05/30/15 6:00am
05/30/2015 6:00 AM
COURTESY DRAWING  |  A rendering from 2013 of what the new Kent Animal Shelter will look like.

A rendering from 2013 of what the new Kent Animal Shelter will look like. (Credit: courtesy drawing)

Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton has saved many dogs and cats over the years at its River Road facility.

But now, Riverhead Town officials have devised a plan wherein cats may be what saves Kent.

Specifically, feral cats.  (more…)

03/29/15 2:00pm
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COURTESY DRAWING  |  A rendering from 2013 of what the new Kent Animal Shelter will look like.

COURTESY DRAWING | A rendering from 2013 of what the new Kent Animal Shelter will look like.

Like the pets we’ve helped all these years, we now find ourselves facing an uncertain future. No one wants to live in a cold house constructed of cement that’s falling apart, not even animals.

Over 55,000 animals have been spayed or neutered and over 40,000 have been rescued and placed in new homes since Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton was built in 1968. How ironic, is it then, that the organization that made that happen may soon face its own untimely demise?

It’s the very thing that we have fought against for our homeless animals for the past 47 years. (more…)

03/20/15 10:00am
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Kent Animal Shelter executive director Pam Green addresses the Pine Barrens Commission during a public hearing Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Kent Animal Shelter executive director Pam Green addresses the Pine Barrens Commission during a public hearing Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The facilities at Kent Animal Shelter aren’t enough to meet their needs, representatives of the nonprofit said at a public hearing before the Pine Barrens Commission last week.

Plans for a new facility, they said, would not only expand their operations but also help the environment by removing outdated and “archaic” septic systems.

But whether that’s enough for the commission to allow the group to build remains to be seen. (more…)

01/31/15 8:00am
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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…)

10/22/13 11:00am
10/22/2013 11:00 AM
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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.

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.”