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Welcome to the 28th edition of Paw Prints, a monthly column for animal lovers dedicated to helping shelter pets find their furever home.




Meet Milo

In his prime at the age of seven, this modest, mild mannered Terrier mix at Little Shelter in Huntington is Milo. Always happy to see you, he loves going on walks and participating in all your plans for the day. Deferring to you for the itinerary, he’s content just to be by your side, whether you’re working to bring home the bacon ( did someone say bacon?) or taking the day off to enjoy the spring weather. Affable and courteous, Milo is the perfect gentleman and the best storyteller, making him the most popular guest at any gathering. If our man Milo sounds like the ideal addition to your family, stop by soon to say hello! 631-368-8770, ext. 2


Meet Peluche

With a name meaning “plush”, this one year old Chihuahua mix at Little Shelter in Huntington is Peluche. Somewhat shy, he’s nevertheless eager to meet and make new friends, expand his social circle, and become more well-rounded and confident. Enjoying long walks filled with sights, sounds, and interesting smells, he’s also available when you need someone fluffy to cuddle. Quick-witted and motivated, he’s ready to learn new skills while priding himself on his already acquired knowledge of quality companionship. “And, they say life is an adventure full of mystery, so let’s go….” Stop by Little Shelter and start your latest escapade with Peluche by your side! 631-368-8770, ext. 21


Meet Blaze

Can you imagine 5 years (1,825 days) without a family, a home, a couch to veg on, a friend to snuggle with?  March 29 was Blaze’s 5th shelter-versary at the Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. At 11 years old, this boy is a staff favorite. He’s affectionate, well mannered, knows his commands, loves fiercely and vocalizes what he wants. Blaze is nervous of strangers and protective of his people. That’s his only (very workable) quirk. He doesn’t deserve to spend another anniversary in the shelter.  Will you be his hero?  631-360-7575


Meet Catastrophe

Catastrophe is a one and a half-year-old male cat up for adoption at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. This handsome boy was rescued from a high kill shelter in Georgia. He gets along well with humans and felines alike, and adjusted quickly to the open living cat room at the shelter. Catastrophe has made friends with a few other cats and enjoys head rubs from the staff and volunteers. Come meet this wonderful cat today! 631-727-5731, ext. 1


Meet ‘Spicy’ Silas

Currently up for adoption at the Brookhaven Animal Shelter, Silas is a pint-sized bundle of energy and personality! At approximately 2 years old and 30lbs, this spunky terrier mix is ready to charm his way into your heart.

Despite his small stature, Silas has a BIG personality! He’s full of sass and loves to play, especially with other dogs. Silas may be little, but he’s fearless and enjoys romping around with bigger pups. He can be weary of strangers but with a bit of patience and continued training, Silas is sure to thrive in a loving home.

Silas is seeking a forever family with experience handling feisty terriers. He’ll do best in a quieter adult home without children, but another dog-friendly dog would be the perfect companion for him. Silas thrives on playtime and goofiness, and he’s eager to show off his full personality in a supportive environment.

If you’re ready to welcome this lively little guy into your home and heart, fill out a matchmaker application at www.brookhavenny.gov/152/Animal-Shelter. Silas can’t wait to find his forever family and share all his love and playfulness with them. Let’s make Silas’s dreams of a forever home come true! 631-451-6955/ 631-451-6953

Rescue is a lifestyle. Adopt, don’t shop.

Check out the next Paw Prints in the issue of May 2.

Paw Prints is generously sponsored by Mark T. Freeley, Esq.



Meet Ultra

Would you be Ultra’s Valentine? Currently up for adoption at Little Shelter in Huntington, this four-year-old Boxer mix is looking for a family with high hopes, an even higher fence, and dog experience, she is ready to put her paw print on adoption papers and change her address to yours! While displaying a calm, dignified demeanor, she’s also quick-witted with a good sense of humor, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Curious about life and eager to explore the world around her, she’s the perfect one to accompany you on all your adventures. Intelligent and loyal, she has all the qualifications of a best friend and lifelong companion. Why go big when you can go Ultra? Stop by to meet her today! 631-368-8770, Ext. 2

Zach & Zoe

Meet Zach & Zoe

Zach, a Morkie and Zoe, a Maltipoo are currently up for adoption at Little Shelter in Huntington. Both eleven years old, they are looking for a home together. Like any old married couple, they can finish each other’s sentences, often adding a few embellishments to their many stories. Zoe is the breadwinner and doesn’t mind “working” the staff and volunteers for treats to take back for Zach, who prefers to stay on the comfy couch with the remote. Both are enthusiastic, however, when it comes to being your loyal companions and confidants. If these two best friends sound like they could be your best friends, stop by Little Shelter to meet them today! 631-368-8770, Ext. 21


Meet Bruce

Bruce is a gentle giant seeking a loving forever home! Currentlly at Brookhaven Animal Shelter, this 5 to 6-year-old Cane Corso is already well-versed in commands like sit, down, and come. He’s housebroken and crate trained, making him an easy addition to your household. 

