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Shelter Link is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization created to benefit the animals of
Suffolk county and surrounding areas. Our mission is to see every shelter animal placed
in a forever home. Our dedicated volunteers socialize the shelter dogs by walking and
exercising them outdoors; cats are attended to indoors. We also provide such necessities
as flea and tick medications, comfortable beds, special medical attention, and training
sessions with our volunteer Certified Obedience Instructors.
We are also dedicated to those that are not covered by any other programs. Those cats
that have no one to care for them and, in the case of ferals, many consider a nuisance.
Shelter Link is particularly excited about its Foster Program. Once evaluated, shelter dogs
are then matched with the most suitable foster families in our group. We then assist these
families in acclimating the fosters to their new environments by providing any medical
care, grooming, socializing or training needed. Our interaction continues until forever
homes are found. While happily receiving love and attention from his or her volunteer
foster family, our former shelter dog is gradually transformed into an integral member of
the family, now ready to move on to his forever home. One more life is saved! Our Foster
Program enables the transition from shelter to forever home to be a seamless,
comfortable, and an enjoyable process.
In addition to our other programs, Shelter Link offers our community residents a low-cost
Spay/Neuter Assistance Program with the objective of providing pets with longer, healthier
lives and preventing unwanted litters and homelessness. We are committed to continually
educating the community about spaying and neutering, ultimately ending the need to
euthanize healthy, adoptable animals by reducing the numbers that enter our shelters.
All of our activities are funded by monies raised through grants, corporate and private
donations, and Shelter Links various fund raising events, e.g., local Fairs and Festivals,
Garage/Yard Sales, Dinner/Dances, Bowl-a-thons, and numerous Adopt-a-thons
throughout the year. Additionally, Shelter Link is active online and keeps in constant
contact with various other animal rescue groups.
We host monthly dog training classes for our volunteers, foster parents and other
interested people. We cover dog human relationships, understanding body language,
general care and nutrition, walking as a pack and basic obedience training. We also teach
about leadership skills, calmness and assertiveness.
In order to achieve a meaningful reduction in the surplus pit bull population, we have
initiated an innovative free spay/neuter program for both pure-breeds and mixes of this
breed. Through community outreach programs promoting spay/neuter, as well as educating
about humane and responsible pet care, we expect to impact the neediest communities in
our township and reduce the overall numbers of pits entering our municipal shelter.
There are so many awesome cats and pooches at the shelters waiting for forever homes.
Puggles, Huskies, Rotties, German Shepherds, plenty of mix breeds and of course Pits and
Pit mixes. We have all colors and sizes.
Not ready to adopt why not foster! See the Foster link for more info.