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Celebrate ‘Love Your Pet Day’ by Adopting From a Long Island Shelter

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You’ll definitely need a furry friend by your side to help celebrate National Love Your Pet Day on Feb. 20, so don’t wait — contact any one of these shelters or rescues about pet adoption today!

Available at All About Spay Neuter

Justine

Justine arrived at All About Spay Neuter with her tiny kittens last summer.  She is a young cat, very playful and loves affection…so much so that she drools when she is being pet!  If you are interested in adopting Justine, please text Alicia at 516-984-4525 for more information.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Socie

Revis

Poor, sweet Revis. Would you believe this 7-year-old boy was found tied to a pole with a sign saying “friendly”? And that he is…friendly.  He loves his toys and has a lot of energy.  He is good on leash but can use some additional leash manners when seeing other dogs. Revis loves long walks – he is very curious about the world and excited around other dogs. He loves long naps – he’ll curl up on a little ball on almost any soft surface in your home, and you’ll probably hear some snores after a bit. He is definitely a cuddle bug. Revis is a wiggly and happy boy who will give you lots of cuddles and kisses.  He is very smart and eager to learn.

Vinny

Vinny is an adorable 11-month-old, 60 lb Muttdescribed as very playful and social but needs some manners…after all, he is still a pup.  He has lots of energy and loves to play with his toys and his human.  He is very smart and eager to learn. He found himself at a shelter and was pulled by PAWS so he is ready for his next chapter, a forever home!

How cute is Pringle?! This 5-year-old lab/hound mix is both a couch potato and a fella who enjoys his toys and his walks- but just really loves his person.   How can you resist this face??

Milo

Milo is quite the affectionate and playful wascally wabbit who is looking for a loving indoor-only home with someone who is willing to provide the care and attention this handsome boy needs and deserves.  He is neutered and vetted which means he’s ready to head home with you today!

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

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Greyson

Greyson is a 7-year-old Scottish Fold fella, rescued by a volunteer who feeds kitties locally. The volunteer quickly realized how sweet and friendly he is and scooped him up to prep him for adoption.  Greyson loves to be pet and gives everyone kisses! He gets along well with other cats and would do well with any family. Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting Greysontoday!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Giada

Giada is a 6/7-year-old Domestic Shorthair who was sadly abandoned by her previous owner. Despite being let down by humans before, she has shown to be extremely affectionate and trusting. She’s always looking for a lap to curl up on, or for some scratches and attention. She was left alone a lot in her last home, so she’ll need tons of love to make up for lost time! Giada’s ideal home would be a quieter home, and she would do well with older children.

If you are interested in meeting Giada or any of the other adorable cats and kittens available for adoption, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information today!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Gully

Gully (Adoption #D48065) was discovered wandering around the wharf this fall, desperate to find someone to help her. Her hero scooped her up and drove her straight to NSALA’s Pet Health Center where she’s been tended to with the most loving care by their veterinary team as they created a treatment plan for her heart conditions. Now this tender 10-year-old is snuggled into a comfy bed in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, believing all of her dreams have come true. But NSALA has one more to fulfill for her—the dream of a permanent home in which to spend her golden years.

Khloe and Zoey

**Double Adoption** The blissful life 14-year-old sisters Khloe (Adoption #R110377) and Zoey (Adoption #R110378) shared came to an abrupt end recently when they lost their peaceful home. Thankfully, they were welcomed into the tranquility of Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where these gentle souls are enjoying each other’s company as they come to terms with the changes they’ve experienced. Khloe has a successful treatment plan in place to treat her liver disease, a covered medical condition through NSALA’s Pet Health Centers. They’ve taken care of their health and happiness, but they’d love for them to return to a quiet, sunny space with devoted humans committed to giving them the best years of their lives as cherished members of their family. Does your home feel a little empty? Nothing fills it up with love better than the harmonizing purrs of a pair of grateful senior sisters!

Rabbit and Tipper

**Double Adoption** Isn’t it about time you lightened up your life with some goofy friends? Rabbit (Adoption #LA0178) and Tipper (Adoption #LA0179) will literally hang upside down just to grab your attention, and once they’ve got it, you won’t want to let them go! How does a pair of very bonded one-year-old brothers sound as couch potato companions? Your best decision of the day is when you choose to bring home these southern rescues and give them a permanent place in your heart!

Mush

After being discovered out in the cold this winter, Mush’s (Adoption #BF3677) hero scooped her up, ensuring her a better life in the care of Animal League America. Now this shy but stunning one-year-old lady is taking in everything that’s recently occurred in her life, trying to make sense of the nonsense. Offer her a gentle ear rub and she is easily won over. Promising to make the rest of Mush’s life safe and comfortable is a guarantee that you too will receive an abundance of love in return.

Asia

When adorable Asia (Adoption #WV0817) arrived at North Shore Animal League America, her long trip from a West Virginia municipal shelter left her a bit weary of all upheaval in her life. With the devoted attention of her Animal League America fans, this sweet 3-year-old lady is beginning to think things are looking up for her. To help her settle into her true home, she is looking for a quiet household. Adults experienced with shy gals and children 12 years of age and older who can help make her feel more confident about belonging to a family are all she’ll need to settle into her new life. Just a little love and attention will soon have Asia purring with gratitude for being chosen by you!

Baili

Baili (Adoption #WV0823) is longing for a family to call his own and will follow you to the ends of the earth for the chance to be part of yours. This gorgeous 8-month-old kitten from West Virginia comes with all the charm and charisma you’d expect from a southern gentleman’s soul. You’ll never be lonely again with Baili chirping his approval and imploring you for more pets and scratches.  Baili is a fabulous choice for first-time cat families.

