Allison Matos


Shorty and Misty Among Dogs, Cats Seeking Homes on Long Island

Misty and Shorty are looking for their forever homes.

Old or young, there’s no shortage of homeless animals that are ready to be adopted on Long Island. Read all about how to adopt Shorty and Misty right here!

Sadly, local shelters often have large numbers of senior cats and dogs who are unable to find loving homes due to their age. But studies show that senior animals are often calmer, gentler and likely already trained — a perfect companion for a quieter home.

With that said, it’s my pleasure to introduce Shorty. Shorty is a tiny fellow (less than 16 pounds) and resembles a Shiba Inu mix painted in Pomeranian rust. At 10 years old, Shorty was rescued as an older stray at a dangerous traffic intersection in Wyandanch.

Thanks to the Town of Babylon Shelter, Shorty has been provided extensive dental work (17 teeth were extracted) and has also been neutered. Shorty is described as friendly, energetic and enjoys meeting new people and other dogs. He has a prance in his step, and looks forward to stepping into a loving home soon. For more information, check out his webpage at

On the flip side of the age bracket, meet Misty. Here’s a tongue twister…Misty is a kitten who had kittens this kitten season. It is believed that her offspring were placed in homes but Misty continues to wait for her forever family. Misty is sweet and adorable, spayed and ready to leave the shelter and go home! For more information, check out Misty’s webpage at

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

Meet Top Dogs Up for Adoption This Week at Long Island Shelters


Three of the sweetest dogs are available for adoption this week, but don’t take my word for it. Head down to your local animal shelters for a meet and greet with this week’s top dogs: Berry, Dutch and Lindy!

Meet Berry. As sweet as his name, Berry (aka Mr. Huckleberry) is a friendly, sweet 1-year-old chocolate lab mix. He gets a glowing review from his foster mom.

“From the moment I met sweet Berry boy, I knew he would make a fantastic family dog,” she said. “He is about 45 lbs. and loves other dogs and people! This sweet boy is gentle with my 2-year-old son and 10-year-old small puggle. He knows his boundaries and does not jump or knock anyone over, even though he is still a young pup! “Berry walks well on the leash with his easy walk harness, and is completely house trained,” she continued. “Berry loves treats, playing fetch, going for walks, and snuggling on the couch. This sweet boy lets you know when someone is at the door, but then is completely content to get back to snoozing. He would make a wonderful family dog and his forever family will be so lucky to have him. He’s a one in a million pup!”

If you’re interested in adopting Berry please go to to fill out an application. Please also note that Berry is available for a meet and greet this Sunday, Oct. 8, at Petco on 2752 Veterans Rd. in Staten Island from 12-3 p.m.

Dutch is the Town of Hempstead’s October Dog of the Month and for a great reason! This 6-year-old boy is famous for knowing a ton of commands, being house and crate trained and even playing well with other dogs! Dutch is sweet, gentle and quietly awaiting his forever family. He would do best in a home with teenagers. Please call for more information: 516-785-5220 or visit at him at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh.

Last but not least, check out Lindy. This 3-year-young boxer/terrier/pit mix weighs in at approximately 55 lbs. and makes the world’s best lap dog! Lindy is very energetic and loves to play, so much so that she even plays with her toys by herself if no one else is around.

Lindy has been in foster care for a few weeks now and is doing great. She is completely housebroken, understands simple commands and is very easily trained because of her young age. Lindy will do best with a fenced-in yard and wouldn’t mind another dog in the house for company since her last home had a few. To boot, Lindy is pretty quiet and doesn’t bark unnecessarily—she even sleeps all night!

Lindy would truly make a great new best friend so if you’re interested in adopting, please go to and fill out an application.

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

Rocky The Rescue Among Dogs Up for Adoption at Long Island Shelters


Among the many amazing dogs available for adoption at animal shelter on Long Island this week are Rocky, Mimi, Lex and Julian.

Rocky is the man of the hour. This adorable 2-year-old pocket pittie is ready for his forever home! He found his way to Fur Friends in Need when a Good Samaritan found him abandoned and extremely emaciated. Rocky was treated for malnutrition and is now healthy as can be and ready to go home with you today. 

Not only is Rocky super sweet but he’s also good with cats, dogs and kids. If you’re interested in adopting Rocky please go to and fill out an application today. 


Mimi is a current resident at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. At 9 years old, this sweet pup was surrendered to the shelter by her owners. Mimi was scared when she arrived and rightly so, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers, Mimi is just a total goof ball with the people she knows and loves. Once Mimi knows and trusts you, she will allow you to do anything to her, she is beyond tolerant and sweet.  

Mimi loves to kiss, roll around in the grass, and cuddle.  She even knows the commands “sit,” “go to your place” and “lay down.” Mimi seems social with male dogs, but doesn’t love females.

