Animal Conservation

Happy Everyone: Adoptable Pets to Bring in 2022, December 25-26

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Life has changed for everyone. Whether you have been directly affected or know someone who has been affected by COVID-19, I hope we can find solace in each other.


Recently I had a pleasant conversation with Michael Favor, founder of “Pit Bulls and Addicts”. As a 13-year drug addict and the son of an NYPD narcotics detective, the path has led him to find solace in a connection he found with pit bulls. Both are misunderstood and both deserve solace, love and support. Take a look at his work on his Facebook and Instagram page.

Michael Favor and his rescue puppies.

“The love of a saved animal is love and compassion forever,” Favor said. He spends his time and energy caring for rescued dogs, building them a safe space to socialize and feel wanted, which is something that is most appreciated. Favor is getting ready for a festive Christmas with his dogs and spending his time with them and a new project he’s working on – more to come.

Favor doesn’t just save pit bulls, he finds needy dogs and cats on the streets and brings them to a safe space. To donate to her special cause, you can take a look here.

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 the animals, ensure the animal’s medical needs are taken care of and more. This is all done without pay, out of love and behind the scenes.


Stellar Villa is a New York-based artist who recently raised over $ 11,500 for pet shelters after single-handedly creating 1,252 personalized pet art over the course of 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.


The Flagship’s Dog Club is temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Do you like dogs? Do you like beer? Then get a cold one at the Dog Club at Flagship Brewing Co. The club will meet every Wednesday from 5pm to 11pm. in the Flagship Brewery Dining Room, 40 Minthorne St., near Bay Street.

The 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, a guest speaker will talk about their own specialty or knowledge regarding the welfare of their loyal and valued friends.

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


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

Low income pet owners in the five boroughs with proof of public assistance, such as Social Assistance, Medicaid, Medicare, Supplementary Security Income (SSI), disability, food stamps, TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) or public housing are eligible for free sterilization / sterilization services for their cat or dog. If you have a pit bull, pit bull mix, or certain large breed dogs, this is free as well.

For the exact times the van will be in your area as well as pre-tour 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.


  • New York Animal Care Centers; 212-788-4000,; located at 3139 Veterans Road West. Adoption hours: Monday to Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 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];
  • the legacy of Louis; 646-397-LLAR (5527), [email protected],
  • Mom Chris Animal Rescue Inc .; 347-983-2240, [email protected],
  • The New York Bullying Crew; 844-633-NYBC (6922), [email protected],
  • PLUTO Rescue of Staten Island; 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 the rescue of speechless animals; 718-442-1625, [email protected],


Outdoor meals are 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 avenue Huguenot, 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 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 Pond.

· Amundsen Trail, off-leash area, between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard.

· Arthur Von Briesen Park, off-leash area, lawn, middle of the park on the right side.

· Bloomingdale 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 area).

· 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 area leading to the beach.

· Evergreen Park, off-leash zone, Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street.

· Father Macris Park, off-leash area, lawn beyond the ball field.

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 zone, Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street

· Silver Lake Park, dog park, Victory Boulevard under the pavilion, across from the Parkview Apartments.

· South Beach Park, off-leash area. Note: on the sand after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.

· Willowbrook Park, off-leash area, archery range.

· Wolfe’s Pond Park, dog park, to the left of Cornelia Avenue.

For more information on the rules and regulations, visit


Dogs are not permitted to enter swimming facilities, including New York City beaches. However, from October 1 to May 1, leashed dogs are permitted on the sand and boardwalk in Midland Beach and South Beach.

Dogs on a leash are permitted on the Midland Beach and South Beach boardwalk.

For more information on the rules and regulations, visit


If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially toxic substance, contact the Pet Poison Hotline at 855-764-7661 or, or contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or

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


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


To contact a police officer responsible for environmental protection or report suspected violations, contact the DEC law enforcement dispatch center at 844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267) or dec.