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


“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!



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






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



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



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


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


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


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



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


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



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



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!

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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 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 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 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.


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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 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 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 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.


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

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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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Finding Humanity in Animal Oriented Companies

As you all know from my constant posts, the shelter is always looking for donations. We prefer to use our allotted budget on medical expenses, because we feel saving lives is the biggest and most important part of any animal shelter or rescue. By asking the public and outside organizations and companies for donations, we save what money we would have spent on things like food or cleaning supplies and then can use that for medications, surgeries, and wellness products.

Part of my job, or what I’ve made part of my job, is continually looking for companies who are willing to donate to the shelter. I’ve contacted numerous companies from food companies, pet med companies, to even hotels for their old towels and sheets. I don’t always get a response – actually, I hardly ever get a response- but when I do get a response, they are almost always automatic. You never get to deal with a real person and they more often than not deny your request for donations.

When I reached out to 1-800-PetMeds I was sure they would be like all the other companies, where I would not get a response, or if I did it would be just an automatic email back explaining that someone will review my request, and then I’d never hear back from them. I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email back from them, within only a short time, eagerly wanting to help and to donate a care package.

Not only did they donate to us that initial time, but since then, their representative has contacted me numerous times, even added me on facebook, and keeps in touch with me. Whenever she is able to donate, after less than a week of when she contacts me, we receive that beautiful white box with their logo on it. (THANK YOU, DANA!)  This week we received another donation from them, full of goodies for our animals.

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It is so refreshing to be able to work with a real person, representing a company that really does care about the welfare of animals  – not just pets but all animals. I only wish that more companies could be like 1-800-PetMeds and donate to the animals who need it the most – the homeless beauties in shelters and rescues who have been neglected and denied these products their whole lives.

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Thank You Note

There are often times when I begin to lose hope in people. It’s not hard to do. The animal industry can be an on-going reminder of how cruel some people can be.

But it seems as though every time I begin to question myself and my choices to do what I’m doing, someone steps up and I am reminded that there is still good in this world. There are people who always leave me with faith in humanity. This post is for them, a thank you from me.


Saturday was our second annual Holiday Toy Drive. The amount of people who came together to make this happen was astonishing. Before the event even took place, we had people reaching out to us wanting to donate. We had donations from all over the country, from our previous adopters, from Town employees, from our volunteers, from our families, our friends, and from total strangers.

There is a certain gratification that comes with seeing all your hard work come together. Even before the event began, I started seeing our flyers posted in different publications, throughout town and in different shops, and all over social media sites. We received packages from amazon from our followers who couldn’t make the event, some more than we could have ever asked for or expected (the Blam family in particular, who were beyond generous, donating Kuranda beds and Kong toys.) We had people donate snacks and treats to the staff. (Andrea, Cheddar’s new mommy, your donuts and pastries made us all the happiest people ever. We all love a nice baked good, haha) and we had so many people, even kids, telling us how excited they were to come down and stuff those stockings.

The day of the event, I was riddled with stress and fear that it would be a disaster, since as soon as I got in my car at 8 am it began to snow. I thought for sure no one would show up because of the weather and road conditions. But by the time I got to the shelter and started setting everything up, one by one the Live.Love.Bark volunteers started showing up, donations in hand, and ready to work!

As we were setting up the lobby and going over the game plan, we had people knocking on the door, waiting to donate. “Hopefully that’s a good sign” I thought to myself. And it was! When 11 am came rolling around, we had a line of people waiting in the snow to come in and donate. And that line was pretty consistent all day long.

As you’ve probably read in our statuses and in the press release posted on our facebook page and on the Town’s website, we raised over 200 gallons of toys. We also raised food, bones, laundry detergent, dish soap, food bowls, collars and leashes, and more! We’re so grateful to have raised sooo, soo much this year thanks to everyone who donated to us.

We’d like to send out a special thank you the following people:

Selena and her family, for collecting donations from friends and family and making sure every stocking had at least one goody bag in it.

Beth, for making and donating the cutest blanket for our Brock. He loves it!

Kim and her family, for always donating and being there to support our shelter.

Noelle and her family, for coming to all of our events and passing on the importance of donating and adopting to their adorable son.

Sue S., for donating literally ever single time we ask for help, for showing up to all of the events, and for being all around an awesome person. Thank you for donating to both the animals, and to humans working the events!

My own family, for always being at these events, and donating, and being supportive. To my mom who made that Shelter Alumni scrap book for Joanne and the shelter, and to my dad who always lets me use his truck to go back and forth to these events.

And of course, thank you to all of the volunteers who worked the event! None of this would have happened without you all!

(I’m probably forgetting a bunch of key people, but you all know who you are, so if I did, know we’re so thankful for you, and it’s nothing personal, I just have a bad memory! lol)

It is because of these people -everyone who donated, shared our flyer, collected donations from others, or supported us in any way – because of them, total strangers, coming together to make a difference, that I continually regain faith in humanity, and have hope that together, we really can make a change for these animals.

We’d like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and a very happy new year. We look forward to seeing you at our next event! :)




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