Shelter Spotlight: Hope Is All He Has Left

I often wonder why some dogs are shared much more than others; is it the way they look, or how the post is written? Do people actually even read the posts, or do they blindly click through? All these questions and more swirl around my head and I honestly wish I had the answers.

I’m here to tell you, that sharing is caring! Sharing takes a second of your time with just a click of a button and can have a huge impact on a dogs life! Every dog deserves to be loved, it’s so difficult to understand why so many are consistently passed over.

Just look at his gorgeous smile! How could anyone resist!

Today I would like to reintroduce you to this happy go lucky guy Nitro! I have shared his story before, yet he still remains a forgotten soul in a crowded shelter. He is in the market for a new, loving family.

Nitro is yet another heartbroken boy who was picked up as a stray by a good Samaritan in August of 2016, since that day he has waited for his family to come and find him. Nitro is looking for an individual/family to share his world with, and he has so much love to give! He would really enjoy a bed to curl up in and some daily play time with a new best friend.

Nitro is about 50 pounds, estimated to be 2-3 years young, up to date on vaccinations, neutered, micro-chipped and heart-worm negative. He would do best as your one and only, no dogs, no cats and no children. Don’t wait another second! Take a trip down to the shelter and meet this gorgeous boy you won’t be sorry!

I know that needing to be an only pet makes it much more difficult to find a home, but I  have faith that there are homes out there that meet this criteria.

So here I am, asking you to help me get Nitro noticed! PLEASE head over to his Facebook page, like, share, share this post too! Help me network this simply irresistible boy so he can get out of the shelter and into a loving home where he can live the life he truly deserves!

Brookhaven Animal Shelter

300 Horseblock Road

Brookhaven, NY 11719

(631) 451-6950

Banana Oatmeal Dog Treats

A simple 3 ingredient recipe that your pups are sure to enjoy!


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup oatmeal


  • mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined
  • let sit for 10 minutes
  • preheat oven to 350
  • 1 tablespoon at a time of the mixture and form it into a balls
  • place on a parchment lined or lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly
  • bake at 350˚ until browned on the bottoms, about 15 minutes (oven times may vary)
  • remove and let cool completely before serving to your pups
  • store in airtight container

Shelter Spotlight: Don’t Judge Me By My Label

Here I am once again asking for your help. I know you have heard that line from me many times, and it’s usually in reference to a dog that has been forgotten about sitting in a shelter WAY too long. This is yet another heart-breaker, and his name is Zeus. Let me start off this introduction of Zeus by stating that he is available to A VERY EXPERIENCED ADOPTER OR RESCUE ONLY!

Zeus has been dealt a pretty bad hand in his life, now a resident of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for over a year and a half. This boy is almost 8-years-old and no dog should spend their golden years living in a shelter! Zeus has waited long enough and he’s not having an easy time with Shelter life; as I have mentioned to you many times, not all dogs handle the stress of living in a shelter kennel very well.

Not surprisingly, most dogs aren’t getting excited about being put into a kennel. Who would be? A recent study has actually shown that keeping dogs locked up isn’t just uncomfortable, but it can literally drive them crazy. The study notes, “some dogs may find isolation from humans particularly aversive, hence affecting their reactions both to being left in a kennel and to be taking to a Veterinarian…” for those of you that are interested you can read the complete study here:

This study shows that for the thousands of dogs kept in kennels for so many hours a day, the effects of isolation are profound. This is known as kennel stress, or as the study indicates, “kennel crazy”. Some of the symptoms are listed as aggressive or compulsive behavior, chewing incessantly, jumping and pulling when on a leash, depression, lethargy, lack of appetite and even self mutilation. Sadly, this can render a dog unadoptable; this very reason is why dogs like Zeus truly needs our help!

Zeus is a great dog, an extremely stunningly handsome Rottweiler, with beautiful white eyelashes. Zeus arrived at the shelter back in June of 2016. He came in as an owner surrender after a bite occurred during a vet visit. While I do not know all of the information about the occurrence, I know that Zeus can not be to blame; a small incident that could have and should have been under control of a proper owner has left Zeus with an unnecessary label.

