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Pet Matters… aka Pets Matter





 

Tuesday
Sep102019

Smithtown's Animal Shelter Pet Of The Week - Meet Polly

Smithtown NY: The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week is Polly, a Female 2 year old Domestic Short Hair Polydactyl cat, more fondly referred to as a “Hemingway” cat. Polly was brought to the shelter as part of our Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program, along with her infant kittens. Polly nursed her four babies until they were grown and ready to be adopted. All of her kittens have since been adopted. Polly is looking for a family to love her like she loved those kittens. 

Polly the Perfect PolydactylShe can be a little shy at first but once Polly gets to know you, she will try and seek out your attention. This sweet poly-toed girl gets along well with other cats and all humans. She’s healthy, house-trained, and up to date on all vaccines. 

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two!

All of the felines at the Shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam etc.) by a board certified Veterinarian.

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal Shelter will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter, or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective new addition does with other family members, pets, or the household itself. 

Walk-In Hours at Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30 PM and Saturday 8AM - 3:30PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To inquire about the Pet of the Week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.

Wednesday
Aug212019

Suffolk County Offers Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic For Dogs, Cats And Ferrets

 

Suffolk County Offers Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services and the Town of Islip will offer free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookwood Hall located at 50 Irish Lane in East Islip, NY. Although the clinic is available to all county residents, the quantity of vaccine is limited and available only while supplies last. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats and ferrets must be in carriers

Rabies, a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system, is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal can be infected with rabies. Pets and livestock can get rabies if they are not vaccinated to protect them against infection.

New York State and Suffolk County laws require that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccinating pets not only provides protection for the animals but also acts as a barrier to keep the rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people.

Although no raccoons have tested positive for the rabies virus in Suffolk County since 2009, three to six percent of the bats that are tested annually are positive for rabies.    

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services recommends the following precautions to protect your pets and your family from possible exposure to rabies:

To keep bats from getting into buildings:

 

  • Not leaving unscreened doors open to the outside
  • Not leaving unscreened windows open to the outside
  • Making sure windows have screens, chimneys are capped, and electrical and plumbing openings are plugged
  • Sealing all openings larger than 1/2 inch
  • Using materials such as expanding spray-on foam, caulk, wire mesh, wood that fits tightly, steel wool (around pipes that enter buildings), or polypropylene bird netting, to seal or cover gaps and holes 

Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at (631) 853-0333 weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Animal bites or contact with wild animals can be reported to the Department at (631) 852-4820 outside normal business hours. If possible, try to contain the animal so that it can be tested.

For more information on rabies, visit the New York State Department of Health website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

For more information about this rabies vaccination clinic, call the Islip Animal Shelter at (631) 224-5660.

Monday
Aug192019

Smithtown Shelter Pets Of The Week: Pierce, Raggedy Anne & Andy

Smithtown NY: The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Pets of the Week are Pierce, a healthy, five year-old Pitbull Mix and Raggedy Anne and Andy, a bonded pair of kittens. 

Pierce is the new guy at the shelter, and hopefully his stay won’t be very long. This sweet boy began his journey down south, and was rescued by a shelter in New Jersey where he was adopted by a loving family. Pierce lived with another dog and young children, until unforeseen events in living accommodations resulted in his surrender to the Animal Shelter. 

Pierce is the perfect family dog, as he is very good with kids and other dogs. He’s friendly, outgoing, very obedient, and knows many commands. He’s met a lot of people his first week at the shelter, welcoming every perfect stranger with kisses and paw.

If you are interested in meeting Pierce, please call ahead to schedule an hour to properly interact with him in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs and our Dog Walk trail. Family Pet Meet and Greets and at home interactions are also welcome and an integral part of the adoption process. 

Bonded Siblings

The Smithtown Animal Shelter hopes to put the spotlight on Raggedy Anne and Andy, an adorable pair of kittens we hope to adopt together. These 13 week-old Domestic Long Hair siblings stand out with their beautiful white fur. They are extremely attached; one doesn’t move without the other. To give them the best life, we hope they can be adopted together. Both kittens are extremely affectionate and loving. They’ve lived in a foster home with dogs. 

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two!

All of the felines at the Shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam etc) by a board certified Veterinarian.

