Town Animal Shelter, Almost Home Rescue to Hold Free Spay/Neuter Event to Help Pit Bull Owners; June 7th Kicks Off ‘Training Wheels’ Program

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter and Almost Home Rescue are teaming up to help pet owners deal with the cost of spaying and neutering through their new “Training Wheels” program. On June 7, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the two shelters will hold a free spay/neuter clinic for pit bulls and pit bull mixes at the Roosevelt Avenue Pool, providing an important service to residents while eliminating the costs associated with the medical procedure.

Spay/neuter surgeries will be performed by the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s veterinarian, with the assistance of vet technicians and volunteers. The town Animal Shelter and Almost Home Rescue are also offering free microchipping and free vaccinations. Reservations are strongly suggested, but not required.

“The Town of Hempstead is proud to partner with Almost Home Rescue to help serve pit bull owners in need,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “We encourage those residents to take advantage of free spaying and neutering, microchipping and vaccinations on June 7th at the Roosevelt Avenue Pool.”

This event is the kick-off to the larger “Training Wheels” program, which aims to assist pet owners experiencing unexpected veterinary expenses and difficulties training their pets. Local volunteers – including those from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter – will be directly assisting pet owners in the community. Assistance will include sharing information and offering advice on training, and providing toys and food when necessary.

The ultimate goal of the program is to prevent pet abuse, malnourishment and overpopulation. What’s more, “Training Wheels” aims to prevent pets from being surrendered to animal shelters unless absolutely necessary, while communicating that the shelter can be of assistance to pet owners in their time of need.

The Roosevelt Avenue Pool is located at 14 Hart Avenue, Roosevelt. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Almost Home Rescue at (631) 627-3665 or email . Please note: a pet should not have food or water after 8 p.m. on the day before their spay/neuter surgery.

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