A Volunteer Organization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter

Photo by J. DeMeo

Pablo Playful and puppy-like, Pablo will do best with an experienced owner who can further his education. About a year old, this handsome youngster enjoys the company of other dogs and is waiting for that special someone who can help him channel all his energy creatively.

See more photos of him and our other dogs aAdopt-a-Pet or Petfinder websites.

Adopting a dog from our shelter

Photo by Maggie T. Mills

Emma enjoys being with people, and our handlers enjoy working with her. This smart, friendly girl knows her basic commands, loves long walks on our nature trail, agility activities, petting and, of course, treats! She does want to be the only dog in the family.

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Tootsie was a stray found in very poor condition. She was suffering from a badly neglected, painfully advanced case of glaucoma in her left eye. The Mend-a-Paw fund was tapped to cover the cost of surgery to remove her eye, and this sweet little girl is living happily ever after in her new adoptive home.

Tango From Tango's Mom: "Just wanted to update you on Tango. He is doing great and is truly thriving! He is an avid swimmer (no one can believe a shepherd can out-swim the purebred Labrador retrievers on New England beaches) and hiker, loves life, is well socialized with other dogs and people...We are absolutely in love with him.

Thank you again for saving him, and for all you do for all the other shepherds out there."

Our "Progressive Pit Program"

rollie ozzie road
Rollie and Ozzie on a Pit Crew field trip.

The Shelter Connection's "Progressive Pit" program has been in full swing for several years now and in that time this socialization program has helped place many good dogs in loving, appreciative homes. To learn more about how we take our dogs "On the Road" and enhance their "Life Skills", view photos as well as a feature story and video posted on Port Washington Patch click here.

Photos: Maggie T. Mills

Snapshots of Dogs at 
The Town of North Hempstead 
Animal Shelter
Photography by Maggie T. Mills
Currently on view at 
The Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter

This exhibit celebrates dogs outdoors on the shelter's nature trail - leash-free, carefree, and happy. Some are just dogs in a moment: chasing leaves, engaging with the photographer, catching a ball.  But those moments don't happen as often as they might in a home with a family.

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Paws to Remember
In an effort to beautify our town animal shelter, to make it a warm and welcoming place to adopt a companion dog, The Town of North Hempstead recently dedicated a peaceful, outdoor seating area incorporating "Remembrance Bricks". These bricks can be engraved with a personal message honoring beloved pets or sharing simple, inspirational thoughts or messages for visitors. The Shelter Connection is sponsoring "Pavers for Paws", a program enabling the public to purchase a brick to help fund this garden seating area, while giving an enduring way to pay tribute to a loved one. Rembrance bricks can still be purchased in our ongoing program.

We all know that there's no place like home.

Maybe there's a place in your home for Killian?

Photo by Maggie T. Mills

 Killian was named after the Irish Red lager because of her beautiful amber coat. This sweet, friendly gal is shy at first, but once she bonds with you she’ll lean in for lots of lovin’, and a playful scoot around the yard. Killian is a calm and quiet girl who will blossom with someone to call her own. A perfect day for Killian includes a nice walk followed by a nap at your feet.

Princess enjoys a walk on our nature trail with a trio of Shelter Connection dog handlers.

safety day
You're never too young to learn safe behavior around dogs. Dog Control Officer Jenna and friend at our town's Safety Day event. Learn more about our humane education programs.

The Shelter connection is an all volunteer organization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington, NY. We are a 501c3 non profit group working in cooperation with the staff of the town's public shelter. Our volunteers are trained as adoption advisors and dog handlers. The primary mission of TSC is to increase both the number & quality of adoptions. We also provide funds to improve the quality of life of the shelter dogs including the "Mend-a-Paw" fund for special medical and surgical needs of the shelter dogs. Secondary missions of our organization are to provide responsible care information, increase public awareness of shelter dog availability, and encourage humane education programs for people of all ages.

The Shelter Connection

PO Box 226    Greenvale, NY    11548



The Shelter Connection is an all volunteer nonprofit charitable organization.  All contributions are spent on programs and services to improve the quality of life of dogs at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter. 

All contributions are fully tax-deductible