommended for a home with kids 15 and up. This 5-year-old baby is very petite, weighing in at 52 pounds. She is house trained and knows “sit,” “down,” and “touch.” Zena is looking for an active household as she is energetic and loves to play. Zena is recommended to go as a solo pet. If you are interested in adopting Zena, please contact the shelters placement team at 516-785-5220 or email  Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter: 

Parker

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, the snuggly and sweet Parker! Parker is an 8-9-year old Chihuahua Mix who’s had a bad run of luck, losing his mom to the COVID-19 virus. He was well loved and over-indulged, and it shows. Parker has developed food and toy aggression, which requires a home that is comfortable managing this, and implementing strict rules and structure; all while understanding that Parker is 100% worth the effort. This handsome hunk adores every person, cat, and friendly dog, big or small. Parker loves meeting new friends, sitting on laps, and going on adventures. This poor boy has been through the ringer and needs a furrever home that won’t give up on him.  

If you are interested in adopting Parker, please fill out an adoption application online or call 631-360-7575 today for more information today!

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Meru

Meru’s (Adoption D48071) life took a rapid detour until she found herself in our care, surrounded by strangers in a strange new place. NSALA is giving this 1-year-old beauty all the time she needs to adjust to her new life, and are hoping her time with us becomes a faded memory once she settles into her full life ahead as a cherished family member. Having the opportunity to watch her grow in our care, we’ve been able to determine that a quiet, predictable home with children 16 and older in age and no other pets is what Meru will need for a smooth transition. Your gentle hand and loving heart will help her settle into a blissful life as a grateful companion.

Chianti

Chianti (Adoption #E3707) is as smooth as the wine inspired his name. After surviving Hurricane Laura and traveling all the way to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center for his chance to be adopted, this delightful 2-year-old ginger boy is ready to try anything to grab your attention. He’s so excited to meet new human friends, he just can’t stop talking about it! Chianti would prefer to be the center of attention, so a home with no other pets is the home for him! Because he can be overzealous with enthusiasm at times, a cat-experienced home with children 16 and older will help him successfully transition into a member of the family. If you’d like to enjoy the entertainment he provides, please swing by and make him yours today!

Michaela

One of our local heroes discovered this regal declawed beauty wandering through their local feral colony. How lucky was Michaela (Adoption #L80609) to be discovered that day?!  Michaela has received loads of love and attention from her veterinary friends while being readied for a fresh start. Now tucked into a quiet space in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, this stunning 8-year-old lady is tentatively testing out laps and tapping for more attention. Shy at first, she simply can’t resist a good treat from a new friend and will melt within minutes once she’s offered the icebreaker. Michaela’s mild heart condition is being monitored through our Pet Health Centers; her care is covered at cost when using our wonderful vets! A quiet home with no other pets is exactly what Michaela yearns for and deserves. If you’d like to be the one Michaela taps on for attention, please ask about meeting her!  

Kyle

When 5-year-old Kyle (Adoption #BF2414) was discovered in a backyard in distress, good Samaritans contacted NSALA’s rescue team who scooped him up and brought him to safety. His time outdoors has left him FIV+, but after a brief stay with our veterinary team, Kyle’s health is restored. Now NSALA is looking to restore his trust in humans, which is very easy to do in a quiet home with someone dedicated to giving him lots of ear rubs and treats—he can’t resist them! The tender loving care Kyle craves will elevate you to being his hero, but you’re the one who’s going to feel rescued when you’re on the receiving end of his gratitude.

Julianna

Two-year-old Julianna (Adoption #NCI1882) has mothered her last litter. Staff and volunteers can’t think of a better way to celebrate this accomplishment than finding her a safe, quiet home now that her mama cat duties are behind her. This lovely lady came to us from our sister shelter up in Glen Falls, NY with the hopes that her permanent family will soon discover her downstate.  Lucky them when they do because Julianna is purrfect!