I spoke at length with Zeus’s shelter buddy who has been working with him since the day he was surrendered to the shelter. She told me that he is super smart and responds well to training, she says the key to a good relationship with Zeus is that he needs to respect you as the leader. Once Zeus bonds with someone, he’s eager to please and learn new things. Zeus is not alone, there are many dog breeds out there that have that same requirements. In the time he’s been at the shelter, his buddy has taught him many new commands. Zeus has never bitten her or any of his other shelter buddies.

Since Zeus was an owner surrender there is lots of information available about him. Zeus was originally purchased by his owner as a puppy from a breeder, and lived in the same home his entire life. Sadly, Zeus spent his days in a yard, and most of his nights tied up outside. This is NO way for a family member to be treated, and poor Zeus was treated this way for such a long time!

Zeus is house trained and crate trained, Zeus’s volunteers buddies are obsessed with him and have some pretty remarkable things to say about him too: Zeus knows the commands “sit”, “down”, “heel”, “climb”, “touch”, “watch me”, “leave it” and “out”. Zeus enjoys playing ball in the yard with volunteers, and is calm and friendly with people. He is also calm and mellow around other dogs.

He’s people friendly as long as they respect his boundaries. He’s not a dog that enjoys being hugged and excessively pet and truthfully, I think he bit out of fear when he was overly aroused, as he did at the Vet’s office. I have been told by his dedicated shelter buddy that she feels the same, and that if Zeus feels crowded or like a person is invading his space he reacts, but with a warning. His posture stiffens when he’s uncomfortable, and he also growls. All normal for a Rottweiler and many other breeds. If a dog is telling you that he’s uncomfortable with something, he will warn you.

Keeping all that I have learned about Zeus in mind, Zeus will need a very strong leader familiar with his breed. He needs a Rottie experienced adult home with a savvy owner who will be committed to maintain training with him. No children. A home with a fenced in yard would be great, he loves playing outside, and chasing balls.

If you’re interested in this handsome boy go down down to the shelter. Don’t hesitate because this handsome boy really needs out now! I beg of you, if you are not in a position to adopt or foster that you share Zeus’s story with everyone you know.

This boy did not deserve to be surrendered, he does not deserve to sit in a kennel for 23 hours a day like jail. He needs a loving home and family where he can enjoy his golden years.

Head over to Zeus’s Facebook page, if you have facebook, like and share it with everyone you know, like and share this post too! Let’s make this happen people, together, we can do this! SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Sharing is caring, sharing is key when it comes to rescuing a dog, and sharing can make a HUGE impact on Zeus’s life!

To all my Rescue friends and connections, I implore you to help me network this boy as well. I know there are some Rottie experienced fosters and rescues out there that can get this boy out of the shelter and in to home maybe faster than even the shelter can.

Please, do not pass over a dog for adoption because of a label! The majority of the time the label belongs to the careless owner.

Town of Hempstead Shelter

3320 Beltagh Ave

Wantagh Ny


We Are Their Voices

Previous adopters, potential adopters, supporters, and shelters–I ask the you take the time to read and share this article. I write this with a heavy heart as I tell you, I am so sick of seeing people giving away, selling, or dumping their dog at a shelter or on the street.

Then you have the people who see a dog that’s listed for adoption through a rescue or a shelter and they run to adopt them; these people decide to be that dogs hero. They go through the lengthy adoption process–the application, reference checks, meet and greets etc. After being approved, the big day comes and you bring home your pup only to bring the poor dog back to the shelter the VERY next day. I truly can not believe what is going through an adopter’s mind when this situation occurs.

Please take into consideration how traumatizing this can be for the dog. Many rescue and shelter dogs have not been dealt a fair hand in life to begin with and to be returned hurts them even more. Every single time a dog is returned, they cry; this will happen especially after getting attached to their family, no matter how much time they spent with them. These dogs have bounced around from place to place for their entire lives, causing them to long for stability, security, and love.

