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7 Dogs and Cats That Need Homes for New Year

Hans

Long Island shelters and rescue groups have tons of dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and breeds that are just waiting to find their forever home. Read about some of the adorable animals that are available for adoption this week!

Available for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington:

Handsome Hans is an energetic 1-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. He is very loving and outgoing, always looking to play and getting ready for the next big adventure. Hans loves to be on the go, out exploring the trails on his walks or running around with toys in the dog pens. He’s very clever and would do great in obedience classes with a family who’s dedicated to him.

Pookie

Super sweet Pooky is an 8-year-old tuxedo cat who is described as a total lovebug who wants nothing more than to shower you with affection. Pooky is a big, but gentle boy who answers to his name and is known to follow his favorite people around the cattery. Pooky would love someone to curl up with who his whole world will revolve around.

Harrison

Harrison is the adorable white-and-black kitten who loves belly rubs! Harrison gets along great with other cats and is an active player enjoying lasers, kitty dancers, catnip toys and tunnels. Harrison is very sweet and will lay down in front of his favorite staff asking for a tummy rub when they come to visit him. He is known to look out for the smaller kittens in the cattery, running over to check their okay if he hears one crying.

For more information on adopting Hans, Pooky or Harrison, please call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770, or come in for a visit at 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington.

Available for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:

Nelson

Nelson (reference #170678) is an adorable 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Mix that was surrendered to the shelter because his owner was unable to take care of him anymore. Nelson is up to date on all of his vaccines, and would do best in a home with older children. Nelson was an only pet so if you are thinking of adopting this sweet fella and you have another dog, the shelter requires a meet and greet. Nelson sure does hope that someone might read this and be looking for a small dog just like him!

Chip

Chip (reference #170690) is a friendly and fun 3-year-old Chihuahua who was surrendered to the shelter as his owner could no longer care for him. Chip weighs 8 pounds, is very friendly, loves to be part of the crowd and loves his little pillow bed. Chip is now neutered, up to date on all his vaccines and micro-chipped.

He is such a handsome little guy that definitely needs to find himself a home where he will be an important part of his new family. He is a people person for sure and should be an only dog. We hope you can share Chip’s story that he is waiting in the shelter for the next chapter in his life to begin.

For more information about adopting Nelson and Chip, please call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.

Available for adoption at The Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Misty

If you’re wondering who this gorgeous looking dog is, Misty was recently DNA tested and she came back as a Chow Chow, Jindo, German Shepherd, and American Staffordshire Terrier mix! Misty is 5 years old and is an affectionate dog who can sometimes be wary of strangers at first. Once she warms up, you have a friend for life!

She loves long walks on the trail and petting sessions. Misty would do best in an adult home as the only pet in the house.

Pablo

Pablo is a 1-year-old Pit Bull mix who came to the shelter as a stray last year. He is an energetic and fun pup, who loves chasing and trading tennis balls with staff and volunteers. Pablo is a quick study, eager to learn his basic commands for treat rewards.

He’s a go anywhere, do anything kind of companion. He likes the company of other dogs, but needs a canine companion that can match his exuberance. He would do best in an active home dedicated to continuing his training.

Please call the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516-944-8220 for more information on adopting Misty and Pablo.

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

Meet 10 Dogs, Cats Seeking Homes for The Holidays

Diamond

There are so many adorable animals available for adoption on Long Island, but this time of year, experts remind us that animals come with many responsibilities and the person receiving them as a gift may not be prepared to adequately care for the animal.

The reality is that a pet is a serious long-term responsibility and the decision to include a pet into any home should come only after careful consideration. Please don’t just “get a pet for the kids,” unless you are prepared for a lifetime commitment.

In addition, the Nassau County SPCA reminds us to start your search at your local town animal shelter. You’ll find dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds, colors, temperaments and personalities at your local shelter.

Want a high-energy ball player to be your activity partner? How about a low-key but lovable lug to snuggle with on the couch? Shelter staff and volunteers can counsel you and your family on the best pet to fit your lifestyle.

