STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — When it comes to keeping pets healthy, oral hygiene is sometimes overlooked. Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is part of its overall health and wellbeing. Neglecting to brush can lead to periodontal disease, an oral condition that can be painful and lead to tooth loss or infection. Once you get them used to it, your pet might even enjoy it.
Here are a few options for keeping their smiles looking fantastic:
Brushing: There is toothpaste made especially for dogs. It might take a few tries to get them used to it, but you can easily train your dog — just start early.
Dog and Cat Tooth Wipes: For those pets that can’t get used to brushing, wipes are a good alternative. It helps remove plaque, but it’s harder to get between their teeth.
Dog Chews: There are lots of options that can help keep your dog’s teeth clean, such as bully sticks, cow ears and chicken strips.
Dental Treats: These are specifically formulated to remove plaque, freshen breath and keep pets happy.
Professional Cleaning: If it becomes difficult, this is another option. Contact your veterinarian for more information.
The rescue centers mentioned below don’t stop working. They would rather take in all these animals and keep them for as long as they can than see one of them be harmed.
If you’re unable to adopt, please consider volunteering, donating or fostering, or sharing this page with someone who can.
A message from SICAW:
SICAW cats are back at the PetSmart Adoption Center, 1525 Forest Ave. Come see the cats during store hours. Want to meet them in person? Schedule a meet and greet by calling at 718-948-5623.
A message from Louie’s Legacy’s:
“The health and safety of Louie’s Legacy’s volunteers, staff, adopters and the community at large is of paramount importance to us. In an effort to do our part to limit any potential exposure to or transmission of illness, Louie’s Legacy will be canceling our regularly scheduled public adoption events until further notice. We will reevaluate according to the recommendations of the CDC and federal, state and local governments and resume regularly scheduled public events at a time when it is deemed safe.
“Louie’s Legacy will continue conducting pet adoptions, and foster homes will continue to be needed weekly! We are fully operational remotely, and our commitment to animal welfare remains the same. Adoptions will be conducted under modified circumstances during this time, so please continue to apply to foster and adopt pets, as the need for animal rescue is always present.”
GIFTS FOR DOG 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.
Flagship’s Dog Club is temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak but will .
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
AL FRESCO DINING WITH YOUR DOG
Al fresco 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 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/.