Happy New Year to everyone! Adoptable pets here for the taking: Dec. 31- Jan. 1

Happy New Year to everyone! Adoptable pets here for the taking: Dec. 31- Jan. 1

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — What do dog noses have that humans don’t? They have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million humans. And the part of a dog’s brain devoted to analyzing smells is about 40 times greater than ours. Dogs also have neophilia, which means they are attracted to new and exciting odors.

Dogs possess a sense of smell many times more sensitive than even the most advanced man-made instrument, powerful enough to detect substances at concentrations of one part per trillion — a single drop of liquid in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools. With training, dogs can sniff out bombs and drugs, pursue suspects and find dead bodies. And more and more, they’re being used experimentally to detect human disease — cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, and now, malaria — from smell alone.

Dogs’ noses also function quite differently than our own. When we inhale, we smell and breathe through the same airways within our noses. When dogs inhale, a fold of tissue just inside their nostril helps to separate these two functions.

When we exhale through our nose, we send the spent air out the way it came in, forcing out any incoming odors. When dogs exhale, the spent air exits through the slits on the sides of their noses. How the exhaled air swirls out helps usher new odors into the dog’s nose. More importantly, it allows dogs to sniff more or less continuously.

Meet Dacey!

Happy New Year to everyone!  Adoptable pets here for the taking: Dec. 31- Jan. 1

Meet Dacey, an 8-week-old, 5-pound (as of 12/27), adorable beagle/terrier mix. This delightful puppy is soft, sweet, cuddly, and super-loving. He is great with other dogs and friendly.

If you want to adopt this Rockstar, please email www.pupstarzrescue.org for an application!

**Puppies are hard work. If you are not ready for a ‘new baby’ please adopt an adult or senior who needs you! In addition, we cannot guarantee the breed, size, temperament or age of a puppy.** (Courtesy/PupStarz)PupStarz

What about cats?

When a cat rubs against you, the corner of your furniture, or against new things you bring home, they are depositing their scent and making that thing, or you, smell more familiar to them. This is a way for your cat to reassure themselves and feel more comfortable about their environment. They also do this with other cats. Cats may rub their face, the sides of their body, or their tail, and they also deposit these scents from between their toes when scratching.

This is Parsley…

Happy New Year to everyone!  Adoptable pets here for the taking: Dec. 31- Jan. 1

Meet Parsley,

Parsley, you know, that little green sprig of what looks like fancy grass to make a dull dish look more appealing……well, that’s what I am named after! But I am certainly not dull, far from it! Yup, my name is Parsley, and one thing you need is me to jazz up your world. Feeling like you need something special to ring in the new year? Well, come see me, and I will show you what a sweet, gentle boy I am. What a real delight I am (and even more so when you give me pets and chin rubs, to turn on my motor box….oh, I can hear myself purring now from all the attention you will give me!) I am still a younger kitty at only four and look forward to meeting you; come down and say hello, lets’s start 2023 off with you and me and you and me!

If you would like to visit me, stop down to the Staten Island Animal Care Center – Wednesday to Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm or you can search and see all the other adoptable animals in our Care Centers here: https://nycacc.app/#/

(Courtesy/New York Animal Care and Control) New York Animal Care and Control


Dec. 31

  • SICAW will be at PetSmart, 1525 Forest Ave., from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thank you to the dedicated rescue agencies for their hard work and efforts to find a good home for these wonderful animals. They do this because they know how special they are and how they can enrich your lives.


Julie Forlenza, a former teacher at IS 7, P.S. 62, ring and run dog walkers, and manager at Woof and Tails Lodge, went into action after Hurricane Ian to help animals in shelters. She is the owner of Black Dog Portrait. Her passion for helping animals is exceptional. Check her out on Facebook or Instagram.

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.

Weekly event: Animal Care Centers of New York City is open for adoptions of dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits at 3139 Veterans Rd. W from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. For general information on adopting from ACC and other community-based programs through ACC please go to www.nycacc.org.


Do you love dogs? Do you love beer? Then fetch a cold one at the Flagship Brewing Co.’s Dog Club. The club meets every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Flagship Brewery taproom at 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.


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 the 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.

3. Fuzzy RX. Telehealth promotes veterinary health that is available 24/7 vet chat on a one-to-one and personalized treatment. They can connect with your veterinarians immediately from the gamut of diarrhea, ear, physical, and skin issues.


· 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, 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 ball field

· Ida Court Playground, dog run, Ida Court between North Railroad Street and 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 only 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 cannot 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 on 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/.