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26 Jan 13

Snow Dogs! ...

By Nancy E. Hassel,

What is better to do on a freezing cold Saturday? Bring your dog to the park so they can romp in the snow of course!  The park wasn’t that crowded but here are a few adorable dogs that were lucky to be taking for a walk in the snow.

Look at this big Berner! Dante, what a sweetie!

Didn’t get this big fella’s name, he is smiling for the camera no less.

Lester the Doxie was keeping warm in his dog coat, style circa 1980s!  Too cute!

Love those eyes! Just stand out so much more in the snow, don’t ya think?

This girl was just a pup at a year old! Pretty redhead. :)

Do you know where this is?

This girl was so sweet, a mix breed of beauty! Another redhead…hmmm a theme going on today?

This sweet Shiba was 14 and didn’t want to look at the camera – but is sister to the above dog, and another redhead!

Ok, so not a dog, but pretty…


Olivia, the sweet 13 year old CCI dog!

Look how pretty!

And of course, my Max!

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23 Jan 13

Helping hands for LI’s Outdoor ...

by Nancy E. Hassel,

While many of us who treat our dogs like kings, (or queens) may never understand why any dog owner would treat their dog this way.  For some it is the way they were raised, their culture (where dogs are considered outside animals), or just lack of education on dog care – and for many it is a lack of money to properly care for their pets – but many of the owners say they do actually love their dogs.  I know what you are thinking, but many rescue groups that work in these communities report that educating the dog owners, and helping them is what helps people see the light and bring their dogs inside, get them spayed and neutered and want to learn more about dog care.  And many are willing to do this because they have been shown a better way by kind dedicated people who want to help.  These unbelievably amazing rescue groups who instead of going and telling the people in the communities everything they are doing wrong, they go in to help the dogs, educate the owners and families and even the communities in which they reside.  Often the animal rescue groups often end up helping the the humans in the families too, just an incredible bunch of volunteers.

I have said for years, that education is the key to anything in life, and if it goes to help the dogs in these photo’s and their owners – I applaud the groups like, Almost Home’s Training Wheels Program and Break the Chain.

So if you are sitting there reading this and want to know how you can help Almost Home needs hay and you can contact them by clicking here and the sooner the better with Hay for our temperatures are going to stay very cold for the next 5 days.  The difference in a donation of hay and/or a dog house, can mean the difference in a dog living through this extreme cold. Both groups are always in need of donations throughout the year, please contact them to help! See end of this article for locations to drop off donations for Break the Chain.

Photo Credit: Almost Home Training Wheels Program

This picture was just taken recently in a community on Long Island, not somewhere in the south or in the middle of the country, but right in our own backyard.  As a dog owner, who’s dog has four different dog beds, one upstairs, downstairs and two in my office – I can’t imagine the thought of tying my dog up, and leaving him out side with just a dog house to survive the frigid temperatures we are having.  It was 9 degrees when I woke up at 7am today and when my dog went out, he was out for a quick minute and was shivering when he came back in.  However what you may not realize is that the dog picture here is allowed to legally be kept outside like this.  Why? According to the NYS Agriculture and Markets Article 26, the dog owner has to provide proper shelter to keep the dog from inclement weather with proper insulation, (like the igloo dog house picture here), hay or straw to help keep him warm, fresh food and water to be keep outside.  So by law, the owner of dogs like this, are abiding the NYS law.

NYS Agriculture & Markets Law:

§ 353-b. Appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors. 1. For purposes of this section:

(a) “Physical condition” shall include any special medical needs of a dog due to disease, illness, injury, age or breed about which the owner or person with custody or control of the dog should reasonably be aware.

(b) “Inclement weather” shall mean weather conditions that are likely to adversely affect the health or safety of the dog, including but not limited to rain, sleet, ice, snow, wind, or extreme heat and cold.

(c) “Dogs that are left outdoors” shall mean dogs that are outdoors in inclement weather without ready access to, or the ability to enter, a house, apartment building, office building, or any other permanent structure that complies with the standards enumerated in paragraph (b) of subdivision three of this section.

2. (a) Any person who owns or has custody or control of a dog that is left outdoors shall provide it with shelter appropriate to its breed, physical condition and the climate. Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation,

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punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for a first offense, and a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars for a second and subsequent offenses. Beginning seventy-two hours after a charge of violating this section, each day that a defendant fails to correct the deficiencies in the dog shelter for a dog that he or she owns or that is

in his or her custody or control and that is left outdoors, so as to bring it into compliance with the provisions of this section shall constitute a separate offense.

