Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter are teaming up with the family of the late Francesca Gallo, a local teenager dedicated to helping animals in need. The shelter will be hosting “Home for the Holidays with Francesca’s Furry Friends” on December 12th. This great holiday event – during which all pet adoption fees are being waived – will honor the memory of Francesca, who died of leukemia this past summer after battling for a year and a half. She was only 15 years old.
“Francesca Gallo started raising money and collecting supplies for animals when she was just 8 years old,” stated Supervisor Murray. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to partner with the Gallo family to continue Francesca’s mission of helping animals who need loving homes.”
More than 200 cats and dogs will be available for adoption during “Home for the Holidays with Francesca’s Furry Friends,” which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter. To honor Francesca’s giving spirit, prospective adopters are asked to bring a donation such as treats, dog or cat beds, kongs, nylabones, towels, pet carriers, stuffed animals, blankets or sheets. Adopters will also enjoy take home goody bags, raffles, a door prize, complimentary refreshments and free photos with Santa. WBLI Radio will be providing great music and fun games for those in attendance.
“Even now, Francesca’s memory reminds us all that there truly is no place like home for the holidays,” added Senior Councilman Santino. “Supervisor Murray and I encourage all residents to join us on December 12th to help local cats and dogs, and to carry on the legacy of Francesca Gallo.”
This event is part of the town’s ongoing “Home for the Holidays” pet adoption program, which runs through January 3, 2016. During this time, all pet adoption fees are waived, and all adoptions include spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations, age-appropriate shots and micro chipping. What’s more, Dog Grooming by Rachel in Bellmore, Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville and Fido Fitness Club in Woodmere will be providing free gifts for each pet adopted during “Home for the Holidays.”