Meet Buttercup!

I first met Buttercup in February of 2014 after she had just spent about a month at the VMCLI. I walked past her cage and my heart broke upon looking at her. What should had been a 60 pound dog was a skeleton with fur and open wounds. Buttercup had just returned from a long vet visit. As soon as she arrived at the shelter she was sent there, not only due to lack of weight and poor condition, but because she had two huge abscesses on her hind-end that had burst open.

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Buttercup was seized from her former owner and taken away from the cold and uncomfortable cement space she was living. The abscesses were undoubtedly caused by being tied up and sitting on concrete her entire life.


She was returned to us and we kept up with treatment and socialization. Enjoying the comforts of human contact, a bed, and regular feedings, she began to gain weight and come out of her shell in no time. Though her hind-end took quite the while to heal up, she put on all the weight she needed and never let her circumstances upset her.


One of the most amazing things about so many dogs that have suffered from abuse and neglect is the way they bounce back and the way they still trust. Though this dog has every reason to hate humans, and every reason to show aggression to the breed of animal that treated her worse than garbage, she continually wags that tail and greets everyone see meets with love and affection. No matter her past, she is truly a happy girl.


Buttercup has been waiting since January for someone to give her the life she should have had all along. She celebrates her one year anniversary with us with wishes of finding that perfect forever home. This awesome dog is now about three years old. She weighs a healthy 60 pounds of muscle and love now. She loves people, belly rubs, and toys. In that order. Though she’s a big gentle giant, she is a strong girl and would do best with a stronger owner, in a home without small children. (This is only due to her size and strength, not at all based on temperament. She doesn’t realize her own strength as she goofily runs around throwing her toys around or flopping on the floor insistent on belly rubs.)


Because of her past, and because she’s spent so much time alone in her cage, she hasn’t been properly socialized with other animals. She is a very dominant personality when around other animals, and for that reason, we feel it would be best if she went home to a house as the only pet. But she has so much to offer, that I promise she’s worth it!


Buttercup has great potential. She knows her sit and come commands. She’s working on down and stay. She is eager to please and with a little leadership and training, she will master those commands in no time.


If your home sounds suitable for Buttercup, please come down and see her out of the cage. Don’t make this girl wait any longer than she already has. She’s waited her entire life to prove what an incredible dog she can be. Let her prove that to you!


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Adopt me for FREE!

All of these animals have been waiting for their forever home for six months or longer! They are all good pets who just need a chance. And they need that chance a lot more than the other dogs and cats. Please consider them first when you come to find your new best friend.

Live.Love.Bark will be paying for the adoption fee for each of these animals. Adoption fee covers the cost of the spay or neuter surgery, shots, and micro-chip. Standard adoption application process still applies. For those pets waiting over a year, they’ll even throw in a free bed, bag of food, toys and treats.

Please don’t wait, come meet them today!


Hazel is a sweet girl who is about two years old. She’s grown up in the shelter and is tired of sitting in a cage. She’s been waiting for a year and a half now. She’s very friendly and enjoys her time outside and her playtime. She needs a home without other animals and would do best without small children. She knows sit and down and is learning more and more each week!


Keller is a handsome boy who is deaf. He is a sweet boy who loves people and enjoys having the chance to run around and be a dog. He’s been waiting for about a year and a half. He is very calm and collected in his cage, and will sit right next to you if given the chance. He is currently being trained with hand commands. He knows sit, down, stay, come and place. Because he is deaf, we’d feel more comfortable adopting him out to a home without small children or overly-active dogs. He also needs a home without cats.


This goofball is Ranger. Ranger is 6 years old. He’s been at the shelter for over a year. He starts off as a big ball of energy but once he’s out for a few minutes he’s actually pretty relaxed. I think if he had a normal routine to get his energy out, he’d actually be a pretty relaxed and lazy dog. He would do great in a home with a big yard with lots of space to run around, or someone who is just committed to walking him often enough. He is a strong boy so someone with Bully breed experience would be great. He is learning how to walk nicely on a leash along with commands.  He gets along with most dogs but needs a home without cats. He would do best with older children just due to his size and strength.