The rescue/shelter put as much work into every single dog as is possible, but they can’t do it all. The expectations are that the adopters continue the work that has begun for the rest of the dog’s life. No dog, not a puppy, adult or senior comes without issues. Every single dog, especially a rescue/shelter dog, has issues. It’s a fact.

When you adopt a dog you are going to need to give it much more than a night or even a week to settle into your home. For any rescue/shelter dog, moving is stressful, change is scary, and your new dog is simply asking for your patience and time to decompress. You will need to address behavioral issues as they arise and research your breed thoroughly. Additionally your pet will need time to get used to your living situation, work schedule, and family dynamics. Rescuing a dog is NOT easy but nothing worthwhile is! If you happen to have children, you will be teaching them a great lesson in perseverance, commitment, and respect for animals. For someone who has been rescuing for a very long time I can personally tell you that when the dog finally adjusts, it is the most rewarding experience!

This is where I need to make a statement, a brief note to some no kill shelters out there, PLEASE EDUCATE!

Educate your staff about the dogs in your care: about the breeds, specific needs, dog reactivity, fears of strangers etc. It is crucial in order to avoid issues inside the shelter so that dogs who may have special needs are taken care of properly. An added incident being recorded in the dog’s history because the shelter was careless in who they allowed to handle a dog just hinders the possibility of adoption, so it is imperative to make sure the proper individuals are handling and caring for the specific dog!

Educate potential adopters: about the breed they are considering, or about the specific needs the dog they are interested in bringing into their family may have. Don’t just adopt a dog out to anyone. Make sure it really is the right fit, even if finding that family takes time! There’s no hit or miss here, a dog’s feelings and life are at stake. Give people a list, phone numbers, names of trainers and behaviorists they can turn to for help should they need it. Again, this simply adds to the list of everything that is already working against the dog if you don’t take these important steps.

Shelters, PLEASE, if it’s not a 100% fit, honestly, the dog is better off at the shelter. Example: if you advertised and network that a certain dog requires a home with a fenced in yard, there was a reason you put that requirement in the dogs bio to begin with, don’t adopt the dog to someone that lives in an apartment. No matter what the adopter says or promises, the chances of that dog being returned will be doubled!

I would like to close this post out by reminding all of you: adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. They are not disposable, they are not an article of clothing you bring home from the store to try on and return the next day for a refund because it didn’t fit right. 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.

We are the voices of dogs who suffer from these situations, and I encourage you all to advocate for these dogs! Please remember to educate yourself and others about the adoption process if you or someone you know is interested in adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue.

If you would like to further your education on the decompression process when a dog is adopted, you can find some information here:

Make A Difference: Foster 

Today I am sharing an article I wrote back in August. Many rescues and shelters that I work with are in great need of foster homes, so I thought it was important to share this again. Please consider becoming a foster, fostering saves lives!

As I am sure you have read on my site, I am a woman on a mission to change the world one dog at a time. Mom of many both my own and fosters, rescuer, volunteer, advocate and animal activist. No dog left behind! I was recently asked by one of the rescues I am involved with to share with others in the group why I foster. Today, I would like to share my response with all of you.

This is why I foster… The best thing in the world is coming home to a foster/rescued dog greeting you at the door. There is nothing in the world better than the feeling of knowing that I have changed a dog’s entire world. There is nothing better than the unconditional love that I receive in return.

We live in a world where bad things seem to outshine the good. There are things like courage and self-sacrifice, that is not only inherent in people but also in our four-legged furry friends. I believe that everyone can learn something from these brave and noble rescued animals. I learn something new from every dog that comes through my door.

Many of the foster dogs come with heavy pasts that are filled with abuse and neglect. When I first bring home a foster/rescued dog, one of two things happens: the pup is either terrified and refuses to leave the refuge of a corner, or is off-the-wall excited and turns my home into his/her personal toilet.

