Saturday, May 27, 2017

Safety Tip From Little Shelter For Memorial Day Weekend

 Safety Tips From Little Shelter 

For Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is a fun time for many families. The weather is beginning to feel like summer, people began breaking out the BBQ and even opening the pool. While we hope you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend festivities, Little Shelter would like to offer some tips on how to keep your furry loved ones safe this weekend.

  • While Fido might be giving you the sad puppy eyes while your at the grill, refrain from giving him a "treat". Many of the meats we enjoy grilling are seasoned with things like garlic and onion which are toxic to pets. Also a lot of these foods are greasy and can cause problems for a dogs stomach. Grapes, a staple in fruit salad are also very toxic to cats and dogs.
  • Leave your dog home if your going out to see fireworks! The noise can be very frightening to them causing them to pant excessively, hide, and shake. Make sure they have a safe space to retreat to and give them some of their favorite treats.
  • Don't pull a Beethoven! While the scene of giving a dog beer might have been funny in the movies, alcohol is actually very toxic to both dogs and cats. Make sure drinks are kept out of reach and any spills are cleaned up quickly.
  •  It's hot out there! Make sure your pets have continuous access to fresh water and cool shelter. Dogs who are enjoying the party outside should have a shady place with a full water bowl where they can relax. Even if your dog likes being outside, make sure to make them go inside to cool in the AC from time to time to prevent heat exhaustion.
  • Check your fences and gates BEFORE opening the backdoor. Fence latches easily pop open or guest can forget to close them leading to a dog accidentally getting out. If your having a lot of company, put signs up on both sides of the gate to notify visitors that the gate must remain closed.
  • Keep the cat inside this weekend. If you do have an indoor/outdoor cat, it would be better to have them stay in this weekend. The increased traffic, fireworks, and visitors can confuse and disorient a cat resulting in them getting lost or injured.
  • Watch the fire! Candles, open fire pit, BBQ, sparkles, matches, fuel, ect... These are all things you want to make sure are out of your pets reach. Dogs can chew on matches and accidentally start a fire, or get their tails burned in a fire pit. A happy wag or clumsy pup could knock over a lit candle. Make sure anything with an open flame is guarded from the dog and anything they could chew on is out of reach.
  • Streamers, ribbons, and other party favors... Should again be kept out of reach as animals may chew on them and could potentially cause a blockage in the intestines.

From all of us at Little Shelter, we hope you have a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Big Things Happen At Little Shelter - May 2017 Newsletter

Big Things Happen At Little Shelter! - May 2017 

Stories With Happy Endings Are The Best... 

Little Shelter's Adoption Of The Month: Tigger!

Some of you might remember the campaign we did back in February to help find Tigger a loving home. He arrived to Little Shelter with his two brothers when his owner passed away and there was no one to care for them. They had been adopted out as kittens many years ago and meant everything to their owner.
When they first arrived back at Little Shelter, the two brothers were very scared. Tigger would sit with them, purring and comforting them. He truly was their little hero as he assured his brothers everything was going to be okay. Within a few days the other two came out of hiding and following Tigger's lead, they all proved to be very friendly, cuddly cats.
We are happy to announce that in April, Tigger found his forever home and hero! Kurt and his mother came into Little Shelter looking for an adult kitty to adopt. When they met Tigger it was love at first sight and it was obvious Tigger felt the same. When they heard Tigger's story they knew that he had to be the one.
Shortly after being put in our free roaming cattery, one of the brothers was adopted and the other adjusted to life at Little Shelter. Now Tigger was able to grieve for the loss of his owner and everything he had ever known. Sadly he began to loose weight because he refused to eat. We began to campaign his story in hopes we may find him a loving home, he needed a hero of his own to save him.

Since he went home, Tigger has not left Kurt's side and the two have become the best of friends. Tigger will sit and listen to Kurt play guitar, snuggle with him every night in the bed and is always ready for cuddles. Tigger also has a kitty sibling in his new home that he has become very attached too. We could not be happier for Tigger, Kurt and the whole family!

What's Happening At Little Shelter...

