A Volunteer Organization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter


Sadie was,sadly, surrendered to the shelter when her owner moved and could not take her with him. She is a sweet, mature dog who leans in for petting and loves belly rubs. Sadie enjoys playing ball with our handlers, taking treats like a real lady. She will make someone a warm and wonderful companion. Could that someone be you? See more photos of her and other available dogs at our shelter by visiting the Adopt-a-Pet or Petfinder websites.

Adopting a dog from our shelter


Nikko is the official “meeter – greeter” at the shelter. He spends most of his days in the office with the shelter staff and as a result has learned manners that would pay off in any home. He is playfully athletic but can also be a cuddly couch potato. He is the first dog you meet when coming into the shelter and hopefully he can be the one to accompany you out, too! click here.

king with shades

After nearly six years at the shelter, King was adopted and became one of our all-time “Happy Tails”. When he first came to the shelter he was a strong and wild young dog in need of real training.  In time, however, he became a true MVD (most valuable dog), who was incredibly dog friendly and dog savvy.  King was recruited to work with the handlers in our “Progressive Pit Program” helping to evaluate new dogs as they entered the program. In early March a wonderful young couple came to the shelter wanting to adopt a dog that truly needed a lucky break. King fit the bill. Although shelter staff and volunteers miss him, we couldn’t be happier to know that King is loved and loving his new people.  See more photos of him on our Happy Tails page and more success stories of our other former shelter dogs.

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

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.

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.

Photos: Margaret Tumino Mills

Wednesday, September 30th
5 PM to 7 PM
North Hempstead "Yes We Can" Community Center
141 Garden St., New Cassel, New York
*dogs on leashes, cats in carriers please
To make a reservation or for more information
please call 516-869-6311

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

Maybe there's a place in your home for Jackie or Skyler

Jackie is a cute, smart  girl, who we think looks like a pug-shar pei  mix.  She's a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly and then can't take her soulful eyes off of you. Jackie already knows some of her commands like sit, down and paw. Come to the shelter to meet her and see if she's your perfect match.
Sunny is a three year-old yellow lab who was surrendered to our shelter along with her companion, Brownie, when their owner could no longer care for them. She’s a playful, happy-go-lucky gal. Sunny already knows "sit" and is continuing her education during her shelter stay. Come to the shelter to spend some time with Sunny to see if she’s the one for you.

You are invited to ...

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.
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-deductable