P.O. Box  226

Greenvale, NY 11548

A volunteer oganization at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter

Tail Waggin' Words

Daddy on couch
Daddy takes a snooze on the "real life room" couch.

"Whenever I feel the need to exercise I lie down until it goes away."

~Mark Twain

All photos used on this page feature former Town of North Hempstead Shelter dogs who were given a second chance to be someone's best friend.


Guinness is a happy, seagoing pup on his family boat.
"Happiness is a warm puppy."
~ Charles M. Schulz

Tail Waggin' Words 

for Father's Day

Daddy, yes that's his shelter name, spent Father's Day without a family of his own. He's gentle, calm, friendly and special deserving a family of his own. Maybe next Father's Day he'll share his love with you.
"Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad."

~A Proverb

Oakley for web
Oakley and the person who is the center of his universe.
"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love, their faith, their trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man ever made."
~Roger Caras

earth day dogs
"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car in case the need arrives for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear."
~Dave Barry


earth day dogs
"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."

~Martin Buber


earth day dogs
Earth Day 2012

Adoption is – in essence – recycling a pet that was one time unwanted and will now be given a home.

"Dog ownership is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end. Old dogs are the treasure at the other."

~Carolyn Alexander

Our Peaches
Peaches treasures her loving family too!


"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

~Mark Twain

lionel at home
Lionel (right) is a bit older. His new family doesn't mind, so, lucky for him, it doesn't matter!



Johns good dogs
Family dogs, Porter and Randi...so gentle, so loved and so lucky.

"He was a gentle, playful and warm dog. He would sleep at the foot of my bed. He was just the regular family dog."
~Harry Lucenay, owner of Petey, the Little Rascals' pit bull terrier playmate 



If you offer unconditional love as naturally as you breathe...then you are almost as good as your dog.
~Richard Lederer - A Treasury for Dog Lovers 



Sweet Sally
Sally's new family can't imagine why anyone would have given her up.

"My first family gave me up because I got too big. My new family loves me just as I am...That's BIG!"

~Mutts-Shelter Stories

Peco reads a manly mag

"When most of us talk to our dogs, we forget they're not people."

~Julia Glass

Oreo and friend
Oreo shares the couch with her friend.

"A Dynamite Thought: We each need to be around others. Never stay alone for too long."

~ Dogmas: Simple Truths From a Wise Pet by Bill Zimmerman & Tom Bloom

Rose Forgives
Rose was twice abandoned and neglected, but forgives and trusts all people.

"To err is human. To forgive, canine."

~ Boy

From "A Dog's Life" by Peter Mayle



Juno, shelter named Honey, is completely devoted to her forever family.

"He is very impudent, a dog is. He never makes it his business to inquire whether you are in the right or wrong, never bothers as to whether you are going up or down upon life's ladder, never asks whether you are rich or poor, silly or wise, sinner or saint. You are his pal. That's enough for him."

~ Jerome K. Jerome

freckles and amy
Freckles is Amy's perfect companion. Read about her in Happy Tails.

"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet."

~ Colette

Former shelter dog, Gabby, loves and is loved.


"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened."

~ Anatole France

Tweak aka Beans
Former shelter dog, Tweak, and his forever companion enjoy a peaceful afternoon.


"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring; it was peace."

~ Milan Kundera

Former shelter dog, Izzy, in strong hands!


"We sleep peacefully at night cradled by the big, strong hands of America." 

~ Val Saintsbury

Winslow cherishes the tranquilty of his forever home.


"The poor long for riches, the rich long for Heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility." 

~ Swami Rama

Read about Roxy and her special owner on our Happy Tails page.


"I think that dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." 

~ Gilda Radner

Star finds peace and trust in her new home.


"Find peace at the side of someone who is kind to you.

Feel assured and safe by giving your trust to them." 

~ From "Dogmas"

by Bill Zimmerman and Tom Bloom

Sammy and the Lama
Tibetan Lama Gursam Rinpoche blesses Sammy on our trail.


"The creatures that inhabit this earth - be they human beings or animals - are here to contribute, each in it's own particular way to the beauty and prosperity of the world." 

~ H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Maggie and her ball
Maggie chases all the balls she wants in her new home.


"Try throwing a ball just once for a dog. It would be like eating only one peanut or potato chip."

