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