BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter.
Suffolk County National Bank has thrown its support behind the Kent Animal Shelter’s drive to build a new $2.5 million facility in Calverton by participating in the “Pause for Paws” campaign.
Three bank branches — at 6 West Second Street and 1201 Ostrander Avenue in Riverhead and 2065 Wading River Manor Road in Wading River — are inviting employees and customers to contribute money to the effort.
The banks will be selling paper paws to be displayed in their windows through to the end of the year. A white paw costs $1, $5 for a blue paw and a coral paw costs $10.
Money raising efforts for the new shelter have been under way for the past year and a half and about a quarter of the cost has been raised to date, according to shelter executive director Pam Green.
“The bank has been a supporter of the Kent Animal Shelter for many years and we are very happy to join with them in their ‘Pause for Paws’ campaign,” said Brenda Sujecki, SCNB vice president of marketing. “The shelter does tremendous work in finding homes for abused, homeless and abandoned animals and their low cost spay/neuter clinic is vital in helping control the pet population in our community.”
Kent has received state DEC permits for a new shelter and it about to submit plans to the Riverhead Town Board and the Suffolk County health department.
With plans for a major fund-raising push in 2013, Ms. Green hopes construction can get under way next year.
“We may not reach our goal by the time we break ground,” she said about the fundraising. “It will possibly be a phased project. We’re hoping when people see that it’s really going to happen, they’ll contribute.”
KENT ANIMAL SHELTER COURTESY PHOTO | Wines & Canines revelers Sunday at Martha Clara.
Kent Animal Shelter raised about $30,000 at its third annual Wines & Canines 5k Dog Walk and Run at Martha Clara Vineyards last Sunday.
The event raised money to help animals at the shelter, contribute to programs and to help the shelter build a new $2.5 million facility at its Calverton property, shelter officials said.
Volunteers and staffers at the River Road shelter have been working to raise money for the new facility for about a year-and-a-half, and have raised about a quarter of the money needed to date, said Kent Executive Director Pam Green on Friday.
“A lot of people are expressing interest in the project,” she said. “We’re trying to get more community involvement.”
Ms. Green said the nonprofit organization has already received DEC permits for the new shelter, and is about to submit plans to the town planning board and the county health department. She said they’re planning a big event for next year to help push the construction funding over the top and expects the permitting process to take about six months.
“We may not reach our goal by the time we break ground. It will possibly be a phased project,” she said. “We’re hoping when people see that it’s really going to happen, they’ll contribute.”
After more than a month of giving $10 discount vaccines to dogs, Kent Animal Shelter will have crossed the 1,000 mark for the year when its discount program concludes Sunday.
The shelter was scheduled to perform more than 160 vaccinations this weekend alone.
The affordable vaccine clinics were made possible by a $10,000 grant from the ASPCA.
While the schedule is full for the final day Sunday, shelter officials said they will try to accommodate people who call in advance at 727-7797.
Check photos from Saturday at the shelter below:
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOS | Five-year-old chihuahua Chico with his owner, Lea Schaefer of Baiting Hollow.
Kent Animal Shelter’s vet technician Kim Rivera of Manorville gives a distemper shot to 7-year old chihuahua ‘Skippy,’ held by his owner Kevin Vinas, 9, of Riverhead.
Seven-year-old shepard mix Pebbles with his owner Laura Sforza of Mastic.
Three-year-old pit bull Apollo waits for his shots as he is held by owner Jennifer Sforza of Mastic.
Tom Comstock of Rocky Point comforts his 17-week-old puppy Zeus, as he gets his rabies and distemper shot.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Kent Animal Shelter’s adoption manager Kristan McCormick (left) and office manager Liza Coppola holding Susie and Nicole, two of the six dogs rescued by The Sato Project from Dead Dog Beach.
Six dogs rescued from what’s called Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico were welcomed with loving arms to Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton Tuesday night.
The dogs, which were saved by The Sato Project rescue group, are now looking for permanent homes.
“They really do a lot for these dogs in Puerto Rico and we want to help them as much as we can,” Kent’s adoption manager, Kristan McCormick, said of the Sato group. “I think we can adopt out these guys fairly quickly and find them loving and caring homes.”
Dead Dog Beach is an area in Puerto Rico where stray dogs are routinely abused, killed or starve to death in the sun.
