Little Shelter, based in Huntington, is Long Island’s oldest no-kill shelter, dedicated to 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. Little Shelter is also a part of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.
Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter nestled on six wooded acres in Huntington. Included on the grounds is Sheltervale Pet Cemetery, which has been the final resting place for companion animals for more than 80 years. Suffolk County’s oldest humane organization, Little Shelter has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes since 1927. Age, physical condition, and socialization issues are never criteria for rescuing a dog or cat whose life is in jeopardy. Most of our companion animals have been saved from kill shelters on Long Island, in New York City, and in several southern states. As a member of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Little Shelter is regularly called upon by the city’s municipal shelters to take their dogs and cats in need of rehabilitation. All Little Shelter pets receive the highest quality medical care and are spayed /neutered before adoption. Every potential adopter is interviewed and thoroughly screened to ensure the best quality homes.
In addition to offering dogs and cats for adoption – including dalmatians and dal-mixes, Little Shelter runs various programs. Through the Animal Soup Kitchen program, impoverished, sick, disabled and elderly pet parents are provided free pet food, vaccinations, spay/neutering and medical treatment for their animals. Little Shelter provides workshops on humane issues for children in public and private schools, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts., Brownie troops, and early intervention programs. Little Shelter staff members visit elementary schools, middle schools and high schools throughout Long Island and neighboring communities. Staff members are also accompanied by a dog or puppy. The program teaches children how to care for the animals in their homes and in their communities, and focuses on fostering kindness and awareness toward animals. Little Shelter also does a community awareness and showcase event at the Broadway Mall every Saturday and Sunday.