08/18/2018 – Pet-A-Palooza!

Sat. & Sun. Aug. 18th & 19th
9am – 6pm
The Little Shelter
33 Warner Rd, Huntington

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Find fun for the whole family at The Little Shelter’s 21st annual Pet-A-Palooza! There will be live entertainment from WBLI, games for the kids and fur babies, a blessing of the animals, food, face painting, and much more. Take a chance to win many exciting prizes at the Chinese auction. Little Shelter alumni and guests are invited to participate in many special events including the “Dogs on Parade” and  The Doggie Swimsuit contests. You may even find a new furry family member among the hundreds of animals available for adoption!

Admission is free, so leash up your pup and come join the fun!

For more information, check out The Little Shelter on the web!

.07/05/2017 – Huntington Proposes Opening Almost All Town Parks to On-Leash Dogs


Dix Hills ParkHuntington Proposes Opening Almost All Town Parks to On-Leash Dog Walking! The Town Board will hold a public hearing on Tues., July 11th at 2 p.m. at Huntington Town Hall on a resolution that will amend the Town Code. Please come show your support for access to Town parks! Read all about it at Huntington Proposes Opening Almost All Town Parks to On-Leash Dogs.


07/05/2017 – Huntington Proposes Opening Almost All Town Parks to On-Leash Dogs

Huntington Proposes Opening Almost All Town Parks to On-Leash Dog Walking!

Public Hearing Set for Tues., July 11th at 2 p.m. at Town Hall

Please Come Show Your Support!

Dix Hills Park

Dix Hills Park Trail in Huntington Photo Credit: Irene Rabinowitz

The Huntington Town Board will hold a public hearing on Tues., July 11th at 2 p.m. at Town Hall on a resolution to amend Town Code to allow on-leash dog walking in virtually all Town parks. Huntington owns parks covering several hundred acres of public land ranging from the historic Village Green in Huntington Village to newly opened Sweet Hollow Park in Melville. (For a complete list of parks in the Town of Huntington, get the Huntington Trails Guide.)

Specifically, the resolution amends Town Code by eliminating wording that prohibits dogs in most town parks and instead adopts uniform park standards with the following words: The Town Board has approved on-leash walking of dogs in town parks and trails. The resolution also requires that dogs be on leashes no longer than 6-feet in length and that dog waste be immediately picked up and disposed of properly.

The main exception to the proposed new policy is Heckscher Park in Huntington Village. LI-DOG has strongly recommended that on-leash dogs be permitted in Heckscher Park. Access to Heckscher Park is the most common request we hear from Huntington dogs owners and allowing on-leash dogs in the park would deter the geese who foul the lawns and paths in that park. However, Town officials have expressed concerns about potential conflicts at the park, especially during the day when the park is busy. LI-DOG is optimistic that once the new policy has been put in place and been successful, we can ask the Town to revisit this restriction.

LI-DOG is excited about the proposed change in the Town Code and supports the Town Board resolution. Opening virtually all the Town’s parks to on-leash dog walking will benefit tens of thousands of town residents and their dogs! Moreover, the change in policy will serve as a positive example to other Towns on Long Island that still ban dogs from public parks.

In introducing the resolution, the Town Board notes that adopting uniform standards for leashed dogs in town parks supports Huntington’s goal to be more dog-friendly “by allowing more Huntington residents to enjoy public parks with their canine companions.” The Town also notes that allowing more people with dogs into public parks promotes public safety by having more “eyes” on the parks.

The proposed Town Code change is the result of recommendations made by the Huntington Greenway Trails Committee on which LI-DOG serves. Currently, trails on which leashed dogs are allowed are recommended by the Committee on an individual park or trail basis. The process is the result of an initiative approved by the Town in June 2013. (To read about the initiative, go to Town Board Approves On-Leash Dog Walking in Designated Huntington Parks.)

In making its recommendation, the Trails Committee noted that 2013 initiative has worked well and that there have been no issues to date with on-leash dogs on trails in public parks. In lieu of individual site designations, the Committee noted that the adoption of uniform park standards will make it easier for people to understand the policy towards dogs in town parks and will help increase park and trail use. In addition, the Committee noted, the Town owns almost a dozen parks in conjunction with Suffolk County and those partnerships are likely to continue to grow. County policy, which takes precedence in these parks, allows leashed dogs in its parks and adopting uniform standards will align Town policies with the County.

