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September 25, 2014
Animal Hoarding is Animal Abuse

December 28, 2013
Competition Subaru Dog Days of Winter Save-A-Pet Event

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December 13, 2013
“Santa Paws” Visits Save-A-Pet on the Sound

Pictured:Geri Manginello, of Port Jefferson Station happily sits on Santa Paws’ lap with her dog DJ, who was dressed for the festive occasion,held at Save-A-Pet on the Sound on December 7th and 8th.

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. celebrated the holiday season on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 by hosting its annual “Santa Paws” event at the shelter’s retail location, Save-A-Pet on the Sound, in Port Jefferson. Over 100 families came with their furry friends to support Save-A-Pet.

Families had the opportunity to receive photos of their pets and children on Santa Paws’ lap for a low price of $10 and each additional photo for $5. All proceeds went to benefit the shelter and its spay-and-neuter programs.

Attendees instantly received a 4x6-inch printed photo at their visit. Save-A-Pet wanted to ensure that guests could present their endearing photo to family and friends directly after the festive event and in time for the holidays.

“We were overwhelmed with excitement after seeing loving families with their pets at our event,” says Dori Scofield, Founder/President of Save-A-Pet. “We knew it would be a perfect holiday photo opportunity for families because everyone, including pets, would be able to take part.”

December 3, 2013
Save-A-Pet’s Annual “Black Cat Friday” Event a Success

On November 29, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. held its annual “Black Cat Friday” event to encourage adoption awareness for black and black-and-white cats, which are often overlooked by many potential adopters.

Often, black cats are less likely to be adopted due to superstitions and their tendency to appear to age more quickly because of excessive gray hair. According to a study conducted by the University of California at Berkeley, orange or Siamese cats are almost always adopted before darker-colored cats.

Save-A-Pet waived adoption fees for their black and black-and-white furry friends in efforts to find them permanent homes. At the event, seven cats were adopted by loving families.

“We cannot thank the public enough for visiting our black and black-and-white cats on ‘Black Cat Friday.’ We were thrilled to see them adopted into caring forever homes,” said Dori Scofield, founder/president of Save-A-Pet. “We hope this event provides an alternative to the craziness that is Black Friday and that more people choose to adopt, rather than shop, on that day going forward.”

December 2, 2013
Save-A-Pet Raises Awareness for National Mutt Day

December 2 was National Mutt Day. National Mutt Day was created to raise awareness for mixed-breed dogs in shelters across the US, because mutts are the largest percentage of dogs that are euthanized at many shelters due to the popular demand of purebred puppies and “designer” dogs, which is a fancy term for “mutts”! National Mutt Day is a day for the public to recognize that the many mixed breeds at our shelters are just as beautiful and adoptable.

Chance, one of Save-A-Pet’s many mutts, is a beautiful brown-and-white, mixed breed that is house trained, up-to-date on shots, and neutered. He is young and playful, especially with children! He is perfect in every way and is in desperate need of a loving home. Countless mutts around the U.S. are just like Chance and are waiting to be a part of affectionate, welcoming families.

November 8, 2013
Save-A-Pet to Hold “Thanks-Fur-Giving” Clinic”

In honor of the giving season, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. is holding a vaccination clinic and food drive on November 23rd at its Port Jefferson Station shelter, located at 608 Route 112, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will go toward helping the orphaned animals at the shelter.

The combined event will provide low-cost vaccines, nail clippings, microchipping and a canned food/paper towel drive. The vaccines will be available at a reduced price of $25. Microchipping will be available for $30 (requires registration) and nail clipping will be offered for $5.

“Vaccinations are crucial in any pet’s life,” says Dori Scofield, Founder/President of Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. “They prevent deadly illnesses such as rabies, distemper, parvovirus and leptospirosis. We want to help pet owners enhance their dogs’ and cats’ lives and keep them healthy. This is one small way for us to give thanks to our community during the holiday season.”

November 5, 2013
Save-A-Pet Urges the Public to Consider Older Dogs and Cats during “Adopt-A-Senior Pet” Month

November is “Adopt-A-Senior Pet” Month and Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. wants the community to consider adopting an “old friend with benefits!”

Pets that are seven years old or older in animal shelters are considered to be “seniors,” according to most veterinarians. Many senior dogs and cats are in desperate need of a home and the public seems reluctant to rescue them due to their age.