Thank You Volunteers! - Volunteer Appreciation Day

On April 29th, Little Shelter held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Day. This special day is dedicated to those who have put in so much of themselves into the shelter. There is always someone to help take cats and dogs to an event or to the vet, to walk and socialize, from helping with repairs around the shelter to helping at events. Our volunteers go above and beyond for the well being of the animals and the big things that happen here would not be possible without them.

This year Little Shelter Volunteers were presented with special t-shirts that have the 90 years logo and enjoyed an afternoon buffet. For volunteers who have been with Little Shelter 15+ years, a dedication brick was made in their name for our new "walk of fame" to be unveiled this summer. Thank you to all our Volunteers for everything you do for the shelter and for the animals.

30 Dogs Rescued From Death Row

A transport of 30 dogs at risk for euthanasia were taken from multiple high-kill shelters in Texas and arrived to safety at Little Shelter on Sunday May, 7th. The dogs were transported in a vehicle caravan across states through Little Shelter's Passage To Freedom program. The dogs reached Little Shelter just after 9am Sunday morning where they were welcomed by Little Shelter Vet-techs and staff.

Little Shelter's Dog Program Manager is personally overseeing the operation to ensure that the dogs reach their destination safely. The dogs are of various breed mixes, range in size from 8 to 25 lbs, and age from 8 months to 9 years old. Many of these dogs are expected to be available for adoption after a brief quarantine period.  

Hamilton's Surgery Update

 Hamilton the sweet 8 year old Pitbull Mix has just had his final surgery! He arrived to Little Shelter with tow damaged Crucriate Ligaments in his hind legs that required surgery for repair. Hamilton is now happily resting after his last surgery to repair his other back leg. He will need a couple of months to recuperate and physical therapy before he will be able to walk with his full weight on his hind legs. You can read more about Hamilton by checking out our youcaring campaign and make a donation towards the cost of his care.
Find out more by clicking here.

Join Us For A Little Shelter Event!

Tickets on sale NOW! Little Shelter's exciting Mercedes-Benz Raffle is back and you have a chance to win $25K or a NEW CLA Mercedes-Benz. ONLY 600 tickets are available and one ticket is guaranteed to win! Tickets are $100 and all proceeds go directly to the dogs and cats of Little Shelter, so you can't loose.

-Mother's Day is right around the corner and a Mercedes-Benz raffle ticket makes a perfect gift to fit in her card to say I Love You!

Call: Arleen at 631-368-8770 ext. 26 or
Print out your entry form by clicking here.

Little Shelter Opportunities:

NOW HIRING Full-Time Veterinarian!

Little Shelter Animal Rescue is looking to hire a full time vet to work at our shelter. Candidates should be able to perform spays and neuters and other minor surgeries in our surgical room. For more info and if interested please email resume and salary requirements to:

This Month's Adoption Spotlight:
Gracie...A Dogs Journey Home
Gracie...A Dogs Journey Home (click image for video)
Meet Gracie!

Meet Gracie a 5 year old Spitz mix rescued from Thailand! Watch her story from rescue to learning "how to dog", and help us spread her story so she can find her one and only family! (click here for more info)
Fran Swan
Meet Fran Swan!
This beautiful young lady is Fran Swan, who came to little shelter in 2011. Fran is a little shy at first but with a little patience, you'll find she's extremely affectionate and playful. Come meet this young green eyed beauty today! (click here for more info)

Upcoming Little Shelter Events!

May Events Schedule

5/18: A Rescue Runway Fashion Show, Plainview
5/20: Sachem Library Pet Expo, Sachem
5/20: LI Kennel Club, Bethpage
5/21: LI Kennel Club, Bethpage

(click here or on calendar for details)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

No Cat Left Behind - Microchip Saves Two Lives!

Thanks To A Microchip, Two Cats Surrendered In Tennessee Found Their Way Back To Little Shelter

Chester (left) Lucy (right)

Microchips for cats and dogs are becoming more of a standard practice with shelters. Little Shelter being a leader in its community has been microchipping all their adoptable animals for over a decade. If a cat or dog is ever turned into a shelter, Little Shelter is notified that their animal is there and we can go and recover them.

