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Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: One of Long Island's oldest no-kill shelters, is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes.

Programs: Humane Education Municipal Shelter Rescue Passage To Freedom Animal Soup Kitchen

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32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

After not having been able to have a pet for many years as my living arrangements would not permit it, I was seriously starved for a fur love relationship and could not wait to find my cuddle buddy. The staff was kind, supportive, responsive and truly listened to the animal's and my needs--following up to see how we were doing atleast once a month for the first six months to be sure we were all happy with the decision. Now I have the most gorgeous, smartest, cuddliest fetch playing cat ever in my life. See . . .

Jamie Aitchison

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 1927, Little Shelter has been dedicated to providing homeless dogs and cats with medical care and shelter with the goal of adopting animals into loving forever homes. NAVS was proud to assist Little Shelter with a grant to help pay for vet care and repairs incurred by Superstorm Sandy.

1 Jenna C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about Little Shelter after getting a summer internship there. I was nervous my first day working with Raeanne and the cats. Everyone made me feel wanted and at home. After more then a year I never thought I'd find such an amazing place to work. They take such great care of their animals making sure they find their forever home. The next time I'm looking to adopt my first stop will be Little Shelter.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I lost my dog of 20 years and was very hesitant to get another the pain was just to much ...my husband kept after me to visit little shelter and finally I did and we met Logan - Logan was taken but for some reason it did not work out and one night I came home from work and nobody was home and than about a 1/2 hour later Logan ran in the house with my husband behind him. And my heart was taken...but we know Logan came to us for a reason - shortly thereafter my husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer...I beleive Logan was brought to us for his unconditional love and comfort that he gave both me and my husband through the ordeal..my husband would get his treatments and have to lay in the bed for 2 hours and rotate his body of course Logan and I would join him to keep him comapny during the 2 hours needless to say Logan would gently push me off the bed and lay over my husband and look at me with his beautiful gentle eyes all 57 lbs of him and let me know it was their time together...I cannot tell you how comforting Logan was to my husbnd during these days..he is in remission and their is a very special bond bewtween him and Logan..Logn is a very special part of our family it has been over 10 years now tha he is with us and every day I love him more and more...I thought I could never love another as I did my other dog but Logan is very special to us and we love him dearly as he does us!

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shelterlittle 01/24/2013

Thank you for sharing this. Amazing to hear about this special bond.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wouldn't adopt anywhere else....period.
The staff was very friendly and accommodating. You can tell the animals are their top priority. We have adopted our last 3 animals there, and wouldn't hesitate to adopt from them again in the future. Our personal favorite is Raeanne who runs the Cattery. She and her staff work so hard to get every animal adopted by good families. I commend them for their loyalty and dedication to these poor defenseless dogs & cats. I believe that people who love animals this much are truly special.

2 Allison R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Oh, where to start when it comes to Little Shelter! I've adopted 3 cats from Little Shelter and have yet to be disappointed. Mac came home with me a little over 12 years ago, Scotty came home 12 years ago, and Violet a little over a year ago. Because they're in the cattery socializing with the other cats and people there, it makes it much easier to bring the animals into my home with other animals. The initial vet visit is free of charge and any subsequent visits relating to an issue the animals may have had upon leaving the shelter are all also free of charge. violet came home with a cold so the vet provided medication and a follow up visit for her for free. the vet Little Shelter referred me to was great - would have stuck with them if they were closer to where I live. Little Shelter believes in the animals they have and do background checks in order to avoid animals returning, which is a great policy. A few weeks after taking home each of my cats from Little Shelter, I've gotten calls from shelter staff following up with how everything is going and asking me to contact them if necessary. It's nice to know they're there for you even after you've taken the animals home. No hesitations here with adopting more animals from Little Shelter!

Donor

Rating: 5

Over many years, my wife and I have rescued five cats from this shelter, two of them being special needs. I doubt those two would have even had a chance at survival at many other shelters, but Little Shelter cared and nurtured them until they were lucky enough to find new homes with us. Their willingness to care for animals, no matter how long they stay, is a testament to their generosity of heart and spirit. If I was a lost dog or cat, there's no place I'd rather spend my days waiting to be adopted.

One of the most worthwhile nonprofits I've had the good fortune to be connected with.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center Inc., in Huntington, Long Island, is one of a very few caring shelters here on Long Island that really does help any animal in their care. Their small and infrequent mailings show that any donation given to them goes mostly to the animals and not to flashy cards and letters. Friends have told me just how wonderful the staff is with all the animals, which is not the case at a famous Long Island animal shelter near me. The little I can afford to give is always sent to The Little Shelter!

Donor

Rating: 5

I contribute to many charities, and this is by far one of my favorites. Everyone associated with LIttle Shelter has nothing but the animals' best interests at heart. They make excellent use of volunteers, never squander resources, and are always finding new ways to help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Little Shelter does a great job with rescuing and taking care of animals. The staff is very dedicated and sincerely wish to see every animal find a home that is right for them. While the animals are at Little Shelter they receive the best care possible. Many people might not realize but Little Shelter also has programs that help the community. In one such program children who need practice reading pair up with a dog and read out loud to the dog. Studies have shown the dog's non-judgemental attention helps the child improve reading skills. Little Shelter also assists those who have trouble affording food and health care for their pet. They also offer low cost spay/neuter programs. The shelter takes as many animals as it can from high kill shelters and gives them a safe home until they can find their "forever home". This is an organization worth supporting. If you can't adopt an animal you can still help by giving money, time, towels and blankets or even fostering an animal for a short time. Little Shelter does a great job and they deserve 5 stars!

