A Volunteer Organization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter

We all know that...

There's No Place Like Home


Maybe there's a place in your home for Acorn or Zeus.

Why is Acorn still waiting for someone to love? It's been a whole year since this gentle girl was brought to the shelter as a stray! If you are looking for a quiet walking companion, Acorn might be just the dog for you.  Once this shy girl gets to know you, she warms up nicely following our handlers around and leaning in for lots of petting. She takes treats softly and knows the commands for sit and down.  Acorn would like to settle into a calm home with that special someone to love and call her own.


It took us a while, but we handlers in the Progressive Pit Program are quite proud of our boy Zeus. He came to the shelter, a wild child, overly reactive to the other dogs in the program, untrained and unfocused. He didn't share his affection easily, perhaps making us earn his affection as we worked with him all these months. He has learned how to learn, can focus quite well on his handlers, and ignores the other dogs in our program who are just a 3 foot fence away! He now finds his people more interesting and a good belly rub more fun than barking at another dog!

He will still need to be an only child, but he has been taught to focus on his handlers and can be in the vicinity of other dogs and mind his own business. He is easy to walk on the nature trail with minimal pulling. If he stares a bit too long at another dog, we can quickly get his focus back on us. As we have learned, not all dogs need another dog in their life, and the purpose of TPP program was to give those dogs other options to make their lives and the lives of their new owners easier.

He has become a fast favorite of ours in TPP and now shares his affection with all of us. We feel privileged to be a part of his transformation! If you are looking for a smart AND affectionate 'only child' why not consider Zeus?

Bandit, remember him? Having been at the shelter for more than three years, he was recently one of our featured dogs. All good things come to those who wait and so we can report that Bandit has found his heaven on earth home with a family that finds only the good in this guy. Here is what they have to say about him. 

"Bandit has become part of the family. He is a good, good, good natured friend. He loves to play and has lots of energy, I call him a serial toy destroyer and I can swear he has a sense of humor. He loves to be loved, to be part of the group, to feel that he belongs to the family, and he does belong."

We love the photo of Bandit surveying the world, looking out on a bright future, and we love people who open their hearts and minds to our bully breed best friends.

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

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

Photos: Margaret Tumino Mills

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.

Lincoln's good looks and clownish antics have made him a fast favorite at the shelter. He has begun basic training and happily greets all people he meets, flopping over for belly rubs. Lincoln also plays nicely with his fellow shelter canines during playgroup sessions.  With his puppy-ish exuberance  he would do best in an active home with older children dedicated to continuing his training.  See more photos of him and other available dogs at our shelter by visiting the Adopt-a-Pet or Petfinder websites.

Our "Progressive Pit Program"

PPP two dogs
Two dogs are worked together to learn how to socialize outside of the shelter environment.

The Shelter Connection's "Progressive Pit" program has been in full swing for almost two years now and in that time this socialization program has helped place many "good dogs" in loving, appreciative homes.

We hope our Progressive Pit Program will help place more dogs like Peco in caring homes, and help be a part of the renaissance of what is the TRUE pit bull nature.

To learn more about how we work with our dogs and 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.

Adopting a dog from our shelter


Our dogs come in all shapes and sizes like Daisy and her pal, Luv Bug.  

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