The Fourth Annual Holiday Pet Toy Drive

Christmas is still a few weeks away but the holidays are starting early at the shelter! Only one more week until we celebrate by welcoming the public into our shelter and collect donations from our generous supporters.

Saturday, December 12th, will be our fourth annual Holiday Toy Drive! I can’t believe this is year number four.  For those of you reading who haven’t been to this event in the past, let me tell you a little about it. (For those who have been, read anyway.)


The idea for this event began the first Christmas I was at the shelter, after I had went out and bought some Christmas stockings for our long-timers. I used those sparkly glue pens to write their names on them.  It was just a way to decorate the cage so that maybe more people would notice them.  It seemed to be such a big hit. And honestly, after seeing how cute and festive the cages looked with them on there, I ended up feeling bad for the rest of the animals, so I went out and bought stockings for their cages too.  So, nearly 80 dog and 20 cat stockings later (and over $100) everyone had their own stockings waiting to be filled.  (What a sucker.)


Eventually the idea progressed and turned into an event where people come and stuff the stockings. The first year we did pretty well, especially since we weren’t sure what type of response or turn out we’d get. Since then we’ve collected more and more items each year. We’re at the point where we now collect enough toys to last the whole year. We also have been collecting more and more food and cleaning supplies too each year.


I think the reason this event has been so successful, other than everyone being in the holiday spirit, is because the public gets to come in and see our animals. They get to see where their donations are going – or who they’re going to, rather. It’s a little more rewarding when you can match your donation to a face and personality, instead of just a name.


Through the years the attendance has skyrocketed and grown to include families, churches, school groups, local organizations, previous adopters, local businesses and supporters from all over New York. We are blessed to have so many amazing supporters and outstanding local businesses who want to help by donating raffle baskets or prizes to us, from gift cards to  baskets for dogs and cats, to baskets full of holiday goodies, to toys and games for kids, and everything in between. This year we already have over 30 prizes to raffle off and we’re still collecting! This year we also have some additional sponsors, aside from Live.Love.Bark  who has sponsored this event for the last two years (going on three now). The money they pay to sponsor the event helps us raise monetary donations which will be used for various things that we don’t get donated, such as heartworm preventative, flea and tick medications, wellness products, etc.  With 70+ dogs and cats to take care of at a time, we go through supplies so quickly and these donations help us afford all their needs throughout the year.


So, what makes this year bigger and better than last year? Well, for starters, all of you! We’re sure we’ll have even more people come down and donate, especially since in the last year our following has increase by nearly 2000 people! Another big thing is the amount of raffles we have this year. We had so many donated that we’ve decided to use the second viewing room for them. In that room we’ll have the raffles displayed, you can buy your tickets there, and we’ll also have merchandise for sale in there including shirts, hoodies, calendars and bandanas for your pets.

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Where the raffles were last year – in the main lobby – we’ll be collecting any donations that aren’t going in the stockings. Not sure what else we need? Here’s a list of items we’re collecting:

Toys – We LOVE Kong toys.
Bones – We LOVE Nylabones
Food – dry or canned dog and cat food
Laundry detergent – HE please
Dish Soap
Hand Sanitizer
Pet beds

Please DO NOT DONATE Beneful food, raw hide bones/treats, or tennis balls.

Beneful makes our dogs sick.
We only use raw hides for testing purposes so we don’t need excess.
We still have TONS of tennis balls from last year that we haven’t gone through yet.


Other things you should know:

WE WILL NOT BE OPEN BEFORE 11AM on this day. We need time for the employees to clean cages, feed the animals, give out any medicines they need, etc. They’ll be too busy to do that once the event starts, so in order to give them enough time, we won’t be letting anyone in until 11am. Plus it gives the volutneers time to set up all the raffles and merchandise.

We currently have 101 animals in the building . This number will definitely change before the 12th, as it fluctuates daily, but as of right now we have 64 dogs and 37 cats. Not all of those cats are up front for you to see (mostly because of space, but also because some are not up for adoption yet, some are recovering from illness, etc.) We will have extra cat stockings hanging around the cat room and in the hallway for the cats that are in the back.

