Animal Shelter

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
(516) 785-5220
Hours of Operation Office Hours Adoption Hours
Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM 9 AM - 5 PM
Monday 9 AM - 5 PM None
Tuesday 9 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 9 AM - 8 PM 12 PM to 8 PM
Friday 9 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM

Animal Control officers respond to over 6,000 requests for service, including 500 night emergency calls, every year. If you have a problem concerning a loose or stray dog or an injured or sick cat, contact the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220. After hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900.

Please contact the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for information about controlling nuisance wildlife (ie. raccoons, Canada geese, bats).

Adoption Information

The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Come tour the Animal Shelter and bring the abiding love of a pet into your home! All pets are adopted at your own risk, and we do advise you to have your newly adopted pet examined by your veterinarian. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, will receive all required innoculations and will be microchipped, all free of charge. You may view the adoptable pets from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter below.

Shelter Tours

Tours of the Animal Shelter may be arranged for your group or organization. For further information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (516) 785-5220 ext. 4619.

Annual Rabies Clinic and Pet Adoption Fair

Rabies Clinic

Cats and dogs can get rabies, which is an extremely serious disease. That's why the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter hosts an annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic in partnership with the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. The 2017 Rabies Clinic has concluded.