Shelter Spotlight: The Forgotten Ones 

Today I am sharing something extremely heartbreaking. I just can not understand why these beautiful souls are still waiting for that special someone/family to come and take them home. I personally would take every one of these dogs if I could!

Who are these dogs? These are the longest residents in the Long Island NY shelters 🙁 Sadly, they are known as THE FORGOTTEN ONES. All alone they wait…..

I believe that people are under the impression that just because a dog is in a No Kill Shelter or in boarding, that it means they are safe, that there is no urgency in helping them. They are barely even shared simply because their lives aren’t at risk. I am 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 Dogs in kennels deteriorate, are stressed, can be depressed, and become withdrawn. This puts their lives at risk!

I know in my heart that there is a forever home out there for each and every one of these beautiful pups, we just need to help them get there. We are their voices, we are the ones that can make the difference in their lives! Let’s get them noticed so they can get out of these kennels and really begin to live the lives they deserve!

PLEASE help me share and network these amazing dogs! Share this post! 

HELP ME HELP THESE DOGS BECOME UNFORGETTABLE!!! ❤️

https://www.facebook.com/The-Forgotten-Ones-The-Longest-Residents-In-Long-Island-Shelters-580937175394787/

Under each dogs photo, I have included a small bio, and if they have their own Facebook page that link has been included as well. If you or someone you know is interested in any of these pups please reach out. You will find the shelter location and contact information at the end of each bio.

MEET LEXI MAMA

https://www.facebook.com/adoptLexiMama/

Lexi Mama is a beautiful, tan and white, 4 year old girl. She has quite a long history with the shelter, obviously meaning it’s not a good one. Lexi Mama first came to the shelter in 2014 as a stray. She was reclaimed by her owner, only to reappear at the shelter in 2015. This time, her owner did not come back for her.

As much as Lexi Mama, is loved, the shelter staff was not happy to see her again! Lexi Mama is playful with toys, and displays no issues with people near her food. She can be wary of new people, but quickly warms up and becomes quite loving.

Lexi Mama used to live with a male dog, and yet she is slightly nervous of meeting new dogs. She may prefer to be a solo dog, or perhaps there is a low key dog out there that wants to be her sibling! This poor girl has been dealt a crappy hand in life, and I hope and pray things begin to look up for her.

Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Ave

Wantagh,NY

(516) 785-5220

MEET COOKIE

https://www.facebook.com/cookiecravesahome/

Cookie is the number 1 LONGEST RESIDENT, and has been waiting for her forever home since August 31, 2013. This sweet 6 and a half year old beauty came to the shelter as a stray after her owner skipped town and left Cookie on the street. Thankfully, the neighbors knew her, and called right away for someone to come pick her up.

Cookie spent the next 3 years in the shelter, just hoping and praying she would be noticed by an adopter, but that never happened. What did happen though, is that a staff member decided to bring Cookie into their home to foster. Cookie has now been in foster care since November 2016, and she is the BEST house guest! Not only is Cookie 100000% house trained, but she literally hasn’t even had ONE accident.

Cookie is also comfortable and happy in her crate, when necessary, although she can be trusted to be loose in the house when home alone or unsupervised. Cookie loves to run around in the yard, loves to play with toys, and takes treats super gently. Cookie loves all people who visit the home, she is super smart and listens very well. She is the most amazing kisser and cuddler.

Cookie has dog siblings right now, and although her fosters are taking it very slow, so far, so good! Cookie could either live as a solo dog, or maybe with one, laid back dog. Cookie’s ideal home would be with savvy dog parents, who will love her, cherish her and keep her safe.

Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Ave

Wantagh,NY

(516) 785-5220

MEET SHEANA

https://www.facebook.com/savingsheana/

Sheana’s history with the shelter is way too long. Sheana has been waiting for her forever home since April 2014, making her the second longest resident. Sheana is a love with people she knows, and will crawl into your lap and kiss you non stop. She is wary of new people though, so she will need a savvy owner who can help her overcome her fears.

Sheana is house trained, crate trained, and likes other dogs. She needs a forever home as fast as possible, so please help!

Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Ave

Wantagh,NY

(516) 785-5220

MEET TILA

https://www.facebook.com/adoptTila/

I have shared Tilas story with you many times, yet she is still at the shelter! I just can’t understand why. This gorgeous 5-6 year old girl was found one day as a stray by the police in the early morning hours. Tila came in with a collar on, but no tags, and no owner has come for her.

