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These Stress-Reducing Cats And Dogs Want To Help You Relax

Studies have shown that stressful times are better managed with a pet by your side, which means there’s no better time than the present to adopt a new cat or dog. Read about some of the wonderful animals that are ready to provide you with some forever stress relief right here! 

If you’re not sure about adoption, New York City shelters are reporting tons of empty cages thanks to people fostering cats and dogs. Why not follow suit and show the same support to our Long Island shelters and rescues by temporarily opening your heart and home to an animal in need during these difficult times. 

Fosters Needed at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

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

Available for Adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Reagan

Reagan is a very beautiful young lady looking for her forever home. She has certainly come around to the likes of people and would love to make your home her forever home. She is a stunner and would make a great companion. If you are interested in meeting her, please call or text Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment.  

Available for adoption through Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Snoopy

Yes, Miss Snoopy is smiling in foster care, but she would definitely prefer a forever home. This adorable young lady is a Rat Terrier mix who comes to Last Hope from Southern rescue transport. Snoopy has been in foster care with a Last Hope trainer since the lockdown, which means she’s making lots of progress, getting lots of exercise and even doing agility. Snoopy continues to smile as she practices her “sit” and “stay” commands and is thoroughly enjoying life in a home with a lovely yard. As Snoopy and her trainer work as a team, Snoopy is now getting over her fear of men and new people, and she would do best in a quiet home without small children or other dogs. If interested in adopting Snoopy she can be shown by appointment. Please call 631-946-9528 for more information. 

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Mia and Hokey Pokey

Mia is a young Mastiff and Lab mix who came to the shelter as a stray after being hit by a car. Fortunately, Mia’s injuries were not severe, with only a few scrapes and minor fractures in her foot. Mia’s former owner could no longer provide for her, post car accident. Despite being scared and injured, she began to bond with the shelter staff with her playful and affectionate personality shining through the bruises and bumps. In her former life, Mia was an outdoor yard dog who didn’t receive much attention. The silver lining is just how grateful she is to love and be cuddled by everyone she meets. Mia would be best in a home without other pets or children.

Hokey Pokey is a 4-month-old Domestic Shorthair Mix, born to a stray cat in December with a deformed rear leg and tail. Hope for his survival was not high, as kittens born with deformities often have difficulty thriving. However, Hokey Pokey stayed strong, and he has shown what living life to the fullest means. This little fighter plays, snuggles, and behaves each day like he will not be defined by his disabilities, and who are we to argue? Hokey Pokey will need to have his deformed leg amputated when he is old enough, and he will likely never have control over urination/defecation behavior but his spirit and grit is absolutely unbreakable. Hokey Pokey can live with any dogs, cats, or children, he just needs a home that will give him the love and special care that he needs to live a long and happy life.

If you are interested in meeting Mia or Hokey Pokey, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and our Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process.

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

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Buddy Guy and Sonny Boy

When Buddy Guy (adoption #T102417) and Sonny Boy (adoption #T102418) first arrived from Tennessee, these Southern boys were singing the blues, unsure of what the future would hold. Now together in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, this duet of 6-year-old gentlemen is singing a different tune while lounging in comfy beds by sundrenched windows. Having been treated by NSALA’s medical team, they have a new-found joy for life. Their days are full of playtime with feline and human friends, and oodles of cuddles when it’s time for a nap. Seeing Buddy and Sonny so content is a blessing we can’t wait to share with the superheroes who take these boys home to make beautiful music.  

Cody

When Cody (adoption #R151356) was diagnosed with diabetes, he found himself needing to depend on the kindness of the Animal League America team. Longing for the quiet home and familiar family he’d lost, this 10-year-old boy needed time and attention from his admiring caretakers to mend his broken spirit. In a short time, it was discovered that Cody absolutely adores cats and kittens and comes alive when it’s playtime. With an understanding human, Cody will thrive once again in a home that provides him with lots of love and freedom. To make his care as simple as possible, Cody is part of NSALA’s Sponsor Program; all of his medical care is covered through their Pet Health Centers, making caring for Cody simple because he’s dealt with enough hurdles in his life; his diagnosis shouldn’t be a hindrance to him finding a loving home. Cody deserves a fresh start – will it be with you?  

Tangerine

Tangerine (adoption #BF3238) has needed some extra love and support as he adjusts to losing the home he enjoyed his whole life. NSALA is happy to give him all the time he needs in a comfy bed while he enjoys cage-free living in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Tangerine will thrive in a home with a cat to befriend him and experienced adults and children 12 and older to soothe him as he transitions back to being a beloved pet. It won’t be long before this sweet 6-year-old realizes we’re on the way to finding him a place to call home.

Mickey Rooney. Photo by Roe Johnson

When Mickey Rooney (adoption #H210547) first arrived at NSALA, he wasn’t quite sure about his new surroundings. This smart boy has figured out quickly his new world is filled with fans applauding every positive step forward. Mickey received a special diet for his FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, a medical condition which is a covered through NSALA’s on- campus Pet Health Center in Port Washington.)  He would love to return to a quiet home where he will quickly settle into your heart. Be Mickey Rooney’s hero by taking him home where he belongs.  

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller (adoption #H210556) recently found herself in need of a second act when she lost her home. NSALA has promised that laughter will soon return to this stunning 7-year-old lady’s life. Phyllis doesn’t seek the limelight; just a quiet home with a loving human to dote upon her.  Who wouldn’t want to spoil this tender beauty? If you’d like to be the lead in Phyllis Diller’s story, please come by for an audition. You could be the one to return the laughter to her life!    

For more information about adopting Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy, Cody, Tangerine, Mickey Rooney and Phyllis Diller, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

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

Now’s A Good Time To Foster or Adopt A Dog or Cat

If you’ve ever thought about adopting a pet but weren’t 100 percent sure, now is the purrfect time to foster a cat or dog from a local animal shelter or rescue. It’s a win-win for all involved, and without a permanent commitment (unless you want it to be). If you’re ready to adopt, even better. Read all about some wonderful cats and dogs available for adoption (or foster) right here! 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Decker

Decker is a stunning 2-year-old Australian Shepherd mix who came to the shelter as an owner surrender in December 2018. Decker is house trained, crate trained, and knows the commands “sit” and “come.” Decker used to live with other dogs and even a cat! Decker is nervous of strangers, especially men, so he’s ideal home is with a very savvy owner. Decker is suffering from myesthenia gravis, which is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles. Thankfully, he has a temporary foster who has taken him in and being in a home setting has greatly helped his MG symptoms, but Decker will need a new foster ASAP. Decker is a total love and deserves a forever home of his own…could that home be yours?

Duke

Duke needs a home and he needs one quick. Duke is an amazing dog, loves playtime with his friends and is incredibly sweet with staff and volunteers, but he does not like being in a kennel at all. He is so sad to be locked up that he waits for someone to take him outside to use the bathroom. This boy needs a forever home of his own. Duke would thrive with a family willing to work with him and a trainer to help him thrive. 