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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Warm Up With One of These Adoptable Pets on Long Island

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Cupid is ready to help you find your purrfect match, so contact your local animal shelter or rescue to bring home your Valentine today!

And since the snow keeps on coming, the Nassau County SPCA would like to remind pet owners to make preparations ahead of the storm to keep their families and pets safe:

  • The most important thing pet owners need to do: BRING PETS INDOORS. A snowstorm is no place for a pet.
  • Don’t let your dog off the leash after heavy snowfall. Dogs can lose their scent during winter storms and easily become lost. Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification.
  • Stock up ahead of time on all pet food and medicine your animals may need. *Travel may be much more difficult or impossible.
  • Prepare for a power outage, especially if your family includes fish, reptiles or pocket pets.
  • Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid supplies.
  • Clean off your dog’s paws with a moist washcloth after going outside. Snow-melting salt can be very painful to dogs’ feet and can make them ill when ingested.
  • Have a coat and booties ready for any dog that needs them. Be ready to protect your pets from strong wind and cold.
  • And remember…Report Animal Abuse 516-THE-SPCA, nassaucountyspca.org.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society

Audrey

Audrey is an 8-month-old cutie pie who spent the past couple of months with a trained foster who is helping her get over her anxieties and abandonment issues.  She is very sweet but still very shy. She will need time and patience to warm up. Her current foster mom feels once she has a place she can call home, she will acclimate quickly.

Roscoe

5-year-old Roscoe is just a big loveable lug!  He loves to play and has lots of energy…he’s friendly and affectionate- he needs a little help with his manners- but once he learns he will be a Prince Charming. He loves to go on runs (and bounces in the snow), play with his toys and play tug of war; he also loves to follow you from room to room.  Roscoe is crate trained, fully vetted, good with cats and small dogs and would do best in a home with children 13+.

Lego

Meet Lego. This 4-year-old lovable and gentle guy wants to show you how much he loves to play fetch and play with his toys! PAWS pulled Lego from a shelter where he found himself as a stray. Lego could use a forever or foster home asap. He is fully vetted and seems to do well with other dogs (cats unknown).   Lego would also do best with children 13+.

Peach

Not a dog or cat person? Well how about a wascally wabbit?? Peach is a beautiful 10-month-old hotot rabbit described as affectionate and playful.  Peach is looking for a loving indoor-only home with someone who is willing to provide the care and attention this pretty girl needs and deserves.

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

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Sasha

Meet Sasha! This gorgeous 8-year-old kitty was surrendered when her owner passed away. She loves being pet, is super sweet and gets along well with other cats.

Fluffy

Handsome fella Fluffy is an adorably sweet 7-month-old kitty who also gets along great with other cats. Both Sasha and Fluffy would love nothing more than to go home with you today. Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 for more information about adopting these sweethearts today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Auntie

Auntie is a 4-year-old Domestic Short Hair Mix who joined the shelter as part of their Trap-Neuter-Release program. She had a few kittens following her around when she was trapped. She was already spayed, meaning the kittens couldn’t be hers, so she was given the name Auntie instead! Auntie is sweet and outgoing, and she loves nothing more than getting attention. She would love a home to call her own. This affectionate mush would do well in a home with children or a home with other cats.

If you are interested in meeting Auntie or any of the other adorable cats and kittens available for adoption, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information today!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Meru

Meru’s (Adoption #D48071) life took a rapid detour recently when she found herself in NSALA’s care, surrounded by strangers in a strange new place. They’re giving this 1-year-old beauty all the time she needs to adjust to her new life and are hoping her time with us is just a temporary moment before a full life ahead as a cherished family member. Having the opportunity to watch her grow in their care, NSALA has been able to determine that a quiet, predictable home with children 16 years old and older, 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.

Orangsicle

Orangesicle (Adoption #LA0118) is actively seeking a permanent lap in which to spend the bulk of her days. This stunning 3-year old calico is one lucky lady and she knows it! She’s so grateful for all the love and attention she’s received since she arrived at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center that she wants to thank every human with whom she comes into contact.  Although she’s not very fond of other felines, she’s super keen on every person she meets. Orangesicle would make a remarkable first pet for your family, as long as you don’t fight over which lap will be her favorite!

Bellini

When 5-year-old Bellini (Adoption #H210265) was discovered wandering outside this cold winter, her rescuer ushered her inside for safety. Now Bellini’s quietly wondering what awaits ahead for her. NSALA assured Bellini her worst days are long behind her and she can relax and settle into the happy future awaiting her. Your quiet house and loving heart is all she needs to complete her journey to home—that and some really savory yummy treats!

Luna Lovegood

Lovely Luna Lovegood (NCR5860) patiently waits to cast a love spell on the special human she deems worthy of her devotion. This serene, 5-year-old sweetie traveled all the way from a southern municipal shelter for her chance at a coveted place in your heart. She’ll be quietly waiting for you to notice her in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, but the purrleasure will be all yours when you’re captivated by her understated beauty.  Luna shines brightest when she’s in a quiet home with no other pets, and children 12 years old and older, who will provide her the tranquility she craves. Once Luna Lovegood wins your heart and you win hers, oh what a magical moment!

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger (G25257) isn’t looking to share the limelight with anyone else. This quiet 4- year old Georgia import has designs on your heart and will wait patiently for you to discover him. Chin rubs lead to lengthy visits in your lap and will lead to a lifetime of loyalty only a rescue pet knows how to give. Tommy is being successfully treated for allergies through a healthy prescription diet.

