Welcome to Adoption Central! Each week Paws Give me Purpose will feature a different rescue/shelter dog that is in search of their forever family.
While the story I am about to tell you may sound familiar to all of you, it is nonetheless heartbreaking. I have found that in this vast universe of ours that the word commitment doesn’t mean much to people anymore. Merriam Webster defines commitment as the following:
“a : an agreement or pledge to do something in the future
b : something pledged
c : the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled”
These are all activities we participate in day-to-day life, so why is it when it comes to a dog, a family member, it’s non existent? When we get tired of them, we toss them away like yesterday’s newspaper.
It’s very simple and I want ALL of you to pay attention, even those of you who are committed because you can help those who are not seeing what they are doing and maybe even feel it too.
Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. A dog is a living breathing animal with feelings just like you and me! It hurts me to see them hurt when they are abandoned.
Meet Mimi, an adorable 9-year-old Pocket Pittie, who was surrendered to the shelter by those she thought loved her in November 2016. The reason given at the time of her surrender was behavior issues. Instead of her family finding her a trainer or behaviorist, she was tossed away. Due to them, Mimi has now spent a long stretch of time behind bars.
Mimi was extremely terrified when she arrived at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and it took her some time to decompress. Now she is just a total goofball with the people she knows and loves. Once Mimi knows and trusts you, she will allow you to do anything to her — she is beyond tolerant and sweet with “her peeps”.
I spoke with a couple of Mimi’s buddies at the shelter. Emily, who works at the shelter stated that it was originally thought Mimi needed time to warm up to new people, but over time she is seeing that Mimi either likes someone off the bat, or doesn’t. If she does seem to like someone, they still will need to go slow and let her come around to them. With this in mind, Mimi will require a savvy owner, who will understand this, appreciate her, and give her the time she needs to decompress. She will also need to continue training in her new home because she is so wary of strangers.
In a recent post I mentioned listening to the experts and those who know the dog best, Mimi is a direct example. Training needs to continue once a dog is in the home, no if’s, ands’, or but’s about it. If you can not commit to this, Mimi is not the dog for you. For those who can make that commitment she is waiting to love you forever!
Since Mimi will take a while to trust you and is wary of new people, she needs an adopter who is available to make several visits to spend time with her at the shelter. An adopter with the desire to get to know Mimi and come to see her a few times before taking her home. After all this sweet angel has been through it is going to take a few visits to gain her trust. But once you are her ‘person’ she trusts you 150% percent! She is the most incredible, loyal, tolerant, loving girl, I promise you, your effort is worth it!!
Mimi is house and crate trained, loves to kiss, roll around in the grass, play in the yard, cuddle and just hang out. She also enjoys an occasional game of fetch, knows some basic commands, and is currently working with her buddy Emily on her leash manners. A fenced in yard and ADULT ONLY home is recommended. She is selective with dogs and seems to like low-key companions. If you have another dog, a meet and greet is required. She must be with at most one other fur sibling as a multiple dog household will be too much for this sweet girl. As for cats, Mimi will be cat tested upon approved application as this is shelter policy.
Kennel life is so stressful for Mimi. Her days are spent with her going into her crate on her own, and trying to fall asleep. Kennel life is not fun, and Mimi is just exhausted. It’s very sad.
I also had a chance to speak with John, a shelter volunteer who is very close to Mimi. John told me:
“She doesn’t sleep in the shelter. When I take her outside, one of the things I like to do with her is lift her up into the back area of my SUV, where I have a couple of blankets laid out. After a couple of minutes of looking around, she settles down. She sits, then she lays down, then she rolls onto her side, then she closes her eyes, then she might start snoring. She is trying to catch up on all the sleep she’s lost at the shelter. Unfortunately I have to eventually wake her up to take her inside, and I look into those bloodshot eyes and my heart breaks”.
If you read this entire article you should be feeling what I feel when I look into this beautiful girl’s eyes! If all of this isn’t bad enough to deal with take note that Mimi is also considered a Senior dog, and people are reluctant to adopt a senior dog because they fear that the time with their new best friend will be short. While there can be lists written about the pros and cons of adopting a senior dog, they still deserve to be rescued too! Adopting a senior dog is wonderful! Owning a senior dog is priceless, so head out and adopt one!
Mimi is waiting and we need to help her find her forever family. I ask that you please share this article about her with everyone you know and ask them to share it too. If you have Facebook, head over to her page, like and share that as well. Help me network this beautiful girl so that she can finally relax and be loved the way she truly deserves to be!
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave
My heart breaks every time I look into her eyes; never chosen, always overlooked, a dog waiting 3 years in a shelter….
This beautiful girl, Coco was left behind when her family moved away. She was left with no food, no water and no way out. According the North Fork Animal Welfare League in Peconic NY, a call came back in May 2015 about a dog left on the back porch of a home for days. Poor Coco’s owners had moved away and left her locked in on a screened in porch. The smell was horrible and she was so skinny from not eating since her owners had left. She ran up to up to her rescuers, tail wagging as if to say “Thank you”.
Since arriving at the shelter, Coco has watched as many, many other dogs have found their families. She is always hopeful they will come for her, but she watches as they pass her by. Now, after almost 3 years in the shelter, she has become discouraged and is losing hope of ever finding a family. She is currently the shelter’s second longest resident.
Adding to Coco’s waiting so long, is the fact that she is also a senior dog. Many older dogs become depressed and are overlooked at the shelters for younger puppies. When people think about adopting a dog they tend to think of a warm, cuddly, tail wagging, wet nosed puppy. While puppies are adorable, there are also great reasons to consider adopting an older dog. Adopt an older dog and you will see exactly what gratitude really is! They have a special way of showing you how grateful they are for giving them a second chance. Won’t you please give Coco a chance?
Coco is a very loving 7-year-old girl that just wants to snuggle and get belly rubs. She does need to be the only pet in the home, but has so much love to give. Whoever adopts her won’t need another! 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 this criteria out there. Coco is a staff and volunteer favorite, she always has ball or toy in her mouth.
