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Volunteering at the Animal Shelter

Many people don't even know Huntington has an animal shelter on Deposit Road. Did you?

Welcome to my pet friendly blog. I have been a volunteer with the League for Animal Protection of Huntington, Inc. for about five years. We are a non-profit group which aids in the placement and rehabilitation of homeless animals within the Huntington Township. The League operates the Grateful Paw Cat Shelter and runs a volunteer program within the Huntington Dog Shelter.  The latter is where I primarily volunteer.

Most people aren't familiar with the dog shelter, even long time residents often confuse The Little Shelter for the Town Shelter. The dog shelter is located at 106 Deposit Road in East Northport, just off Pulaski Road. Being a volunteer in the shelter is a difficult yet rewarding experience. Yes, it is hard to see the dogs in the cages, but knowing I get to take them out and play with them to improve their shelter stay makes it all worthwhile. The shelter houses about 40-50 dogs, most of which are pitbulls, a sadly misunderstood breed. We have had some dogs there for as long as THREE YEARS! Dianna, pictured, is our longest resident.

The League also operates the Grateful Paw Cat Shelter which is right next door to the dog shelter at 104 Deposit Road.  At the Grateful Paw cats wait for their forever homes in free roaming cat rooms with plenty of furry pals to keep them company.

My hope is to raise awareness of the homeless pet population right here in the Town of Huntington, and hopefully facilitate some adoptions. If you haven't been to the Town Shelter, I encourage you to stop down. You may even decide to volunteer.

Visit www.laphuntington.org for more information.

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Kristie M January 17, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Adoption is the way to go and spay/neuter is vital to keep our dogs and cats from dying in the streets or being euthanized. Combine that with pet stores and backyard breeders flooding our communities with often sick pets and it's a mess. If you see a coupon in the paper for a puppy, run for the hills. If your neighbor's pet just had an accidental litter sure they know they actually just killed an equivalent number of animals. It's not cute. It's death.
Jen January 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM
So true Kristie.
Laura January 18, 2013 at 05:42 PM
They should invest in a big sign. That would be good use if our tax payer money.

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