Raffle winners will be drawn around 2:00 pm. Be sure to come buy tickets before then if you want to win! You don’t have to be there to win. We’ll contact you if you win and aren’t present.

December 10th is Heather’s birthday. December 13th is Joanne’s birthday.  Heather works in the main office and Joanne is the shelter Supervisor. If you see them, wish them a happy birthday!

The people walking you through and helping you are all volunteers. They work their butts off to them. Say thank you. ;)

2014 Toy Drive

We’re so excited to see all of you. If you have any questions, call me (Venessa) at (631) 224-5485 or email


We’d like to again thank our sponsors:

Live.Love.Bark Dog Rescue

Andrea DiLoreto

Diane L Roach

Bill Holland of Cavalier Homes

Good Mojo Printing

The Tantone Family

Youth Enrichment Services (YES)



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Are you being pet racist? 

Black Dog Syndrome is when a black dog is passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. For the purposes of this post, when we use the term “Black Dog Syndrome” we’re also including black cats as well. Both seem to have a harder time getting adopted than those pets lighter in color. 

Though Black Dog Syndrome isn’t always a problem at the Islip Animal Shelter, we do seem to have spells where we have an exceptional amount of black (or mostly black) pets overlooked. Are people really racist when it comes to choosing a pet?

What is the reason that these animals are overlooked?
There are a number of reasons we can list for this problem. Here are just some reasons we found while searching the web:
1) Black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive in film and on television. The bad guy in a movie is always the one wearing dark colors. Same with the dogs. The aggressive dog is always a darker color, compared to say a happy yellow Lab as your typical American family dog, or to Lassie, an American Hero.
2) Some people believe that potential owners associate the color black with evil or misfortune (similar to the common superstition surrounding black cats.)
3) Photo profiles of dogs on the shelter websites never look as good for black pets. Because black pets do not photograph well, lighter-colored dogs and cats have an advantage with potential adopters browsing the site. – (This is very true. Being the one who takes the photographs of the dogs, I can totally agree, black pets are harder to photographer. Their photos don’t come out as nice as I ever want them to, and they never do that pet justice. You really need professional experience and equipment to photograph black animals.)
4) If the kennels are in dark areas, these dogs seem to be lurking in shadows (even if they’re not), and they simply don’t “show” as well as lighter-colored dogs. In improved lighting conditions, like outdoors on a sunny day for example, someone might see the beautiful rich luster of a black dog’s coat, however the lighting in many shelters is not optimal, and this works to the disadvantage of darker dogs.
5) Black fur shows up on everything. We’ve heard that excuse multiple times. For those who don’t wear black every day like I do, I suppose you do notice black fur on your clothes more than tan or brown? I don’t know… hair is hair, you’ll still be covered in it no matter what color it is…
Scientific studies have shown that people see dogs with light coats as more agreeable, conscientious, and emotionally stable. People feel they’ll make a better pet all-around.
Well, that’s just simply not true! We have a bunch of amazing dark-colored animals for adoption who will love you just as much as any other colored dog or cat. They are smart, well-behaved animals who are tired of being overlooked.
Open your mind, your heart, and your home to one of these animals today!

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These animals are available for adoption or foster care. If interested in them, please visit them in person at 210 South Denver Avenue in Bay Shore, NY. Or shoot us an email at


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12108961_10203600707938250_5686922976441196880_n11098261_10204805388438158_3592732802965012672_nCinnabon is an adoptable dog waiting at Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center, located at 210 South Denver Avenue in Bay Shore, New York.


  • Cinnabon is a female Pit Bull mix.
  • She’s roughly four years old.
  • She is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on shots.
  • She is also on monthly heartworm preventative.
  • She has been waiting for a forever home since November 6, 2014.
  • Cinnabon loves people and has done well with children, too.
  • She is a very active, athletic dog with a lot of energy to burn.
  • Due to her energy level, she’d do best with children 5 and up.
  • Cinnabon needs to be the only pet in the home.
  • Cinnabon is a part of Live.Love.Bark’s training program.