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal Shelter will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter, or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective new addition does with other family members, pets, or the household itself. 

Walk-In Hours at Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30 PM and Saturday 8AM - 3:30PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the Pet of the Week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.

 

Monday
Aug122019

Clear the Shelters Day August 17th

Clear the Shelters Day August 17th

Smithtown Animal Shelter will Waive Adoption Fee on Saturday, August 17th in support of Clear the Shelters

 

Smithtown NY: The Town of Smithtown Animal Shelter is proud to participate in Clear the Shelters Day, an annual initiative from NBC and Telemundo to help place shelter pets in loving homes. On Saturday, August 17th, all adoption fees will be waived as a part of the event. Residents interested in meeting prospective four legged family members can fill out an adoption application all week long. 

Interested pet parents should make an appointment ahead of time. All rescue dogs and cats available for adoption are listed on the Smithtown Animal Shelter’s Website and on Petfinder. A qualified animal care team member at the Shelter will have your favorite Furbaby ready in a meet and greet room or in one of the dog runs. The Clear the Shelters event runs from 8AM - 4PM all day Saturday. Residents who are unable to attend on Saturday can make an appointment on any day leading up to Saturday. 

CLEAR THE SHELTERS HARD CASES: 

This week’s pets of the week are the shelters longest residents or get passed up for reasons unknown. 

Willow: The longest canine resident at the shelter. Willow, is a Terrier Mix who has two thirds of her life in a shelter and we don’t know why!  At 9 months old, she was surrendered to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. In a relocation initiative, Willow came to reside at the Smithtown Animal Shelter. We cannot understand why Willow has not been adopted yet, as she is a perfect dog (except that she’s not fond of cats)

 

Max: Max is a 7 year old Basset Hound/Corgi, who was surrendered to the shelter, and may have experienced some type of trauma in the past. As a result, it takes some getting to know you before Max warms up. However, it is well worth it to put in the work to gain his trust. What’s a few visits to the shelter when you get the unconditional love of this dapper guy for life.

 

Oreo: Oreo, a Great Dane/Terrier Mix was adopted as a puppy, but was sadly returned to the shelter when his owner realized how big he was. Oreo is a fun loving, clumsy goofball who loves to run and play all day. He’s a great family pet!

Three’s Company: Meet Jack, Chrissy, and Janet, a set of siblings who were brought in as newborns two years ago, during TNR (Trap, Neuter Release) kitten season and never got adopted. These two year old adorable Domestic Short Hair Tabbys have never known a life outside of the shelter. Isn’t it time that they find their furrever homes.

Lady of the Lake:  This three year old Long Hair Tortoiseshell feline gave the gift of life to kittens that were NOT her own. She’s docile, affection and deserves some of that good karma in her nine lives. 

Sweetie, a three year old female domestic short hair, came to the Animal Shelter by way of a Hoarder. Her gorgeous blue coat has a light tiger pattern, but her demeanor is as gentle as a dove. 

All of the felines at the shelter are current on vaccines and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam etc.) by a board certified Veterinarian.

Kittens Available: Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats & kittens available to adopt or foster. If you are looking for a fun loving, yarn tossing ball of love, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soulmate or two!

Thinking About Adoption:

The Smithtown Animal Shelter’s primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal Shelter will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter, or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective new addition does with other family members, pets, or the household itself. 

Walk-In Hours at Smithtown Animal Shelter are currently Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30 PM and Saturday 8AM - 4PM. (Sunday’s: by appointment only). To Inquire about the Pet of the Week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.

 

Monday
Aug122019

Algae Is Killing Dogs By Causing Liver Failure

(CNN)Dog owners in the Southeast are spreading the word about the dangers of contaminated water following the deaths of their beloved pets. 

In Wilmington, North Carolina, three dogs died after frolicking in a pond, while another succumbed after a swim in Lake Allatoona, Georgia. A common enemy likely led to the deaths of all four dogs: liver failure brought on by ingesting water contaminated with toxic blue-green algae. 
These pets died in the same region, but toxic algae can be found all over the United States — so dog owners throughout the nation need to be on the lookout.

 

Read CNN’s How to spot the toxic blue-green algae that’s killing dogs in the Southeast