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 Prince or Acorn.

Prince is one charismatic guy who knows it all: sit, down, stay, leave it, say-your-prayers; you name it! He is a smart and friendly boy waiting to show off his stuff to a permanent “personal trainer.” 

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.


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.
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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.

Photos: Margaret Tumino Mills

A Shelter Benefit

Have fun, stretch, and de-stress with your pooch at an outdoor yoga class for people and their dogs with Shari Thompson of Port Washington's Yoga Life.  Feel especially good about it since all proceeds from this event will benefit The Shelter Connection! Click here for details.

Free Rabies Clinic

Saturday, May 9th

Bring your dogs and cats to the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM for free rabies inoculations: 75 Marino Avenue in Port Washington. Call 516-869-6311 to make a reservation or if you have any questions.

Dogs must be on leashes, cats in carriers.

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.

Toby is  a friendly young guy who is full of curiosity about the world around him.   In  the early stages of his training here at the shelter, Toby already knows "sit" and "paw".   He happily greets people and seems to get along with his fellow canines. See more photos of him and other available dogs at our shelter by visiting the Adopt-a-Pet or Petfinder websites.

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.

Adopting a dog from our shelter


Young Rudy is a blue eyed husky mix looking for an active home. Learn more about adopting a dog from our shelter.

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