Friday, February 17, 2017

This Little Hero Is Looking For Someone Who Will Be His Hero...

 Everyone needs a hero at some point in their life. When his brothers were scared, Tigger was the hero for them. Now, Tigger needs someone to be his hero that takes him to his "happily ever after"...

Tigger had been adopted out as a kitten with his brothers by a very loving man,  who gave them his all and cherished each of them as a beloved family member. Now a number of years later their owner had suddenly passed away and with no one left to care for them, Little Shelter stepped in to help.

When I first met Tigger he was in an isolation room with his two brothers, Peanut & Nugget. They were very sacred as they had no idea what was happing. Nugget was in a corner, pinning himself to the wall and his brother Peanut was buried under a blanket near him. Then there was Tigger...
He was lying in between them, kneading the blanket where Peanut was hiding and nuzzling Nugget's side. Tigger was calm and relaxed, it was obvious that he was trying to comfort his brothers and let them know everything was going to be okay. Eventually Tigger came over and laid in my lap purring as if to show the others that they were safe. He seemed like a little hero, trying to comfort his brothers while their whole life had been torn apart.

Within a few weeks the brothers were introduced to the main section of Little Shelter Cattery. Nugget was quickly adopted while Peanut adjusted to his new surroundings and is very happy here. Tigger was no longer needed to be their hero to comfort them.
Tigger who must have felt all alone, would walk around the cattery unable to settle down and sometimes he would mew for seemingly no reason. The loss of his owner who cherished him, his home where he felt safe and the loss of everything he had ever known since kitten-hood, began to take its toll. Volunteers and staff spent time with him, gave him extra treats and special food. If he was napping and they called his name Tigger would lift his head and mew, but soon he would only lift his head, he has stopped mewing altogether.
 The staff soon noticed Tigger had started losing weight and was hardly eating, we placed him on an appetite stimulant concerned about his sudden changes in behavior. Both staff and volunteers make a point of spending time with him each day, talking to him and petting him. We found that if we are petting him and put a plate of food down, Tigger will eat more.

We have started taking turns spending time with him when food is served to encourage him to eat. We are doing everything we can for Tigger, from lavishing him with attention, giving him special treats or just sitting with him. He still purrs, you can see it in his eyes that he is grateful, but you can also see the sadness that life in a shelter, no matter how good, cannot take away.

Tigger loves affection; he enjoys being pet, having his ears rubbed and his chin scratched. He loves to snuggle and will mew to greet someone he's bonded with. We are asking Little Shelter's friends and family to help us help him, to be his hero. Tigger needs to be in a home where he has someone who will devote themselves to him just as much as he will to them. He has lived his whole life in a home as a beloved family member and we want to help spread his story, so that his special someone will come find him...

 If you are interested in Tigger, please contact Little Shelter at: 631-368-8770 ex. 32
Or come visit Tigger at Little Shelter, 33 Warner rd, Huntington, NY 11743

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Small Dogs Available Now!

Looking for a small dog? 

Little Shelter has many small dogs available for adoption now!

Many small dogs have very strong personalities and are better suited for quiet, adult homes. Small dogs can be a little bit more sensitive to change than some larger breeds and can get easily stressed or over stimulated. Small dogs do make great companion animals but it’s important to take things at the dogs pace to gain their trust. Most small dogs tend to bond with someone better when you are willing to wait for them to come to you, rather than forcing your affection on them. 

Here at Little Shelter we have some wonderful small companion dogs waiting for their furever homes. Each one has their own personality and needs, read bellow about each of these special pups:


Rio is a 7 year old silver Yorkie with a lot of energy. He never seems to tire when on walks and loves to romp around and explore. He is playful and likes to chase after squeaky toys and balls, but he’s not always good at giving them back. Rio is a boy who likes to go and do his own thing but when he’s bonded to someone, he will sit in their lap or next to them. He needs someone who can work with him and teach him manners and house breaking, but understands he does have a short attention span. He is vocally opinionated and would not be suitable for an apartment living. He would be the perfect walking buddy and a great companion who will keep you laughing with his silly antics, such as dancing on his hind legs for treats. Rio would do best with an experienced owner and a household where he is the one and only furbaby.