Tila is a volunteer favorite who is guaranteed to steal your heart! Go meet her and fall in love!

Tila needs to be the queen of her castle, no other dogs. It is recommended that Tila go to a home with older children. Tila is such a good dog who is always overlooked at the shelter. She walks nicely on a leash and has a calm quiet personality.

Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Ave

Wantagh,NY

(516) 785-5220

MEET BRADY



Brady is a ball of happy fun energy with a great big heart! He is looking for a second chance at having a family to love him, a forever home. Brady was brought in by a Good Samaritan after being found as a stray, his family was a no show.

Brady is about 4-5 years young, approximately 60 pounds, up to date on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped and heart worm negative. Stop by and meet him, you won’t be disappointed!

Brookhaven Animal Shelter

300 Horseblock Road

Brookhaven, NY 11719

(631) 451-6950

MEET BARLEY

https://www.facebook.com/adoptBarley/

Barley is a gorgeous boy who is looking for love. He was picked up as a stray by a Good Samaritan and no one has come in to take him home.

Barley has been in the shelter for over 2 years. He is a favorite with the volunteers, but sadly no one ever asks about him. All he wants is to be loved.

Will you be his hero? Barley is being treated for Anaplasmosis, (tick-born disease), he is well on his way to recovery and will be better in no time. He is 60 pounds, 5-7 years young, up to date on vaccinations and heartworm negative.

Brookhaven Animal Shelter

300 Horseblock Road

Brookhaven, NY 11719

(631) 451-6950

MEET JALAPEÑO

https://www.facebook.com/NeedsAForeverHome/

Jalapeño is a sweet and lovable girl who will steal your heart.

She was picked up as a stray by Animal Control  and waited everyday but sadly her family was no where to be found. She arrived so scared and nervous, but has come out of her shell. She still takes things slowly but there’s no doubt that she will be a loyal and best friend.

Jalapeño loves tennis balls and treats. She also loves to dress up for holidays. One of her favorite things to do is to sit out front on a sunny day and give kisses to her volunteer friends. She would do best as the one and only furbaby in an adult home.

Jalapeño is about 55 pounds, 4 years young, spayed, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. She is looking for true love and a second chance for a good life. Could you be the one to share her life?

Brookhaven Animal Shelter

300 Horseblock Road

Brookhaven, NY 11719

(631) 451-6950

MEET BOSS LADY

https://www.facebook.com/AdoptBossLady/

Boss lady has such a heartbreaking story.

She arrived with her four puppies to the shelter, they were all quickly adopted and finally after almost 3 years in the shelter she was finally adopted. After about a month or so she got loose and her owner was worried it could happen again so she was returned to the shelter. Now, she sits in the shelter heartbroken and all alone waiting for her forever family.

Boss Lady is a gorgeous sweet girl who loves to play and wants nothing more than to have a family. She will be a loyal and loving addition to any home. Boss lady ***MUST BE THE ONLY PET*** she is not dog or cat friendly. She loves people but is high energy so older children only.

Please can someone help? Adopt or foster, you can make a difference in Boss Lady’s life.  She is 4-5 years old, about 47 pounds, spayed, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped and heartworm negative. She is patiently waiting! Could you be the light of her life?

Brookhaven Animal Shelter

300 Horseblock Road

Brookhaven, NY 11719

(631) 451-6950

MEET DINAH

https://www.facebook.com/adoptDinah/

Dinah arrived at the shelter February 10, 2014. She was found as a stray, and waited for her family to come but unfortunately they never came.

If you visit the shelter you may find Dinah sitting at the end of her kennel or leaning on the fence with such a forlorn look in her eyes. She wonders why she has been in the shelter so long. But once she notices you she is quickly overcome with excitement in the hopes that soon she will have a home, a family, the love that she so deserves!

Dinah is a sweet girl, loves toys, the snow and being with people. She absolutely lives for belly rubs. Dinah is very active and would do best with an active adult family, whether they are runners, hikers or choose to do agility or scent training with her. She is playful and smart, very easy to train. She is good with most male dogs as long as they are not as dominant, and would be best in an adult only home and no cats. Dinah is a 5 year old female, spayed Bull Terrier/Shep mix weighing approximately 60 lbs.

