In full swing of spring, green trees, flowering plants, and allergies for you and your pets. June 11-12 –


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Many people think cats enjoy solitude, but no two are alike. Some prefer being cuddled more than being alone.

Unlike other animals, veterinarians say cats can spend up to 24 hours alone if they have fresh water, fresh food, and clean litter. (This does not hold true for kittens or senior cats, however.)

Your veterinarian can help you make the right decision about how long you can leave your cat alone. It’s always best to leave them with a pet sitter or have someone who can help in emergencies.

We have lots of adoptable animals to share with you this week: Kittens, older cats, and a bunch of pups. All are looking for a home and, most importantly, love.

Angels for Mistreated Animals, aka AMA is having a raffle.

Paws of Summer – Enter to Win 12 Amazing Prizes! All proceeds benefit AMA Animal Rescue.

Prizes include:

• 50/50 (currently $2,000)

• JetBlue Airline Tickets ($1,200 value)

• Hamilton Tickets ($984 value)

• Terra Kaffe Coffee Maker ($825 value)

• Furla Tote Bag ($628 value)

• Van Custom Sneakers ($400 value)

• Home Cleaning ($400 value)

• Alpha Hookah ($340 value)

• Saks Fifth Avenue Gift Card ($300 value)

• Airbnb Gift Card ($200 value)

• Petco Gift Card ($200 value)

• Ukrainian East Village Restaurant ($150 value)

Are you looking for a kitten? Look no further…

What’s causing your pet’s allergies?

I’d noticed my pup sounded congested as if she had a stuffy nose. If you can work out which plants and what kind of pollen is causing your pet’s problems, you might be able to help your pet avoid them. For example, if your dog is allergic to tree pollen, woodland walks are best avoided when trees are producing pollen.

Try to figure out when in the year your pet is most affected by its pollen allergy. This will help give you an idea of the type of pollen causing the problem and the areas you might want to avoid:

  • March and April: Tree pollen
  • May, June, and July: Grass pollen
  • June, July, and August: Flowering weeds

How can you help your allergic dog?

You can’t keep your dog indoors for months on end if pollen allergies hit – they’ll still need regular walks! So what can you do during those months your pet is affected by allergies?

  • Check the pollen forecast each day so you know what to expect.
  • Try to figure out which pollens your dog is allergic to. You’ll be able to avoid walking them in areas that might cause a flare-up.
  • Keep dogs on a lead near the grass. A quick roll in the grass can leave their fur covered in pollen, causing hours or even days of misery.
  • Wipe their paws and muzzle after every walk. Sensitive baby wipes or special pet wipes are ideal for this. If your dog is really sensitive, your vet might suggest rinsing them with water – or even shampoo – after walks.
  • Keep up with the grooming. A good daily brushing might help to remove any pollen that is clinging to their fur. Keeping long-haired dogs’ fur trimmed short could help reduce pollen problems – and will keep them cool in hot weather, too!
  • Wash them weekly. A weekly bath can help to get rid of any lingering pollen – a specialist hypo-allergenic pet shampoo from your vet is ideal and will have anti-bacterial ingredients to help avoid skin infections if your pet does decide to have a good scratch. They’ll probably only need a monthly bath for the rest of the year.
  • Wash their bedding weekly. Any bedding that your dog uses will need to be washed regularly, otherwise, your dog will end up covered in pollen again after every sleep. We recommend a weekly wash and vacuum of their bedding and favorite places to lie.

Say hello to Hondo…

In full swing of spring, green trees, flowering plants, and allergies for you and your pets. June 11-12

Meet Hondo, a one-and-a-half-year-old, 24-pound, wonderful terrier mix. He is friendly and gets along with other dogs well! If you would like to adopt this dog, please visit email [email protected]­ or visit www.pupstarzrescue.­org for an application! www.pupstarzrescue.­org
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Thanks to the volunteers who are devoted to helping these animals get adopted by loving families like you. It takes a significant amount of time and dedication to volunteer at the animal rescues listed below.

Volunteers organize pet events every week in and around the borough, send out announcements, hold fundraisers, help with supplies, clean cages, feed animals, and make sure a pet’s medical needs are attended to and so much more. All of this is done without pay, all for love, and behind the scenes.

If you are looking to adopt, please remember that there are loving senior and disabled pets who need your care and attention, too.

If you’re unable to adopt, please consider volunteering, donating or fostering, or sharing this page with someone who can.

