As we await the arrival of Santa Claus, don't forget our friends with paws. To ensure that dogs and cats have a joyous holiday season, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh will be collecting pet supplies for donation to local pet rescue groups and organizations.
"Unfortunately, many cats and dogs will not be with a loving family this holiday season, but we in the Town of Hempstead want to do whatever we can to help local pet rescue groups," said Supervisor Kate Murray. "These organizations need pet food, toys, beds and blankets, treats, brushes, heating pads and other essential supplies."
Organizations that will be receiving the supplies include Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, Our Best Friends Rescue, Abandoned Angels, Almost Home Animal Rescue, All About Cats and Neighborhood Cats. Donations are being accepted on behalf of the rescue groups at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, through January 15, 2012. None of the donated items will go to the town's animal shelter; all items collected will go to the aforementioned rescue groups.
These organizations are in need of many supplies, including:
Canned and dry Iams and Science Diet food (for puppies, kittens, adult dogs and cats)
Dog and cat brushes
Dog and cat toys
Dog and cat beds
Dog and cat treats
Chicken or turkey baby food
"As Hempstead Town Animal Shelter's new next door neighbor, Last Hope is thrilled to be part of this year's collection drive," said Joanne Anderson, Outreach Coordinator for Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. "Homeless pets may not grasp the holiday concept, but they are most appreciative of kind gestures from the public, and so is Last Hope."
"We want to thank the Town of Hempstead for including us in their holiday collection drive," said Pattie Lazarus, director at Our Best Friends Animal Rescue, Inc. "Without the support and generosity of the town and the public we wouldn't be able to continue our mission. We all agree that these animals are victims that need a second chance at a great life."
"NY Abandoned Angels Rescue would like to thank the Town of Hempstead for reaching out to help dogs and cats in need," said Dolores Rodrigues, Founder of NY Abandoned Angels Rescue. "These donations will help us give these loving animals some joy this holiday season."
Through January 15, the Town of Hempstead is waiving all pet adoption fees at the animal shelter as part of its annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Program. Rabies vaccines, spay/neuter and microchipping are also being provided free of charge.
For more information, contact the Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220.