A Volunteer Organization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter

Photo by J. DeMeo

Billy is a 7 year-old Italian Mastiff whose family could no longer take care of him after divorce. Billy is a gentle giant that wants nothing more than to be coddled over. He is a “move-in ready” guy who loves long cuddle sessions, leisurely walks, and gets along well with other dogs. Billy is already a favorite in the shelter, and he is patiently waiting to be the favorite in his new forever home.

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

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

Maybe there's a place in your home for Jesse?

Photo by Maggie T. Mills

Jessie will work for treats! Since coming to the shelter she’s expanded her back of tricks during her exercise and training sessions. She’s a very friendly girl who will roll over on her back for belly rubs. We think she’ll get along with other dogs and recommend adults only or families with older children.

Tootsie was a stray found in very poor condition. She was suffering from a badly neglected, painfully advanced case of glaucoma in her left eye. The Mend-a-Paw fund was tapped to cover the cost of surgery to remove her eye, and this sweet little girl is living happily ever after in her new adoptive home.

Tango From Tango's Mom: "Just wanted to update you on Tango. He is doing great and is truly thriving! He is an avid swimmer (no one can believe a shepherd can out-swim the purebred Labrador retrievers on New England beaches) and hiker, loves life, is well socialized with other dogs and people...We are absolutely in love with him.

Thank you again for saving him, and for all you do for all the other shepherds out there."

Our "Progressive Pit Program"

rollie ozzie road
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.

Photos: Maggie T. Mills

Snapshots of Dogs at 
The Town of North Hempstead 
Animal Shelter
Photography by Maggie T. Mills
Currently on view at
North Hempstead Town Hall
The Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter

This exhibit celebrates dogs outdoors on the shelter's nature trail - leash-free, carefree, and happy. Some are just dogs in a moment: chasing leaves, engaging with the photographer, catching a ball.  But those moments don't happen as often as they might in a home with a family.

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Adopting a dog from our shelter

Photo by Maggie T. Mills

Emma enjoys being with people, and our handlers enjoy working with her. This smart, friendly girl knows her basic commands, loves long walks on our nature trail, agility activities, petting and, of course, treats! She does want to be the only dog in the family.

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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.

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

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.

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