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Free pet adoptions for the holidays at Hempstead shelter

Kittens await adoption at the Town of Hempstead

Kittens await adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. (Credit: Newsday, 2010 / Thomas A. Ferrara)

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is offering free pet adoptions that started yesterday and runs until Jan. 5 during its annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Program.

All pet adoption fees will be waived during the program, which started Saturday, to give residents an opportunity to welcome a cat or dog into their homes. Free rabies vaccinations, testing for feline AIDS/leukemia and microchipping, as well as free spaying and neutering services will be offered, town officials said.

Adopted pets will receive coupons for free exams at Baldwin Harbor Animal Hospital, a free grooming session for dogs at Jo-Mar Grooming in Floral Park, and the Dog Obedience Club of South Nassau is contributing free obedience classes, town officials said.

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Residents are encouraged to bring their adopted pets back to the shelter for a “Home for the Holidays” event on Saturday, Dec. 14, when the shelter will offer free photos with Santa, raffles, a bake sale and hot chocolate. Attendees bringing toys and treats for shelter animals will be eligible for a prize.

They can also visit the shelter, at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh, for adoption hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Interested adopters can take a look at the shelter’s pets by visiting www.toh.li/animal-shelter. For more information, call the shelter at 516-785-5220.

Tags: Hempstead , animal , shelter , free , pet , adoption , holiday , towns

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