Snowball

Snowball (Adoption #NCI1891) is more a fluffy cloud of impurrfections than a cold, wet ball of slush. If you’re looking for a zen lap warmer, this 6-month-old kitten seeks nothing more than cuddle time with a trusted human. Snowball’s friends in our Glen Falls shelter felt she needed NSALA’s Medical team to look at her heart and create a plan for her care. Her heart condition is covered through our Pet Health Center at cost thus removing any obstacles on her path to finding a forever home. She’s ready to live her best life tucked under the chin of her hero. If you have the heart to give someone special the life she deserves, please consider Snowball for all your future cuddle-time needs.

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

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

These Long Island Shelter Pets Would Make a Purr-fect Addition To Your Family

We’re half-way through October (aka Adopt a Shelter Dog Month) so head down to your local shelter or rescue and bring home a new best friend today! More of a cat person? There’s plenty of fabulous felines to choose from.  

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Elvis

Last Hope Kittens Elvis and Priscilla hope to be leaving Graceland soon. Nicely recovering from their spay and neuter, these 2-month-old cuties are ready to find their forever home! They do not need to be adopted together (after all, the real Elvis and Priscilla didn’t stay together for long) but they do always say that 2 kittens are better than one! To meet the King & Queen of Rockin’ Kitties please complete and submit a cat adoption application found on the Last Hope website homepage. 

Priscilla

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Violet

Violet came to the TOH Animal Shelter as a stray this past September after supposedly running loose for three days. Sadly, no owner was ever found and she now waits for her forever family to find her. Violet is just adorable! She loves attention from people and is extra wiggly when folks stop to say Hi. Violet is looking for a solo dog home with children 15 and older.

If you are interested in Violet, please contact the shelters placement team at 516-785-5220 or email  Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Lizzie

Little Lizzie (Adoption #H210756) is excited about the possibility of being home. This locally rescued 5-month-old kitten has a ton of energy she’d like to unleash—she’s the princess of playtime! You’re going to fall for Lizzie’s lightning speed as she tumbles around chasing balls and feathers. If you have the energy to keep up with her, you’ve found yourself a new best friend! NSALA is seeking a home with enthusiastic cat lovers (and children 8+ in age) who are ready to take part in her charming antics. If that sounds purrfect to you, let’s get you together with your new playmate!

Ayla

You’re going to want to give Ayla (Adoption #R166976) all the loving you can muster and she’s going to be grateful for it. This sweet 1-year-old Southern mama has already experienced more than she should have in her short life, but we’re here to assure her the future is about to get much better for her now that the hard work of caring for her kittens is behind her. Ayla is wide-eyed with interest as she watches her feline friends play. Once settled into a loving home, she’ll need just a little tenderness from you to help her understand that a loving home is where she’s meant to be.

D’Angelo and Mikaila

D’Angelo (Adoption #H210832) and Mikaila (Adoption #H210834) were rescued away from life on the busy local streets and have been given the opportunity to thrive in a true home.  Although quite shy, they are grateful to have each other as they work through the rapid changes they’ve experienced since leaving the street life behind. A quiet, predictable home (with children 12 and older in age) will ease these 6-month-old kittens into the final stop on their journey.  

William.  Photo by Ted Lim

When William (Adoption #H210833) needed a safe place to land, Animal League America swooped in and offered him the best of indoor living. This 6-month-old tabby was discovered locally and given time in a foster home to learn the best things about family life. Now NSALA is helping him get ready for a permanent spot in your heart. You’ll find William high above his peers inside a quiet room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where he watches intently as his more confident friends interact with visitors. Offer William treats and he’ll come bounding over to scoop them up. If you have a feline friend in your home who would enjoy encouraging a new little buddy, William would love to learn through example. Fearful cat experience adopters in a predictable quiet home with children 12 and older in age will set him up for a successful acclimation.

