Thursday, October 11, 2018


October, 2018
Little Shelter Welcomes Dogs And Cats From The Carolinas To Safety In Huntington
In the wake of destruction left by Hurricane Florence, thousands of animals have been displaced in the Carolina states. Already over inundated shelters have been scrambling to make room for the influx of dogs and cats that are arriving every day.

With calls and emails coming in with pleas to pull animals, we are committed to helping our partners down south during the ongoing months. However we can't do it alone, we need your support to give these victims of natural disaster the second chance they so deserve. Please donate today to help ongoing rescue efforts.
Little Shelter has been nominated for BESTAnimal Rescue AND BEST Animal Shelter!

Please VOTE every day from now until Dec 15th and help us become the reigning champions for 10 consecutive years. Make your voices heard by Clicking Here.
Happy Fall Everyone! In the spirit of fall, Little Shelter has compiled a list of different places and events that your favorite Fido is welcomed to come along for the fun. From special events, "Pick-UR-Own" and natural trails, we have it all here. Click Here To Read
October 18th
Join Little Shelter on Oct. 18th for the 11th Annual Masquerade Ball! Happening at the Westbury Manor Caterers this will be one evening you do not want to miss!

Filled with fun, the event kicks off at 6 pmwith a cocktail reception and open bar. The night continues with silent auction, live DJ and more.

Tickets are $100 each, and all proceeds go directly to helping the animals. Seating is limited so get your ticket today!

Call: 631-368-8770 ext. 26 for your ticket.
Get your rescue on this month at Little Shelter as we celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. We have dogs of all different age, breed, size and color available. Stop by Little Shelter and see who's available now!Learn More
Pepe Le Pew Has Been Adopted With Miss Marbles

It’s been a rough couple of months for Pasta, but we are one step closer to everyone’s hard work paying off. Pasta’s second checkup with the vet was so good, that he was given the “all clear” to be available for adoption right before Little Shelter’s 21st Annual Pet-A-Palooza. Due to Pasta’s eyes still being in the healing process, families who were interested in him had to make an appointment for interactions.

A young couple came in to visit him and instantly fell in love. They met with Pasta’s medical team and understood he would need a little extra care until his eyes were fully healed and follow-up appointments with the eye doctor. They were eager to make him part of their family and do whatever it took to make sure he was taken care of. We’re happy to announce that Pasta went off to his furever home the next day!

His new family has sent us many photos of Pasta’s adventures in his new life. He has adjusted well to his new environment and this is the best ending to his story that we could ask for. Even though Pasta has gone off to his furever home, Little Shelter still needs to come up with the bill for Pasta’s surgery. Please make a donation to Pasta’s fund today so we can continue to help other dogs like Pasta get the second chance they so deserve.
Don't be fooled by his colossal size, spend some time with him and you’ll realize he’s just a big baby! Whenever Damascus sees his favorite staff and volunteer members he will talk to them asking for them to play with him. Damascus is a very laid back guy who is content to just lay down at your feet and watch the birds or enjoy a good movie. He doesn’t require a lot of exercise and would be content with a fenced backyard where he can roll in the grass. Come meet Damascus today!
Cali-O is well known at Little Shelter cattery. While we don't know her past, we have found that she absolutely LOVES dogs! She will come right up to a dog and rub against its legs, or paw gently at its nose asking to play. Her favorite dogs to play with are the big ones, her motto is the bigger the better! The second she hears a dog come into the cattery, she rushes out to make a new friend. If you have cat friendly dogs and are looking for a feline addition to the family, Cali-O is the cat for you!
Learn How You Can Help Little Shelter Today
Suffolk County's first Humane Society, Little Shelter is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Age, physical condition, and socialization issues are never criteria for rescuing a dog or cat whose life is in jeopardy. We rescue from kill shelters on Long Island, in New York City, and in several southern states. Located in Huntington, NY. Little Shelter is also a part of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals. Learn more
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Happy Fall And A Happy Dog

Happy Fall Everyone! As the days begin to shorten and that crisp feeling gets in the air, we say goodbye to sunny days at the beach and turn our attention to Autumn and the harvest. Pumpkin Spice everything is already on sale in every shop and towns have already started having their fall festivals.

Long Island is a beautiful place with many natural trails where you can walk through acres of woods watching the changing colors of the leaves. There's also a lot of farm land that offer "Pick-UR-Own" for various things like apples and pumpkins. It's a great time to get out and take part in many unique seasonal activities but does that mean man's best friend has to stay behind? Here at Little Shelter we see our dogs as family and know it can be difficult when  you want to go out somewhere but you can't take your dog with you. 

In the spirit of fall I have compiled a list of different places and events that your favorite fido is welcomed to come along for the fun. While many of the places listed are open all year long, it is advised that you look into/call the venue of the specific place and ask what their rules are regarding  dogs prior to you showing up. Most of the places listed are for leashed dogs and follow carry in/carry out policy. *It is also recommended to call and make sure there are no breed or size restrictions, or a changes in policy.