If you have experience with guardian breeds and are searching for an amazing dog to bring into your life, Bruce might be the perfect match. His easygoing nature extends to his walks, and he absolutely loves giving you his paw and enjoying cuddle sessions.

Bruce values human connection over toys and is ready to bring his unique blend of sweetness and loyalty to your home. If you’re ready to welcome Bruce into your life, please visit www.brookhavenny.gov/152/Animal-Shelter and fill out a Matchmaker Application. Your new furry friend awaits! 631-451-6950


Meet Porgy

Porgy is a charming 2-year-old Retriever mix at Brookhaven Animal Shelter looking for his forever home. This sweet boy knows his basics like sit and is eager to learn more, especially when it comes to walking nicely on the leash. Porgy, unfortunately, isn’t a fan of other animals, so he’d love to be the sole focus of your affection.

Originally arriving as a stray, Porgy has a heartwarming story of resilience. Initially shy, he’s been gradually opening up, realizing that new people aren’t scary. Porgy is ready to form a strong bond with a loving family.

He thrives in environments with children aged 12 and up, making him a great companion for older kids. Porgy enjoys the outdoors, so a spacious yard where he can run around and have a blast would be ideal for him.

If you’re ready to open your heart and home to this wonderful pup, Porgy is waiting to become your loyal companion. Let’s make his journey complete with a loving family and a forever home! Please fill out a Matchmaker Adoption Application at www.brookhavenny.gov/152/Animal-Shelter to arrange a meet and greet. 631-451-6950


Meet Blaze

Waiting at the Smithtown Animal Shelter for his forever home for almost four years now, 10-year-old Blaze is a well-mannered, loving & affectionate boy. He loves pools, food, walks and his people. He hates being cold or in the rain. This sweet boy has stranger danger that must be managed and is easily overcomed (cookies are the way to his heart). He is also protective of his people. Please call 631-360-7575 to set up a meet and greet today!

Rescue is a lifestyle. Adopt, don’t shop.

Check out the next Paw Prints in the issue of March 7.

Paw Prints is generously sponsored by Mark T. Freeley, Esq.


Mr. Magoo

Welcome to the 22nd edition of Paw Prints, a monthly column for animal lovers dedicated to helping shelter pets find their furever home.


Meet Newman

Recently retired and ready to enjoy life, meet Newman, a ten year old Schnauzer at Little Shelter. Knowing that staying active is the key to longevity, he’s looking into pickle ball, hoping to find a partner at a similar skill level. In the meantime, he enjoys a leisurely stroll and good conversation, well versed on a variety of topics. A true blue, loyal companion, he takes commitment seriously, waiting patiently for a relationship that will last a lifetime. Adopting a senior dog is like fast forwarding to the best part…stop by to meet Newman, the finest friend to be found. 631-368-8770, ext. 2


Meet Cerina

This wise old lady is Cerina, an eleven year old Pit mix currently up for adoption at Little Shelter. Like most women of a certain age, she knows her own mind and has discovered what’s truly important in life…friends and friends with cookies! The ideal companion for a leisurely stroll, she likes to go in the direction the wind takes her to appreciate all the sights and smells along the way. Good company, she’s up to date on all the kennel gossip, (which always makes for interesting conversation!) and will keep you entertained with her stories. Cerina is most assuredly the inspiration for the quote, “Old friends make the very bestest of best friends.” Stop by to meet her today! 631-368-8770, ext. 21

Mr. Magoo

Meet Mr. Magoo

“Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” Desiring a forever home, Mr. Magoo, a nine-year-old Pit mix at Little Shelter is hoping to rescue his perfect family and surround them with love and laughter. Though visually challenged, he is able to navigate the world quite well with just a bit of assistance, even running free on the hill with fearless abandon. Not letting what some may call a disability slow him down, Mr. Magoo makes the most of every day, finding joy in the simple things. Dogs live brave, beautiful lives brimming with trust and optimism…and if we let them, they’ll teach us to do the same. Stop by to meet a big mushy boy named Magoo and leave with your heart’s desire.  631-368-8770, ext. 21


Meet Oliver

Oliver still waits at Little Shelter for a family that understands he is not perfect, unlike his first family who returned him after he was diagnosed with crystals in his urine, a very common, treatable condition. Oliver has also been diagnosed with a heart murmur and requires daily medication for it.