While there can be lists written about the pros and cons about adopting a Senior dog, know that they have a tremendous amount of love to give. When you rescue a senior dog, you have a friend for life! Spread the word, adopting a senior dog is wonderful! Owning an senior dog is priceless, so head out and adopt Coco!
So here I am dear family, friends, readers, and followers, asking you to help me help get Coco noticed! We can surely help and make a difference in her life.
PLEASE share this post, network, spread the word! If you have Facebook, like and share Coco’s page too. Together we can help find Coco her forever family, and we need to do it quickly! A shelter is no place for Coco to spend her Golden Years.
Help me help Coco get out of the shelter and in to a loving home where she can live the life she really deserves! If you or anyone you know is interested in adopting this gorgeous girl please contact:
or call 631-765-1811, Ext. 1.
Poor Tank spends his days sitting in his kennel waiting for his turn to go outside with his shelter buddy, it’s so sad. Even though he’s being well taken care of at the shelter, it’s overcrowded and this is not comfortable for any animal to live in.
In a sad twist of fate, this poor boy has heartbreakingly come and gone from the shelter FOUR times now! Yes, you are reading correctly, FOUR TIMES. He kept coming back as a stray each time. It baffles me that a family can continuously lose their pet like this.
This author has a serious problem with people that want to be the hero and save a dog from death row, but just don’t really want to deal with the responsibility of having a dog. For whatever reason, I have seen this often and it continues to make me very angry. The only one who suffers here is the dog–in this case, Tank. It’s very simple really, a dog is a lifetime commitment. Don’t adopt a dog unless you can commit to providing proper care and love. They are not disposable items, they have feeling too, just like we do.
Tanks story is lengthy so I will just sum up the main points for you:
Tank was originally surrendered to the shelter in 2012 by his owner who claimed at the time to be surrendering Tank for various reasons, including calling him aggressive. Due to kennel stress and the change in environment, Tanks behavior seemed to fall into that labeled category and the shelter deemed him dangerous with plans to euthanize him. He was then saved from being euthanized by an individual, however Tank continuously showed up back at the shelter as a stray.
After Tank had shown up at the shelter a 3rd time, his owner gave up and did not come to pick up his pet. The shelter was able to trace his chip back to the original owner who then confessed to lying about the original surrender reason in 2012, Tank was not aggressive. Now he sits heartbroken in his kennel waiting for someone who will REALLY love him to come along.
Then this past October, a shelter volunteer offered to foster Tank; she spent lots of time and energy training him. This woman worked through Tank’s issues such as his separation anxiety, stranger anxiety and more. She adores Tank, but she has a very small home and 2 very young children–not an ideal home for Tank. The children make him anxious so she felt it best to bring him back to the shelter for everyone’s safety.
Tank is an adorable 6 year young Pitbull Terrier Mix, he is a calm, laid back dog. Tank does not require a ton of exercise but what he does require is a calm home with a savvy owner who will continue to train him–a home with a yard would be wonderful for him.
This goofy boy is social with other dogs (proper introduction needed of course), housebroken, crate trained, walks nicely on a leash, knows his basic commands, loves to play with his toys and loves to be with people. He is however not good with very young children, so a home with older teens and up would be best. Tank is the complete package and has a lot of love to give someone.
His volunteer buddies only had wonderful things to say about this boy, calling him a “velcro dog” because all he wants to do is be with his people.Tank will follow his buddies around and loves to cuddle them! This poor pup is starved for love and attention, and is so overwhelmed from all of the changes in his life. He needs training and structure as well as someone that is committed to him. I am told that Tank is a bit leary of strangers at first, but easily gets over it with proper slow introduction and if they offer him food. Food motivation makes for an excellent trainable dog!
He’s been at the shelter waiting for his new home too long, sitting in his kennel waiting for someone to spare a glance at him yet he keeps getting passed by. Won’t someone please give him a chance? Tank deserves a TRUE forever home with a family who will really love and cherish him. There must be someone out there who is the perfect match for this adorable guy who is just looking for love!
Here are the words you have heard and will continue to hear from me time and time again, I need your help! Help me help Tank find his forever home. If you are in a position to adopt or foster this handsome boy, please go down to the shelter immediately and ask to meet him–I guarantee you’ll fall in love. Contact information to schedule a meet and greet is listed below. Don’t delay, every day Tank spends in the shelter just causes him more unnecessary stress.
Above all, don’t judge Tank by his label. Kennel stress takes over and dogs decline mentally, physically, and behaviorally. There must be one person out there who will give Tank a chance and together we can find them!
Share, share, share Tanks story with everyone you know and ask them to share it too. If you have Facebook, please head over to Tanks page, like and share that too. The more exposure we can provide, the better chance Tank gets noticed and that his special someone/family will go to get him. I thank you from the bottom of my heart in advance for caring and sharing. Together, we can make Tanks dream come true!
Town of Hempstead Shelter
3320 Beltaugh Ave
I would like to re-introduce you all to the beautiful Bella! I have shared Bella’s story with all of you before, yet she still spends her days alone and forgotten at the Brookhaven Animal Shelter. Poor Bella has spent more than half her life in the shelter. It’s so hard for me to believe that there is not one single person out there that can open their heart and home to a wonderful dog like her.
Bella is a big silly girl who wants nothing more than to be your sun, moon, and stars. She was picked up as a stray by an Animal Control Officer in February of 2016. Her owner came down to the shelter and instead of taking her back home, signed her over–simply heartbreaking!!
Bella’s family had gotten a puppy and Bella is not a fan of other animals so she was put in a separate room, and then abandoned by her family. This poor girl’s dream is to belong to a family of her own, to be your loyal and loving best friend. Won’t You please give her a chance?
Bella is playful, energetic and enjoys a good game of fetch. She is estimated to be about 2 years young, 70 pounds, up to date on vaccinations, spayed, micro-chipped and heart-worm negative. While Bella loves people, she would do best as your one and only–no dogs, no cats and no young children.
