Animal Shelter Working to Find Homes for Pets Displaced by Hurricane Sandy; All Adoption Fees Waived from Dec. 1 to Jan. 19

As the Town of Hempstead continues to help neighbors recover and rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the town Animal Shelter is working hard to assist the many dogs and cats that have entered the shelter as a result of their owners being displaced.

From December 1, 2012 through January 19, 2013, the town Animal Shelter will be waiving all adoption fees for pets, as part of the town’s Orphans of the Storm Pet Adoption Program. All residents adopting a dog or cat during this period can also have it spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies and microchipped, all free of charge. In addition to animals orphaned by the storm, all furry friends are available for adoption at no charge during the December 1st to January 19th period.

“So many of these animals were living in the homes of loving families until Hurricane Sandy hit our township, destroying homes and forcing some residents to relocate,” said Shelter Director Cynthia Iacopella. “These loveable cats and dogs, given the opportunity, will be excellent pets for neighbors who choose to adopt during the Town of Hempstead’s Orphans of the Storm Pet Adoption Program.”

The Town of Hempstead would like to thank Manetto Hill Animal Hospital, Jo-Mar Grooming & Boarding, and the Dog Obedience Club of South Nassau for providing free-services coupons to each resident who adopts a town shelter dog or cat from December 1, 2012 to January 19, 2013.

What’s more, the town Animal Shelter will be hosting a Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents, and their pets, of course, can come take free photos with Santa. There will also be raffles and baked goods for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Tails of Hope Fund, which helps to fund extraordinary surgeries for animals. And yes, all adoption fees are waived on this date.

The Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information about the Orphans of the Storm Pet Adoption Program, please call the shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit

“The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is doing everything possible to help these wonderful animals find loving homes where tails can wag once again,” concluded Iacopella. “As the holiday season approaches, we urge all residents to visit the Animal Shelter and adopt a dog or cat that will be a faithful companion throughout its life – after all, there’s no place like home for the holidays.”