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8/16/2019 - Lupinacci: $8.50 Dog Adoptions Saturday, August 17 for Clear The Shelters Day

Wilbur (photo credit: Christopher Appodlt

East Northport – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci announced the Huntington Animal Shelter will be adopting dogs for a reduced “Clear The Shelters” Day fee of $8.50 on Saturday, August 17, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.


“The Huntington Animal Shelter has a great adoption rate and a great staff who make sure that all the dogs we adopt are ready and suitable for their forever homes – and that all adopting families are suitable for our dogs,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “Our shelter is fortunate enough not to deal with overcrowding issues, like many other municipal shelters do, our staff exercise our dogs and encourage playtime with our other dogs to ensure they are well-socialized.”


The Huntington Animal Shelter has seven (7) dogs available for adoption:


  • Wilbur, an adult male Pit Bull Terrier mix, prefers a home without other dogs, cats and children. Wilbur came into our shelter two years ago when a good Samaritan rescued him after he was thrown from a moving vehicle. He is a 4 year old Pit Bull mix and will need an owner who has experience with Pit Bulls. He is a good dog overall but will need some training and an owner with patience and time. He knows some simple commands and loves to be out in the run with a toy. He does not get along with other dogs but it is something he is working on with behavior modification. Watch video of Wilbur making huge strides playing with Ben this summer! Wilbur sat for an amazing photoshoot with photographer Christopher Appoldt, who donated his time, on May 24.
  • Ben, a young male Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, good with other dogs and children, prefers a home without cats. Ben is a 2 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Hound mix. He is a very playful, big mush who gets along great with everyone he meets. Ben is an extremely confident dog who does well in playgroup and corrects other dogs who may need help with their behavior. He is smart, attentive and has passed his assessment with no food or toy issues. Ben will need a home with an experienced owner, older children (due to size) and no cats.
  • Dahlia, an adult female American Staffordshire Terrier, good with other dogs and children. Dahlia is a 7 year old American Pit mix who is a loving, social girl. She is a dominant girl in playgroup and is just tolerant of other dogs; an interaction would need to be done if there are other dogs in the home. Dahlia has no food or toy issues and would do great in most home situations. She is super friendly and loves meeting new people.
  • Duncan, a male puppy Pit Bull Terrier mix, good with other dogs. Duncan is an 8mo old Pitbull mix. He came to our shelter as a stray and is a very sweet boy. Duncan has no food aggression nor toy possession issues but he does need some training. Duncan does get along with other dogs and accepts correction well from his playmates. He would do best in a home with older children (12+) and with an experienced owner.
  • Gigi, an adult female Pit Bull Terrier Mix, good with other dogs. Gigi is a beautiful 6 year old Pit mix. She is an absolute sweetheart who loves laying next to you receiving scratches and belly rubs! Gigi is a loving girl looking for a family to call her own but due to her size Gigi would do best in a home with children over 10. Gigi is a friendly girl but does have some guarding issues with food and toys which we are currently working on and would need an experienced owner. She is friendly with other dogs and does well in play group. >Watch Gigi playing with one of our former residents, Skye, a few months ago!
  • Minnie, a young female Pit Bull Terrier mix, good with other dogs. Minnie is a 3 year old Pitbull mix who came to us a as a stray. She is a very sweet girl who plays well with other dogs and people. Minnie does need a little more socialization to help her become more confident in her settings and will need an experienced owner. She does not have any food issues or toy issues.
  • Tazzy, a senior female Chihuahua mix, good with children, prefers a home without cats. Tazzy is a 9 year old Chihuahua/Terrier mix who still has the energy of a puppy! She is fun, sassy and independent! Tazzy gets along well with people but can become nervous with a lot of commotion. She would do best in a home with older children (12+) and an experienced owner. Although she is friendly, she should be the only pet in the home. Tazzy has no food aggression nor toy possession issues and would make a great companion.


The reduced adoption fee of $8.50, in recognition of Clear The Shelters Day, is valid on Saturday, August 17 only and covers the New York State Dog License issued by the Town Clerk, micro-chipping, neutering/spaying, and all vaccines (Bordetella, DA2PP, Rabies, and a Heartworm test); the usual adoption fee is $103.50.


The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter has such a high adoption rate, it often has many vacancies in its 80 kennels, due to its implementation of initiatives that have helped drive permanent adoptions up and kept its kennels open for new adoptees. In early 2018, Animal Shelter Supervisor Jerry Mosca suggested to new Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci that the Town start a rescue program, taking dogs from overcrowded shelters in neighboring towns to help those towns avoid euthanizing dogs simple due to a lack of kennel space. Once the dogs arrive at the Huntington Animal Shelter, they are put through a very intense assessment process so employees would be able to see every personality trait each dog possesses. The dogs are then worked into the shelter’s training programs and dog socialization play groups, so they were completely ready to find their forever homes when they are put up for adoption. Dogs are given time to settle in and become comfortable with Town staff to ensure they are adoptable.


The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter is located at 106 Deposit Road in East Northport. Shelter hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. The shelter can be reached at (631) 754-8722 or The public can report lost or found animals 24/7 on the Town’s website: or after hours at (631) 351-3234.


Attachments: Photos of dog available for adoption at Huntington Animal Shelter.