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‘Pet’ The Stress Away: Taxpayers Get 1st Ever Pet Therapy While Paying Taxes

There’s no denying it: paying taxes can be rather stressful. Luckily, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and some avid animal advocates, have invited the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter to bring some furry friends to the Receiver of Taxes Office in order to help taxpayers pet the stress away. During the last three days of the collection period, beginning Wednesday, August 8th, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter will be visiting the tax office along with some eager cats and dogs with enough love to go around. What’s more, taxpayers can bring home a little “tax dividend” by adopting a cuddly dog or cat.

 

“It’s a running joke that whenever I’m introduced as the Receiver of Taxes, everyone boos,” said Clavin. “It’s all in good humor, but it just reinforces the fact that taxes are all work and no fun. Well, I’ve enlisted the aid of some loveable animals to make my office a more exciting, fun-filled place to pay your taxes. And, you can make the fun never-ending by adopting a cat or dog while paying your taxes.”

 

This is the first ever pet therapy program to be held in a tax office. Interaction with an endearing animal has been linked to lower stress. According to the National Center for Biotechnical Information, contact with pets can counteract everyday stress and anxiety by lowering stress hormones and heart rate. What’s more, the National Institute of Mental Health states one of the best ways to deal with stress is to spend some quality time with a kitten or a puppy.

 

“The best part about this idea is that it promotes the practice of adopting a pet instead of shopping for a pet,” commented Clavin. “We receive an abundance of taxpayers who prefer to pay their taxes in person at the last minute. By showcasing our beloved animal shelter pets, we’re putting our ‘best paw forward’ and garnering interest in visiting the shelter.”

 

Hempstead Town Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, will be microchipped and will receive all required inoculations free of charge. Located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, the shelter is open from 9am to 5pm on Sunday and Monday, 9am to 8pm on Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information regarding the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, please call the shelter at (516)785-5220.

 

“Playing with a cat or a dog is a great way to reduce the stress that can be associated with paying your taxes,” said Goosby. “I’m proud to support this program that benefits not only our residents, but also the rescued cats and dogs of the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter.”

 

“This pet therapy initiative makes the tax office a more enjoyable place to visit as well as showcasing some adoptable, loving animals. Remember to adopt, not shop when looking for a furry friend of your own,” said D’Esposito.

 

When paying your taxes, be sure to pick up a “Pet Fire Rescue Sticker” courtesy of Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin. A Pet Fire Rescue Sticker is a waterproof decal that details the amount of pets living in a household. The stickers can be placed on the front door of a residence to inform first-responders as to the number of pets in the household in case of emergency.

 

“I want to thank the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter for bringing a few furry friends on over to the tax office to help reduce some tax-related stress,” said Clavin. “I look forward to inviting some of the shelter’s furry family to future collections and am confident that this exposure will lead to more rescue animals finding forever homes.”

 

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Oct 7: Low-Cost Rabies Vaccinations, Free Pet Adoptions

Town Animal Shelter, L.I. Veterinary Medical Association Team Up to Provide Low-Cost Rabies Vaccinations, Free Pet Adoptions; All Residents Invited to Shelter’s Fall Festival Event on October 7th

 

It’s not every day that residents can get a $10 rabies vaccination for their pet … in fact, it’s only one day out of the year! Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is inviting all pet-owning residents to visit the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter on Saturday, October 7th from 10AM to 4PM for the shelter’s annual Rabies Clinic and Pet Fair. Rabies vaccinations are just $10, and are being provided in partnership with the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association.

 

The Rabies Clinic will be taking place in conjunction with the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter Fall Festival, which will include Fall- and Halloween-themed fun, games and activities for the whole family. Residents, especially children, will enjoy pumpkin carving, face painting, arts and crafts, raffles, great food and drinks, candy and much more.

 

All pet adoption fees are being waived during this event.

 

“It’s no ‘trick’ … the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter will be providing great “treats,” for local residents, including free pet adoptions, $10 rabies vaccinations for pets and fun for all during this community event,” stated Supervisor Santino. “The town also thanks the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association for its continued dedication to this annual event, providing low-cost shots for local pets.”

 

Rabies vaccinations will be administered by the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, and the fee is $10 (CASH ONLY). Limit is three pets per household. Dogs must be leashed, cats placed in carriers. All residents must pre-register their pet by calling the shelter at (516) 785-5220. In order to receive a vaccination, dogs must be licensed and proof must be provided. If residents need to purchase a license for their dog, the price is $10 for spayed/neutered canines, and $18 for non-spayed/neutered.

