‘The Best Things in Life Are Free,’ Including Adoptions at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter; All Fees Waived from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5 During ‘Home for the Holidays’ Pet Adoption Program

It’s that magical time of year again, when everyone will be looking for that perfect gift in a local store, shopping mall or on the Internet. But as the old adage goes, “the best things in life are free,” and it certainly rings true at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, where all adoption fees are being waived from November 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014 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 Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray.

During “Home for the Holidays,” 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, which will provide some great holiday gifts for each adopted pet. Jo-Mar Grooming and Boarding in Floral Park is offering a free grooming for dogs, Baldwin Harbor Animal Hospital is giving out coupons for free exams, and the Dog Obedience Club of South Nassau is contributing free obedience classes.           

Residents are also encouraged to bring their adopted pets back to the shelter for a “Home for the Holidays” event on Saturday, December 14th, when the shelter is offering free photos with Santa, raffles for great prizes, a bake sale, hot chocolate, and of course, some great holiday music. Attendees bringing toys and treats for shelter animals will be eligible for a door prize.

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

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.