This weekend Last Hope, an organization that provides refuge for homeless animals, will celebrate their 30th anniversary by opening a new, larger facility in Wantagh for the organization’s dogs and cats.
Located at 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, the former Bideawee Home has been renovated and revamped, and is now considered to be Last Hope’s "grand hotel."
“This space gives us so much more than we’ve had,” said Joanne Anderson, the outreach coordinator for Last Hope. “Now we have grooming rooms, feeding rooms and meeting rooms.”
“Finally after 30 years in rescue Last Hope has a place to shelter both our dogs and cats under one roof,” said Last Hope president Linda Stuurman. “The Wantagh site gives us a chance to expand and centralize.”
On Saturday, Last Hope will welcome the public to come and visit its new facility from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the grand opening celebration including a plethora of family entertainment and activities. Anderson explained that among the fun there will be a clown creating cat and dog balloons, face painting, tours of the facility and even an animal behaviorist and expert trainer. Sunday’s event will complete the weekend festivities with a fundraiser brunch at in Merrick.
“We’re really excited about the Wantagh facility and ultimately, who knows, maybe we can get more animals adopted and into good homes,” said Anderson.