Town's animal shelter in Wantagh sees large increase in pets taken in following late October superstorm.
With many residents along Nassau County’s South Shore devastated by the impact from Superstorm Sandy
in late October, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
has seen a large increase in pets that have entered the Wantagh facility due to their owners being displaced.
Hempstead Town Press Secretary Susan Trenkle-Pokalsky said from Oct.
28 to Dec. 5, 390 animals were taken into the shelter on 3320 Beltagh
Ave. in Wantagh compared to 230 in roughly the same period last year.
a way of assisting area residents harmed by the Oct. 29 storm, the
animal shelter is waiving all adoption fees for pets until Jan. 19.
“So many of these animals were living in the homes of loving families
until Hurricane Sandy hit our township, destroying homes and forcing
some residents to relocate,” said Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
Director Cynthia Iacopella in a statement.
“The Town of Hempstead Animal
Shelter is doing everything possible to help these wonderful animals
find loving homes where tails can wag once again.”
Trenkle-Pokalsky said to help Sandy victims who are unable to find
temporary housing that allow pets, the town is referring them to a
Nassau County-run pet shelter on 241 Miller Ave. in Garden City.
said donations are always welcome but the town is urging people instead
to donate to local shelters who incurred significant damage from the
superstorm such as Bobbi and the Strays
in Freeport. Story by Andrew Coen.
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