Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and other town supervisors Tuesday touted the success of a shared services program, inspired in Brookhaven and piloted between the Huntington and Babylon Animal Shelters.
“This year, we started taking dogs in from our neighboring town shelters, starting with the great Town of Babylon,” he said. “First three Babylon dogs were taken in June, including Jameson.”
Lupinacci went on to say, “Babylon was dealing with overcrowding and their shelter employees have been very receptive and we work well together.”
He said a few more Babylon dogs were transferred to the TOHAS in July, and that, of those three, only one dog had not been adopted.
Also taking the podium was Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, who said, “Thank you for your hospitality. Jameson thanks you,” adding, “It’s not just about controlling the animals, but also about making sure that they get the proper home that they deserve.”
TOHAS director Jerry Mosca said adoption rates have recently increased. Staff, he said, is trained on regression and helps the dogs through socialization and play. Soon, he said, the Huntington shelter will have additional occupants: dogs displaced by Hurricane Florence.
If you are looking to adopt, check out the Huntington shelter Facebook page, call to make an an appointment, or drop by the Shelter. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The $103.50 adoption fee includes spaying/neutering, vaccination, microchipping, and a dog license. Other ways of helping include volunteering and donating dog food.
Town of Huntington Animal Shelter: 106 Deposit Road, East Northport (631) 754-8722; www.huntingtonny.gov/animal-shelter