About Us

One of Long Island's oldest no-kill shelters, is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy.  Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes.  Located in Huntington, NY. Little Shelter is also a part of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter nestled on six wooded acres in Huntington, Long Island. Included on the grounds is Sheltervale Pet Cemetery, which has been the final resting place for companion animals for more than 80 years. 

Suffolk County’s oldest humane organization, Little Shelter has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes since 1927. Age, physical condition, and socialization issues are never criteria for rescuing a dog or cat whose life is in jeopardy. Most of our companion animals have been saved from kill shelters on Long Island, in New York City, and in several southern states. As a member of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Little Shelter is regularly called upon by the city’s municipal shelters to take their dogs and cats in need of rehabilitation. All Little Shelter pets receive the highest quality medical care and are spayed /neutered before adoption. Every potential adopter is interviewed and thoroughly screened to ensure the best quality homes.


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It was a time of great opulence. People were dancing the Fox-trot and Charleston, the radio was invented, and Rin-Tin-Tin went from rags to riches and became the most famous movie dog in history. Unfortunately, life wasn’t so wonderful for the homeless dogs and cats that roamed the streets in Huntington. Rounded up by the town dogcatcher, these animals were kept in a tiny shed, in deplorable conditions until claimed by their owners, or they met their unfortunate end. The 1920's also gave birth to one woman’s dream. Anna Hunninghouse dreamt of opening a refuge where homeless animals could live in safety and comfort until a new home was found. Her dream came true in April 1927 when the doors of Little Shelter were unlocked for the very first time. Since that fateful Sunday, thousands of animals have passed through the doors of Little Shelter. Their outreach has grown from community-based to nationwide, and Little Shelter continues to set the benchmark for other shelters to follow. Their mission is now, as it was then, to serve as a refuge for abandoned and homeless animals, by providing food, quality medical care, and shelter, until loving, permanent homes can be found - in essence, to 'Rescue, Nurture & Adopt'.


Mission Statement

Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center, one of Long Island's oldest no-kill shelters, is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy.  Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes.  Little Shelter is also a proud member of the Mayor's Alliance of NYC.


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