By giving a home to a shelter or rescue animal, you save a life and create space for another needy animal, helping to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless animals in your community. There may not be a greater gift for homeless animals than to open your heart and home to them.

So, ready for a new best friend? Read all about how to adopt one right here!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh:

Diamond is a bright and shinning senior pit mix who so desperately needs a new home. She was surrendered by her owner because they could no longer care for her. Staff and volunteers are all heartbroken for this sweet gal who lived in the same home for her entire life, and now finds herself alone and homeless.

Diamond is 9 1/2 years old, 65 pounds, and happens to have the most gorgeous brownish-reddish fur and the cutest floppiest ears that we’ve ever seen. Her previous owner, said Diamond is house trained, knows the commands “sit,” “stay,” and “come” and is afraid of thunder and fireworks. Diamond is very friendly with people, and would love nothing more than to make her way back into a home as fast as possible.

If you are interested, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email at adoption@tohmail.org

Available for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington:

Xavier

Xavier is a young adult cat at the Little Shelter cattery. He is a fun-loving, energetic boy who is always looking for something to do. He loves playing with cat dancers, lasers, getting into boxes and cuddling with his favorite people. He is an active cat who wants to be part of the action and always be the center of attention.

Clancy

Clancy is an adorable 11-year-old Lhasa Apso! He has been a resident of Little Shelter since May 2016 and is still waiting to find his furever family to share his golden years with. He is an energetic boy who loves going on walks and playing with his friends. He is also a snuggle-bug with those he trusts.

Rosalinda

Rosalinda is described as a very sweet and energetic tuxedo kitten who is looking for a furever home. She was born blind, but that doesn’t stop her from running around, jumping onto the couch, playing with other kittens, toys and more. She is very active and talkative, using call and response to follow the staff around the cattery. Rosalinda loves being a part of whatever is going on and actively seeks out attention.

For more information on adopting Xavier, Clancy and Rosalinda, call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770, or visit them at 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington. 

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington:

Grover

At just about 3 years old, Grover is a male Shepard/Doberman mix who loves cuddling and snuggling up to his human friends. He will do almost anything for food and has learned “sit,” “down” and even “stay” for treats! He loves to play fetch with his favorite toys and roll around in the grass when he needs to relax. Grover’s dislikes include thunderstorms, city streets, and fireworks. He prefers sunny days and quiet homes. As a food lover, he’s learning how to share his food.

Coco

Coco is a gorgeous 3-year-old female Terrier/Shepard mix, who loves hugs and kisses and long walks! Shelter life is hard, so she loves socializing and playing with humans, and going for long walks. She gets a kick out of playing with different food dispensing toys that keep her busy and happy. She is not a fan of confinement or being crated for long periods of time.

Also, she has some bladder inconsistencies which makes it difficult for her to hold it in for long hours. She has made some progress, but will continue to need more attention for potty times. She could really use a forever home ASAP.

Contact the North Shore Animal League America at Sonias@animalleague.org for more information on adopting Grover and Coco!

Available for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:

Nelson

Nelson (reference #170678) is the adorable 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Mix that was surrendered to the shelter because his owner was unable to take care of him any longer. Nelson is an awesome dog who would do best in a home with older children. He is used to being an only pet, so if you are thinking of adopting Nelson and you already have another dog, the shelter requires a meet and greet. Nelson is really hoping to find a forever home for the holidays, so head on down to the shelter and scoop this little man up today!

Laney

Sweet Laney (reference #170110) has been at the shelter since March…that’s 9 long months of waiting for her forever family. While the staff is head-over-heels for her, they would love for her to find a permanent family ASAP. Laney is approximately 2-3 years old and is as sweet as sugar. Why not head down and meet this gal today?!

For more information about adopting Nelson and Laney, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.

Available for adoption at The Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter:

Athena

Poor Athena…this sweet 8-year-old pit bull/bull terrier mix was brought to the shelter when her owner passed away and no one was able to care for her. Athena is a doll who can be shy at first but once she warms up to you, she loves nothing more than to bring you her favorite thing: tennis balls! Athena loves the trail and walks calmly, but look out because this nutty gal always tries to chase the squirrels! Athena likes to get all the attention and would prefer to be an only pet in the house.