Just looking into this girls eyes you can see her beautiful soul. She is too full of life to be cooped up in a kennel for 23 hours a day. Please I ask that you consider going to visit this beauty! Don’t let life alone behind bars be all she knows. I guarantee if you just give her the chance, you’ll fall in love!
Help me help Bella get out of the shelter and into a loving home where she can begin to live the life she truly deserves! Share this post, head over to her Facebook page, like, and share that too. Help me spread the word! Together we can do this!
Brookhaven Animal Shelter
300 Horseblock Road
Brookhaven, NY 11719
Back in October I shared a Shelter Spotlight dog named Diamond. At the time, she had already been living in the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for exactly 534 days. The very same month I shared her story with you, I shared with you all that Diamond had been adopted. Sadly, Diamond was returned to the shelter about a month later…The question here becomes, why did all this happen?
While Diamond has already been a Featured Dog Friday here at Paws Give Me Purpose, I have decided to refeature her due to her situation.
Shelters are full of older dogs hoping for a second chance at life, many once loved by someone but for whatever reason ended up homeless. People seem to think that if they drop their older dog off at the shelter, they will get adopted and have a great life with someone else. That just isn’t the case–and it’s heartbreaking.
Diamond was originally surrendered to the shelter in April of 2016 when her owner could no longer care for her due to medical issues. Diamond came in lost, extremely depressed, and did not have a single meet and greet. This poor girl has been spending her golden years behind shelter bars due to a terrible situation.
Then on October 22, 2017, I shared the wonderful news that Diamond had been adopted; but as mentioned above she was returned to the shelter fairly quickly.
Diamond’s reality is that she is dog reactive, and very strong. What exactly is dog reactive you may ask? This means she needs space from other dogs and a savvy handler. Diamond lived with the same owner her entire life as an only pet, so she was never socialized around other dogs. This causes Diamond to react the way she does when she spots another dog. Overall, dogs that are reactive can benefit from lots of training and remedial socialization. In speaking with my own Behaviorist I learned that while you can most certainly fix reactivity while passing other dogs on street, it is not always easy to get a dog like Diamond to live and be happy with other dogs.
Paws Give Me Purpose has had 2 one-on-one visits with Diamond and her shelter buddy John, who knows her best. First let me just say, we fell in love! Diamond has stunning eyes, a beautiful chestnut red and white coat, and the cutest floppy ears. She is an affectionate girl, and gave me lots of kisses! She truly stole my heart!
We also learned that the family that returned her was not the right fit because they couldn’t handle Diamond’s reactivity. Like I mentioned in my recent post entitled “We Are Their Voices”, shelters need to make sure the home is 100% match; there should be no hit or miss here. Diamond requires a fenced in yard or multiple walks, this family did not have a fenced in yard and they could not handle Diamond on the leash. Now, that doesn’t mean this family can’t adopt a dog, it just means Diamond wasn’t the right kind of dog for them.
People are under the impression that because a dog is considered a senior that they will be easier to handle, a more laid back type of dog. Well I am here to tell you that’s not always the case, especially with Diamond. Diamond is a strong girl who needs a strong, savvy handler and a teacher to show her the ropes.
If you walked into the shelter today and asked which dog has the least chance of getting adopted, it would be Diamond. Her age, dog-reactivity, and strength make her a challenging adoption – but for the right person she can be absolutely perfect.
You may be reluctant to adopt a senior dog because you fear that the time with your new best friend will be short, but know that the privilege of loving your senior dog makes every day more special! Diamond is almost 10 years old and has spent the past year and a half in the shelter – so she needs someone who is committed to giving her the structure, time and patience to adjust to her new home. I know there has to be someone out there with a big heart, a soft bed, and a sunny yard where Diamond can play. All this beautiful girl needs to be happy is some love, and she will return that unconditionally.
Please dear friends, family, readers and followers, I am begging for your help to get Diamond out of the shelter. Help me find this beautiful senior girl a loving home! 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.
Diamond is a beautiful floppy eared senior Pittie mix. She is a smart, healthy, frisky, lady that loves to play fetch and take walks. Unfortunately what makes it even harder on this senior is that she must be an only pet, she has never been properly socialized and would not get along with a sibling. Diamond needs an adult-only household. She is housebroken, knows her basic commands, and is very friendly. In order to adopt Diamond, a meet and greet is REQUIRED at the shelter.
If you or anyone you know is in the market for a pet, Diamond can be the one for you. While there can be lists written about the pros and cons of adopting a senior dog, they still deserve to be rescued too! Senior dogs have a tremendous amount of love to give. You will also save a life.
I ask that you tell everyone you know to come meet this beautiful senior dog at the shelter, I guarantee Diamond can prove to you how wonderful senior dogs can be!
More than ever, I am determined to help find the right match for Diamond so that she can finally leave the shelter for the comfort of a home! I ask that you help me to share and network this beautiful girl as she needs to get out of the shelter AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Share this post, head over to her Facebook page to like and share, share this post too, the more exposure the better. Together let’s get Diamond out of the shelter and into a loving home where she can live the life she really deserves! No one should be spending their golden years behind bars, would you want to?
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!
Please message through the Facebook link above or call the shelter:
(516) 785- 5220 Ext. 4632
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave
Say hello to the beautiful Destiny Rose; I have shared her story with all of you before, but sadly she is still a forgotten soul who keeps getting passed over for adoption. Every day Destiny sits in her kennel with no interest shown, but if it’s up to me this is going to change very soon. I will not let this poor girl live out her life in a shelter kennel.
Destiny has had a rough life, she has never been treated the way she deserves. Destiny was found in 2014 eating garbage out of a dumpster while starving on the street, she was terrified when she came to the shelter and the shelter staff couldn’t even get her to come out of her kennel for the longest time.
Fast forward about a year and her previous ‘owner’ decided to come see her a few times, claiming that she wanted to take Destiny home with her when she relocated to a new apartment. Sadly, Destiny was never taken home. Can you imagine the heartbreak this girl felt? I can only imagine her pain, and hope someone much better comes along and makes her a part of their family.
