Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing a hungry or sick stray cat or dog wandering the streets of Long Island and not knowing what to do. Thankfully, there are some stand-out animal shelters and rescues that are on hand to do the job.
Long Islanders Voted Little Shelter in Huntington the Best Animal Shelter/Rescue on Long Island!
33 Warner Rd. Huntington.
They came in at No. 2 last year, but this year Little Shelter snagged the top spot in the category of Best Animal Shelter. One of Long Island’s oldest no-kill shelters, Little Shelter 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 percent spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes—and that’s what makes them one of the best.
2nd Place – North Shore Animal League, Port Washington. 516-883-7900, ext. 242. www.nsalamerica.org
North Shore Animal League is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. The Animal League’s mission has been to save the lives of pets through adoption, rescue, spay/neuter and advocacy initiatives. Every year, the Animal League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt approximately 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes. The League offers a wide variety of programs such as a mobile adoption program, adoption counseling, training and foster care for pets with special needs.
3rd Place – Riverhead Foundation, Riverhead. 631-369-9840. www.riverheadfoundation.org
The primary mission of the Riverhead Foundation is to preserve and protect our marine environment through education, rehabilitation, and research. They are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of seals, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The Riverhead Foundation engages in tours of the facility, lectures, seal cruises, ecology walks, and beach cleanups to foster good stewardship of the environment.