Little Shelter has been part of our local community as long as I can remember. They strive to save as many dogs and cats as possible and find them loving adoptive homes. My family has supported the shelter for many years donating much needed items and money for ongoing projects. I know that every dollar I donate goes directly to helping the animals. Additionally, we adopted our beloved black lab mix Sport from Little Shelter, and enjoyed many years of unconditional love from him. Even though Sport has passed away, we continue to support Little Shelter's efforts to save animals. Their staff and volunteers are caring, committed, knowledgeable and always have the best interest of the animals in the forefront. Little Shelter is a safe haven for animals and a wonderful part of our local community.
Review from Guidestar
The hard work, dedication, love and compassion for the animals is very apparent here! If there were more places like Little Shelter, this world just may be a better place!! Thank you for everything that you do to help all the innocent animals!!
We live in the area our whole lives so when the decision came to go and rescue a liitle puppy there was no question on going anywhere else !!! Everyone there are so helpful and made our adoption so easy !!!! We love that we can go back there and visit everyone with our little guy and they too can be part of his life as he grows up !!.. It's a great place with great people and great healthy animals !! There is no other place around who works like a family and now invited us tojoin their family !! Thank you Little Shelter in making us feel welcomed .
So I have lived in the East Northport Huntington area my whole life. So has many of my family members. We are so proud to have a shelter in our community that is part of the community. At any time we can visit the shelter and see how well the animals are being taken care of. I remember when I was so young and I went there for a visit with my Mom and Mrs. Eastwood was walking one of the babies, and I thought, wow, one day I would like to volunteer. I feel confident on speaking for all of my neighbors, we love Little Shelter and we donate and support all of their hard work and dedication. P.S. I now do kitten fostering:))
Review from Guidestar
I live in South Huntington and have known about Little Shelter for many years. I have always heard good things about the shelter, and now know for myself what a great place it is. My family has adopted two dogs and a kitten from Little Shelter...the staff and volunteers do an amazing job caring for the animals there!
I started out wanting to volunteer at Little Shelter and than decided I wanted to be part of their team. Saving animals..adopting out animals to great homes..This is a great place to make a difference..fostering..adopting..caring..I have adopted 3 kitties from Little Shelter and have helped many families find kitties of their own..GREAT PLACE..GREAT PEOPLE..GREAT ANIMALS
I work for Just Dogs! Gourmet in East Northport and a lot of times we invite them for events. They bring some dogs to adopt and are VERY knowledgeable about their pets. Little Shelter is always putting the animals first and doing what they can to find homes. Everyone there is extremely friendly and outgoing and are always there to help. Most people I know have also adopted their pets from Little Shelter and I've never heard one bad thing!
Review from Guidestar
LS shelter is an awsome place to volunter, work and even just to visit, they are a caring shelter LS believes in what they do and stand for. Their sanctuary in up-state NY is a one of a kind sanctuary. I would say LS is the best shelter out there
What exactly is the adoption process? Do they actually come to your home? and if so how does that work?
I was a volunteer, donor, and fundraiser at Little Shelter in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, they awarded me their "President's Award for Philanthropic Leadership". About 1 year later, they banned me from the premesis, for speaking out too loudly about the welfare of a group of dogs known as the "Lost Dogs of Little Shelter" - dogs that Little Shelter has warehoused for 3, 4, 5 YEARS. I offered to pay thousands of dollars out of my own pocket to transition some of those "lifers" to a sanctuary where another Little Shelter dog had previously been taken, and who has had a wonderful life since. Little Shelter refused for no good reason. After pushing the issue too much, they banned me.
Then in the Spring of 2011, Little Shelter, a "no-kill" shelter, euthanized a young pit-bull mix named Tommy - or more accurately, they adopted Tommy out to a manager at the shelter who had Tommy euthanized by her private vet the following morning. This, after the shelter's director promised a group of staff and volunteers, who organized to protest Tommy's impending euthanization, that the alternatives they'd laid on the table would be investigated.
Little Shelter's director has also filed a false criminal complaint against me, and has falsely told a police sergeant that he had a restraining order against me, in order to try to get me arrested. Little Shelter also had one of the largest law firms on Long Island try to scare me out of speaking out on these issues by threatening to use their connections to have me arrested. All of that blew up in Little Shelter's face.
I was Little Shelter's biggest supporter and a tireless volunteer on their behalf. I donated, I raised money from local businesses, and most importantly, I did hands-on volunteer work there until they drove me out.
Pros: they do great work as far as taking care of their animals and working diligently to get them all homes. I am especially happy about their sanctuary for so called "unadoptables".
Rather than living out their lives in cages, Little Shelter has provided a place for these older and/or infirmed animals to live out their lives in peace & comfort.
I also liked that they spent a great deal of time checking me out before they let me adopt my dog and they did a few follow-up calls to see how Emmy was doing and if they could answer any questions I might have. That was a good thing.
Cons: They spend way too much money on a bombardment of fund-raising. I am constantly, I mean CONSTANTLY being asked for either additional money above and beyond my yearly membership or for participation in fund-raising events. I understand that Little Shelter needs a constant influx of cash to keep their shelter & sanctuary going but I believe they could funnel more money into the animals and less on begging for cash.
One more thing I found disappointing..when I found an abandoned cat with her two kittens under my deck, Little Shelter not only was unable to accept them for adoption, they didn't even provide any help what so ever in helping me trap them.
Luckily another local all volunteer no-kill shelter, LAST HOPE, not only rented me a trap, they also talked me trough the trapping process. After I was able to successfully trap the cats.. Last Hope found homes for the two kittens. Mamala still lives with me and is doing great.
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