12/10/13 5:00pm
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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.

11/02/13 6:36pm
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TIM GANNON PHOTO |  More than 100 animals were available for adoption Saturday at Polish Hall.

Polish Hall in Riverhead was transformed into a giant pet adoption center for four hours Saturday, as the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons teamed up with five other non-profit or municipal animal shelters for a Pet Adoption and Agility Expo.

“We want to make pet adoption as easy as possible,” said ARF’s Executive Director Sara Davison.

The expo provided “one-stop shopping” for people seeking to adopt dogs or cats from the six participating agencies, which included ARF, Kent Animal Shelter, North Fork Animal Welfare League. RSVP, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and  Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

The dogs were outside the building, the cats inside. More than 100 animals were available for adoption.

In addition, there were agility courses on site for both cats and dogs. All animals at the event were spayed, neutered and vaccinated, and checked by a veterinarian.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A few cats relax Saturday while waiting for adoption.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Dressed for the occasion.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A Persian cat available for adoption.

 

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Cats try their luck on the agility course.

10/22/13 11:00am
10/22/2013 11:00 AM
COURTESY PHOTO |

COURTESY PHOTO | Kent Animal Shelter Pamela Green with two of the nine dogs rescued from Brookhaven Town Animal Shelter.

Kent Animal Shelter officials said Monday they’ve rescued nine dogs from Brookhaven Town’s crowded animal shelter and are ready to adopt the pets to loving homes.

Kent Animal Shelter executive director Pamela Green said in a press release that the rescued dogs have been fully vetted and are ready for adoption. Donations are also being sought to support the animals while they’re at the shelter, a no-kill facility located in Calverton.

“These are all such wonderful dogs,” Ms. Green said. “It’s sad they ended up in a shelter, but I’m confident we can find them loving homes and give them a second chance.”

According to an Oct. 3 Newsday article, the Brookhaven Animal Shelter had been closed for more than a month due to an outbreak of ringworm that led to the euthanization of at least 25 cats. In addition, there had been nearly 130 more dogs and about 40 more cats at the shelter than legally permitted. In August 2011, Brookhaven’s shelter also temporarily closed due ringworm, which is a fungal infection of the skin that can be transferred to animals or humans.

A Brookhaven Town Animal Shelter employee said Monday the shelter reopened about two weeks ago.

08/01/13 5:00pm
08/01/2013 5:00 PM
Pit bull

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Timmy is a 2-year-old, red-nosed pit bull who’s been at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton for about two years.

Kent Animal Shelter has kicked off a promotion offering $20 spay or neuter services for pit bulls and pit bull mixes during the month of August.

The Calverton shelter is parting with PetSmart Charities, a national nonprofit animal welfare organization that will provide the discounted surgeries. Free nail trimming is included in the “Primp Your Pit” offer.

Kent’s executive director, Pam Green, said she hopes the offer will raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pit bulls in order to curb overpopulation, a situation she described as a “crisis surrounding that breed.”

“Pit bulls have been tremendously over-bred and municipal shelters are inundated with them, including the Riverhead shelter to the tune of 90 percent capacity,” she said. “It is a sad state of affairs because it is extremely difficult to place them and they languish in these shelters for months on end, which means an extremely low quality of life.

“The dogs that are not placed (most of them) are euthanized in shelters that are not no-kill.”

The animal shelter plans to spay or neuter 140 pit bulls this month, an increase of 20 more dogs compared to last year’s campaign.

The American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as 8 to 10 weeks old and research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections, according to the animal shelter’s press release.

For more information about the promotion or to schedule an appointment, call Kent Animal Shelter at (631) 727-5731.

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07/18/13 5:00pm
07/18/2013 5:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN PHOTO | Puppies saved from Grand Bahama will soon be available for adoption at Kent Animal Shelter.

There’s nothing cuter than a yard full of puppies. And when they’re puppies saved from a dismal future, their big eyes and wagging tails seem even sweeter.

Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton is taking part in ‘Operation Puppy Lift,’ a program started by the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.

The northernmost island of the Bahamas, Grand Bahama has population issues with stray dogs and only one animal shelter to deal with the problem. Around 1,200 animals are taken in per year at the shelter, Kent executive director Pam Green said. Overcrowding leads to a high euthanasia rate.

To help save the puppies, HSGB started “Operation Puppy Lift,” in which the organization joins together with no-kill shelters in the U.S. to take in the needy pups. Kent welcomed 15 new puppies Wednesday who were flown in from the tropics.

The strays traveled on a private charter from Grand Bahama to Florida, and then went on a commercial airplane to JFK airport in New York where the shelter workers picked them up. HSGB paid for the transportation through its own funding and the puppies are solely in the shelter’s care now.

Kent became involved in the program when office manager Linda MacDonald reached out to a friend who worked with HSGB. Ms. Green said she plans on making this an ongoing partnership.

“It’s such a shame that these little guys are being put to sleep without a chance,” she said as small puppies on leashes ran around her legs. “It’s just a different culture there when dealing with the dogs.”