Being located in Huntington, you can imagine how surprised Little Shelter was to get a phone call from a shelter in Tennessee saying they had two of our cats! After being surrendered they were traced back to us thanks to the microchip both cats had. When asked if we would take the cats, Chester and Lucy back, of course Little Shelter said YES!

Arrangements were made for them to fly from Tennessee to New York where Little Shelter Vet-Tech Maryann and Volunteer Andrea would meet the cats at the gate. While it took about two weeks to get everything ready, the cats were soon on their way back.
These two cats arrived late one evening and spent the night relaxing at our volunteer's home before completing their journey to Little Shelter. Just as soon as they were let out of their crates, the two made themselves right at home! 
"It was almost impossible for me to bring them back to Little Shelter. In one night we bonded so much, it felt like they were my cats." - Andrea, Little Shelter Volunteer

After a night of cuddles, Chester and Lucy made their way back to Little Shelter Tuesday afternoon where they were warmly greeted by the staff. We are happy to say that both cats are happy and healthy kitties who enjoy getting affection and are eagerly awaiting being adopted.
This just goes to show how important microchipping is, even across state lines a lost animal can be reunited with their family or in this case returned to the rescue group committed to them. As for Chester and Lucy, they are available for adoption and we would love to keep these two together as they have known each other their entire lives. 

Monday, April 17, 2017



April, 2017

Stories With Happy Endings Are The Best...

Little Shelter's Adoption Of The Month: Carmella!

Carmella was first discovered wandering the streets looking for food. The little cat was old, had ratty fur, she was skin and bones, but very friendly. She wouldn't hesitate to go right up to people asking for affection. Concerned for this sweet senior, a Good Samaritan brought Carmella to Little Shelter where she could be properly cared for.

Carmella was 16 years old and Little Shelter understood that with a cat of that age the odds were against her for finding a furever home. With so many other friendly kittens and cats around her, it would be a challenge to make her stand out. We were determined that she would spend her golden years in a home and started sharing her story wherever we could.

Then one day a miracle happened! After reading Carmella's story in an email a family came to Little Shelter to meet her, and fell in love instantly when Carmella nestled herself in their arms and began to purr. They knew that she was meant for them and asked to adopt her, in that one moment Carmella's entire world changed. She's now settled in her new home, lounging on the bed and curling up to her new family for cuddles. We know that her life was truly saved when she was adopted and we are so happy to hear that she is thriving in her new home.

This Month At Little Shelter...

Little Shelter Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary!

Thank you to all our friends and family who came out to join us on April 2nd to celebrate Little Shelter's 90th anniversary of saving lives. It was a beautiful spring day and many volunteers, staff and friends of the shelter came out to share stories from over the years. At the dedication ceremony, proclamations were given to Little Shelter for our great service and Town Supervisor Frank Patrone addressed the crowd. Eugene Cook of Huntington Council and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone also joined us for the celebration and to show their support for Little Shelters efforts over the past nine decades. During the event, recognition was given to some of the outstanding supporters who have been with us over the years, including Kathleen Eastwood who was awarded for her 25 years of volunteering with Little Shelter.

Join Us For A Little Shelter Event!

A Rescue Runway Fashion Show!

  The greatest show in town is back for a night of fashion, Ferraris and adoptable dogs and cats! Sponsored by our friends Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island, home of the Experience Auto Group the 4th annual Rescue Runway fashion show is happening May 18th. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a buffet of delicious food catered by our sponsors of this event during the opening cocktail hour at 6:30pm. Little Shelter will also be closing out the evening with one of our biggest raffles and tickets can be purchased for your chance to win some amazing prizes throughout the evening. Spacing is limited at the event so we are asking that if you plan on joining us to please RSVP by clicking here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Holiday Pet Safety Tips!....

With Easter less than a week away families are already preparing for this festive holiday. While this is a fun time for families to come together and celebrate, Little Shelter would like to provide pet parents with some guidelines to make sure our furry family members remain safe throughout the celebration.
Plastic Grass - Easter baskets are generally filled with colorful plastic grass and while beautiful to look at, this is a potential danger to cats and dogs. This grass can become lodged in their throats or stuck in their intestines if chewed or accidentally swallowed. A safer alternative is to use colorful paper tissue.

