Animal Shelter Recognized by Humane Society of U.S. for Care of Cats and Dogs After Hurricane Sandy; Town Waives Adoption Fees from December 1st to January 19th to Find Homes for Orphaned Animals

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has recognized the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for its tireless efforts in conducting search-and-rescue missions and caring for stray animals and pets immediately following Hurricane Sandy. Town Animal Shelter staff worked closely with the HSUS in braving treacherous conditions and flooded roadways to help many residents who, beyond the loss of their homes and personal belongings, were left without food, water, supplies and shelter for their four-legged companions. The work of the Shelter will be highlighted during The Humane Society of the United States’ 2012 Gala in New York City on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

“I am very proud of our entire staff at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, as they are receiving the recognition they so rightfully deserve,” said Shelter Director Cynthia Iacopella. “It is very much an honor for us to be recognized by the Humane Society of the United States.”

“The Town of Hempstead was eager to work alongside the Humane Society of the United States to conduct search-and-rescue missions of animals, as well as providing needed pet supplies to homeowners in the aftermath of this powerful hurricane,” stated Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “I would like to commend our Animal Shelter employees for their unwavering dedication to caring for the many cats and dogs in need throughout the township.”

From October 28th to December 5th, nearly 400 animals entered the town Animal Shelter, many of them strays that the shelter rescued from the streets or pets surrendered by owners who were displaced from their homes after Hurricane Sandy. The shelter also helped homeowners and their pets; thanks to generous donations from across the country, the town Animal Shelter was able to distribute a surplus of cat and dog food, water and other pet supplies to residents in hard-hit areas such as Oceanside, Baldwin, Bellmore, Merrick, Wantagh, Seaford, Island Park, Barnum Island, Harbor Isle and East Rockaway.

“During Hurricane Sandy, The Humane Society of the United States partnered with the Town of Hempstead’s Shelter to conduct search-and-rescue operations in Nassau County’s most devastated areas,” said Brian Shapiro, New York State Director of The Humane Society of the United States. “The Shelter staff’s commitment and professionalism was an essential part of our successful operation, which saved the lives of dozens of companion animals affected by the storm.”

To help find loving homes for newly orphaned animals, in addition to those cats and dogs already living at the Shelter, the town Animal Shelter will be waiving all adoption fees from December 1, 2012 through January 19, 2013 as part of the town’s Orphans of the Storm Pet Adoption Program. Fees on adoptions, spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations and microchipping are all waived during this time.