LITTLE SHELTER ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER INC

Huntington, NY   |  www.littleshelter.org

Mission

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to saving abandoned dogs & cats and placing them into loving homes.  Age, physical condition and socialization issues are never criteria for rescuing a dog or cat whose life is in jeopardy.

Ruling year info

1933

President

Maryann Chernovsky

Executive Director

David Ceely

Main address

33 Warner Road

Huntington, NY 11743 USA

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EIN

11-6000821

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is one of Long Island's oldest no-kill shelters and is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Since its founding in 1927, Little Shelter has placed over 40,000 abandoned animals into loving homes. Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and unsocialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats into loving homes. As Suffolk County’s oldest humane organization, Little Shelter has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes for 92 years. Age, physical condition, and socialization issues are never criteria for rescuing a dog or cat whose life is in jeopardy. The mission of Little Shelter is to adopt and save as many dogs and cats as possible and end overpopulation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption

The majority of our animals have been rescued from kill shelters on Long Island and New York City.  Our animals receive the highest quality medical care, are spayed/neutered, socialized, rehabilitated and loved until adopted.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Feral cats are temporarily removed from their colonies, taken to cooperating veterinarians for examination, vaccination and sterilization, and then returned to their original location.  The cat colonies are continually provided with food and water.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Little Shelter’s Humane Education Program, an important part of our mission.
This program is designed to give children the skills and knowledge necessary to properly care for animals and help to instill a lifelong sense of compassion and respect for all living things.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Little Shelter is the final link in a national life-saving network that rescues adoptable animals scheduled for certain and cruel death in southern municipal shelters. Animals are transported from shelters down south to Little Shelter in NY by volunteers that escort them on buses and other transport. Once they arrive at Little Shelter, we rehabilitate them and when ready put them up for adoption.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Little Shelter is making a difference in the lives of elderly residents who live in assisted living facilities and in the lives of disabled veterans at the Northport VA.

These dogs make a huge difference in the lives of the people they visit. Dogs and their handlers typically visit in a designated public area at a specific time that is agreed upon beforehand. Residents stop by to visit with the dog teams unless they are unable to do so. If that is the case, the dog teams might then visit the residents in their rooms or apartments instead of the public area.

Dogs have the innate ability to sense anxiety, loneliness , and insecurity. They provide comfort, companionship and seek to sooth and nurture, filling a need that is not being addressed in any other way.

Little Shelter covers the cost of training the dog and the handler and all other costs associated with monitoring and expanding this program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Little Shelter is the first ever shelter on Long Island to provide free pet food, vaccinations, spay/neutering and medical treatment for impoverished, sick, disabled and elderly pet parents who do not have the resources to properly feed or care for their beloved pet.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Best Animal shelter/Rescue on Long Island 2012

Long Island Press

Best Animal shelter/Rescue on Long Island 2011

Long Island Press

Best Animal shelter/Rescue on Long Island 2010

Long Island Press

Best animal shelter/Rescue Long Island 2013

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Best animal shelter/Rescue Long Island 2014

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Best animal shelter/Rescue Long Island 2015

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Best animal shelter/Rescue Long Island 2016

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Best animal shelter/Rescue Long Island 2017

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average cost per spay/neuter surgery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Little Shelter is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes.

Little Shelter rescues most of it's animals from kill facilities, to help decrease the number of animals that do not get a chance at adoption.

Prospective adopters homes are carefully screened to make sure the animal is being placed in a home that is in the animals best interest. This includes checking with personal references, landlord, and veterinarian of the prospective adopter. Also, all animals must be spayed/neutered at the time the adoption in finalized.

Having an on premises dog trainer for the rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, that they may be treated and trained to become pets suitable for adoption.

Little Shelter works directly with a primary veterinarian and medical director's office as well as two other veterinary partners, we also have a surgical suite staffed by veterinarians. This allows us to cover any medical that an animal may need as well as make sure that we can follow through with our 100% spay/neuter program.

There are multiple gated pens on the premises and a dog park to be utilized by staff for rehabilitation purposes, training, socializing, and exercise.

We offer to educate first time pet owners, and have an open door policy that if an animal is having difficulty adjusting in their new home, they can call our knowledgeable staff for advice to resolve the issue rather than returning the animal to the shelter.

Little Shelter has implemented several community outreach programs including: Humane Education Program, Feral Initiative Program, Pet Therapy Program, and Passage to Freedom. Little Shelter has a surgical suite on premises and is in the process of completing a new isolation room for sick animals. Signature Park, which is a 1 ½ acre fenced in dog park was created for the exercise of our canine population. Little Shelter has established a 114 acre sanctuary upstate for dogs that need a little extra care that the shelter life can not accommodate. Little Shelter has also been voted Best Animal Rescue and Best Animal Shelter from 2010-2016.

Financials

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Operations

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LITTLE SHELTER ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 1/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maryann Chernovsky

No Affiliation

Term: 1990 -

Maryann Chernovsky

No Affiliation

Alexandra Degennaro

No Affiliation

David Ceely

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/16/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/16/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.