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

Wizzy

Meet Wizzy, the shelter’s 1-year old, stunning, 50-pound boy. Wizzy came to the shelter as a stray after being found by a good Samaritan whom he followed home. Wizzy’s owner was located but has yet to come in for him. Wizzy has been a super sweet dog and absolutely LOVES attention. He loves to snooze next to you while you work and is getting to be a pro at going in and out of the crate on command. Wizzy isn’t overly playful with toys, and wasn’t overly playful with dogs either, but was interested in meeting the shelter’s helper dog. Staff and volunteers would love nothing more than to see Wizzy make his way to a forever home. Please call or email the shelter’s placement team for more information at(516)785-5220, Foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org.

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue

Charlene

Charlene is a sweet and charming kitty with a mysterious background. Staff and volunteers wish Charlene could speak so she can tell us how such a friendly cat turned up in a Farmingville cat colony and how long she was there. This girl is extremely friendly & silly. She twists her head practically full circle to get you to pet her in her cage. She’s about 8 years old and no one is quite sure if she was dumped, lost, etc. We may never know her past, but we do know she was lucky enough to be rescued and is now seeking her forever home and a chance at a bright future.  For more information about adopting Charlene, contact Last Hope at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

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Pet Selling Fraud on the Rise, Better Business Bureau Reports Show

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Fraudsters are taking advantage of people buying dogs and cats online. (Getty Images)

For many people, adopting a new furry friend during the pandemic has offered a sense of companionship during an otherwise lonely lockdown. But those seeking a dog, cat, bird, or other companion animal have been four times more likely to fall victim to a scam since the pandemic started.

The Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker shows more reports about fraudulent pet sites in April 2020 in the U.S. and Canada than in the first three months of the year combined. The number of complaints of pet fraud increased to 337 in November 2020; there were 77 for the same month in 2019.

“Data shows the average cost of each scam averaging a $750 loss, and individuals in the 35 to 50 age range accounted for half of the victims,” said Claire Rosenzweig, president and CEO of BBB Metro NY.

The BBB and law enforcement officials caution against purchasing a pet online, as scam listings are prevalent.  

“Conversations usually start with the scammer giving reasons as to why you can’t see your pet in person,” says Rosenzweig. “ Then they ask for a deposit, or funding for shipping, vaccines, etc.”

If you can’t get an appointment to meet the animal, request a video call. If you are provided a picture, conduct a reverse image search on the photo to see what the data reveals.”

If you have proof that your new pet exists, be aware of the market value. Scammers try to upsell animals if they know you’re desperate for a certain breed. If you do make a purchase, avoid wiring money or using gift cards. Use a credit card if possible as your bank may be able to process a charge back if necessary. 

“Do not, however, fill out an online form with your account information,” says Rosenzweig. “Scammers usually can’t process a credit card. You’ll fill out the form and receive an error message, and now they have your credit card information.”   

If you are purchasing a pet online or have already done so, monitor your credit and watch for suspicious account activity. If you believe you have been scammed, you can report the incident to the BBB, petscams.com and the Federal Trade Commission.

Of course, the best way to avoid being scammed is to adopt, don’t shop. Reputable shelters and rescues may be short staffed and overwhelmed due to the pandemic, but with millions of homeless animals on Long Island, patience is key to finding your perfect companion. Be sure to check shelter websites, fill out adoption applications, and make appointments. Your best friend may be just a reasonably priced click or call away! 

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9 Cats, Dogs That Want to be Your Valentine

If you happen to be looking for a Valentine this year, look no further! Any one of these adorable cats or dogs would love nothing more than to be your sweetheart, so call any one of these local shelters and rescues for more information today! 

First Up: Help A Neighbor Request

A small dog was taken in the Bay Shore area on Dec. 19 and is still reporting missing. The family is heartbroken. Please call 631-992-5744 with any information regarding the whereabout of this dog. No questions asked and a reward is being offered for a safe return. 

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Cranston

Enthusiastic Cranston’s (Adoption #H210639) zest for life sometimes gets the better of him and is more appreciated by experienced cat fans who understand feline body language than by novices to the cat world. Now that NSALA has given him a quiet space into which he could settle, this entertaining 2-year-old orange tabby 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 a predictable pace he needs to transition in smoothly. If your home needs a large personality, Cranston would appreciate being the only pet there. A household with children age twelve and older will ensure that his enthusiasm isn’t misinterpreted. Keep those treats and toys coming and we assure you a delightful life together awaits!

Bear

You’ll find 4-year-old Bear (Adoption #BF3518) high in his cat tree, intently watching you as you as you walk in then greet him with some attentive head and cheek rubs. He’s come is a very long way from the timid tuxedo boy rescuers discovered hiding on the busy city streets this past fall. Time, patience, and an abundance of yummy treats have drawn out Bear’s true purrsonality, one of a very chill, devoted friend looking to get lazy with some new roommates. A quiet, predictable home (with children twelve and older) and laidback adults looking for a fellow couch potato will suit Bear well, as long as the humans keep lots of tasty treats nearby to gobble up between those cheek-rubbing sessions!  

Simba

Nine-year-old Simba (Adoption #H202720) faced a major life change when he lost the only home he’d ever known and was forced to navigate new terrain on his own. All hearts broke for his hardship, and NSALA’s devoted team gave him a quiet, cage-free space to learn how to trust again. Time has been a valuable tool for this sweet, gentle soul, and we’re seeing more and more relief and gratitude these days. Visitors can now find Simba holding court in his rocking-chair throne. Offer him a scratch on the side of his head and you’ll have activated his sweet spot. He just can’t resist melting into your hands with some good scratches! If you have a quiet, predictable home, with children twelve and up in age who can continue to provide all the loving attention Simba has come to crave, we’d love to offer you a chance to be a true hero to a friend in need.

