A Volunteer Organization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter


Zeus, shown here with his signature one ear up, one ear down, is currently the longest resident at our shelter in his 4th year with us. He is a big clown who loves hanging out with shelter staff and volunteers. Zeus prefers to be the only pet in the family. So, if you are charmed by his portrait, please call or stop by to learn more about how he might be the ONE for you. To see more photos of him and our other dogs go to the Adopt-a-Pet or Petfinder websites.

Adopting a dog from our shelter


Bobby: Watch out- Bobby is quite the charmer! Bobby is a well-mannered gentleman that is just about as “move-in-ready” as they come; he’s mastered basic commands, is housebroken, gets along well with other dogs and all people he meets. He would make a great family pet in just about any home..

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Lou, formerly Dallas

From Lou's Family: "I adopted Lou two years ago. He has been an absolute pleasure. He is so full of life and exuberance. We have so much fun together! He loves to go hiking, swimming and biking. He is incredibly smart and perceptive. His tough appearance belies his kind and gentle nature. The highlight of my day is coming home and giving him a big hug and kiss and then we pummel on the floor!"

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

Our "Progressive Pit Program"

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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 
Great Neck Plaza Village Courthouse &
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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We all know that there's no place like home.

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

Mellow is Walter's middle name. A bull terrier mix, this gentle, soulful-eyed giant rolls over for lengthy belly rubs, and leans in for petting and brushing. What a great guy to hang out with while watching golf on TV! Is he the one for you?

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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.
Herbie's badly infected gums required surgery funded by Mend-a- Paw.
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