Despite the stigma that surrounds older dogs and cats, they are extremely loyal pets to adopt. Unlike newborn puppies or kittens, older dogs and cats create bonds with owners at a faster rate, are less rambunctious, and can still be taught new boundaries and commands. Adopting an older pet may save you an immense amount of energy due to the fact that most are already wonderfully trained.

Many people think older dogs and cats are the “problem pets,” which is untrue. Countless senior dogs and cats lose their homes due to a death of an owner, an owner’s unknown allergy, a new baby in the home, a loss of a job or even a change in the guardian’s work schedule. Most of the time, senior pets are not given away because of behavioral issues.

“We have an abundance of senior pets that need a home just as much as young adoptees,” says Save-A-Pet Founder/President, Dori Scofield. “We hope potential adopters realize that taking in a senior dog or cat can be an wonderful experience. Adopting an older pet can be beneficial for those who are seeking a couch potato buddy while watching TV or to just have company around the house.”

Save-A-Pet urges the public to come by the shelter to see the many companion animals that are available for adoption throughout “Adopt-A-Senior Pet” month. If you cannot adopt a pet at this time, please consider volunteering or making a donation to the shelter.

October 27, 2013
Several hundred people came to the 3rd annual Barkfest sponsored by Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center.

With Halloween quickly approaching, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. and the Port Jeff Brewing Company want to welcome guests to Growlers and Howlers Barktoberfest, which will feature pets, beer and Halloween goodies. The event takes place on Sunday, October 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Save-A-Pet on the Sound (formerly Castaways) at 25 Chandler Square, Port Jefferson.

Admission is $25, with all proceeds going to Save-A-Pet. The event will feature pet costume contests, face painting, live music from Holiday Road and tours, prizes and giveaways from the Port Jeff Brewing Company. Save-A-Pet will also present animals that are available for adoption.

“We are excited for this event because it will have something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The community will get a chance to help our homeless companion animals while enjoying themselves for a fun-filled day,” says Dori Scofield, founder and president of Save-A-Pet.


September 20, 2013
Dog House To Big House

Save-A-Pet Founder/President Dori Scofield appeared on WPIX News to discuss a potential plan that would allow non-violent offenders at the prison in Riverhead to train rescue dogs.

September 19, 2013
Dori Scofield and Guardians of Rescue’s President Robert Misseri appeared on News 12’s “Animal Island”

Save-A-Pet Founder/President Dori Scofield and Guardians of Rescue’s President Robert Misseri appeared on News 12’s “Animal Island” on September 19 to discuss the “Paws of War” program, which trains rescued dogs to be service companions for veterans suffering from PTSD.

September 10, 2013
Save-A-Pet’s Erica Kutzing and Dori Scofield appear on Fios 1 News

Save-A-Pet’s Erica Kutzing and Dori Scofield discuss Erica’s devotion to Lucia, a 12-year-old pit bull with terminal cancer on Fios 1 News’ “Heroes On Our Island.”

September 4, 2013
Soldiers Reunite with Sheba and her Seven Puppies from Afghanistan

While stationed in Western Afghanistan in 2012, Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba of Long Beach, NY; Sgt. Alex Rotondi of Syracuse, NY; Sgt. Travis Burton of Cincinnati, OH; Sgt. Kevin Singer of Freeport, NY; Capt. Clinton Green of Staten Island, NY; and 1st Lt. Joseph Lapenta of Staten Island, NY grew to care for a stray dog that started following their unit around. She soon began to go on missions with them and protect them from other wild dogs in the area. They named her “Sheba,” Hebrew for “promise.” From then on, the soldiers made a promise to Sheba to always keep her safe.

On March 23, 2013, Sheba gave birth to seven puppies. Cadence, Rocky, Sarah, Jack, Buckeye, Breezy, and Harris were dubbed “The Magnificent Seven.” The soldiers and their medic cared for both Sheba and all seven puppies to ensure their survival.

Once the soldiers returned home, they could not bear to think of Sheba and her pups still in Afghanistan. To that end, they reached out to Save-A-Pet Founder/President and Guardians of Rescue Vice President Dori Scofield, who was able to help get all the dogs safely to America via Guardians of Rescue’s “Paws of War – No Buddy Left Behind” program. Once Ms. Scofield was notified the base would be closing, she contacted Nowzad Dogs, another nonprofit organization that rescues stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan. In mid-June, a mission was implemented that allowed Sheba and all seven of her pups to arrive safely at Nowzad’s shelter in Kabul.