 

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.

 

Residents looking to adopt a new pet on October 7th will not pay for adoptions, spaying/neutering, vaccinations or microchipping ($10 rabies vaccination only applies to pets that already have homes, not dogs or cats adopted on October 7th). Shelter staff will be on hand to assist prospective adopters, and neighbors can also visit toh.li/animal-shelter to browse photos and information about cats and dogs available for adoption, or contact the shelter at (516) 785-5220.

 

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, please contact (516) 785-5220.

 

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Town Animal Shelter to Waive All Adoption Fees for ‘Don’t Bully My Breed’ Event

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is inviting all residents to attend the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s biggest event of the year, “Don’t Bully My Breed,” on Saturday, May 6th from 11AM to 3PM at the shelter. This program is dedicated to educating the public on common misconceptions about pit bulls, which comprise a majority of the shelter population, and all adoption fees will be waived to help these loving canines find their forever homes. Best of all, all proceeds from this event will benefit the Tails of Hope Fund, which provides funding for emergency medical care and additional training for shelter animals.

 

“Don’t Bully My Breed” will feature adoptable pit bulls, guest speakers, music, raffles, a kids’ activity table, an opportunity to win a custom pet playhouse and even take hockey shots with former National Hockey League goaltender Gilles Villemure. Many residents will recall the recent story of how the Town of Hempstead rescued 45 dogs from what local media outlets described as deplorable living conditions, and neighbors who adopted several of these pups will be speaking about their experiences in what it takes to rehabilitate a traumatized dog into a loyal and loving pet.

 

“The Town of Hempstead is committed to finding permanent homes for pit bulls and all other dogs and cats at our Animal Shelter,” stated Santino. “We encourage all residents to attend ‘Don’t Bully My Breed’ on May 6th to meet our shelter animals and learn more about the pit bull breed. Of course, with all fees waived on this date, there’s no better time to adopt!”

 

At the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter and on its Facebook page, staffers regularly provide specific details about an individual dog’s personality and behavior, and work with prospective adopters to pair them with the dog that best suits their family’s lifestyle. Shelter staff and volunteers will be on hand during this event to help residents meet and greet adoptable dogs.

 

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information about this event or general information, please call the Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit www.toh.li/animal-shelter.

 

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Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter Opens New Cattery

Facility Will Provide Added Space, Improved Quality of Life for Felines

 

The latest addition to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is quickly becoming the “cat’s meow.” Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced the opening of a brand new cattery, where shelter cats will have additional room to stretch their legs and socialize with both feline and human companions.

 

“We are very proud to open this new cattery at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter,” stated Santino. “We are confident that this new facility will enhance the quality of life for our shelter cats and, in the long run, increase their chances of being adopted.”

 

The new cattery is 10 feet by 22 feet, and includes cat trees, scratching posts, toys and windowsills with views of the outdoors. All cats have access to food, clean water and litterboxes.

 

The cattery will benefit felines that are not completely comfortable in an enclosed space, allowing them to experience an environment much like that of a future adopter’s home or apartment. In some cases, residents will be able to spend time in the cattery with a cat that they are interested in adopting (under the supervision of a shelter staff member).

 

The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, which earned a perfect score in a 2016 state inspection, employs a host of cat-friendly programs and services. The shelter has the largest, most comprehensive Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) Program on Long Island. Since the program began in December 2010, the shelter has spayed/neutered more than 12,800 cats. Residents interested in helping shelter cats can become foster volunteers, in which they would temporarily house a shelter cat or kitten to help provide care and acclimate the cat/kitten to living in a home.

 

“The Town of Hempstead is committed to providing the best possible environment for our feline population,” concluded Santino. “Of course, the ultimate goal is for our shelter’s cats and kittens to find permanent homes, and we encourage our residents to adopt from our shelter.”

 

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, call the Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit www.toh.li/animal-shelter.

 

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Town Animal Shelter Earns Top Marks in NYS Inspection

Santino Commends Hard Work of Staff, Volunteers

 

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced today that the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter has earned perfect grades during the most recent state inspection of the facility. The shelter graded “satisfactory,” the highest rating given in the report.

