Thursday, July 19, 2018

Big Things Happen At Little Shelter : July Newsletter

July, 2018
It's So Good To See You!

Pasta is an adorable 4 year old Cockapoo mix who arrived to Little Shelter eager to make friends and enjoy life. This young dog thinks the entire world is full of friends and toys for him to play with, there’s just one thing – he can’t see it.

Pasta has cataracts leaving him only able to see shadows. While his condition doesn't slow him down, it does limit him from being able to do certain things and makes him more prone to potential injury as he can't see where he's going.

However Little Shelter’s medical staff believe there is a strong chance for him to have his vision back if his retinas work and the cataracts are removed.

Pasta is currently going to a specialist who has determined his retinas are functional. Now we know he can receive the life changing surgery to regain his vision. Pretty soon Pasta will not only hear the world around him, he will be able to see it.

Pasta needs your help, Little Shelter is in need of donations to cover his testing, surgery and recovery. The cost of testing and surgery is $5,000. Please donate to Pasta’s surgery fund today and help change his life forever. 
July 22nd
The Return Of Barkin' Brunch
Join Little Shelter at The Refuge onJuly 22nd for the return of Barkin' Brunch. Come meet some of our adoptable dogs and enjoy food drinks, raffles, prizes and more... Learn More
July 28th
Christmas In July
Join Santa at Little Shelter on July 28th from Noon to 3pm. Santa is making a special appearance to have your furry family member's photo taken with him. Learn More
It’s always a great day when we see one of our silver senior companions get adopted, but in an incredible turn of events, two friends Benji and Snowy were adopted together. The two arrived at Little Shelter from different backgrounds and became buddies during their time here.

One day in June a previous adopter came into Little Shelter looking for someone special. Having recently lost their dog, they decided they wanted to adopt a senior in need of a loving home. When they saw Benji they fell in love, as he eagerly greeted them for affection. The counselors mentioned Benji had a friend named Snowy who he was very close with and the family asked to meet Snowy as well. It didn’t take long for the family to decide they couldn’t separate the two friends.

We are so happy for Benji, Snowy, and their new family! We have heard the duo have already settled in nicely to their new home and get along with their new furry sister.

Meet Damascus the 5 year old Chow mix! He has been a resident of Little Shelter since March 2017 and is still waiting to find his furever family of his own. He is an energetic boy who loves going on walks in the woods. He enjoys large toys and ball which he can play with by himself.  In the winter this big guy likes to romp around in the snow and "catch" snow balls.

Want someone who will always greet you when you come home?

Meet Liberty, Little Shelter's waiving cat. He loves to greet visitors at Little Shelter Cattery by waiving at them. Liberty will also give head butts and loves receiving affection.

This sweet and outgoing kitty gets along with other cats, children and would be great for almost any household. Come into Little Shelter and ask to meet Liberty today.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Are You And Your Furry Companion Ready For The Summer Heat?

Summer Fun Time Is Here! Make Sure You And Your Furry Friends Are Ready For A Good Time

Summer is a great time for pet owners and pets alike to get outside and be more active. There are many places that are becoming more welcoming to our four legged friends, making it easier to take them with us. However, there are some precautions every pet owner should take during the summer to make sure they stay safe.

If you're headed to the beach (or anywhere) with the pup in the car, get all shopping done prior to them coming with you. In the summer heat, dangerous temperatures occur in a vehicle. If you need to get something for your trip, try to find a market that has a drive thru. 

Sun & Surf! 
Believe it or not some dogs can get sunburned, especially on their nose. This is something to keep in mind while spending the day at the beach. Many dogs like jumping through the waves, but the blazing sun can do real damage to their skin. Fortunately, there are a few doggie sunscreens on the market in a variety of different applications.

Keep Off The Road!
If you normally walk/run on the road, try to find hiking trails instead. The woods will provide shade and will be cooler than running in direct sun and the dirt trails are better for paw pads. If you do go running on the asphalt,
test the temperature first to make sure your dog won't get burns on his paw pads.
Stand barefoot on the asphalt in direct sun, if it's too hot for you to walk comfortably barefoot, it's too hot for the dog. (This test should also be done before allowing kitty outside if you have an indoor/outdoor cat.)
*Also, make sure to take water along, when ever you stop to rest allow puppy to drink.

Keep Off The Grass!
When walking your dog, keep them off neighbor's yards. During this time of year many people put down fertilizer and pesticides that are toxic to our beloved pets. This especially applies to anyone who has an indoor/outdoor cat. Kitty is always safer being kept inside. 

