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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.

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.

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