Shelter Pets of the Month


Welcome to the fourth edition of Paw Prints, a monthly column for animal lovers dedicated to helping shelter pets find their furever home!

Meet Angel

This is Angel, a female pitbull up for adoption at the Smithtown Animal Shelter. On April 14, Angel will hit her 4 year anniversary as a homeless dog. This 8-year-old beauty loves every person she meets. She is strong in will and body and will need a leader that can be strict with her and setting boundaries. Angel loves food, walks, car rides, kiddie pool and any toy she can shred to pieces. She cannot be placed with other animals. This girl has a huge heart and wants her happily ever after! Will you be her hero? For more information, call 631-360-7575.

Meet Dewey 

Dewey is ready to hop into your Easter baskets this holiday! This beautiful boy is a 5-month-old Beagle/Chihuahua mix from Georgia. He’s a little on the shy side, but he’s a puppy, so once he gets comfortable in a cozy home he will make a lovely companion. His brothers Louie and Huey were already adopted from Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton and now its Dewey’s turn. Come by and meet him today! Call 631-724-5731, ext. 1.

Meet Lesley

Lesley was found as a stray in Queens but is now safe at Little Shelter Adoption Center in Huntington. Lesley loves to play and run and watches everything since he needs to know what you’re up to! Call 631-368-8770.

Meet Mercedes

This sweet girl is looking for love. She arrived at the Brookhaven Animal Shelter after being taken out of a bad situation and is now looking for her soul-mate. At two and a half years young, Mercedes is playful and energetic yet gentle and affectionate. She loves to play with you, enjoys tennis balls, squeaky toys and she will bring a smile to your face. Mercedes will need a patient person who is willing to give her the direction and guidance she was not given as a puppy. She will do best as the only pet in an adult household. Call 631-451-6950.

Meet Richie – Update: Richie has been adopted!!!

Richie is all ears about finding a new home for Easter! A 2-year-old Terrier mix with a super sweet disposition, Richie is up for adoption at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. An active guy, he would love to have a big yard to run in, and maybe some kids to play with. He loves people, and enjoys going on walks on warm spring days. Come meet Richie today! Call 631-724-5731, ext. 1.

Meet Dexter

Dexter is a goofy young active boy looking for his perfect home! He was brought to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter by a Good Samaritan after being found as a stray with his leash still attached. Sadly, no one came looking for him. Dexter is your typical cattle dog, he is extremely intelligent with a high drive, and will need continuous physical AND mental exercise. He is housebroken, walks well on leash and knows many commands. He is about 1 to 2 years young, and is 58 pounds. He is not a fan of cats and will require a meet and greet with a dog. Call 631-451-6950.


— Compiled by Heidi Sutton


Welcome to the third edition of Paw Prints, a monthly column for animal lovers dedicated to helping shelter pets find their furever home!


Meet Scuttle

Scuttle is in the spotlight today! This handsome, sweet boy hails from South Carolina and is now at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. Scuttle is very active and loves to play, especially with other dogs. He also really likes people. Scuttle’s litter mate, Bright, recently went to her furever home so he is a bit down so we are shining the spotlight on him hoping he is as lucky as a four-leaf clover and finds his new family soon. Call 631-727-5731, Ext. 1 for more information.


Meet Thor

This sweet, big guy named Thor has been living at the Smithtown Animal Shelter since January of this year after he found himself homeless due to a house fire. He has lived with other cats and a small child. This hunk is looking for a loving home and a window to sun himself in. Not much to ask, right? Call 631-360-7575.


Meet Benji

This oh so handsome fellow is Benji, a 14-year-old Shih-tzu up for adoption at Little Shelter in Huntington. Proving that age is just a number, he’s the first one out the door for a short walk, doing meet and greets along the way. Social, friendly and good-natured, he is quite the charmer, confident that you’ll find him nearly irresistible! Benji is fully grown and housebroken. He likes other dogs and cats and would do best in a home with children 12 years old and up. Stop by Little Shelter to meet Benji and make both your dreams come true! Call 631-368-8770.


Meet Blitzen

He looks so sad! Blitzen was adopted as a kitten but his pet parent owner was moving and could not take him so he was dropped off at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. He is only 4 years old and what a mush! He loves attention and is very lovable. Come brighten his day! Call 631-727-5731, Ext. 1.