Besides the exception of Heckscher Park, the resolution also restricts on-leash and off-leash dogs from: Betty Allen Nature Preserve, all playgrounds, picnic areas, active recreation areas like sports fields, town camp programs and town beaches. Significantly, on-leash dogs are permitted on paved areas and boardwalks at town beaches.

Again, LI-DOG is optimistic that once uniform park standards are adopted and the program proves successful, we will be able to ask the town to revisit the restrictions on Heckscher Park as well as access to beaches.

LI-DOG is asking dog owners to join us in support of this resolution that significantly expands access to parks in the Town of Huntington!

Join LI-DOG at the Public Hearing at the Town Board Meeting on Tues., July 11th at 2 p.m. While we view this resolution as a great benefit to town residents, there are always a few critics who will oppose the resolution. Come to the Town Board meeting on July 11th and show your support for access to parks!

If you can’t come to the Public Hearing, email or call Huntington Town Board members and let them know you support Local Law Introductory Number 31-2017 that will allow on-leash dogs in Town parks. Don’t forget to cc: so we can see your emails, too!

  • Supervisor Frank Petrone, email or call 631-351-3030
  • Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, email or call 631-351-3172
  • Councilwoman Susan Berland, email or call 631-351-3173
  • Councilman Eugene Cook, email or call 631-351-3174
  • Councilwoman Tracey Edwards, email or call 631-351-3175
  • Make sure to send a copy of your email to Huntington Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia at, so that your message is entered into the public record in support of the resolution.

The more emails the Town Board gets supporting their resolution, the more likely it will pass!

This is a great step forward for Huntington dog owners! Thank you for your support!





11/12/2016 – Viewpoint Holiday Pooch Photo Shoot


Flyer for Viewpoint Holiday Pooch Photo ShootViewpoint Holiday Pooch Photo Shoot

Benefit for LI-DOG

Sat. Nov. 12th, 10AM – 4PM

133 New York Ave. Huntington, NY 11743 (GOOGLE MAP)

Sponsored by Viewpoint Photography, Huntington

The 2016 Viewpoint Photography Holiday Pooch Photo Shoot is ON! Join LI-DOG for this special holiday photo session for dogs from noted photographer Pamela Setchell of Viewpoint Photography in Huntington. Get an unforgettable 5×7 finished portrait of your dog on a beautiful winter-themed set designed by Scarsella’s of Laurel Hollow—all for $40. Great NEW holiday cards and holiday card packages, extra prints, gift tags, ornaments and other items with your dog’s photo are also available for purchase.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to LI-DOG to support our work to get more access to public parks and beaches for Long Island dog owners and their dogs.

Since this is a special, discounted photo session, no appointment is necessary—it’s first-come, first-serve. However, in order to cut down on wait times, people with three or more dogs, special needs dogs, and those who want to get themselves or their family into the picture are asked to please call the studio at 631-421-1238 for an appointment. Additional photo sessions will be available the following day and a few days the following week.

Once again, A Rise Above Bake Shop (333 Main St., Huntington Village) is donating a big platter of their delicious homemade cookies for our human guests! Besides their yummy cookies, they also make great scones and a delicious sour cream chocolate cake. Stop by the shop before or after the Pooch Shoot for a yummy treat.

In addition, this year we welcome Deb’s Healthy Pet Center to the Pooch Shoot. Deb is providing her delicious all natural pet snacks and treats to ALL our canine guests! Check out the yummy dog treats Deb makes at Deb’s Healthy Pet Center.

Please note: The Pooch Shoot is back at the wonderful, old location, generously donated by TK’s Galley Restaurant, on Huntington Harbor, but it can be a bit hard to find. There are actually two 133 New York Avenues. If you haven’t gone straight through two traffic circles as you head north on New York Avenue, you haven’t gone far enough.

We hope to see you and your dogs on the 12th!

LI-DOG on Meetup
LI-DOG on Facebook
or email

Want to invite your friends and family? Get the Holiday Pooch Shoot Flyer.

More info: Call Viewpoint Photography at 631-421-1239

This is an important fundraiser for LI-DOG, so please join us for this very special event!