Town Animal Shelter Now Offering Free Spay/Neuter for Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes During Off-Site Events; New Legislation Part of Town Mission to Reduce Overpopulation

Following in the paw-prints of nationally renowned animal advocacy organizations like the ASPCA, Supervisor Kate Murray announced today that the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter is now waiving all spay/neuter fees for owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes during town spay/neuter events held in local communities. The legislation was passed during the April 28th Town Board meeting, and comes on the heels of a number of animal-friendly initiatives adopted by the Town of Hempstead.

“The ASPCA reports that pit bulls have larger litters than many other dog breeds and are the majority among dogs in many local shelters,” stated Murray. “We are confident that we will reduce this number by offering free spay/neuter surgeries at off-site events to owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes.”

Spaying/neutering of cats and dogs is a necessary tool to combat overpopulation, and also helps them live longer, healthier lives. To that end, the Town of Hempstead has implemented many programs and services, which include the unveiling of a new state-of-the-art Mobile Vet Surgical Suite, a new town law that requires the spaying/neutering of all animals leaving the Town Animal Shelter, and an expansion of the town’s successful Trap, Neuter and Return program focused on local feral cat communities.

The spay/neuter fee waiver for pit bulls and pit bull mixes was enacted in conjunction with setting fees for services offered by the town’s new Mobile Vet Surgical Suite. For dogs (other than pit bulls and pit bull mixes) less than 50 pounds, neuters are $60 and spays are $75. Those between 50-70 pounds are $70 for neuters and $85 for spays. For cats (all breeds), neuters are $35 and spays are $40. For residents on public assistance (proof must be provided), all spay/neuter fees are reduced to $15.

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, call the Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit www.toh.li/animal-shelter.