Meet Robin

This is Robin, a short-haired female waiting at Little Shelter in Huntington for her furever home. Robin is very inquisitive and she gets along with other cats. This poor baby was left behind when her owners moved. Come meet her today! Call 631-368-8770.


Meet Hondo

This handsome red-head named Hondo is getting into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with his adorable bow tie. A 3-year-old Lab Mix, he recently arrived at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton from Georgia and is eager to start his new life. Hondo is a laid back doggie, who also loves people and other dogs. He’s one of the kennel manager’s favorites! Come bring this little man some luck this holiday. Call 631-727-5731.

Irish I Had a Home

The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 300 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven will offer $65 adoptions for dogs and cats on arch 16 and 17 as part of their St/ Pet-tricks Day Celebration. For more information, call 631-451-6955 or visit


Ranger and Lily

This week’s shelter pets are 18-year-old Ranger (tuxedo) and 12-year-old Lily (tabby), currently up for adoption at the Smithtown Animal Shelter. These sweet seniors lost their home due to a house fire. They are bonded and would prefer to go to a home together. 

Ranger and Lily love other cats and lived with a small child. They deserve a warm lap and lots of love to enjoy their golden years. They are very healthy for their ages and just had their teeth all polished up!

 If you would like to meet Ranger and Lily, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with them in a domestic setting.

The Smithtown Animal & Adoption Shelter is located at 410 Middle Country Road, Smithtown. Visitor hours are currently Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sundays and Wednesday evenings by appointment only). 

For more information, call 631-360-7575 or visit


Welcome to the second edition of Paw Prints, a monthly column for animal lovers dedicated to helping shelter pets find their furever home! 

Shelter Pets of the Month



Meet Goose!


A three-year-old Pekingese mix, Goose is waiting at Little Shelter in Huntington to swoop in and capture your heart. One could say that he qualifies as “special needs” dog due to paralysis of his back legs, though he doesn’t let this disability slow him down in the least. He has a positive outlook on life, is friendly with everyone, good with all age groups, and is an inspiration to always view the glass (or water bowl!) as half full. While he can navigate all on his own, with his set of specially fitted wheels to act as his back legs, he’s nearly unstoppable! He is joyful, playful, and just about the sweetest soul you may ever meet. Come by and take a gander at little Goose.“True love doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be true.” Call 631-368-8770 for more information


Meet Blinky!

Blinky recently arrived at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton from Texas. A 1-year-old male American Eskimo mix, this sweetheart gets along wonderfully with other dogs and is an all around good boy with a HUGE heart. He only has eyes for you this Valentine’s Day! Call 631-727-5731 for more information.


Meet River!

Look at those ears! River, a 9-month-old Collie Mix is available for adoption at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. He weighs 29 pounds and loves to play with his toys. He is a sweet little boy just looking for love! Come see River today! Call 631-727-5731



Meet Ben!

Ben is a 3-year-old male medium/long-haired domestic patiently waiting at Little Shelter in Huntington for his furever home. He runs up to everyone for pets and head-scratches. If he isn’t getting lovin’s, he is playing with toys and other cats. He is a very happy and energetic fellow! Call 631-368-8770.

Meet Rudolph!


Brookhaven Town Animal Shelter and Adoption Center currently has several cute bunnies available for adoption including Rudolph. All are spayed and neutered. Call 631-451-6955 for more information.




Meet Princess!

An eight-year-old Terrier mix, Princess arrived at Little Shelter in Huntington severely emaciated and malnourished due to a combination of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Following her diagnosis, she was started on a special diet and the appropriate  medication, resulting in a slow but steady weight gain and this little warrior Princess is looking and feeling much better. She is now ready for a “foster with intent to adopt” situation so she can continue her progress in a loving home environment. This sweetie pie is a slice of happiness served up with a wagging tail and a joyful spirit. She is social, active, fun-loving and always excited to be among friends. Will you be the one to write her next chapter? Call 631-368-8770.

Paw News


The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center offers free adoptions for the month of February for animals that have been at the shelter over 6 months. For more information, call 631-451-6955 or visit

*Check out the next Paw Prints in the issue of March 10 in print and online.


