Photo by Margaret Tumino Mills
The Shelter Connection is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization working in partnership with Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter staff in Port Washington, NY.
In 1999, our forward thinking shelter had a dream. This was the year The Shelter Connection was realized, as a group of volunteers entered the shelter’s doors with like-minded goals...to improve the lives of shelter dogs while they await adoption. Our successes, to say the least, are beyond what we could even have imagined!
Volunteers are professionally trained as adoption advisers and dog handlers, and our fundraising efforts support many shelter improvement programs.
We believe that every dog is unique in their personality and needs. As such our goal is to find each dog the home and family they deserve.
Meet Our Adoptable Dogs
Our shelter dogs are unclaimed strays or surrenders from the Town of North Hempstead. They come in all shapes, sizes, and ages.
Visit our shelter Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
We are closed on Sunday.
The Town of North Hempstead
75 Marino Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
Holiday photos by Margaret Tumino Mills
Making a Difference
The Shelter Connection has been able to improve the quality of life for our shelter dogs in so many ways. Some of our earliest contributions include subsidizing the shelter's food budget to improve the quality of dog food, purchasing beds for the kennels, and buying treats, toys and other training material.
Over time we have succeeded in even more ambitious projects that make the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter a progressive model for open admission shelters. Learn more about our programs.
News & Events
Corona Virus Alert
Due to coronavirus concerns, we are showing our dogs by appointment only until further notice.
If you are interested in adopting a dog, please visit our web site at www.theshelterconnection.org to view our available pets. You can call us at 516-869-6311 to learn more about our dogs and to make an appointment to meet them.
We are still providing all animal control services. If you are a North Hempstead resident to surrender your dog, redeem your own lost dog, or you have found a stray dog in the Town of North Hempstead, please call our 311 operators, leave a message and we will return your call.
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 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.
To purchase a remembrance brick
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