Maxine

Maxine is a 6-year-old American Bulldog who came to the shelter after her family had to move to a place that does not allow pets. Maxine is an easy-going girl that is looking for a new companion to go on leisurely strolls with and hang out with on the couch. That’s not asking for too much…Maxine just wants a new forever family that will love her unconditionally. To boot, Maxine enjoys the company of other dogs and would do best in adult home.

Call the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516-944-8220 for more information on adopting Athena and Maxine.

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

Snickers Among Dogs, Cats Seeking Long Island Homes

Snickers

Two cats and a pup is this week’s theme for adorable animals looking for their forever homes. Meet Kittie, Callisto and Snickers, who would all make great additions to your family today!

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh is Snickers. This bubbly Hound/Shepherd is under a year old and is full of energy. Snickers was found as a stray and brought to the Brookhaven Town Shelter, when Last Hope found him and scooped him up. Snickers is a great pooch who likes other dogs and would do best with kids over 10. If interested in meeting cutie, contact Last Hope at lasthopeanimalrescue.org or better yet, pop in for a visit at 3300 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh.

Kittie

Kittie is a gorgeous gal, just about 10 months old who is just as sweet as can be. Kittie is a great greeter when you come home, and enjoys nothing more than a good snuggle and relaxation. Kittie is described as the purrfect Kittie and is available for adoption today! For more information, please contact her foster, Daisy, at 718-663-1737 or email her at daisy9892@gmail.com

Callisto

And here’s Callisto! This handsome little fella is only 4 months old and is as sweet as can be. He is quite a friendly gentleman who happens to love a good belly rub whenever he can get one. If that’s not cute enough, Callisto enjoys being held like a baby too, making him the perfect fit for any home. For more information on adopting Callisto, please contact Daisy at 718-663-1737 or email her at daisy9892@gmail.com

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

Cat Brothers Luke and Jake Seeking Forever Homes

Cat brothers Jake and Luke.

Patsy and brothers Jake and Luke are in search of their forever homes this week. 

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh is pretty Patsy! A sweet,-medium sized gal weighing in at just around 35 lbs., Patsy will win you over with her gorgeously soft brown eyes and affectionate personality. At 4 years young, Patsy has a heart of gold and can’t wait to meet you.

Don’t let her slightly timid personality fool you, once she gets to know you she will melt your heart! Patsy will make the perfect pet companion for someone who sees her perfect pup potential so check out her webpage and head on down to meet her today! lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Patsy

Also, double the felines and double the fun! Across the street at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, you’d be pleased to meet super siblings, Jake and Luke, two brothers in need of one home!

Jake and Luke are both 14 years young and were surrendered by their owner due to divorce. Luke is said to be affectionate, playful a total mush. Jake’s owner said he is a little lazy (aww), but totally sweet. They are both used to living with adults and children.

Luke and Jake are very bonded and they must get adopted together. These two brothers are currently hanging out in the shelter’s cattery with other cats, and doing well. Please contact the shelter for more information at 516-785-5220 or visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. You can also email at adoption@tohmail.org.

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

Ward, Chanel Among Pets Seeking Homes at Long Island Shelters

Ward

Chanel and Ward would like to be thankful for a forever home this weekend…why not head down to your local shelters and adopt one (or both) today!

Chanel

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh, Chanel is a gorgeous kitty who holds her head high making the best of her long solo days by playing with her toys in Last Hope’s Cat Condo. Of course, this friendly feline fashionista would prefer to entertain herself in a home she can call her own, so please consider adopting this sweetheart today. For more information, check out her webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Across the street at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, you’d be pleased to meet the wonderful and fantastic Mr. Ward! This 2 ½ year old handsome fella came to the shelter as a stray in January. Ward is described as very sweet, a real blast to hang out with.

He loves to play with toys and is very affectionate with his person. Ward can be good with other dogs but requires slow introductions. Please contact the shelter for more information at 516-785-5220 or visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. You can also email at adoption@tohmail.org.