Despite the challenges, I know these dog are worth the effort. I put up with the nervous growling, constant accidents, torn-up wee wee pads and occasional dog fights. Slowly, he/she begins to trust me; they learn the commands and overcome their fears.

Helping a dog and seeing him/her blossom into a silly, loyal, wonderful companion is one of the most rewarding parts of canine rescue to me. Some dogs will leave my home and get adopted into loving forever homes others may need to stay here long term, but that’s ok with me. I have fought and will continue to fight in order to save the lives of those who would otherwise have been put to sleep for being labeled as “aggressive”. The best feeling in the world is when that dog that spent 2 weeks in a corner afraid of people gets to the point of putting her head in your lap as if to say thank you for saving me, I love you.

Fostering rescue dogs changed my life and I believe that every single one of my family and friends lives would benefit from fostering or adopting a pooch. I may come off as slightly crazy, but I know in my heart that I am doing the right thing. There is always that hope that someday those family and friends who think I’ve lost my mind will join me and help too.

My message to everyone is to get out there and rescue an animal that needs saving. If you can’t adopt, foster, if you can’t foster, donate, and if you can’t donate, educate! I guarantee you your heart will be filled with an abundance of love and happiness that you have never felt in your life!

(Pictured in this post are just some of the MANY dogs I have rescued/fostered over 20+ years)

Featured Dog Friday

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 recommend 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

Wantagh NY


Shelter Spotlight: Will My Dream Come True

Today sadly marks 1,309 days in the shelter for Boss Lady. I am sharing her story with all of you once again. She waits in her kennel day after day for that special someone/family to come along and take her home!

Boss Lady arrived at the shelter with her four puppies, and they 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 the incident, Boss Lady was returned to the shelter.  Since then, she sits in the shelter, all alone and  heartbroken.


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 are most appropriate.

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, micro-chipped and heart-worm negative. She is patiently waiting! Could you be the light of her life?

PLEASE like and share her Facebook page with everyone you know, share this post too! Help me get the word out so this beautiful girl can find her forever family! Let’s make her dream come true!

Brookhaven Animal Shelter

300 Horseblock Road

Brookhaven, NY 11719

(631) 451-6950

Berry Pup Treats

A while back I wrote an article about blueberries and why they are considered a fabulous superfood for your dog! In case you missed that post it can be found here:

These treats are loaded with antioxidants that protect cells, cognitive function, prevent cancer, and heart disease. If you want to change up the recipe every once in a while these yummy treats can also be made with cranberries, blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries.


  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 2/3 cup oatmeal


  • preheat oven to 350
  • place oatmeal in food processor, or blender and process until it becomes flour like consistency
  • puree the blueberries, set aside
  • combine flour, oatmeal and ground flax seed
  • fold the blueberries and yogurt into the dry ingredients making a dough (add some water if necessary to hold dough together)
  • roll out dough on floured surface to about 1/4” thickness
  • cut out desired shapes and place on nonstick or on parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  • bake for 15-18 minutes (oven times may vary)
  • once cooled store in airtight container in your refrigerator

Shelter Spotlight: Super Theodore

I’ve been rescuing and fostering dogs for more than 20+ years. I have seen a lot of strays come in to shelters, but the animals who really touch me are the ones they call the “owner surrenders.” These are the animals who had once known what a home was, but lost it. Over the years I’ve tried to understand why people abandon their animal companions. I know this is something my own heart would never allow me to do.

Sometimes people surrender animals because they think it’s the only possible solution, there are owners who are separated from their animal companions because they become too sick to care for them; however, many people just simply don’t know the importance of advance planning for their animal family, and so their animal companions end up in the shelter.

Moving is often a reason given when an animal is surrendered, but often the move is just an excuse. One study showed that more than half of the people surrendering animals due to a move also report behavior problems. Behavioral problems are the most common reason why people claim to give up their dogs.