This handsome boy is Clancy, a 10 year old Lhasa Apso with an adorable snaggle-toothed smile and spunky personality. He does take a while to warm up to new people, but for those who will work with him, they will have the most loyal companion out there. Once he bonds to someone, his eyes light up when he sees them and he gets a burst of puppy energy! He loves going on short runs, bounding up and down like a little deer and he will playfully paw at your legs for attention. Clancy is looking for someone to spend the rest of his life with and to be their one and only fur baby. He is extremely loyal to the people he loves and likes to put on a show! He will prance on his hind legs, spin in circles and bound across the yard, all for your attention. If he sounds like the guy for you, come to Little Shelter and meet Clancy today.


Meet Doris the senior mini pin, she is 12 years old and a total mush for attention! Doris can be a little shy when first meeting someone new, but once she has bonded to someone she can only be described as extremely loving. To her, the whole world revolves around her person and she will do anything to get their affection. She loves to spend the day sleeping in the lap of someone she’s close to or otherwise sleeping next to them. Doris loves going on short walks and being able to explore her surroundings. Doris does require some special accommodations in a home as she sometimes has accidents when she stands up. A potential adopter would need to be okay with putting her in doggie diapers or providing her with a home environment with the understanding that accidents will happen. Her favorite thing is her lambie which she is pictured laying on. She loves lambie more than any dog bed and can be usually found curled up on it. Doris is looking for a forever home that understands her needs and someone that she can spend the rest of her golden years with.


Katy is a very special little Chihuahua with a very peculiar quirk, she purrs like a cat! When this little girl is nestled in your lap (her favorite spot!) and enjoying being pet, you will hear a low growl coming from her. After the first couple of times this happened, we realized this was her way of showing happiness. She will stay in your lap for hours just “purring” as you pet her and taking chew treats from your hand. She can be a bit overprotective of whoever’s lap she is laying in, so it’s best to let others know not to pet her when someone is holding her. She needs someone who understands to go slow with her and gain her trust. Once she’s bonded to you she can be a total mush who goes belly up for tummy rubs or will jump in your lap for cuddles!


When you first see Pebbles running around chasing toys, you would find it hard to believe this little Shih-Tzu is 10 years old. She is a spunky girl who has a high level of energy and loves going for brisk walks or chasing toys. She can be a bit picky with whom she bonds too, but if she does bond to you, she is extremely loving and cuddly. She can be a little protective of her food or toys when she doesn’t know someone very well, but is fine with sharing once she trusts you. If you’re looking for a lovely lady to make you smile, come to Little Shelter and meet Pebbles today.


Gyro is a 5 year old Chihuahua mix who is a sweet boy but really needs someone who can work with him on trusting others. He likes to sit on laps and enjoys belly rubs but can easily become nervous if scared. He needs someone who can work with him on basic training and teach him that it’s okay to share with others. When he likes someone, he can be very playful and has a lot of energy to chase toys or go on walks. He needs a quiet adult household where he can feel safe and relaxed with someone who will train him to have good manners.

Call Little Shelter for more information on each of the dogs listed above, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also come down to Little Shelter and request to meet them.

Call: 631-368-8770 
Little Shelter | 33 Warner Rd | Huntington, NY | 11743

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

From Nov. 6th to Nov. 12th, It's National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week!

The first full week of November is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Little Shelter would like to thank all of our hard-working volunteers for the sacrifice and service they do at the shelter for the benefit of the animals. We would also like to thank all our donors and sponsors whose contributions keep the shelter running. Without you, we would not be able to carry out our mission, to help animals in need who have nowhere to go. 

Being that Little Shelter is donation based, our donors and sponsors keep the shelter running. The donations take care of everything from beds and food for the animals, to paying the heat and maintaining our rescue vehicles. Little Shelter extends beyond just local rescue; we run a number of programs to benefit the community. From our ASK program that provides pet food to families who are facing financial hardship, to education programs to teach children how to care for animals and service animals who visit senior facilities.

