Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
(516) 785-5220

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Come visit the many pets available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. Our adoption hours are 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We have a separate greeting room where families can interact with an animal during the selection process. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, will receive all required innoculations at no charge and will be micro-chipped free of charge. Tracking microchips can help owners to be reunited quickly with lost pets. At the time of adoption, we will also provide pet care literature and samples of dog/cat food. Call our helpful staff at (516)785-5220 to find out more information about any of the pets you have viewed on Petfinder.

The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Animal Control Officers respond to over 6,000 requests for service, including 500 night emergency calls, every year. We strive to maintain a clean and healthy facility for the humane care and housing of stray and abandoned dogs, and to find a new home for each of our animals that are deemed suitable pets. The shelter operates under Section 1, Chapter 152 of the Code of the Town of Hempstead.

Adoption Fee - Dogs: $85.00
Adoption Fee - Cats: $75.00
Adoption fees include Spay/Neuter, NYS Dog License Fee, all required vaccinations including Rabies vaccine and pet microchipping.

All dogs and cats adopted from our shelter will be chipped free of charge before leaving the shelter. Pets that already have a loving home can be microchipped for a $25 fee (cash or check only). Our microchipping hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but we recommend that you call ahead for availability. Call our Animal Shelter staff at (516) 785-5220 for further details.

Pet microchips, as small as a grain of rice, contain a unique registration identification number associated with your pet. If your “chipped” dog or cat ever gets loose and is brought to any shelter nationwide, your pet can be scanned for your contact information, helping to quickly reunite you with your furry family member.

Among the services provided by the shelter is the Humane Education Program, which is geared towards primary and secondary school age children and focuses on proper animal care and responsible pet ownership. Chanel and Brandi, our two lovely Pomeranians, and Tito, a domestic short hair cat, requently participate in programs offered by the Animal Shelter. In addition, Pet Therapy visits to nursing homes and other health related facilities are provided as well as a "hands-on" anti-bite program training for U.S. Postal Service carriers. To schedule a Humane Education program for your school, scouting, church or civic organization, please e-mail or or call (516)785-0197.

Tours of the Animal Shelter may be arranged for your group or organization. For further information, please e-mail or call (516)785-0197.

Feral cats (non-pet felines, living in outdoor environment) have reached epidemic numbers on Long Island. Feral cats that are not spayed or neutered may wander from place to place throughout our region, resulting in pockets of feral cat overpopulation. In an effort to mitigate the overpopulation of feral cats in our area, Hempstead Town is offering free spaying or neutering of feral cats in our area. A $5,000 grant from the PETCO Foundation will further support the town's Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) program for feral cats. Spay/neuter surgeries will be scheduled on Thursdays, by appointment only. Appointments must be made in advance by calling the Animal Shelter at 785-5220. Town residents may bring in up to three feral cats for free spay/neuter, and are asked to arrive at the animal shelter no later than 7:30 a.m. on their appointment day. For the safety of all participants, each feral cat must be brought to the shelter in its own trap. Cats may be picked up in the afternoon, the same day as the surgery. Spayed/neutered feral cats should be transported back to the release site after the appropriate recovery time. Space is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of residency must be provided.

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
3320 Beltagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
Phone: (516) 785-5220

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