Rayna. Photo by Jessica D

Ravishing Rayna (Adoption #NCI1801) is a 10-month-old lady ready to charm her way into your heart and home. Give her the freedom to explore and she’ll delight her audience as she bounds from place to place until she wanders her way back to your lap. Rayna is the purrfect choice for any home setting. Joining us from our sister shelter in upstate Glen Falls, Rayna is looking forward to what’s ahead for her: being a permanent member of your family! 

Pete. Photo by Jessica D

Pete the cat (Adoption #NCI1810) is one cool dude! This delightful 1-year-old rescue joins us from our sister shelter in Upstate New York and has the best attitude despite having had a rough beginning. Now he’d like to share his positivity with your family. It’s all good with Pete.  It’ll be all good with you, too, once you add him to his home! 

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

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter: 

Dale and Brennan

Dale and Brennan are a pair of 6-month-old male Domestic Shorthair bonded siblings. These handsome boys arrived at the shelter two months ago with severe upper respiratory infections. However, they are now back to being healthy and are ready for their happily ever after together. They were initially very shy when they first came to the shelter, but they have since come out of their shells! These gentle mushes love to cuddle with each other and receive plenty of TLC and attention from humans too. Dale and Brennan’s ideal home would be a quieter one that would welcome the pair with open arms. 

Kitten season is now all-year, as there are always new kittens coming into the shelter. In 2020, there have been more than 100 kittens at the shelter, or in foster care. They have a large variety of sweet male and female kittens in all colors, and all cute as can be! They are also seeking loving foster homes for our very small kittens who are in need of temporary placement before they are old enough to adopt.

If you are interested in Dale and Brennan, or any of the shelters adorable kittens, please fill out an adoption application online or call 631-360-7575 today for more information today!

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

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Long Island Shelter Pets Seek New Leash on Life

We asked 100 shelter animals “if today was your birthday, what would you wish for?” Would you believe they all said the same thing: “I would wish for a forever home.” Let’s make wishes come true, adopt a new best friend today! 

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Diva

Diva is a super sweet 4-year-old German Shepard mix who is about to lose her home and desperately needs a new place to call her own. Diva is a little girl, weighing about 48 pounds. She can be timid but also very playful and cuddly. Diva plays well with other dogs and is good with children. She can be nervous when meeting new people so please remember to give her time to adjust when both meeting her for the first time and bringing her home.

Zelda and Taki

**SENIOR ALERT AND DOUBLE ADOPTION** Sweet girls Taki and Zelda are 12-year-old female Husky Mix sisters that have been together since birth and would be lost without each other. Taki is very affectionate and playful, a bit more timid that her sister Zelda. Both love to play and cuddle and are great with children. 

For more information about adopting Diva, Taki and Zelda, contact adoptions@paws-li.org, call 631-306-4616, or visit paws-li.org

Available for adoption through Pets4 Luv:

Georgie

Georgie is a very mellow 1-year-old fella who happen to find his way into someone’s backyard in Bay Shore. When Pets4Luv showed up to trap and neuter him, they knew right away he was too friendly to be put back outside. He is a very mellow boy who seems just fine with other cats. For more information about adopting Georgie, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Angel

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, the wonderful Angel. This 6-year-old Blue Nosed Pit Bull that has been waiting for her furrever home for over two years. She is always eager to be around people and get some belly rubs. Angel is a loving dog that enjoys splashing in the pool, exploring outside and napping with her pals. She is very intelligent and eager to please. She would be best suited to a home familiar with her breed that has no children, and where she can be the only pet in the house.

If you are interested in meeting Angel, please fill out an adoption application online or call 631-360-7575 today for more information today!

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Misha

Marvelous Misha (BF3034) is a refined gentleman who survived a chaotic past. North Shore Animal League America is committed to making sure his future happiness is in a loving, peaceful home where he will resume life as a cherished pet. 8-year-old Misha has embraced the new friends he’s made in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center and has taken his responsibility as Door Greeter very seriously. He’s eager to meet you and will bestow heaps of gratitude upon you for completing his rescue story, knowing the best years of his life are ahead with you. Misha’s ideal home is with children 12 and older who can usher him in easily to his first safe home. Would you like to welcome this green-eyed beauty into your heart and home?