Leopold

Leopold (Adoption #H210689) is looking to lounge atop an available keyboard if you’re looking for ways to instantly end your workday! This delightful 10-month-old tabby recently lost his home, and this office favorite is hoping for a promotion. He’s ready to be put to work and has invented new uses for all of your office supplies. While most kittens like mouse toys, Leopold’s favorite pastime is kicking around post-it notes and inspecting your work papers—which will conveniently put an end to your work-from-home day. Could you use a little someone to brighten your home office—or any other room in the house to be honest? According to his resume, Leopold is a career snuggler once he gets to know you. A quiet, predictable home with children eight years and older will put Leopold’s timid days long behind him. He has a bright future your new assistant!

Oregano and Parsley

**Double Adoption** Looking to add a little flavor to your life? Try Oregano (Adoption #H210245) and Parsley (Adoption #H210246)! These bonded, 11-month-old brothers benefitted from being raised in a foster home since birth and recently joined Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center in hopes of finding them a permanent place to spend forever together. They may not be the spiciest kittens you’ll ever meet but they overcome their initial shyness quiet quickly with some gentle introductions. Your quiet home is exactly what’s on their menu for tonight! 

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

Little Richie

Little Ritchie came in as a stray in August of 2018. This poor 3-year-old boy was found with wounds on top his head and thankfully medical took care of him as soon as possible. Little Ritchie was not setting well in the kennel and the shelter’s behavior team has worked on him throughout his stay. Little Ritchie is looking for an experienced adopter that is going to continue giving him structure and work on his issues: guarding and sensitivity to handling. Little Ritchie takes times to warm up to new strangers but with time, boy oh boy, volunteers and staff consider him to be a Velcro dog once he bonds to you. Little Ritchie just wants a yard to play in, with possibly another energetic playful dog. Lets not have Little Ritchie wait one more day for his forever home. Please call or email the shelter’s placement team for more information at 516-785-5220, Foster@tohmail.org or adoption@tohmail.org

Available at All About Spay Neuter

Jeanine

If you are looking for a lap cat, Jeanine is your girl! She’s a little less than a year old and has been with All About Spay Neuter since she was a kitten. Jeanine will be happy to keep you warm during these cold days. She might even turn out to be a good home office “assistant” given the chance. If you are interested in meeting this sweetheart, please text Alicia at 516-984-4525.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter 

Dean

Dean is quite the handsome 2-year-old fella, recently found as a stray and brought to the shelter. He is affectionate and outgoing with people and other cats. He’ll fall in love with you as quickly as you’ll fall in love with him! He is a big teddy bear with a heart of gold who loves to play and be pet. Dean has a chronic condition that causes his eyes to run, and this needs to be wiped away daily, but he enjoys the attention and makes the condition very easy to handle. He is otherwise a completely healthy and low-key mush. Dean would be a perfect addition to any home!

If you are interested in meeting Dean or any of the other adorable cats and kittens available for adoption, 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!

 

Grow Your Furry Family With One of These Adoptable Pets

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Tiger

Fun Fact: If you’re looking to expand your furry family, be sure to ask the shelter or rescue if your new addition gets along with other cats or dogs. Staff is trained to test shelter animals with other animals, so they will know what’s best for you and your new and current pet. And don’t judge by age- a new puppy may not love an older dog and vice versa. All animals are different, age aside!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Hulk

 

Meet Hulk, a gorgeous 2-year-old boy who is full of energy and ready for a home of his own. Hulk was found running loose in Cedarhurst Park and thankfully was not stolen, hit by a car, etc. Hulk is one playful pup, so if you are an active family, then Hulk is for you! Hulk is looking for a home with ages 15-years and older, where they can help tighten up his obedience, spoil him with toys and possibly live with another high-energy, tolerant dog. Please call or email the shelter’s placement team for more information at(516)785-5220, Foster@tohmail.orgor adoption@tohmail.org.

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Tiger

Tiger is a 4-year-old fella who arrived at the shelter his family moved and could not care for him anymore. Tiger is a very handsome cat, with stunning eyes, a loving personality, and a great spirit. If there’s one thing Tiger loves, it’s spending time with other feline friends. He would be a great fit for homes with other cats, or with children.

There is currently a variety of male and female cats & 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!

If you are interested in meeting Tiger or any of the other adorable cats and kittens available for adoption, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter

Callie

Callie is the sweetest little Shepherd mix (about 35 pounds) found wandering around Texas with her puppy. Mom and son came to Last Hope on a Texas rescue transport in November when Callie tested positive for heartworm. But that doesn’t stop this 2-year-old cutie from anything! Callie loves kids, gets along with other dogs and is at the midpoint of her heartworm treatment under Last Hope’s care.  She needs a foster or foster-to-adopt home where she can finish her recovery in a quiet setting after her last immiticide injections to rid her of heartworm. Last Hope pays all veterinary expenses until she tests heartworm free.

To meet Callie by appointment at Last Hope in Wantagh, please complete & submit a dog adoption application found on the Last Hope website homepage https://lasthopeanimalrescue.org/

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Trebek

There are a lot of questions for 6-year-old Trebek (Adoption #H207860) that only he has the answers to, and lately he’s begun to offer some clues to his happiness. Given all the time he needs to relearn his feelings about trusting humans, he’s experiencing a refreshing change in spirit lately. Introductions to new friends in a quiet space have highlighted a more playful side to this typically shy fellow. It’s warmed all of our hearts to see him join in on some fun and games with his feline friends. While strangers still make Trebek feel in “Jeopardy”, a quiet, cat-experienced home with children 16 years old and older will help him become a champion. Watching him enjoy his fellow felines shows us that a confident cat in his home, eager to show him clues about his new life, will help bring him further away from his fearful beginnings. Trebek is ready to answer more questions if you’re ready to give him time and a patient heart.

