A Volunteer Organization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter

Phoo by Maggie T. Mills


Zeus is our longest resident. He is a complete goofball who has had several TV appearances, including with TONH’s supervisor! He is also one of the smartest dogs in the shelter. Zeus has to be the only pet in the house, but has so much love to give to his humans.

See more photos of him and our other dogs at 
Adopt-a-Pet or Petfinder websites.

We all know that there's no place like home...

Maybe there's a place in your home for Shadow

Photo by J. DeMeo

As you can see Shadow is an extremely handsome guy, a Jindo mix with the classic characteristics of the breed. He’s very smart, and is an independent thinker who needs an owner who appreciates the breed. Generally  Jindo's are devoted to their owners when they have learned to trust and bond with them. Shadow’s got a playful side too chasing and trading tennis balls!  

Photo by J. DeMeo
Kiwi is a young Havanese found as a stray with a devastating skin condition. Practically hairless, she was painfully pink and wrinkled. After months of treatment thanks to the Mend-a-Paw Fund, the results are plain to see. She's now fluffy, happy-go-lucky, and enjoying life in her new home.
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.

Photos: Maggie T. 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 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. Remembrance bricks can still be purchased in our ongoing program.

Our "Progressive Pit Program"

rollie ozzie road
Photo by Maggie T. Mills

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.

Twix From Twix's Mom: "Twix (rear) is doing well. He and Bruno are getting along famously. Twix is delighted by the cats. They are unfortunately not at all amused by Twix and his overtures, but they seem to be taking it all in stride (and at the very least they are still very sweet with us so don’t seem to be holding a grudge)."

From the shelter volunteers and staff: What a handsome pair! Thank you for giving Twix a loving home with a big brother.

Photo by Maggie T. Mills

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

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-deductible