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

Roxanne Among Dogs Seeking Homes on Long Island

Too often animals wind up at local shelters as strays, with no history or owners. While these voiceless souls can’t tell us where they’ve been, they can prove their sweet and affectionate ways would make them an amazing best friend to any lucky human.

Keeping in mind that we should never judge a book by its cover, we introduce you to Roxanne! She recently came to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter as a stray, already missing one eye. This is quite unusual, especially since no owner was ever found.

But staff and volunteers at the shelter say Roxanne is a true gem. She’s very sweet, a joy to be with and is quite affectionate. If that’s not enough, Roxanne gets along well with other dogs and is even housebroken!

Can’t as for more that’s for sure! If you are interested in adopting this sweet gal, please call the shelter for more information at 516-785-5220, visit them at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org

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

Buddy, Zeus Among Long Island Pets Seeking Homes

From left: Buddy and Zeus

With so many homeless animals, it’s hard to choose a new best friend, but if you’re in the market for an awesome beagle or amazing kitty, then look no further.

Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh, Buddy is a 5-year-old Beagle with the sweetest disposition. He loves every person he meets, gets along with other dogs and is even good with kids. Buddy is a quiet and gentle fella who would make an amazing addition to any family.

Since we can’t say enough good things about Buddy, be sure to check out his webpage and submit an adoption application today! lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Check out this super cool cat, Zeus! He has been on a not-so-fun adventure when he was rescued from a dumpster, and then taken to Hempstead Town shelter. When Last Hope heard his sad story, he was scooped up right away.

At about 2 years old, and with an adorable finger paint smudge on his nose, Zeus really deserves to be treated like the king of the gods. He is a loving mush who loves to be held and talks to you to get your attention. Zeus isn’t looking for a castle on Mt. Olympus, he just wants a home of his own where someone treats him with love and dignity. Might that person be you? lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Prince, Bella Among Pups Up for Adoption on Long Island

Prince

Much like a fairy tale, it would be a dream come true for Prince and Bella to find their forever homes this week. Read all about how you can adopt them today!

Handsome Prince was surrendered to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter by his owner because they were moving and couldn’t take him along. Prince was adopted from a shelter in Florida at just four months old. His owners had him for just nine months before surrendering him to the shelter.

Prince is a smart young pup who already knows the commands “sit”, “come” and “paw.” He has made a lot of friends at the shelter who all have fabulous things to say about him: He is an excellent walker, one of the best loose leash walkers around! Prince is attentive and friendly with everyone.

Prince is smart, responsive and always looking to love. He also seems very much house broken. Prince would love nothing more than to get himself back into a loving home ASAP.

If you are interested, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org

Bella

Across the street at Last Hope Animal Rescue is Bella! She is an adorable brown Chihuahua weighing just about 10 pounds and about 6 years old. Bella was rescued in Kentucky and brought to Long Island in search of her forever home.

Bella loves going on walks and playtime, is super sweet and absolutely lovable! Bella would love a soft lap on which to rest her head for the rest of her life–why not make that lap yours?!

For more information on adopting Bella, contact Last Hope Animal Rescue at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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

Dog in Shelter Since 2013 Among Long Island Pets Seeking Homes

Cookie

Two dogs and a cat is this week’s theme for sweet adoptable animals waiting for their forever homes. Read all about Tango, Rufus and Cookie and how to bring them home with you today!

As sweet as her name, Cookie is the longest resident at The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Cookie has been waiting for her forever home since Aug. 31, 2013. This sweet 7-year-old beauty came to the shelter as a stray after the owner skipped town and left Cookie on the street.

Thankfully, the neighbors knew her, and called the shelter right away. Cookie spent the next three years in the shelter, just hoping and praying she would be noticed by an adopter, but that never happened. What did happen though, is that a staff member decided to bring Cookie into their home to foster, while the search for her forever home continues.