(b) The court may, in its discretion, reduce the amount of any fine imposed for a violation of this section by the amount which the defendant proves he or she has spent providing a dog shelter or repairing an existing dog shelter so that it complies with the requirements of this section. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the seizure of a dog for a violation of this section pursuant to the authority granted in this article.

3. Minimum standards for determining whether shelter is appropriate to a dog’s breed, physical condition and the climate shall include:

(a) For dogs that are restrained in any manner outdoors, shade by natural or artificial means to protect the dog from direct sunlight at all times when exposure to sunlight is likely to threaten the health of the dog.

(b) For all dogs that are left outdoors in inclement weather, a
housing facility, which must: (1) have a waterproof roof; (2) be structurally sound with insulation appropriate to local climatic conditions and sufficient to protect the dog from inclement weather; (3)
be constructed to allow each dog adequate freedom of movement to make normal postural adjustments, including the ability to stand up, turn around and lie down with its limbs outstretched; and (4) allow for effective removal of excretions, other waste material; dirt and trash.

The housing facility and the area immediately surrounding it shall be regularly cleaned to maintain a healthy and sanitary environment and to minimize health hazards.

4. Inadequate shelter may be indicated by the appearance of the housing facility itself, including but not limited to, size, structural soundness, evidence of crowding within the housing facility, healthful environment in the area immediately surrounding such facility, or by the appearance or physical condition of the dog.

5. Upon a finding of any violation of this section, any dog or dogs

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seized pursuant to the provisions of this article that have not been voluntarily surrendered by the owner or custodian or forfeited pursuant to court order shall be returned to the owner or custodian only upon proof that appropriate shelter as required by this section is being provided.

6. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect any protections afforded to dogs or other animals under any other provisions of this article

You can drop off donations for Break the Chain to the following locations, they always need dog food, bully sticks, hay and contact them to find out what else can be donated:

Melville Rd. Huntington Station
Directly across Jericho Turnpike from Peter Andrews

9 Cliff Ave.
Sayville, NY 11782

151 Pine Acres Blvd.
Deer Park, NY 11729

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01 Jan 13

Jan. busy pet events! ...

Whether your pet is a pet actor, you need to learn about dog training, or want to network with pet professionals, 2013 is already proving to be a very busy Pet Events year!  With many events coming up – just in January alone.

First if you want to learn to grow your audience and presence on social media for your pet business or rescue group then you can tune in to a Live Free webinar on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 8pm EST. Leading New New York social media consultant, Jen Lew (, will talk about proven techniques to help those that are still social media novices and help those that are more familiar with do’s and don’ts of social media. Click here for details.

The next FREE Responsible Dog Ownership Class, which features dog training and education for new, about to be and veteran dog owners is being held on Wednesday, January 16th from 6pm to 9pm.  There will be experts speaking in the class and the class is for People only, and attendees get a goody bag filled with educational materials and fun dog items just as a thank you for attending.  To RSVP and find out where the class is being held click here.

Does your Buster know how to bust a move? Ride on a bike or do other amazing pet talent acts that can entertain and audience?  Then you must head over to Doggie U K9 Academy in Bay Shore, on Friday, January 18th for their first ever Pet Talent Casting!  The owners of Doggie U, along with a former TV producer are looking for pet talent that can be part of the performers for the upcoming 2nd Annual ‘Black Tie for Paws’ taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  The pet talent casting will be held for 2 hours on the night of Jan. 18th, and to reserve a spot so your spot can strut his stuff at the casting call Doggie U at (631) 968-7972 or email for more info.

Ever wander what you would do in a pet emergency?  Do you know how to save your pet if he is choking or needs CPR? Then you are in luck, a special January Pet First Aid & CPR Class is being held by Robyn Elman certified PetTech and President of In Home Pet Services.  The class will be on Saturday, January 26, 2012 from 9:30am to 1:30pm and held at Bid-a-wee educational center in Wantagh, NY.  The cost is $85 per person and a portion of the proceeds will go to help Pet Safe Coalition – who by the way is still caring for displaced Sandy pets 9 weeks after the storm.  To register for this class or find out more information call (718) 347-PETS or go to

For many more Pet Events, be sure to sign up for the FREE weekly Pet Events Newsletter the only comprehensive and fun resource for pet events happening across Long Island through Manhattan!  Click here to sign up! (or to submit your event too!)

Rory is very excited for all the pet events coming this year!

Photo credit: Kathy Kiley (Rory’s mom!)

13 Nov 12

Pet Evacuees, How to help ...

