Home For The Holidays Event

The Holiday season is in full swing! There are many events going on for you to enjoy with your furry family member.

We have posted some information here on Paws Give Me Purpose about various events going on please make sure to check them out and support your local shelters and rescues.

This weekend specifically, Paws Give Me Purpose will be attending the Home for the Holidays Event at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. We will be at this event on Sunday, make sure to stop by say hello, support the shelter, and take home your new best friend!

See above flyer for details. Hope to see you all there!

Shelter Spotlight: Still Waiting?

Today I am sharing beautiful Hennessy with all of you yet again. She is still waiting for her special someone/family to come along and rescue her. Every dog deserves to be loved, it’s so difficult to understand why no one has stepped up for Hennessy. Why she gets consistently passed over. It breaks my heart to know that her life might end in this shelter.

Why is she still waiting? Maybe everyone thinks “someone else will take her?” Maybe because she’s not on death row? Maybe people believe she’s “safe ” with the luxury of time. Sadly, this isn’t true, we never know when one’s time is up.

I have watched too many dogs leave this earth never knowing what it’s like to belong to someone and I refuse to allow that to be her fate. She is a girl too full of life to be cooped up in cage.

I first introduced you all to Hennessy in my post “Shelter Spotlight: The Forgotten Ones”. In case you missed it, you can read about her and all the other beautiful forgotten souls in the Long Island, NY Shelters at this link :


Hennessy is a beautiful brindle Boxer mix and is approximately 5-6 years old. She loves walks and playing with her squeaky toys. She’s is known to be such a fun little girl! Hennessy needs to be your one and only, queen of the castle. No dogs, cats or kids.

I know that needing to be an only pet makes it much more difficult to find a home, but I also have faith that there is a home that meets Hennessey’s criteria.

So here I am dear family, friends, readers, and followers, asking you to help me help get Hennessey noticed! We can surely help and make a difference in Hennessy’s life.

PLEASE like her Facebook page, share this post, network, spread the word! Together we can help find Hennessy her forever family, and we need to do it quickly!


Consider fostering or adopting, you’ll be saving her life! Help me help Hennessy get out of the shelter and in to a loving home where she can live the life she really deserves.

Smithtown Animal Shelter

410 E Main St

Smithtown, New York

(631) 360-7575

Shelter Spotlight: Forgotten Soul 

Suede is another heartbroken, forgotten soul sitting in the Babylon Shelter kennel way too long. This handsome, 3-year-old, pointy eared, pit-mix is very affectionate. He is looking for someone to love him and he will return the love a million times more.

He walks well on a leash, is very athletic, knows all his basic commands and is eager to please. He loves treats and will even put his paw right in your hand for a yummy treat. Suede LOVES playing fetch and brings the ball or rope back every time! He also loves to catch toys when they are thrown in the air, he’d make a great frisbee partner!

Suede would do best with an active partner/family. Someone that will take him running or swimming, would be a great match, he loves the pool! Suede forms strong bonds with people, and will make someone a very lucky pet parent. He also loves kisses, belly rubs and cuddling by your feet.

Suede would do best as an only pet, however it is possible he would may well with a submissive/friendly female. A meet and greet would be required to make sure it’s a good fit.

Head over to Suedes Facebook page, like and share with everyone you know! Help me help Suede find his forever family! If you or anyone you know is interested or has further questions, please private message his Facebook page or contact the shelter.



51 Lamar Street

West Babylon, New York

(631) 643-9270

Shelter Spotlight: I See You With My Heart

Just take a good look at this handsome boy Adam West! Adam is a chunk of a hunk 6 year old Pitbull Terrier, who needs some special love for his special needs. You’d never even know this good looking boy is blind by his actions as he learns his surrounding very quickly and has an amazing ability to adjust. Sadly, he has still been sitting in the shelter since September of 2016.

Adam is a very well mannered boy, who is cordial to everyone he meets. His sense of smell and hearing are heightened due to his being blind, and it helps him to cope with his surroundings. You would be amazed to see how he gets around without bumping into things.

How can it be that not one single person has stepped forward for this boy? I can only imagine what he must be thinking and feeling. Being blind only compounds his loneliness in a shelter kennel for so many hours a day, which breaks my heart twice as much.

When Adam first arrived at the shelter, he came in with a skin condition that looked like he was a dog that spent extended time outside. This poor boy is also currently under treatment for food allergies, and is doing really well with limited ingredient dog food. Adam also enjoys apple and carrot slices as his treats, he’s definitely a great buddy to have for a healthy snack!

Adam loves to play with big soft squishy types of toys, and it’s fun to watch him enjoy playing with them! You would think being blind in a noisy kennel would make things worse for him, but Adam is very calm and seems to take stress in stride.

This handsome boy shows the appreciation of any attention that you give him, and he will continue to grow with that as he acclimates and bonds with his forever family. Could you be his hero? Adam deserves a home to call his own where he can enjoy the upcoming Holidays in a quite loving environment. Adam loves everyone including children, and gets along well with other large dogs.

I ask that you please help me help Adam. We need to get his out of the busy noisy shelter and into a loving home now! Don’t wait, don’t hesitate, if you or someone you know are interested head down or contact the shelter immediately! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you’re not in a position to adopt or foster, PLEASE SHARE! Like and share his Facebook page, like and share this post too. It will take a second of your time and will have a huge impact and change Adams life!


