Wednesday, November 1, 2017


November, 2017
Stories With Happy Endings Are The Best...
Paul - Rescued From The Korean Dog Meat Industry  
Has Been Adopted!
Paul arrived as part of a rescue transport alongside 9 other dogs who narrowly escaped the Korean Dog Meat Industry. While the other dogs quickly found their families and were adopted out, Paul was a different story. From the moment he arrived at Little Shelter, we knew he would need a lot of help. Paul would hide in the back of his cage, couldn't be walked on a leash, avoided human contact and would shake out of fear. Who could blame him, knowing everything he had been through.  
Through months of working with Paul our dedicated staff saw this dog transform. He could be walked on a leash, would come to your hand for treats and even allow his favorite staff to pet him. One thing staff took note of was that he did really well with other dogs and seemed to be calmed by having another dog around him. It was decided that he would need to be adopted by someone who currently had a dog to act as a companion and guide for him.  
A friend of Little Shelter heard Paul's story and fell in love, already having a young dog that really wanted a friend, it seemed like a perfect match. Soon Paul was on his way home with his new family including a furry sibling named Nala who was eager to play. We are so happy for Paul that he found his happy ending and we can't wait to hear of what great adventures he has in his new home.   
What's Happening At Little Shelter...
Rock & Keys

A Tale of Two Friends...  

Meet Rock and Keys, Little Shelter's own dynamic duo! After 10 years of being together in the same home, sadly these best buds found themselves in a local shelter with nobody but themselves. They had spent every day together and for the first time in their lives faced being separated, or worse. Little Shelter knew they couldn't let their story end that way. We stepped in and brought both Rock and Keys to safety, promising to try and find them a home together.

Rock has showed us that he in an energetic, friendly and outgoing Poodle mix who is always ready to make a new friend and get extra treats. Keys likes to let Rock hog all the lime light but steals attention by curling up in her person's lap or nuzzling your hand for pets. She is a very outgoing kitty who comes when she's called and seeks affection. The two are perfect compliments of each other and provide each other with companionship and a playmate. Little Shelter is looking for a special family who will adopt the two together so they can spend their golden years in each other's company. Could you be that special family?
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Best Of Long Island 2018 Voting Now Open!   

The 2018 Best of Long Island awards are here and Little Shelter has been nominated for BEST Animal Rescue and BEST Animal Shelter. Show your support by logging on every day from October 1st until December 15th and casting your vote!  Click Here To VOTE Now.

Little Shelter Coordinates Lifesaving Rescue For 29 Dogs From Devastated Areas   

An emergency transport arrived late October to Little Shelter with 29 dogs from Texas. These dogs were transported due to the need for space in over-inundated shelters still handling the thousands of displaced pets from the wake of hurricane destruction.

The dogs will be in quarantine for the next couple of weeks where they can relax after their trying ordeal and receive the best medical attention and individualized care that Little Shelter is known for. With more transports underway, Little Shelter is in need of your help! Your donations help cover the cost of transport, medical attention, food, treats and toys, beds and everything needed to prepare these dogs (and more) for loving homes.

Please donate today as we continue our relief efforts down south and beyond. Our friends need our help as more dogs and cats are brought to the shelters every day. Little Shelter is dedicated to helping animals in need and will continue transports over the next couple of months.
November Is Adopt A Senior Pet Month   

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks! Little Shelter has many wonderful senior dogs and cats available to loving homes. Just because they may have a little grey on the muzzle doesn't mean their to old to cuddle. Many senior animals are still very active enjoying playing with toys, going for long walks, rolling in cat nip and many other fun things. Thinking of adopting? Consider one of Little Shelter's many seniors as your new best friend.
Join Us For A Little Shelter Event!
Reserve Your Spot For Pictures With Santa
Join us Saturday, November 18th and 25th for Photos With Santa at Community Pet Shop. From 11am-5pm bring your furry friend down to have their photo taken for the purrfect Christmas card. Space for this event is limited so call and reserve your slot today!

 Call: Community Pet Shop at 631-421-0088 and reserve your spot today!
This Month's Adoption Spotlight:
Meet Brynn!

