Rockville Centre, NY
Please do not use this shelter. We spent the weekend there and it was pure humiliation and deceit. We went around 8pm Saturday night to look for a companion dog for my 8 year old collie mix and looked quickly at the older dogs around the perimeter of the glass visiting room. Some dogs were asleep, one had his face laying in feces. I was not interested in any pit bull mixes which were many of the dogs. Even though I knew that a puppy would not be an ideal companion for my dog, I went with my little girl to the puppy section and found an 8 week old Newfie mix puppy. I had never heard of the breed before and quickly googled their description of "Newfoundland terrier" and did not come up with much before I was asked to put my phone away. A worker let us play with the dog and told us how to take care of her hair and that was about it. We arranged the adoption after all our references were checked including our landlord's. The next morning, probably after a google search, the landlord expressed reservations. I also became overwhelmed when I realized what I got myself into but still loved the dog and was willing to keep her forever. After speaking with my landlord about potential liability issues (all though dogs of this breed can easily reach 150 to 200lbs, it is well known as a gentle dog, so this was an overreaction) I decided to return the pup at noon the next day because she was young and very adoptable and if I moved quickly there would be time for someone who really wanted a Newfie to bond with her.
Two NSAL workers were sympathetic to our dog and donation surrender and suggested that we instead adopt an older dog whose size and stature is established. We agreed to look around. One nice worker talked us into visiting with a hyperactive beagle and a large headed short legged rottweiler/hound mix, a very strangely combined dog that I did not feel comfortable with. When we expressed interest in more beautiful dogs, a border collie named Jonah and a pure-bred yellow lab named Paquio, they started to get rude. The nice worker disappeared and a crone took her place. She said that the dog we wanted was a large dog and I had given up a potentially large dog. I told her that there was a huge difference between a 50 or 60 lb lab and a Newfie that could weigh double that amount within a few months. She would hear nothing and blamed the decision on some nameless faceless manager that she would not let me speak to. She asked us to get a notarized copy of our lease and return with it, knowing that both the dogs we were interested in would no longer be there. Another part of the scam is that neither of those dogs need vet services. We paid $175 for the pup and another $75 for future spay services. The dog of our choice was completely healthy and neutered and would generate no future income for them or provide any profit from our earlier donation.
i understand my circumstances were not ideal, but they really should not have invited us to make a trade and then act so judgmental and shady when I don't want to choose what they select for me. The crone actually hid our dog's info card so that no other worker could intervene and advocate for us. She found some random guy to say that she was just following orders from the director and then say that he did not care that his story did not add up. All but one worker was nameless and without title. The initial nice worker never resurfaced. Based on reviews on this site, I knew better than to go. I thought it would be ok because we have a great profile. Between the forced donation and the crate and toys and wee wee pads we are easily out $350.