Happy February to all. Spend some time with these darlings. Feb: 5-6

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Thanks to the volunteers who are devoted to helping these animals get adopted by loving families like you. It takes a significant amount of time and dedication to volunteer at the animal rescues listed below.

Before adopting a new fur friend, volunteers organize pet events every week in and around the borough, send out announcements, hold fundraisers, help with supplies, clean cages, feed animals, make sure a pet’s medical needs are attended to and so much more. All of this is done without pay, all for love, and behind the scenes.

If you are looking to adopt, please remember that there are loving senior and disabled pets who need your care and attention, too. I think older animals tug on people’s heartstrings.

Whether a 13-year-old tabby cat or a 10-year-old mix, each of them is individual and will have different needs. Some older animals might be young at heart and others may need a bit of extra help.

During colder months especially, older pets may need extra support. They may lag behind on walks due to joint stiffness or struggle to jump up on furniture. If you are worried about your pet, be sure to speak to your vet who is the best place to offer advice and support with regards to their breed and age.


Keep an eye on their weight

As older pets tend to rest more and exercise less they can become overweight fairly easily, which adds extra strain on old bones.

Consider a diet to suit their age

There are plenty of senior dog food and senior cat food brands available on the market to ensure your pet has the right nutrients as they get older for healthy bones.

Sleeping is an important part of the day for any animal, and as older pets will sleep a little bit more than younger ones during the day it’s vital that they have a safe comfortable space to sleep, away from loud noises and distractions, and that any young children know to let them nap.

Not letting your dog get too sedentary by adopting some form of regular exercise will also help.


Happy February to all.  Spend some time with these darlings.  Feb: 5-6

Hi Daj! The sweet love is a 14-year-old Shih Tzu Mix named DAJ. He was surrendered to a kill shelter after his owner was hospitalized during the pandemic. It is a heartbreaking story, but unfortunately, that happened a lot last year. Because DAJ is visually impaired (he’s not fully blind) he gets started when someone approaches him suddenly. Naturally, he was deemed aggressive when he snapped at the assessor at the shelter. But it wasn’t aggression. It was fear. Ever since we pulled him, he’s been nothing but a sweetheart! The same goes for dogs — he doesn’t mind company, but won’t like a rowdy friend who has no sense of personal space. Although DAJ is a senior, he’s very active, loves his walks in the neighborhood and has quickly become a volunteer favorite! Contact us Happy February to all. Spend some time with these darlings. Feb: 5-6 amaanimalrescue@gmail.com to schedule a visit, or visit amaanimalrescue.org for more information. Find AMA on Facebook and Instagram @amaanimalrescue (Courtesy/AMA Rescue)AMA Rescue

SICAW’s pet events in and around the borough are listed below along with local places to eat with your dog and dog-friendly parks on Staten Island. Click through the photos above to meet the lovable dogs and cats up for adoption this weekend.


Feb. 5

SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 2:30 to 5 pm (weather permitting)

Feb. 6

SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 12 to 3 pm (weather permitting)


Stellar Villa is a New York City-based artist who recently raised over $11,500 for pet shelters after she single-handedly created 1,252 custom pieces of art of people’s pets over the course of 21 days. Now, she is working to create ongoing partnerships with local animal shelters to continue raising money. If you’re looking for a gift for a dog lover, check out Stellar’s work.


Do you love dogs? Do you love beer? Then fetch a cold one at the Flagship Brewing Co.’s Dog Club. The club will meet every Wednesday from 5 pm to 11 pm in the Flagship Brewery taproom, 40 Minthorne St., off Bay Street.

The Flagship’s Dog Club is for that special breed of dog and beer lovers who can bring their (well-behaved) pups to the meetings. Once a month, there will be a guest speaker to talk about their own specialty or knowledge regarding the welfare of their treasured, loyal friends.

For more information, visit https://www.restaurantji.com/ny/staten-island/the-flagship-brewing-company-/ or call 718-448-5284.


1. Low-cost or free spay and neuter: The ASPCA’s free and low-cost mobile spay and neuter van travels throughout the five boroughs in every neighborhood.

Low-income pet owners in the five boroughs with proof of public assistance, such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), or public housing qualify for free spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. If you have a pit bull, pit-bull mix, or certain large breed dogs, it’s also free.

For exact times the van will be in your area as well as pre-visit instructions, visit aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter, or call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).

2. Apply for a dog license. Save time and postage by applying online. For an application or more information, visit nyc.gov/doglicense. View the flyer in the gallery above.


