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 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.


Effective Tuesday, June 22, 2021, the Town of Hempstead TNR program will begin accepting drop offs for TNR and increase appointments as per the following schedule:

TNR Schedule

  • Sunday - Accept drop offs between 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - only for Monday appointments.
  • Monday - Five TNR appointments; accept drop offs for Tuesday appointments between 2:00 PM  - 4:00 PM
  • TuesdayFive TNR appointments; accept drop offs for Wednesday appointments between 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
  • Wednesday - Fifteen TNR appointments; accept drop offs for Thursday appointments between 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
  • ThursdayFifteen TNR appointments; accept drop offs for Friday appointments between 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
  • Friday - Five TNR appointments.

To schedule an appointment, please call the shelter at (516) 785-5220. Please wear a properly-worn mask if unvaccinated upon entry to the front lobby.

After the surgery is completed, the shelter will reach out and schedule a time for pickup, where the feline will be placed directly in the vehicle. Please be aware we can only accommodate one cat per appointment.

Central Veterinary Associates will no longer be participating in the TNR program.

The shelter will continue to rent traps at this time


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