Gertrude

**Senior Alert** A local rescue hero discovered 10-year-old Gertrude (Adoption #H210189) fending for herself out in the elements last fall and secured her a safer retirement than the busy lot she occupied. We all agree that this shy senior deserves so much more than she had on the streets. Gertrude has been tucked away in a quiet space away from the bustling Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center to provide her a safe place to adapt to life as a treasured family member.  There she’s making great strides in widening her circle of trusted friends. NSALA is seeking a loving, peaceful home with fearful cat-experienced adults and children 16 years and older who can offer Gertrude the predictable life she craves. Once Gertrude’s trust is gained, she responds with a full heart of gratitude.

Fritz and Ellie

**Double Adoption** When Fritz (Adoption #BF2122) and Ellie (Adoption #BF2124) lost their home due to owners’ allergies, North Shore Animal League America gave them a quiet, comfy place in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center to await their fresh start. Shy at first, these devoted 3-year-old siblings warm up to a patient hand bearing treats! We seek a home with children ten years and older, and cat-experienced adults willing to offer Fritz and Ellie the time and space they need to 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 and a pocketful of treats, you’ll soon discover the playful sides of Fritz and Ellie; they’ll be livening up your living room in no time!

Potato Bug and Lady Bug

**Double Adoption** Let us introduce you to the sweetest pair of 5-year-old tabby sisters: Potato Bug (Adoption #BF1971) and Lady Bug (Adoption #BF1972)! As devoted as these lovely ladies are to each other, they’ve got plenty of affection left over for you. Potato Bug is giving her all to help her shyer sister Potato Bug adjust to shelter living after spending their previous years in a loving home. As grateful as they are to be safe in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, they’re hoping a furrrever home is on the horizon, and with purrsonalities as gentle as theirs, we’re confident their dreams will come true soon. If you’d like a pair of breathtaking bugs to keep you company on your couch, you’re just a car ride away from making everyone’s dreams a reality!

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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Snuggle Up With An Adopted Pet in This Cold Winter

Rosie

Let’s be honest- it’s freezing outside, and nothing warms you up like a furry friend to spend these cold days with. Contact any one of these local shelters and rescues to find out more about how to bring home a new cuddle buddy today!

First Up: A Special Request to Help A Neighbor

Oliver

Can you help the victim of a recent house fire find her missing cat, Oliver? Oliver ran out of his home located on Nostrand Ave in Port Jefferson Station on January 5th and has still not been found.  Witnesses say he ran down Rodney Street. The owner advises there are 2 other cats in the neighborhood that resemble Oliver, but with different markings on their legs and nose. Please help find Oliver by sharing his picture and story. If you find him, please contact his owner immediately at 631-202-8548 or email beatlesbabe2484@gmail.com

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Rosie

Rosie is a 6-year-old grey Shorthair Mix, brought to the Animal Shelter when her previous owner moved and could no longer care for her. Rosie loves to get and give affection and attention! She has both a sweet side and a spicy side to her. Rosie has anxiety when she is around other animals, causing her to self-groom, so she would be best suited to a quiet home without children where she can be the only pet and the sole recipient of your love.

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun-loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two! All of the felines at the Shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam, etc.) by a board-certified Veterinarian.

If you are interested in meeting Rosie or any of the other adorable cats and kittens available for adoption, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Marie

Marie is a beautiful 4-year-old lady who was surrendered because her human sister has severe cat allergies. Her mom was heartbroken but had no choice but to surrender her. Marie is very friendly, loves to be pet and held, and she LOVES belly rubs! Marie is just the purrfect kitty ready for her furever home. Contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this little lady home today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Shelter

Princess
Prince

Would you have a heart for Last Hope’s Heartworm Positive Foxhounds, Price and Princess? Last Hope will pay all veterinary expenses until they are treated for heartworm & test negative. Prince and Princess need not be adopted together, and Last Hope is seeking separate Foster-to-Adopt homes because dogs undergoing heartworm treatment must remain quiet & low key for weeks after each immiticide injection. Prince and Princess come from a Virginia shelter and are both 2.5 years old. They are both sweet and loving and energetic! They would do best in a home without kids or with kids 10+ because they like to jump up when they get excited.

To meet Prince and/or Princess by appointment at Last Hope in Wantagh, please complete and submit a dog adoption application found on the Last Hope websitehttps://lasthopeanimalrescue.org/

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Quincy and Jones

**Double Adoption**Why are Quincy (Adoption #BF1452) and Jones (Adoption #BF1455) so special to us? Just look at them! This very bonded pair of 4-year-old brothers need each other for support as they view every new adventure with trepidation at first. But trusted humans help ease their troubled brows 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 and older who have experience with fearful cats to successfully ease their transition into their first real home. They love all of 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!

Ava

4-year-old Ava (Adoption #BF3234) has taken her sweet time gathering her courage after a life spent outdoors fending for herself. Lately, our patience has been rewarded with appreciative head bumps and rolling purrs for trusted companions. NSALA is certain these will continue in the loving home of patient, experienced humans willing to give Ava the tranquility she has always craved. A predictable setting with children 12 years old and older will lead Ava all the way out of her reticence and into life as an adored family member.

Burundi

Although Burundi (Adoption #D48077) can’t tell us what led to his needing our help, he’s making it clear he prefers freedom in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center’s cage-free rooms and sun-drenched windows to the life he left behind. NSALA is committed to helping Burundi find his purrfect setting, one where he will be the only pet, in a quiet home with children aged 16 and older and patient cat-experienced adults. This stunning 4-year-old boy has graciously accepted NSALA’s help to find you. If you have a home for Burundi to enjoy his new-found freedom, he’d love to meet you!