Cookie has now been in foster care since November 2016, and is reportedly an amazing house guest. Not only is Cookie 100 percent house trained, but she is also quite comfy in her crate, loves to run around the yard, loves to play with toys, and takes treats super gently. Cookie loves all people who visit the home, she is super smart and listens very well…did I mention she is the most amazing kisser and cuddler?

Cookie has dog siblings right now, and although her fosters are taking it very slow, so far, so good! Cookie could either live as a solo dog, or maybe with one, laid back dog. Cookie’s ideal home would be with savvy dog parents, who will love her, cherish her and keep her safe.

Tango

If you are interested, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email adoption@tohmail.org 

This gorgeous 5-month-old gray-and-white kitten is Tango, who happens to be one of the most gentle and loving kittens. He also happens to be FIV positive.

Take note: FIV is a cat-only disease. It cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines. FIV is spread through serious, deeply penetrating bite wounds. The type of bite wound that is seen in feral unneutered cats. An infected mother may also infect her kittens while they are in her womb. FIV cannot be spread casually between cats, such as in water or food bowls, or in litter boxes.

Cuddling, playing and other forms of casual physical contact do not spread the virus. FIV itself does not shorten a cat’s life-span. Because FIV affects a cat’s immune system it can be more difficult for an FIV positive cat to fight off infections. Otherwise, FIV positive cats are no different from other cats, often living long, healthy lives.

Rufus

Don’t let the FIV diagnosis stop you from bringing home this affectionate and loving kitty. Tango needs someone to open their heart and adopt him before he grows up in a cage. For more information, check out his webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org 

Up next is the amazing Rufus! He came to New York from North Carolina, where he was found lost in the woods in awful shape. Rufus was fixed up and rescued by an amazing New York-based organization known as Rescue Dogs Rock. All seemed on the up-and-up for Rufus until he wound up in the care of a not-so-nice trainer ultimately accused of animal cruelty.

Thankfully, early last year little Rufus found his way into a wonderful foster home, where he continues to receive the love and proper training he so desperately deserves. This foster care has turned Rufus into the most lovable, laid back sidekick a human could ask for.

Rufus is about 3-4 years old and weighs 30-40 pounds. If adopted, Rufus needs slow introductions to other dogs and he does seem a little uneasy around cats. As per his current foster, favorite activities include having fun with squeaky toys and “cuddling up at the end of a bed with his cute little butt wiggling when you come home.”

Who needs more than that? For information on adopting Rufus, please contact his current foster, Daisy, at 718-663-1737 or email her atdaisy9892@gmail.com.

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

Meet Dogs, Cats Seeking Homes at Long Island Shelters

Sally

With three lovely ladies available for adoption this week, it makes it hard to choose which one will be your new best friend. Read all about Sally, Nikki and Penny and how to bring them home with you today!

Available at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, Sally is a gorgeous 6 1/2 year old, tan-and-white baby girl with the saddest eyes and sweetest smile. Sally is a scared at the shelter, and would love nothing more than a nice warm bed and a quiet home of her own.

Sally knows multiple commands, and is said to be house trained, and requires a home as a solo dog. If you are interesting in saving Sally, please contact the shelter for more information at 516-785-5220, stop in for a visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email them at adoption@tohmail.org

Nikki

Right next door at Last Hope Animal Rescue you can meet this very pretty, 7-month-old stray Treeing Walker Coonhound puppy named Nikki! She was likely discarded in a rural Southern area the way so many Coonhounds are before she was rescued and brought to Long Island.

Nikki is a wonderful dog who gets along well with kids and other dogs. Right now she is a big puppy and needs someone who will be consistent and patient with her; to transform her into the well-mannered and gorgeous dog she has the potential to be. For more information, check out her webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

Also awaiting her forever family is Penny. Rescued in Corona, Queens in July, this sweetie was pregnant and just about a year old. While all of her kittens have been adopted, Penny is now spayed and ready for a home too. She approaches for petting and if you are not close enough she starts rubbing affectionately against her cage door.

Penny would make the puuurrfect lapcat and BFF for any feline lover. To learn more about adoptiong Penny, check out her webpage at lasthopeanimalrescue.org

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