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

Available for adoption through North Shore Animal League America:

Trip

Trip (adoption #H209719) is a quiet 7-year-old boy who can be found sitting sentry at his favorite cubby in his room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Trip is always quietly waiting and hoping that you’ll be coming by to offer him treats and a chin rub — a few of his favorite things! Although he is better suited for a quiet home with children 12 and older in age, he’s very respectful of his feline friends which makes him very popular with the roommates! Trip is FIV+ so he’ll be a purrfect match if you have an FIV+ feline at home looking for a new best friend — or better yet, choose a friend to take with him! Staff and volunteers will miss their favorite tripod (yep, only three legs!) when he heads home, but they can’t wait to watch him begin his new life with the lucky family who chooses him!

Petra

When Petra (adoption #BF2630) first arrived, she was so timid she didn’t want to come out to play. Once she moved into the cage-free Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, the spark came back into her eyes and this 1-year-old lady is showing everyone how to have fun on her terms. Still nervous around humans, Petra has a take-charge personality when it comes to felines that her friends all find quite delightful! From engaging in wand play to exploring new heights, she is never at a loss for activities! Occasionally, she’ll even enjoy some ear rubs. Because she is still working out her feelings about us humans, a home with children 12 and older and a confident cat or two in it are a must for her future success. 

Timothy

No one expected Timothy (adoption #H209967) to celebrate his first birthday with at NSALA but this shy tabby boy needed to feel confident with the humans on his own timeline. Timothy was born to be a cat’s best friend; he’s proven that with his curiosity and enthusiasm for playtime. Recently, he’s decided to learn more about the people visiting him, especially when they’re handing him yummy treats! This bright star in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center has mastered clicker training quickly. Timothy is ready to join your family if you have children 12 and older willing to help him adjust to his first home, and a confident cat in it to befriend him. 

Moonpie

All those treats Moonpie (adoption #BF3110) has been begging for has added a few pounds to this chubby fella. Now on a special diet, this proud 6-year-old boy is committed to daily exercise (he wants to be swimsuit ready for you this summer when you laze by sunny windows together.) For Moonpie’s maximum happiness, a home with children 6 and older is recommended. Moonpie appreciates one-on-one time with his humans so if you’re thinking about sharing your life with a soulful friend with a whimsical personality, Moonpie is the sweet clown you want.

Ava

Ava’s (adoption #BF3234) first impression of us was one of uncertainty. After she was rescued locally, staff and volunteers had hopes they could find her a brighter future, but this timid 2-year-old princess is just beginning to realize she is safe. It took some time, but they know she’ll find true love with a family very soon. For now, she is content to settle into her comfy bed and we’ve discovered she feels safest in the company of a calm confident cat.  Ava would do best in a cat-experienced home with children 12 and older to ease her into family life in a home.  

Salma Hayek

If you’re a fan of Salma Hayek the actor, you’re going to love Salma Hayek the cat (adoption #WV0240)! This vivacious, friendly 1-year-old lady loves frolicking around her Cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center and would happily pal around with your cat if you need another feline friend in your home. Selma is a unique beauty and a purrfect choice for any adopter; she makes loving her very easy!

For more information about adopting Trip, Petra, Timothy, Moonpie, Ava, or Salma Hayek, please email DoritS@amimalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Angel and Blaze

Angel is a gorgeous 6-year-old Blue Nose Pit. Angel was dealt a bad hand in life, like many of her breed. Her former owner would leave her outdoors, unattended for hours. After she was rescued, Angel quickly became attached to the amazing team at the shelter. She is always eager to be around people and get some belly rubs. She loves long walks and is highly intelligent. She’s learned to master all agility course obstacles and loves a relaxing swim in the puppy pool. She would do best in a home with breed experienced owners and should be in a home where she is the sole pet in the house.

Blaze came to the shelter after being dumped in a county park, locked in a cage. But despite his sad history, he has truly begun to learn to love and trust his humans. This energetic 7-year-old Pit Terrier enjoys running around in the shelter’s dog park, eating treats, and when it’s hot out, splashing around in the pool. He can be a very loyal dog once he learns to trust you. Blaze knows his basic commands like sit, wait, give paw, and walks nicely on a leash. Blaze needs an adult only home familiar with big breed dogs, without other pets. His ideal family will spend time giving him the love (and treats) that he deserves, understanding that he had a tough life before the shelter.

If you are interested in meeting Angel or Blaze, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting, which includes the shelter’s Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs, and Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. For more information, contact the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main St., Smithtown, or call 631-360-7575 today!

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

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

How To Choose The Right Dog Trainer

An Australian Shepherd gets clicker training. (Photo by Ellen Levy Finch)

Much like humans, dogs are taught how to perform basic activities. Sit, stay, giving paw, and even knowing how to walk on a leash are all teachable behaviors. To successfully teach a dog new tricks, many people turn to trainers for guidance.  

Choosing the right trainer for your dog is very important. Depending on a dog’s temperament, breed, and history, dogs will respond differently to different training methods. If you’re considering hiring a professional trainer to help train your dog, here are a few tips that will help you find the right trainer for both you and your furry companion.

“First and foremost, pet owners must understand that there are no government regulations regarding animal trainers,” says Raychel Ryckman Martino, an animal shelter volunteer for four years who founded the Facebook group Everything Dog NY. “Take a trip to a local dog park and people are handing out business cards without having proper credentials. Anyone can claim to be a trainer, so do your homework before hiring someone.” 

Just as important is to inquire about the type of training being offered. There are typically two types of training: old-school, aka balanced training, is a balance of punishment and reinforcement; trainers may use shock and prong collars to teach dogs right vs. wrong. New-age refers to modern science-based behavior training. 

“Thanks to science, the idea of teaching dominance has been debunked and once relied upon alpha theories are now thought to be emotionally detrimental to dogs,” notes Martino. “New-age training rewards dogs for good behavior which makes them want to repeat that behavior. Teaching a dog how to make the right choice provides a positive experience for both the dog and owner.”

Once you’ve figured out the best way to proceed with your pup, remember that any training takes time and patience. 

“New and even experienced pet owners often expect their dog to react to training right away, and a quick fix is never the right answer,” she adds. “This mentality causes unnecessary pet surrenders and unwanted behaviors which brings about a tremendous amount of stress for all involved, so please offer lots of love and understanding during this learning period.”

15 Cats And Dogs That Want To Keep You Company While You’re Homebound

If you’re stuck indoors anyway, might as well be home cuddling with a new best friend! Make a quick trip down to any one of these local shelters or rescues and bring home your new purrfect pet today! 

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

Midnight

Look at this face! Midnight is a sweet 6-year-old gal who is extremely friendly and ridiculously sweet. When she’s not looking to play, she’s really just seeking out someone to cuddle with her. Midnight is the definition of the purrfect pet, please consider opening your heart and home to her today. 

Elsie

Elsie is a 2-year-old, 60-pound American Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer mix, who is as smart as she is cute. Elsie knows her basic commands (especially if treats are involved), and she has incredible deeply loving energy making it easy for her to make instant connections with humans. Her favorite place to sleep is in bed next to you, or the couch works too.  Unfortunately, Elsie and her canine housemate got into a fight recently and as per the recommendation of a behaviorist, the dogs can no longer live together.