Nassau Barkfest - Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre (Parking at Field 6 & 6A) -October 24, 1pm
Dog Days at the Gardens – Old Westbury – Oct 20 & 21st 10-5pm/Oct 27 & 28 10-5pm
Dog Festival - Old Westbury - Oct. 28th 11-4pm (costume contest is at 3, all entries must register by 2pm)
Suffolk Barkfest - The Holiday Inn, 3131 Nesconset Highway, Setauket - October 25, 12pm

Spooktacular Howl’oween Pet Parade - City Hall, 9 Glen Street, Glen Cove - October 26, 12pm-1pm

Barton Orchards (& Dog Park) – Poughquag
Stakey’s farm – AQUEBOGUE/Riverhead(GPS)

Blydenburgh County Park, Sands Point Preserve, Bailey Arboretum, Massapequa Preserve, Avalon Park & Preserve, Gardiner Park, Belmont Lake State Park, Heather Hills State Park, Camp Hero State Park, Makamah Nature Preserve, Cedar Point County Park, Phargmites/Twin Ponds North Park, Fire Island National Seashore, West Hills County Park, Sunken Meadow State Park, Southaven County Park

Mudd Creek Beach, Nassau Beach Park, Gardiner County Park, Fire Island*select areas, Smith Point County Park, Shinnecok East County Park, Amagansett Beach, Cedar Point County Park
Coindre Hall - Coindre Hall is a mansion in the style of a medieval French chateau constructed in 1912
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site - Oyster Bay


Lavender By The Bay - October: Thursday – Monday 9AM-5PM

Macari Vinyards – Mattituck - MON-THURS: 9AM-5PM, FRI, SAT & SUN: 11AM-6PM
Harmony Vineyards – Head of the Harbor
Woodside OrchardAquebogue (Dogs are welcome in the picnic and parking area)

This is only a partial list and readers are encouraged to drop their favorite haunts in the comments. I also advise to check local community boards as many towns or businesses may have smaller events going on that are not listed here. Please note, Little Shelter is not affiliated with any of the locations/businesses mention above.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

HELP The Cat Got Out! – What To Do In The Event Kitty Gets Outside

HELP The Cat Got Out! – What To Do In The Event Kitty Gets Outside

Every feline pet parent’s biggest fear is that their little sofa lion will somehow end up in that massive jungle of dangers outside. Having cats myself, it hits close to home when I get calls asking for help because a kitty got out. Even the most cautious pet parents can have this happen, be it a storm knocks a hole in the wall, company or repairmen accidentally let the cat out, or a thousand other reasons.

The most important thing is to keep calm and do whatever you can to help aid kitty in finding their way back. For this reason, Little Shelter has compiled a checklist of things that can be done to help increase your chances of getting your cat back.

  • 1.     Call the shelter/rescue you adopted from. – A rescue’s job doesn’t end at the time of adoption. We truly care about the cats who are adopted from Little Shelter and we want to be the first to know if a cat goes missing. Most rescues have some public outreach (such as facebook) where they can help give exposure to your search. In addition many rescues microchip and will be notified if the cat turns up in the local shelter or at a veterinarian’s office. Plus many rescues have additional services (such as rentable traps, TNR specialist) and may be able to help you get your cat back.*If your cat is not already microchipped we highly recommend doing so, collars can come off but a microchip is under the skin and every shelter/rescue/vet check for them.

  • 2.     Check, check, and check again! - Just because you think the cat got out, still continue to check. (Unless you have visual confirmation) Cats have a knack for getting into places that would seem impossible for them to fit! They can also become very creative when hiding from a scary situation or looking for a new napping spot. So you should still check around the house even when you can’t find the cat in any usual hiding spots. (Try shaking a treat can, a favorite toy, or whatever tricks make your cat respond)

  • 3.     Print out COLOR flyers of the cat with a recent GOOD photo, specifically point out any unique markings. With smart phones and other technology that’s so common today, it’s pretty easy to get a clear photo of your feline friend. Make sure to get a photo from a well lit location, where details and colors are very clear. If there is a unique marking, make sure to photograph that. (ex: one of my cats who’s coloring is white and tabby has white legs, but his left back leg has a large black spot on it.)

  • 4.     Place flyers of your cat in EVERY mailbox in a 2-3 block radius. You’d be surprised how often kitty gets out and bolts into the neighbor’s cellar/shed/etc… especially during times of the year where people are cleaning and moving things in and out of storage. Even if they can’t see a cat, they might here mewing and notify you.

  • 5.     Put his litter box (dirty) outside near a door/window or other house access point - the cat can be attracted to his own scent and find his way back.

  • 6.     Leave out his favorite canned food or put out warmed wet food or warmed canned tuna (the stinker the better), the smell will attract him.

  • 7.     Humane traps can be rented from Little Shelter, or purchased at places like Home Depot/Lowes. Put the trap near a door or side of the house, cover the inside with a light blanket or thin cardboard (some cats are deterred by the feel of the wire) and place high value stinky food in the back of the trap (such as tuna) you can place a small amount of tuna to make a trail going from front to back to "lead" the cat into the trap. Cover the trap with cardboard or a blanket so it becomes a closed cave. (effective hiding place for a scared kitty)

  • 8.     The first 24-48 hours are the most crucial, do not wait to see if the cat will come back on their own. The quicker you put the previous steps into action, the higher your chances of getting your cat back safely. If the cat does not return within 48 hours, do not lose hope. Contact the rescue again and ask for further advice.

We hope this checklist will be helpful in the case you should ever need it. However the best thing is to try and prevent this situation from occurring all together. Here are a few things you can do to help proof your house: