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Hempstead shelter seeks pet foster help

A cat in the Town of Hempstead Animal

A cat in the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh. (Jan. 26, 2011) Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Wantagh is looking for volunteers for its pet foster program that would assist homeless animals.

The animal shelter’s “The Little One Fostering Program” will provide a foster home with training, food, supplies and medical care for the duration of the animal’s stay. Foster volunteers will be required to report to the animal shelter’s volunteer coordinator on a regular basis.

“So many animals have the potential to be loving companions for the right family, and foster volunteers can help provide training and socialization to help the animals become more adoptable,” volunteer coordinator Dolores Stormo said.

At the end of the program, the cat or dog will return to the animal shelter, where it will wait to be adopted by a family that would provide a permanent home. Foster families also have the option to adopt the animals.

Prospective volunteers must fill out an application and schedule an interview with the volunteer coordinator. Applications are available at

For more information, call the animal shelter at 516-785-5220 or email

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