Town Of Hempstead Seeks Additional Animal Care Experts For Shelter

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

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(HEMPSTEAD, NY) March 12th, 2018 – In an effort to improve the management and the quality of care and services at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, Supervisor Laura Gillen has released two requests for proposals, as well as a request for qualifications to identify and assess potential regional and national animal care organizations willing to partner with the town on handling one or more shelter functions.

“Our priority, first and foremost, is the care, well-being and safety of the animals and shelter workers,” said Supervisor Gillen. “I am committed to addressing any and all issues at the shelter, and welcome input from the Town Board and all of the many dedicated volunteers and employees who serve our growing shelter population.”

Among the proposals Supervisor Gillen has put forward for consideration are bolstering behaviorist services in order to more quickly and efficiently assess animals and move them into forever-homes, as well as a proposal for additional off-site veterinary services. The Town also issued a request for qualifications from private animal care providers of services that may include adoption and rescue.

Gillen has also proposed adding extra security cameras in the shelter to ensure the public that the best care and treatment of animals is being provided.

“My administration is proactively reaching out to every stakeholder who believes in providing the very best care for our pets in order to move forward with common-sense solutions that can improve shelter functions.”

The Town of Hempstead animal shelter is the largest animal shelter on Long Island and one of the largest municipal animal shelters in the country. The shelter system currently cares for 134 dogs and 72 cats.