Warm Winter Means Many Ticks!
We have been receiving many reports of tick infestations on cats and dogs who stay outside too long or wander into the woods and tall grass. If you pet is not already on a flea & tick regiment, talk to your Vet about what is the right treatment for you beloved friend. After walks, especially in grassy or wooded areas you should check your dog for ticks even if they have preventative on.

Watch For Puddles!
During the hot months a lot of cars can leak fluids from overheating or expanding. Unfortunately, dogs and cats both find the taste of antifreeze to be sweet and might try to drink it. Antifreeze is highly toxic if ingested so make sure you keep a watch on your dog and any puddles they might try to drink from.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


June, 2018
Little Shelter’s Passage To Freedom Program Continues Lifesaving Transport Efforts In Puerto Rico 

Much of Puerto Rico is still faced with devastation and destruction from last fall’s hurricane season. In a place where there's little resources for the stray dogs and cats who run the streets, the animals are the greatest victims during such disasters. In a continued effort to save lives, Little Shelter has been rescuing dogs and bringing them back to the safety of Huntington.

In a case like Ebony’s, it was the second chance that Ebony and her puppies desperately needed.They were going to be euthanized until Little Shelter stepped in. Mom was a young dog who was very friendly and her puppies were eager to play and give kisses. Within a few weeks, Ebony and her puppies were given a clean bill of health and adopted into loving homes.

Right now Little Shelter has just taken in four puppies that are only five months old from Puerto Rico. These youngsters are very sweet and will be ready to start obedience classes right away. We still have multiple transports scheduled to help animals in need in Puerto Rico. Please donate today to our transport efforts to help more dogs like Ebony and all the puppies.
June 9th
Best In Show Pet Resort
Join Little Shelter at Best In Show Pet Resort on June 9th to celebrate their 10 Year Anniversary. Come meet some of our adoptable dogs and enjoy refreshments, music, giveaways and more.
June 24th
Little Shelter's 22nd Semi-Annual Mercedes-Benz Raffle
Little Shelter's Mercedes-Benz raffle is back! 1 in 600 will WIN a brand new CLA class Mercedes or $25,000 cash. Call 631-368-8770 ext. 26 today to get your ticket. Learn More
Nina’s story began back in November when she first arrived at Little Shelter as part of a NYC Mayor’s Alliance transport. We didn’t know what to expect when the van pulled up, all we knew was that her back legs were paralyzed and she needed help. Sitting in the shelter system Nina's future didn't look bright and Little Shelter had stepped in to save her. When she came off the transport she was very happy to meet everyone and wanted to explore her new surroundings.

Little Shelter knew we could give her tragic story a happy ending and went to work to see what we could do about her situation. After all sorts of tests, x-rays, an ultrasound and more, we learned that her injury was old and inoperable. Little Shelter did not loose hope, our amazing medical staff worked with Nina on a daily basis, moving her back legs and trying to get her to support her own weight. She was soon fitted for a custom-made wheel chair that allowed her to get around easily and over greater distances. Nina loved her new found mobility that gave her so much freedom. Now it was time to find her a home…

One morning as Little Shelter's staff had Nina in the adoption office, discussing a plan to get her story out to the public, a very special family came in. They had adopted from Little Shelter many times, including dogs with special needs. When they saw Nina running around in the office they fell in love and knew she belonged with them. We’re happy to announce that Nina has been adopted by an amazing family who loves her for who she is. Thank you to everyone who has donated to Nina’s care over the past couple of months and helped her overcome all obstacles. 
Lola is a lovable 5 year old Lab/Pit mix available for adoption at Little Shelter. She is an affection-driven dog who loves sitting at your feet and gives kisses. She enjoys meeting new people and will greet staff and volunteers when out on walks.

Lola likes older children and would do great in a household with an active family who can give her the time and training to be the best girl she can be. This mushy girl is available for adoption now. Come meet Lola today.
Kitten season is here at Little Shelter! We have many kittens available for adoption ranging in all different colors, sizes and ages.

Come into Little Shelter today to meet our adoptable kittens, our knowledgeable staff can assist you in selecting the perfect kitty companion for your household.

We have more kittens becoming available for adoption weekly, so check back frequently to see who is available now.
Learn How You Can Help Little Shelter Today
One of Long Island's oldest no-kill shelters, Little Shelter is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Age, physical condition, and socialization issues are never criteria for rescuing a dog or cat whose life is in jeopardy. We rescue from kill shelters on Long Island, in New York City, and in several southern states. Located in Huntington, NY. Little Shelter is also a part of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals. Learn more