Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
(516) 785-5220

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Come visit the many pets available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. We are open for Adoptions Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adoptions are closed on Mondays. The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Come tour the Animal Shelter and bring the abiding love of a pet into your home! All pets are adopted at your own risk, and we do advise you to have your newly adopted pet examined by your veterinarian. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, will receive all required innoculations and will be microchipped, all free of charge.

Animal Control Officers respond to over 6,000 requests for service, including 500 night emergency calls, every year. We strive to maintain a clean and healthy facility for the humane care and housing of stray and abandoned dogs & cats, and to find a new home for each of our animals that are deemed suitable pets. The shelter operates under Section 1, Chapter 152 of the Code of the Town of Hempstead.

Adoption Fee - Dogs: $85.00
Adoption Fee - Cats: $75.00
Adoption fees include Spay/Neuter, all required vaccinations including Rabies vaccine and pet microchipping.

All dogs and cats adopted from our shelter will be chipped free of charge before leaving the shelter. Pets that already have a loving home can be microchipped for a $25 fee (cash or check only). No appointment is necessary, but we recommend that you call ahead for availability. Call our Animal Shelter staff at (516) 785-5220 for further details.

Pet microchips, as small as a grain of rice, contain a unique registration identification number associated with your pet. If your “chipped” dog or cat ever gets loose and is brought to any shelter nationwide, your pet can be scanned for your contact information, helping to quickly reunite you with your furry family member.

Among the services provided by the shelter is the Humane Education Program, which is geared towards primary and secondary school age children and focuses on proper animal care and responsible pet ownership. Chanel and Brandi, our two lovely Pomeranians, and Dino, a Poodle Mix Breed, frequently participate in programs offered by the Animal Shelter. In addition, Pet Therapy visits to nursing homes and other health related facilities are provided as well as a "hands-on" anti-bite program training for U.S. Postal Service carriers. To schedule a Humane Education program or tour for your school, scouting, church or civic organization, please e-mail call (516)785-5220 ext 4619.

Feral cats (non-pet felines, living in outdoor environment) have reached epidemic numbers on Long Island. Feral cats that are not spayed or neutered may wander from place to place throughout our region, resulting in pockets of feral cat overpopulation. In an effort to mitigate the overpopulation of feral cats in our area, Hempstead Town is offering free spaying or neutering of feral cats in our area. Grants from PetSmart Charities and the PETCO Foundation further support the town's Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) program for feral cats. Spay/neuter surgeries are conducted at the Animal Shelter as well as at one local animal hospital. Appointments at BOTH locations must be made in advance by calling the Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220, extension 4630, or e-mailing Town residents may bring in up to five (5) feral cats for free spay/neuter at each visit. Surgeries are scheduled at the Animal Shelter on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, by appointment only. To complement its efforts to mitigate feral cat overpopulation, the town has contracted with Hilton Animal Hospital in Lynbrook (surgeries scheduled Monday through Thursday) to offer a number of spay/neuter surgeries each week. For TNR appointments scheduled at the Animal Shelter in Wantagh, residents are asked to drop off cats as follows: Mondays- For next day surgeries- between 2 PM and 5 PM Tuesdays- For same day surgeries- between 7:30 AM and 9 AM For next day surgeries- Between 2 PM and 6 PM No cats will be taken in between the hours of 9 AM and 2 PM. Wednesdays- For same day surgeries- Between 7:30 AM and 9 AM For next day surgeries- Between 2 PM and 6 PM No cats will be taken in between the hours of 9 AM and 2 PM. Thursdays- Cats may only be dropped off for surgeries between 7:30 AM and 9 AM. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - NO drop offs are permitted until Monday afternoon for Tuesday surgeries. For TNR appointments scheduled at the Hilton Animal Hospital, check in is between 9 AM and 10 AM on the day of surgery. Cats must be kept outside during check in. For the safety of all participants, each feral cat must be brought in its own trap. No other carriers are accepted. Trap rentals are available at the shelter with a $80.00 CASH deposit. Trap deposits will be refunded when traps are returned in the same condition as when they were rented. Feral cats may be tested for FELV/FIV (Feline AIDS and Leukemia) for an additional $25.00 CASH payment required at the time of intake. Feral cats will receive Rabies and Distemper vaccines, flea control and ear tipping. Spayed/Neutered cats may be picked up in the afternoon, the same day as the surgery. Spayed/neutered feral cats should be transported back to the release site after the appropriate recovery time. Space is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of residency must be provided.

Foster Program:
The Foster Volunteer Program helps animals that are orphaned, need socialization, or are having trouble adapting to the stressful surroundings of kennel life. Whether it is a kitten that needs to be bottle fed, or an adult dog or cat that needs extra TLC to learn to love and trust again, foster volunteers help make our homeless animals more adoptable. The purpose of the fostering program is to provide a home environment, as well as the opportunity to evaluate the animals behavior around other dogs, cats, and children. The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter provides the foster home with training, food, supplies and medical care during the animalís stay in foster care.

Volunteer Program:
If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, please call Dolores Stormo at (516) 785-5220 or email Foster volunteer applications are available below. Volunteering at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter will make life brighter for the pets in our care and better for the people and animals in our community. The first step to become a volunteer at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is to complete a volunteer application. Upon completion of the volunteer application, candidates will be scheduled for a one-on-one interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. In the interview we will have an opportunity to discuss personal goals and to determine the most suitable volunteer assignment. Volunteer applicants will be invited to the next orientation on a first come, first served basis and based on the organization's needs. Orientations will be scheduled on a monthly basis. The orientation will include an overview of services, programs and events at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Once accepted into the Town of Hempstead Volunteer Program, new volunteers will be assigned to a mentor who will train and assist you with volunteer and shelter protocols. All new volunteers must sign the Volunteer Agreement and Code of Conduct and agree to a background check. Volunteers make their own schedule and must commit to a minimum of two hours per week. If you are interested in volunteering at our shelter, please complete the application below and submit to: Volunteer Program, Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, NY 11793.

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
Phone: (516) 785-5220

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