Welcome to the first Paw Prints, a monthly column for animal lovers dedicated to helping shelter pets!

Shelter Pets of the Month

Meet Randi!

This inquisitive young lady is Randi, a 5-year-old tabby available for adoption at Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center in Huntington. Randi wants to watch whatever you are doing, and then double-check your work! This beauty likes to play and be pampered. Why not stop by and visit with her? Call 631-368-8770 for more information.


Meet Barney!

Barney is available for adoption at the Smithtown Animal Shelter. This lowriding handsome man is a Dachshund mix believed to be 10 to 12 years old. He seems to have slight hearing and sight impairments and his hips are significantly arthritic. He is happy to go for walks and be around people and has a fighting spirit. Barney would do best with quiet dogs his size and in a home with older children. Call 631-360-7575.

Rudy and Sophia

Meet Rudy and Sophia!

Rudy, an 11-year-old Yorkie mix, and Sophia, an 11-year-Bassett Hound are up for adoption at Little Shelter in Huntington. These bonded friends eagerly reconnect with wagging tails, swapping stories and catching up on one another’s day before setting off on their walks. Social and outgoing, this duo will expand your world, drawing others into your circle with their charming personalities. They like other dogs and cats and would do best in a home with children ages 12 and up. Call 631-368-8770.

Paw News

Betty White Challenge

Fans of the late Betty White have found a great way to honor the beloved actress. The “Betty White Challenge,” an online event set for Jan. 17, on what would’ve been the TV icon’s 100th birthday, has been gaining steam among fans online. The social media challenge encourages people to donate $5 to their favorite animal shelters and animal-welfare groups in her name. Read more about Betty White on page B23.

Adopt, don’t shop

Each year, it’s estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.

Free adoptions

To celebrate the legacy of Betty White, Little Shelter Animal Rescue, 33 Warner Ave., Huntington will waive adoption fees to qualified adopters for senior cats and dogs, 10 years or older, from Jan. 17 to 21. For more information, call 631-368-8770.

5 tips to keep pets safe and warm this winter

Just as people prepare their homes, cars and families for extreme temperatures and weather events of winter, it’s important to remember pets’ needs this time of year. As cold weather sets in, Dr. Jennifer Freeman, DVM, resident veterinarian at PetSmart, shares these tips to prepare and ensure your pets are warm and happy throughout winter.

Take caution when outdoors

When temperatures reach levels of extreme cold, Freeman recommends limiting outdoor walks and monitoring your pet’s behavior for signs of stress or discomfort. Letting your dog outside to use the bathroom or go for a quick walk is OK, but never leave a pet outside for a long period of time, especially during a winter storm. “Don’t let your dog off its leash after snowfall, as snow can mask familiar scents,” Freeman said. “This can cause your pet to become disoriented or lost if they get too far away.”

Add extra layers

Despite efforts to limit time outdoors, your pet needs to go outside for bathroom breaks and exercise. Pets who are small, short-haired, old or have any health issues or illnesses may be more sensitive to cold weather. Pet sweaters can help keep your pet warm. If your pet is shivering, that’s a sign they need extra layers. To help trap body heat and protect paws from extreme cold, consider using booties when venturing outside.

Watch out for hazardous chemicals

Many people use snow-melting products like deicers, antifreeze and salt, which can cause skin irritation and be fatal if ingested by your pet. Pet parents should keep an eye on their pets when they’re outside and be mindful of hazards. After a walk, it’s important to thoroughly rinse your pet’s paws and stomach especially after walking in areas where these products are frequently used.

Keep skin protected

Just like humans, many pets get dry skin during the winter. When your pet needs a bath, try using a pet-friendly moisturizing shampoo to help keep skin healthy and hydrated. If your pet’s skin seems extra dry, supplements like fish oil can be added to your pets’ food to help the skin and coat. It’s important to keep an eye on skin health and check with your vet if issues persist as they could be signs of larger problems.

Ensure ID information is current

While winter emergencies may add to the importance, it’s crucial your pet wears a tag displaying your phone number year-round. Microchip and register your pet with current contact information and tuck a copy of their vaccination and medical records, veterinary contact information and a current photo in your emergency kit

*Check out the next Paw Prints in the issue of February 10 in print and online.