  • AMA: Angels for Mistreated Animals Rescue; amaanimalrescue.org/
  • Animal Care Centers of NYC; 212-788-4000, nycacc.org; located at 3139 Veterans Road West. Adoption hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
  • Fur Friends in Need, a New Jersey-based group with Staten Island members and adoption events on the Island; 732-829-1426, imavegge@aol.com, furfriendsinneed.com.
  • Happy Homes Animal Rescue, New Jersey-based group with Staten Island adoption events; 914-393-8292, elaine@happyhomesinc.org, tina@happyhomesinc.org; happyhomesinc.org.
  • Louie’s Legacy; 646-397-LLAR (5527), newyork@louieslegacy.org, louieslegacy.org.
  • Mama Chris Animal Rescue Inc.; 347-983-2240, mamachrisrescue@gmail.com, mamachrisrescue.org.
  • New York Bully Crew; 844-633-NYBC (6922), nybcapp@gmail.com, nybullycrew.org.
  • PLUTO Rescue of Staten Island; 718-227-0553, plutorescue@aol.com, plutorescue.org. Please note: PLUTO is working with and promoting the adoption of animals from the Associated Humane Society in Newark, NJ
  • Pupstarz Rescue; www.pupstarzrescue.org; email: rescue@pupstarzrescue.org.
  • Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare (SICAW); 718-948-5623, sicawsaves.org.
  • Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue; info@statenislandhoperescue.org, statenislandhopeanimalrescue.org, 800-477-9168.
  • Victory for the Voiceless Animal Rescue; 718-442-1625, AdoptVictory4theVoiceless@gmail.com, victory4thevoicelessanimalrescue.com


Alfresco dining is temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Angelina’s Ristorante, 339 Ellis St., Tottenville, 718-227-2900
  • The Burrito Bar, 585 Forest Ave., West Brighton, 718-815-9200
  • Ciro Pizza Café, 862 Huguenot Ave., Huguenot, 718-605-0620
  • Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Rd., Charleston, 718-984-1202
  • Shake Shack, Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave., New Springville, 929-529-0513
  • Silver Lake Golf Course, 915 Victory Blvd., Silver Lake, 718-442-4653
  • Call ahead for reservations. For more information, check out NYC Dogs in restaurant rules.


  • Allison Park, off-leash area, the field at the end of the trail bordered by Prospect Avenue, Sailors Snug Harbor Cemetery, and the pond.
  • Amundsen Trail, off-leash area, between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard.
  • Arthur Von Briesen Park, off-leash area, lawn area, mid-park on the right side.
  • Bloomingdale Park, dog run, Maguire Avenue behind athletic fields closer to Ramona Avenue.
  • Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, the open field above picnic area near Royal Oak Road, and Rice Avenue.
  • Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, Brookside Avenue between Alpine Court and Kingsley Avenue (lawn area).
  • Clove’s Tail Park, off-leash area, lawn area, corner of Victory Boulevard and Little Clove Road.
  • Conference House Park, dog run, Clermont Avenue and Massachusetts Street.
  • Cozzens Woods Park, off-leash area, Page Avenue between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road.
  • Crescent Beach Park, off-leash area, Tennyson Drive, and Glover Avenue. Located in the meadow area leading to the beach.
  • Evergreen Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue, and Evergreen Street.
  • Father Macris Park, off-leash area, lawn beyond ballfield.
  • Ida Court Playground, dog run, Ida Court between N. Railroad Street & Drumgoole Road East
  • Lemon Creek Park, off-leash area, the bottom of Seguine Avenue at Johnston Terrace; just below playground.
  • Siedenburg Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue, and Evergreen Street
  • Silver Lake Park, dog run, Victory Boulevard below the pavilion, across from the Parkview Apartments.
  • South Beach Park, off-leash area. Note: On sand after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.
  • Willowbrook Park, off-leash area, Archery Range Field.
  • Wolfe’s Pond Park, dog run, to the left of Cornelia Avenue.

For more information with rules and regulations, visit nycgovparks.org/facilities/dogareas.


Dogs are not allowed to enter any bathing facilities, including New York City beaches. However, from Oct. 1 through May 1, leashed dogs are allowed on the sand and boardwalk at Midland Beach and South Beach.

Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/promenade at Midland Beach and South Beach.

For more information with rules and regulations, visit nycgovparks.org/facilities/dogareas.


If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact the Pet Poison hotline at 855-764-7661 or petpoisonhelpline.com, or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or aspca.org.

As the seasons change, keep in mind the plants that are poisonous to animals: https://www.rover.com/blog/poisonous-plants/


To report an incident of animal abuse, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


To contact an environmental conservation police officer or report suspected violations, contact the DEC Law Enforcement Dispatch Center at 844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267) or dec.ny.gov/.

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