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.

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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.

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.

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

Photos: Margaret Tumino Mills

DON'T SHOP (yet!)
Photo by Margaret Tumino Mills
The Shelter Connection needs your help:
We are one of more than 100 not-for-profit organizations supported by the Americana Manhasset and select Wheatley Plaza stores and restaurants:
Thursday, Dec. 3rd - 
Sunday, Dec. 6th
Shop at participating stores and restaurants during this time and 10% to 25% of your full price pre-tax purchases will go to your registered charity.
To support The Shelter Connection, register for a Champion Card. Click the link below: 
or call
to register for a Champion card, and...
please choose The Shelter Connection as your charity.


Pet Parade

Sunday, October 25th

Our Best in Show Winner:

Butters, as the Mad Hatter


Our annual costume party for canines and their companions was a howling success. Co-hosted by Unleashed Pet Boutique in Port Washington and the Shelter Connection, the benefit raised money for our shelter dogs, spread good will, and was entertaining  for all. Donations from local businesses made up raffle baskets so almost everyone went home a winner.

Click here for more about the event and photos of creative costumes.



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

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

Jackie is a cute, smart girl, who we think looks like a pug-shar pei mix. Her soulful eyes will melt your heart. Jackie already knows some of her commands like sit, down and paw. Come visit her at the shelter to see if she's your perfect match.
Sage is a sweet, good natured young dog. Brought to the shelter as a stray, she has shown herself to be an affectionate girl who enjoys petting and brushing and playing with stuffed toys. Sage loves to cuddle with our handlers, but really should have her own person to shower with affection. Please visit Sage at the shelter to see if you're the one for her!

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.
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