Breezy

Loving Breezy (BF3297) is a breeze! This 5-month-old warrior has already survived panleukopenia and is ready to celebrate the gift of life in her new home. This mini panther has forgotten any troubles from her past and is ready for the future, especially if it includes extra cuddle time with her new pawrents. If you’re looking for a love that’s easy, Breezy is the kitten for you!

T-Mac

Six-year-old T-Mac (R159529) was a little unsure about all the changes he’d encountered in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Now that this southern gent is settling into a quiet room, T-Mac’s oversized personality has emerged to match his oversized body! This gentle giant is delighted to receive some pampering and has been enjoying long brushing sessions (even trying to sneak a treat from unsuspecting visitors.) We’ve put T-Mac on a healthy diet to promote weight loss and hope a little more exercise will get him back to an appropriate weight. If you’d like to commit to a better future by maintaining his diet and exercise, T-Mac will reward you with some heart-filled head butts. A quiet home will lead to a happy life for both of you. If you have a heart to match his, you’re the human he’s been waiting for!

Inkblot

Inkblot (R166917) was born to be someone’s little spoon. This sweet, quiet, 6-month-old little boy has nothing better to do than wait for you to join him in bed for a lengthy cuddle session. Doesn’t that sound dreamy? We think so too! If you’re a big spoon in search of a snuggle buddy, do we have the kitten for you!

Dodoma

At just 2 years old, Dodoma (R166978) has already endured the strife of motherhood and the chaos of a hurricane in her very short lifetime. Now safe and being nurtured by her human friends at Animal League America, she knows that true happiness for her lies in the lap of a human fully devoted to her as the only pet. Dodoma enjoys company while she eats and purrs enthusiastically through visits with new human friends. If your quiet home is missing a tender tortie, you won’t want to miss out on making Dodoma part of your family.

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

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Franny

Franny was picked up as a stray in Merrick, severely malnourished, with dental disease, fly bite on her ears, with evidence of having multiple litters and with a mammary mass. Franny is one of the sweetest dogs you will meet, so the fact that she was neglected in this way, just breaks everyone’s hearts. She is very sweet with people, loves to play with toys, loves to chill, loves to go for walks, loves making new friends and is friendly with other dogs. Franny is very quiet and just wants to be close to her people. Her ideal home would be with loving people, ready to give her lots of love that she clearly has been missing all these years. If you are interested in this girl, contact the shelters placement team at 516-785-5220 or email Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org

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October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, Take One of These Pets Home Today

There’s dogs and cats and kittens of all ages, so take your pick! Why not bring one (or more) of these adorable animals home with you today? 

Available for adoption for All About Spay Neuter:

Leon

Leon is an adorably sweet 4-month-old kitten with an outgoing personality. When he was rescued his right eye was in in bad shape, but despite All About Spay Neuter’s efforts, his eye could not be saved and had to be surgically removed. But, he doesn’t let this get in his way and gets along just fine with his one eye. If you think you might be interested in meeting Leon or any of their other cats and kittens, please stop by the shelter or call/text Alicia at 516-510-6738.  

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Cassie

Five-year-old Cassie came to the shelter as a stray this past September. She was found all by herself on Sunrise Highway, extremely underweight and had mastitis, meaning she just had a litter of babies which she was separated from. Her nails were very overgrown and she clearly shows signs of not having come from a loving home. This breaks everyone’s hearts because Cassie is a sweet, shy girl who looks for affection from people but is a little shy upon first meeting. Cassie is social with other dogs, but is nervous with playful behavior so a calm, chill doggy companion would probably be best for her. 

For more information about adopting Cassie, please call the shelter at 516-785-5220 ext. 4641 or  email adoption@tohmail.org today!

