STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Summer is here!
With unpredictable temperatures, it’s a good idea to prepare your dog for those hot days. Taking long walks or hikes, or spending time at home with no air conditioner, might not be good for your dog, because they do not have the same internal cooling mechanisms that we do. Long-haired dogs, large dogs and brachycephalic breeds are especially susceptible to overheating.
There are options to keep your dog feeling good — cooling vests, collars and mats. They are designed to trap the cool air while keeping out the warm air. Here are a few ideas:
RUFFWEAR, Swamp Cooler Evaporative Dog Cooling Vest, Compatible with Harnesses. This vest has three layers of cooling. The outer reflects heat, the middle absorbs and stores water, and the inner is a mesh lining for comfort. It also has a reflector and harness.
CoolerDog Dog Cooling Vest and Cooling Collar – Ice Vest for Dogs. This combo cools dogs on the underside of their belly and neck (where veterinarians find cooling to be effective). When used appropriately, the vest is safe and durable for dogs by using 100% USA materials in the FlexiFreeze Ice and rip-stop nylon.
These cooling pads work great for dogs and cats.
K&H Pet Products Cool Bed III Dog Pad. No electricity is required to operate the Cool Bed III. These beds are attractively designed and allow a cool spot for dogs. Simply add the recommended amount of water through the easy fill cap and adjust the comfort with the easy air valve.
The Green Pet Shop Dog Cooling Mat – Pressure-Activated Gel Cooling Mat. This portable pad is multifunctional. Lay the pad on the floor, sofa, in your pet’s crate, kennel, bed or outdoors in the shade to help them feel cooler. The mat is lightweight and folds easily, so it is ideal for travel.
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.
Before adopting a new fur friend, volunteers organize pet events every week in and around the borough, send out announcements, hold fundraisers, help with supplies, clean cages, feed animals, 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.
- SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m.
- SICAW will be at Bricktown Commons Petco, 165 Bricktown Way, Suite 1C, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
GIFTS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
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 Facebook.com/events/flagship-brewery/flagship-dog-club/395070034756747/ 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 aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter 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 nyc.gov/doglicense. View the flyer in the gallery above.
HOW TO CONTACT LOCAL RESCUE GROUPS
- Animal Care Centers of NYC; 212-788-4000, nycacc.org; located at 3139 Veterans Road West. Adoption hours: Monday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Fur Friends in Need, New Jersey-based group with Staten Island members and adoption events on the Island; 732-829-1426, [email protected], furfriendsinneed.com.
- Happy Homes Animal Rescue, New Jersey-based group with Staten Island adoption events; 914-393-8292, [email protected], [email protected]; happyhomesinc.org.
- Louie’s Legacy; 646-397-LLAR (5527), [email protected], louieslegacy.org.
- Mama Chris Animal Rescue Inc.; 347-983-2240, [email protected], mamachrisrescue.org.
- New York Bully Crew; 844-633-NYBC (6922), [email protected], nybullycrew.org.
- P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Staten Island; 718-227-0553, [email protected], plutorescue.org. Please note: P.L.U.T.O. is working with and promoting the adoption of animals from the Associated Humane Society in Newark, N.J.
- Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare (SICAW); 718-948-5623, sicawsaves.org.
- Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue; [email protected], statenislandhopeanimalrescue.org, 800-477-9168.
- Victory for the Voiceless Animal Rescue; 718-442-1625, [email protected], victory4thevoicelessanimalrescue.com
ALFRESCO DINING WITH YOUR DOG
Alfresco dining is temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
· 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 nycgovparks.org/facilities/dogareas.
BEACHES AND BATHING FACILITIES
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 nycgovparks.org/facilities/dogareas.
PET POISON HELPLINES
If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact the Pet Poison hotline at 855-764-7661 or petpoisonhelpline.com, or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or aspca.org.
As the seasons change, keep in mind the plants that are poisonous to animals: https://www.rover.com/blog/poisonous-plants/
TO REPORT ANIMAL CRUELTY
To report an incident of animal abuse, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
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 dec.ny.gov/.