1 Liz_14

Donor

Rating: 4

I dropped off some old, but clean towels and blankets to Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center, as a friend of mine had told me that they were always in need of 'slightly worn' items for the kitties & dogs at the shelter. I brought my niece & nephew with me because they also love animals, and they were in awe of all of the 'homeless' animals, but were happy that the animals seemed so well taken care of, and obviously loved. My nephew said that he wants to volunteer at Little Shelter when he got old enough, and I believe that he will! This is a great shelter that adores every foster that they bring in. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to find a pet to complete their family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have both volunteered at and adopted animals from Little Shelter and both experiences were very positive. The people I've met through the shelter are kind and compassionate, putting the animals first. Volunteers are able to help in a variety of ways (going to events, walking dogs, helping care for the cats) and can devote as much or little time as they have. The staff is helpful and honest about each of their dogs' personalities and the type of home they would best fit in because they want it to work out long term, not just get them out of the building. No shelter is perfect but Little Shelter really tries to do the right thing by it's animals. I've recommended many friends and family to the shelter and will continue to do so!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having adopted, volunteered and worked at several shelters on Long Island, I can tell you that Little Shelter does as much or more than any other shelter around. I adopted my best friend at Little Shelter about 4 years ago. Little Shelter's staff set me up to succeed by providing me with as much information as possible about my dogs history as well as steps I can take moving forward to ensure a long term happy adoption. The dog I adopted had some behavioral issues and from what I was told, had been in several homes before arriving at Little Shelter. I am thankful to Little Shelter for looking past those problems to see what a wonderful dog this was and giving her a second (ok maybe 3rd) chance. The final touch was the card I got in the mail a few weeks after adopting her, a card with her picture on the front thanking me for adopting her! Little things like this have made me a Little Shelter adopter for life!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the oppurtunity to visit the shelter and witness how well taken care of all of the animals are. Everyone involved in caring for the animals is dedicated to their health and hapiness. I have seen LS at adoption events and it is clear they do their very best to match the right forever home for all the pets in their care. It is wonderful to have such a dedicated shelter in our community for so many years

2 Jean15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Shelter is a place for abandoned and abused cats and dogs. The establishment provides medical care as well as the necessities for a healthy animal to survive and be adopted. I participate behind the scenes where needed. It is a joy to see a family come to the Shelter and fall in love with one of these animals. Every living thing deserves a second chance.

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2 Christian P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have been a manager at a national Pet Supplies chain, working with Little Shelter as an adoption partner. They are always professional and ready to inform the public of thinking of adoption first. An organization that truly cares about animals!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Little Shelter since 2002. I can honestly say Little Shelter is a magical place. They have impacted countless lives, they not only help animals, Little Shelter helps people. Little Shelter changes lives for the better, on a daily basis. They have a very serious adoption process and still look for ways to make adoptions happen. Little Shelter has helped many families and animals that were new to Little Shelter. I have seen animals who had nowhere to turn, receive lifesaving treatement that allowed them to stay with the families they love. I have seen animals that were neglected, abandoned and abused take refuge at Little Shelter until their loving home was found. I have seen cats and dogs pulled off of the euthanasia tables at hi-kill facilities, then placed into loving homes because Little Shelter stepped up. Little Shelter is a leader among animal rescue organizations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for almost four years and we've adopted three dogs from them, one 17 years ago, one 5 yrs ago and one this year. They are wonderfully over-cautious. As an adopter, they made sure I understood one is a pit mix and what that could mean. The latest I adopted knowing he had behavioral issues. Again, honest to a fault and careful introducing the two. As a volunteer, I know that the shelter does not take the easy way out - they have a number of dogs that need work and spend a great deal of time with them. I've never seen anyone there who does not really love and want the best for each animal. I never feel bad leaving the shelter, or feel a need "to take them all home." It is the best temporary "home" for all of our lucky dogs and cats. The cattery manager recently took information from me on a small feral cat colony and someone was there within 2-3 weeks to trap, neuter and release the 7-10 cats living there. Yes, they are perenially short-staffed and it is tough to get someone on the phone, but that is because they are helping take care of the animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Little shelter comes iff to the public as this wonderful rescue and adoption center that gives animals a second chance and yes they do at some wxpense. Seeing first hand, these animals have or do live in unsocialiized area and are not given the 100% they diserve do to managements "want to keep money" mentality and shotage of staff. They still stand behind the label "no kill" meanwhile, kept from public knowledge, have put dogs down that were not medically impaired and unable to cure. All the while having a sanctuary for "unadoptable animals" to live the rest of their lives. They at that time refused to expand their sanctuary even though the money was being donated for it. They still peoceeded to put the animals down. Before supporting this non-profit organization, pleaae consider this truthful review and ask around to people who have actually been behind the drapes from the public. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Shelter Animal Rescue is the ONLY no kill shelter I've known. The work and effort that the management & staff are doing are SUPERB and INSPIRING. They take good care of each and every little creatures that landed in their organization. They make sure that the animals are disease-free before they put them up for adoption. The kittens that we adopted are just so adorable (I guess they were also trained to be lovable). THANK YOU LITTLE SHELTER for bringing joy to families who are capable of adopting from your shelter. Keep up the good work.

Review from Guidestar