URGENT FOSTER OR ADOPTER NEEDED

**PLEASE SHARE** **URGENT ADOPTER OR FOSTER NEEDED**
Astro is a male, one and a half year old black lab mix who has been at our shelter for over a year now. This big dopey boy needs a home NOW! We are getting full and he is running out of time. Please share him and help us find his way out! He needs a home without other animals or small children. Since he’s grown up in the shelter, he’s never been properly socialized. He does need training, but Live Love Bark Dog will be paying for his adoption fee, and two free sessions of training with plauDogs if someone steps up! We’ll also buy a bed, food, and toys for him.

Astro is tired of being in his cage. Please ask to see him outside of the cage to see his real personality. Contact us today if you’re interested in saving a life! livelovebarkdogrescue@gmail.com – 631-742-4491

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Islip Animal Shelter “Long-timers” – Adopt one today!

These animals have been waiting at our shelter for over 6 months for their forever home!
That’s 6 months too long!

Come down and meet these loves. Please consider adopting one of these dogs over the others, as the need for them to be adopted is much more urgent that others.

Hazel
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Hazel has been at the shelter since June of 2013. Hazel has grown up at the shelter. She came to us a scared little girl around 6 to 7 months old. She’s spent over a year being overlooked. She’s now about a year and a half old, and she isn’t getting any younger! Hazel is tired of being in the shelter. She has changed a lot over the months and needs to get out of her cage and into a home setting where she came be comfortable. Hazel knows her commands – sit, down, come, and stay. She also walks nicely on a leash with a little leadership. Though Hazel started off enjoying the company of other animals, over the months she has become more dominant and has decided she would like to be the only animal in the home.  She would do best with older children, if any.

Keller

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Keller has been at the shelter since July of 2013. He has spent over a year being ignored because he is deaf and no one wants a deaf dog. Keller is roughly 5 years old now. Keller is the most well behaved dog in our shelter right now. He is calm in his cage, and very focused on his handler. He knows commands through hand signals – sit, down, come, and stay, and is in the process of learning more. He walks beautifully on leash and stops and sits down when his handler stops. He does get along with other dogs and children, but because he is deaf, we would prefer he go to a home without any other animals or small children who may startle him.

Nyx

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Nyx has been at the shelter since August of 2013. She has grown up here. She came to us as a kitten, just barely six months old, and has been here over a year waiting for someone to ignore the black cat stereotype. Nyx has a ton of personality, though she hardly gets to show it. Since we don’t have blessing of having a “cattery” our cats rarely get time outside of their cage. Nyx has spent most of every day in a small cage for over a year now. She would love a home to stretch out and a family to love.

Mark

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Mark has been at the shelter since September of 2013. He is only about a year and a half to two years old. He is still young and active and would love a yard to hang out in. Mark doesn’t enjoy being in his cage, but as soon as he gets out, he is well behaved and a happy boy. He knows some commands and is learning more, and he walks nicely on a leash with a little leadership. Mark gets along with select dogs and would be good with older children.

Ranger

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Ranger has been at the shelter since September of 2013. He’s now about 6 years old and is tired of waiting for a home. Ranger is a big goofball. He is full of personality. Though he is a strong boy, after a few minutes of exercise, he tires quickly and then becomes a big lazy lump. Ranger knows some commands – sit and come, and is working on more. He is also learning to walk nicely on the leash. Ranger has waited over a year, being overlooked by everyone who walks by. Ranger would love a happy home, so long as it doesn’t have cats in it.

Astro

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Astro has been at the shelter since October of 2013. He is a handsome boy who has grown up at the shelter. He came to us at only 6 months old. Now, almost a year later, he is full grown and still has all his puppy-energy. Since never properly socialized as a puppy, Astro is just now learning how to be social and interact nicely without jumping or pulling. He has a little bit of a way to go still, but he is learning more each week and with consistent training, he could be an all-star. Astro currently knows sit and down and come. He’s working on his stay. Astro is still very excitable around other animals, so he would do best as an only animal for now until he’s more used to being around others. Due to his strength, he’d do best with older children.

Sandy

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Sandy has been at the shelter since November of 2013. She hates being in her cage, and often gets overlooked because of that. Once Sandy is out of her cage she is a happy girl who is eager to please. Sandy knows some commands, like sit and down, and she is learning how to walk nicely by your side on a leash. Sandy would rather be in a home without other animals but would be just fine with children.