Through a campaign set up by Ms. Scofield, Save-A-Pet and Guardians of Rescue were able to raise more than $15,000 for the dogs’ transport to the United States. Slightly short of their goal, the campaign is still running, yet the organizations pooled additional funds and donations to get the dogs to the United States on September 4th for a heartfelt reunion between six soldiers and eight dogs — all of whom have gone home with soldiers. Sheba is currently being assessed to see if she would make a good companion service dog for a veteran with PTSD.

Ruff Riders
August 12, 2013
Ruff Riders Rally Brings Animal Lovers To Patchogue

The Ruff Riders Rally does not feature rapper DMX or any of his “Ruff Ryder” affiliates, but did bring around 100 motorcyclists and animal lovers to Patchogue Saturday to support Port Jefferson Station’s Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center.

The eighth annual event had motorcyclists start riding at Petco in Rocky Point, through eastern Suffolk County, southern Long Island and finish at 89 North Music Venue in Patchogue at 89 North Ocean Ave.

Bands that played at the Patchogue venue were Songs In The Attic, Big Daddy & The Bulldogs, Fast Lane, Seven Turns, Milagro and That Rock Band through

Dogs from Save-A-Pet were also up for adoption, and raffles and merchandise contributed further proceeds to the organization.

August 8-9, 2013
Dori Scofield and Lynne Schoepfer Appear on News 12

Dori Scofield and Lynne Schoepfer of Save-A-Pet appeared on three News 12 segments on August 8-9: “Animal Island,” “Dog Days of Summer” and “Dog Day Fridays.” During these segments, they brought with them dogs available for adoption and discussed the Ruff Riders Rally, which was held on August 10.

July 24, 2013
Save-A-Pet Holds Official Send-Off For Lucky

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. held an official send-off on July 23 for Lucky, the dog who had been on “death row” for killing a cat. Lucky’s life was spared after a court ruling that he leave the state.

During the initial court case, the judge ruled for Lucky to be destroyed. But upon appeal, the pit bull mix was freed from the Brookhaven Town Shelter after 14 months in “doggy jail” when the cat’s owner’s lawsuit was settled. Both sides agreed that Lucky would not be destroyed, but that he would be ordered to leave the state. Up until July 23, he had been housed at Save-A-Pet, as Founder/President Dori Scofield is the former Brookhaven Animal Shelter Supervisor and the dog held a special place in her heart.

“Lucky and I go way back. He is a very special dog and it broke my heart to think he could’ve been euthanized for killing a cat — something that New York State law does not recognize as a valid reason for destroying a dog upon first offense. This was an unfortunate incident and it’s sad for the owner of the cat, but Lucky was just being a dog and doing what many dogs would naturally do.”

In March 2012, a Suffolk district court judge ordered that Lucky be destroyed, even though he had not been previously deemed dangerous, which is a requirement under state law. Lucky’s owner, Joey Mantle, appealed the judicial ruling with the help of attorney Amy Chaitoff and Smithtown-based Guardians of Rescue, of which Ms. Scofield is the Vice President. Unable to cover the costs of the appeal, Mr. Mantle relinquished custody of his dog to Guardians of Rescue. The case was won, under the condition that Lucky leave the state within 60 days.

“Lucky has remained calm throughout this entire ordeal,” said Ms. Scofield. “While at Brookhaven, he wasn’t allowed to play with other dogs or be let outside by anyone but specified handlers. That situation would prove difficult for most dogs, but not Lucky. He took it all in stride. We’ll be very sad to see him leave Save-A-Pet, but are so happy his life was spared with the help of Ms. Chaitoff and Guardians of Rescue.”

On Tuesday, July 23, the shelter held an official send-off in honor of Lucky’s second chance. Guests, including Mr. Mantle, enjoyed pizza and cake and Mr. Mantle was able to say an emotional goodbye to his former pet. Ms. Scofield then met up with an experienced transporter/trucker at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike for the first leg of Lucky’s journey. He then headed to Denver, Colorado before continuing on with another transporter to Arizona, who will meet up with Hillarie Allison, founder and president of Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation (RUFFF) in Golden Valley, where Lucky will be trained before being available for adoption to a suitable home.