Paws Give Me Purpose paid a couple of visits to the shelter and met Destiny up close and in person. We spent some time with Destiny and her shelter buddy to get an understanding of what Destiny’s needs are. She was very shy and quiet, yet affectionate and extremely sweet. She loves to lay around, get belly rubs, and go for walks with her shelter buddy. She played with a toy while we sat in the room with her to talk about her past.
Destiny Rose is one of the longest residents at the Hempstead Animal Shelter and is about 5 1/2 years old. This poor girl has been living in a shelter kennel for more than half her life, 23 ½ hours a day. People come and go, yet no one asks to meet her. Destiny Rose will continue to wait until someone finally comes to see her.
Adopting a rescue or shelter dog is a wonderful thing, however, some like Destiny Rose are frightened by humans because of bad experiences with previous owners or homelessness which did not give them any bonding experience with humans. It takes patience and understanding to deal with a scared rescue or shelter dog and to help them acclimate to you and to their new home.
After Destiny gets to know you, her true loving personality shines through. What this means is she is going to need someone with a lot of patience and who understands that she needs time and space from strangers. She will need time to decompress, learn to trust, and feel safe in a new home.
Destiny Rose is dog friendly, housebroken, very treat motivated, and knows lots of commands! It is recommended however that she go to live in a quiet, adult only home, with an experienced owner. She would love to be the baby of your family! Much like a human child who has been neglected or abused, Destiny needs love, patience and understanding to learn to trust you.
Multiple meet and greets will be required, just as we have done, so Destiny Rose can truly get to know any potential adopters and for them to get to know her. Meet and greets with any future dog sibling will be necessary as well.
I know it may sound difficult to adopt a dog like this, but know that when you win over a dog like Destiny Rose, and she learns to trust you and open up to you, it is truly one of the most rewarding feelings to have achieved that level of trust and love with them. I know from personal experience just how difficult this can be. It takes time and it may not be easy, but the joy of helping an animal that has experienced a previously unfortunate life is worth the effort! In the end, you will both benefit from the experience!
If you are interested in meeting Destiny Rose or would like more information please message her Facebook page or contact the shelter. I ask that you all head over to her Facebook page like, share with everyone you know and share this post too! Help me network this beautiful forgotten soul, together we can find her forever family!
Head down to the shelter for a visit and you will see just how really sweet and lovable this girl is! It may take her a little bit to warm up to you, but if you give her that chance I guarantee she will love you will all her heart! Please look inside your hearts. Open yourself up to a depth of feeling that you have never felt before. Let Destiny Rose show you what you are missing from your life! She is your Destiny!
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave
When Paws Give Me Purpose visited the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter we spent time with the dogs who have been waiting for what seems like forever to find a loving home, and even spent one on one time with some dogs that are overlooked because they have special needs.
People tend to shy away from even looking at a dog with that kind of label because they don’t truly understand what that label means. The shelter tries to be as honest as they can about each dog’s background based on the information a previous owner may provide or if a dog comes in as a stray, the information is based on what the shelter sees first hand and can identify to tell the public who is looking to adopt. Sadly, labels are misused and hinders adoptions for numbers of dogs.
Neurological–what does this label mean? In simple terms, Neurological disorders in dogs are much like the ones found in humans; issues that stem from the central nervous system, as well as the peripheral nervous system. There are many different kinds of Neurological disorders and symptoms a dog can exhibit, an example of this is known as “unsteady gait”.
Meet Ollie, this sweet boy carries the label of being Neurological causing everywhere this boy is showcased to display this label boldly. Sadly, due to the label Ollie carries potential adopters shy away from meeting him just because that label scares them. This is the problem with labels that we will continue to see again and again when it comes to potential adopters, no one seems to ask follow-up questions.
Ollie is a handsome 3 year old, Labrador Retriever Mix, who was found as a stray running loose on the streets near Hofstra University in New York in July of 2017. Ollie is completely house trained, friendly with other dogs, and loves people! No one is sure of Ollie’s life prior to being found, but it can be inferred that he was dumped by a family who did not want to bother with his neurological issue.
Ollie has SO much love to give! While he is considered a special needs dog, you truly can’t tell. Ollie’s neurological issue causes him to occasionally walk with a strange gait and at times his head shakes a little, but this is really no big deal. There is no known specific root cause for this issue, we just know that when Ollie gets very excited or happy, his strange gait is more pronounced. It is very clear that Ollie is completely unaware of his condition, and he does not experience any physical discomfort. This good boy truly does not let his label hold him back for one second!
From our visit with him we saw a silly, sweet, and playful boy who deserves to be in a loving home with owner’s who will care for him for the rest of his life. A shelter is really no place for a dog like him to be living. Ollie is not like other dogs, he truly deserves a special home with an experienced owner who will spend the time that is needed to educate themselves about Ollie’s condition. Kids 17 and up are recommended due to his Neurological condition, so an adult home with another dog that is a bit older, stable and not pushy would be best. It is recommended for Ollie to have a dog buddy to follow around.
Please consider bringing this special needs boy into your home and your heart, you won’t be sorry!
If you or someone you know is interested in adopting or want further information, please visit the shelter. Meet Ollie, see for yourself up close and personal what a wonderful dog he truly is. Don’t let a label influence you! Let your heart be your guide.
If you’re not in a position to adopt or foster, I ask that you PLEASE SHARE! Share this post, share Ollie’s story with everyone you know, and ask them to share it too. It takes a second of your time, and can make a HUGE impact on Ollie’s life! The more exposure Ollie can get the better chance he has of finding that special someone who will love him forever!
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave
Meet Trooper… Trooper is a 3-year-old Pit-Bull mix who is very affectionate. 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. He is currently the longest resident at the Huntington Animal Shelter; yet another forgotten soul sitting in a shelter way too long! No one can figure out why because he is the most amazing boy! Just look at his handsome face! It is just so heartbreaking to think about Trooper living his life in a shelter kennel when he truly deserves a loving home and family to call his own!
Somewhere out there is the perfect home for him, he has so much love to give! At this time, Trooper needs to be the one and only, so a home with no cats or dogs is best. 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 out there waiting for a boy like him.
