Adopt, Don’t Buy, This Holiday Season, and Remember: Pets Are a Commitment

Santa Claus called the Long Island Press to remind everyone that if someone you know asks for a pet during the holiday season, remember to adopt, not buy, for that special someone. Remember, too, that a pet is a lifelong commitment, so be sure to choose a new best friend wisely.

Here is a list of adorable cats, kittens and doggies that would love to spend the holidays with their everlasting new family!

Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter


Sweet Lily Rose arrived at the shelter as a wanderer in September 2021 and is now ready to be adopted! She is about 6 years old and very sweet. She loves to play and run in the yard and loves a good scavenging game. She is a tall girl weighing 76 pounds and she is looking for a home with kids 13 and up. Lily Rose is under-socialized with dogs and will need a solo dog home at the moment and will need to work to meet dogs on a leash.

If you would like to learn more about Lily Rose, please contact the shelter’s placement team at 516-785-5220 or email them at [email protected]

Available for adoption at Tender Loving Cats


Dash and his sister Dot are the cutest kittens with their beautiful tabby and white coats. They are both extremely affectionate and love to receive attention. These one year old girls are so cuddly and great with the kids and the other cats. Dash and Dot really enjoy each other’s company and are a very fun pair!

To meet Dash and / or Dot, complete and apply for adoption on

Available for adoption at the Smithtown Animal Shelter


Linx is a very handsome German Shepherd, estimated to be around 2-3 years old. He was brought to the animal shelter as a stray animal and unfortunately was never claimed. Linx is gentle, loyal, friendly, energetic, and well-mannered. He loves to learn and loves to play! Any potential adopter should have experience with the German Shepherd breed. Linx would do better in an adults-only home where he’s the only pet, and a home that can provide him with the physical and mental stimulation he needs to live a happy life.

If you would like to meet Whisper, please call 631-360-7575.

Available for adoption through AlleyKatz Rescue

AlleyKatz Rescue has a ton of adorable cats who would love to come home with you today.

Frannie and Faith

Frannie and Faith are super curious, playful and sweet 6 month old kittens who are good with other cats and children over 10 years old. Faith can be a little shy but gains self-confidence when Frannie is nearby.


Tux is a beautiful black and white long-haired cat, sympathetic and rather talkative. He loves to be petted and searches for his perfect human.


Scarlett is a beautiful 1.5 year old baby girl who can be a bit shy and would love another cat friend with a great introduction. She loves toys and is ok with older children.


Olive and Sam are 14 week old kittens who love to snuggle up as much as they love kisses!


Ruby would do well on her own or with another cat with a good introduction. She is shy but playful and can do well with a canine friend (who won’t chase her.)

To adopt one of these absolutely fabulous felines, please complete a request at or send an email to [email protected]

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Owen Hunt

Owen (Adoption # BF3725) is exceptional! When he first arrived and needed help from the NSALA, they were happy to offer him a fresh start, including a medical plan for his irritable bowel disease which is covered at cost by their centers. health care for pets. He rewarded their work by offering all his heart to all those who welcome him. You are not going to find a more grateful cat than this wonderful five year old girlfriend. Owen may have left his rough start to life behind, but he will always remember the loving friends who made his second chance. Want to be part of the team of heroes that Owen adores? Ask him if you offer him your knees and see how quickly he makes a hero out of you.

Dasani and Aquafina

** DOUBLE ADOPTION ** The NSALA team worked hard to earn the trust of these two seven month old kittens who arrived via a local rescue with lots of human hands notice. They are happy (and proud) to share that Dasani (Adoption # BF3808) and Aquafina are ready to find their forever home. A little patience and experience with fearful kittens in a predictable household (with children 12 and older) is the recipe for success. Dasani is actually quite proud of her turnaround. You’ll find her lap time welcoming and her ear rubbing when not preoccupied with playing with her enthusiastic sister. Aquafina isn’t quite as confident as Dasani yet, but she opens up with treats and play time. Nothing makes her happier than chasing after toy mice and feathers!


Little Liliana (Adoption # BF3819) is feeling pretty cheerful these days thanks to the loving care she has received since a dramatic rescue. Her difficult start to life is only a distant memory, now this one-eyed beauty looks forward to welcoming visitors. Three-year-old Liliana may still have some trepidation about human hands, but she loves to play, which will lead to a deep friendship with this enthusiastic feather hunter. A home with a confident cat to show her the way will be key to her happiness, and a predictable home (with kids over the age of 8) will reinforce everything she’s learned from her Animal League America family.

Eunice and Gladys

** DOUBLE ADOPTION ** Eunice (Adoption # H211129) and Gladys (Adoption # H211130) may have big teddy bear eyes, but they could use a tender touch to ease the fear they carry after a difficult start to outside. You’ll find that the treats and ear sanitizers go a long way in making Gladys a place on your lap, while Eunice will need a little more encouragement. A quiet home with older children is exactly the constant environment these bonded sisters need to thrive. Wouldn’t you love to pick up a pair of cubs and feed them forever?

Missy Elliot and WuTang

** DOUBLE ADOPTION ** Missy Elliot, 3 (Adoption # H211419) and Wu Tang, 4 (Adoption # R163885) haven’t missed a beat since arriving at the Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center in Bianca. Usually, when cats lose their home, they need time to adjust. Not these two lovers! As long as they are together, they are ready to conquer new hearts. Are they worth it? You bet they are. Come and make the easiest decisions you ever made!


One year old Bianca (Adoption # H211431) may feel a little overwhelmed by the big world, but time spent in a quiet space at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center helps this beautiful mini panther feel safe and secure to the first time in it. life. You will find that ear rubbing is a satisfying way to win your heart. A calm, predictable household (with children six and older) is key to her success in what will most likely be her first real home. Want an easy way to become a hero? Welcome Bianca to your heart and watch the magic begin!


Don’t let the winter doldrums take over your home. Invite Lane, 6 months (Adoption # SCR3316) to liven things up! This southern rescue has taken Bianca’s Furry Friends feline adoption center by storm, determined to befriend all of its visitors. Lane has enough energy for a cat household, so it’s the only one you’ll need to keep the family entertained. Because he has a lot of energy to spare, we’re looking for a house (with kids over eight) that can handle the excitement. If Lane sounds like the fun you’ve been looking for, come visit this cat (not quite a kitten, not yet an adult cat) at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center (open daily and drop-in). you needed!)


Seven-month-old Eclipse (Adoption # SCR3317) may seem a little cautious at first, but that’s simply because he’s had a lot to absorb since arriving from a crowded municipal shelter in South Carolina. A soft hand and a few soft words will initiate a total takeover of his heart. You will find your new best friend, grateful that he put his shelter days behind him.

If you would like to meet or adopt any of these adorable adoptables, please email [email protected] for more information or come visit their Port Washington campus.

As always, thank you for reading and remember to always adopt, never buy… pass it on!

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