MEDIA COVERAGE: “Death Row Dog Gets a Lucky Break,” 7/23/13
Fox 5: “Dog’s Life is Spared and He’s Heading for Arizona,” 7/23/13
Port Times Record: “Saved Dog Heads West for Rehabilitation,” 7/24/13

July 10, 2013
Save-A-Pet Recieves a Grant From The Build-A-Bear Workshop Hugs Foundation

Through its “Grants for Pawsome Causes,” the Build-A-Bear Workshop Hugs Foundation has awarded a Spay/Neuter Pack project grant of $2,000 to Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. The donation will be used to spay/neuter an increased number of dogs and cats prior to adoption.

Save-A-Pet provides an animal shelter for abused, abandoned, and homeless cats and dogs, and places them in loving permanent homes. Additional programs and services include spay/neuter for feral cats, medical care for pets, and therapeutic and humane education pet programs that focus on the importance of pet sterilization, responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.

“With the exception of puppies under eight weeks of age (who return for the procedure), all our dogs and cats are sterilized prior to adoption. We needed the additional spay/neuter packs so our animals could become available for adoption sooner. In addition, our area residents can have this procedure done at a more affordable rate. The donation was badly needed, and will assist our shelter animals as well as the community,” said Lynne Schoepfer, executive director of Save-A-Pet. “We were delighted to receive a $2,000 grant from The Build-A-Bear Workshop Hugs Foundation.”

July 4, 2013
“Paws of War � No Buddy Left Behind”

United States soldier Kevin Brady traveled from Fort Bragg Army Base to Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. on July 4th for an emotional reunion with Bailey, a stray dog that became his battle buddy while stationed in Afghanistan. Guardians of Rescue raised over $5,000 to arrange for Bailey’s safe return through its “Paws of War — No Buddy Left Behind” program.

Nowzad Dogs in Kabul was able to locate Bailey, in cooperation with Guardians of Rescue, where she was cared for before being shipped to Dubai Kennels. Bailey was quarantined, spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and groomed, so that she could be reunited with her hero and best friend, who had cared for her since she was a puppy. Brady and the eleven-month-old dog had been separated for two months before seeing each other again at Save-A-Pet. She will now reside at her new forever home in Northern California with Brady and his family.

Press Clips

July 5, 2013 Newsday: Battle Buddies Reunite

July 5, 2013 Times Beacon Record: Soldier and Unit’s Dog Reunite at Save-A-Pet

June 5, 2013
Save-A-Pet Launches “K911” Program

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. has recently announced the launch of its new “K911” program, which is aimed at rescuing the most at-risk dogs from high-kill shelters. In the past, many of these dogs would have been euthanized due to age or medical conditions that would preclude them from being adopted. The program came to fruition after Save-A-Pet received a $5,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets®.

“This initiative is one that is very near and dear to my heart,” says Save-A-Pet Founder/President Dori Scofield. “Save-A-Pet’s mission has always been to help the ‘underdogs’ of the world and we’re very grateful for the seed money we received from Best Friends Animal Society, which will allow us to give deserving dogs an opportunity for a new leash on life!”

Ms. Scofield stresses that while some of the dogs will need lifelong care due to medical issues, most are adoptable with the help of medical intervention. Toto (pictured) is a perfect example of a K911 candidate. Save-A-Pet was recently contacted by New York City Animal Care & Control about the 16-year-old male Cairn Terrier with cataracts. Save-A-Pet will do a complete medical evaluation on him, including blood work and X-rays.

“We don’t know much about this little, stray waif,” says Ms. Scofield. “But the NYC ACC felt strongly enough about his personality to reach out to us to see if he could be a candidate for the program. He’s an absolute sweetheart and deserves to live out his remaining days in a loving home.”

For those interested in adopting Toto or making a donation toward his care, or for more information regarding the K911 Program, please contact Save-A-Pet at 631.473.6333

May 31, 2013
Save-A-Pet’s Founder/President Dori Scofield and Executive Director Lynne Schoepfer appeared on News 12’s “Dog Day Fridays”

Save-A-Pet’s Founder/President Dori Scofield and Executive Director Lynne Schoepfer appeared on News 12’s “Dog Day Fridays” on May 31 with Six, an abused Pit Bull; Teddy Bear, a Maltese-Yorkie mix who was spontaneously purchased from a pet store; and Baloo, puppy of a stray Hound. All are up for adoption at Save-A-Pet!