By Nancy E. Hassel,

UPDATE as of 11/15/2012: Much more information below on what you can do to help.  Many foster homes are needed also.

What can you do to help?

Sandy’s carnage has severely affected our area as you know, and many people have contacted me to offer their help.  For those that want to donate or help with the pets that have either been displaced and are in long term temporary shelters, or for our rescue groups and shelters that are in need, here is a preliminary list of who needs what.  I would also encourage you to go to your local shelter (and save on gas driving around) and see what you can offer them.  Or if you can carpool with someone to drop off donations for the list below, that would be a great way to conserve gas.

I spoke with Pam Green from Kent Animal Shelter today, and they just got power back yesterday but are still in need of cat and dog food, blankets and towels.  Also just spoke with Michael Arcari who is at Mitchell Field where he said, this will be a long term operation for at least the next 45 days of housing pets who are owned by evacuees who lost everything.  So many homes were lost in Nassau – so they will be moving to the Mitchell Field Gymnasium where they can hold more pets.  Right now they have about 100 cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and are expecting more from the overflow that went to some of the municipal shelters.  See below for what they need and where to drop off.

Nassau County:

To donate to Mitchell Field, go to 1 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Uniondale, NY 11553 and the Nassau County # (516) 572-0400. (This is the county # listed, so it may or may not be working).  Pet Safe Coalition is there helping with all the animals as well as other organizations – please donate what you can. Here is a MAP.

They need the following:

Cleaning supplies, paper plates, cups, blankets, towels, paper towels, hand sanitizers, poop pick up bags, pet supplies like: collars, leashes of all sizes, possibly need crates, pet toys and pet food.  And if you want to bring non-perishable goodies for the volunteers I am sure they would appreciate it.  They need volunteers to do morning & afternoon walks and during the week is when they need them the most.  Please contact: JoEllen Cimmino of Pet Safe Coaltion at

Glen Cove Animal Lovers League:
Located at 40 Shore Road, Glen Cove, NY (516) 676-5913.

Anything people want to donate, like pet food, supplies, etc.  They also are housing evacuee pets and are always in need.

Bobbi & the Strays:

UPDATE!!!!– Just spoke to Bobbi and the dogs MUST be moved out of their location by tomorrow. FOSTERS OR SPACE DESPERATELY NEEDED ASAP!!!! Also need heaters to warm and dry out the shelter. Please or call Bobbi at 718 845-0779 or 917 213-9840. From one of their volunteers Myra, “I’ve been at the shelter for the past 3 days and the amount of damage is unreal. Almost everything is ruined and needs to be replaced. Clean-up is still a disaster because the heat needs to be fixed to dry everything out and the part that is needed is out of stock everywhere. All of the cat trees are GONE as well as all of the dog beds. All the sheet rock walls need to be cut out to the level where the water rose so they can dry out the walls and replace the insulation. The doors are warped and cannot close properly. Bobbi REALLY needs as much help as possible in terms of labor–all kinds of contractors and handymen, cleanup, new supplies for the animals and of course monetary donations. If you can help IN ANY WAY, please do!!! Thank you to all who have already contributed,volunteered or helped in any way, but much more help is needed. The animals cannot return to the shelter until the heat and contracting work can be done. Please share with all your friends and animal lovers. the shelter is at 2 Rider Place in Freeport. The phone isn’t working but the shelter will be open tomorrow for help and donations only from 10am-5pm. The animals are currently at other shelters or in foster.”

All About Spay & Neuter:

From Joann B. Monez their Director, “During the storm AASN’s home (which is also my home) was flooded and everything inside is DESTROYED. We took in 27 inches of water into All About Spay Neuter, Inc. AND THIS IS WHERE WE DO ALL OF OUR HARD WORK. We also lost one of our precious rescue cats Cleo during the storm and her passing has saddened us.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ALL THAT YOU CAN DO!!We need your help!!! We need a place to house our cats and kittens since our current home isn’t livable. The conditions are becoming unhealthy. We are currently looking for a place thats at least 1000 square feet with running water, electric and heat (obviously, this is what we need when life goes back to normalcy). We would like the place to be between Massapequa/North Massapequa and Merrick as we dont want to burden our volunteers with further traveling. We will roughly have 30 cats in the facility – 25 kittens will be caged, some will be free roaming. Please reach out to everyone you know and see if they have anything available. Please post on your facebook and help us find a place. THIS IS URGENT AS ANOTHER STORM IS COMING ON WEDNESDAY!! Please contact me by email at or one of our volunteers Jenny at”

Suffolk County:

Kent Animal Shelter located at 2259 River Road in Calverton, NY 11993 MAP – they still don’t have phones but have been updating their Facebook page here.
In need of pet food, cat and dog, blankets, towels.