When a local rescue hero discovered 2-year-old Gabriel (Adoption #BF1714) fending for himself outside, she brought him in for a chance at a safer life. His time outside left him FIV+ but now he is guaranteed a healthy future inside a loving home. Gabriel benefitted from a consistent foster home before being promoting to NSALA’s adoption floor in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center.  Because this tender tabby can be shy, we are seeking a home with children 12 years and older and cat-experienced adults to help him continue to gain trust in a quiet, consistent place. Gabriel would benefit from a confident cat to help him navigate the biggest step in his life’s journey: his very first real home.

Tiger Lily and Jack

**Senior Alert** **Double Adoption**8-year-old Tiger Lily (Adoption #BF3649) and her 13-year-old beau Jack (Adoption #BF3650) had shared their lives together in a peaceful home until suddenly they lost all they had known but each other. Like the resilient seniors they are, this dynamic duo has taken this disruption in stride, and have loads of stories to share about their epic romance and the promise of a golden future in a safe, loving home. While Jack has seasoned his enthusiasm with guarded optimism, Tiger Lily has taken it upon herself to enchant all visitors in the hopes that with our help, she will land them the greatest home they’ve ever known. NSALA vets have discovered that Tiger Lily has Crystalluria, a condition easily managed through a savory special diet the two devour with gusto. This food can be purchased at cost through our Pet Health Centers. If you’re a fan of storybook happy endings, please offer these lovebugs a place in your heart so they can lavish you with the kind of gratitude only a pair of seniors can share.

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

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Meet Some of The Cats and Dogs For Adoption On Long Island

Shelters and rescues across Long Island are still feeling the pandemic crunch, so if you’re looking for a new best friend, please be patient with staff and volunteers. Many suggest visiting their websites and filling out adoption applications as a first step. Be purrsistant and you’ll have a new forever pet at your side before you know it.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Sweet Bandit has a sad story to share. He was left at the Babylon Animal Shelter by the only family he’s ever known. This 3-year-old fella is described as a sweet and loving guy who loves to run and play fetch more than anything in the whole world! He is housetrained, knows a ton of commands, and just can’t wait to find a home of his own. It takes Bandit time to get comfortable with new people so he would do best in a quiet, low traffic home with older kids and no other pets. Please take the time to meet Bandit. All he needs is a new “leash” on life.

If you are interested in adopting this sweet soul, please contact the shelter’s placement team at (516)785-5220 or email Adoption@tohmail.org, Foster@tohmail.org or Rescue@tohmail.org.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Petra

Staff and volunteers are so proud of how far Petra (Adoption #BF2630) has come along on her journey at North Shore Animal League America. When she first arrived, rescued from the local streets, she was very unsure of the rapid changes coming at her in her new, safer environment. NSALA gave Petra all the time she needed in a sunny cage-free room in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center, and she learned from all of her friends — feline and human — how to trust again. You’ll find 2-year-old Petra a bit shy at first, but with consistent care in a quiet home, this terrific tabby will show you what a brave survivor she has been. Petra is ready to be in her first home, one with children 16+ in age and cat-experienced adults who will know by instinct that a gentle hand and a loving heart is all she needs to win her over.

Sasha

Shy Sasha (Adoption #BF3036) has been shedding some of her trepidation and showing everyone who she truly is: a lovely lady looking for lots of human attention. After her chaotic start to life, it’s understandable why a little time and reassurance was in order to get this 8-year-old beauty back on her paws again. A special diet has helped ease her tummy tensions with great success. If you have a peaceful home with children 12 and over who can help her settle into her new space, she promises to fill it up with gratitude. Sasha is ready to show you all she learned from her Animal League America 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 Smithtown Animal Shelter

Top: Batman & Joker. Bottom: Penguin & Wonder Woman

Batman, Joker, Penguin, and Wonder Woman are 6-month-old super siblings named after some super characters! These kittens are shy when meeting strangers, so they are often overlooked by potential adopters. With a little time and patience to get to know them, they show just how sweet, playful and loving they can all be. Shy kittens need a little extra work to get them to come out of their shells, but they are always worth the effort once you earn their trust.

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun-loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two! All of the felines at the Shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam, etc.) by a board-certified Veterinarian.

If you are interested in meeting the Super Cats or any of the other adorable cats and kittens available for adoption, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Wally

Wally is an adorably sweet 3-year-old, 55 lb Terrier mix who has been at the shelter since July 2019- way too long! Wally came in as a stray with old wounds/scarring covering his ears, face, and legs. No one is sure as to what happened to Wally, but he is now safe and loved by volunteers and staff. This guy is understandably a bit nervous with new people so he’s looking for an adult-only home with dog experience to help him through his nerves and to continue with training. He is also being recommended as a solo pet, but don’t worry – Wally has more than enough love to give to his perfect match! If you are interested in learning more, please email adoption@tohmail.org or call 516-785-5220 for more information today!

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

These Cats and Dogs Are For Adoption on Long Island

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Wally

How about a new best friend for the new year? Check out some of the cutest cats and dogs just waiting to go home with their new forever family today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Dean is a 2-year-old Male Domestic Shorthair Mix that was found as a stray. He is affectionate and outgoing with people and other cats. He is large in his stature and large in his ability to love! Dean has a chronic condition that causes his eyes to run, and this needs to be wiped away regularly, but he enjoys the attention and never gives you a hard time about it. He is otherwise a completely healthy and low-key mush.

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun-loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two! All of the felines at the Shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam, etc.) by a board-certified Veterinarian.

If you are interested in meeting Dean or any of the other adorable cats and kittens available for adoption, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society

Daisie

Meet Daisie.  Her foster mom described her as “the most amazing dog I have ever had in my entire life”.  She is smart, happy, and very affectionate.  She likes to hug and is good with kids.  Daisie knows basic commands and will even give her paw.  She only weighs about 30lbs, but she is a loyal protector of her people.  She needs a new loving and affectionate forever home.