May 20, 2013
Lynne Schoepfer Interviewed by Eyewitness News and Port Times-Record

Save-A-Pet’s executive director, Lynne Schoepfer, was interviewed by Eyewitness News and The Port Times-Record for a story on “Midnight,” a Chesapeake Bay-retriever mix that was brought to Save-A-Pet after being treated by veterinarians at Central Veterinary Associates in Valley Stream and being placed in quarantine for six months.

Midnight was found wandering the storm-ravaged area near Brooklyn right after Hurricane Sandy hit. A Good Samaritan, Mary Pellegrino, found the dog and brought it to the New York City Board of Health, where officials noticed a bite wound and, suspecting the animal may have rabies, decided to quarantine the animal instead of euthanizing it. (Animals that test positive for rabies must be quarantined for six months under New York City Board of Health law.)

Ms. Pellegrino said she could not afford the quarantine boarding fee but she did not want to see the animal destroyed, either. Through the Animal Planning Task Force, she was contacted by Central Veterinary Associates, which took in the dog at a rate of $5 a night to help cover the cost of food. Best Friends Animal Rescue, which alerted Guardians of Rescue about the dog, offered to pay the fee.

Frank Floridia, Guardians of Rescue’s operations manager, came down to Central Veterinary Associates to pick up the dog and transport it to Save-A-Pet, where he is ready for adoption.

April 22, 2013
Save-A-Pet Presents 14th Annual Hounds on the Sound 3K Walk and Dog Adoption Event

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. presents the 14th annual Hounds on the Sound 3K Walk and Dog Adoption Event, which will take place June 9 at Memorial Park (off Route 25A and just west of the Port Jefferson Ferry) in downtown Port Jefferson from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day will be filled with live music courtesy of, food, vendors, contests, raffles and prizes. In addition, there will be animals for adoption from Save-A-Pet.

Registration is $30 each and includes a free T-shirt and gift bag. Those who collect $200 or more in pledges will receive a coffee mug with a picture of themselves and/or their dog printed on it. To create a profile for their pet and collect pledges for the dog walk online with PayPal, or to download a pledge form, participants can log in at

“This website will help raise awareness about the event and the wonderful programs that Save-A-Pet provides for its shelter animals,” said Dori Scofield, Founder/President, Save-A-Pet. “Walkers can also create profiles and join a special online community in which they share their love for animals.”

May 20, 2013
Lynne Schoepfer Interviewed by Eyewitness News and Port Times-Record

On February 25, Lynne Schoepfer, Executive Director, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. spoke to the “Green Teens” at their first monthly meeting, which was held at the Port Jefferson Free Library’s Teen Center.

During her 45-minute presentation, Ms. Schoepfer talked about Save-A-Pet, what the organization does and how they can help through donations and volunteering their time. She also explained why it is better to adopt a pet from a shelter than from a retail pet store and the importance of spaying, neutering and microchipping your pets. Ms. Schoepfer said an animal which is spayed or neutered lives two to four years longer.

Among the things that Save-A-Pet does, Ms. Schoepfer explained, were “puppy mill” rescues in which dogs used for breeding purposes are taken from the horrible conditions in which they lived and brought to the shelter where they are vetted and groomed so they can be ready for adoption; trap, neuter and return (TNR) to reduce the feral cat population; and rescues from pet hoarding situations, where homeowners allowed numerous animals into their home but neglected to take proper care of them. The presentation was then followed by a question-and-answer session.

Ms. Schoepfer also explained that Save-A-Pet operates two stores in Port Jefferson: Castaways, which sells pet items and offers animals for adoption, and The Barkin Basement, a thrift store. The sales proceeds from both stores go to benefit Save-A-Pet. She also urged those in attendance to donate their unwanted clothes to Save-A-Pet by placing them in the donation bins located on Save-A-Pet’s parking lot.

The Green Teens are a group of sixth to 12th graders who perform service projects and community outreach efforts to help protect the environment. Some of their programs include recycling, creating “green” crafts and beach clean-ups. As part of one of its service projects, the group recently made gluten-free doggie treats and donated them to Save-A-Pet.

Lynne Schoepfer (back row, center), Executive Director, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc., poses with the members of the “Green Teens” at its inaugural meeting at the Port Jefferson Free Library’s Teen Center on February 25.