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

RESCUE ALERT - 29 Dogs Arrive To Little Shelter As Relief Efforts Continue!

Little Shelter Coordinates Lifesaving Rescue For 29 Dogs From Devastated Areas

Over the past weekend an emergency transport arrived 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 arrived early Sunday morning where they were greeted by Little Shelter staff.

The dogs will be in quarantine for the next two 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 as devastated areas begin to rebuild and contain the situation. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

Friday, October 20, 2017

Special Home Needed!

Life Is Twice As Much Fun When You Always Have Someone To Play With!Could yours be that special home?
We always read about dynamic duo's of cats and dogs who face the world together. From the beautiful friendship in Milo & Otis to the shenanigans between Garfield and Odie. This classic dog and cat duo relationship continues to play out in our media and in our hearts. While these heartwarming stories provide us great entertainment, even more heartwarming is when these stories are based on true animals...

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.

When they first arrived it was obvious the duo had been through a lot, both had their fur in shambles and their teeth were in bad condition requiring extreme dental work. They were scheduled for their surgeries on the same day, which was unintentional but somehow fitting... The dynamic duo who had done everything together for 10 years would continue to be 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?

If you would be interested in adopting Rock and Keys, please contact Little Shelter today.
Call: 631-368-8770 for more information on this dynamic duo.

Friday, October 6, 2017


October, 2017
Stories With Happy Endings Are The Best...
Louie Has Been Adopted!

Louie is a testament to the saying, you're never too old to learn to love! This 10+ year old was found wandering the streets. Judging by his scars, bad teeth and ears, he had probably spent most of his life walking them. Little Shelter took him in, cleaned him up and made him a promise that he would never have to live on the streets again. What we got in return, surprised everyone.

We quickly found that Louie loves affection, and will bow his head so you can give him ear rubs and chin scratches. He mews for attention and LOVES to play, spending much of the afternoon chasing kitty dancers. After having led such a difficult life, we knew we had to find him someone who saw just how special he was.  

 Then in September an adopter came in looking for an older cat who was playful and loving, but considered overlooked. We introduced her to Louie and they became best friends on the spot. She knew Louie was the cat she was looking for and later that week Louie went off to his furever home. We are so happy for Louie that he will spend his golden years, safe, warm and loved! 
What's Happening At Little Shelter...

Little Shelter's 10th Annual Masquerade Ball Is Almost Here! 

Little Shelter is hosting our annual Masquerade Ball and Charity Event at the Westbury Manor on October 19th. This fantastic event is reaching its first major milestone as we celebrate 10 years of holding this fun event.  

Costumes are and fun & encouraged, but not required. The evening kicks off at 6pm with a cocktail reception and festivities continue with a formal dinner, open bar, live DJ, costume contest and more.

Click Here To VOTE 

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.

A Tale of Two Friends...  

Meet Keys the Calico cat and her best friend Rock the Poodle mix. These two friends have spent every day together since they were brought home 10 years ago. Sadly, last month these best buds found themselves in a local shelter when their owner was no longer able to provide for them. This was the first time in their lives that they faced being separated or worse. Little Shelter knew they couldn't let their story end that way and stepped in, pulling both Rock and Keys to safety.

When they first arrived it was obvious the duo had been through a lot, their fur coats were in shambles needing grooming and a bath, their teeth were in bad condition and their mouths had serious infections requiring surgery. Both Rock and Keys are recovering well and show to be outgoing and affectionate. Right now Little Shelter is collecting donations for Rock and Keys care and pretty soon the duo will be ready for adoption together. Click Here to make a donation to Rock and Keys care.

October Is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month   

October is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and Little Shelter has a lot of great dogs who are looking for furever homes. Follow us on facebook all this month for special stories about each of our available dogs. Thinking of adopting? Now is the perfect time to come in and meet your new best friend!
Click Follow on Little Shelter's Facebook HERE

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: 631-421-0088
This Month's Adoption Spotlight:
Meet Meg!

Don't be fooled by the gray muzzle, Meg is a dog who is truly young at heart! This 10 year old Mini Pin mix loves to go on walks. Little Shelter volunteers enjoy taking her out to events because she wants to spend the entire time walking and taking in the sights. Meg has a lot of "let's go" energy for her age, but she is also a laid back and calm dog. She loves getting affection and being the center of attention. (click here for more info)   
Meet Peanut!

This humble fellow is Peanut, who originally arrived to Little Shelter with his two brothers when their owner passed away. Both his brothers have since been adopted and now Peanut is waiting for his new family to find him. Peanut loves getting affection, especially chin scratches and will look up at you with pleading eyes to cuddle with him.
Little Shelter Opportunities:
Upcoming Little Shelter Events!
October Events Schedule

10/7: Long Island Fall Festival, Huntington, 11am-5pm

10/8: Long Island Fall Festival, Huntington, 11am-5pm

10/15: The Great Pup-Kin Event,
Holbrook, 11am-3pm

10/19: 10th Annual Masquerade Ball, Westbury, 6pm-11pm

10/21: Pet Fair at Mineola Library,
Mineola, 11am-3pm

10/29: Pet Supplies Plus In Store Event,
Smithtown, 11am-3pm

10/31: Huntington Halloween Parade
Huntington, 4pm