September 24, 2011
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla today held the annual Adopt-a-Pet Fair and Rabies Clinic at the Town Animal Shelter in Wantagh. All adoption fees and the required vaccinations, microchipping and spay/neuter were provided free for new pet owners.
"Today we are offering free services for a cause you can't put a price on: finding loving homes for these adorable cats and dogs," said Murray. "We encourage Town of Hempstead residents to find it in their hearts to take home one of these animals and provide the love and care that each of them deserves."
Over 300 residents pre-registered to have their pets vaccinated, a service being provided by the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. This does not include pets adopted and vaccinated on Saturday.
Town Clerk Bonilla's office provided dog licenses for a small fee.
"I am proud to partner with Supervisor Kate Murray and the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association to provide these free services for our residents," said Bonilla. "It's great for our residents and for our homeless animals."
Many residents also had their pets microchipped. If a pet is lost but has an implanted microchip, contact information for the owner can be easily looked up, vastly increasing the chances of the pet being returned home.
Supervisor Murray presented Town of Hempstead certificates to each of the participating veterinarians and to the Franklin Square Girl Scout Troop 1220, which held a bake sale at the event.
"I would like to thank Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Animal Shelter staff, the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association and the Franklin Square Girl Scouts for their participation in this fantastic event," said Murray. "We provided a great service for both residents and animals."