Dog Habitat

Rescues Living at Local Dog Boutique


On March 31st, Unleash: Brooklyn closed its doors forever, and with it went Dog Habitat Rescue’s home. With a lot of effort and even more help from the community, we were able to find homes, permanent or otherwise, for almost all of our rescues. Sadly, though, we have two rescues who are currently living at District Dog, our retail shop: Suki, a black staffordshire terrier mix, and Eda, a sassy cat.
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Unleash Closing; Evicted Puppies in Need – Fundraiser Tomorrow (3/13)

Rob Mayer with "Reese" who need a home.

Alls everyone talks about these days in Greenpoint (aside from the $10 lattes) are the rent hikes that leave residents and businesses with no other option than to move out or close-up shop.

“It’s everybody’s story,” Rob Maher of Unleash said after making the decision to close his Franklin St boarding and daycare facility after serving the community for 5 years. When his lease option came up for renewal, the new price his landlord offered was “not an option to renew,” he said.

Now he must find homes for 6 rescue dogs. Continue reading

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These Pets Need a Home!

Edna, the cat!

Dog Habitat, a local rescue group, just gave us the heads up that they have a cat and dog in need in need of good homes, either via adoptees or fosters. They’ve sent us descriptions and photos (see after the jump) and beware: they are super adorable. Both pets are up to date on all of their shots and are ready to be taken home!

If you’re interested, contact Dog Habitat Rescue via email at rescue[at]doghabitat[dot]org. Continue reading

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An Interview with Dog Habitat’s Rob Maher on AdoptNY

Dog Habitat stands out from other rescues for an array of reasons, the least not being its position as the only rescue in Greenpoint. Sharing a space with two other welcome additions to the neighborhood–the pet boutique District Dog and green boarding facility and doggie daycare Unleashed–Dog Habitat also acts as a local reminder of co-owner Rob Maher’s overarching mission.

Maher, along with wife Bea, rescue coordinator Emily Tanen and chief operating editor Jeff Latzer, co-runs Adopt NY, an online gathering for a collective of charities and rescues supporting one cause:  to make New York a no-kill state. Maher was kind enough to answer a few questions on what goes into running a pet charity.

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Adopt Swiss! Greenpoint Pit Puppy for adoption

In addition to organizing the Greenpointer’s Sandy Benefit for Adopt NY, my roommate and I opened up our apartment to foster an amazing pup after Sandy. I thought I would share info on Swiss in hopes that maybe she ends up in loving local home!

Swiss is a one-year-old pit mix with a heart as huge as her vertical. As puppies tend to be, she is a mix of high energy playfulness and a lazy bum. Both Swiss and her future owner will be happiest with lots of exercise. Her current foster parents curb her energy with many walks and trips to the dog run.

Above all, Swiss is a lover. Lover of both humans (adult and children) and animals (dogs and from what her foster parents can tell, cats as well). With dogs she plays with lots of energy, lots of licking, but usually is the one to play submissively. 

She will spare you from the grief that other puppies may give:
-chews objects known to be hers (she loves her kong)
– potty trained, crate trained, and rides well in cars
-And… she is not a barker! She does snort and oink, but that’s just adorable

Swiss’s current foster parents hope that her future owners will be able to provide her proper training. She is food motivated and has all the potential in the world.

As a special offer, Swiss’s award winning costume is included with adoption!

Visit Swiss’s Adopt NY profile or email info (at) to inquire about adoption.


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Greenpointers loves furry critters and hopes the website serves to both reunite lost pets with their owners and helps stray animals find loving homes. In support of this cause, we organized a hilarious Comedy Night at Saint Vitus on Wednesday 4/18/12 at 8pm. For $5 come and laugh your butts off. We are donating all the proceeds to our favorite animals rescue, Dog Habitat Rescue. We want this to be a big night so we can raise a lot of funding for animals in need, so come out, bring your friends and please help spread the word!

Tom Cowell
Mike Lawrence
Christine Meehan
Adam Conover
Tim Dillon

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Dog priest
©Warm Sleepy From Greenpointers Flickr Pool

I received this letter from Dog Habitat Rescue and think it is important to repost it in it’s entirety. If you care about animals, then read this and take action.

“Dear friends,

Tonight we write to you for a very important matter. This wednesday the AG committee members will be voting on a bill presented by the ASPCA (BILL # A05449A). Unlike what you may think, this bill is not to protect NY homeless animals but all the opposite, this bill looks to grant shelters the legal authority to refuse rescue groups for arbitrary reasons and to eliminate the holding period for any animal that enters the shelters.

Many of you know closely the work we do and how hard we fight daily to make NYC a NO Kill City. Many of you have rescued animals from us, animals that once were on a shelter kill list and if it wasn’t for the right rescue groups have to pull them they would not be alive today.