Gatsby

**Senior Alert** Gatsby is an 11-year-old handsome male tabby whose senior mom recently passed away.  Gatsby is very affectionate with people, other cats, and small dogs.  He is front declawed, healthy, and up to date on all of his shots.  In other words, he is ready to go home with you today!

Nisa

Nisa is a 5-year-old purebred German Shepard who is in need of a new home due to her owner’s personal reasons, not because of anything she did.  She’s been around a child since it was an infant, so she’s a gentle girl who loves to lick faces and gives kisses.  It is unknown how she is with other dogs and cats so likely best if she is the only pet in the house.  Nisa loves to run around and play so a fully fenced yard is a must. She is spayed and fully vetted.

For more information about adopting or fostering Daisie, Gatsby, or Nisa, please contact adoptions@paws-li.org or call 631-306-4616. You can also visit their website at http://www.paws-li.org

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Sammy

This handsome boy is Sammy! He is 1-year-old and extremely sweet. Sammy is a little shy but once he gets to know you, he warms up! He gets along well with other cats and enjoys being pet.

For more information about adopting this cutie patootie, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this little lady home today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Wally

Wally is an adorably sweet 3-year-old, 55 lb Terrier mix who has been at the shelter since July 2019 – way too long! Wally came in as a stray with old wounds/scarring covering his ears, face, and legs. No one is sure as to what happened to Wally, but he is now safe and loved by volunteers and staff. This guy is understandably a bit nervous with new people so he’s looking for an adult-only home with dog experience to help him through his nerves and to continue with training. He is also being recommended as a solo pet, but don’t worry – Wally has more than enough love to give to his perfect match! If you are interested in learning more, please email adoption@tohmail.org or call 516-785-5220 for more information today!

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Franny

When local heroes found Franny (Adoption #L80612) abandoned, they leaped into action to secure her a safe place in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. NSALA has given this frightened little lady all the loving care she needs to gain confidence and has discovered she’s a delightful playmate when given the opportunity to settle into new situations. They’d love for one-year-old Franny to continue growing more confident in a quiet home with kids 16+ in age. She’ll feel safest as the only pet in the household where she’ll have nothing distracting her from offering all of her gratitude to her heroes—the humans who make her a part of their family.

Kathy Bates

**Senior Alert** Kathy Bates (Adoption #BF3643)is as delighted to meet you as you are to meet her! This dainty 9-year-old beauty was rescued locally and just can’t believe her good fortune by landing in Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center where the promise of a more peaceful life awaits her. Kathy can’t tell us everything she’s been through to get to this moment, but she is eager to let us know she’s filled with gratitude for the chance at a fresh start. If you’d like to offer her nothing but happiness for the rest of her life, she’s waiting for you; just thinking about going home to a forever home has her purring again!

Max Headroom

**Senior Alert** Don’t tell Max Headroom (Adoption #H202020) he could use to shed a few pounds. This big-boned, 8-year-old friend thinks he can still fit into his skinny jeans! He also thinks there’s a place for him in your heart so be prepared to fall in love when you say hello. It’s all part of his endless charm. He may seem tentative at first, but with just a little encouragement, Max Headroom is all set to make a big comeback—right in the middle of your heart!

Stormy

Yes, Stormy (Adoption #H210223)is stunning! Who doesn’t appreciate a dilute tortie without tortitude? But her demands for attention will precede her beauty. One-year-old Stormy isn’t about to sit around and wait for someone to notice her. This attention-grabbing gal is ready to go home right now, so if you’d like to help a local rescue complete her rags-to-riches story, please stop by and listen to what Stormy has to say.

**Double Adoption** Although staff and volunteers at North Shore Animal League America are quite smitten with one-year-olds Margie (Adoption #BF2509) and Marjorie (Adoption #BF2511), we’ve yet to find a home that befits their shy dispositions. All this bonded set of sisters asks for is some patience, a predictable home to settle into, and purrhaps some treats to sweeten the deal. A home with children 8+ in age and cat-experienced adults will reassure them that they can safely overcome their trepidation and enjoy the playtime and ear rubs they’ve come to cherish from their trusted Animal League America team.

Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir

**Double Adoption** When a pair of shy, seven-month-old bonded brothers needed help finding a permanent place, Animal League America happily got involved. While Bob Weir (Adoption #H210229) is nervous about the whole change in his life, his slightly more comfortable partner Jerry Garcia (Adoption #H210228) is trucking along, hoping our promises of a safe future together is indeed on its way for these touch of grey tabbies. Bob and Jerry will do more than get by. Thanks to heroes like their rescuers and adopters; these grateful boys will survive and thrive in their safest home!

Gracie Mansion and Sadie Hawkins

**Double Adoption** Gracie Mansion (Adoption #H210230)and Sadie Hawkins (Adoption #H210231)recently lost their first home due to owners’ allergies. That’s okay because their best lives are ahead for these sweet, bonded 16-month-old ladies. While Sadie prefers hiding safely behind her extroverted sister, Gracie is committed to putting her best paw forward and helping us find this pair a fresh start with a new, devoted family. With just a little bit of tenderness, you could be welcoming the sweetest pair of sisters into your home by the end of the day!

Ricky Bobby

4-year old Ricky Bobby (Adoption #H210222) was on a great adventure in Staten Island when his hero discovered him and told him about a better life awaiting him in the great indoors.  His solo experiences have left him FIV+ but with a very positive disposition! This agreeable boy is always game for new adventures, and although the change in environment has left him somewhat mystified, a home with children 10+ in age will help him figure out how great his life is now that he’s safe and cared for. You’ll find Ricky Bobby racing to meet you when you rally to his side (if you’re not first, you’re last!)  NSALA is hoping the real winner is you when you cross the finish line and make Ricky Bobby part of your family!

