A Volunteer Organization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter


Sadie was,sadly, surrendered to the shelter when her owner moved and could not take her with him. She is a sweet, mature dog who leans in for petting and loves belly rubs. Sadie enjoys playing ball with our handlers, taking treats like a real lady. She will make someone a warm and wonderful companion. Could that someone be you? See more photos of her and other available dogs at our shelter by visiting the Adopt-a-Pet or Petfinder websites.

Adopting a dog from our shelter


Spencer's goofy, outgoing personality has made him a fast favorite at the shelter. This happy young pup greets everyone with enthusiasm, seems to get along with other dogs, and has a gentle mouth for treats. He has begun his basic obedience training and is seeking a permanent companion to perfect him! To learn more about adopting a dog from our shelter click here.

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After nearly six years at the shelter, King was adopted and became one of our all-time “Happy Tails”. When he first came to the shelter he was a strong and wild young dog in need of real training.  In time, however, he became a true MVD (most valuable dog), who was incredibly dog friendly and dog savvy.  King was recruited to work with the handlers in our “Progressive Pit Program” helping to evaluate new dogs as they entered the program. In early March a wonderful young couple came to the shelter wanting to adopt a dog that truly needed a lucky break. King fit the bill. Although shelter staff and volunteers miss him, we couldn’t be happier to know that King is loved and loving his new people.  See more photos of him on our Happy Tails page and more success stories of our other former shelter dogs.

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

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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.

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

Photos: Margaret Tumino Mills

We all know that...

There's No Place Like Home


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

Skylar This playful young pup has it all- looks, personality, and charm. He enjoys his outdoor playing sessions, meeting new people, and has begun learning his basic commands with success. Skylar gets along with all fellow canines and people he meets- we think he’d fit in just about anywhere! 

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.


Yoga Goes to the Dogs

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Thanks to  Shari Thompson of Port Washington's Yoga Life and a beautiful sunny day at Sand Point Preserve, many dogs and their owners enjoyed participating in Get Down with your Dog - Yoga in the Park to benefit The Shelter Connection.

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.

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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.
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