Polly

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Polly has been at the shelter since November of 2013. She is overlooked mainly because of her size. Polly is an American Bulldog mix, and is a very big girl. She is a big goofball though. Polly is about three years old and would really love some space to stretch out. She loves her toys and play time and is always looking for a belly rub. Polly knows sit and down. She needs someone who will be dedicated to training her leash manners and who is strong enough to handle her.

Chelsea

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Chelsea has been at the shelter since December of 2013. She came to the shelter with a terrible bought of fear aggression. Over the months, with some consistent love and attention, she has overcome most of that. Chelsea prefers women to men and needs to be the only animal. Due to her strength and size, she needs a home without children. We know she is a hard adoption, but she is a good girl and we’d love to find her the right home.

Carmen

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Carmen has been here since January of 2014. She is a little bit sassy, and can be picky with who she chooses to like, but once she likes you, she loves you. Carmen is full of energy even though she’s roughly 5 to 6 years old. She loves to run around outside and go in the pool. She enjoys the company of other dogs, especially those her own size, but she needs a home without cats. She’d do best with older children.

Scrabble

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Scrabble has been at the shelter since January of 2014. This dog has come a very long way. He came in as a puppy, around 7 months old and was a little crazypants. With a lot of attention and training, he is now well behaved and knows his commands. He also walks well on a leash with a little guidance. Scrabble still hates being in his cage, so please ask to see him out of the cage. He gets along with other dogs and select cats. He would do best with older children.

Buttercup

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Buttercup has been at the shelter since January of 2014. She came to the shelter after being tied up outside on the concrete. She has sores on her hind from sitting on the concrete for so long. After being treated, she finally recovered. Buttercup is about three years old. She is overlooked because of her size typically. Though she is a bigger girl, who can be strong, she is a sweetheart who wants to play and wants belly rubs. Buttercup is on the more dominant side with other dogs, but could go to a home with a very submissive dog. She’d prefer a home without cats.

Miss. Patti

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Miss. Patti has been at the shelter since February 2014. She spent her life tied up in a backyard and neglected. Miss. Patti is a strong girl who was never properly socialized. She is a friendly girl who, with a little training, has a ton of potential. She just needs a chance. She formerly lived with other dogs, so she should be dog friendly, and tested well with cats so far. She needs a home with older children just due to her size and strength.

Ziva

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Ziva has been at the shelter since February of 2014. She was one of the other dogs Miss. Patti lived with, tied up and neglected. Ziva is a strong girl but loves everyone she meets. Ziva is learning her manners. She knows sit and is working on her other commands. She is a little ball of energy at first, but will soon be rolling over for belly rubs. Ziva is dog friendly and tested well with cats. She would do best with older children due to her size and strength.

Floki

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Floki has been waiting since March of 2014. He is a total goofball who gets overlooked due to his size. This American Bulldog mix is a big guy, but he is a total love. Floki loves being outside, loves going in the pool, and loves playtime. He enjoys the company of anyone he meets, including other dogs and cats. He would do best with older kids because he can be extremely clumsy and accidentally run right into things, including people.

If any of these animals fit the description of what you’re looking for, we ask you to please come down and ask for these dogs by name. Please always see a dog out of the cage to see its true personality. And please consider that these animals spent most of their lives in a cage – when they get out at first, they will be over-excited and hyper. Give them some time to let that energy wear off. Then see them for who they really are.

If you can’t adopt, please share these dogs and their stories.

We are their only chance at a life worth living.

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Volunteer Picks

A couple of weeks ago, I posted our employee picks (two of which got adopted since then!) Today I’ll be posting our volunteer’s picks. The Live.Love.Bark volunteers work with these dogs every week, teaching them manners, commands, and socialization.

 Leon’s pick – Midnight, 2 years old, Black Lab mix  397508_10201921386659916_1440662268_n

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“Midnight is a black color, medium size, female who is very friendly. She knows her sit and down commands and we are working on her stay. Midnight also walks very well on a loose lead and likes to sit on the park bench and watch the people go by and likes when they stop and say hello. She would be a very good addition to your home and I think she could get along with everyone after being introduced to them. Please stop by and meet her.”