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Willie Jack and Novalee Nation

**Double Adoption** Willie Jack (Adoption #BF3277)and Novalee Nation (Adoption #BF3278) are where the heart is! This bonded pair of 5-month-old siblings is captivating hearts throughout Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Willie Jack’s wide-eyed energy delights visitors as he discovers every corner of his cage-free room. His shyer sister has learned a lot from watching her confident brother’s escapades. Staff and volunteers predict Novalee will be joining in on the fun right by Willie Jack’s side, once they’re settled into a home with a nurturing family (and children 10 and older in age.) These kittens are destined for a happy new beginning; all that’s missing is a loving human to carry them home!

Gretchen

Greetings from Gretchen (Adoption #H210702)! This tiny but mighty 4-month-old kitten was raised with loving hands in our nursery and has finally made her big debut in a cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Gretchen is stealing the show with her larger than life personality; she has a lot to say on most topics and will run your household if you let her. If you have cat experience and a home with older children ready to take commands from a delightful diva, you’re going to have a lot of laughs following her lead. Come on by and get your marching orders. Gretchen is ready to rule your heart today!

Zeus

Mighty Zeus (Adoption #H210755) is ready to conquer your living room! This locally rescued 4-month-old kitten was born to rule hearts and is seeking a home with children 10 and older in age and feline friends who can keep up with his zest for life. If you could use a little excitement, Zeus is a great choice for your energetic family!

**Senior Alert** Hey, Baby (Adoption #SPC228) wants to know if she can be your girl! This sensational 12-year-old may have lost the comfort of her home and human recently, but she’s not letting that hardship define her. She’s looking towards a brighter future thanks to her North Shore Animal League America family who adore her sunny disposition. Baby has lived with other cats and has a clean bill of health from our vets, making her a wonderful choice for anyone interested in brightening their days with a new loyal friend!

Bear

**Senior Alert** 14-year-old Bear Adoption #SPC229) is trusting us to lead her to her fresh start. This beloved family pet lost her human recently but has gained a fan club in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Her gorgeous green eyes are just the window into her serene soul. You’re going to want to offer her chin rubs forever. Bear has lived harmoniously with other delightful seniors her whole life, and with a clean bill of health, she’s a top choice for adopters looking to enjoy the senior adoption experience. This Bear is a honey you won’t want to miss!  

Tiger

**Senior Alert** Tiger (Adoption #SPC230) is an industrious 12-year-old who has figured out the best way to find his next home is by head-butting visitors until they give into to his purring sessions. Once you do, you’ll be thoroughly enraptured by this adorable tabby. Tiger is being successfully treated for FLUTD through a special diet, which is provided through our Pet Health Center at cost. Let’s not let anything stand in the way of Tiger finding himself back in a loving lap where he belongs!

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

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pets of the Week, a clowder of kittens! These adorable little 3-6-month old toddlers are awaiting their purr-fect home. Most of these kitties are rescues from the Animal Shelter’s Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) Program. 

Sadly, these little fur babies are often passed up for the younger kittens (8-10 weeks) despite their beautiful coats and sweet demeanor. Statistically, the older a cat is, the more difficult it becomes to place them in a good home. Our hope is to find these beauties loving families while they’re still young. 

Kitten season is now all-year, as there are always new kittens coming into the shelter. In 2019, there were more than 100 kittens at the shelter, or in foster care. They have a large variety of sweet male and female kittens in all colors, and all cute as can be. The shelter is also seeking loving foster homes for their very small kittens who are in need of temporary placement before they are old enough to adopt.

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.

If you are interested in meeting a cat or kitten, please fill out an adoption application online or call 631-360-7575 today for more information today.

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Animal Rescue: One Man’s Mission

John Debacker helps a suburban possum.

John Debacker, a 27-year-old Bellmore native, has been saving animals for as long as he can remember. And thankfully, for the animals of Long Island who need his help, he has turned his passion into a full-time commitment.  