 

“The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is dedicated to providing an excellent environment for our dogs and cats, and ultimately finding them forever homes,” stated Supervisor Santino. “We are proud that New York State has given us the best possible review during its inspection.”

 

The Municipal Shelter Inspection Report, conducted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Animal Industry, cited that the town Animal Shelter is safe, clean, well-lit, well-ventilated and has adequate space available for all dogs.

 

“I would like to commend our town’s dedicated animal shelter staff and volunteers for their commitment and dedication to our shelter animals, and helping to keep our shelter in top-notch condition each and every day,” concluded Santino. “As always, we encourage residents to adopt, not shop, at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter when seeking a new furry friend to join the family.”

 

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Nov 22: Free Pet Adoption Event

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray invites you and your family to come down to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter on Saturday, November 22, 2014 for the town’s “Pitbulls & Pussycats” adoption event. What’s more, the shelter will feature a “Picture This” activity, whereby prospective pet adopters can have their photo taken with a shelter pet to determine if they can “picture” a new BFF (Best Furry Friend) as a member of their family.

 

“We encourage all residents to stop by and take photos with their own pet or a cuddly cat or dog that needs a home,” said Murray. “There’s no better time than the Thanksgiving season to give these pets a home!”

 

Adoptions are free during this event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the shelter. And, there’s no charge for spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations, microchipping and testing for feline AIDS/leukemia.

 

Residents will be given the chance to take a photo with their new BFF (Best Furry Friend) from the shelter or their current pet. Photos with BFF’s will take place from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.

 

During this event, adoptable dogs will be showing off their tricks during an agility presentation. Residents who are currently fostering a dog or cat will be talking about the benefits of fostering, and offering tips on how to help pets become more sociable. In addition, many neighbors who adopted from the Town Animal Shelter will bring their pets for the “alumni” segment, proving that shelter animals make great household pets. And, the shelter’s behaviorist will be providing one-on-one training demonstrations. Lastly, residents can enjoy some tasty holiday beverages, partake in raffles, and win some great prizes!

 

Before visiting the shelter, residents can check out information on adoptable pets online at www.toh.li/animal-shelter.

 

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.

 

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All Pet Adoption Fees Waived From Nov. 19th to Jan. 4th

Perry Como taught us long ago that “there’s no place like home for the holidays.” And, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray is reminding residents that the lovable cats and dogs at the Town Animal Shelter need families, too. Today, Murray joined Assemblyman Ed Ra and his wife, Laura, who recently adopted Carter, a 2-year-old miniature poodle from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, at their Garden City South home to announce that all the town’s pet adoption fees are being waived from now until January 4, 2015 for the town’s annual “Home for the Holidays” pet adoption program.

 

Murray and the Ra family were also joined by Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and members of Jo-Mar Grooming and Boarding in Floral Park, The Cat Doctor of New Hyde Park, and the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital, which are offering free pet services for each pet adopted from the Animal Shelter during “Home for the Holidays.”

 

“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,’” stated Murray. “In this season of giving, and with all fees waived, there’s no better time to adopt a new furry friend!

 

“I can vouch, firsthand, for the ‘Home for the Holidays’ program,” added Ra. “Carter is a wonderful part of my family, and I would like to thank Supervisor Kate Murray for making that possible, and for continuing to provide free pet adoptions during the holiday season.”

 

Surrounded by holiday-themed decorations that included gift boxes, cartoon pets, a holiday elf and even Frosty the Snowman, Murray explained the benefits of the program, which include free spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations, microchipping and testing for feline AIDS/leukemia. In addition, the three pet-friendly businesses are providing free gifts for each adopted pet. Jo-Mar Grooming and Boarding in Floral Park is offering coupons for free grooming for dogs, The Cat Doctor of New Hyde Park is giving out coupons for free exams for cats, and the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital is providing coupons for free exams for dogs.

 

“We thank Jo-Mar Grooming, The Cat Doctor and New Hyde Park Animal Hospital for donating great gifts and services for each pet adopted during ‘Home for the Holidays,’ added Murray.

 

“Home for the Holidays” is always a very successful event at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Last year’s program saw more than 200 dogs and cats find loving homes.

 

For those residents who prefer doing their “holiday shopping” online, information on adoptable pets are available at www.toh.li/animal-shelter.

 

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.