Candy – Colorful candies like jelly beans and gummy bears are frequently given at Easter festivities. Many of these candies contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol which is toxic to cats and dogs. Make sure these items are kept in covered containers or out of reach from pets.

Chocolate - From chocolate bunnies to Cadbury eggs, what would Easter be without these goodies? However chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs so it should be stored where a snout can't sniff it out.

Raisins - Some parents like giving kids raisins as a healthier alternative to candy for Easter. Raisins are highly toxic for cats and dogs and should be kept out of reach.

***Symptoms of toxicity in pets: vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, abnormal heart rate, lethargy, excessive drinking – if your pet displays any of these symptoms call your vet immediately.***

Small Toys – Occasionally Easter baskets have small toys in them like Matchbox cars or fuzzy chicks. While these are fun for children, they present a potential choking hazard for our pets. Make sure these toys are not left around the house in places that cats and dogs might find them.

Candy Wrappers –  Make sure to clean up discarded candy wrappers and check around the house and yard for any that might have been left behind. Dogs and cats have a tendency to try and eat these since they smell like food.

Stuffed Toys – A more humane alternative than giving a live animal as an Easter gift is a stuffed bunny or duck. Stuffed animals for children can have plastic parts that could be chewed off and become lodged in a dog’s throat.

Easter Lilies - While beautiful for decorating a house, pet parents might want to seek out a safer alternative as these plants are toxic if ingested. A list of both toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and cats can be seen by Clicking Here.

Easter Egg Hunts – Plastic eggs can pose a threat to dogs who may chew them and the treats kept inside them (commonly candy or coins) are not pet friendly. Some families hide dyed hard boiled eggs, but if forgotten these could make an animal sick if ingested after spoiling. Keep a list of every hidden egg and at the end of the hunt make sure that none have been forgotten.

Caffeine & Alcohol – From coffee & tea at the morning Easter egg hunt to alcoholic beverages at Easter supper, all these drinks contain chemicals that are not good for our pets. Make sure drinks are not left unattended and that any spills are quickly cleaned up.

Table Scraps – Many of our traditional favorites for Easter supper are not safe for our pets. They can contain spices, be high in fat and salt, or contain something toxic for our pets like garlic. Avoid giving table scraps to your pets and make sure food garbage is stored somewhere they can’t get to it.

A Quiet Place - With all the commotion of the festivities going on throughout the day it is not uncommon for our dogs and cats to become stressed due to over stimulation. Make sure they have a quiet place to retreat if they need a break. If you have an energetic dog, it's advisable to take them for a long walk before company arrives to help tire them out. If your dog is a beggar for food, try giving them a light meal before food is put out.

Little Shelter hopes you and your family have a happy and safe Easter!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities At Little Shelter

Little Shelter is a very busy place! No matter how many volunteers we have, we always need more. From dogs who need to be walked, kittens who need to be pet, to gutters that need to be cleaned or paperwork to be filed… There is always something that needs to get done around here and we need your help to do it!

One thing we want to emphasize is that no matter what job/skill/business you have, the shelter has a need for it. Apply as a volunteer or speak to our volunteer coordinator and ask how you can help here at the shelter. If you have a skill that we haven’t asked for, make a suggestion to us, we probably just didn’t think of it before!

The most amazing thing about Little Shelter is what our volunteers do…

  • help with repairing fences, painted rooms, cleaned gutters, mulch flower beds. 
  • bring cats and dogs to and from the vet
  • man our booths as events
  • help pass out our flyers or send out mailings
  • walk dogs, or work with one specific dog in need
  • play with our cats/kittens, or work with one specific cat
  • help with paperwork in the office, or assist in grant writing
  • and so much more…

     The possibilities are endless and you can help volunteer by coming to Little Shelter or from home. Big things happen at Little Shelter and we want you to be a part of it. The best part of being a volunteer, you don’t need to commit to a schedule. Come and volunteer when you have the time, make your own schedule!

Call Little Shelter today and ask for more information, or fill out a volunteer application online:

631-368-8770 | | 33 Warner Rd, Huntington, NY 11743