Town Animal Shelter Awarded $55,000 Grant to Fund Operation of Trap-Neuter-Release Program for Feral Cats

The Town of Hempstead is proud to announce that its Animal Shelter in Wantagh has received a $55,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help fund the town’s Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program for feral cats. This grant will allow shelter to expand its spay/neuter operations in the Town of Hempstead, helping to mitigate the overpopulation of stray cats.

“We are so grateful to PetSmart Charities for this $55,000 grant to help run our TNR Program and further our goal of reducing the feral cat population,” said Shelter Director Cynthia Iacopella. “These funds will allow us to continue providing free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations for feral cats in the Town of Hempstead.”

The grant awarded by PetSmart Charities – a not-for-profit organization that funds spay/neuter efforts nationwide – allocates $50,000 for spay/neuter procedures and $5,000 for rabies vaccinations, giving the town additional resources to control the spread of diseases and the overall population of feral cats.

Through the town’s TNR program, residents can contact the Animal Shelter about a feral cat issue in their community. Shelter workers will come to the area and trap cats, transport them to the shelter for spay/neuter surgeries and provide temporary post-operation care. The TNR program is a free service offered to the public to mitigate the overpopulation of feral cats (no pets) in Hempstead Town.

Since its inception in 2010, the town’s TNR program has been a huge success, with the Animal Shelter spaying/neutering over 2,600 feral cats throughout the township. In fact, the program has been so successful that the town has enlisted the help of the public in trapping and transporting feral cats to the shelter for surgeries. Training workshops are ongoing; the next seminar is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2012.

For more information about the TNR program, training workshops and general shelter information, call (516) 785-5220 or visit