The current financial crunch that is sweeping the world had an impact on every profession and vocation. Humans are not the only beings who are feeling the pinch, either. As donations dry up, so do services and organizations that help animals, and all are working hard to continue their mission. One such organization is Little Shelter, and they are a great example of the many exemplary groups on LI that fight hard for our animal friends. It has been in existence for over 80 years and has a special place in the hearts of animal lovers across LI. Animals need their protectors. Little Shelter is one of those places.
This Week: Jodi Record
33 Warner Road
How long have you been in business on LI?
Little Shelter has been in business since 1927.
How did you get into this business?
The shelter was started by a woman called Anna Hunninghouse who saw the abuse that stray animals in the Huntington area received and wanted to build a safe haven for them. Our president, Maryann Chernovsky, has been running Little Shelter since 1990 on a completely volunteer basis. She has been involved with animal welfare for more than 30 years.
What is your favorite memory of doing business on LI?
The best thing about being an animal rescue on Long Island is being able to rescue needy animals from our local municipal shelters, Manhattan, and neighboring states.
How are you different from your competition?
Little Shelter is different from other shelters because we take in animals that other shelters will not. We take the sick, the elderly, the injured. We have taken dogs from city shelters that were on their way to the euthanasia room because every other shelter had passed them over. Once such case is a chihuahua named Samantha who came to us with large tumors. She was moments from death before Little Shelter stepped in and brought her to safety. Samantha has been receiving chemotherapy treatments and is doing very well.
We also run more programs then any other shelter, on a very tight budget. Our Animal Soup Kitchen (ASK) program provides food and medical treatment for the pets of impoverished, elderly and ill families. We have a humane education program which sees us visit hundreds of schools every year. We maintain feral cat colonies throughout Long Island, and much more.
Who is the biggest celebrity you have ever served/done business with?
We have worked with several celebrities including Richard Belzer (AKA Detective Munch from Law & Order SVU), John O’Hurley from Seinfeld and Dancing With The Stars, and Psychic John Edward.
What is your hottest selling item?
We don’t sell merchandise but we have plenty of dogs and cats available for adoption.
Can people shop online at your store?
People can view some of our adoptable dogs and cats on our website, www.littleshelter.com.
What’s your favorite thing about living on LI?
Open spaces, vicinity to NYC and beaches and lots more.
What’s your favorite local restaurant?
34 New Street in Huntington.
Hamptons or Fire Island?
Do you have a Long Island accent?
Billy Joel, Run DMC, Johnny Maestro or Push Play?