Break The Chain Program:
Igloo doghouses for large size dogs, bedding, blankets, dog bones, chews, collars/ leashes…ANYTHING. We are also happy to accept new or gently used. We will also accept non perishable foods for the owners and coats.  Drop off much needed doghouses/ supplies: 2 locations:

1.) 151 Pine Acres Blvd. Deer Park, NY 11729
2.) 9 Cliff Ave. Sayville, NY 11729

Little Shelter in Northport:
Parts of their shelter were severely damaged in hurricane.
If you’d like to help, Little Shelter will certainly need funding for repairs and is in dire need for foster and permanent homes for the loving cats and dogs.  Please call 631-368-8770, or visit Little Shelter at 33 Warner Road, Huntington, NY 11743.

Appaws Petsitting and Grady Animal Hospital are collecting pet food and supplies to be distributed to Long Island pet owners and animal rescues/ shelters affected by Sandy. We are collecting dog and cat food, blankets, leashes, collars , toys, and bowls. Drop off at
Grady Animal Hospital,
465 Montauk Hwy, Sayville
For info please email or call 631-255-4480.

Guardians of Rescue: –> UPDATE 11/15/2-12 Pet Clothing, Pet beds and pet toys are desperately needed, owners in Staten Island are living in homes without heat with their pets, and have lost everything.
They are in a lot of need for Pet Food (dog/cat), kitty litter – donating daily in Staten Island and other very hard hit areas.

Guardians of Rescue is organizing a multiple drop location for pet and human supplies.  You can go donate items at the following locations:

R & S Pet Supplies
1249 Middle Country Road
Middle Island, NY

Hounds Town USA
509 Bicycle Path
Port Jefferson Station, NY

Chase Bank (starting Monday)
120 Main St
Port Jefferson, NY

Fetch Doggy Boutique & Bakery
301 East Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY

Bed & Biscuit
3139 Route 112
Medford, NY

Coldwell Banker
5507 Nesconset hwy
Mt Sinai, NY
(King Kullen shopping center at corner of crystal brook hollow rd and 25a)

The Feed Bag
28145 Main Rd
Cutchogue, NY

Pawfect Pet Den
48A Broadway
Greenlawn, NY

Drop off points in Nassau County:

Levittown Animal Hospital
2703 Hempstead Tpke
Levittown , NY

Great Neck Nissan
250 Northern Boulevard
Great Neck, NY

Crawford dog and cat hospital
2135 Jericho turnpike
Garden City Park, NY

Farmingdale dog and cat clinic
908 Conklin
Farmingdale, NY


The Diamond Collar Doggie Salon
7101 13th Ave
Brooklyn, NY


If you know of anyone who had to leave their pets behind during Hurricane Sandy, there is a 24 hour hotline to call for rescue. The phone number to call is 1-855-407-4787.

Also if you have lost a pet please check your local town municipal shelter first See the list below for all LI Town Animal Shelters – and if you found a dog, there is also a big Facebook community looking to help those find the owners of missing pets.  You can bring the dog or cat to your local veterinarian to see if they have a microchip.

Other things you can do:

Foster a dog or cat – this is huge, as our local shelters are already full – now getting more and more displaced pets or lost pets.  Contact local rescue groups that are affiliated with shelters – Shelter Link at the Town of Islip, The Shelter Connection at the Town of North Hempstead and many more throughout Long Island.

As more  information comes in were affected by Sandy and need supplies and help, I will post and to those of you who are already helping and reaching out to offer help – a very big THANK YOU!  If you have been affected, please take our quick 4 question survey – this will help for future needs.  Currently, many people are looking for people to Foster their dog or cat temporarily, could be long term though, so if you can foster – please post your information below in the comment section – just register to post a comment and do so.  It is difficult trying to point people in the right direction of Fosters that can help.  Thank you!