Elsie should be placed in a home with no other dogs and adult only children. She loves walks, car rides and snuggling. Elsie is a total athlete and while she would love a yard of her own, she will happily settle for a daily run with the right human. Elsie comes with transferable pet insurance that covers 90 percent of all problem-related vet expenses other than the exam fee (including medications, labs, x-rays, surgery, etc.). The cost of insurance for the first year will be taken care of by her current guardians.

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

Available for adoption at All About Spay Neuter:

Lance

Lance aka “Snaggletooth” is a lovable kitty, approximately 9 months old, who just happens to be looking for his forever home. He’s a little shy at first but once he gets onto your lap, he’ll stay with you and keep you company watching TV or reading. Come in and meet him and be the first on your block to have a snaggletooth cat. Lance is fully dewormed, vaccinated, tested for FELV / FIV, spayed or neutered and microchipped.

You can visit Lance and more fantastic felines at 4209 Merrick Rd., Massapequa or text/call Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Captain Kirk and Chester

Captain Kirk and Chester are both Senior Male Domestic Shorthair mushes. Both kitties are FIV+ and have had rough lives in the streets before their time in the shelter. For now, they’re just looking for the family they need and deserve. They’ve got a lot of life experience under their belts but have plenty more love left to give. Both good fellows would prefer to be in a home without dogs or other male cats.  

Captain Kirk is the most loving cat you will ever meet. He does have some neurological issues that affect his back legs, but you would never guess it, given his great attitude. Captain Kirk is always focusing on the positive and would love to spend the rest of his days snuggling and cuddling with anyone. 

Chester was brought into the shelter by a Good Samaritan who found him wandering the streets. If you want an affectionate cat, Chester is the right cat for you! Despite his rough start to life, he is still trusting and friendly to all people. He’s got a very social personality and loves to spend time with humans.

If you are interested in meeting Captain Kirk or Chester, please contact the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main St., Smithtown, or call 631-360-7575 for more information today!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Luna

Regal beauty Luna (adoption #H197151) has come so far in her time with NSALA. When first rescued from a perilous situation, she was raw with frustration and needed help gaining confidence that humans were on her side. This sensational 10-year-old lady was given all the time and space she needed and with the love and support of NSALA’s behavior and medical teams, Luna has evolved into a self-confident diva who is first to greet visitors at the door with head bumps and demands for attention. Her ideal home is one where she is the sole object of affection of a very experienced cat lover who wants to reward Luna with a retirement befitting a queen. Luna’s looking for a home with no children. She’s being treated for chronic rhinitis at cost through NSALA’s Medical Center in Port Washington.

Quincy and Jones

**Double Adoption** Why are Quincy (adoption #BF1452) and Jones (adoption #BF1455) so special? This very bonded pair of 3-year-old brothers need each other for support as they view every new adventure with trepidation at first. Trusted humans help ease their uncertainty and with encouragement, they overcome every obstacle together. Quincy and Jones are being treated for Asthma and will require a family with children 16+ years old who have experience with fearful cats to successfully ease their transition into their first real home. They love all their feline friends and have wonderful feline manners—they’re everyone’s best buddies. If you’d like to make a significant difference in two charming brothers’ lives, Quincy and Jones would love to entertain you!

Macie and Madeline

**Double Adoption** Macie (adoption #BF2507) and Madeline (adoption #BF2508) are shyly hanging out together in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. These 9-month-old bonded tabby sisters have already survived winter on the local streets. Now they’re living their best life, snuggling together and accepting treats from new human friends. It won’t be long until this twosome finds their way into their first home! If you have some cat experience, children 8+ in age, and a quiet place for lovely young ladies to land, Macie and Madeline would love to meet their hero.

Ventnor. Photo by Ted Lim    

Ventnor (adoption #BF3020) is a shy 1-year-old fella who had a rough start, but he’s adjusting well as he settles into the comfort of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. A quiet home with children 8+ in age will boost Ventnor’s confidence in human friends. Ventnor hopes to soon be enjoying life the way he was meant to live it: in the loving embrace of his very first family.

Atlantic. Photo by Ted Lim

                 

Atlantic (adoption #BF3225) was discovered in a difficult situation and brought to the safety of NSALA’s Adoption Center—his first safe home. This timid 7-month-old guy is learning to trust humans with the example of his feline friends. He will learn quickly in a calm home with a cat companion and humans who show him patience and love, that his future will be much brighter than the scary past he left behind. If you have a special place in your heart and home for Atlantic, please head down or ask about him today. 

Angelou

When staff and volunteer saw Angelou (adoption #D48082) greeting visitors with bold head bumps, they were so proud of how far she has come in such a short time. This 3-year-old, unique beauty can’t say how she ended up at NSALA, but her newfound freedom in a safe place with like-minded friends has afforded her a new lease on life. Angelou’s ideal home is a peaceful one with children 6+ in age where she can continue to build up her confidence as she settles into a new life as a family member.

Montague. Photo by Ted Lim

Montague (adoption #BF3019) is a 3-year-old local male cat who escaped a chaotic life when he was rescued and brought to NSALA. It didn’t take him long to realize his new spot in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center is the place to be. With just a little reassurance, this shy boy is content in his bed knowing he is safe and loved. Now we are looking for a quiet home with children 10+ in age and a confident cat to show him how life is supposed to be lived. 

For more information about adopting Luna, Quincy, Jones, Macie, Madeline, Ventnor, Atlantic, Angelou or Montague, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org.

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Ashley

Have you “herd” about Ashley? This sweet fluffball looks like a combo of Australian Shepherd & Corgi-2 Herding breeds. She is about 5-years old and has a stubby tail & stubby legs to match. Ashley walks great on a leash and more importantly, has lots of family dog potential, so head down to Last Hope Animal Rescue, 3300 Beltagh Ave, Wantagh or call 631-425-1884 to visit Ashely today!  

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

Cat Named Happy Among Kitties Up For Adoption on Long Island

This week’s “pawcast” says it’s raining cats out there, so if you’re searching for a new feline companion, think of us as your umbrella, we got you covered!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Lucious

Luscious (adoption #MA3809) has been on a diet and exercise routing to help him slim down and get healthier. With the support of his North Shore Animal League America caregivers, he’s had great success on his weight loss journey. Staff and volunteers don’t know much about Luscious’ past in Brooklyn before he came to NSALA but it has left him sensitive to chaos. This 7-year-old boy’s ideal home is one where he is the only pet, cherished by a patient cat-experienced adopter who will find his personality as amusing as we do to nurture him through his transition into a beloved family member. An adult home (with children 16+ in age) willing to put in the time and TLC will be the perfect match for our beautiful bundle of quirkiness!

Amy and Anny

**Double Adoption**What a journey sisters Amy (adoption #R165366) and Anny (adoption #R165367) have taken together! From skittish kittens fending for their lives on the city streets to living in a sunbathed, cage free room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, these 1-year-old ladies feel safe and loved. Anny has been offering her ears to human friends for rubbing ever since she arrived; it took Amy longer to trust folks. Time paid off though as we now enjoy the same attention from her as her braver sister. When she finds her family, they too will earn her trust. A patient, quiet household with children 12 and older in age will help these terrific tuxedos transition to their very first home. Adopt this pair of well-loved, lovable girls and you’ll get so much love in return.

