Lots to celebrate this weekend. Check out these adoptable pets that will make it even better. Jun 18-19.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – This weekend is a busy one with lots to celebrate and look forward to – Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and Pride and a bevy of gorgeous weather to spend at events in and around town.

Some say that giving adoptable pets for an occasion is always the best idea, but as you can see, these dads were not all upset about the gift of a new companion to share their space.

Check out these stories about reluctant dads that caved when in the face of these peaceful souls.

Father’s Day is a time to recognize all the beautiful fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and other father figures that have positively impacted our lives. It’s also time to shine a light on all the fantastic dog dads that have opened their hearts and homes to shelter animals. Late-night walks, cuddles in front of the television, belly rubs, and giving them the best life – we say THANK YOU!

Spotlight on the sweet, Eloise …

Meet Eloise a 3-month-old friendly calico kitten.  Eloise is looking for a home with a kitty playmate or with one of her adoptable siblings.  She is friendly and gets along well with others.  Apply to adopt at www.happyhomesinc.org (Courtesy / Happy Homes)

Meet Eloise a 3-month-old friendly calico kitten. Eloise is looking for a home with a kitty playmate or with one of her adoptable siblings. She is friendly and gets along well with others. Apply to adopt at www.happyhomesinc.org (Courtesy / Happy Homes)Happy Homes

Petsmart is having a great event his weekend.

  • Summer Demo Days: More and more pet parents believe that adventures are better together, from hitting the trail to lounging by the pool with their furry friends. From first-time adventurers to seasoned pros, pet parents have questions about what gear they need to ensure their dog can be a part of the summer fun. That’s why PetSmart is hosting “Summer Demo Days” with knowledgeable associates on site to answer pet parents’ questions and help them discover the right gear for their summer adventures – from harnesses to lifejackets and even sunscreen. Appointments will include free samples, fittings for harnesses and travel carriers, information on sun and pest protection and 20% off purchases. PetSmart “Summer Demo Days” will be held this weekend, June 11-12, and next weekend, June 18-19. Appointments are required for the free event and the one-on-one meetings with PetSmart associates can be made by visiting Petsmart.com/SummerDemoDays.

SICAW and Louie’s Legacy 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 lovable dogs and cats up for adoption this weekend.


Jun. 18

· SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 2:30 pm to 5 pm

· Louie’s Legacy will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 11:30 am to 3 pm

Jun. 19

· Louie’s Legacy will be at PetSmart, 1107 Broadway, Ste. 101 NYC, NY, from 11 am to 3 pm


  • Animal Care Centers of NYC; 212-788-4000, nycacc.org; located at 3139 Veterans Road West. Adoption hours: Tuesday – Saturday Noon – 5 pm
  • Angels for Mistreated Animals; amanimalrescue.org/, by appointment only; (347) 448-5944
  • Fur Friends in Need, a New Jersey-based group with Staten Island members and adoption events on the Island; 732-829-1426, imavegge@aol.com, furfriendsinneed.com.
  • Happy Homes Animal Rescue, New Jersey-based group with Staten Island adoption events; 914-393-8292, elaine@happyhomesinc.org, tina@happyhomesinc.org; happyhomesinc.org.
  • Louie’s Legacy; 646-397-LLAR (5527), newyork@louieslegacy.org, louieslegacy.org.
  • Mama Chris Animal Rescue Inc .; 347-983-2240, mamachrisrescue@gmail.com, mamachrisrescue.org.
  • New York Bully Crew; 844-633-NYBC (6922), nybcapp@gmail.com, nybullycrew.org.
  • Pitbulls & Addicts; 917-373-7311, www.pitbullsandaddicts.org
  • PLUTO Rescue of Staten Island; 718-227-0553, plutorescue@aol.com, plutorescue.org. Please note: PLUTO is working with and promoting the adoption of animals from the Associated Humane Society in Newark, NJ
  • Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare (SICAW); 718-948-5623, sicawsaves.org.
  • Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue; info@statenislandhoperescue.org, statenislandhopeanimalrescue.org, 800-477-9168.
  • Victory for the Voiceless Animal Rescue; 718-442-1625, AdoptVictory4theVoiceless@gmail.com, victory4thevoicelessanimalrescue.com


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 Wednesday from 5 pm to 11 p.m., 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 https://www.restaurantji.com/ny/staten-island/the-flagship-brewing-company-/ 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.


· Angelina’s Ristorante, 339 Ellis St., Tottenhamville, 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, the 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, the 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 in the meadow area leading to the 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 N. Railroad Street & Drumgoole Road East

· Lemon Creek Park, off-leash area, the 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.


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.


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 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/.

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