Babylon Animal Shelter

51 Lamar St.

West Babylon, NY 11704

(631) 643-9270

Shelter Spotlight: Searching For His Real Family

Check out this handsome boy, Tyson; He sure is a looker with his cute speckled nose!

This pup was surrendered to the Babylon Animal Shelter in September 2016 by his temporary caretaker after a family member left him and didn’t bother to come back. Can you even begin to imagine what that feels like? To me it is unbelievable that someone can leave a family member behind. Honestly, I am stunned every time I hear/read a story like this. My pups, the rescue pups, the foster pups, they are all family to me so I can’t wrap my head around that people are so readily capable of leaving or dumping a family member.

Tyson is a 4 year old Pitbull Terrier and is very strong. When walked, he requires a special harness, and positive reinforcement training so he stays at your side otherwise he pulls you along. At his old home Tyson lived outside in a doghouse so he will require time to adjust to homelife having always been outside. Patience and consistency are key, so he will require a savvy owner who can give him the time, training and attention he needs. He was also surrendered with a female dog together, and has shown to be protective of her, so a meet and greet would be required if you have another dog/dogs.

Tyson knows his basic commands, but has shown that he gets bored easily and then choses to dig in the yard. Although Terrier breeds are known to often be diggers, this also means they need more activity to keep them busy. It is best for Tyson to go to a home where he will receive the mental and physical stimulation required to keep him busy and happy. He has also shown some sensitivity to fireworks which can be a scary thing to many dogs.

Tyson has been described as a very sweet boy, but requires reassurance that he’s a good boy. He did live around children ranging from 4-18 years of age, and his behavior was described as friendly, playful, and tolerant.

Please help me share and network this handsome boy. Let’s get him out of the shelter and into a home so he can feel love from a real true family. He really deserves a chance, won’t you please help me help him by finding his special someone/family?

Head down to the shelter and meet this boy and get ready to fall in love. If you or anyone you know would like further information about Tyson, please contact the shelter.

Babylon Animal Shelter

51 Lamar St.

West Babylon, NY 11704

(631) 643-9270

Shelter Spotlight: Searching For Her Special Someone

Today I want to introduce you all to beautiful Lindsy, a large Pitbull Retriever Mix, about 5-6 years old, and has been living at the Babylon Animal Shelter since May of 2016. She’s such a wonderful dog that it’s hard to believe she is still waiting for her special someone/family to come along.

People seem to be under the impression that just because a dog is in a No Kill Shelter or in a boarding facility, it means they are safe. To some people this means there is no urgency in helping the dog. These dogs are barely even shared simply because their lives aren’t at risk, but I’m here to tell you that this is not true!

Although these dogs are loved and well taken care of by volunteers, a kennel is not a place for them to live out their lives. Dogs in kennels deteriorate, are stressed, can be depressed, and become withdrawn; these reasons alone put their lives at risk. Additionally, they can be more difficult to acclimate to home life after being in the kennel for a while, because they get used to kennel life thinking this is what life is.

We are a very important component in making these dogs unforgettable, in helping to get them noticed! I understand not everyone may be in a position to adopt, but if you can’t adopt, maybe you can foster. Fostering is a way to get the dog out of a shelter, into a home environment so they can learn how to live there and is a shorter term commitment for you. If you can’t foster, then maybe you can volunteer or share, SHARE like crazy! Sharing get the pups out there for all to see, near and far. It takes seconds out of your time to hit a share button! Sharing may seem like a small thing to do, but it gets big results!

Even here at Paws Give Me Purpose you can read of forgotten shelter dog that have been adopted since we have begun our Shelter Spotlight Series.

Sadly, this gorgeous girl is yet another forgotten soul who needs our help. She is very sweet, and has proven to be a great companion. She LOVES people and will want to be by your side wherever you are and will want to participate in whatever you’re doing.

Lindsy is a very low maintenance kind of girl! very obedient, knows her basic commands, and is even great at catching treats in the air. She would make a perfect furever friend for someone! She enjoys leisurely walks and is the type who would enjoy cuddling on the couch to watch TV with you.

Help me be Lindsy’s voice! Help me network her. Help me help her find a loving home where she can live the life she truly deserves. Share this post, network her. Together we can make a difference for Lindsy and every dog that sits in a shelter or boarding facility WAY too long.

Babylon Animal Shelter

51 Lamar St.

West Babylon, NY 11704

(631) 643-9270

Grain-Free Sweet Potato Treats

More and more dogs today are on grain free diets. Some for health reasons or allergies, and others just because their owners/Veterinarians feel it’s healthier.

Today I am sharing a grain-free dog treat recipe using sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are super nutritious, tasty, and actually have a great consistency for use in making treats.


• 1 1/2 cups almond meal

• 1/2 cup coconut flour

• 2 tsp poultry seasoning

• 1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed (about 1 large potato)

• 1/4-1/2 cup water

• unrefined extra virgin coconut oil to grease pan


  • preheat oven to 300
  • combine almond meal, coconut flour and poultry seasoning
  • add sweet potato and 1/4 cup of water
  • mix until well-combined (until you have dough)
  • if mixture is too thick to roll out, add in more water (should be thick and dry but not crumbly)
  • roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thickness
  • use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place cookies on greased tray
  • bake for 25 minutes (oven times may vary)
  • turn oven off and let cookies cool in closed oven
  • remove from oven and let cool completely on tray for at least 1 hour
  • store in airtight containers


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