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Long Island animal shelters collaborate on adoption fair Saturday

This American Staffordshire terrier was waiting to be

This American Staffordshire terrier was waiting to be adopted from the Town of Hempstead Animal shelter in Wantagh on Jan. 26, 2011. (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

More than 100 cats and dogs from shelters across Long Island will be at an adoption fair in Riverhead on Saturday, and organizers hope at least half of the animals will find a new home.

Adoption fees range from $75 to $300 and all the pets have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and have been checked out by a veterinarian. Admission is free.

“Any adoption is a success,” said Jamie Berger of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in East Hampton. Shelters will bring different numbers of dogs and cats; ARF probably will have 30 dogs and 10 cats there, and its staff and volunteers will clean up when the event is over.

Berger estimated there are about 700 dogs and cats currently in the shelters taking part in the event, which range from the Town of Hempstead animal shelter to smaller shelters across the East End.

The adoption fair will be held in Polish Hall, at 214 Marcy Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is the second time the shelters have held a collective multi-shelter adoption fair. Last year, about a third of the 100 animals available found new homes.

The shelters taking part in the event are: Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in East Hampton, Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton, North Fork Animal Welfare League in Southold and Riverhead, RSVP animal rescue group of Eastport, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

The fair also is supported by SAVES (Spay Alter Vaccinate Every Stray), which operates in Riverhead and Southold.

For more information, call ARF at 631-537-0400.
 

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