**Side note – Midnight has been waiting since November for her home. She is tired of waiting in a cage. Please ask to see her out of the cage to see her true personality.

 

Doreen’s pick – Hazel, 1.5 years old, Am Staff mix, Needs to be an only pet

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“I am a bit partial to Hazel. Hazel is a sweet, smart girl. She is good with her commands and walks well on the leash. She enjoys running around and playing with her toys. She will catch and bring it back to you. She loves belly rubs too. She is so looking for her forever home…her face just says it all.”

 

Jose and Andrea’s pick – Ziva, 2.5 years old, Am Staff mix

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“Ziva is a lovable girl, very energetic, and a total sweetheart. She loves to give kisses and loves interacting with people. She’s learning leash manners, and coming along nicely.” – Andrea

“Ziva is as strong as a bull but when she gets a chance to work out some energy she’s very calm and sweet. Also, she will look at you with a mischievous smile and then will want to play or cuddle. She’s very curious of her surroundings but is very trainable . It only took about three laps before she started to walk with me and not try to pull me. She’s a good, strong girl but she’ll surprise anyone with her soft and playful side.” – Jose

 

 

Melanie and Venessa’s pick – Georgia, 6 years old, Pit mix DSC_0213

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“At first I thought Georgia would be a wild woman (and she definitely has a playful personality at heart), but I quickly realized she is a sweet soul, a total mush, and very respectful. She walks wonderfully on a leash and would make a fantastic companion.” – Melanie

 “Georgia is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met. Georgia unfortunately has two strikes against her; she’s a Pit and she’s on the older side. But she is so appreciative of any attention she receives. She wants nothing more than to have someone to love. She is easy to handle, responsive and respectful, plus she gets along with everyone she meets, other dogs and cats included. She’s waited long enough for her second chance!” – Venessa

Andrea’s pick – Keller, 4 years old, American Bull Dog/ Pit Bull mix

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 “Keller! Keller is my favorite because not only is he adorable, he’s smart too. Although he’s deaf, he acts like a hearing dog. He understands some “sign language”, his disposition is fantastic. And the best part? He loves the cuddles! I love this boy!”

 

Sue’s pick – Quinn, 3.5 years old, Bull Terrier mix

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  “Quinn has a huge heart and just loves to interact with you. Quinn is a smart gal who is quick and eager to learn. It doesn’t hurt that she’s gorgeous; those eyes!”

**Side note – Quinn has been waiting since January for her home. She is tired of waiting in a cage. Please ask to see her out of the cage to see her true personality.

 

Sue’s pick – Astro, 1.5 years old, Black Lab mix, Needs to be an only pet

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“Astro! He’s a funny guy who makes my day – he is always so happy to see me. Astro is a strong boy who really just wants some guidance and wants to please his human.”

 

Venessa’s pick – Nikki, 2 years old, Bull Terrier mix

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 “Nikki is an awesome dog who needs to be noticed. How do you not notice those ears? Nikki is a young girl, who is thrilled to be outside with people, playing with her toys. She knows her sit and down commands and has a ton of potential. She gets along with everyone she meets and she would love to meet you!”

 

 

 If you’re interested in meeting any of these dogs, please visit the shelter at 210 South Denver Avenue in Bay Shore, NY.

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Employee Picks

We work with over a hundred animals every day. We love them all, but there will always be one or two that we each gravitate to. These are the dogs that we feel have the potential to be the best pets and your next best friend.

Danielle’s Pick – Scrabble, 1 year old, Pit mix

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“Scrabble is a great young Pit mix. With all the training he has been receiving he now walks on a leash nicely and knows sit, down, paw and catch. We are still working on stay and come. He gets along with some dogs and would do okay with cats.  Scrabble loves to sit in your lap even though he is a big dog. He has a lot of energy and would make a great running partner. Scrabble would do best with older children due to his size.”

Amanda’s Pick – Sloth, 3 years old, Am Staff mix

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“Sloth is the sweetest thing and very playful. I would adopt him myself if I could. He’s always excited to see someone and runs to the front of the cage wagging his tail.”

Bonnie’s Pick – Cornelius, 6 years old, Hound mix

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“I picked Cornelius the hound mix.  He is an older dog and is a hard adoption because a lot of people prefer younger dogs. But he is really sweet and would be good for someone that does not want a high energy dog.”

