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. 


Sanctuary Dogs

The mission of the Little Shelter is to adopt and save as many dogs and cats as possible. However there are many animals who have been overlooked for adoption due to behavioral or medical issues.  Some dogs simply cannot adapt well to shelter life causing them to be overlooked for adoption. To meet the needs of these special animals Little Shelter opened the Little Shelter Sanctuary.

Resting on 110 acres of rolling hills, fields and streams in upstate New York, at the Little Shelter Animal Sanctuary, animals live in rooms styled more like apartments or homes to provide comfort and peace in a relaxing environment. Each dog has its own furnished room painted to suit the dogs personality and there is a 2 1/2 acre pond on the property for the dogs to swim in.

The animals who for various reasons are not adoptable are sent to the Sanctuary to live out their life in peace. 

Thankfully many dogs are adoptable but just needed the extra space that the Sanctuary provides.  These dogs receive continuous training, socialization, rehabilitation, and love until adoption no matter how long it may take.

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.  

Dogs in the sanctuary are dubbed “Angels” and receive lifetime medical care when adopted through the shelter’s 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 would like to contribute to help with the costs of maintaining the property or want to help fund the cost of a new building to house these special animals, please contact: 631.368.8770 ext 26