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

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Tips For Making Pet Health Resolutions in 2021

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Don’t forget fido when making resolutions. (Getty Images)

The start of a new year often brings our attention to health and nutrition. But as we consider making positive changes to our own lifestyles, we should be thinking about our furry friends as well. 

With so many choices out there, it’s difficult to decide what brand and type of food may be best for your pet. Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter Supervisor Leigh Wixson, LVT, advises that first and foremost, consult with your veterinarian before drastically changing your pet’s diet.  

“As a general rule, if a brand has a prescription diet line, they are likely a reputable choice.  Companies such as Purina, Iams, Hills Science Diet and Royal Canin employ teams of nutrition specialists and invest millions in studying what is best for your pet’s health and well-being,” says Wixson.  

Avoid companies that spend a fortune on advertising and instead go with the ones that spend money on research. Once you have identified a favorite brand, it’s time to narrow down the type of food.   

“Don’t fall for fads,” notes Wixson. “Grain-free addresses celiac disease, which is a human issue, not an animal issue. Dogs are rarely allergic to grain but are often allergic to the proteins, so if you think your pet has a food allergy, try a different protein: venison, salmon, duck, or rabbit. But take caution: It’s not recommended to supplement extra meat in your pet’s diet, as you can inadvertently harm their kidneys.”

Additional recommendations for optimal pet health include safe usage of supplements. Consult with your veterinarian before adding any to your pet’s diet as some may not be absorbable or digestible if used incorrectly.  

If you’re still not sold on any store-bought pet food, you may consider making your own, but do so after consulting a nutritionists’ cookbook. Without it, you are likely missing vital ingredients.  

Once you have your pet’s menu complete, be sure to keep a close eye on its weight. 

“Weight gain can creep up slowly, so know your pet’s weight and check it every once in a while,” says Wixson. 

A big thing to watch for is treat intake.  

“Giving your dog a few snacks a day can be the caloric equivalent of doling out scoops of ice cream,” she adds. “Recipes that include peanut butter, banana, sweet potato, and pumpkin are always a big hit and nutritional. Limit sugar and salt and watch your ingredients for things that can be harmful, such as grapes, xylitol, onions, or garlic.”

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Adopt a Pet in Need This New Year 2021

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If your New Year’s resolution is to save a life, look no further. Any one of these adorable cats and dogs would love nothing more than to make your home their home in 2021!

Available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Munchie

Munchie is a beautiful 7-month-old tuxedo who is a bit on the shy side and will need a patient, loving home to help her come out of her shell. She is great with other cats but still nervous around humans.

Nico

Nico is a 4-year-old black beauty who is as sweet as he is cute! Nico comes from a hoarding situation and was found living in a dark rusty basement, so when you arrive at Almost Home’s cattery you will most likely find him lying on a cat tree in the sun! Nico loves to be pet and purrs all the time.

For more information about adopting Munchie or Nico, contact Almost Home Animal Rescue at www.almosthomeli.org or call 631-627-3665 to bring this little lady home today!

Available for adoption through Pioneers for Animals Welfare Society

Devin

Devin is a lovable, goofy, playful 2-year-old Pit Mix who was rescued from a high kill shelter in South Carolina. He’s a real cuddle bug and he’ll happily hang out with his head in your lap while you work at your computer. He’s also fond of sleeping next to you. He’s got a great disposition and is friendly to everyone he meets. He loves going on walks and he would make a great hiking companion (and he’s good in the car). Devin is a smart cookie who knows his basic commands and really wants to please. He’s also quite content to hang out on the couch and nibble at his chew toys. Devin is a super sweet dog and would make a great family dog. He’s a big guy (65 lbs) and he is active so he would probably do best in an active home with older kids.

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

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue

Bruiser

**Special Request** 7-year-old Bruiser deserves the chance to become cherished & hopefully healthier…this big 17 -pound friendly tabby just happened to walk into someone’s Hicksville home. It was his feline way of saying: “I am not feral. I enjoy the company of people and would really like a warm home & family to call my own.” Upon arrival at Last Hope and during his vet intake, it was discovered that not only is Bruiser FIV positive, but he also has a pretty severe heart murmur. He is safe with Last Hope but will need further cardiac evaluation. In the meantime, Last Hope is looking for a home where Bruiser can be warm, comfy & loved.

To meet Bruiser by appointment at Last Hope in Wantagh, call 631-425-1884 or fill out an adoption application on Last Hope’s webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

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Zero

Named after a rather famous celebrity pooch, Zero is a 10-year-old sweetie that recently found her way to the shelter with her right eye half-closed, which the staff believes is the result of an entropion that will be fixed when they spay her soon. Zero is a blast to be with, loves to play, and loves a good game of fetch. She is friendly with people, is a little jumpy too and likes other dogs!! This girl is not to be missed! If you can open your heart and home to her, please email adoption@tohmail.org or call 516-785-5220 for more information today!

Available for adoption at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter

Mia

Meet the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week, the playful Mia! Mia is a loving and energetic 2-year-old Pit/Lab Mix who is equal parts goofy and affectionate. Mia came to the shelter as a stray after being hit by a car and fortunately sustaining only minor injuries. She loves to whip around her rope toys and chase after balls. Mia thinks she is a lap dog and will crawl in your lap and shower you with kisses. Mia was a yard dog, so she is protective of her space when it comes to strangers, and she will require a home that can properly introduce her to new people. Once she meets a new friend, she loves them unconditionally. Mia would be best as the only pet in the home. If you are interested in meeting Mia, please call 631-360-7575 today for more information.

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

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