Animal Shelter

The Rabies Clinic on October 17 has been canceled due to Covid.

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 10 AM - 4 PM
Monday 9 AM - 5 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday 9 AM - 5 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 5 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday 9 AM - 5 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Friday 9 AM - 5 PM 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM 10 AM - 4 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

Adoption Resources

The shelter is currently operating by appointment only for our placement services.

Please email the application to our adoption email: & our fax # 516-785-0129

Visit the adoption website at

Promoting Healthful Environments for Animals

View the adopted resolution, Local Law 36-2020 to Amend Subsection "E" of Section 152-10 of the Code of the Town of Hempstead.

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.


Effective September 1, 2020, Central Veterinary Associates will begin accepting feral cats for TNR on behalf of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

Requests involving trapped cats for this program can be referred to :

Central Veterinary Associates' email address: or phone number 516-218-6023, press 3.

The shelter will continue to rent traps at this time.


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