If you shop at Hicksville’s Broadway Mall on a weekend, you might take home more than a new pair of designer jeans or sneakers.
You might end up with a new, furry friend.
On weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Little Shelter, a longtime no-kill shelter based in Huntington, has a booth where it shows off some of its cats and dogs available for adoption.
“We find that being out here in the public sometimes has generated a lot of interest in people,” Fred Carola, 60, said Saturday. The Farmingdale resident has been volunteering at the Little Shelter for two years. “They see a dog here or a cat, they’re very interested and it’s a perfect match, and they [the animals] get a good home.”
Prospective owners can interact with the dogs and cats in Hicksville but must go to Little Shelter’s Huntington location to complete the adoption process.
Jodi Record, a spokeswoman for Little Shelter, credits Broadway Mall marketing director Trish Ketelsen, an animal lover who has provided the shelter with free mall space since 2009, for allowing the group to bring the pets and potential owners together.
“We rescue the animals in our care from kill shelters,” Record said. “Most of the animals that we have wouldn't be alive today if Little Shelter hadn't stepped in and saved their lives.”
At any time the shelter has about 400 cats and kittens and 65 dogs and puppies at its 6-acre Huntington facility, Record said.
But a pit bull pup named Winnie has stolen her heart. “She came to us [at] 4 weeks old, unable to walk,” said Record, who has spent the past month doting on Winnie. “It’s going to be very hard for me to give her up, but I know that we’ll find her a fabulous family.”
Above: Jodi Record of Huntington's Little Shelter holds Winnie, an 8-week-old pit bull, at the shelter's booth at Broadway Mall in Hicksville.