Duffy has found a home! A cancer stricken 8-year-old American Bulldog is bonding with his new foster mom who responded to an emotional plea for an adopter by the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. What’s more, the lovable dog has become the inspiration behind a new “Duffy Sent Me” free pet adoption program that will run through the month of May. Joining Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino at a press announcement was Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Duffy and his new Mommy.
“At Hempstead Town we could not be happier to announce that a loveable shelter dog who has been battling cancer is now bonding with his new foster Mom,” stated Santino. “Duffy has inspired me and other animal lovers to use this heartwarming connection to launch a ‘Duffy Sent Me’ free pet adoption program.”
“Duffy has overcome adversity, spending seven months as a guest at the town’s Pet Adoption Center,” added D’Esposito. “Now, we are pushing to find homes for more shelter animals, especially those who need special care and attention.”
Duffy is a handsome male who is housebroken and acts like an overgrown lapdog…he is 96 pounds. The loveable boy has developed cancerous tumors on his right flank; however, he has not let the growths hamper his friendly disposition and eager-to-please manner. Duffy was surrendered by his previous owner to the shelter in October of 2015.
The town, inspired by Duffy’s tale of triumph is waiving all adoption fees for pets during the month of May. The “Duffy Sent Me” adoption event asks prospective adopters to come to the town’s Pet Adoption Center at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. People can also view pets online at animal-shelter. In addition to waiving adoption fees, all pets will come with full inoculations, be spayed or neutered and be microchipped (lost pet recovery chip) at no cost to adopters.
“We want pet lovers to come down to the town’s Animal Shelter and say, ‘Duffy Sent Me,’ as they bring a new ‘Best Furry Friend’ into their lives,” concluded Santino. “Duffy has inspired us, and we hope he inspires other pet lovers to open up their hearts and adopt a dog or cat today.”