  • Sandy knows the sit, down and come commands.


  • She walks nicely on a leash.
  • She is easy to re-focus and is food motivated.


  • Cinnabon is very well behaved during bath time.



  • Cinnabon is a wonderful model, and loves to ham it up for the camera.

“Make sure you get my good side.” ;)

Sometimes she’ll even let you put a headband on her…


But then again… sometimes she won’t… hahaha

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  • Cinnabon is still young and loves her playtime. She loves toys of all kinds, especially squeaky toys, and would love a yard to play in with someone to play with.



  • After playtime, she enjoys rolling over for belly rubs.


  • Cinnabon has just begun her agility training! She is the perfect candidate for it.


  • Cinnabon’s adoption fee is paid for by Live.Love.Bark, which means she is FREE to an approved applicant.
  • She also goes home with a free collar, leash, bag of food, bed, toys, and treats.
  • Live.Love.Bark will also offer help continuing her training.


Cinnabon’s ideal home would be a home with an active couple or family. If the family has children, they should be over the age of five. The home can not have other animals in it. She would prefer a fenced in yard, but walks nicely on a leash so she would do fine without one, so long as she was walked and exercised regularly. She would make a great running partner with a little leadership.

If you are interested in adopting Cinnabon, visit her in person at Islip Animal Shelter.

If you are interested in fostering Cinnabon, contact



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All About Sandy!



Sandy is an adoptable dog waiting at Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center, located at 210 South Denver Avenue in Bay Shore, New York.

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need to know

  • Sandy is a female Yellow Lab / Pit Bull mix.
  • She’s roughly three years old.
  • She is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on shots.
  • She is also on monthly heartworm preventative.
  • She has been waiting for a forever home since November 11, 2013.
  • Sandy loves people of all ages, especially children.
  • Sandy needs to be the only pet in the home.
  • Sandy is a part of Live.Love.Bark’s training program.


  • Sandy knows the sit, down, come and stay commands. Watch a short video of her learning commands here. 


  • She walks nicely on a leash.
  • She is easy to re-focus and food motivated.


  • Sandy is very well behaved during bath time.


  • She is well behaved on car rides, too.


  • Although Sandy is not dog friendly, she is well behaved in public with other dogs around, so long as they’re not approaching her. She walks past them with ease. If she begins to get uncomfortable she is easily re-focused with a verbal command or treat. This is not to say she would do well at events with many dogs around and certainly should not be taken to a dog park, but means she can easily be walked in public.


  • Sandy is a wonderful model. She is patient and hams it up for the camera.



  • Sandy is still young and loves her playtime. She loves toys of all kinds and would love a yard to play in with someone to play with.


  • Sandy’s adoption fee is paid for by Live.Love.Bark, which means she is FREE to an approved applicant.
  • She also goes home with a free collar, leash, bag of food, bed, toys, and treats.
  • Live.Love.Bark will also offer help continuing her training.

ideal home

Sandy’s ideal home would be a home with a family to play with and snuggle with. The home can not have other animals in it. She would prefer a fenced in yard, but walks nicely on a leash so she would do fine without one, so long as she was walked and exercised regularly.


If you are interested in adopting Sandy, visit her in person at Islip Animal Shelter.

If you are interested in fostering Sandy, contact

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I went to the shelter today on my lunch break. I had a few things to get done, like hang up the cage signs I made for all the new dogs, and to hang up photos on the adoption board in the lobby. (The bunny that’s in the cage in the lobby, right under the adoption board, got a hold of some of the ones already up there, so I needed to print new ones anyway and move them to the other side, out of his reach. Silly bunny.) I got those out of the way first and then continued down my “To Do” list.

Another thing I had to get done was to get Ivy’s autographs done for Saturday’s big event. Saturday is the Shelter’s Choice Awards fundraiser, where dogs will be walking the red carpet and receiving awards (over-sized dog biscuits). One of the many things we’re doing to raise extra money is selling photographs of the dogs “signed” by each dog. This requires me to stamp their paw in ink and press it on each photo. Adorable, but not always easy depending on the dog.