Joseph

Joseph (adoption #BF3006) isn’t one to seek out attention but he’s grabbed everyone’s hearts. This 15-month-old escaped a life on the streets when NSALA’s Rescue Team brought him into the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where he is enjoying the company of easygoing cats who share is quest for peace and quiet. Joseph is a sweet choice for families looking for a friend for a cat already in their home in the home. Joseph is seeking someone who will continue to nurture him and show him how wonderful life is when he’s part of the family.

Seymour

Suddenly, Seymour (adoption #BF3224) needs our help. After losing the only home he’s ever known, this demure 10-year-old is wrestling with the changes he’s experiencing but has grown to appreciate that he is safe in our care. Seymour is seeking a quiet home, one that will provide him the sunny windows and comfy beds he misses so much. Offering your heart to a deserving senior is the greatest gift you can give yourself. You’ll be an instant hero and Seymour will get all the ear rubs he loves and deserves.

Ozzy

Ozzy (adoption #BF3227) was once uncertain about all the new people, but in a very short time, this sweet, 9-month-old kitten has graduated to full-time lap cat and lover of ear rubs. Give him a bit of time and he will melt for you just as he has melted for all his Animal League America friends. Ozzy comes alive in a quiet home with feline friends to keep him company, and children 10 and older in age who can help gain his trust. If you have a lap in need of a cat, Ozzy is for you!

Happy

We’ve discovered the sure way to add happiness to your life: adopt Happy! (adoption #MA3530). Living up to her name, this tender 2-year-old lady has a lot to celebrate after being rescued from a city municipal shelter. Her future is brighter now that she’s enjoying the safety of Bianca’s Furry Friends. You can make her days even happier by bringing her home with you this weekend!

For more information about adopting Luscious, Amy, Anny, Joseph, Seymour, Ozzy, and Happy, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:Zara is a very special cat who is seeking an equally special adopter. Recently, Pets4Luv was alerted to a cat in a local colony that appeared to be very ill. They trapped her and brought her out to Grady’s Animal Hospital in Sayville where she was found to have a severe dental infection. She was treated, had a few teeth removed and given antibiotics. Now Zara is on the mend and getting ready for her very own forever home. Zara is a very timid feral, but volunteers are already making progress and are starting to gently pet her. She needs a quiet home with a very special adopter or foster/socializer who is patient and can invest the time to socialize her. No one wants to see this senior beauty returned to the wild. If you can adopt or long-term foster/socialize Zara, contact contact Pets4Luv at 516-832-8200 or email info@pets4luv.org today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Drone and Gabe

Drone and Gabe are the best pair of feline friends that anyone could have. When one of them is getting attention, the other cat will quickly follow to get in on the TLC. A pair of Domestic Shorthairs, Drone is a 1 ½ year and Gabe is 11 years young. Ideally, these two pals will be adopted together, but they can be separated if necessary.

Drone is a very active cat who loves to play with volunteers and with other cats. When he meets strangers, he may be a little shy initially, but once he opens-up he is loving and friendly. Spending time with Gabe helps Drone come out of his shell. While he gets along with the other cats, he’s best suited in a home without dogs.

Gabe has the winning combo of the softest fur and the sweetest personality. Gabe will greet you with a nudge and a cuddle when he sees you. He loves to lounge around and be pet all dong long. Gabe’s past life outside the shelter caused him to have a leg injury, so he may move a little slow, and can’t jump very high, but this cat is still one heck of a guy and is in great health overall. He’s great with other cats and children.

If you are interested in meeting Drone or Gabe, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting, which includes the shelter’s Meet and Greet Room. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. Please contact the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main Street, Smithtown, or call 631-360-7575 for more information today!

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

Cats Named Bonnie and Clyde Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island

How about a “round of appaws” for these adorable cats and dogs who would all love a chance to become the newest edition to your family?

Events: Calling all cat caretakers! Don’t miss his weekend’s Fixing Felines Spay/Neuter event on Sunday, March 1 at Farmingdale Dog & Cat Clinic, 908 Conklin St. in Farmingdale. 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 & 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!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Meet Marie from the Marina. This stunning quilted calico was rescued mid-February in Bay Shore down by the docks and lobster traps. Marie just turned 1 year old, and as you can see, she was ear-tipped for the TNR, but due to her sweetness and pet potential, she has since joined the Last Hope cat adoption program. Marie wants you to know that even though she’s from the marina, she’s quite content with quality cat food (no lobster tails required). In fact, all she’s really looking for is a home she can call her own. For more information about adopting Marie, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at 631-425-1884 or head down to visit them at 3300 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. 

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

It’s not often you find an affectionate, loving, beauty out in the wild, but that’s what Possum is. This fabulous 3-year-old lady is as sweet as she is beautiful! Possum is currently in foster care and is in need of a forever home. If you’re looking for the ultimate cuddly bunny, contact Pets4Luv at 516-832-8200 or email info@pets4luv.org today!

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Bonnie

**DOUBLE ADOPTION** Fun-loving litter Mates Bonnie (tortie) and Clyde (white) have been inseparable since birth. This brother and sister dynamic duo were adopted back in October 2017 but have recently been surrendered due to family issues with their owners. If you are looking for the unconditional love only a pair of adorable kitties can provide, these two are for you.  You can visit All About Spay Neuter at 4209 Merrick Road in Massapequa or text/call Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment today!

Clyde

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Yafa

Yafa’s (adoption # BF2423) journey at North Shore Animal League America has demonstrated the success that comes with patience and support in a cage-free setting.  Having left an uncertain life on the local streets where she contracted FIV+, it took this fearful, 7 ½-year-old female time to embrace her family of human and feline friends. Now happily living in Bianca’s Furry Friends, Yafa enjoys ear rubs from trusted volunteers and perching herself high above her friends so she can safely watch visitors. Her ideal home is a predictable one with other cats who will help her continue building her confidence, and children 12+ in age who will help her past her shyness.  

Margie (left) and Marjorie. Photo by Roe Johnson

**DOUBLE ADOPTION** You’ll find sisters Margie (adoption #BF2509) and Marjorie (adoption #BF2511) by each other’s sides while they navigate life’s ups and downs.  Looking ahead after their local rescue, these shy older kittens (9 months) are relieved to have landed in a safe, warm place with loving caretakers who are rooting for their success.  This duo must be adopted together.  A quiet home with cat experienced adults and children 8+ in age will guarantee their transition to homebodies is a successful one. Give Margie and Marjorie your heart and they’ll be sure to purr their appreciation!   

