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Our Story


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 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 
The Shelter Connection
The Town of North Hempstead
Animal Shelter
75 Marino Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
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Your donations help our shelter dogs like
Lucy in many ways.

"We love Lucy!" She is a very

gentle girl that we believe

would get along well with kids

of all ages.

Learn more about her here.


 Have your shopping dollars make a difference for our shelter dogs when you choose The Shelter Connection as your charity of choice at Amazonsmile.

 A portion of your purchase price be donated to help fund quality of life improvements for the dogs.

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Einstein, aptly named for his super smarts, is patiently waiting for his new best friend! To learn more about him click here.

Our shelter dogs are unclaimed strays or surrenders from the Town of North Hempstead. They come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. 

Click here to view our currently adoptable dogs on Adopt-A-Pet and Petfinder

Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

We are closed on Sunday.

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.

The Town's costume event for dogs and their owners was a Howling success. Look who represented our shelter at the TSC event's table...Current shelter resident and ambassador, Einstein (left), who was a perfect gentleman with one and all. Also supporting the team was former shelter resident, Jeter (right) who showed what a "Happy Tail" really is. 

Stay tuned for info about future events. 

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.

for Feral Cats and Kittens!

Contact our Feral Cat Coordinator to learn more about The Town of North Hempstead's Trap, Spay/Neuter, Release program click here or call:


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

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 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. 

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