Long Island Town Municipal Shelters – where lost pets could be:

Town of Babylon Animal Shelter
51 Lamar Street
West Babylon – 11702

Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter & Adoption Center
300 Horseblock Road
Brookhaven – 11719

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Avenue
Wantagh – 11793

Town of Huntington Animal Shelter/Adoption Center
– cannot take any cats right now.
106 Deposit Road
East Northport – 11731

Town of Islip Animal Shelter – Please contact Shelter Link if you can foster – they could really use help getting dogs out of the shelter.
210 South Denver Avenue
Bay Shore – 11706

Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter
75 Marino Avenue
Port Washington – 11050

Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter
150 Miller Place
Syosset – 11773

Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter
210 East Main Street
Smithtown – 11745

Town of Southampton Animal Shelter – Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation
102 Old River Road
Hampton Bays – 11946


Town of Southold Animal Shelter – North Fork Animal Welfare League
Peconic Lane
- Behind the police station
Peconic – 11985


If you are a bird owner and need help:

The American Federation of Aviculture can help bird owners who were affected by the storm who need food, etc. for their parrots.

Contact:  Concetta Ferragamo, NE Regional Director
Phone:  603-540-6151 (cell)
eMail:  cferragamo@STNY.rr.comThey can also contact Long Island Parrot Society  at 631-957-1100.

if you have been displaced or need places to house your pets, click here to see full list of places that are helping.

28 Oct 12

Pet Emergency Shelters & Hurric ...

By Nancy E. Hassel,

UPDATE: 10/31/2012

Many places are still offering help if you have been displaced and have no where to bring your pet.  See below for an updated list of pet organizations and businesses offering assistance.   They are doing a tremendous job helping families and their pets get through this storm-a big thank you to everyone lending a hand in whatever way you can!

As Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast, many people have been evacuated and many of those people own pets.  We are lucky that now, there are more and more pet friendly emergency shelters offering assistance to pet owners so they don’t ride out the storm with their pets when they should already be evacuated.

However, we know some people wait until the last minute or don’t know where they can go with their pets, so here is a comprehensive list of available places.  I will be updating this as more information comes in to me.  Please be safe, make sure you pet has proper ID on at all times, proper collars (so he or she can’t slip out of them), extra water, their food, extra leash, any medication they might be on, etc.  Pets can get very scared during a storm like this, so please be careful!

For emergency shelters and privately owned pet businesses that are able to help, please see below:

Suffolk County:

  • In Westhampton Beach,  East End Boarding Kennel is open, fully supplied, staffed and sits almost 20 ft above sea level. There phone number is: (631) 288-7292.
  • Pet Sitter Jen Devine of Devine Solutions can also help if you need it in the Huntington area.  Contact her at (631) 697-5995.
  • Lisa Mongiell of Innovative Pet Care Services in Stony Brook can board small animals, birds, and reptiles.  Owners will need to bring enclosure, and food. Call (631) 433-6679.
  • K9 Clubhouse in West Babylon can help between Sunday and Tuesday if you need to suddenly get your dog to a safe place after our business hours, don’t panic, they can assist you. Call 631-609-7518 and they will help you.
  • Pamper ur Poochie Parlor in Selden is offering assistance to families that need to board their dogs. (631) 860 3093.
  • Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) is the official evacuation center for pets for the Town of East Hampton. Call (631) 537-0400 for more info.
  • Hounds Town in Port Jefferson is open if anyone needs help there.  Call  Marianne Carrano Deszcz at (631) 404-5605.
  • The Groomery in Stony Brook is offering assistance housing cats dogs and any birds and reptiles that people cannot bring with them. If you need help contact Melissa at (631) 751-7815.
  • Jungle Bob’s Reptile World in Centereach is helping if you have reptiles or turtles, etc.  They are housing pets for a $5 fee per night.  Please call (631) 737-6474

Nassau County:

  • Nassau County government set up a shelter for pets at Mitchel Athletic Complex, Administration Building, in Uniondale. This opened at 3pm today.
  • Animal Lovers League is taking pets from residents of City of Glen Cove, NY. Call (516) 676-5913 for more info.
  • Crawford Dog and Animal Hospital have spaces available at our kennel, located at 2135 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY. Call Keith Niesenbaum, VMD at (516) 746-1566. They currently have room for 50 dogs 10-20 cats. Some small pocket pets.
  • Jo-Mar Dog Grooming in Floral Park has limited space available call (516) 488-2705 or email
  • Bid-a-wee in Wantagh, 3300 Beltagh Avenue,Wantagh call(516) 785-6153.
  • Last Hope Animal Shelter in Wantagh, 3300 Beltagh Avenue, can take about 6 to 8 dogs, call Linda Stuurman at (631) 664-5481.
Also check with your local veterinarian if they are open tomorrow just in case of an emergency with your own pets.  As of now I know VMCLI in West Islipwill try to remain open.  If anyone has any information they would like to add to this list, please email
Please stay safe and keep those pets safe too!
If you would like to leave a comment below, please free to do so!
photo credit: – click the picture for updated storm path.