Murray and Santino Announce Pet Adoption Fees Waived

As the song adage goes, “For the holidays, you can’t beat home sweet home.” And Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney are reminding residents that you can’t beat the deal the Town of Hempstead is offering to prospective adopters of lovable cats and dogs at the Town Animal Shelter who are looking for that home sweet home. They have announced that all the town’s pet adoption fees are being waived from November 21st until January 3, 2016 for the town’s annual “Home for the Holidays” pet adoption program.


“There’s no place like home for the holidays, and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter has many beautiful dogs and cats looking for a loving family to adopt them into their lives,” said Supervisor Murray.


During “Home for the Holidays” program the town is waiving fees on adoptions. Additionally, there will be no charge for a host of inoculations and services for adopted pets. Those services include spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations, microchipping and, for cats, testing for feline AIDS/leukemia. What’s more, the town has partnered with three local sponsors, Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville, Dog Grooming by Rachel in Bellmore and Fido Fitness Club in Woodmere all of which will be providing free gifts for each pet adopted from the town shelter during the Home for the Holidays program.


“We thank Island Trees Veterinary Hospital, Dog Grooming by Rachel and Fido Fitness Club for providing even more of an incentive for residents to come to the town shelter in order to add to their family during this holiday season,” said Senior Councilman Santino.


Neighbors can get a head start on the adoption process by visiting the Animal Shelter’s website at, where they can view cats and dogs that are currently up for adoption.


“There are so many beautiful, adoptable pets available at the shelter. I hope that if your family is considering bringing a new dog or cat into your home during this festive time, you consider adopting before shopping,” added Councilwoman King Sweeney.


The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. Adoption hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call the shelter at (516) 785-5220.


“We encourage neighbors to visit the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, and find the newest member of their family to bring ‘home for the holidays,’” concluded Murray. “During this season of giving, and with all fees waived, there’s no better time to adopt a new furry friend!


Visit the Town of Hempstead website