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Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Program

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 3320 Beltagh Ave Wantagh NY 11793  See map

Adopt a cuddly cat or dog for FREE during the Town of Hempstead's "Home for the Holidays" pet adoption program. Our shelter will waive all pet adoption fees, and will include free rabies vaccinations, free microchipping and free spaying or neutering services. Our generous sponsors, Iams, Manetto Hill Animal Hospital of Plainview and JoMar Grooming of Floral Park, are providing a special gift for all adopted pets. Stop by and see the loving cats and dogs that are eager to spend the holidays and the rest of their lives with you.

Cassandra November 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Your ignorance concerning pit bulls is astounding. Attitudes like yours are part of the problem.
Ted David November 22, 2011 at 11:14 PM
As usual people are off topic and awash in misconceptions, half truths and incorrect information. Pit bulls are not any more naturally violent than any other animal. They are TRAINED to be that way by PEOPLE. The animals at the Shelter include puppies of all breeds and mixes, kittens and cats and older animals. I just spent the day taking pictures of cats at the Animal Lover's League shelter in Glen Cove. These animals were seized in yet another hoarding case, this time at the Sands Point Preserve These cats need homes. We also have dogs, including one of the sweetest pit bulls I have ever seen, and they all need homes. Again, I am not sure this is the best time of year to bring a new animal into a home setting but let's avoid hyperbole, stereotyping and worse. There are many who say they the TOH Animal Shelter is poorly run. I think that has been made clear over the years. That reportedly is being dealt with by the Town. In the meantime, one thing is certain, these animals need homes or they will be put down. NO KILL shelters are the preferred place for strays.
Joe November 23, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Cassandra, tell that to the women mauled in Merrick from two pit bulls, I'm sure she'll agree they are nice as a Labrador Retriever! I realize there are some nice adoptable dogs at the shelter, unfortunately there are breeds in there that require extra care in raising, not just gift giving.
Strug Lynn November 23, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Agreed Joe! I have said it many times. Until the Legislature and the police crack down on dog fighting the pounds will remain full of these dogs. We need to go to the source of the problem and start there instead of constantly punishing the dogs who are the ones to suffer. Stop the dog fighters and you will see a huge decrease in scarred and damaged dogs who end up in these shelters, many of which are unsuitable for rehoming.
paul November 23, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Bottom line. If you do not know where or how it was trained PUT THE PITS TO SLEEP! That is the only answer. Enough of this nonsense already..
Laurie Lat November 28, 2011 at 02:10 PM
@Paul, those dogs are trained that way. Its not fair to the dog, put the dog fighters to sleep! They keep breeding these dogs and then these jerks give away pets for free. what a great way to get animals for bait or to sell to research. Bring back the volunteers so these animals can get real homes. For $7 million dollars that "shelter" should be gorgeous, not a place that these workers can get their 6 figure salaries and not care about the animals at all. I know this first hand, I was treated awful by them and all i wanted was to take one of their dogs that was on the kill list (when all he needed was a good bath and good food.)
Kim December 08, 2011 at 05:42 AM
The town has done nothing but put another do-nothing-good-for-the-animals person in charge. This shelter needs to be audited by the town to try to find where the missing 3 million dollars went. Not from saving all those animals since they think nothing of killing them.
Catherine Mary December 08, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Who says $3 million is missing? I have not heard that anywhere before.
Laurie Lat December 08, 2011 at 02:01 PM
@Catherine. Does that "shelter" look like it has a $7 million dollar budget? It's a dump. Hell, they can't even have heat and hot water. Think about it. Go visit it some day. Wear mittens.
bonnie zarrillo December 08, 2011 at 02:48 PM
when you take out salaries, the cost of facility up keep, car & truck maintence you may be left with 1 million i n operation costs, Do you have any idea what the nyc oreration cost for the EPA is, 7 mil is peanuts in the overall scheme of things.
Catherine Mary December 08, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Oh, so it is just an unfounded accusation based on assumption? Thanks for the clarification. I will go by and see for myself if they have heat before the end of the week.
Laurie Lat December 08, 2011 at 03:19 PM
@Catherine. I am not assuming anything. There was NO heat or hot water. @Bonnie, most of the money goes in the pockets of the workers who do nothing to help adopt out the animals.
Val December 09, 2011 at 04:31 AM
Bonnie, where did you get those budget numbers?  Did you just make them up?  In 2010, TOHAS had an annual budget of $7.1 million, and only accepted 3,498 animals.  By comparison, the underfunded NYCACC, also operating on a $7.1 million budget, accepted 38,000 animals last year.  (See M. Hodkin 3/17/11 - http://news.change.org/authors/michelle-hodkin)
Catherine Mary December 09, 2011 at 02:47 PM
NYCACC has three large facilities. Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. I find it hard to belive that all three are run under that budget. I have also taken dogs out of those shelters. They as good a job as possible there, dogs go out spayed/neutered with microchips and all shots. Sick dogs that they feel are adoptable get vet care for health issues. They work with rescues very well. In fact there is a thing called the Mayor's Alliance that paid a stipend to rescues to take animals. HOWEVER, they still put a large number of the animals they get down. They only keep them for a few days beforehand, I would say maybe less than half the time that TOHAS gives them. So their cost per animal might be much less on average. I wonder how many of the 38,000 were put down...