~ Roger Caras



"You can't keep a good man down, or an over affectionate dog ."

~ anonymous

eye to eye
Former shelter dog, Homer, is a precious wonder to his new, young owner.

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million."

~ Walt Streightiff

Autumn Wind
Once in our shelter, Autumn Wind now makes this a true home for her new, loving, forever family.

"For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog."

~ Roger Caras

Bishop kicks back in his new forever home.

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward."

~ Spanish Proverb

Mona enjoys a few rays of sunshine on the trail.

"My sunshine doesn't come from the skies, it comes from the love in my dog's eyes."

~ Author Unknown

Zander and his peacock pal, Big Blue. All creatures great and small nourish our spirit.

"...If the beasts were gone, we would die of a great lonliness of spirit.

 ~ Chief Seattle

On the front nine of his life, Romeo got a 2nd chance to smell the roses. Every day he goes to work at a golf course with his new and forever owner.

"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses,

for you only get to play one round." ~ Ben Hogan

We always talk to and listen to our shelter dogs, hoping to find them the best home.

"Lots of people talk to animals...not very many listen, though...That's the problem."

~ Benjamin Hoff from "The Tale of Pooh"

In her golden years Rosie was twice abandoned in horribly neglected condition. Gentle and well behaved, she now has a good forever home.

"A good dog deserves a good home."

~ Proverb

Tucker and his kids
Tucker loves his adopted family.

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."

~ Josh Billings

love the couch

"I don't care how much they paid for the couch. I slept on the old one, and I'm sleeping on this one."

~ From "If Dogs Could Talk - Tongues Unleashed"  by Joel Zadak

Ella and (one time shelter dog) Ollie, are very committed to their loving people.

"Study the humans you meet before you commit to them. Sniff them. Tilt your head. Be patient. They will come around in time."

~ From "Dogmas" by Bill Zimmerman and Tom Bloom

"Dogs lives are too short.  Their only fault, really."

~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull


"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."

~ Max Eastman from "The Enjoyment of Laughter"

Maggie and the boy of her dreams.

"Friendship needs no words..."

~ Dag Hammarskjold

 best friends
Winnie and Sky offer the best of all breeds: pure love.

"If you can't decide between a shepherd, a setter or a poodle, get them all. Adopt a mutt!"


King, loyal and loving protector

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart."

~ Author Unknown

Abandoned at just three-months-old, Peco was adopted, and his world has so changed.

"Saving just one dog won't change the world, but surely the world will change for that one dog."

~ Author Unknown

Little Sammy with his forever person.

"Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

~ Robert Brault

Ruby trusts and loves

"I want to be the person that my dog thinks I am."

~ Anonymous

Best friends, Drummer and Scout

"Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say.  Best friends listen to what you don't say."

~ Anonymous

Once in a kennel all day, Beans views the world anew hiking with his adopter.

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it 'the present'."

~ Babatunde Olatunji

"If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them."

~ Pam Brown

"Outside of a dog, a book is probably  man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

~ Groucho Marx

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down."

~Robert Benchley

"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it's because your lap is warmer."

~ Sir Alfred North Whitehead

"I'll hide out here until they put the two-year-old to bed."

~ From "If Dogs Could Talk"

author, Joel Zadak

"Hold a true friend with both your hands."

~ Nigerian Proverb

"With our love we could save the world."

~ George Harrison

from "Within You Without You"

"I have caught more ills from people sneezing over me and giving me virus infections than from kissing dogs."

~ Barbara Woodhouse

"It's double the giggles and double the grins and double the trouble if you're blessed with twins."

~ author unknown

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."

~ Euripides (408 B.C.)

A sad basset hound was relating his troubles to his friend.  "I'm really depressed all the time...I'm always bored, and I feel listless."

"Why not see a psychiatrist?" suggested the friend.

"Well, I would," said the basset hound, "except I'm not allowed on the couch."

~From A Treasury for Dog Lovers

"There's nothing like a cold nose and a wet tongue to get one started in the morning."

~Brad Anderson

"If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise."

~ Author Unknown

"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable.  They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well."

~ Bonnie Wilcox

"To the world you are just one person, but to one person,

you may be the world"

~ Heather Cortez

"A house is not a home without a dog (or four)."