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Division of the Animal Shelter

WHAT WE DO

The Division of the Animal Shelter is responsible for administering and maintaining the Town's dog shelter, enforcing Local and State animal protection, control and licensing laws, and administering Town dog control services. This Division makes dogs available for adoption and operates from the Town's Animal Shelter.

LOCATION, PHONE NUMBER, AND HOURS OF OPERATION OF THE TOWN'S ANIMAL SHELTER

Address of Shelter: 75 Marino Avenue (West of Port Washington Boulevard)
Port Washington, New York 11050

Phone Number: 311 Call Center number ( 311 within the Town or (516) 869-6311 outside of Town)

Days and Hours Of Operation:
Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00p.m.
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LICENSING YOUR DOG

New York State requires all dogs to be licensed for a fee of $15. The fee is reduced to $7 if your dog is spayed or neutered. Failure to license your dog could result in a summons or fine .

Dog license application forms are available at the Animal Shelter or the Office of the Town Clerk , located at 200 Plandome Road, Manhasset, New York 11030. To request an application, call (516) 869-7655. You may also download a copy of the form by double-clicking on the words 
dog license application .

Renewal forms are sent automatically.

VACCINATING YOUR DOG AGAINST RABIES

State law requires that all dogs be vaccinated annually against rabies. A rabies certificate is necessary to license your dog.

The Town of North Hempstead, in cooperation with the
Nassau County Board of Health, conducts a free rabies clinic once a year. Contact the Animal Shelter for further details.

LAWS PERTAINING TO CARE AND CONTROL OF YOUR DOG

Leashing Your Dog
Under the North Hempstead Town Code , all dogs must be restrained while off their owner's property. Anyone walking a dog is required by law to clean up after them.

Anti-Nuisance Laws
The Town Code makes it unlawful for a dog to engage in habitual or frequent loud howling, barking, crying or whining so as to unreasonably disturb the comfort of any person in the immediate vicinity.

Town Laws Concerning Vicious Dogs
The owner of a vicious dog will not be allowed to obtain a dog license unless they provide proof of liability insurance in the amount of $100,000. The owner must be at least 21 years of age.

ADOPTING A DOG FROM OUR SHELTER

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Dogs Available for Adoption

Policies and Procedures
Anyone may adopt a dog from the Animal Shelter for a fee of $29.50. All dogs are spay/neutered before adoption.

Adoption fee includes charges for a New York State dog license, all vaccinations, a collar and leash, a Adoption Kit and a follow up visit with a veterinarian.

REDEEMING A DOG FROM OUR SHELTER

Lost dogs found in the Town of North Hempstead and placed in the care of the Animal Shelter are held for an owner for 10 days. The redemption fee varies depending upon the number of times the dog has been redeemed in the past.

If a dog goes unclaimed, it may be placed up for adoption.

SURRENDERING A DOG AT OUR SHELTER

Residents may surrender a dog to the Animal Shelter for a fee of $20.00. Best efforts will be made to place healthy, sociable dogs for adoption.

TOWN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REGARDING CATS

There are no laws requiring the Animal Shelter to accept cats. Accordingly, the Animal Shelter does not do so.

A list of humane societies that accept custody of and care for domesticated cats is available in the Shelter office.

THE TOWN'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SHELTER CONNECTION

The Shelter Connection is a tax exempt, non-profit organization that works with the Town to facilitate the adoption of Shelter dogs, and to provide Shelter dogs with obedience and socialization training. In its efforts to improve the adoptability of Shelter dogs, The Shelter Connection has improved the quality of the dog food served at the Shelter, arranged for the repair and replacement of beds in Shelter kennels, and developed public education about canine care and junior volunteer programs. The Shelter Connection also collects contributions and administers the Mend-A-Paw Fund, which pays for the medical and surgical needs of adoptable dogs boarded at the Animal Shelter.

For information about The Shelter Connection, including information on how to volunteer at the Town's Shelter as an adoption advisor or dog handler, write to or call:

The Shelter Connection
P.O. Box 226
Greenvale, New York 11548
(516) 626-8948

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