This story I am about to tell you is a sad case of an owner surrender, meet Theodore. This cutie came to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter as a stray in September of 2014 and was quickly adopted by a wonderful family, but was recently brought back to the shelter after being with them for about a year. It wasn’t Theodores fault AT ALL, and his family loved him dearly, but they were a Military family being deployed overseas, and unfortunately couldn’t take him with them. They are extremely heartbroken that they had to surrender their beloved pet, but they had no choice. Theodore’s world has been turned upside-down, the heartbreak he must be feeling is just indescribable.

Theodore has wonderful shelter buddies who were there when he originally arrived at the shelter, and they know him very well. We were able to spend some time with these buddies as well as Theodore at the shelter. He is a VERY sweet big boy! He really has no concept of his own size and he definitely is under the impression that he is a lap dog. Theodore loves people as well as other dogs. He especially loves getting pets, massages and tickles under his chin. The volunteers at the shelter call him a “Rock Star” and I completely agree with them!

Theodore is a 7-year-old Shepherd mix, completely housebroken, walks nicely on a leash and loves to play. The best home for Theodore is with a savvy owner; either an active young couple, retired couple, or even retired Military Veteran who have dog experience and or experience with the Shepherd breed. Theodore is great at entertaining himself, so a nice fenced in yard would be great for him to play in. He also makes a wonderful couch potato!

If you are looking for that missing part of your heart, this is the boy who can complete it! I cannot even begin to describe the depth of feelings this boy touched in me. Go down and meet him, you won’t regret it! Don’t let the fact that Theodore is considered a senior pup hold you back. He has a lot of love to give! Don’t hesitate one moment, let your heart be your guide. If you have another dog, a meet and greet is recommended. Theodore is truly a wonderful dog who just wants to find that loving home and family where he can stay forever!

If you are not in a position to adopt, please share. Head over to Theodore’s Facebook page, like, share, share this post too. Together we can help find that special someone/family that Theodore has been really waiting for.

Town Of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Ave

Wantagh NY


Shelter Spotlight: Searching For Her Forever Home

Even though a shelter may make every effort possible for a dog feel comfortable in their situation, dogs don’t like being confined, separated from their previous families, and they are exposed to more noise due to the close proximity of other dogs.

These environmental changes are very stressful for most dogs, causing an influence to individual dog’s personalities. Some dogs will hide in the back of the kennel, be less active or stop eating, while others may behave aggressively in response to stress. Some dogs may even begin to perform repetitive behaviors, increase their frequency of barking/vocalization, become destructive, and start to urinate and defecate in their kennel. Stress may also affect a shelter dog’s physical health–causing hair loss, weight loss, increased susceptibility to diseases and a longer recovery time from illness.

Meet Cleo, a 6-year-old Pittie mix who was found as a stray in June of 2017. When she first arrived at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, she was extremely thin and unhealthy. It was evident upon her arrival that this poor girl was a throw away momma; yet another heartbreaking story of a dog who was just seen as “no longer needed”. My heart is shattered and my anger against those individuals who do things like this just grows. I will never be able to comprehend what would make someone do something like this! Cleo also had a lump on her tail that had to be removed, causing this poor girl to lose half of her tail.


This pup is an extremely cute and playful girl who is social with other dogs. However, being in the shelter is beginning to take its toll on her, causing her to kennel fight in this stressful situation. In comparison, Cleo is much more relaxed when she is out of her kennel. While she may pull toward other dogs on walks, it’s not aggressively.

Cleo needs a forever home! She will need a savvy patient owner who give her the time and space she needs to decompress in a home. It is recommended if she lives with another dog that it be a non pushy sibling. A meet and greet is required at the shelter. Cleo is completely house broken, loves playing with toys, walks well on a leash, and has not yet been cat tested. Cleo does best with children 13 and up, and is friendly and affectionate with strangers.

Please help me help Cleo find a loving home and family to call her own. Head over to her Facebook page, like, share, and share this post too! 

Help me network this beautiful girl! All Cleo wants is someone who will give her the love and attention she deserves. Don’t hesitate, let your heart be your guide, head down to the shelter and meet this beautiful girl, I guarantee you’ll fall in love!

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Ave

Wantagh NY