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If you are looking to adopt a dog on Long Island there are numerous rescue organizations and shelters with wonderful, family-friendly dogs waiting for their forever home. Dog adoption is an excellent option that gives abandoned or lost animals a second chance to have a good life in a loving home and provide your family with years of love, fun and laughter.
Owning a pet has been proven to offer health benefits in numerous ways. Notable studies have proven that early exposure to multiple pets can reduce or eliminate allergic reactions to a variety of allergens in children. Dogs are known for providing companionship and unconditional love, but they have also proven to be helpful in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol levels, stress levels and providing psychological benefits. As generally attentive listeners, they can help stave off loneliness and provide opportunities for socialization, outdoor activities and exercise. As Mayo Clinic oncologist Edward T. Creagan, MD, summarized, “We all need something to live for and something to focus on, besides ourselves. Pets offer us unconditional love, which is of significant benefit to our overall well-being.”
Many town shelters work hand in hand with local non-profit, no-kill rescue groups in an effort to foster or place adoptable companion dogs. Most offer free or low cost neuter or spaying services, as well as providing affordable vaccinations and medical treatment if required. Quite a few rescue groups provide homes for foster dogs awaiting a great family to come find them, so make sure to contact them for some of the best adoptable dogs available.
If you are a Long Island resident on the hunt for the perfect dog to adopt, check out these local resources … your new best friend may already be waiting there!
Dog Adoption Resources:
Town of Islip Animal Shelter- 210 S. Denver Ave., Bayshore, NY – (631) 224-5660
Shelter Link is a rescue group who works hand in hand with Islip shelter www.shelterlink.com
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter – 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh, NY – (516) 785-5220
Bidawee Adoption Center is located directly next door to Hempstead’s shelter and assists in placing pets in loving homes. Check out all their locations and services at: www.bidawee.org
Town of Babylon Animal Shelter – 51 Lamar St., West Babylon, NY (631) 643-9270
Town of Riverhead Animal Shelter – 532 Youngs Ave., Calverton, NY (631) 369-6189
Kent Animal Shelter - 2259 River Rd., Calverton, NY (631) 727-5731
Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter – 300 Horseblock Rd., Brookhaven, NY (631) 286-4990
Town of Huntington Animal Shelter – 106 Deposit Rd., East Northport, NY (631) 754-8722
Little Shelter – 33 Warner Rd., Huntington, NY (631) 368-8770
Southampton Animal Shelter – 102 Old Riverhead West Rd., Hampton Bays, NY (631) 728-7387
New Leash Animal Rescue - P.O. Box 52, Shirley, NY 11967 631-394-8292 firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Freeport Animal Shelter – 2 Rider Pl., Freeport, NY (516) 378-4340
Adopt a dog... save a life and find your best friend!
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