He began volunteering at several shelters and rescue organizations in his early 20s, cleaning cages and socializing animals in need of a forever home. Since then, John has become widely known throughout LI as the rescuer to call when an animal needs help. 

“I’ve always loved animals, and about five years ago a neighbor moved and left four cats behind,” he says. “Through the use of online resources, I was able to find an experienced trapper to help bring the cats to a rescue for care and adoption.”

From suburban possums to geese on local parkways, Debacker has rescued a wide variety of animals in frightening situations. For anyone who finds a wild animal in distress and can’t find a rescuer like Debacker, he suggests contacting a professional wildlife rehabber or general veterinarian hospital for guidance. 

“There is so much about the care of wildlife that most people are unfamiliar with,” he says. “For example, a deceased possum could have live babies in her pouch that can survive for days even after the mother dies.”

For people who wish to help the Island’s cat overpopulation, Debacker recommends joining social media groups such as Facebook’s Long Island Stray and Feral Sharing Community, and looking into shelters and rescues that offer spay and neuter vouchers, because rescue efforts can be costly. 

You can’t miss Debacker in his newly purchased rescue van, which holds approximately 30 cages at any given time.  

“Forty-six cats is the record for the most cats I’ve TNR’d (trapped, neutered, returned) at one time,” he says. 

Feral cats are returned to their colony, while friendly cats get placed in homes through local rescues or animal shelters. Injured rescue animals can recover in Debacker’s custom-built insulated shed, which can hold up to 30 traps and even a refrigerator for food and medication.  

“All of these lifesaving tools were made possible by donors,” says Debacker. 

Debacker does not accept payment for his services and relies solely on donations to fund his efforts. To assist him with his lifesaving work, you can make a donation at PayPal at johnd7293@gmail.com. He can be reached on Facebook.

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Sick 9/11 Hero’s Dog Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

“I actually prefer not having a home,” said no homeless animal ever. Please consider opening your door and your heart to any one of these amazingly adorable and deserving dogs and cats today! 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Tyson

**Special Adoption Request** Tyson is a 3-year-old Labrador mix in need of a new home. Sadly, his dad, a 9/11 first responder and hero, has fallen too ill to properly care for this sweet boy. What Tyson needs now is a hero family who will shower him with unconditional love. This very sweet and energetic pup knows his basic commands, adores to play fetch and run around outside! He is an outgoing and social dog who begs for the attention of every new person he meets. Tyson would thrive as the only pet in the home, without small children. 

If you are interested in meeting Tyson, please fill out an adoption application online or call 631-360-7575 today for more information today.

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

Cocoa was rescued by a local trapper and due to her sweet demeaner, found herself with a temporary foster. At just 8 months old, this sweet and calm girl enjoys being held and pet. Cocoa is a bit shy and will need time to adjust to a new owner and home. If you are interested in adopting this adorable gal, please contact Pets4Luv at 516-860-7057 or email info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption through Private Rescue:

Gidget

**Special Adoption Request** Check out Gidget! This beautiful gal is so special, a gorgeous healthy tripod rocking her black and white tuxedo. Born May 12, 2019 and found in a colony in a strip mall, Gidget was likely born without a foot and only has a thigh on her right hind side. But that doesn’t stop her, she is mobile as can be. Gidget had a litter of kittens who were also rescued and adopted, and now its her turn to find her purrfect home. Gidget is a calm cat, with a very sweet temperament. She doesn’t hiss, bite or lunge. She’s a very clean kitty, uses the litter box, plays a little and loves to socialize with the other cats in the house. Gidget doesn’t like human touch. Gidget is a special girl needing a special home. She would do best in a multi cat home where she can just fit into the crowd with an understanding owner that can love her for who she is. For more information, please contact Dawn at 631-627-2572.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Pinto

Pinto was found as a stray in October 2017, making him one the shelter’s top 10 longest residents. He was found on someone’s property and followed the homeowner inside her home. (Heart breaking, we know). With slow intros with other dogs, Pinto will feel comfortable, but he doesn’t appreciate overly pushy dogs. Pinto is a very insecure and nervous dog, so his ideal home is with a savvy owner who has experience with guarding. During his stay at the shelter, staff and volunteers continue to work on loose leash walking and commands like “place,” “sit,” and “down.”