Trooper is very high energy so a home with older children is recommended. He is very active, loves spending time outdoors and lounging in the sun, so a big back yard to run around in would be perfect for him! He knows his basic commands, and enjoys learning new things every day.
Please help me help Trooper find his forever family! Share his story with everyone you know, and ask them to share it too. I believe there is someone out there who is searching for a special boy just like him, so we need to make sure he gets noticed!
If you or someone you know is interested in Trooper, please contact the shelter. Go meet him, and get ready to fall in love!
HUNTINGTON ANIMAL SHELTER
106 DEPOSIT ROAD
EAST NORTHPORT, NEW YORK
I would like to introduce you all to Boss Lady. I have shared her story with you before, yet she still sits in a shelter kennel day after day waiting for someone to make her dreams come true. She has such a heartbreaking story, and watching the above video literally tore my heart out!
Boss Lady arrived at the shelter with her four puppies who were all quickly adopted; however, Boss Lady waited a long three years for her turn. About a month or so post adoption, she got loose and her owner was worried it could happen again. Due to this ONE incident, Boss Lady was returned to the shelter. Her owner would just not give her a second chance, and now Boss Lady sits in the shelter alone and heartbroken.
Boss Lady is a gorgeous and sweet girl who loves to play and wants nothing more than to have a family. She is 4-5 years old, about 47 pounds, spayed, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped and heartworm negative. 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 are most appropriate.
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 Boss Lady’s criteria.
Will you make her dream come true? Adopt or foster, you can make a difference in Boss Lady’s life! This beautiful girl deserves a chance! Could you be the light of her life?
PLEASE like and share her Facebook page, share this post too! Help me get the word out so this beautiful girl can find her forever family!
Brookhaven Animal Shelter
300 Horseblock Road
Brookhaven, NY 11719
About a month ago, I shared this gorgeous girls story with all of you in hopes of finding her a home and family to call her own. Sadly, there has been no interest, it breaks my heart! I honestly find it very difficult to understand why she gets consistently passed over when she has so much love to give.
Beautiful Mama is almost 8 years old and so many of her years have been spent in the shelter; she has not had a home of her own in a very long time. About six years ago she showed up at the Yonkers Animal Shelter, very pregnant and almost ready to give birth. A local vets office took her in, cared for her and her litter and found great homes for everyone, including Mama.
Then, after spending two years with a wonderful senior citizen who sadly passed away, Mama again had no home. She spent time back at the vets office, where they tried to find her a home and then she returned back to the shelter where it was felt she would get more exposure. Sadly, that exposure has not found her a home yet.
Mama has a wonderful friend John Bartlett, founder of the The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, he has been advocating for her, and networking on her behalf. Mama adores John and he has really gotten her hopes up. Lately, she seems to have a new bounce to her step and a wag to her tail.
Today I am asking that each and every one of you step up and help me to help all Mama’s friends and advocates network her! Please share with everyone you know until Mama is out of the shelter! Together we can do this!
We are a VERY important component in getting this girl noticed. The more exposure Mama gets the better the chance that the right person/family sees it and goes to adopt her. It takes a second out of your time to hit a share button. Sharing may seem like a small thing to do, but it gets big results!
Mama is about 60lbs, and would need to be an only pet. 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 out there that meets this criteria. While she can not have any fur-siblings, she very easily makes friends, and she is easy to walk without distraction. Mama would be a wonderful companion for an older couple or person that is looking for a low maintenance dog. Mama is a medium energy dog and enjoys running and playing ball, but is also happy to watch TV and cuddle with you.
This beautiful girl really doesn’t deserve to live out her days in a kennel…please share this post! Help me help Mama find a loving home. If you or anyone you know are interested in this beautiful senior girl, or would like more information please text or call (201) 981-3215 you can also email:
Yonkers Animal Shelter
1000 Ridge Hill Blvd
Meet Blue…. He is one special boy and is looking for that special family that will love him forever. Blue is a very cool dog, he’s fun, he’s sweet and he’s sure to make a great companion for whoever is the lucky person or family who adopts him.
This boy is a one-year-old, 70 pound baby, who came into the shelter as a stray in November of 2016. It has been a full year that this sweet boy has been behind bars, it’s time to set him free!
Blue loves to play with tennis balls, and is treat motivated which is a great way to teach him new commands.
Blue is looking for a home with no other pets, he needs to be your one and only. I know that needing to be an only pet can make it more difficult to find a home, but I also know deep in my heart that there is a home out there meets this need. Please step forward and reveal yourselves!
Blue is so blue without a family to call his own. Help me help Blue get out of the shelter and in to a loving home like he deserves! Head over to his Facebook page, like, share, network him to everyone you know and ask them to do the same. The more exposure we can get the better the chance that his special someone sees him and runs down to the shelter to take him home!
Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave
Wantagh, NY 11793
Puppies, and small breed dogs seem to always get the most attention and find forever homes quickly whether they are stuck in a shelter or with a rescue, while senior dogs always seem to be passed over as if they don’t exist. To me, this is a ridiculous reason to pass up a specific dog–seniors have so much love to give!
Diamond was originally surrendered to the shelter in April 2016 when her owner could no longer care for her, and was living lost and alone. She lived at the shelter for 1.5 years, extremely depressed and had not one single meet and greet; this is not where she should be in her golden years of life.
Then on October 22, I shared the wonderful news that Diamond had been adopted! I was so happy for her. Unfortunately, Diamond was returned to the shelter last week. I am so devastated for her, and have been informed it just wasn’t the best fit. More than ever, I am determined to help find the right match for Diamond so that she can finally leave the shelter for the comfort of a home!
Diamond’s reality is that she is dog reactive and she is very strong. This means she needs space from other dogs and a savvy handler. A fenced yard would be ideal.
Diamond is 9.5 years old and has spent the past 1.5 years in a shelter – so she needs someone who is committed to giving her the structure, time and patience needed to adjust in a new home.
I know there has to be someone out there with a big heart, a soft bed, and a sunny yard where Diamond can play. All this beautiful girl needs to be happy is some love, and she will return that unconditionally.