Kent Animal Shelter executive director Pamela Green said she jumped at the chance to help the dogs.
“When I spoke with the director of the Sato Project and heard about Dead Dog Beach and what happens to these misfortune animals, I knew that we had to help,” she said. “Like many other islands of paradise, it’s no paradise for the strays.
“We can find these animals loving homes, and they don’t have to suffer like that.”
This is Kent’s first rescue in partnership with The Sato Project.
For more information about the SATO Project of Puerto Rico, please visit www.thesatoproject.org
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Kent Animal Shelter is running a spay promotion this month.
Kent Animal Shelter is trying to “Beat the Heat” this spring with a new special rate for spaying cats as a way to reduce the number of homeless cats, the shelter announced.
All through February, cats can be spayed at the shelter’s clinic for $20. The program, sponsored by animal non-profit group PetSmart Charities, hopes to spay 240 animals before the peak of “kitten season,” when shelters see more kittens than usual due to cats going into heat.
“Many people don’t know that female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” said Pamela Green, Executive Director of Kent Animal Shelter. “It’s our goal to bring female cats in before they go into heat and become pregnant.”
The shelter said spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population, and is medically beneficial for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, reducing the risk of reproductive cancers and infections.
The special rate is available to all residents of Long Island. Pet owners must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they schedule their appointment. The promotion is based on availability.
Visit Kent’s website or call the shelter’s clinic at (631) 727-7797 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
People and their pooches came to Martha Clara Vineyards Sunday for the second annual Wines and Canines 5K run/walk to benefit Kent Animal Shelter. Runners and walkers stayed at the Riverhead winery after the event for a Chinese auction, raffles and dog agility demonstrations.
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A participant in the Wines and Canines event at Marth Clara Vineyards.
COURTESY PHOTO | A dog at Kent Animal Shelter is administered the canine flu vaccine.
The humans in your home aren’t the only ones who are susceptible to the runny noses and coughing fits associated with flu season.
To prevent the spread of the recently developed canine influenza virus, Kent Animal Shelter will soon be offering reduced cost flu vaccines.
The vaccine requires two injections about three weeks apart. The Calverton shelter will be offering the shots on April 2 and May 7 for $10. Kent recently recieved a grant from the Building Community Immunity Grant from the Petfinder Foundation to offer the vaccine at a reduced cost.
“This is a perfect opportunity for pet owners to protect their pets against illnesses and transmittable diseases at a very low cost,” said Kent director Pam Green.
There are two forms of canine influenza, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. If a dog contracts the mild form, it can develop a cough and nasal discharge. If a dog contracts the more severe form, it can develop a high fever and exhibit signs of pneumonia.
The vaccine has been shown to minimize symptoms and control the spread of the virus and has been proven safe in half a million dogs, according to the shelter.
The disease was first reported in dogs in 2004, according to the AVMA. The association recommends scheduling an appointment with a veterinarian if a dog exhibits symptoms.
Dog owners can pre-register dogs for the vaccine by calling 727-7797. Pre-registration is mandatory.
COURTESY PHOTO | Animal Planet producer and Puppy bowl referee Andrew Schecter with three Kent pups.
Three Kent Animal Shelter pups will make an appearance during tomorrow’s big game.
Well, not that big game.
Look for the pooches — two mastiffs and a potcake puppy — during the Animal Planet channel’s annual “Puppy Bowl” Sunday at 3 p.m.
The pups were on screen during an Associated Press interview with Animal Planet Producer and Puppy Bowl referee Andrew Schecter. The interview will air during the 7th annual Puppy Bowl, said Kent director Pam Green.
The Puppy Bowl, explains the AP, “has a football theme, with the dogs scoring ‘touchdowns’ if they cross a goal line with a chew toy. There’s no such thing as going too far in this sport, which has a “blimp” staffed by hamsters, chickens as cheerleaders and a musical halftime show starring cats.”
The event always airs on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Calverton shelter’s director Pam Green and staffer Lisa Lewin brought the pooches in after being contacted by Petfinder.com, a website that finds families for homeless animals.
Ms. Green said the large mastiff puppies were “super” while playing with Mr. Schecter. “They kind of look like linebackers themselves,” she said. The puppies are available for adoption at the River Road shelter in Calverton.