Please take a moment to read the bill. If you agree with us, that all animals deserve the right to at least be tested before being given a death sentence YOU MUST email all members of the AG committee (emails listed below) YOU MUST call their office numbers (listed below) and voice your opinion, it is the least we can do for the animals we love so much.

Sadly, this bill is expected to pass unless public opinion puts enough pressure for the assemblymen voting to stop it. Let’s appeal to the humanity on these people.
As new yorkers we can not allow this bill to pass. We are already behind other cities when it comes to animals rights. This bill will hurt and block all efforts rescue groups make daily to make NYC NO KILL.

This bill is a slap in the face to all of us who work day and night to save animals, is an insult to everyone who has ever rescued and loved an animal. This bill was presented by the ASPCA out of spite after Oreo’s law passed and publicly showed the ineffective and inhumane policies the ASPCA operates under.

We have one day to make ourselves heard. We can do this.
Please take action and encourage everyone you know to participate. The only way to stop this bill is by putting enough pressure on the politicians voting

Here is a link to a page that has a sample letter you can use and where you can learn more about the bill.

Here is the link to Assembly Member Amy Paulin who is Sponsoring this bill. Please visit her page and let her know your thoughts on this matter.

We thank you for your help.

Rob, Bea and the entire team at Dog Habitat Rescue.

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Telephone numbers for AG Committee members:

William Magee, Chairman Agriculture Committee 518-455-4807
George Amedore 518-455-5197
Michael Benedetto 518-455-5296
Ken Blankenbush 518-455-5797
Harry Bronson 518-455-4527
Marc Butler 518-455-5393
Clifford Crouch 518-455-5741
Gary Finch 518-455-5878
Aileen Gunther 518-455-5355
Stephen Hawley 518-455-5811
Barbara Lifton 518-455-5444
Peter Lopez 518-455-5363
Alan Maisel 518-455-5211
Margaret Markey 518-455-4755
John McEneny 518-455-4178
Francisco Moya 518-455-4567
Bob Reilly 518-455-5931
José Rivera 518-455-5414
Peter Rivera 518-455-5102
Linda Rosenthal 518-455-5802
Addie Russell 518-455-5545
Michael Simanowitz 518-455-4404

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Normally I must stay away from all animal rescue organizations (psychiatrist’s orders) because I am such a teary eye mess that I want to take them all. I have a tendency to hoard the lost and injured and have rescued squirrels, doves, sea gulls, one eyed cats, raccoons, three legged dogs, etc.
One of my goals for Greenpointers is that it can serve as an online haven for rescue groups to help with pet adoptions and lost and found.
I tried very hard to look away but after hearing Dexter’s story then seeing him in a handsome bomber jacket, I couldn’t help it and fell in love!
Bea, from Dog Habitat, rescued him from a shelter. He was malnourished and underweight but she saw a super personality in a little dog body. It became their job to fatten him up (doctor’s orders) which wasn’t hard because he loves hamburgers!
Sadly, after a few visits to the vet’s office they found that Dexter has thyroid cancer. Fortunately it is not causing him any pain and he is receiving a natural form of chemotherapy. And if they succeed at making him chubby enough, they may be able to remove it.
Regardless of his prognosis, the Dog Habitat family is dedicated to keeping Dexter comfortable and happy for as long as he lives.
You can help! Dexter loves dogs and people and you can go visit him at District Dog where he hangs out with Bea and greets customers.
You can also make a donation towards Dexter’s care here.
To read more about Dexter, click here.

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Poker Unleashed: 5.23.11

Poker Unleashed has their next game date set at Veronica People’s Club, so if you’re looking to brush up your skills, get registered ASAP!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the last game – we raised nearly $500 for Dog Habitat! We hope you can join us for the next Poker Unleashed to help fundraise for Dog Habitat, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and ultimately placing dogs in the right, loving homes.

The Deal:
– 20 to 30 person Texas Holdem tournament
– Start with 3000 in chips, re-buys for 1 hour
– $100 buy-in ($25 donated to Dog Habitat)
– Top 3 in the money

7:30pm Registration
8:00pm Shuffle Up and Deal

You must RSVP to [email protected] for a guaranteed seat and confirmation to the game.

Monday, May 23, 2011
Poker Unleashed at Veronica People’s Club
105 Franklin Street

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Brooklyn Howls

Come to Brooklyn Howls for our spring fling to benefit Dog Habitat Rescue May 22 at Glasslands in Williamsburg. Bands, booze and burlesque will give you good reasons to howl all night long. Every penny goes to saving lives… that makes it even more fun.

Free Drink with Ticket Purchased in Advance
Sunday May 22, 2011 – Doors Open at 6pm
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Ave

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