Town Animal Shelter Waiving Adoption Fees, Providing Low-Cost Rabies Vaccines During Annual Pet Fair and Rabies Clinic

What’s better than taking home a lovable cat or dog to call your own? Well, adopting one at absolutely no charge!

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Wantagh will host its annual Pet Adoption Fair and Rabies Clinic. During the event, residents adopting a new pet will enjoy the benefit of fees being waived for adoptions, rabies vaccinations, spaying/neutering and microchipping. What’s more, the Animal Shelter will partner with the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association to provide low-cost rabies vaccinations for pets that already have a home (free rabies shots, spaying/neutering and microchipping applies to pets adopted at October 6 event). This event will be held at the Animal Shelter, located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh.

“We at the Animal Shelter are proud to once again host the annual Pet Adoption Fair and Rabies Clinic in conjunction with the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association,” said Shelter Director Cindy Iacopella. “We encourage all residents to come adopt a new furry pal while adoption fees are waived or bring their existing pet to have it vaccinated against rabies.”

The shelter strongly urges that all residents have their pets vaccinated, as rabies is easily transferable among animals and, in many cases, can be fatal. For the nominal fee of $10, your pet can be vaccinated against rabies, courtesy of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. All residents seeking to have their pets vaccinated must register in advance by calling the shelter at (516) 785-5220 (limit: three pets per family).

The town will also be providing dog licensing services. Licenses are $10 for a spayed/neutered pet (must provide spay/neuter certificate); $18 for a non-spayed/non-neutered pet.

Further, pet microchipping will also be available for a modest fee of $25.

 All payments at this event must be made in CASH ONLY. All dogs must be on leashes; cats in pet carriers.

For more information about the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s annual Pet Adoption Fair and Rabies Clinic, call the shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit