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Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter to offer free spay and neuter surgeries for feral cats

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 Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter will offer 30 free spay/neuter surgeries on Feb. 18 to help curb the population of feral cats in the municipality.

The animal shelter will perform the surgeries on feral cats trapped and transported to the shelter by residents. Additionally, rabies vaccinations, flea medication and left-ear tipping will be offered.

The cats must be brought to the shelter, at 3320 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. Residents should also ask the trap-neuter-release coordinator for detailed information on admission and discharge of spayed and neutered cats, and transportation precautions for cats being brought to and from the shelter.

“I urge all interested caretakers to take advantage of this convenient opportunity to have feral cats under their care spayed and neutered free of charge,” animal shelter director Cynthia Iacopella said in a statement.

Appointments are required and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To make an appointment, contact Steven Reichert, the shelter’s TNR coordinator, at 516-785-5220 ext. 4630 or by email at

For more information about the shelter, call 516-785-5220 or visit

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