Animal Shelter

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter 3320 Beltagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
(516) 785-5220

Hours of Operation Office Hours Adoption Hours
Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM 9 AM - 5 PM
Monday 9 AM - 5 PM None
Tuesday 9 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 9 AM - 8 PM 12 PM to 8 PM
Friday 9 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM 10 AM - 6 PM

Animal Control officers respond to over 6,000 requests for service, including 500 night emergency calls, every year. If you have a problem concerning a loose or stray dog or an injured or sick cat, contact the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220. After hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900.

Please contact the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for information about controlling nuisance wildlife (ie. raccoons, Canada geese, bats).

Adoption Information

The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Come tour the Animal Shelter, meet a dog or cat, and bring the love of a pet into your home. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, will receive required inoculations and will be microchipped. These are included in adoption fees. Although the shelter evaluates pets for behavior and general health, we remind you that pets are adopted at your own risk and that newly adopted pets should be examined by your own veterinarian. Please view the adoptable pets from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter below.

View Adoptions
Download a Dog Adoption Application.
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Download a Dog Adopter Survey.
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Download a Cat Adoption Application.
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View Adoption Process Notes.
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View the Animal Shelter Fee Schedule.
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Shelter Tours

Tours of the Animal Shelter may be arranged for your group or organization. For further information, please e-mail or call (516) 785-5220 ext. 4619.

Annual Rabies Clinic and Pet Adoption Fair

Rabies Clinic

Cats and dogs can get rabies, which is an extremely serious disease. That's why the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter hosts an annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic in partnership with the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association.