Mimi is looking for a savvy owner, one who will understand her and appreciate her. If you are interested, please call for more information: 516-785-5220 or visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email at 


I am a true sucker for Labs, and who could not fall in love with this face! Lex was brought to Babylon Shelter in August with his brother, who has already been adopted. Lex is a field Lab who requires lots of exercise, training, attention (because he loves people) and a secure yard because he will escape to be near people.

Lex is known as a happy, social fellow with a perpetually wagging tail. He loves to play ball and is slightly cross-eyed, which is beyond adorable by the way since he’s famous for his comical look when his green eyes are focused on the ball in your hand. Lex will thrive with an athletic person as his partner…someone who will set limits for his enthusiasm and help him adjust to the good life in a real home. For more information on adopting Lex, check out his webpage at 


Calling all Boxer fans… meet Julian! This 2-year-old boy is nothing more than a big mush. He enjoys being around people and will give you his soft-eyed look for some loving and attention. He is fully house trained and enjoys sleeping in a cuddle bed and is also crate trained. 

Julian enjoys playing and would love a house with a fenced yard for him to run. He enjoys an active lifestyle and would enjoy a family that can give him love and exercise. Julian is currently being fostered with other dogs both large and small, so he gets along with everyone!  For more information, pictures and videos about Julian please go to

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

Princess Ariel Among Dogs Up for Adoption at Long Island Shelters

Ariel is up for adoption.

The spotlight is on Princess Ariel, Rocky and Moose this week as these three lovely pooches are all available for adoption and eager to find their forever home.

Staff and volunteers at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter have a new obsession and her name is Princess Ariel! Princess Ariel is a very sweet and gentle 5-year-old gal who is being recommended for a home with kids 13 and older. She is friendly with strangers, displayed no issues with people near her food, and is a blast to hang out with.

Princess Ariel is social with dogs of her size, but doesn’t like pushy behavior. Princess Ariel wishes she could be part of your world- if interested in adopting this sweet gal, please email, call for more information: 516-785-5220, or visit the shelter at 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh.


Next up is Rocky! This adorable 6 year old Chi-Corg mix known as one of the greatest lap dogs of all time. Rocky likes other dogs and would thrive in a home with adults (no kids please). True to his breed, Rocky would love to cuddle up with his human but is also quite comfy just relaxing on his own. If you are interested in adopting Rocky, please go to and fill out an application today!


It’s hard to believe that my buddy Moose has still not found his forever home. Moose is a handsome 8-year-old Pit Mix rescued from Animal Care & Control back in 2013. Moose is a sweetheart that is so very loving once he gets to know you. He needs slow introductions to other dogs and would do best in a home with older children. Moose would love a person who would take him on walks and hang on the couch with him. If you’re interesting in adopting this handsome fella, please contact Daisy at 718-663-1737 or email her at


Meet Dogs Up for Adoption at Long Island Shelters This Week

With so many homeless animals awaiting their furever homes in Long Island shelters, it’s hard to decide on a new best friend. To help, each week we will showcase some amazing animals available for adoption as well as special events happening across LI.

Available at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh is Destiny! With brains and beauty, Destiny already knows commands such as “sit,” “paw” and even “lay down!” Destiny is a sweet and simple gal who enjoys the little things in life, such as being lazy and receiving belly rubs (so much so that she starts smiling when she gets one). 

Destiny also enjoys playing in the kiddie pool and going for walks with her human buddies. She is very treat motivated, house trained, affectionate and even likes other dogs. Destiny is wary of new people, so she will need a very savvy owner who can help her get over her fear of new people.

Once she knows you, she is super cuddly, sweet and eager to be close to you. If you would like to learn more, please call the shelter to speak to a staff member today: 516-785-5220 or come in to fill out an application: 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. 

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.”

I mean come on, who needs more than that? For information on adopting Rufus, please contact his current foster, Daisy, at 718-663-1737 or email her

But wait, there’s more! Meet Moose, a handsome 8-year-old Pit Mix rescued from Animal Care & Control back in 2013. Moose is a sweetheart that is so very loving once he gets to know you. He needs slow introductions to other dogs and would do best in a home with older children.

Moose would love a person who would take him on walks and hang on the couch with him. If you’re interesting in adopting this handsome fella, please contact Daisy at 718-663-1737 or email her

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic for Dogs and Cats
Last Hope Animal Rescue will be offering $5 rabies vaccinations, $12 distemper combo and $12 Bordetella shots. All Long Island pet owners are eligible; no appointment necessary, Pets must be at least 2 months old. Dogs must be leashed, and cats need to be in carriers. Cats will be taken inside for their inoculations. Dogs must be dog & people-friendly. Last Hope Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. 631-671-2588 11 a.m.-2 p.m. September 24.

Bring paper certificate proof of a recent rabies shot, if you are planning on asking for a 3 year, rather than 1 year rabies vaccine certificate for your dog or cat. Our vet will determine if the pet’s past vaccine is recent enough for a 3 year certificate. A rabies tag does not constitute proof.