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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.

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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.”

03/29/13 7:59am
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter.

Riverhead Town is finally moving in the right direction when it comes to caring for its animals. The town animal shelter is now being operated not by the police department but by a nonprofit humane group with plans to move from its antiquated and inadequate Youngs Avenue building. Donations through the Move the Animal Shelter fundraising group plus a $300,000 bequest from the Troxell estate in Mattituck will help transform the Henry Pfeifer Community Center property into a modern, comfortable and temperature-controlled shelter for both cats and dogs.

It wasn’t easy to reach this point; some might argue it’s taken decades, and many thanks must go out not only to recent Town Board members who helped make this happen — especially James Wooten — and the North Fork Animal Welfare League, which agreed to take over the shelter, but also to a long list of people who volunteered in varying capacities. The are too many to name.

Related: Kent Animal Shelter receives key approval for new $1.75 million facility

Thanks are due to those at RSVP, established in 1996 as the Riverhead Shelter Volunteer Program and now a regional animal welfare and rescue group. Volunteer trainers and personnel from RSVP and other humane groups have helped dogs at the existing shelter, either getting them adopted or making their lives a bit more comfortable in Riverhead. And then there are those who established and have helped run the town’s animal advisory committee. Along with trying to hammer out policies, such as the one for euthanasia, committee members have served as citizen watchdogs for the town’s shelter management.

And all along, staffers and volunteers at the private Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton have been quietly caring for the town’s shelter dogs and stray cats. Before NFAWL took over the town shelter, Supervisor Sean Walter called Kent the “de facto municipal shelter.”

So while all the press has gone to the trouble-plagued town animal shelter over the years, little attention has been paid to Kent Animal Shelter. It also deserves community support in its quest to raise money and win approvals needed to build a new shelter at its Calverton property. The new facility would be farther away from the Peconic River than the existing facility and would have upgraded septic systems, temperature control and sound-proofing elements.

Kent was recognized as America’s Shelter of the Year in 2009 by the North Shore Animal League, a Port Jefferson-based rescue and adoption group. The local shelter was honored in 2010, at the 55th annual Purina Pro Plan Show Dogs of the Year Awards in NYC, where officials praised Kent’s policy of accepting animals from around the corner and around the globe.

As far as dog and cat shelters go, Kent is a gem, something all of Riverhead can be proud of and should support as it moves forward with plans for its new $1.75 million shelter.

Those who’d like to contribute should contact Pam Green at (631) 727-5731 or pamgreen@kentanimalshelter.com.