Mary’s Pick – Chelsea, 4 years old, St. Bernard

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“Chelsea the St. Bernard is sweet out of the cage. She loves to run around and is always happy when she is out. Watching her run and her ears going up and down is just so funny, it makes my day. She knows how to sit on command. She has some issues, but she’s come a long way. Please ask to see her out of the cage.”

Bernie’s Pick – Leila, 3 years old, Terrier mix

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“I pick Leila, the Terrier mix. It’s fun to play ball with her and she’s easy to walk on the leash. She has a lot of personality for a little dog.”

Jackie’s Pick – Ivy, 8 years old, Pit mix

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“I’m going to go with Ivy.  After all she’s been through she deserves to be spoiled, and she has the best “puppy dog eyes” I’ve ever seen. How could you say no?”

(George, Liz, and Andrea couldn’t pick just one.)

George’s Pick – Tyra, 1 year old, Am Staff mix

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“Tyra is a great dog. She’s high energy and friendly. She would make a great pet for someone who wanted a one-dog home.”

George’s Pick – Miller, 7 months old, Brindle Mix -

(Brindle is not a real breed, but whatever he is, he’s adorable.)

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“I like Miller a lot. He’s very fun, friendly and young too! He has the energy level of a puppy but the manners of an adult. He should be adopted by now.”

Andrea’s Pick – Mark, 2 years old, Husky mix

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“Mark is an extremely energetic boy who would make an excellent agility dog with the correct training. He flies over the jumps effortlessly. Does the A-frame very nicely but sometimes gets ahead of himself and jumps off ¼ of the way down. Mark is good at the weave poles on the leash. He walks fairly well on the leash. While walking if you want to make a left or right turn all you have to say is right or left and he will turn whichever way. As you are walking if you stop and say sit he will sit automatically. I am working on stay with him and he will do it while I have him on a long leash. Mark is really not fond of cats so he needs to go to a home without them. He seems to be okay  with select dogs. He would do best in a home with a nice size yard with at least a six foot fence. Also if you like to jog he would make an excellent jogging buddy. “

Andrea’s Pick – Vegas, 10 months old, Shar Pei mix

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“Vegas is an exceptionally good boy. He loves to play with other dogs and isn’t over-bearing. He did very well greeting other dogs and people at the recent dog wash event. He doesn’t seem to mind cats, he shies away from them when they hiss or swat at him. Vegas learns things quickly, like walking on a leash but he will try to test boundaries when he gets the chance to. Once he gets his energy out, he is more then happy to just lay around. Vegas would make an excellent family dog and companion.”

Liz’s Pick – Carmen, 5 years old, Chihuahua mix

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“I pick Carmen because she’s such a cool little dog. She’s like a big dog in a small dog’s body. She’s always up for anything and she’s tons of fun. There has to be the perfect home out there somewhere.”

Liz’s Pick – Georgia, 6 years old, Pit mix

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“I choose Georgia because she’s the happiest dog ever and is guaranteed to put you in a happy mood. She’s so affectionate, easy to handle, and extremely social towards everyone and everything.”

Our staff would also like to remind you that we also adopt out cats and kittens, and even have two rabbits for adoption right now.

If you’re interested in adopting, please come visit us at

210 South Denver Ave in Bay Shore NY.

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Dog and Cat Friendly

Need a dog that will get along with your other animals? Here they are!! Adopt one of these babies today!

 

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Vegas / Under a year old / Dog, cat, and kid friendly!

 

 

 

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Gabana / 9 years old / dog, cat, and kid friendly!

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Georgia / 6 years old / Dog, cat, and kid friendly!

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Ivy / 8 years old / Dog, cat, and kid friendly

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Sarge / 3 years old /Dog and cat friendly / Best with older children due to size and strength.

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Ziva / 3 years old /Dog and cat friendly / Best with older children due to size and strength.

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Nikki / 2 years old / Dog and cat friendly/ Good with kids 7+

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Prudence / 3 years old / Dog and cat friendly / Would be good with calm or older children.

Floki

Floki / 1 year old / Best with submissive males or female dogs, cat friendly/ Best with older children due to size and strength.

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Whitney / 3 years old / Best with calmer or submissive dogs, cat friendly / Would be best with children 7+.

