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About Us

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter nestled on six wooded acres in Huntington, Long Island. We have been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving forever homes since 1927. Age, physical condition, and socialization issues are never criteria for rescuing a dog or cat whose life is in jeopardy.

Through rescue-from-kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and unsocialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, We hope to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats into loving forever homes. 

During their stay here at Little Shelter, all dogs and cats receive the highest quality medical care and are spayed or neutered before they are adopted. Every potential adopter is interviewed and thoroughly screened to ensure the right fit for each individual dog or cat.

Our Story

It was a time of great opulence. People were dancing the Fox-trot and Charleston, the radio was invented, and Rin-Tin-Tin went from rags to riches and became the most famous movie dog in history. Unfortunately, life wasn’t so wonderful for the homeless dogs and cats that roamed the streets in Huntington. Rounded up by the town dogcatcher, these animals were kept in a tiny shed, in deplorable conditions until claimed by their owners or they met their unfortunate end. The 1920's also gave birth to one woman’s dream. Anna Hunninghouse dreamt of opening a refuge where homeless animals could live in safety and comfort until a new home was found. Her dream came true in April 1927 when the doors of Little Shelter were unlocked for the very first time. Since that fateful Sunday, thousands of animals have passed through the doors of Little Shelter. Their outreach has grown from community-based to nationwide, and Little Shelter continues to set the benchmark for other shelters to follow. 

Sheltervale Cemetary

Your pet has been both friend and family to you. When it's time to part, Sheltervale Pet Cemetery is a beautiful, serene place to visit your beloved companion. 

Little Shelter Sanctuary

In 2000, Little Shelter opened the doors to Little Shelter Sanctuary, a peaceful and serene facility on 110 acres in upstate New York.

Town of Huntington Cat Shelter

Managed by Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Suffolk County's oldest Humane Society. Serving the community for over 95 years. 


For the Town of Huntington residents, the Town of Huntington Cat Shelter provides free spays and neuters for feral cats that will be returned to the outdoors. This program is not for personal pets or cats going to foster homes.

Open seven days a week for adoptions. Please call for an appointment. For details on donating, volunteering, or for more information please call (631) 651-9788.

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