For more information about adopting Pinto, please call the shelter at 516-785-5220 ext. 4641 or  email adoption@tohmail.org today!

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Joey

Good Samaritans rushed to Joey’s (Adoption #H210727) aid when he needed attention after sustaining a traumatic injury. NSALA’s medical team became his next set of heroes as they mended his pelvic injuries which left him with a charming nub tail and a heart full of gratitude. Despite adversity, Joey has shown nothing but the deepest appreciation for being safe and sound within a comfy space in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Now this 1-year-old just waits for the next set of heroes to discover him and be on the receiving end of those epic head butts.

Pie

Shy Pie (Adoption #SPC226) is getting used to the changes in her life after losing her trusted human and her only home recently. Fortunately, NSALA has a beautiful sunny room for Pie to settle into in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center until her next family discovers her. This lovely 10-year-old lady is healthy, content, and enjoys the company of her feline friends. She’d be overjoyed to be part of a calm family who’ll provide her cozy beds and comfort as she adjusts to a new home. You’re going to want extra servings of Pie once she claims you as hers!  

Fritz and Ellie

**Double Adoption** When Fritz (Adoption #BF2122) and Ellie (Adoption #BF2124) lost their home due to their humans’ allergies, North Shore Animal League America gave them a quiet, comfy place in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center to wait for their fresh start. These shy 3-year-old brother and sister seek a home with children 10 and older in age and adults with fearful cat experience willing to offer them some peace and quiet as they adjust to their new setting. Bonus points if you have a confident cat in your home looking for some playful new friends. With only a little patience, you’ll discover the playful sides of Fritz and Ellie; these sweet siblings will be livening up your living room in no time!

Mr. Henry

Mr. Henry (Adoption #BF3547) comes dressed in his best tuxedo, hoping to make a grand impression on his next family. This regal 5-year-old gentleman recently lost his home and is looking for a stylish human with whom to start anew. He’s FIV+ but we’re positive that won’t slow him down from finding the next great love of his life—you! If you’re in need of a handsome date, you couldn’t make a better choice than Mr. Henry!

Ricky

Six-year-old Ricky (Adoption H210859) recently lost his home and needs our help to find his way back to a family. This tender tabby has a lot on his mind, so NSALA gave him a cube to make him feel better and he’s quite content to greet you there.  Once you win him over with some ear rubs and treats, watch him come out of his shell! A quiet home is all Ricky needs to show you his devotion. If that sounds like yours, please introduce yourself to him. You’ll be beginning a beautiful relationship sure to brighten all of your days!

Finch

When 3-year-old Finch’s (Adoption #NCI0280) life hit a bump, she was enthusiastically greeted back into North Shore Animal League America Family. This adorable tabby started her journey with NSALA’s sister shelter in Glen Falls but needed some attention from their downstate Medical team to assess her cerebellar hypoplasia. Her wobbly condition only adds to her charm. CH cats are well known for being delightfully affectionate, and Finch is no exception. If you’d like to include someone purrfectly imperfect in your family, you’ll be the luckiest human to let Finch soar straight into your heart.  

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Dixie Mae

Say Howdy to Dixie Mae! This pleasantly plump 6-year-old Beagle, weighing in at 38 pounds is a ball of love. She doesn’t need much, just a life partner and maybe a Weight Watchers partner, too. She’s described as Beaglicious and would love to head home with you today. 

To meet Dixie Mae by appointment at Last Hope in Wantagh, please complete and submit a dog adoption application found on the Last Hope website homepage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

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These Long Island Dogs And Cats Up For Adoption Have Pet-tential

Go ahead, adopt a dog to take beautiful September walks with or bring home a cat to share these wonderful fall breezes with. You know you want to! What are you waiting for??

