There comes a time when a rescue or no-kill shelter is faced with the issue of what to do with long-term residents that have been overlooked for adoption for behavioral or medical reasons time and time again. When that time came for Little Shelter the answer was simple – provide a place where these animals can live their lives in comfort, with love and dignity.
In 2000, Little Shelter opened the doors to Little Shelter Sanctuary, a peaceful and serene facility on 110 acres in upstate New York. At the sanctuary, our dogs have more room, less anxiety, and undergo continual training, socialization and rehabilitation with the hope they will someday find an adoptive home. They live in apartment-style rooms with a home-like atmosphere, and the resident staff provides 24-hour care, making sure that each dog has their needs met with daily exercise, training and love. A popular pastime amongst all the dogs is swimming in the one-acre pond!
At this time, the sanctuary is only open to canine residents from our Huntington facility that need to be away from the stresses of shelter life. The sanctuary has a small resident population, allowing us to give those dogs individualized attention and has allowed us to be a true "no-kill" shelter.
Each dog has his or her own special needs, which makes it necessary that his or her family is willing to provide the love, patience, and commitment to help each of them adjust to their new family. Our sanctuary dogs are all wonderful, loving animals that just need a special someone to make their lives complete. Little Shelter will provide lifetime medical care for all dogs adopted out of the sanctuary under the Save-an-Angel program.
In addition, Angel adopters can request training experience shelter behaviorist to help with any initial transition problems or special needs of the animal. If you think your lifestyle matches the needs of one of our Angels, please call Little Shelter at (631) 368-8770 and an adoption counselor will be happy to discuss the program with you.
All of the sanctuary dogs have lived at Little Shelter for a longer time than normal and have been given Angel status in Little Shelter's Save-an-Angel program.