The dogs are called “potcake puppies,” a local name used to describe the native mixed breeds on the island.

“They’re a mixed breed and look a little collie-ish … they have longer snouts,” Ms. Green said when describing their appearance.

The adorable puppies are all less than a year old, the youngest being four months, and shelter staff members said the dogs will stay a small to medium size into adulthood.

After being checked by a veterinarian, vaccinated and spayed or neutered, the puppies will be put up for adoption. The shelter is hopeful the process will be complete by the end of the week.

Kelly Cross, a staff member at the shelter, said that although she limits one dog for herself, it is difficult not to get attached to the new ones when they arrive.

One pup from Grand Bahama is already stealing her heart.

“I think this one is my favorite so far,” she said of a tiny white puppy with light brown spots. “You get very attached — I mean just look at them. But it’s rewarding to see a great family come in and fall in love. It’s sad to see them go, but it’s a good kind of sad.”

The shelter is also picking up four more puppies on Saturday who hail from Turks and Caicos, islands with a similar dog problem.

Those interested in adopting one of the new puppies can visit the shelter’s website www.kentanimalshelter.com. Pictures of the new pups should be online in a few days, and applications are available on the website.

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07/17/13 9:30am
07/17/2013 9:30 AM

STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton helped rescue cats from a “hoarder” house in Miller Place.

A local animal shelter in Calverton is lending a helping hand by offering to take in kittens recovered from a “hoarder” home.

As many as 40 cats were living in-and-out of a Miller Place house before local animal shelter workers stepped in to ease the burden for the resident Monday. The cats did not all live in the house at the same time.

Pam Green, the director at Kent Animal Shelter, said her shelter has taken in half a dozen cats so far, all of which are in good condition. Green said the homeowner has been cooperative in receiving help and getting the cats required medical care.

“They’re healthy for the most part,” Green said. “Some of them are very small and need to be bottle fed and when they’re old enough and can eat on their own they will be spayed and neutered and get their shots.”

Green said similar cases are not uncommon.

“It goes on more than you would like to think. In this situation people sometimes lose grasp of reality and become overwhelmed,” she said. “Maybe they just start out with a couple of pets and then more and more would show up and then they breed and then all of a sudden you have a huge colony.”

Green added: ”I’ve seen worse.”

Traps were placed around the home to pick up cats still on the loose. Green said the process may take as long as a couple of months.

She warned that having too many animals confined to a small living space can pose potentially serious health hazards.

“In these colonies sometimes you get [an animal] that comes in with a disease such as Leukemia and AIDS and they start passing it around the colony, so all the cats are going to be tested,” Green said.

The shelter has plenty of cats currently available for adoption and recently partnered with Petco. Together, once a month, they also host a pet adoption day, which Green says will be a big help.

“When you have too many pets together it puts stress on the animals,” she said. “It’s like when you have too many people and put them in a small place, good things usually don’t happen.”

04/15/13 12:00pm
04/15/2013 12:00 PM
FEral Cats in Riverhead

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Supervisor Sean Walter holds his new puppy, ‘Bandit,’ alongside Pam Green of Kent and Al LaFrance of SAVES, a North Fork feline humane organization.

Kent Animal Shelter and SAVES rescue groups have teamed up to put a huge dent into feral cat breeding in Riverhead Town.

Pam Green, the Calverton shelter’s executive director, said the shelter received a Petsmart grant of $20,250 to accomplish this goal last year, and volunteers have been working ever since to trap and spay or neuter, and then vaccinate, cats throughout the town.

There are approximately 450 feral cats in the town, she said, so the financials work out to about $50 for each cat.

The boundaries for the colonies that were identified are Edwards Avenue in the west, Route 105 in the east, Middle Road in the north and Main Street in the south.

Al LaFrance, a Mattituck resident and a SAVES (Spay Alter Vaccinate Every Stray) nonprofit official, has been working with volunteers to trap cats every two or three weeks and take them to Kent to be fixed and vaccinated.

The cats then recuperate in his basement, after which he reintroduces them to their colonies, where they are fed by volunteer caretakers.

He started last October and now the group is halfway through the gargantuan effort, having spayed 208 cats so far.

“This is a good example of cooperative partnership of two animal rescue groups coming together in the first-ever massive effort to reduce the number of feral kittens that would have been born this spring,”  Mr. LaFrance said at Kent last Thursday.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter stopped by Kent Animal Shelter that afternoon to commend Ms. Green and Mr. LaFrance on the program.

“I think it is a wonderful thing,” he said. “I had no idea that we had these large colonies of feral cats. It is not fair to the cats or the community. Having the cats pregnant and them having to feed their kittens is a horrific thing.”

Mr. Walter was also at Kent, on River Road, to pick up a 9-week-old shepherd mix puppy his sons had picked from photos Mr. Walter had taken during a prior visit.

The Walters decided to name the dog “Bandit.”

Anyone in Riverhead or Southold towns who identifies a feral cat colony can call the SAVES help line (631) 722-0015.

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