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Blue

How is that Blue has been a resident at the shelter for more than two years?! Blue is a gentle boy and will be so happy once he finds a forever home or even a foster home. At just 4 years old, Blue is a quiet and smart boy who knows how to sit, give paw and even lay down. He loves belly rubs, enjoys long walks and only asks that people give him time to get comfortable with them. Blue is being recommended to families with children 17 and older with one or two family members. He may be able to go to a home with one dog who is similar in size. 

For more information about saving Blue, please call the shelter at 516-785-5220 ext 4641, email adoption@tohmail.org or follow Adoptable Shelter Buddies on Instagram @adoptableshelterbuddies. 

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Dagon and Smudge

**Double Adoption** Dagon (Adoption #BF3471) and Smudge (Adoption #BF3472) are leaning on each other as they adjust to a very different life than the one from which they were rescued. Found on the local streets, these bonded 5-month-old brothers with whiskers for days had never known the comforts of home living until North Shore Animal League America placed them in a quiet foster home. Now ready to find a permanent place in someone’s heart, they have returned to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center and are waiting patiently to meet you. Because they are shy, they would do best in a quiet home with children 12 and older in age and cat-experienced adults who will ease them into their new lives. Gentle handling will build their confidence.

Chase

Chase (Adoption #MA4370) has been spending his days at Animal League America making sure everyone knows how grateful he is to have been placed in our care. He understands how close he came to real danger, and has nothing but high praise for his rescuers who secured him the medical intervention he needed in our Pet Health Centers to rid him of the pain of his injured leg. Now this terrific tripod is telling everyone he meets how lucky he is and has seamlessly hopped straight into our hearts. If you’re looking for someone special with whom to share your life stories, sit down, offer him a head rub, and have a chat with Chase!

Tito and Michael

**Double Adoption** How does a pair of devoted young tuxedo boys sound to you? We think it sounds as purrfect as they are! Tito (Adoption #L80701) and Michael (Adoption #L80702) are delighted to have the chance at a safe future together now that they are tucked into a cage free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Nothing phases Tito who is welcoming to all the new friends he makes—both feline and human. Michael looks up to Tito, who is a wonderful role model for his slightly shyer brother. Together Tito and Michael will make sure your family is complete when you welcome this dashing duo into your heart and home.

Kiki

Despite losing her cherished human and home recently, Kiki (Adoption #SPC223) has decided to keep her sunny side up and help us find her a golden retirement home. You’d never believe this senior is 16 years old! With her gorgeous looks, mesmerizing eyes, her bright personality, and a clean bill of health from our vets, she’s the ideal choice for any home. Staff and volunteers predict Kiki will soon be brightening your days, and you’ll wonder how you ever got by without each other!

Rudy

Rudy (Adoption #SPC225) recently lost his home and human, and needs help finding a new beginning. NSALA is confident that with his distinguished good looks and sweet purrsonality, the search will soon end in the lap of a new best friend. This 10-year old is FIV+ and has lived his entire life harmoniously with feline friends. One look into his big golden eyes and you’ll soon be relishing the opportunity to spend many more days with this ginger boy!  

Atlantic

Atlantic (Adoption #BF3225) was found in a difficult situation and brought to the safety of our Adoption Center—his first safe home. This timid friend is taking his time learning to trust humans. With the patience and love of an experienced cat-loving human in a calm, predictable home with children 12 and older in age, Atlantic’s future will be much brighter than the scary past he left behind.

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

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Mia

Mia is a 2-year-old brindled beauty!  She is a lab/pit mix with a goofball spirit and a loving personality. Mia, left to grow up as a yard dog, did not receive the love and attention she deserved as a puppy and needs an experienced home where she can learn what it is to be a normal dog with a loving family.  She is as playful and affectionate as they come and believes herself to be a 70-pound lap dog!

If you are interested in making your house a home for Mia, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information today! 

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