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A visit to the Riverhead Town Animal Shelter in 2011 motivated Denise Lucas to get involved in creating a better shelter for the town’s homeless dogs.

“I was disappointed with what I saw and I realized something needed to be done,” she said at the time.

What she did was spearhead the establishment of a nonprofit group called Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter, which went on to hold more than 50 fundraisers for the cause.


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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The Dancing for the Dogs fundraiser is taking place from noon to 5 p.m. today.

Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter’s Dancing for the Dogs fundraiser took place from noon to 5 p.m. on the riverfront Sunday.

A number of raffles prizes, including outdoor furniture, a dog bed, and a gift certificate to Cody’s BBQ in Riverhead were up for grabs as live music played and ice cream was served.

The nonprofit’s mission is to raise the funds necessary to move the town’s antiquated Youngs Avenue dog shelter, which is near the town landfill, to a new or rebuilt building at a new location. All proceeds will go toward a new shelter.

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Strut your Stuff, Denise Lucas, EPCAL, Isaac Dog Park

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Augie Doggie, a 1-year-old English cocker Spaniel belonging to Mimi and Dave Bristel of Flanders got a lot of attention Saturday in his sheriff’s deputy outfit.

Move the Animal Shelter’s latest event, called “Strut Your Pup,” was held Saturday afternoon at the town’s Isaac Dog Park in Calverton to raise funds to build a second dog park at Stotzky Park in Riverhead.

About two dozen people showed up with their dogs in tow, and about 10 of them dressed in costumes.

Move the Animal Shelter founder and event organizer Denise Lucas said all proceeds from the day’s events would be going toward a second dog park.

“Not a penny goes to the new shelter building, 100 percent goes to the new park which is planned for the back of Stotzky Park,” she said.

The group’s ultimate mission is to raise money to get a new town animal shelter built to replace the aging and often overcrowded shelter on Youngs Avenue, near the town dump.

Councilman Jim Wooten, who was also at the event, said there is enough land at Stotzky Park near Polish Town to make a dog park as large as Isaac Park, which is about a half an acre.

He said he recently walked Stotzky Park with town recreation department supervisor Ray Coyne.

“We looked at a spot by the back parking lot, near the soccer fields in a wooded area that marries up to the fire department land,” Mr. Wooten said.

Ms Lucas agreed that the goal at Stotzky is “to do exactly the same thing as here in Calverton.”

She noted that the fencing and infrastructure for Isaac Park cost $14,000, so she’ll be having many, many more events to raise the money.

Mr. Wooten said the area at Stotzky would be cleared by the town, but many trees would remain for shade for the dogs and their owners.

Ms. Lucas has had plans drawn up and a rendering of the proposed shelter building, which she said she and Mr. Wooten will be presenting to the town board at an upcoming work session.

They both said they would like to locate the new shelter behind the Isaac Dog Park treeline.

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