Catherine Mary December 09, 2011 at 02:48 PM
When and for how long was there no heat and no hot water Laurie? If you are going to keep beating the same drum give us the details.
Laurie Lat December 09, 2011 at 03:18 PM
when i went to the town hall meeting last month, there was still no heat, I believe from sometime in the beginning of Nov. I called and they lied to me and said it was fixed. they lie alot. they kill alot too. not a nice place. i will be there tomorrow to check things out. i hope i see improvement, i really do for the animals sake. I really want things to get better.
Val December 09, 2011 at 04:18 PM
I find it incredible that in 2010. TOHAS had 29 employees, 9 of whom earned over $100,000 per year. The payroll budget for those 29 employees was about $3.4 million. At the same time, the TOHAS animals has no better conditions than the NYCACC animals. It cannot be justified. Comparing TOHAS budget to other L.I. shelters shows the same financial disparity. Here is a link to a chart that appeared in Newsday: http://longisland.newsday.com/templates/simpleDB/?pid=172
bonnie zarrillo December 09, 2011 at 04:25 PM
The Hempstead Shelter has had work crews for the past 6 weeks updating the heating system. New vents,, roof, heating units ect ect. it wll be hopefully finished soon. The animals are backed up with the portable systems, please if you don't go there stop lying about the conditions. The shelter is not freezing, hot water is avalable just not in the rest rooms , so stop the lies and come down to the adoption event and help out, we could use help, not trash talking
Joe December 09, 2011 at 05:10 PM
If you read a previous poster’s comments, they were using portable heaters, so I guess yes the main system is being worked on. Really Laurie you need another hobby, you passion has become an obsession.
Laurie Lat December 09, 2011 at 05:14 PM
@ Joe. Don't worry about me, i have a full life. I don't like abuse. If you want your tax dollars to be spend like they are, that's up to you. Personally i want some of that $7 million dollars spend on trying to find homes for our homeless animals. Thanks for your concern. Maybe you should do some research. See ya on Saturday.
Joe December 09, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Can't make it Saturday, I actually volunteer for the ASPCA in NYC on the weekends. Thankfully no whiners in there!
Laurie Lat December 09, 2011 at 05:27 PM
That is wonderful Joe. Hope lots of animals get homes!
bonnie zarrillo December 09, 2011 at 09:04 PM
the system is being worked on , come by and see , and the animals are not cold, so lets get some more handlers in there, for extra loving and compassion , and lets agree to disagree and get to helpful solutions on hand, its not that hard its christmas, how come the additional volunteers and their good work never get mentioned, or the happy people leaving with dogs and cats, kittens? come down its a really nice place to volunteer.
Catherine Mary December 13, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Bonnie, will they accept donations of blankets from the public?
Laurie Lat December 13, 2011 at 02:43 PM
I would like to know where all the cats are. There were very few there.
bonnie zarrillo December 13, 2011 at 06:18 PM
there are so many special cases of animals that need a forever home, and have been at the shelter for over a year, it will take an extra special person to adopt them but we are all hoping. Morris a senior shepherd mix that would never walk upright he now enjoys long stolls along the stream near the shelter, we continue to walk but i know he would love to have a forever home for the holidays. Also there is a beautiful black and white cat that needs to wear a neck brace because of deep deep wounds as he was tied to a tree outside ,before animal control rescued him thanks to cross posting the energenic german sch. and beautiful schnuzer got forever homes remember a special adoption event takes place this weekend , so if you were considering to have your family grow by one member please come by, My new addition francis (10 year old senior) and my cats are all doing well together. And was so glad he is part of out family, and he is the best gift who sits under the tree. Yes, blankets are a great gift for the shelter. Come by on saturday and enjoy the events even if you can't adopt
bonnie zarrillo December 13, 2011 at 06:24 PM
yes , and its a great gift to bring to the shelter, most volunteers bring blankets and towels weekly, so extras are always needed, sometimes i take home extra large comforters and cut a sew them in half so two dogs can make use of them , every one always has extra linens, and a donation at this time of year would be well appreciated
Catherine Mary December 14, 2011 at 03:36 PM
I stopped by the shelter yesterday and dropped off five bags of blankets. The heating system was running fine, although when the doors to the outdoor runs are runs are open it is still chilly. But several of the dogs were sleeping outside instead of inside on the beds provided, so I guess they are comfortable out there. I went through two kennels, and saw only four dogs who were not pitbulls or pitbull mixes. There were two german shepards and two huskies. There were a few dogs in crates in the hallway, including one older beagle and one senior schnauzer. The animals that are usually housed in the first kennel which includes young dogs and some cats are currently over at the Last Hope facility due to expansion/ construction at the shelter. Everything looked to be in good order to me, with visible and helpful staff there. There is also a separate rooms for cats, with a few in cages in the hallway also. Regardless of whatever had been going on before everything looked good yesterday. Is it a high end doggie day care? No, it's not, but as far as shelters go, it seems OK now.
Joe December 14, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Nice to hear, kinda like a civilian watchdog group, pardon the pun.
carla massaro December 15, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I agree with Ted that anyone who adopts should definitely think it through. However, when you consider the fact that every Thursday (I believe) numerous animals are GASSED TO DEATH - isn't it better to give them a chance at life no matter how small it may be. Death is permanent.

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