- Diamond is approx 9.5 years old
- Needs to be an only pet – she is very dog reactive
- Diamond is a strong girl who needs a savvy handler.
- Her ideal home would have a fenced yard
- Family members ages 17+
Please dear friends, family, readers and followers, I am begging for your help to get Diamond out of the shelter. Help me find this beautiful senior girl a loving home!
Diamond is a beautiful floppy eared senior Pittie mix. She is a smart, healthy, frisky, lady that loves to play fetch and take walks. Unfortunately what makes it even harder on this senior is that she must be an only pet, she has never been properly socialized and would not get along with a sibling. Diamond needs an adult-only household. She is housebroken, knows her basic commands, and is very friendly. In order to adopt Diamond, a meet and greet is required at the shelter.
If you or anyone you know is in the market for a pet, Diamond can be the one for you. I ask that you tell everyone you know to come meet this beautiful senior dog at the shelter, I guarantee Diamond can prove to you how wonderful senior dogs can be!
I ask that you help me to share and network this beautiful girl as she needs to get out of the shelter AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Share this post, head over to her Facebook page to like and share, the more exposure the better. Together let’s get Diamond out of the shelter and into a loving home where she can live the life she really deserves! No one should be spending their glory days behind bars, would you want to?
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!
Please message through the Facebook link above or contact:
Hempstead Town Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave,
Meet Nathan, this adorable boy was brought to the shelter when the police found him in the basement of a boarded up house in February of 2016. It seems he was being taken care of there, but it was obvious that his owner had nowhere to go with him.
Nathan is a very sweet 3-year-old boy and has been a gentleman since he has been at the shelter, but does seem a little bit lost in the shelter environment. Nathan tends to gravitate to people with calmer energy. He can easily get excited and then it can take a little while to get him to come back to that calm state again. He just gets so happy to see people, who could blame him after being in a kennel for so many hours a day?
Nathan would do best in an active home where his energy requirements are met. Long walks, runs, yard playtime, as well as mental stimulation is what this big boy needs. He loves to play ball, but most of all he loves to swim!
Nathan is super smart and eager to please, he will do almost anything for a yummy treat or toy to play with. He also LOVES to give hugs and sit on your lap, completely unaware of his own size. Nathan would do best in a home as the only pet, king of the castle, and a home with older kids.
Nathan really has so much potential to be someone’s lifelong companion, he just needs to be given a chance. There are SO many dogs at the shelter that he seems to blend in with his brindle coat, even though he’s SO HANDSOME. I don’t know why he’s been waiting for so long. He really is so special and deserve a chance to shine!
Please go meet Nathan, I guarantee you’ll fall in love! Help me get this big lap dog noticed! Head over to his Facebook page, like, share, help me network him so he can find his forever family. Let’s get Nathan a forever family in time for the holidays!
BABYLON ANIMAL SHELTER
51 Lamar Street
West Babylon, New York
It’s true, I am the author, but I have to say It’s so sad seeing all these dog posts isn’t it? Well here’s another one for you, meet Pia.
Pia is 3 years old and lives in the VERY crowded Hempstead Animal Shelter. She came in to the shelter as a stray, but must have had a home at some point in her life because she knows many commands.
When I said VERY crowded shelter I wasn’t kidding. The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is at maximum capacity! There are over 150 dogs and at least as many cats desperately in need of homes. Every kennel, crate and office is full. There are dogs in the garage and cats in the behavior trailer. If you or someone you know can adopt or even just temporarily foster, it will make a huge difference–please consider!
Pia is very loving with the people she knows but fearful of strangers. She needs a patient family that will give her the time she needs to get over her fear. Once she warms up to you she will never leave your side! Pia needs to be in an all adult home or in a home with older teens.
This is Pia’s time to shine, please help her by sharing everywhere! Go down to the shelter and meet this beautiful girl today, I guarantee you you’ll fall in love!
Help me get Pia noticed! Head over to her Facebook page, like it, share like crazy all over the place! Let’s get this girl out of the shelter and into a loving forever home where she can really begin to live the life she deserves!
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave
Since November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month I wanted to share this beautiful senior girl who is in search of her furever home! Say hello to Missy.
Missy is a 7-8 years young pocket Pitbull. Missy loves big people and small, she also loves other dogs too! Missy has been at the shelter for a year now and I have no idea why, to me this is heartbreaking. There’s no reason for her to sit in a shelter kennel when she should be out living life to the fullest, especially since she is so friendly.
When Missy gets really excited she lifts her lip, it’s the cutest thing. She is great on the leash, and is just a little ball of fun. She loves to play but also knows when to relax. Head down to the shelter and I guarantee you’ll fall in love.
You may be reluctant to adopt a senior dog because you fear that the time with your new best friend will be short, but know that the privilege of loving a senior dog makes every day more special; seniors have tons of love to give!
Please help me help Missy get out of the shelter and into a home where she can be loved and cherished like she should. Head over to her Facebook page, like, share, help me network this beautiful senior girl! Let’s honor Adopt a Senior Pet Month by getting Missy adopted!!
BABYLON ANIMAL SHELTER
51 Lamar Street
West Babylon, New York
I recently introduce you all to a very handsome boy named Cola. Sadly, he just marked his 2 year anniversary at the Yonkers Shelter. It’s really too long for such a handsome fellow to be without his own family. Cola was born to be someone’s true-blue best friend, could it be you??
Here’s what makes this boy SO special:
Cola is a 3-year-old 65 lb goofball and has the most heart-melting gaze. He’s one gorgeous brindle boy who wants to be the apple of your eye, so for now only pet is recommended.
He did seem ok around other dogs at first, but life in the shelter has changed him, so he may possibly be dog selective. A meet and greet is recommended to assess this situation. He is not fond of cats, and a home with children over 10 would be best.
He is a low-maintenance kind of guy that just wants to be loved and treated kindly. He’s a sweet, cuddly couch companion very affectionate and people loving!
Cola also has an adventurous side, he would love to be your adventure partner, but he’s also happy to chill at home and be your tv watching partner too.
