Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is an animal shelter right the street from Wantagh High School.
Last Hope is a private, non profit shelter. They lease the adoption center part of Bideawee, and can hold up to 20 dogs and 80 cats. They have more than 100 cats and kittens in foster care and they even have four retail store satellite adoption centers: two Petcos and two Petsmarts.
Want to volunteer here? You must be at least 14 accompanied by a parent to work with dogs, or at least 12 accompanied by a parent to work with cats.
Kidsday reporter Emma Priest dropping off pillows and blankets at a local shelter.
Photo Credit: Priest family
Last Hope rarely has more than two pit bulls at a time and they don't take in lost dogs. Those dogs should go to the Town of Hempstead Shelter which is right near Last Hope. Last Hope takes in dogs from Long Island town shelters and overcrowded Southern shelters where owners rarely spay or neuter them. Instead they dump, starve or shoot dogs who aren’t good at hunting. Last Hope cats come off the streets or from LI shelters. They do not take dogs/cats directly from owners unless these pets were originally adopted from Last Hope.
Last Hope has free & reduced TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs for feral cats too.
It's a no-kill shelter, which means that no matter how long a dog or cat is there, they will never put the animal to sleep. All of these dogs and cats are up for adoption. If you want to volunteer here, you must be at least 14 accompanied by a parent to work with dogs, or at least 12 accompanied by a parent to work with cats.
Once or twice a year, my family and I go through our old pillows, blankets and stuffed animals, and we take a trip to the shelter to donate them. It feels really nice to know that the dogs and cats are safe, warm and well-cared for each day at Last Hope.
Info: 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh, lasthopeanimalrescue.org
Valentina Gatti and Bonnie Hersch’s sixth-grade class, Wantagh Middle School