I won’t lie, Jackson gave me more trouble than I expected. Not because he was being bad by any means, just distracted and wanted to keep giving me kisses as we were trying to get this done. Sandy wasn’t too bad, but got tired of standing in the same spot while we did this. I had to keep pulling her paw to me and the photos, or shifting everything every time she moved.

Today was Ivy’s turn, and as I expected, it was a breeze. Ivy is quite possibly the most laid back dog in the shelter. If you haven’t met or read about Ivy yet, let me describe her for you – She’s about 10+ years old, all white, Pit mix but not very Pittie. She’s petite and small enough to scoop under your arms, big enough to know you won’t crush her if you accidentally step on her. She is always happy, wiggling her butt and the tail attached to it. One of her most Pittie features is her smile – huge and adorable. Ivy loves people and will gladly sit on your lap. When not in your lap, she’ll frolic (not really run) around the yard for a little bit, munch on some grass, roll around a little, and just mosey. That might be the best word for what she does – she moseys.

So, I took Ivy outside today. I set up the stack of photos on the picnic table, and opened up the ink pad. I called her over, picked her up, and there she laid. She laid on my lap as I rubbed her paw in ink, and pushed it down onto the paper. We did 20+ photos and she sat there the entire time. Every now and then I’d hear a little thump – the wag of her tail on the metal bench. When I finished, I looked at her, said “All done” and she smiled, wagged her tail (thump thump thump), gave me a kiss, and hopped off.

I needed to wash the ink off her white paws, but I didn’t want to spray her with the hose. I put a little water in the pool and picked her up and put her in to wash the ink off. She let me, of course, and then out she went, happy as could be.

We walked back to her cage, easy as can be – she doesn’t pull on leash at all. I opened the cage door and she moseyed right in, went on her bed, looked up at me with that big smile and just stood there letting me take the leash off. As I was putting her back in her cage, I thought to myself (as I do basically every time I see her) “How has no one adopted this dog yet?”

I mean, believe me, I know how… I’m well aware… I just hate that she’s still waiting in her cage instead of living the good life on someone’s couch.

She’s a Pit Bull (mix) – strike one

She’s a senior – strike two

She’s not dog-friendly – strike three

But I still wonder. There has to be someone out there that doesn’t see her as the stereotype, that just wants to make an old dog happy and comfortable in their last few years, and who doesn’t already have a dog. Right? There has to be someone. Somewhere.

Come watch Ivy walk the red carpet on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Spend a few minutes with her, and you’ll be just as obsessed with this little peanut of a dog. And of course, come buy her autograph!

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Dog Friendly Dogs

ADOPTED – Jackson is a very handsome red Pit Bull mix who is about 3 years old. He is a well behaved boy who knows the sit and down command and walks well on leash with a little leadership.He gets along well with every one he meets, dogs, cats and kids included. Jackson has been waiting over 6 months. Adopt him for free!


ADOPTED – Scrabble is a handsome male Pit mix who is about two years old. He’s pretty much grown up at the shelter. He is an active dog who loves to be out of the cage. He is being trained leash manners and he knows his basic commands. He has learned commands such as sit, down, paw, come, and more. Scrabble gets along with all dogs and cats. He gets along well with kids too but would do best in a home with older children due to his energy level.  Scrabble has been waiting over a year. Adopt him for free and get a free bag of food, bed, toys and treats.