Ricola. Photo by Vet Tech Kat

Don’t pretend like you don’t want to shout this kitty’s name from the rooftops! Ricola (adoption #NCI1314) has had quite a journey which required a lot of support from her Animal League America family, first in our Adirondack Region Cat Adoption Center, and then when the 8-month-old was transferred to the Port Washington campus as signs of a medical issue became apparent. NSALA’s devoted Medical Team has created a plan of treatment for her micro vascular dysplasia, a condition which will require medicine and a special diet for her lifetime. Fortunately for Ricola, she is part of NSALA’s Sponsor Program so her healthcare will be fully covered through their Medical Center thanks to the generosity of donors. All her soon-to-be family needs to worry about is how to tear themselves away from this bright, little sprite. Ricola is the most irresistible tabby princess who enjoys snuggling in your arms, so head down to meet her today! 

When a municipal shelter couldn’t treat 7-year-old S’mores’ (adoption # L80506) injuries from a car accident, they enlisted the help of NSALA’s Rescue Team. This lucky gentleman is now enjoying the attention he’d been missing his whole life. Life on the streets in South Jersey has left him FIV+ and a bit battered, but his spirit is soaring with the thrill of feeling loved by all who meet him. Smores is actively looking for a comfy home in which the spoiling can continue. And come on, who doesn’t want more S’mores?!

**DOUBLE ADOPTION** What a whirlwind Archie (adoption #IR1322) and Gretta’s (adoption #IR1324) lives have been so far! After surviving outdoors in Puerto Rico, a chain of heroes ensured their safe arrival at NSALA’s Adoption Center with the promise of a very bright future. Together forever, these sweet kitten siblings (7-month-old brother and sister) are still a bit jetlagged from all the excitement but sense the security of a permanent home is in their near future. If you have a quiet home with children 16+ in age and a nurturing spirit, you’ll be delighted to be the newest heroes Archie and Gretta have been awaiting.   

For more information about adopting Yafa, Margie, Marjorie, Ricola Smores, Archie and Gretta, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Mr. Smithers

Mr. Smithers is a 10-year-old Domestic Shorthair kitty who is certainly not the shy or quiet type. This little chatterbox will let you know when he’s in need of more TLC or attention. If the occasional meow doesn’t do the trick, this dapper gentleman will cuddle up to you with a nudge to ask for more attention. He has a hyperthyroid condition that requires a little extra care, but this is easily managed with daily medications. Mr. Smithers would make a wonderful addition to any family!

Max

Max is an 8-year-old Basset Hound/Corgi who has truly come out of his shell during his time staying at the shelter. He was surrendered to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and may have experienced some type of trauma in the past. As a result, Max is a little cautious when meeting new people before warming up to you. However, anyone who knows Max will tell you it is well worth a few visits to gain his trust. Once he lets you into his heart, the affection and love Max gives is truly endless. Max would be best suited in a home without cats and young children. He does get along with mellow dogs who know not to play too rough.

For more information about adopting Mr. Smithers or Max, head over to the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main St. in Smithtown or call 631-360-7575 today!

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

15 Cats And Dogs up For Adoption on Long Island

You want dogs? We got ‘em! Cats? Plenty of them! There’s no shortage of adorable animals ready to go home with you today.

Can you help find Finn? Finn has been missing in the Massapequa area since February 12. Please help spread the word so he can be reunited with his family. If you see Finn, please do not chase him, call Jonathan at 516-688-4496. 

Troy

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society:

This stunning Akita mix is Troy. Despite a rough history, Troy is quite the gentle giant. This poor fella spent the first five years of his life living outside on concrete, and his “owners” did not provide him with the human interaction or socialization with other dogs that he desperately needed. When neighbors started complaining about Troy being outside crying in the frigid temperatures, his owner sent him the highest kill shelter in New York.  Thankfully he was rescued and has spent the last year living with a great foster dad who has provided him with the love and structure he desperately needs and deserves. Troy is now crate trained, housebroken, walks well on a leash and is very food motivated. Understandably so, Troy takes time to warm up to people, and would do best as an only dog his new home. He loves to cuddle in bed and will roll over for belly rubs once he knows he’s safe. Troy is fully vetted, healthy and simply looking for someone to take him for walks and throw a tennis ball around. 

Ebony

Beautiful Ebony is looking for a home to call her own for the first time in her short life. She was brought in from the street, spayed and healthy as can be. She is roughly 6 months old and even though she’s a little skittish, she loves to be pet and loves attention! She will entertain herself looking out the window and playing with her toys. She’s a very sweet girl who just needs a little TLC. Don’t we all? She gets along fine with other cats and dogs so head down and scoop up this little gem today!

Kody

**DOUBLE ADOPTION** Meet adorable 3-month-old siblings Kody and Kleo. Kody is a neutered male, fully vetted and ready for his forever home. He is the sweetest boy who loves to play and follow his sister Kelo around. Kleo has just been spayed and is also vetted as well. She was very timid in the beginning, but now she is a cuddle bug, and just loves to play with her brother. This sweet bonded pair would make great pets in any household. They get along well with other cats and dogs too. If you can open your heart and home to Troy, Ebony, Kody and Kleo, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. 

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Maverick

Not only is Maverick a stunner, but this gorgeous gal is as sweet as they come! Maverick loves nothing more than to pass the time looking out the window in homes to get the attention of someone passing by the store. Could that someone hold the key to her forever home? Adoption rate for Maverick is reduced during February along with rates for other kittens/cats more than 20 weeks old. All are fully dewormed, vaccinated, tested for FELV / FIV, spayed or neutered and microchipped. You can visit Maverick and all the adorable kitties that are available for adoption at 4209 Merrick Road in Massapequa or text/call Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment today!

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Oliver

Twelve-year-old Oliver finds himself needed a foster or adopter since his mom can no longer care for him. Oliver is super sweet and will happily live in a home with existing dogs. Any and all medical care will be provided to get him set up for adoption. If you can welcome sweet Oliver into your heart and home, please email fofdogrescue@yahoo.com or call 917-864-2443 today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Smokey

Smokey, an 8-year-old Terrier Mix, is the very definition of an absolute gentleman. His previous owner could no longer provide for his needs, so Smokey has been enjoying all the attention and snuggling he gets from the shelter staff and volunteers. He has a cool, very laid-back personality, and gets along with everyone he meets! Smokey walks nicely while on a leash and knows basic commands. He grew up in a home with a female dog, and still enjoys interacting with other pups. Don’t let his age discourage you… Smokey is an amazing friend and companion for just about every family.

Noah

Noah is a 2-year-old Domestic Longhair-Maine Coon Mix. He has a beautiful long coat of fur, whiskers for miles, and bright yellow eyes that are spellbinding. He loves attention and is not afraid to let you know when he needs some more TLC. Noah grew up in a home with a dog and some other cats, so he can fit in a home with multiple pets. He can scare easily, so his ideal home would be a calm and quiet space without smaller children. 

In addition, the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter has a wonderful variety of male and female cats and kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two! 

