How to adopt a shelter dog on Long Island

Approximately 3 million dogs are admitted to animal shelters across the United States annually, and approximately 2 million are euthanized because shelters are over crowded. Animal shelters located in towns across Long Island are full of dogs in need of adoption.

Before adopting, research breeds that will work for your lifestyle. Resources are available to help you pick the right breed, from a first time owner to a family. Evaluate the financial responsibility of being a dog owner, the first year costs about $1,500 and moving forward annual costs can be just under $1,000 per year.

Click here for a comprehensive list of Long Island animal shelters.