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Jagger is a high-energy male Shepherd mix who is only about a year and a half old. He is a happy and excitable boy who would do best with an experienced dog owner to show him the ropes. He needs a home without children. He gets along with dogs but needs a home without cats.
Marcy is a sweet girl who is a Plab (Pit/ Lab mix). She is playful and energetic. She loves toys, especially stuffed ones. She’s only about a year and a half to two years old. She gets along with other dogs and would be fine with children.
ADOPTED – Paige is an adorable female about 2 years old. She loves to play and get her energy out. Once she’s done chasing toys, she looks for lots of belly rubs and loving! She gets along with dogs but would do best in a home without cats. She would do best with older children due to her energy level. Paige has been waiting over 6 months. Adopt her for free.
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Pandora is a pretty girl that has had a rough past, she was thrown from a car and seems to have been abused. She is very hand shy but she wants to trust people. Once she realizes she’s safe, she warms up. She is only about a year and a half old. She needs a calm, quiet home with patient owners who will let her experience the good life she deserves. She gets along with calmer dogs but needs a home without cats. Pandora has been waiting over six months. Adopt her for free.
ADOPTED – Rambo is the sweetest male Mastiff/ Pit mix who is about 4 years old. He is super friendly and loves people. And he loves to snuggle! He leans right into you. So far, he knows his sit command and he tested very well with cats and dogs. He’d do best with older children just due to his size.


ADOPTED – Ellis is a handsome male Shepherd mix. He’s come out of his shell quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. He’s now a happy and playful boy. Ellis would do best in a home with kids 5 and up. He gets along with other dogs but he needs a home without cats.


ADOPTED – Toby is a cute little guy who is slightly selective with who he likes. He would do best in a home without men if possible, and definitely without children. He is dog friendly though.


Adopt these dogs at Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center!

210 South Denver Ave., Bay Shore NY 11706.


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Long-timers Waiting at Islip Animal Shelter

You were cold and lonely, roaming the streets, dodging cars, hiding in the woods,  and trying to find your way back to where you came from, but you couldn’t remember how. You were confused and didn’t understand why someone left you, dumped you, ignored you. You were picked up by a nice man wearing brown, who picked you up and put you in a big truck. You were scared, but it was warm in there and you were happy to see someone. They brought you to a building with all different abandoned animals, just like you. They got you cleaned up, got you healthy, gave you food, and put you in your own cage. It wasn’t so bad at first. You got to make new friends with the dogs next to you. You got some lovin’ from the humans who fed and cared for you. Volunteers would take you out to play sometimes. But over time, you watched all your dog friends leave their cage. And they wagged their tails as they met their new family, and then you never saw them again. They got to go home. And you watched hundreds of dogs go home. But not you. You’re still in your cage, and even though it’s warm and safe in there, you want a home and a family to be with. You’re bored of being in a cage. You want it to be your turn. You’ve waited long enough.

Welcome to the life of an animal shelter long-timer.

I did a segment on shelter long-timers in the past, and someone suggested changing the term “Long-timer” because it has a negative connotation. But I don’t think I will change it, because in all honesty, it is a very negative situation, and people should realize that. We consider any pet that’s been waiting for 6 months or longer a long-timer. Some of these animals though have been waiting for their home for years. Every day they get their hopes up to get out, but instead are passed by and ignored by the public. It’s no fault of their own, it’s just the sad reality of it. Some pets just aren’t as desirable to the general public as others are. I’m sad to say that a bunch of the dogs we featured as long-timers last year, made the list again this year.

Although I’m always thrilled to see any animal get adopted, it still breaks my heart a little when an animal who has only been waiting a week goes home before the one who has been waiting nearly two years. And it seems that no matter what we do, we can’t get people to focus on these long-timers. We try new photos, videos, flyers, free adoptions, and for whatever reason, they still get overlooked. I hope this post won’t get over-looked the way they have been in the past, and I hope this encourages people to pick the animals who need it the most. Below is a list of the dogs that have been waiting for more than 300 days. Adopt one today for free.

My name is Hazel and I’ve been waiting 724 Days!!!!


Can I go home now? I’ve been waiting for forever! I came to the shelter as a puppy and got passed by for so long. I’m about 2 and a half years old now and just want someone to play with, a place and human to call my own. I’ve been practicing my commands and I’m ready to show off. I know sit, down, come and stay. I can walk nicely on a leash and I’m eager to please – especially if it means I get some treats!