And for more information about adopting Smokey or Noah, head over to the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main Street, Smithtown, or call 631-360-7575 today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Sands and Harrahs

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

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America: 

Vanna and Pat

**DOUBLE ADOPTION** When Vanna White (adoption #BF2819) and Pat Sajak (adoption #BF2820) first arrived on campus this summer, they weren’t playing any games. While Vanna (a 2 ½ -year-old female) was immediately aware that her new surroundings were safe, it took her best friend Pat (a 2 ½ -year-old male) time to accept humans as companions. Now Pat is showing us he’s ready to host some human hearts, and both are ready to head to a forever home with children 8 and older in age and cat-experienced adults who will continue to help these best friends grow accustomed to their very first home together.  You can buy a vowel, but you can adopt love! 

Magent. Photo by Ted Lim

Magenta (adoption #R165368) was a lucky young lady when her rescuers secured a place for her at NSALA’s Medical Center where she received care for a palette wound. Time in a foster home where she could recover in a stress-free environment led her to build friendships with other cats that helped her further her adjustment to life in a home. Now living in a cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, this 4-year-old gal is surrounded by gentle feline companions and is working on developing trusting relationships with the humans who care for her. Magenta is seeking a peaceful, predictable home with children 10 and older in age and adults experienced with fearful cats who will give her a comfy bed and be patient as she acclimates to her new surroundings.  Because she has gained so much from her feline tutors, she will do best in a home with a confident cat to help ease show her the path towards being a beloved family member

Sheriff

Sheriff (adoption #D48128) was discovered abandoned at a police station by some animal loving heroes who brought him straight to the safety of NSALA’s Adoption Center.  This fearful 8-year-old kitty has been learning how to trust and experiencing 5-star treatment by devoted staff and volunteers.  He’s receiving the best care for a heart condition (the care for which is fully covered through NSALA’s Medical Center.)  Sheriff’s shyness tells us a quiet home where he’s the only pet, with experienced adults and calm, caring children 12 and older in age is the ticket to his success.  

Gopher (left) and Meerkat

**DOUBLE ADOPTION** Gopher (adoption #D48893) has become quite the Casanova in the safe space he shares with his sister Meerkat (adoption #D48892) and other sweet friends. The only male in the room, 7-year-old Gopher is being wooed by several fine ladies vying for his company, but it’s always the company of Meerkat, a 7-year-old female, he seeks. Meerkat is shier than her brother, but she’s quite content to watch friends frolic, and gingerly accepts treats from visitors while Gopher allows some pets from familiar humans. A confident cat or two in your family will assist these two with a smooth transition into home life. This dynamic duo is seeking a cat experienced, adult home to make sure their adoption is a successful one.If you can open your heart and household to a bonded pair of stunning siblings, Meerkat and Gopher will be most grateful.

For more information about adopting Vanna, Pat, Magenta, Sheriff, Gopher and Meerkat, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

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

10 Cats And Dogs That Want To Be Your Valentine

Still searching for your purr-fect Valentine? Look no further…we found your fur-ever soulmate right here!

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

URGENT ADOPTION/FOSTER REQUEST: Pets4Luv and AlleyKattz have been notified that a very sweet senior kitty has been abandoned locally and needs a home asap! This 16-year-old cat is a sweet as they come, found by a realtor when she was left behind by someone. If you or someone you know can open their home and heart to this senior, please email adopt.alleykattz@gmail.com  or contact Pets4Luv at info@pets4luv.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Cash

“Greetings one and all” is what you’ll hear when Cash greets you at the Town of Smithtown’s Animal Shelter. Cash is the 12-year-old “chaircat” of the shelter’s welcoming committee and chooses to greet her guests by rubbing up against your ankles and strutting around, introducing you to all the other cats in the cattery.  She loves nothing more than to sit with volunteers and get pets all day long.

Gia

Gia is 10-month-old French Bulldog Mix who is literally a 100 percent miracle pooch waiting for her furrever family. Gia had a rough start to life, not given the basic love or care that all domestic pets require. While she is still learning how to trust people, Gia has discovered that playing with toys and being showered with love is a healthy part of her daily routine. She does have some orthopedic issues, requiring a few extra steps to meet Gia’s needs. However, a little extra work is worth the endless love and appreciation Gia displays when she plops down on your lap or feet.

For more information about adopting Cash or Gia, head over to the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main Street, Smithtown, or call 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Glen

If “Netflix and Chill” is your jam, then it’s our great pleasure to introduce you to Glen! This handsome and adorably sweet kitty loves to be pet, hugged and kissed all while chilling on the couch. He is literally a couch potato who would simply love his own human to snuggle with. Glen also gets along well with other cats. If you’re looking for your purrfect valentine, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to meet Glen today!

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Marla

Marla is a sweet young tabby looking for a home to call her own. Her favorite activity is playing with springs and with the other cats at the shelter. Adoption rate for Marla is reduced during February along with rates for other kittens/cats more than 20 weeks old. All are fully dewormed, vaccinated, tested for FELV / FIV, spayed or neutered and microchipped. You can visit Marla and all the adorable kitties that are available for adoption at 4209 Merrick Road in Massapequa or text/call Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment today!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America: 

Leftenant

The quickest way to win Leftenant’s (adoption #V39769) heart is through his chin; just a few gentle scratches and you’ll have earned this young southern boy’s heart. Originally from Virginia, this quiet, 2-year-old, gray-and-white tabby is in search of a peaceful home with lots of luxurious sunlight and comfy beds. If you’d enjoy exchanging tender moments with a loyal, loving companion, Leftenant would love to make new memories with you.  

Bamboo and Juliette

**Double Adoption** Bamboo (adoption #IR1323) and Juliette (adoption #IR1325) have had each other’s backs since their time together in Puerto Rico fending for themselves outside. These devoted 7-month-old brother (Bamboo) and sister (Juliette) are learning to trust humans as they hop around like little kangaroos in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Confident feline friends are taking them under their wings, and these quick learners are mastering the art of winning hearts from humans already! Bamboo and Juliette will thrive in a cat-experienced home with children 16+ in age who can give them the space they need to adjust to life as a beloved member of the family. You’ll be on the receiving end of some intense cuddles when they finally settle into their very first home.  

Leo

When 7-year-old Leo (adoption R157682) lost the only home he’d ever known, our Animal League America team came to his rescue.  Cautiously adjusting to his new surroundings, Leo has begun to confidently assert himself as a fun-loving, inquisitive big boy who ventures out of his shell to befriend furry companions.  We know his next home will return Leo to being doted on and spoiled by a loving family.  The ideal home would be gentle, cat-experienced feline fans with children 10+ in age – if you have cats who can match his energy, it would be even better!  

For more information about adopting Leftenant, Bamboo, Juliette, and Leo, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Hachi

How adorable is Hachi!? Hachi is 9 years old and is a recent arrival at the shelter. It turns out he was adopted as a young dog from a North Carolina shelter and a few weeks after that, given to another member of the adopters family. They can no longer keep him, so Hachi was surrendered. Hachi has one the sweetest little faces you may ever see! He is friendly with people, house trained, and is being recommended for a home with kids 13 and older. At this time, he is looking for a solo pet home. If you are interested in learning more about adopting Hachi, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit him at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email  adoption@tohmail.org

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

Cat Named Cupid Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island That Want To Be Your Valentine

Love is in the air this time of year, and these cats and dogs are dreaming of finding their one true love. Could it be you? 