Brynn is a happy girl who is generally laid back and easy going. She likes to take leisurely walks around Little Shelter, but also gets burst of energy where she wants to play. When running around in the dog pens, Brynn enjoys playing fetch with stuffies the staff throws for her. She loves to horde tennis balls, always attempting to fit as many as she can in her mouth. The rest of the time, Brynn is a couch potato who enjoys cuddling. 
Meet Knickerbocker!
This cute kitty is Knickerbocker, and he's one of the luckiest cats you'll meet! A Good Samaritan saw this poor little kitty get tossed out of a vehicle and contacted Little Shelter, where he has now been a resident for 3 years. Knickerbocker now seeks out affection from people and mews for attention. His favorite thing is to be held and cuddled. Help us give a happy ending to Knickbocker's journey and call to adopt him today!
Little Shelter Opportunities:
Upcoming Little Shelter Events!
November Events Schedule

11/18: Photos With Santa, Community Pet Shop, Huntington, 11am-5pm

11/25: Photos With Santa, Community Pet Shop, Huntington, 11am-5pm

(click here or on calendar for details)

November Is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month

Reasons To Adopt A Senior Dog or Cat

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

Senior pets can make for some of the best snugglers! Most of the time they 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. While a senior cat may still play with toys, they love to curl up to their pet parent and snuggle away the day!

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.

Be Be - Available!
Senior cats have already gotten their "crazy" days out of them, no longer seeking to climb up curtains they prefer to lay in the sun or cuddle up somewhere super soft. Rather than attacking your feet, they will seek you out for affection. There is no better way to de-stress from a long day than to have a personal fuzzy heater purring away in your lap!

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. 

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 pets are some of the most photogenic. Not to mention, a senior pet will be less distracted and more likely to stay put while you capture that perfect image.

All that said… Little Shelter has a lot of wonderful senior dogs and cats available for adoption! Throughout the month of November dogs 7 years and older will have a specially priced adoption fee of only $100. Come meet our available senior companions, we know you will fall in love with a new best friend!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Safety & Fun From Little Shelter

Happy Halloween! - Help Keep This Night Full Of Treats By Avoiding A Few Nasty Tricks

 We hope you and your family have a great time this Halloween. It is a fun holiday for adults, children and pets alike. Here are a few fun things you can do for your furry loved ones to help them have some fun, and keep them safe!
  • Have your canine companion come with you to bob for apples, just use an apple core to remove all the seeds first.

  • Give puppy or kitty a nice (small) treat of cooked pumpkin. Pumpkin is healthy for cats and dogs in small quantities, just check the label to make sure it is unseasoned and unsweetened.

  • Have a ghostly photo shoot! Dressing up is a lot of fun and many dogs (and some cats) don't mind getting into costume with with kids. Perfect opportunity to get a fun family photo.

  • Hit the hay! Around this time of year a lot of local farms offer hay rides, a few of which are dog friendly. Call ahead and find out if your canine companion would be welcomed.

A Few Tricks To Look Out For:
  • Candy is bad for both cats and dogs. Make sure any candy bowels for trick-o-treaters is kept out of reach on a shelf, or closed in a cabinet to prevent your cat or dog from getting to it. (Sometimes cats will go after candy due to the crinkly cellophane wrapper)

  • Chocolate is NOT on the safe to eat list, neither are the spices in cider or pumpkin pie. - These are not safe snacks for your pets, but a few carrot sticks or apple slices are.

  • A LED collar is a good investment if your taking the family dog trick-or-treating with the kids, it helps them to remain visible in the dark. Reminder that dogs should be walked on the sidewalk or "walked on the inside" with you in between them and the street. A driver might notice a person walking on the side of the road, but fido could be below their field of vision.

  • A Frightening Tale - The day after Halloween shelters get a lot of calls for missing pets. Please keep cats inside where they are safe, and dogs either inside or on a leash. You never know when a strobe light, loud sound effect or kids running in costumes my spook your furry loved one into running off.

From Everyone At Little Shelter, We Hope You Have A Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


September, 2017
Stories With Happy Endings Are The Best...
Thank You To All Our Pet-A-Palooza Adopters!

On August 19th and 20th Little Shelter held it's 20th Annual Pet-A-Palooza. From 9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday the shelter grounds were bustling with families eager to adopt a new best friend. The event attracted adopters mostly from Long Island, however families came all over the tri-state area to partake in the festivities and meet our adoptable animals.