Cola is just extremely sweet dog, and a great companion. He cannot wait to meet his forever family and start showing his love and affection for them! His ideal home would let him join in on any family adventures. He loves outside time so a fenced in yard is a must, he loves tennis balls, and outdoor play so he would be thrilled to join a family that appreciated that too. Mostly, Cola just wants a home that will love him forever!
For more information on Cola you can visit his petfinder page:
PLEASE SHARE TO HELP COLA!! Stop by and visit his Facebook page like and share that too!
Growing up behind bars is not where he should be! Please help me help Cola find his forever family so he can live the life he truly deserves! Cola is very easy to fall in love with, head to the shelter for a visit, when you meet him, you will see why he would make a wonderful best-friend!
If you or anyone you know is interested in his handsome boy please use any of the above links or contact information below to inquire about him.
Follow Cola and all the dogs looking for forever homes on the Paws Give Me Purpose Instagram!
Yonkers Animal Shelter
1000 Ridge Hill Blvd
(201) 981- 3215
Once again, I come to all of you for help. I will continue to share the stories of forgotten dogs who have spent WAY too much time in shelter kennels. Not too long ago, I shared the stories of the longest “jailed” forgotten dogs, Tila is one of them. In case you missed it, you can read that post here:
I have shared Tilas story MANY times now, yet she still sits behind bars longing for a forever home. I will not stop sharing these stories until every single one of these beautiful souls is granted a home where they can really start to live the life they deserve!
Tila is a gorgeous girl! She was found as a stray in March of 2016 by the police in the early morning hours. She was found wearing a collar without tags and no owner has stepped forward to claim her.
Tila is a volunteer favorite who is guaranteed to steal your heart. A savvy, experienced owner is just what Tila needs, and I know that there is someone out there reading this who is feeling like this girl will complete their life! If you feel that something is missing, take that step and become Tila’s forever family! All she asks for is love and she will return that love a million times more.
Tila watches all of her friends go to loving forever homes, when will it be her turn? She has been at the shelter since last March, and it’s sadly been over a year now. If you are interested in adopting or fostering this beautiful soul go and meet her and get ready to fall in love!
It is recommended that Tila go to a home with older kids, no youngsters. She walks nicely on a leash and has a calm quiet personality. She loves people and playing with her toys. As of now, Tila needs to be the queen of her castle with no other dogs.
It is much more difficult to find a home when you need to be an only dog, but I know there are homes out there that fit that criteria. This beautiful girl deserves a chance at a real life, a shelter kennel is not where she should be spending her days.
If you want more information, or have any questions contact information is listed below.
Head over to her Facebook page, like, share. PLEASE help me network her and share her story with everyone you know in hopes that her forever family sees it and goes to get her. Help me make Tila’s dream come true! Together we can find Tila her forever family!
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave
I first introduced you to this beautiful girl back in August, yet she is still waiting for that special someone/family to come take her home. Jessica is 4 1/2 years old, stunning, obedient, athletic and agile. Jessica has been waiting almost her entire life for her forever family to find her after she was pulled from the ACC euth list in July of 2013; Jessica was just a puppy at the time.
Jessica is currently boarding in Orange County, NY and is desperately seeking a loving home. This pup is the most affectionate, loyal dog, who will make the most wonderful companion for someone. Jessica needs that special someone who will understand and respect that she needs to be their only pet. She is beyond sweet and adoring of her people, and is in no way hyper. Jessica loves to play fetch and would make a great running buddy!
Jessica would do better living with older kids (preferably teens at the youngest). Younger guests are fine, but she needs a family who can devote time and energy to her; Jessica needs a calm and stable environment. Jessica is a very well-behaved girl and knows tons of commands. When I heard about Jessica’s story, I just couldn’t wrap my head around why Jessica has not been scooped up yet. I believe there is a home out there that fits the criteria she needs.
Could you be that person…That family? Jessica is waiting for you!
If you have questions or would like more detailed information on Jessica, please visit her Facebook page:
I ask that you please all help me to network and share Jessica. Your share could be the one that lands her the forever home that she so deserves!
If you are interested in adopting or even fostering, to get her out of the kennel, this beautiful girl please apply at:
I first introduced you to this beautiful girl, Clover. The original post can be found here:
I have shared Clovers story MANY times, yet she is still in the shelter! How is this possible????
Please take a moment to watch Clover’s slideshow; I cannot stress enough how important it is that we continue to share her story so that everyone keeps her in mind and doesn’t forget that she has been waiting in the shelter for two and one half years.
Clover ended up at the shelter as a throw away Mom in February of 2015. She soon became a volunteer favorite and has over the years has learned many commands and tricks.
Clover is exceptionally smart and has an amazing temperament for a dog who has spent such a long time in a shelter kennel.
Clover does have an indoor/outdoor kennel, but it’s not like being free. There is no sensory stimulation or human interaction unless visitors, staff or volunteers come by. These interactions alone are not comparable to being in a home where Clover belongs.
Clover is very appropriate around other dogs now, however, it seems that there aren’t many she would like to live with. It is recommended that possibly a calm male might work if the person has the time and patience to introduce and integrate very slowly. A family all her own would be perfect.
Clover is not yet four years old, and has spent most of her life in the shelter. PLEASE help me help Clover find her forever home! Stop by the shelter and say hello, I guarantee you’ll fall in love!
Most of all SHARE THIS POST! Together we can help Clover get out of the shelter and into a home where she can really start to live the life she deserves!
Yet another beautiful soul wasting her days away in a shelter kennel. That is not how she should be spending her days! Help me get her out of the shelter and into a loving home where she belongs.
Here is what Clovers advocates have to say about her:
“It is so hard to watch a special dog like Clover sit in a kennel, day after day, year after Year waiting and waiting to be noticed. It breaks our hearts!
Looking for a little nugget with a big, charming personality? Clover is looking for you too, and she’s just as irresistible as can be.