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Buttercup / 2 years old / Best with submissive dogs, cat friendly / Would be best with children 7+ just due to size and strength.

 

 

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For Those Non-Pit Bull People

Though we all love our Pitties at the shelter, we understand that not everyone wants to adopt a Pit Bull. For those of you who think shelter’s only have Pits for adoption, here’s us proving you wrong! Adopt one of these dogs today!

Updated 3/23/14

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DSC_0013 Chelsea – St. Bernard.

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Mark Mark – Shepherd/ Husky mix.

 

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We get new dogs in daily, and a lot of the time, they’re not Pit Bulls. But – they get adopted quick. Sometimes before I can even get pictures of them. So be sure to keep checking in with the shelter!

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The Black Dog Bias

I’ve written entries in the past that explain that, most commonly, our shelter proves the black dog bias to be untrue. Well, today, surprisingly, I write to say we have found our shelter filling up with black, or at least predominantly black dogs and cats left in their cages, waiting for homes.

Black Dog Bias is a term used that suggests that in a shelter or rescue setting, black pets are most commonly overlooked and not adopted. People feel uncomfortable and uneasy when seeing a black pet in a shelter setting and so they continue directly past the animal to look at other more eye-inviting animals.

We don’t usually have this problem at the shelter. On occasion we do shelter numerous black cats, but typically we don’t have a problem with adopting our black pets out. Our more common issue is the brown/tan pets. We usually have so many in a similar brown color that they get overlooked and the black ones, or white, or even grey ones stand out more just because they’re one in million, so to speak.

As I was updating all of our pages and animal profiles, I noticed that for the first time since I’ve worked there, we really have a very high percentage of black animals for adoption. I hope you consider adopting one of these beauties that have been overlooked and are in desperate need of a home.

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Astro

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Astro is handsome young man. He is a Black Lab mix who is only about a year old. He’s been with us since November 2013. He would do best in a home without small children and without cats.

Bindy

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Bindy is a sweetheart who was treated very poorly by her previous owner. She is a petite Pittie who is about 3 to 4 years old. She has been with us since December of 2013.

Carmen

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Carmen is a female Chihuahua mix. She is between four and five years old. She has been with us since December 2013. She needs to go to a home without children or other animals.

Hans

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Hans is a handsome male Rottweiler purebred. He is roughly two to three years old. He has been with us since August 2013. He would do best in a home without small children.

Mark

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Mark is a unique looking Shepherd/ Husky mix. He is about a year and a half old. He has been with us since September 2013. He needs a home without small children.

 

Midnight

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Midnight is a cutie. She is a Black Lab mix who is about 2 years old. She has been with us since November 2013. She is learning commands and how to walk nicely on a leash. She needs a home without other dogs and with older children.

 

Blanche

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Blanche is a Shepherd mix who is about 7 years old. She is sweet and calm and needs a relaxing home to spend her senior years in. She would do best with a calm dog if any, no small children and she gets along fine with cats.

 

Mickey Mouse

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Mickey Mouse is a Corgi Chihuahua mix who is on the younger side and loves to be outside and run and play. He is a little shy at first but will warm up. He gets along with smaller dogs and would be best in a home without small children for now.

 

Rachel

 

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Rachel is a Pit mix puppy, less than a year old. She is a sweet girl and is your typical happy and energy-full puppy. She would do great with someone willing to raise her right and train her.

Ragnar

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Ragnar is a gorgeous English Lab mix who is about 2 years old. He is  a happy boy who is strong and would do best with a strong owner. He would do best in a home without smaller children just due to his size and strength.

 

Rollo

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Rollo is a gorgeous English Lab mix who is about 2 years old. He is  a happy boy who is strong and would do best with a strong owner. He would do best in a home without smaller children just due to his size and strength.

 

 

Romeo

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Romeo is a handsome male Pit mix who is young and active. He would do best as the only pet in the home. He needs an experienced owner and someone who will be willing to work on training him.

 

Tia

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Tia is a cute Boston Terrier mix who is less than a year old. She is a sweet girl who loves people and loves to play. She gets along with other dogs too!

Tyra

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Tyra is a happy girl who loves people and would love a home. She is active and energetic.

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Icyes

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Janell

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Preston

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Princess

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Nyx

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If you’re interested in adopting any of these sweet animals, please contact us via Facebook or call us at 631-224-5660.

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