Two Long-Timers Continue To Wait At Shelter, No One Comes To Visit

Two beautiful dogs are growing increasingly depressed at an animal shelter in Wantagh, New York. The dogs, Cody and Fiona, are long-timers are the Town Of Hempstead Animal Shelter, and despite their obvious good looks and friendly personalities, they are not only bypassed time and again, but potential adopters do not even stop to pay them a visit.

Cody and Fiona have their very own Facebook page (Homes for Cody and Fiona) which features videos and beautiful photos, but their social media presence hasn’t resulted in adoptions for either dog.

The likely sticking point for both dogs is the stipulation that they join a home without other pets. Finding an adopter who isn’t already sharing his or her life with another dog can be (obviously!) tough. However, somewhere out there is the perfect home…it just hasn’t been found yet (of note, the dogs do not need to join a household together).

Fiona is described as “super friendly” with people – she is said to be a “happy girl.” Sadly, her happy girl demeanor is beginning to fade with the passage of time. On March 18, a Facebook post made on Fiona’s behalf hints at her sadness:

Here is FIONA getting a lot of love from her buddy, John, and enjoying some quality time with him. Won’t you open your heart and home to her? She is depressed in the shelter and would love a family of her own.

On February 13, a heartbreaking post about Cody’s lack of visitors was uploaded to the dog’s Facebook page:

This 3 yr. old never had a meet n greet at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh, LI, NY and when he was first brought in as a stray, he showed signs of being hit by a car.

Staff and volunteers who know Cody have stated that he loves to go for walks and chase after tennis balls – he is described as “very loving” and a fast learner.

Cody and Fiona could use a helping hand to find their perfect new families. Please visit their Facebook page (click here) and share this article which includes their adoption information.

Petfinder link for Fiona here.

Petfinder for Cody here.

Please call for more information: 516-785-5220 or come visit us at: 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh NY 11793


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Patricia Dougherty says:

    Certainly there is someone out there that
    could give either of these dogs a safe
    loving home. A home is so much warmer
    when a dog lives there.

  2. Karen Livengood says:

    I have been told Kindred Hearts Transport Connection transports for free. If this is true, there is no reason the two dogs can’t find homes outside of the general area where they are now.

  3. Pets for Patriots says:

    Both of these beautiful dogs are Pets for Patriots eligible to qualifying veterans through our partnership with the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, and if adopted by a veteran in our program the adoption fees will be waived. We would LOVE to see these forgotten pups adopted by a veteran! Learn more here:

  4. Jason Wade says:

    Shared I wish they could be with over dogs I already have 2. This breaks my heart. Sharing good thoughts.

  5. Barbara Lane says:

    Would like to foster Cody or Fiona but have a 12yr. old blind dog. Can they not be socialized?

    1. Barbara Trevouledes says:

      Please contact the shelter. A meet and greet at the shelter with the dogs would be required.

  6. Tanya burrows says:

    He is beautiful i would love a dog like him but im in australia he deserves a home ans to be happy

  7. Anne Marie Buonomo says:

    Thank you, Penny, for writing this article
    about Cody and Fiona! Your love and support are greatly appreciated!

  8. Josh says:

    I wish they were closer to me.

    1. Amy velez says:

      They can be transported for free !

    2. Dawna says:

      Did you see that there is free transportation available?

  9. Barbara Trevouledes says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful article! I am one of Cody’s volunteer shelter “buddies”. Cody and Fiona have been waiting so long for their families to find them. If everyone who reads this article would share it, I’m sure both of these deserving dogs will find their forever homes.

    1. Penny Eims says:

      I hope so too Barbara – thank you for spending time with them!

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