Shelter life is stressful for this little guy but luckily he has many human and feline friends to hang out with. Sometimes you can find him sharing a toy or a bed with his new pals.  Oliver loves to get special treats from his staff and playing with his friends as much as possible. Oliver has so much love to give and all he asks in return is to be loved, fed his special diet and given his meds each day. Come meet Oliver today! 631-368-8770, ext. 36



Brookhaven Shelter hosts Barktoberfest

The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 300 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven hosts a “Barktoberfest: Howl-o-ween event” on Oct. 30 and 31 with free shelter pet adoptions from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come meet Rusty and all his friends. For more information, call 631-451-6950.

Check out the next Paw Prints in the issue of November 9.

Paw Prints is generously sponsored by Mark T. Freeley, Esq.



Welcome to the 21st edition of Paw Prints, a monthly column for animal lovers dedicated to helping shelter pets find their furever home!


Meet Audrey



The iconic Audrey Hepburn once stated, “They say love is the best investment; the more you give, the more you get in return.” Starring in her own love story, meet Little Shelter’s fair lady Audrey, an eight-year-old Chihuahua mix. Much like her namesake, she is gracious, charming, optimistic and kind. Slightly awkward on her stilt like legs, she is nonetheless completely endearing and you’ll fall head over heels at first glance, despite her housebreaking issues! Always stylishly outfitted and ready for breakfast at Tiffany’s, her favorite spot is tucked under your arm, right next to your heart. Stop by to meet this little funny face and welcome Audrey home. 631-368-8770, ext. 21


Meet Reed

Calling all Shepherd lovers! Meet handsome and intelligent Reed! This sweet boy came to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter as a stray in August and sadly no one came to claim him. This 100 lb hunk is approximately 4 years old and is full of energy. He loves to go for walks and knows several commands. He would do best in a home with children 16 years and does well around other dogs but he is NOT a fan of his feline friends. If you would like to meet Reed, please apply through the shelter’s matchmaker application at www.brookhavenny.gov/152/Animal-Shelter. 631-451-6950


Meet Smokey

Sweet senior Smokey was adopted from the Smithtown Animal Shelter as a kitten  in 2009 and returned when his mom fell on hard times and had to move. This brown and white tabby is all affection all of the time. He is as gentle as he is handsome and has lived with another cat in the past. Smokey has a clean bill of health and just wants to be spoiled in his golden years. Will that be with you? 631-360-7575


Meet Cash

Cash in on Cash! Currently up for adoption at Save-A-Pet in Port Jefferson Station, this 2.5 year old sweetheart has been through a lot in his short life. He was born with bilateral luxating patellas (knee issues) which an orthopedic surgeon repaired. He has been recovering in foster care for the last few months and is now looking for a lifelong loving home of his own. Cash is 100% housed-trained. He knows many basic commands and is easily redirected. He learns very quickly and just wants to be your best boy. He loves being outside and playing with his toys — he  even plays fetch! 

Cash would do best with a family who has a fenced in yard and who will make sure he gets enough exercise and stimulation. He’s great on the leash and polite on walks and while meeting neighbors. He gets along great with other dogs and leaves the cats alone. Don’t miss your opportunity to add this phenomenal pup to your family! 631-473-6333, www.saveapetusa.org

Meet Mickey Mouse

This is Mickey Mouse, 1-year-old charming little guy at Little Shelter who’s looking for his forever family. He has an outgoing, sociable personality and enjoys being the center of attention. Despite his small size, he’s overflowing with character and loves to be in the midst of all the fun. Come by and say hello to him today! 631-368-8770, ext. 21


Teachers Pet event

Did you know? The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 300 Horseblock Road, Brookhaven hosts a “Teacher’s Pet” event through the month of September. All animals that are of “school age” (4 years and up) are free. For more information, call 631-451-6950.

Check out the next Paw Prints in the issue of  October 12.

Paw Prints is generously sponsored by Mark T. Freeley, Esq.