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Bear

Bear is an extraordinary 2-year-old, extra handsome boy who came to the shelter as a stray in December 2019. Bear is interested in meeting other dogs but likes to stay clear of pushy behavior (who doesn’t?). He also passed his cat test here at the shelter. He displayed some discomfort with people near his food, so he is looking for a home with children 15 and older. Bear enjoys attention from people and loves treats. Smarter than the average bear, Bear also knows the commands “sit,” “paw,” and “drop.”  Bear is slightly nervous here the shelter and would truly thrive in a home of his own. If you are interested in adopting Maximus, please call for more information at 516-785-5220, visit him at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Leo

Little Leo is 19 pounds of cuteness! This 2-year-old darling little poodle is great with other dogs and can live with kids of any age. He’s single and ready to mingle, fully vetted and all. Now all he needs is his forever home. If you are interested in adopting Leo, email fofdogrescue@yahoo.com or call 917-864-2443 today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Uno

Uno found his way to the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter when he was brought in as a stray by a Good Samaritan. Uno is a 10-12 months old, absolutely adorable Cattle Dog/Shepard mix known for his affectionate and playful demeanor. He adores children and has great manners.  He loves children would prefer to be the only pet in the home. Uno is not suited for shelter life and needs a home soon. Please consider adopting this handsome fella today! 

Chloe

Chloe is a 4-year-old beauty with special needs. Chloe suffers from a seizure disorder which is easily managed by two separate medications and bi-annual blood work. Her ideal furever home is a caring, low stress environment where she can bask in the sunlight, take in the occasional cat nap and purr through endless petting. Chloe is wonderful around other cats and children. She’d make a great addition to a loving family. 

For more information about adopting Uno or Chloe, head over to the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main Street, Smithtown, or call 631-360-7575.

Available through Private Adoption:

Rescued locally, Nita, Ana and Ophelia are known as the wobblies. Why? Because this adorable group of three all have a bit of a wobble to their step. They have been vet/neurologist checked and all is just fine. It may a genetic condition that may or may not work itself out. This wobble doesn’t stop them, it actually makes them uniquely cute. They come equipped with the cutest round faces and softest fur you’ll ever touch! For more information about adopting the Wobblies, email apnotarnicola@gmail.com

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Marble
Marble

How sweet is Marble?! This 2-year-old gal is patiently waiting for kisses and love from her furever family! She is super sweet and loves to be held, enjoys being pet and kisses too! If you’re looking for your purrfect valentine, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to meet Marble!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Candy Cane

Look at this face! Candy Cane may look like grumpy cat, but this little girl is one of the sweetest cats you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Candy was rescued in Bay Shore and now all this 1-year-old lady needs is a home to call her own. It’s impossible to resist this face, so contact Last Hope Animal Rescue to learn more about adopting Candy Cane today! lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

Pumpkin

Pumpkin was trapped by Pets4Luv in East Patchogue in November 2019. They received a call from someone who thought this stray cat may have an injured leg and would need medical attention. A veterinary evaluation revealed that Pumpkin needed to have his front leg amputated. He has been healing in foster care ever since then. This 6-year-old sweetheart has come out of his shell since his surgery, making friends with another cat in foster. He can be pet and is very sweet. Pumpkin has been through a lot and needs a quiet and safe home; especially now that he is walking on three legs. If you think you could be a match for this beautiful boy, please contact Dave at info@pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200.

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

February is “Adopt Some Love” month at All About Spay Neuter. They have many adorable kitties who are looking for their forever homes. The adoption fee for this special event will be reduced for kitties 20 weeks and older. All are fully dewormed, vaccinated, tested for FELV / FIV, spayed or neutered and microchipped. But don’t take our word for it, go ahead and ask just Marsha, Andrea or Marla- they won’t steer you wrong! Head down to 4209 Merrick Road, Massapequa to see these adorable kitties or text / call Alicia at 516-510-6738 to make an appointment.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Bobbi

Since Bobbi (adoption #VR212) moved into Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, he’s been the perfect example of the benefits of cage-free living.  This 8-year-old male grey tabby loves to chase toys, play with friends, and bask in the warm glow of our sunny windows. He’s the champion high jumper during playtime!  Ideally, Bobbi is looking for a family with children 16 and older in age who can keep up with his exuberance. Bobbi is part of our Sponsor Program so all costs for his FLUTD (Feline lower urinary tract disease) treatment is fully covered by NSALA’s generous sponsors.  Bobbi’s enthusiasm brightens everyone’s day- why not let him brighten yours!  

Kani

Kani (adoption #H210100) is luxuriating in this new world of Bianca’s Furry Friends living.  Food being served to him and warm beds near windows in which to nap is a far cry from fending for himself.  This little 6-month-old fella survived alone on the streets but now feels most at home in the company of confident cats who show him how lucky he is to be safe and loved. Kani would do best in a quiet home… like yours?  

Shirley and Warren

**Double Adoption** Shirley (adoption #BF3013) and Warren (adoption #BF3014) survived the first few months of their lives on the city streets, leaning on each other for comfort and support. Now that this 5-month-old brother and sister pair are safely nestled in a comfy bed together at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, they still draw comfort from each other as they learn to trust humans. Warren is already showing he’s ready to explore his new safe world but stays nearby his timid sister to give her all the support she needs. He’s a wonderful mentor for her to watch as he has positive interactions with humans. A quiet, patient home with cat-experienced adults and children 8 and older in age will show these feline siblings how wonderful the indoor world with a loving family can be.  

Halibut

Halibut’s (adoption #H210195) golden eyes and lengthy whiskers are the first thing you notice when you visit this shy, sweet boy. Offering Halibut treats will get you an invitation to a chin rub, the makings of a great beginning! After being rescued locally from life on the cold city streets, Halibut is beginning to realize he has a very bright future ahead of him.   This 9-month old’s ideal home is with children 10 and older in age and alongside a confident cat to be his snuggle buddy. If your family cat could use a little friend to mentor, you may be the purrfect pawrents for Halibut!  

Cupid

It’s never too soon to discover your true love. Cupid (adoption #L80505) is pointing her arrows straight at your heart; and all you need to do is fall for her endless charm. This 1-year-old girl was discovered in Jersey and made her way to Long Island where she has the highest hopes that she’ll soon be sharing a home with a loving family. Will it be yours?  

Plaza

**Double Adoption** Plaza (adoption #BF2895) and Radisson (adoption #BF2896) are a matching pair of 7-month old, female tortie kittens dreaming of life of feline leisure.  These beauties were rescued locally and deserve to be in a loving, safe home. You’ll discover Raddison has embraced freedom in a safe place but always finds her way back to her shyer sister, Plaza, to reassure her they are secure and cared for.   If you’d like to offer permanent room service to these sisters, Plaza and Radisson are waiting for you in our new Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center! Come visit them at their Port Washington campus today! 