Little Shelter is more than just an animal shelter, it is a family and our donors and sponsors are part of that family, allowing us to continue the work we do to help others.

Our amazing volunteers are the back bone of Little Shelter. They come in to spend time with the dogs, taking them on extra walks, sometimes even bringing them treats of home cooked meals. They bring toys to the cats and spend hours socializing kittens or working with an adult cat to teach them to trust in humans again. Some of our volunteers are regular handymen who are always fixing things around the shelter, from painting to roofing, installing doors and fixing washers. No matter what the task, our volunteers are here to help and their dedication is what makes Little Shelter what is it.

 Last but not least, we would like to thank the staff of Little Shelter who arrive at the crack of dawn and leave in the late hours of the night. No matter what the weather they arrive to take care of the animals and work tirelessly to get them into loving permanent homes.

During National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, we would like to see our Little Shelter family get involved to show thanks to those who do so much for the shelter! Please, take a moment and send us your story of how Little Shelter has affected your life. Either email us at or comment on facebook.
  • Share with us your adoption story and send photos of your Little Shelter Alumni!
  • Take a minute to Post a review on YELP! Facebook, Or Google
  • Post a Thank You to our volunteers and staff on Facebook
  • Make a donation to our Food Pantry or donate extra blankets/towels
  • Recommend Little Shelter to someone you know is looking for a furry family member
  • Can't Adopt? Call about our Sponsorship program where for a small monthly amount you can sponsor an animals care!

Little Shelter is celebrating over 89 years of rescue because of donors, volunteers and adopters like you!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy Fall!

There are many great festivities that you, your family and your pets can do in the fall. However, there are also a few things pet parents should be aware of to protect their four legged family members. This article will go over some of the fun festivities available and some of the dangers to be aware of.

Living on Long Island I grew up with the tradition of going apple picking and pumpkin picking in the fall. All you have to do is drive out east and you will find a plethora of farms that host various kinds of “Pick Your Own.” Many of them have websites and you can find out if they are having any special events. A number of them do allow leashed dogs, plus your dog can enjoy a healthy snack of apple slices and fresh pumpkin! (Just make sure there are no spices on it)

As the weather begins to cool, it’ll be easier to take your dog on longer walks without worry of heat exhaustion or burning asphalt. On Long Island we have a number of dog friendly parks that offer hiking trails where you can take in the sights of the leaves changing colors. I frequently take my dog to Blydenburgh County Park, where there are many trails following the lake, it is a beautiful place to go especially during the changing season. This is a great way to get you and your family out for exercise and your dog will most certainly enjoy it.

Speaking of trails… Long Island is all around a historical area and many of the towns host a slew of events geared towards this. From Ghost Tours to festivals it feels like every town has something unique to offer and a lot of them are outside. Call ahead and see if they allow dogs to join in the fun!

As the leaves fall off the trees, we start raking them into piles for fall clean up. However, these piles can also lead to a lot more fun and photographic opportunity! Many dogs enjoy running through piles of leaves just as much as children. Just make sure the leaves are dry! 

As people begin to prepare for fall and for winter, there become a number of things that loving pet owners should be aware of for the safety of their animals:

  • Not to contradict the fun of playing in leaf piles but, if it’s rained or very humid, leaves can start to decompose and become host to a number of bacteria and mold that are not safe for pets or children.  Besides these dangers, also watch your yard for the growth of mushrooms and remove them quickly! Most mushrooms are toxic to ingest and now is the time of year they start to appear more frequently.
  • Watch were your pets go! Pay attention to public announcements of spraying for insects as pesticides are not pet (or human) friendly. Many people put down fertilizer and other chemicals on their lawn during this time of year so make sure to keep your pets off unfamiliar yards or walking in the brush along maintained trails that have notices of chemical spray. 
  • In addition to outside sprays for insects, some people still use moth balls in their closet to prevent moth damage to clothing or moth balls in storage bins. These are toxic for cats and dogs who might try to play with them or ingest them. A safer alternative is to use cedar wood hangers, or to place/hang cedar in pouches and keep it above animal height in the closet. Many local retailers now sell this alternative such as Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart.
  • Also during this time of year many families spray rodentcidies or put down bait traps that are toxic if our pets ingest. Pets can also become ill in the event they catch a poisoned rodent and ingest it.

