Fun for you, scary for your pet. Celebrate the 4th of July weekend with a new furry friend. July 2-3

STATEN ISLAND, NY – If you have a pet, they may be getting used to the sound of fireworks by now.

But for many, fireworks can cause stress and anxiety, leading to higher numbers of runaway dogs over the July 4 weekend. If possible, let your pet stay indoors at night.

Can you give your dog a dog shelter before the fireworks start? A quiet neighborhood is ideal. One of the quietest rooms in your home – a place where they feel in control. Do not interfere with your dog when he is in this area.

Associate this area with happy experiences, such as leaving their favorite toys there. Using a variety of chew toys and treats always helps.


  • Move your dog to the shelter each night before the fireworks start and provide him with toys and other things he likes. Also, make sure you have things to do so your dog isn’t left alone.
  • Walk your dog during the day to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • Could you put on some music or TV to mask the sounds of the fireworks?
  • Ignore the sounds of fireworks yourself. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to participate, but don’t force it to play.
  • Close windows and curtains to drown out the sound of fireworks, and blackout your doghouse so they can’t see the lightning outside.


Ruby was three years old when we adopted her from another Staten Island family. She needs help.

Ruby was adopted by another Staten Island family, but the situation didn’t work out. She was the last of four Yorkies that had been purchased, and things just weren’t working out. Ruby was fired.

Ruby arrived overweight, anxious and scared. His rescuers strive to follow everything. Check out their Go-Fund-Me page and help out in any way you can. If not, please spread the word.

We are always grateful to the volunteers who organize weekly pet events in and around the borough, send out announcements, organize fundraisers, help with supplies, clean cages, feed animals, make sure that the medical needs of animals are taken care of and much more. . All of this is done without pay, all out of love and behind the scenes.

SICAW 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 on the photos above to meet the adorable dogs and cats up for adoption this weekend.


July 2nd

SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., 1-4 p.m.

July 3

SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.


  • NYC Animal Care Centers; 212-788-4000,; located at 3139, chemin des Vétérans Ouest. Adoption hours: Tuesday – Saturday noon – 5 p.m.
  • Angels for abused animals;, by appointment only; (347) 448-5944
  • Fur Friends in Need, a New Jersey-based group with members from Staten Island and adoption events on the island; 732-829-1426, [email protected],
  • Happy Homes Animal Rescue, a New Jersey-based group with adoption events in Staten Island; 914-393-8292, [email protected], [email protected];
  • Louie’s Legacy; 646-397-LLAR (5527), [email protected],
  • Mama Chris Animal Rescue Inc.; 347-983-2240, [email protected],
  • New York Bully Crew; 844-633-NYBC (6922), [email protected],
  • Pit bulls and drug addicts; 917-373-7311,
  • PLUTO Staten Island Rescue; 718-227-0553, [email protected], Please note: PLUTO works with and promotes animal adoption from the Associated Humane Society in Newark, NJ
  • Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare (SICAW); 718-948-5623,
  • Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue; [email protected],, 800-477-9168.
  • Victory for Voiceless Animal Rescue; 718-442-1625, [email protected],


Stellar Villa is a New York-based artist who recently raised over $11,500 for pet shelters after single-handedly creating 1,252 custom pet artworks in 21 days. Now she is working to create ongoing partnerships with local animal shelters to continue fundraising. If you’re looking for a gift for a dog lover, check out Stellar’s work.


Do you like dogs? Do you like beer? Then grab a cold one from the Dog Club at Flagship Brewing Co. The club meets every Wednesday from 5-11 p.m. in the Flagship Brewery dining room, 40 Minthorne St., near Bay Street.

Flagship’s Dog Club is for that special breed of dog and beer lovers who can bring their (well-behaved) puppies to meetings. Once a month there will be a guest speaker to talk about their own specialty or knowledge regarding the welfare of their valued loyal friends.

For more information, visit or call 718-448-5284.


1. Low-Cost or Free Sterilization and Sterilization: The ASPCA’s free and low-cost mobile sterilization and sterilization van travels to all five boroughs in each neighborhood.

Low-income pet owners in all five boroughs with proof of public assistance, such as welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (temporary assistance to needy families) or social housing qualify for free sterilization 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 van hours in your area as well as pre-visit instructions, visit or call 877-SPAY-NYC (877-772-9692).

2. Apply for a dog license. Save time and postage by applying online. For a request or more information, visit See the flyer in the gallery above.


Angelina’s Ristorante, 339 Ellis St., Tottenville, 718-227-2900

The Burrito Bar, 585 Forest Ave., West Brighton, 718-815-9200

Ciro Pizza Cafe, 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, see the 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, middle of the park on the right side.

· Bloomingdale’s Park, Dog Park, Maguire Avenue behind the sports fields closer to Ramona Avenue.

Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, the open field above the picnic area near Royal Oak Road and Rice Avenue

Clove Lakes Park, off-leash area, Brookside Avenue between Alpine Court and Kingsley Avenue (lawn)

Clove’s Tail Park, Off-Leash Area, Lawn, corner of Victory Boulevard and Little Clove Road

Conference House Park, dog park, 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 leading to the beach

Evergreen Park, off-leash area, Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street

Father Macris Park, off-leash area, lawn beyond ball diamond

Ida Court Playground, dog park, Ida Court between N. Railroad Street and Drumgoole Road East

· Lemon Creek Park, off-leash area, at the bottom of Seguine Avenue at Johnston Terrace; just below the playground

Siedenburg Park, Off-Leash Area, Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street

Silver Lake Park, Dog Park, Victory Blvd under the Pavilion, opposite 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

Wolfe’s Pond Park, dog park, left of Cornelia Avenue

For more information on rules and regulations, visit


Dogs are not permitted in bathing facilities, including New York beaches. However, from October 1 through May 1, leashed dogs are permitted on the sand and boardwalk at Midland Beach and South Beach.

Leashed dogs are permitted on the boardwalk/boardwalk at Midland Beach and South Beach.

For more information on rules and regulations, visit


If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially toxic substance, contact the Pet Poison Hotline at 855-764-7661 or, or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or .

As the seasons change, keep in mind poisonous plants for animals:


To report an incident of animal abuse, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit


To contact an environmental 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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