Smithtown Animal Shelter

410 E Main St

Smithtown, New York

(631) 360-7575

MEET HENNESSY

https://www.facebook.com/adoptHennessy/

Hennessy had a home, a family, then one day her life was turned upside down. Her owners moved and left her at the shelter. 2 years later she is still at the shelter.

Hennessy is a beautiful brindle Boxer mix. She is approximately 5 years old, loves walks and to play with squeaky toys. She is a fun girl! She needs to be your one and only! No dogs, cats or kids.

Smithtown Animal Shelter

410 E Main St

Smithtown, New York

(631) 360-7575

MEET TROOPER


This gorgeous boy needs our help! On April 20, 2015 at only 1 year old, Trooper came to the shelter as a stray. He waited and waited but unfortunately no one ever came for him. He was so heartbroken.

Trooper quickly became a shelter favorite, but sadly has been overlooked. No one can figure out why because he is the most amazing boy! Somewhere out there is the perfect home for him, he has so much love to give!

At this time time, Trooper needs to be the one and only, so a home with no cats or dogs is best. He is very high energy so a home with older children is recommended. He is a very active boy so a big back yard for him to run around in would be perfect!

Go meet adorable Trooper and get ready to fall in love.

HUNTINGTON ANIMAL SHELTER

EAST NORTHPORT, NEW YORK

(631) 754-8722

MEET BAISLEY

https://www.facebook.com/BaisleyNeedsAFamily/

Baisley is one of the most relaxed dogs in the kennel. Most times when you walk into the kennel, you will find Baisley calmly laying on his bed with his front legs crossed. When he sees that you have a leash in your hand, then he will expend his energy to stand up, stretch, and wait for you to take him out.

Baisley enjoys leisurely walks and play time with his toys in the yard. Baisley is also a talker. He will talk you to death until you give him what he wants, his toy or attention!

If you are in search of a relaxed dog to spend time on the couch with, then Baisley is your guy! Baisley would prefer to be an only dog, because he likes to be the King and center of all your attention. A home with older children would be preferred.

Go meet Baisley and get ready to fall in love!

BABYLON ANIMAL SHELTER

51 Lamar Street

West Babylon, New York

(631) 643-9270

MEET ZEUS

Zeus is adorable with his signature one ear up, one ear down look and is currently the longest resident at this shelter.

He is a big clown who loves hanging out with the shelter staff and volunteers. So why is he still waiting for a home of his own?

Zeus does not “show well” in the kennel. When potential adopters walk by he leaps and barks and gives a completely different impression from the dog he really is. Zeus must be the only pet in the family. Go meet this amazing boy and fall in love.

THE SHELTER CONNECTION

75 Marino Avenue

Port Washington, New York 11050

(516) 869-6311

MEET DIANNA


Dianna entered a municipal shelter in 2009 at the age of 2 and languished there for nearly 4 years before being saved from euthanasia in 2013. Currently she sits in boarding with limited exposure and no public interest. She is now approaching 10 years old with 7 of them being homeless.

Dianna knows basic obedience, walks beautifully on a lead, accepts treats nicely and takes great delight in curling up in her blankets. She is extremely smart, very food motivated, low energy, but spry for her age. She loves her toys and bones, and although she needs to work on sharing, she is bright enough to make great strides when someone invests their time in her.

Dianna would do best in a low-key household with an experienced, savvy individual. Tender and affectionate with those she knows, but can be suspicious of strangers. She needs slow, controlled introductions with new people but loves unconditionally once she is comfortable.

Dianna needs a home without children or cats, though another dog is a possibility. Dianna is fully vaccinated, heart worm negative, housebroken and spayed. I know that the person who welcomes her into their life will fall in love with her!

LEAGUE FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION OF HUNTINGTON

dogs@LAPHuntington.org

(631) 757-9373

2 Replies to “Shelter Spotlight: The Forgotten Ones ”

  1. Equal time for cats. There are cats that have waited just as long as dogs at these no kill rescues. They are killed at a higher rate then dogs at the kill shelters. Plus there are more no kill rescues for dogs then for cats. In Fresno,CA there are just 2 no kill rescues for cats while there are at least 4 to 5 times that number for dogs. No surprise the euthanasia rate for cats at the city shelter is around 75%.

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