  • With people doing their fall yard clean up and prepping their vehicles for winter, keep an eye on your pets to prevent them from drinking out of random puddles. This time of year we have to be careful of poisoning due to engine coolant, oil and other toxic spills.
  • Daylight hours are currently decreasing more and more, consider getting your pet a reflective collar or vest or one that lights up. They are not very expensive and can be purchased on most online websites for pets and amazon. These can be real life savers for your animals as in low lighting your pet might not be visible to a driver. If you are walking your dog on the road, stand between your dog and the traffic. A driver is more likely to see a human but your furry friend might be below their field of sight from the vehicle.
  • Heartworm! Make sure you dog is up to date on their heartworm, if they need a blood test now is the time to get it done and many of the preventative medications are a once a month chewable. It’s a simple way to protect your pet.
  • From now the temperature is going to only get cooler to cold out. If your dog normally gets shaved in the summer, it’s now time to let their coat grow in so they will have their full coat by winter. If you have a short hair dog, consider getting them a sweater or jacket just in case.  Our pets don’t enjoy being cold any more than we do.

Little Shelter does always encourages keeping cats indoors, they will live longer healthier lives and not be put at risk of getting hit by a car or attacked by wild predators. We do have Coyotes on Long Island as well as foxes. 

During this time of year these animals can present more of a threat for kitty as they try to bulk up a bit more before the coming cold. In addition cats are less likely to be seen by passing cars and accident rates go up around this time of year as the hours of darkness increase. Consider keeping your cat inside until late spring, or at least from dusk to dawn if you’re not ready to switch kitty to living indoors only.

There are many great opportunities to get out with your furry friends this season and create some wonderful memories. Just because the summer is over, doesn't mean the fun has to be and with these helpful tips we can keep our four legged loved ones safe. In the comments, post some of your favorite fall past times that your pet partakes in. We would love to see some photos! Or links to fur friendly activities to promote getting out there with your pet.

See you soon!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Storm Safety and Preparedness...

As quickly changing weather patterns on Long Island can suddenly turn a severe storm to an emergency situation, we at Little Shelter would like to provide our friends and families with some helpful tips to keep our furry loved ones safe. With better preparedness we can help keep our four legged family members safe from harm and prevent families from becoming separated.

Keep your eyes on the weather reports, this is the time of year that storms can pop up quickly and can suddenly change from rain to a hurricane overnight. Stay alert to what’s going on around you so you do not get caught by surprise.

If a storm is predicted in your area, here are some ways you can help prepare your family:

1.       Always make sure you have plenty of food, if the pet food is down to half a bag it is recommended to grab another in case shipments get delayed or you are stuck for a few days.

2.       Buy gallon jugs of water, you will not only need them for yourself, but your pets will need access to fresh water as well.

3.       If your pets are on medication, make sure you have enough to last a couple of weeks in case you can’t get it refilled for a while. Keep them stored in air/liquid proof containers.
4.       Create an animal emergency supply kit that is always quickly accessible, it should have extra collars and id tags, medications, treats, medical records in a waterproof container, emergency contacts, supply of baggies, toys and any other special supplies your pet may need. Also keep photos of your pets in case you get separated.

5.       Consider getting all your pets micro chipped, should you ever get separated or one looses their collar you will still have a chance of your pet being returned to you.

6.       For cats, if their indoor/outdoor, bring them in and get them situated in a room a few days prior to the bad weather hitting. Cats will seek shelter prior to the storm and you may not be able to find them when the storm starts. Make sure you have plenty of clean kitty litter to last you a few weeks just in case.

7.       Cats are known for their ability to hide, especially if they sense something is not right. Make sure that whatever room they are in you can easily find them, should you need to relocate for safety.

