It’s all about fast cars and furry paws this Saturday, September 24th! Pet parents and their well-trained four-legged friends are invited to Ferrari of Long Island (65 South Service Road, Plainview, NY) for the Fur-rari Rally to the Beach, hosted by The Little Shelter, one of Long Island’s oldest no-kill shelters.

Laura FisherEvents & Clients Relations at Ferrari Maserati of LI, shares “We are a pet-friendly organization and many of our employees and clients enjoy bringing their pets into the showroom. We have heard amazing things about The Little Shelter, and the wonderful work that they do. It was only natural to host a small event where we ask our guests to bring not only money but also to donate blankets, food, office items etc., and to do our best to create awareness for a cause so close to our hearts. This is our first event with Little Shelter, but based on the overwhelming response we have received so far, we’re sure it won’t be our last.”

Buddy Madison is one of the sweet furry faces up for adoption at The Little Shelter.

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The Little Shelter

David Ceely - Executive Director at The Little Shelterexplains “The Little Shelter is funded solely by donations, thanks to the generosity of the general public. We do not receive government or state funding.”

Helping Special Needs Animals

Ceely states “Our greatest short term funding need right now, and VERY important goal and dream, is the expansion of our animal sanctuary, which is a 110 acre facility in Upstate NY. Our dogs that have special needs that perhaps make them unadoptable are placed there, allowing us to be a true no-kill shelter. Medical expenses and housing (kennel/cattery) upkeep are also a main funding need.”

The Little Shelter says it has an adoption rate of over 2,000 pets per year. “We work with the general public to find homes for our pets, and we also host events with major organizations such as the Petco Foundation, Macys, and the Broadway Mall in Hicksville New York. We have a store in that mall where people can visit us every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm. One upcoming event that we are excited about is the Halloween Ball Costume Party on October 27th, at theChateau La Mer in Lindenhurst, NY. It is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.” Interested pet owners can purchase tickets on the web at or call Jodi 631-368-8770 x205.

Ceely proudly adds “Little Shelter has been a no-kill shelter since 1927. We will be celebrating 85 years of saving lives next April. Little Shelter is run by Maryann Chernovsky our volunteer President, since 1990 and was voted "Best on Long Island" by the Long Island Press, two years in a row as well as "Best of the Best" in the animal rescue category.”

Breakfast, raffle, and donation items

Guests are invited to the dealership's showroom at 9:30AM for a light breakfast and coffee in order to meet some of the Little Shelter’s furry friends. The morning will also feature a raffle and an award for “Best in Show!” The Little Shelter will also be on hand to accept donations of much-needed items including pet beds, unopened dog/cat toys, collars and leashes, feeding bowls, and more.

Special thanks to Elisabeth Rosario for bringing this to Examiner.

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