 

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‘Downtown Dogs (& Cats)’ Appearing In Stores Near You

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s latest adoption program will give pet lovers a lot to talk about. On September 16th at Fun Stuff Toys in Seaford, Supervisor Kate Murray announced that the town is partnering with volunteers on a program geared toward promoting pet adoptions from the town’s Animal Shelter located in Wantagh. The initiative, dubbed “Downtown Dogs (& Cats),” will place life-sized dog and cat cutouts in local downtown businesses as a mechanism to publicize the adoption of shelter pets. The life-sized and life-like furry friends will be provided free-of-charge to animal hospitals, pet shops, restaurants and all local businesses.

 

Supervisor Murray was joined by Hempstead Town Animal Shelter Director Mike Pastore and Volunteer Coordinator Dolores Stormo, who will be incorporating the concept into the town’s adoption operations. They will be assisted by dedicated volunteers Chrissy D’Angelo and Julie Ferrigno. Also looking on during the press conference were several cardboard cutouts of shelter dogs and cats waiting to be adopted.

 

“These adorable life-sized ‘cutouts’ of the Town Animal Shelter’s cats and dogs are a great way for residents to learn more about our furry friends who are waiting to be adopted,” stated Murray. “We encourage all local business owners to contact the Town of Hempstead to get a FREE dog or cat cutout to display in their shops.”

 

Images of actual shelter pets will include large tags, introducing the adoptable furry friend. There are pet images to fit every shop, from life-sized dogs to greet customers at the door, to small cats to place on a countertop. Prospective adopters will be encouraged to contact or visit the shelter to adopt a loving cat or dog.

 

Business owners seeking to obtain cat/dog “cutouts” should call the Town of Hempstead Office of Communications & Public Affairs at (516) 812-3278. For more information about the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter (3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh), please call the shelter at (516) 785-5220.

 

Murray does warn parents, however, of the cardboard cutouts’ appeal to children. “Beware the next time you visit your local toy store, for you may find yourself taking a detour to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.”

 

Concluded Murray, “The cats and dogs of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter are truly ‘picture- perfect. Get your cutouts today!”

 

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Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Program

Thinking of adding a pet to the family this year?  Why not adopt?

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption ProgramNov. 22 – Jan. 5

Time: Adoptions take place Tuesday through Sunday. Click here for adoption hours.

Location: Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh

 

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 pet adoption fees, and will include free rabies vaccinations, free microchipping and free spaying or neutering services. Stop by and see the loving cats and dogs that are eager to find a new home this holiday season and spend the rest of their lives with you. Program sponsors Baldwin Harbor Animal Hospital, Jo-Mar Grooming of Floral Park and the Dog Obedience Club of South Nassau will provide a gift for each adopted pet.

 

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Town Animal Shelter to Open on Sundays Starting October 20th

The dog days of summer are over, but that doesn’t mean the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is fall-ing off. In fact, this autumn, the staff will be working harder than ever when the shelter opens its doors to the public on Sundays! Yes, Sundays are “going to the dogs” (and cats) at the town Animal Shelter, which will adopt an 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday schedule, effective October 20th. In addition, Thursday hours will be extended to 8 p.m.

 

“We are thrilled that the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter will soon be open on Sundays, giving our hard-working residents a convenient weekend day to visit the shelter,” said Supervisor Kate Murray. “We encourage all residents to visit the town Animal Shelter to see if a four-legged friend is waiting for them.”

 

The new Animal Shelter schedule is as follows:

 

Sunday: Office Hours – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Adoption Hours – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Monday: Office Hours – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Adoption Hours – None

 

Tuesday: Office Hours – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Adoption Hours – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Wednesday: Office Hours – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Adoption Hours – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Thursday: Office Hours – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Adoption Hours – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Friday: Office Hours – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Adoption Hours – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Saturday: Office Hours – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Adoption Hours – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

“We are confident that residents will greatly benefit from the Animal Shelter being open on Sundays,” said Shelter Director Cindy Iacopella.

 

The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter has one of the highest adoption rates in the nation, and its Animal Control Officers respond to over 6,000 service requests – including 500 night emergency calls – each year. What’s more, the shelter offers numerous pet seminars, workshops and training programs for residents to better care for their pets. Neighbors can also become involved in many volunteer programs to help care for the shelter’s four-legged friends.

 

The Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, please contact the shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit www.TOH.li/animal-shelter.

 

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