Meet Phyllis!

Queens Person Of The Week: Middle Villager Opens Her Home To Neglected Animals (VIDEO from

NY1 VIDEO: It’s a dog’s world here at Phyllis Taiano’s house in Middle Village, as the latest Queens Person of the Week started her own non-profit rescue group, Four Paws Sake, 15 years ago and she now lives with nine furry four-legged friends.

Phyllis has helped reunite two dogs in Sunnyside in just the past 2 weeks!


Please Help Precious find a home!!

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Precious is a gorgeous, healthy, 3 year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix. She has sparkling blue-gray eyes and comes in at a petite 40 pounds.

Precious bonds hard and fast with her people and loves nothing more than to curl up “cinnamon bun” style at the foot of the bed or to drape herself over her foster parents’ laps while they’re sitting on the couch. She is protective of the home (will sound a warning bark if she hears someone at the door), but extremely friendly with other dogs, tots, and adults she meets on her walks.

Precious has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time – she’s gone from having virtually no leash manners to walking nicely on a lead using a harness, and she’s already mastered “come,” “sit,” “down,” “up,” and “off” (the furniture). She’s very intelligent, if easily distracted, and is highly food-motivated, making her very easy to train.

She’s great when her foster people go to work, and stays quietly and waits for them to come home – it makes her great as an apartment dog also for people who work all day!
Precious is housetrained, spayed, UTD on her shots, and microchipped.

If you’d like to meet her, please, email Linda at for an application!
Thank you!

Animal Control Debuts 311-Style Phone Service

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Animal Control Debuts 311-Style Phone Service for Pet Owners

NEW YORK — New York’s furry friends have their own city help line.

Animal Care & Control announced the debut of a new 311-like program for pets and other animals in the city Monday morning, complete with a new hotline and redesigned website to help animal lovers navigate services ranging from pet adoptions to house training tips.

“We want to make it easier for the community to better understand our services so that together, we can better serve the animals of New York City,” said Julie Bank, executive director at AC&C, in a release about the newly polished program.

“Improving how we communicate and share information with the public is one of our priorities.”

The new service includes information about what to do with sick or injured animals, or what to do when you find a stray. The information is offered in Spanish and English.

The phone line also recommends what to do for lost pets, and offers tips on housetraining, behavior and medical concerns.

“The AC&C mission is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of people and pets in New York City,” an automated voice says on the phone service.

The NYC 311 website also links to the new Animal Care & Control website to give news and information about pet adoptions, foster programs, partner organizations, and educational resources.

The program is funded by both the city and private donations.

The new phone system and direct phone number for AC&C is (212) 788-4000.


Guinness RIP 1999-2012

It’s a very sad day in Sunnyside.

One of the ORIGINAL SUDS Dogs, Guinness, passed away this weekend.

Guinness was the first SUDS dog I ever met. My first night @ the park w/ my dog I marveled @ the focused fetch/retrieve skills of this big black dog. I, secretly, hoped my own dog would acquire this same expertise, but there was only *1* Guinness. He was a sweet dog that went after a ball with 110% every time. He’d jump, catch fly balls (which most dogs can’t do very well) and will forever be a Founding Dog in SUDS.

My condolences to his owners, Jen and Eric, both great people and now residing in Vermont.

Rest in Peace Guinness and thanks for welcoming me into SUDS back in 2003.



Please see Jen’s message below.

It’s with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to Guinness today at the age of 12 1/2.  Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, retired to Vermont, Guinness was ball obsessed, accident prone, smart as hell, and the best dog anyone could ask for.  Please raise a pint (or six) of Guinness tonight in his honor as we will miss him terribly.

-Jen & Eric