- Low-riding, tiny, and completely adorable
- Sweet, lovely demeanor
- Would love to be your cuddle buddy and lap dog
- Charmingly expressive face
- Handler focused people pleaser
- Picky about her canine friends so meet and greet needed for potential roommates
- Treat motivated, smart dog who loves to learn
- Good on leash
- Super fun girl who’d love to be your partner in crime
Clover is too much cuteness to handle, so hurry down and meet her today”
SHARE, FOSTER, ADOPT, LET’S GET CLOVER OUT OF THAT SHELTER KENNEL SO SHE CAN REALLY START LIVING THE LIFE SHE REALLY DESERVES!!
If you are interested in more information about Clover, fostering, adopting, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 981-3215.
This handsome, 3-year-old hunk is Jay Z. This boy has been waiting for his forever home since March of 2016, sitting in a shelter cage just waiting for his family to find him!
Jay Z spends his days in a shelter kennel. 18 months behind bars for 23.5 hours a day, just like jail, but he’s done nothing wrong to deserve it. This boy would truly make a very loving addition to a family’s life, just give him the chance!
- Jay Z is a 3-year-old Pibble who’s joy for life will keep you smiling, and adventurous spirit will keep you out having a blast.
- He is SO handsome, you’ll hardly be able to stand it!! He has a charming, spunky personality.
- He would do well with a gentle and polite female dog in the home (a meet and greet is required)
- He’s a smarty pants and loves to show off his skills, he knows all his basic commands
- He’s an adventurous boy who is always ready to have fun
- He loves smelling the world and checking out new things
- Adores meeting new friends
- Not much rocks his boat
- He is such a fun, happy, adventurous guy, you’ll always be thankful for adding him to your life.
Please go meet Jay Z, I guarantee you will fall in love!
Friends, family, followers, readers, share this story! Help me, help Jay Z get out of the shelter and into a loving home where he can really begin to live the life he deserves!
Just look at this beautiful boy! Watch one of his videos here:
If you or someone you know is interested in fostering or adopting Jay Z, please email email@example.com or call (201) 981-3215.
Today I would like to introduce you to this beautiful girl, Peaches. Peaches was found as a stray roaming the streets of Yonkers, NY. Her story is painful to share, but is one that needs to be told. I will continue to share it with you until that special someone sees that Peaches is what has been missing from their lives and takes her home.
When I spoke to Peaches’ advocate she told me that when she first laid eyes on her, March 29, 2014, she immediately reminded her of a painting; expressive face with huge eyes, peering out of the back corner of her kennel soulful and loving.
Peaches has been homeless ever since that day, over 3 years ago. This beautiful girl is about 5-6 years old and professionally trained. She loves all humans and can live with furry siblings–meet and greet required.
Every dog deserves to be loved, it’s so difficult to understand why no one has stepped up for Peaches. Why she gets consistently passed over, I simply can’t understand.
Peaches’ advocate has been fighting for, sharing, and loving Peaches for these past 3 1/2 years! She told me that for some reason Peaches just doesn’t get any inquires or feedback. She can’t get people to LIKE her page, SHARE Peaches’ story, or find her a HOME. She believes in Peaches and will NEVER give up but she can’t do it alone.
So here I am dear family, friends, readers, and followers, asking you to help me help get Peaches noticed! Her advocate is not alone, we are here and we can surely help and make a difference in Peaches’ life.
After Peaches’ first months at the shelter, it became obvious to her advocate that she could not survive there – she was stressed and totally broken. She pulled her and placed her into a boarding/training program, but they gave up on her almost immediately. She was in and out of boarding kennels for 2+ years while she waited for an adoptive family that never came. She told me that she saw something in Peaches, a light in her eyes that grabbed at her that told her she deserved every chance she could get to shine!
Finally last October, Peaches joined ChaseK9 Services to help facilitate her adoption process, by teaching her how to be the perfect well-mannered companion for her special furever home. From living on the streets, to being thrown into a shelter, she was finally given a chance to survive.
Peaches has blossomed incredibly and has exceeded all expectations. Currently Peaches lives in boarding at her trainer’s. While her trainer loves her, this is not a real home….. It hurts our hearts to consider what Peaches must think, after being homeless for so long. She’s a good girl who deserves to spend her life with a family of her own.
Peaches is smart, attentive and a ton of fun. A perfect dog for agility work, a jogging companion, a swimming teammate, some couch cuddles, and outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, camping, some sandy beach walks along the shore, bike trails or a best friend that will keep a smile on your face!
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.
Peaches’ advocate says that she has watched too many dogs leave this earth never knowing what it’s like to belong to someone and she refuses to allow that to be her fate. She is a girl too full of life to be cooped up in cage. Take Peaches home and you’ll have your own beautiful ball of sunshine to brighten each day!
Here’s where we come in. She NEEDS OUR HELP getting Peaches’ name and face out there into the dog loving community. Please share this post, her Facebook page, and like her pictures. Help me spread the word so her forever family notices her!
Peaches’ advocate says she will never give up or turn her back on her, and neither will I. Until last night I didn’t even know about Peaches myself, but now that I do, Peaches needs all of you to help me, help her!
She needs to go home, let’s get her there! Peaches is lucky to have all of you in her corner and together we can do this!
Currently Peaches is located in Rhode Island. For more info please contact:
or text: (516) 721-7673
I would like to introduce you all to Lexi Mama. I recently published an article entitled “Shelter Spotlight: The Forgotten Ones”, she is featured in that post linked below.
She has been in a shelter kennel WAY too long. This is her 3rd Autumn at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Her life has improved since arriving at the shelter as here she is taken care of and has friends who walk her–but now she needs a home. Lexi Mama has almost reached her second anniversary at the shelter, and it is past time for her to be in a forever home.
Lexi Mama is a beautiful, tan and white, 4-5 year old pup. She is dog selective and would require a meet and greet, and she is not a fan of cats. 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, but 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 terrible hand in life, and I hope and pray things begin to look up for her.
Please help me share and network this beauty! Like and share her Facebook page:
Help me help Lexi Mama find her forever family! If you or someone you know is interested please use the contact information below or reach out on her Facebook page and send a message.
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Ave