By the end of this phenomenal event, over 60 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens were off to furever homes. All weekend long you could see families interacting with dogs which ran the gambit in breed, age and size. With so many dogs available, there was somebody for every family. We are so happy for all of the dogs and cats who found their new best friend and would like to thank everyone who came to participate in this exciting event.

If you didn't make it down to Pet-A-Palooza this year, make sure you mark next year's Pet-A-Palooza in your calendar! Our 21st Annual Pet-A-Palooza will be on August 18th & 19th 2018.
What's Happening At Little Shelter...

Lang Has A New Leash On Life!  

When Lang first arrived to Little Shelter, he was very ill. (Though you would never know it by the way he acted.) From the moment he stepped foot into Little Shelter he was bursting with excitement - running around, giving kisses, jumping and just being all too adorable.

Lang had a liver shunt, a condition he was most likely born with but was getting progressively worse. As blood continued to bypass his liver, toxins were building up in his bloodstream to dangerous levels. Without intervention, the outlook on Lang's life was pretty grim. Little Shelter saw that he got the best medical care and was soon cleared for surgery.
This story has a very happy ending for Lang, not only was the surgery successful but he is doing better than we had expected in recovery. Even better, Lang donation campaign was seen by one of Little Shelter's adopters and they immediately came to meet him. It was love at first sight and Lang will spend the rest of his recovery and the rest of his life in a loving home with his new family and furry siblings. (*click here to donate to the cost of Lang's surgery*)

Fall Festivals Are Here! 
While summer is our busiest time for events at Little Shelter, the change of seasons does not mean that things slow down. Little Shelter is part of many town festivals on Long Island. This is one of the ways we like to stay connected with our local communities and reach out to new adopters. Keep an eye on the event calendar and come visit us, we always have adoptable dogs at our booths.

Be sure to support your community by going to local festivals and come see us at:
Ronkonkoma Street Fair, Harborfest (Sag Harbor), and the Long Island Fall Festival (Huntington).

Little Shelter Welcomes New Veterinarian 

Little Shelter is excited to welcome veterinarian Dr. Christine Handlin DVM to our team!

This is a great addition to our expanding facilities and programs. We know with her that our dogs and cats will be in good hands. Having a veterinarian on premises will help streamline the process of having all our beloved residents be available sooner for adoption. This is the just part of the big plans Little Shelter has for 2018 and beyond. 

 Welcome Dr. Christine Handlin DVM
Join Us For A Little Shelter Event!
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Join Us For Little Shelter's 10th Annual Masquerade Ball!
Join us Thursday, October 19th for our 10th annual Masquerade Ball and Charity Event. This fantastical evening kicks off at 6pm with a cocktail reception. The festivities continue with dinner, open bar, live and silent raffles, live dj, costume contest and more.

 Call: Arleen at 631-368-8770 ext. 26
This Month's Adoption Spotlight:
Meet Jackson!

This handsome young man is Jackson, a Doberman Pinscher mix of around 9 months old. Jackson is friendly and curious boy seeking a loving family that will give him the consistent training and guidance he needs to grow up into a polite gentleman. He learns quickly and will be a great companion for a very special someone. (click here for more info) 
Puff Daddy
Meet Puff Daddy!
Puff Daddy or "Puffy" for short, is a gorgeous fluffy white cat at Little Shelter. However he's more than just good looks, he has a very sweet personality to match. This lovable boy mews when you call his name and will follow you around like a dog. He enjoys getting affection including belly rubs and being held.
Little Shelter Opportunities:
Little Shelter Is NOW HIRING!

If you enjoy spending time with 'man's best friend' then this could be the job for you! Little Shelter is looking for enthusiastic, self motivated individuals for our dog program! For more info and if interested please email resume
Upcoming Little Shelter Events!
August Events Schedule

9/3: Ronkonkoma Street Fair, Wittridge Rd, 11am-6pm

9/9: Harborfest, Sag Harbor, 9am-5pm

9/9: 3rd Annual Camping With The Pupscouts, Huntington Station, 2pm-5pm

9/10: Harborfest, Sag Harbor, 9am-5pm
9/17: Cow Harbor Parade, Cow Harbor,  10am-5pm

9/23: Pet Fair, Northport-East Northport Library, 10am-1pm