The volunteers take me out every week and I love to play with as many toys as I can while I’m out. When I’m done playing, I get lots of love from them and it makes me really wish someone would take me home and give me that love all the time! I’ve watched a lot of dogs leave, a lot of them grow up and go home. When will it ever be my turn?

My name is Sandy and I’ve been waiting 574 days.


I was brought to the shelter on 11-11, and ever since I’ve been wishing someone would take me home. But my wish doesn’t ever come true. I’m a good girl, but the shelter environment can really stress a dog out. I’m always eager to get out of the building, but you’ll notice as soon as I’m out the door I calm right down and behave very well!

The volunteers take me out every week and we learn commands. So far I know sit, down and come. I’m working on stay. I also know how to walk nicely on a leash, but like I said, only when I’m out of the shelter, otherwise, I’ll admit, I pull to get out of there quicker! But you would too after 500 days in a cage! I keep watching everyone around me leave and I wonder when it will be my turn. I’m a good girl and I know I deserve a human that I can have all to my own!


My name is Janell and I’ve been waiting 429 days.


My name is Janell. I’ve been waiting at the shelter over a year for the right person to come along. I’m a little bit older, maybe about 8 years old now and I have a cloudy eye. I think that’s why people don’t want to take me home. But I have lots of life to live, and my eye doesn’t bother me at all! I love to lounge and roll around on my back, stretch out, and enjoy beds, blankets, and snuggles. Don’t pass me by because of my age!

My name is Momma and I’ve been waiting 398 days.


I came to the shelter very pregnant and gave birth to a litter of 10 puppies. I got so much attention when they were born, that I thought for sure someone would want to take me home. I even walked the red carpet and showed off in front of a big crowd of people, but instead, everyone wanted my puppies. No one wanted the mommy. One by one all my puppies got adopted, and there I was, still waiting. I’ve been waiting 398 days in my cage. And I’ll be honest, I’m getting really tired of it.

I love when the volunteers come and take me out. They let me run around and have fun. But they also make me work to learn commands. They say it might help get me adopted – I hope so, I’m trying my hardest! I know sit, down and come, and I’m learning stay. I know I can do it! I’m willing to try anything to get adopted. I know I’m not young like a puppy anymore, and I know someone was mean to me and cut my ears off, so maybe I look a little funny, so I try extra hard to get people’s attention. When people walk by I bark so they notice me, then when they stop I smush into the door hoping they reach in and pet me. (The shelter employees tell people not to do that, though. Shux.) I’d do anything to have a home and human to myself. I’m worth it!


My name is Jenny and I’ve been waiting 367 days.


I just celebrated my one year anniversary in the shelter. I’m not sure why I’m still waiting! I’m middle aged and have lots of life to live and love to give. I’m a bit on the bigger side, in fact I’ve been on a diet for some time now. But I hope that’s not the reason no one wants me! That’s just not fair! I like to spend most of my day snuggled in bed or wrapped up in blankets. Do you have a blanket for me at your home?

My name is Desi and I’ve been waiting 359 days.


I was only a puppy when I got to the shelter. I was about 6 months old and really scared and confused. No one ever socialized me, so I didn’t know how to act around people. I just get so excited to see people, I can’t contain myself! I’m working on it though!

I’ve been waiting for 359 days. In that time, I’ve grown up quite a bit. I even grew into my ears, kinda. I still have lots of energy, but the shelter volunteers get me out every week so I can run it off. They’re also teaching me commands! I know what the “sit,” “down” and “come” words means, and when I do it right, I get a treat! If you see me out of the cage, you’ll see me running around, playing, and having fun. But when I have to go back in the cage, I’m usually sad and quiet. I wish I could stay out of the cage forever.



Just a reminder – all of these pets are paid for by Live.Love.Bark Dog Rescue. You can take them home for FREE. (Standard application process still applies.) If you adopt someone who has been waiting more than a year for its forever home, we’ll even throw in a bed, food, toys and treats.

If you’re interested in adopting one of these dogs, please contact the shelter at 631-224-5660 or email We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and be more than happy to show any of these dogs out of their cages.

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