01/31/15 8:00am
01/31/2015 8:00 AM
Kent Animal Shelter kennel manager Ricky Appling gets some kisses Friday from Yogi, a year-old pit bull mix, in the Calverton shelter's play yard. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kent Animal Shelter kennel manager Ricky Appling gets some kisses Friday from Yogi, a year-old pit bull mix, in the Calverton shelter’s play yard. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kent Animal Shelter’s plans for a new facility have been redesigned and will go back before the state’s Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, from which Kent needs a waiver to allow construction in the core of the Pine Barrens, where new development is strictly limited.  (more…)

07/11/14 2:00pm
07/11/2014 2:00 PM
Suffolk County Corrections Department officers Sergeant Jeff Campo and Phil Cantora and volunteers with Pamela Green of Kent Animal Shelter. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Suffolk County Corrections Department officers Sergeant Jeff Campo and Phil Cantora and volunteers with Pamela Green of Kent Animal Shelter. (Credit: courtesy photo)

Putting their skilled labor and time to good use, inmates from the Suffolk County Corrections Department are helping improve the grounds at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton.

The handful of inmates have been helping renovate the shelter over the past month under supervision of Sergeant Jeff Campo and Phil Cantora of the Suffolk County Corrections Department.  (more…)

06/19/14 4:00pm
06/19/2014 4:00 PM
Barnum, a cocker spaniel, was rescued from a puppy mill in 2009. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Barnum, a cocker spaniel, was rescued from a puppy mill in 2009. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Suffolk County is now the first county in New York State to regulate the sale of animals and crack down on pet retailers buying from unsafe breeders.

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone signed into law Tuesday the “puppy mill bill,” safeguarding the animals themselves, as well as consumers who have been burdened by unexpected medical costs of caring for their newly purchased pets.

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06/02/14 6:00am
06/02/2014 6:00 AM
Puppies at the Calverton Shelter. (Credit: Courtesy Kent)

Puppies at the Calverton Shelter. (Credit: Kent Animal Shelter courtesy)

Have you recently welcomed a furry little addition into your home?

Though they may just babies themselves, kittens as young as four months and puppies as young as five months are old enough to get pregnant.

Kent Animal Shelter of Calverton has teamed up with PetSmart Charities to introduce the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign, offering low-cost spay or neuter surgeries throughout the month of June.  (more…)

12/10/13 5:00pm
12/10/2013 5:00 PM
BOCES COURTESY PHOTO | Animal Science Program students present $600 and assorted sundries to Kent Animal Shelter Office Manager Linda MacDonald.

BOCES COURTESY PHOTO | Animal Science Program students present $600 and assorted sundries to Kent Animal Shelter Office Manager Linda MacDonald.

Animals at the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton will be a little bit cozier this holiday season thanks to donations raised by students from the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Animal Science Program.

Students from the program, who are preparing themselves for careers related to working with animals, collected towels, food, bones, and quilts, and also raised about $600 by selling candy grams and muffins, to be donated to the not-for-profit shelter.

Linda MacDonald, office manager at Kent, said “one hundred percent will go directly to the care and feeding of [the] homeless animals.”

Students said they heard on the radio that the shelter was in need of donations, and asked their teacher Lisa Mongiello if they could hold the fundraiser for the holiday season.

“The goal is to develop and implement initiatives that support calm, confident, and caring kids,” Ms. Mongiello said, adding that teaching students social, emotional, and critical skills like the fundraiser will help them in interacting with people and animals.

The Kent Animal Shelter – in the process of fundraising to build a new $2.5 million facility – is a not-for-profit humane society proving a haven for homeless, abused, and abandoned animals until new homes can be found.