There are thousands of dogs, cats and other animals of all ages without a home in New York — and many of them are located in your area. For those looking to adopt, a great place to begin the search for an adorable new friend is at Smithtown Animal Shelter, where Squints the cat is waiting patiently, or another local shelter. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed.

  Here at Patch, with a little help from our friends at Petfinder, we put together a list each week of all the pets recently put up for adoption in your area. If you’re a dog person, you might like Mega, an English Bulldog up for adoption. Or if cats are more your thing, there are several great cats available, too. Click on any listing for more information, or to start the adoption process.