Happy everything to everyone. Whatever holiday you celebrate, enjoy it with a furry pet. April 16-17

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With spring and warmer weather ahead, our furry family members will begin to shed much more. It’s on your clothes, in the corners of your home, and the sun shows more than the naked eye can see on a cloudy day.

But instead of pulling out a heavyweight vacuum, there are other options for a quick cleanup. Check out these handheld vacuums. Be sure to look for a good warranty, low noise, and ergonomic design.

Black & Decker Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum: One of the oldest and most trusted names, Black and Decker is reliable and effective.

Sowtech Rechargeable Cordless Cyclonic Vacuum: This pro-cyclonic suction system is both powerful and helpful for allergy sufferers.

Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus Cordless Handheld Vacuum: This handheld is cordless so that you can take it anywhere in your home and out to your car.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum: Another great choice for ease of use and effective cleaning.

Pets reduce your risk of heart disease

Exercise, a healthy diet, and medication are common treatments to keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control. However, research has confirmed a link between reduced risk of heart disease and pet ownership.

Pets improve communication

They provide an opportunity for non-verbal communication that can help engage those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

There have been studies conducted that can confirm the social responses from those suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, even where sufferers did not respond to human interaction.

Spotlight on a glorious adoptable: Sandy!

If you have a pet with special needs or are planning to adopt one, know that taking care of them is noble work and allows you to show unconditional love. Caring for disabled pets is no easy task. Often, they are overlooked because people are unsure about the proper care they need. Here are a few tips:

Find a Support Group – When you decide to care for a disabled animal, remember that you don’t have to deal with it alone. It’s hard going through the day, feeling like there’s no one else in this world who understands. Join groups on social media or check if there are organizations in your local community for pet parents caring for disabled animals.

Invest in Special Tools and Equipment – Another tip for caring for disabled pets is to invest in tools and equipment specially designed for them. They will make your pet’s daily life easier for them to have fun and caring for them more manageable. Some examples are dog wheelchairs, harnesses, braces, and pet ramps. Please consult your veterinarian for recommendations on what your pet needs.

Do Daily Physical Checks for Injuries – Check your pet at least once a day for any injuries, as some of them may have trouble expressing that they are in discomfort. For instance, if your dog is blind, they might accidentally bump into some ‘unsafe’ areas or items in your home. That said, it’s best to pet-proof your home.

Happy everything to everyone.  Whatever holiday you celebrate, enjoy it with a furry pet. Arp 16-17

Meet Sandy!

She’s 15 years old and blind. She’s a sweet, loving dog who’s full of personality, but because she’s blind and very old she would almost never have been adopted if she had to go to a shelter.

SICAW’s pet events in and around the borough are listed below along with local places to eat with your dog and dog-friendly parks on Staten Island. Click through the photos above to meet the lovable dogs and cats up for adoption this weekend.

Apr. 16

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



Alfresco 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, 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 ballfield.

· Ida Court Playground, dog run, Ida Court between N. Railroad Street & 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 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 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.


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/.

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