Sandy is a sweet girl who is about 2 years old.  She just celebrated her one year anniversary with us. She is such a happy girl once she is out of her cage. She loves to play with toys, especially squeaky toys and tennis balls. She would do great in an active home. She is currently in training and learning her basics. She knows sit and down and is working on come and stay.  She is very responsive and eager to please. She needs a home without other animals but gets along great with children.


Scrabble is a handsome boy who is only about a year old and a half old. He’s approaching his one year mark in January. He is an active dog who is being trained and has learned how to walk much better on leash. He also has learned his commands such as sit and down. He’s learning more each day. Scrabble gets along with most dogs and select cats. He would do best with older children due to his size and energy.


Buttercup was found and brought to our shelter on January 25th, 2014. She was emaciated and skeletal and had two huge abscesses on her hind-end that had burst. These were almost surely caused by being tied up and left on the concrete for so long. She was immediately taken to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island (VMCLI) where she was treated. (Thank you so much to everyone there for their incredible work!)

Buttercup has gained a bunch of weight since January and has come out of her shell, showing love and affection to everyone she meets. She is a happy girl now and is ready to find her forever home! She is only between 2 and 3 years old, so she has a nice long, healthy life ahead of her now! She could possibly be homed with another dog, but would do best in a home with older children (just due to her size, not due to her temperament at all.)


Miss Patti is an adorable female Pit mix who is roughly 5 years old. She’s been waiting for a new home since February. She came from a horrible home, where she was chained up outside with a bunch of other dogs and ignored. They cropper her ears (extremely poorly might I add) and bred her multiple times. No matter her past, Patti is a happy girl who just wants to go outside and enjoy someone’s company. She loves belly rubs and rolling in the grass. Patti definitely needs leash training, as she’s only ever been chained up and never walked until she came to the shelter. She should be good with other dogs, but would do best with older children because of her size and strength.


Angus is a handsome boy who came to the shelter totally terrified of everything and everyone. He has been waiting for about 8 months now. He has warmed up and always looks forward to seeing and meeting new people. He enjoys being outside and moseying around. He’s not too big on toys but he’s happy to just be outside and with people.


Ivy is a sweetheart who spent most of her life outdoors. Whether in a backyard or on the street, this girl has been through quite a lot. She is a good girl who is easy going and happy to be around people. She’s been waiting for her home since June. She is roughly 8 years old and would love a home and family that would keep her indoors and safe. She tested well with cats but needs a home without other dogs.


Nikki is a sweet, active girl who has been waiting about six months now. She’s roughly two to three years old. She’s on the petite size, though her ears say otherwise. She loves to play with toys and be outside. She tested well with dogs and cats, but would do best with older children.


Desi is a female Pit puppy who is about a year old. She is growing up at our shelter. She’s been waiting since June for the right person to come along. She is a good girl who needs proper training and socialization. With a dedicated owner she has so much potential. Desi needs a home without children and would do best as the only dog.


Faye is a sweetheart who came into the shelter pregnant back in June. She gave birth to a litter of adorable puppies. All her puppies are adopted and now it’s her turn to go to a happy home! She is between three and four years old. She’s thrilled to just be out of the cage and around people. She’s a happy girl who is very loving and appreciative. She loves cuddles and giving kisses. She needs a home without cats.


Janell is a sweetheart, female cat, who is roughly 7 years old. She enjoys lounging and getting attention. She has one cloudy eye, but it doesn’t stop her from doing anything at all.  Janell loves cuddling on beds or in blankets.


Jenny is a pretty female cat, all grey, who is more on the independent side. She likes her cat naps but is always curious to meet new people.

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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 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 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.



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.



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.



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 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


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.

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


“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!

Updated 3/23/14

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DSC_0013 Chelsea – St. Bernard.

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hans outside Hans – Rottweiler.

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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