Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, as well as several eager dogs and cats, today unveiled the town’s new Mobile Vet Surgical Suite during a press event at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh. This state-of-the-art mobile facility is the only one owned by a municipal shelter in Nassau County, and will allow the shelter staff to perform additional spay/neuter surgeries both at the shelter and in local communities across America’s largest township. Murray, Santino and King Sweeney were joined by Town Animal Shelter Director Mike Pastore, town veterinarian Dr. Jeffrey Siegel and local animal rescue groups that included Almost Home. Also on hand was a young veterinary enthusiast and her dog.
“This state-of-the-art Mobile Vet Surgical Suite is another example of how the Town of Hempstead is leading the way in promoting safe, humane methods of reducing the population of animals in our shelters and on the streets,” stated Murray. “Combining an effective spay/neuter strategy with our shelter’s fantastic rate of adoption, the town is reaffirming its commitment to finding forever homes for our lovable dogs and cats.”
“The ASPCA reports that spaying/neutering is not only effective in helping to reduce overpopulation, it also benefits an animal’s long-term health,” added Councilman Santino. “This Mobile Vet Surgical Suite will go a long way in helping to reduce the overpopulation of strays and the number of homeless pets entering our shelter.”
“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Murray and Councilman Santino to add this mobile vet unit at the Town Animal Shelter,” said King Sweeney.
The Mobile Vet Surgical Suite is equipped with two surgery tables, digital x-ray machines and a dozen cages. It will serve as a temporary unit, where shelter staff can perform spay/neuter surgeries, while the town constructs the shelter’s new in-house surgical suite. Once that suite is completed, the mobile unit will be used in local communities for spay/neuter events, as well as Trap, Neuter and Return surgeries near feral cat colonies.
The mobile unit is part of the town’s multi-pronged approach to combating the overpopulation of animals in shelters and on the streets through responsible spaying and neutering. Earlier this year, the Town Board passed legislation that requires the spaying/neutering of all animals leaving the town shelter, which now includes “fixing” non-spayed/non-neutered lost pets to prevent them from mating while roaming the community. What’s more, the town has spayed/neutered more than 8,000 feral cats as part of its free Trap, Neuter and Return program.
“We proudly welcome this new Mobile Vet Surgical Suite to the Town of Animal Shelter,” concluded Murray. “We are confident that it will be a great tool in our efforts to reduce overpopulation.”