Upcoming pet events in and around the borough are listed below, along with local places to eat with your dog and dog-friendly parks on Staten Island. Click through the photos above to meet the adorable dogs and cats up for adoption this weekend.

June 11

· SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 1:00 to 4 p.m.

June 12

SICAW: Bricktown Commons Petco, 165 Bricktown Way, Suite 1C, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Stellar Villa is a New York City-based artist who recently raised over $11,500 for pet shelters after she single-handedly created 1,252 custom pieces of art of people’s pets over the course of 21 days. Now, she is working to create ongoing partnerships with local animal shelters to continue raising money. If you’re looking for a gift for a dog lover, check out Stellar’s work.


Do you love dogs? Do you love beer? Then fetch a cold one at the Flagship Brewing Co.’s Dog Club. The club will meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Flagship Brewery taproom, 40 Minthorne St. off Bay Street.

The Flagship’s Dog Club is for that special breed of dog and beer lovers who can bring their (well-behaved) pups to the meetings. Once a month, there will be a guest speaker to talk about their own specialty or knowledge regarding the welfare of their treasured, loyal friends.

For more information, visit or call 718-448-5284.


1. Low-cost or free spay and neuter: The ASPCA’s free and low-cost mobile spay and neuter van travels throughout the five boroughs in every neighborhood.

Low-income pet owners in the five boroughs with proof of public assistance, such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or public housing qualify for free spay/neuter services for their cat or dog. If you have a pit bull, pit-bull mix or certain large breed dogs, it’s also free.

For exact times the van will be in your area as well as pre-visit instructions, visit or call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).

2. Apply for a dog license. Save time and postage by applying online. For an application or more information, visit View the flyer in the gallery above.



· Angelina’s Ristorante, 339 Ellis St., Tottenville, 718-227-2900

· The Burrito Bar, 585 Forest Ave., West Brighton, 718-815-9200

· Ciro Pizza Café, 862 Huguenot Ave., Huguenot, 718-605-0620

· Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Rd., Charleston, 718-984-1202

· Shake Shack, Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave., New Springville, 929-529-0513

· Silver Lake Golf Course, 915 Victory Blvd., Silver Lake, 718-442-4653

Call ahead for reservations. For more information, check out NYC Dogs in restaurant rules.


· Allison Park, off-leash area, field at the end of the trail bordered by Prospect Avenue, Sailors Snug Harbor Cemetery, and the pond

· Amundsen Trail, off-leash area, between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard

· Arthur Von Briesen Park, off-leash area, lawn area, mid-park on the right side

· Bloomingdale Park, dog run, Maguire Avenue behind athletic fields closer to Ramona Avenue

· Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, open field above picnic area near Royal Oak Road and Rice Avenue

· Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, Brookside Avenue between Alpine Court and Kingsley Avenue (lawn area)

· Clove’s Tail Park, off-leash area, lawn area, corner of Victory Boulevard and Little Clove Road

· Conference House Park, dog run, Clermont Avenue and Massachusetts Street.

· Cozzens Woods Park, off-leash area, Page Avenue between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road

· Crescent Beach Park, off-leash area, Tennyson Drive and Glover Avenue. Located at meadow area leading to beach

· Evergreen Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street

· Father Macris Park, off-leash area, lawn beyond ballfield

· Ida Court Playground dog run, Ida Court between North Railroad Street and Drumgoole Road East

· Lemon Creek Park, off-leash area, bottom of Seguine Avenue at Johnston Terrace; just below playground

· Siedenburg Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street.

· Silver Lake Park, dog run, Victory Boulevard below the pavilion, across from the Parkview Apartments

· South Beach Park, off-leash area. Note: On sand after Labor Day and before Memorial Day

· Willowbrook Park, off-leash area, Archery Range Field

· Wolfe’s Pond Park, dog run, to the left of Cornelia Avenue

For more information with rules and regulations, visit


Dogs are not allowed to enter any bathing facilities, including New York City beaches. However, from Oct. 1 through May 1, leashed dogs are allowed on the sand and boardwalk at Midland Beach and South Beach.

Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/promenade at Midland Beach and South Beach.

For more information with rules and regulations, visit


If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact the Pet Poison hotline at 855-764-7661 or, or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or

As the seasons change, keep in mind the plants that are poisonous to animals:


To report an incident of animal abuse, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit


To contact an environmental conservation police officer or report suspected violations, contact the DEC Law Enforcement Dispatch Center at 844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267) or

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