Raddison

For more information about adopting Bobbi, Kani, Shirley, Warren, Halibut, Cupid, Plaza and Radisson, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

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

Have A Ball Adopting These New Furry BFFs This Super Bowl Weekend

Why not kick off this Super Bowl weekend by heading down to your local shelter and getting a kick out of all the adorable dogs and cats available for adoption? You’ll have a ball choosing your new best friend! 

Upcoming Events: 

All About Spay Neuter is having a Bingo fundraiser 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Seaford American Legion, 2301 Pentiquit Ave. in Seaford. Tickets are $20 and include Bingo cards. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and cash bar. It’s a night of fun for everyone and a great chance to help save cats and kittens in need. Purchase tickets at allaboutspayneuter.com

Join Last Hope Animal Rescue as they go Italian for their annual Fix a Feral Luncheon Fundraiser aka Pasta with a Purrpose from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 600 Garden City Plaza in Garden City. There will be basket raffles, a Lotto Board and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at door. Visit lasthopeanimalrescue.org for more info.

Available for adoption through For Our Friends Dog Rescue:

Bella and Harley

Bella (female) and Harley (male) are 10- and 11-year-old Peagles (Pekinese/Beagles) that found themselves in need of a forever home due to a divorce and recent change in living situation. Healthy, fully vetted, good with dogs and kids, Bella and Harley are ready to open the next chapter in their lives. If you are interested in adopting these cuties, email fofdogrescue@yahoo.com or call 917-864-2443 today!

Available through Private Adoption:

Rescued locally, Nita, Ana and Ophelia are known as the “wobblies.” Why? Because this adorable group of three all have a bit of a wobble to their step. They have been vet/neurologist checked and all is just fine. It may a genetic condition that may or may not work itself out. This wobble doesn’t stop them, it actually makes them uniquely cute. They come equipped with the cutest round faces and softest fur you’ll ever touch! For more information about adopting the Wobblies, email apnotarnicola@gmail.com

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue:

Seymour Freckles is a 7-year-old lemon Beagle who recently arrived at Last Hope from Bowling Green Shelter in Kentucky. With a face as adorable as him name, Seymour is good with other dogs and kids, which means he’s ready to wiggle his butt right into your home! It’s impossible to resist this face, so contact Last Hope Animal Rescue to learn more about adopting Seymour today at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter:

Betty Boop

Named after the iconic cartoon diva (who was originally designed as a dog), Betty Boop can’t get enough of people, and the people she meets can’t get enough of her! She was brought in by a Good Samaritan who found her crying at a local train station. It was soon how attached she gets to everyone when she cried watching the Good Samaritan leave. She’s the perfect combination of calm, affectionate, and sweet all rolled into a 70-pound ball of love. Her eyes say it all, she oozes love and adoration for every new person she meets. While she’s great with children, she would prefer to be the only pet in her home.

Momoa

Momoa, named after Aquaman of course, is a 2-year-old bulky, hunky lover boy. He originally came to the shelter as a stray in April of last year. He was quickly adopted due to his beautiful coat and sweet temperament. Unfortunately, he was brought back when he couldn’t get along with the owner’s dog. He would be best as the only pet in the household, since he loves all the attention! Momoa is a great fit for a family that has older children. Momoa has a playful and willful spirit and can entertain you for hours playing with any cat toy.  

For more information about adopting Betty Boop and Momoa, head over to the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter at 410 East Main Street, Smithtown or call 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue:

Onyx

Onyx and Alexis are best buddies- they love to cuddle together and would simply love to go home together! A bit shy at first but give them a quick minute to warm up and they will fit right into your heart and home. If you are in the market for 2 new best friends, please contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more today! 

Alexis

Available for adoption through Pets4Luv:

Peppermint Patty

It’s hard to resist Peppermint Patty’s cuter-than-cute face! This 1-year-old kitty is seeking out a quiet home where she can hide and is easy to reach. She’s a bit of shy girl who just needs a little time to relax and trust her surroundings. If you can provide Ms. Patty with the love she needs to thrive, please contact Dave at info@pets4luv.org or 516-832-8200.

Available for adoption through All About Spay Neuter:

Valerie aka Jasmine

Once upon a time at All About Spay Neuter, a cat named Valerie was adopted and given the name Jazmin. Fast forward 3 years and through no fault of her own, her family had to bring her back to the shelter. Now 3-year-old Jazmin awaits her new forever home. Jazmin is very friendly, shge gets along with literally everyone! Her cuteness level is through the roof, so don’t wait, stop by the shelter or call/text Alicia at 516-510-6738.  

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America:

Rose. Photo by Ted Lim

Rose (adoption #H209678) is not just another pretty face. Although her eyeliner is always on point, and her catwalk is that of a super meowdel, beneath the surface lies a complex creature. When this 2-year-old dazzler first arrived at NSALA’s adoption center, she had lost the only home she’d ever known. It took lots of time and patience to bring out Rose’s true playful self. Rose is looking for a cat-experienced home with older children and no other pets (plus a handful of treats) to welcome her into the family.  These are the essential steps towards her success that will bring out the playful, intelligent girl staff and volunteers have come to adore.  

Tormund and Cersei.  Photo by Ted Lim

Tormund (adoption #E01585) and Cersei (adoption #E01586) are looking for a new kingdom to inhabit, one that will lead to a lifetime of safety where they can snuggle together forever. These 1-year-old siblings (Tormund is male, Cersei is female) were rescued from a dangerous situation and are currently in the first safe place they’ve ever known. You’ll find Tormund eager to join in the playgroup fun with his feline friends while Cersei seems content to snuggle into the nearest human’s lap. At the end of the day, these bonded siblings find each other and share a good grooming session before settling in for a peaceful rest. All this loving pair needs now is a welcoming family and a quiet castle to rule. 

Aladdin and Sinbad.  Photo by Roe Johnson

Aladdin (adoption #BF2652) and Sinbad (adoption #BF2655) are looking for a whole new world. After spending lots of time learning about humans and trust, these bonded 8-month-old guys are ready to share all they have learned with a lucky family. They can’t imagine life without each other, and they’ll never have to: they are a double adoption.  The plan is for these brothers to take a magic carpet ride straight to your heart.  A cat-experienced family with older children (10 and up) will help them transition smoothly into their very first home. You’ve never had friends like Aladdin and Sinbad! 

Tartare. Photo by Ted Lim

Tartare (adoption #H2101997) doesn’t want to go far to find a home. He’s settling into Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center with the help of some feline and human friends, but this terrific 7-month-old kitten is expected to settle into a loving home very quickly. Staff and volunteers have seen him lean on his braver roommates for support and we know that with a little help from a confident cat in your home, children 10+ years in age who can soothe his worries away, and adults with compassionate hearts, Tartare will thrive as the part of a family for the first time.

Crocus. Photo by Ted Lim

Crocus (adoption #V39758) is a stunning 2-year-old gal who came to North Shore Animal League America by way of an overcrowded shelter in Virginia. This beauty headed up north to find a home in which she can blossom.  Crocus would be most content in a quiet home as the only pet.   

For more information about adopting Rose, Tormund, Cersei, Aladdin, Sinbad, Tartare or Crocus, please contact DoritS@animalleague.org

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