STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — These days have been hard for a lot of people: Making ends meet, looking out for each other, and caring for loved ones. There is a form of therapy involved with these beautiful animals. Their love is never-ending and unwavering. No matter what, their greetings, when you come home, comfort and nurture. They understand us more than we know.
Recently, Smithsonian published some interesting findings about your tiny dogs and their ancestors.
“Now, research published today in Current Biology suggests instead that the genetic fodder for the tiny dog breeds of today was actually lurking in the DNA of ancient wolves that lived more than 50,000 years ago, long before domestication began,” according to Alex Fox, a freelance journalist.
We want to highlight local advocacy groups trying to find homes for these sweet souls. If you have time, take a look, share or adopt if possible.
Louie’s Legacy has been a constant and prevalent influence in our community. They have adoption events around New York City and are a good source. They started in 2006 with a dog named Louie. Here is their story:
The story of Louie’s Legacy started with a special little dog – named Louie, of course. Louie was a basset hound mix with red fur and different colored eyes, and he belonged to a shelter that had a 99% kill rate when he and its founder, Emily, met each other one fateful day.
Louie’s Legacy sends weekly submissions and is adamant about finding homes for these sweet souls. If you have a moment, check them out. We also have many other rescue agencies and adoptable pets to check out. The list is below!
- SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Louie’s Legacy will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Louie’s Legacy will be PetSmart (Flatiron) – 1107 Broadway Ste. 101, New York, NY 10010, from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- SICAW will be at Petco, 165 Bricktown Way, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
THANK YOU TO OUR RESCUE TEAMS
We are always grateful to the volunteers who organize pet events every week in and around the borough, send out announcements, hold fundraisers, help with supplies, clean cages, feed animals, make sure the pets’ medical needs are attended to and so much more. All of this is done without pay, all for love, and behind the scenes.
SICAW’s pet events are listed below, along with local places to eat with your dog and dog-friendly parks on Staten Island. Click through the photos above to meet the lovable dogs and cats up for adoption this weekend.
GIFTS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
Julie Forlenza, a former teacher at IS 7, P.S. 62, ring and run dog walkers, and manager at Woof and Tails Lodge, went into action after Hurricane Ian to help animals in shelters. She is the owner of Black Dog Portrait. Her passion for helping animals is exceptional. Check her out on Facebook or Instagram.
Stellar Villa is a New York City-based artist who recently raised over $11,500 for pet shelters after she single-handedly created 1,252 custom pieces of art of people’s pets over the course of 21 days. Now, she is working to create ongoing partnerships with local animal shelters to continue raising money. If you’re looking for a gift for a dog lover, check out Stellar’s work.
Weekly event: Animal Care Centers of New York City is open for adoptions of dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits at 3139 Veterans Road West from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. For general information on adopting from ACC and other community-based programs through ACC please go to www.nycacc.org.
Do you love dogs? Do you love beer? Then fetch a cold one at the Flagship Brewing Co.’s Dog Club. The club meets every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Flagship Brewery taproom at 40 Minthorne St., off Bay Street.
The Flagship’s Dog Club is for that special breed of dog and beer lovers who can bring their (well-behaved) pups to the meetings. Once a month, there will be a guest speaker to talk about their own specialty or knowledge regarding the welfare of their treasured, loyal friends.
1. Low-cost or free spay and neuter: The ASPCA’s free and low-cost mobile spay and neuter van travels throughout the five boroughs in every neighborhood.
Low-income pet owners in the five boroughs with proof of public assistance, such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), or public housing qualify for free spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. If you have a pit bull, pit-bull mix, or certain large breed dogs, it’s also free.
For the exact times the van will be in your area, as well as pre-visit instructions, visit aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter, or call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).
2. Apply for a dog license. Save time and postage by applying online. For an application or more information, visit nyc.gov/doglicense. View the flyer in the gallery above.
3. Fuzzy RX. Telehealth promotes veterinary health that is available 24/7. Vet chat on a one-to-one basis and get personalized treatment. They can connect with your veterinarians immediately for conditions that run the gamut of diarrhea, ear, physical, and skin issues.
AL FRESCO DINING WITH YOUR DOG
· Angelina’s Ristorante, 339 Ellis St., Tottenville, 718-227-2900
· The Burrito Bar, 585 Forest Ave., West Brighton, 718-815-9200
· Ciro Pizza Café, 862 Huguenot Ave., Huguenot, 718-605-0620
· Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Rd., Charleston, 718-984-1202
· Shake Shack, Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave., New Springville, 929-529-0513
· Silver Lake Golf Course, 915 Victory Blvd., Silver Lake, 718-442-4653
Call ahead for reservations. For more information, check out NYC Dogs in restaurant rules.
· Allison Park, off-leash area, the field at the end of the trail bordered by Prospect Avenue, Sailors Snug Harbor Cemetery, and the pond
· Amundsen Trail, off-leash area, between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard
· Arthur Von Briesen Park, off-leash area, lawn area, mid-park on the right side
· Bloomingdale Park, dog run, Maguire Avenue behind athletic fields closer to Ramona Avenue
· Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, the open field above picnic area near Royal Oak Road and Rice Avenue
· Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, Brookside Avenue between Alpine Court and Kingsley Avenue (lawn area)
· Clove’s Tail Park, off-leash area, lawn area, corner of Victory Boulevard and Little Clove Road
· Conference House Park, dog run, Clermont Avenue and Massachusetts Street
· Cozzens Woods Park, off-leash area, Page Avenue between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road
· Crescent Beach Park, off-leash area, Tennyson Drive, and Glover Avenue; located in the meadow area leading to the beach
· Evergreen Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street
· Father Macris Park, off-leash area, lawn beyond ball field
· Ida Court Playground, dog run, Ida Court between North Railroad Street and Drumgoole Road East
· Lemon Creek Park, off-leash area, the bottom of Seguine Avenue at Johnston Terrace; just below playground
· Siedenburg Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue, and Evergreen Street
· Silver Lake Park, dog run, Victory Boulevard below the pavilion, across from the Parkview Apartments
· South Beach Park, off-leash area. Note: On sand only after Labor Day and before Memorial Day
· Willowbrook Park, off-leash area, Archery Range Field
· Wolfe’s Pond Park, dog run, to the left of Cornelia Avenue
For more information with rules and regulations, visit nycgovparks.org/facilities/dogareas.
Dogs cannot enter any bathing facilities, including New York City beaches. However, from Oct. 1 through May 1, leashed dogs are allowed on the sand and boardwalk at Midland Beach and South Beach.
Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/promenade at Midland Beach and South Beach.
For more information on rules and regulations, visit nycgovparks.org/facilities/dogareas.
PET POISON HELPLINES
If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact the Pet Poison hotline at 855-764-7661 or petpoisonhelpline.com, or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or aspca.org.
As the seasons change, keep in mind the plants that are poisonous to animals: https://www.rover.com/blog/poisonous-plants/
TO REPORT ANIMAL CRUELTY
To report an incident of animal abuse, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
To contact an environmental conservation police officer or report suspected violations, contact the DEC Law Enforcement Dispatch Center at 844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267) or dec.ny.gov/