8.      Have a carrier for each individual animal that is easily accessible.
9.       For cats and small dogs: If there is space in your home, keep the carriers around and put a blanket with their scent on it into the carrier. This will encourage the cats to use the carrier and become accustomed to it, making it a lot less of a struggle if you need to get them in there later on.

10.   If you live in an evacuation area, pre-pack your vehicle. If you have a large dog, put a carrier in the vehicle along with food, water, leash, and baggies. Then pack the rest of supplies you might need if you must go to a shelter or otherwise leave your home. If you have cats or small dogs (small carriers) make sure you leave designated space in the vehicle for their carriers and pack the rest of the car around it. During a storm if possible small pets should not be transported unless in a carrier, large dogs should be taken to the vehicle on a leash and loaded securely.

11.   Check with local emergency shelters in advance to see if your pets are welcomed with you. Some local shelters are now allowing pet owners to bring their furry family members with them. (But remember a shelter should be your last resort)

12.   Keep a list at home of hotels and motels in surrounding areas that are either pet friendly or otherwise would agree to waiver the “no pet” policy under emergence circumstances. Also have a list of friends and family that would be willing to house your pets should an emergency situation ever happen. In addition you should also find animal boarding facilities outside the emergency areas and know what their policies are for boarding an animal.

13.   Make a contingency plan with neighbors or close by friends/family. You might not be home when an evacuation order comes. Make sure there is someone you trust who can get your animals out of danger and meet up with you at a per-designated location.

Most importantly, comfort your pet during a disaster! They are counting on you to make sure they are safe and that everything is going to be okay. Make sure you have some of their favorite treats/toys on hand so they feel more secure, or a favorite blanket. Give them praise and affection so they are less afraid.

Little Shelter
33 Warner Rd
Huntington, NY 11743

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Reasons Why A Senior Dog Should Be Your New Best Friend

A senior dog can be one of the best friends you will ever have in your life. There are many reasons to adopt a senior dog. Here are just some of the reasons you might want to consider adding the love of a senior dog to your life!

Senior dogs can make for some of the best snugglers! Most of the time a senior dog spends their days (and nights) curled up somewhere comfortable. Of course there is nothing more comfortable than mom or dad’s bed! Gentle and mellow, a senior dog is great to lie in bed with and watch movies or snuggle up on a cold night to keep warm. 

The advantage to a senior dog is that in behavior, what you see is what you get. Rather than worry about behavior issues with a young dog, a senior dog shows pretty much who they are when you meet them. There are no surprises with a senior dog and when adopting you will already know what kind of temperament they have. There is also no guessing what size the dog will grow up to be as they are already full grown. Many times seniors are already house broken and have settled down from their puppy behaviors such as the infamous “chewing” phase.

Another advantage many senior dogs have over puppies is there is no getting up every couple of hours throughout the night to let the dog out. A senior dog loves their sleep and will sleep throughout the night without a problem. This means you get a better night’s sleep too.  Being most senior dogs are already house broken and don’t have to go as frequently as a puppy, they allow for more flexibility with your daily schedule as well.

Also don’t forget that picture perfect face! There is just something about a grey muzzle that screams adorable and senior dogs are some of the most photogenic pets you can have. Not to mention, a senior dog will be less distracted and more likely to stay put while you capture that perfect image.
All that said…

Meet Blanche the super sweet senior Pointer. She is definitely one of the good ol’ gals and takes life at her own pace. She loves going on short walks or spend time trotting around the yard. However, she does tire quickly and will spend the rest of her day sleeping. We can tell she dreams, often when you pass her kennel you will see her hind legs quivering and her front legs pawing at something only she can see. 
Maybe she’s dreaming of running through a meadow with her new family?

Blanche is very sweet and enjoys being able to spend time with the staff and volunteers, her face lights up anytime someone comes in to sit with her. She loves getting her head scratched, her favorite spot is under the chin! She is very food motivated and will follow you anywhere for a treat. 

The girl is looking for a loving family that will be with her through her golden years. She has a lot of love to give and is waiting for the right person to share it with. Come to Little Shelter and meet Blanche today!

 Little Shelter
 33 Warner Rd
Huntington, NY 11743