Hempstead Town Criticized by Animal Advocates

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Town Criticized for Handling of Feral Cat Colony

The Hempstead Town Board was criticized at Tuesday's meeting by several animal advocates, including two banned animal shelter volunteers, for its plans to relocate the two feral cat colonies in Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore.

Town officials want to move the cats, remove their makeshift shelters and relocate their feeding stations to the end of the park starting May 1.

According to Newsday [paid link], the town has cited "health and safety of the cats and park users" as the reasons for relocating the cat community.

One of the cats' caretakers, Joyce Christie, 71, of Bellmore, told Newsday [paid link] earlier this week that "moving the colonies put the lives of the cats in danger due to possible starvation."

Town Waiving Pet Adoption Fees for Mother's Day

On Saturday, May 12, the town is inviting everyone to salute mothers by adopting a pet at the town's animal shelter. The normal adoption fee will be waived for this event only.

All adopted animals will also receive free rabies vaccinations, spaying/neutering and microchipping.

Prospective pet adopters are also encouraged to bring treats and/or toys for the shelter animals; all those who do so will be eligible for a door prize. There will be raffles and baked goods for sale, with proceeds benefiting the "Tails of Hope Fund," an organization helping to fund extraordinary medical surgeries for dogs and cats.

"Mamma Mia, Pets Are Free-a" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. For more information, call (516) 785-5220 or visit the shelter's website.

An tUasal Airgead May 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Neil, it appears you clearly have no understanding of the specific situation at hand, when you post your comments! You posted- "There is no health risk. That was a false rumor, possibly deliberately placed." http://levittown-ny.patch.com/articles/hempstead-town-criticized-by-animal-advocates#comment_3208418 But copies of the Health Department inspection, posted on Patch, states among other things, "current conditions observed on this inspection are in violation of the Nassau County Public Health Ordinance." http://bellmore.patch.com/articles/residents-to-protest-against-relocation-of-cat-colony-in-bellmore-park#photo-9741809 http://bellmore.patch.com/articles/residents-to-protest-against-relocation-of-cat-colony-in-bellmore-park#photo-9741810 http://bellmore.patch.com/articles/residents-to-protest-against-relocation-of-cat-colony-in-bellmore-park#photo-9741812
Neil May 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I have no doubt that there are things somewhere that are "in violation of the Nassau County Public Health Ordinance," but nothing that was caused by the cat colony outside the fence at Newbridge Road Park. An tUasal Airgead (and if somebody is going to use a name other than his or her own something simpler should have been chosen) and I see the world through different eyes. A direct on-site observation of the situation and a detailed discussion with the people involved would make it abundantly clear to anybody with an open mind that the cat colony that those two ladies sustain is no threat to anybody and no threat to the environment. Feral cats in residential neighborhoods can, indeed, be a problem, but none of the reasons that they might be a problem apply to this situation. This article has been superseded by one dated May 1st and any further comments I make will be made there.
Lala May 03, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Neil: The forested area you refer probably been picked clean if songbirds, chipmunks, voles and rabbits, to name a few. Do you not consider this a negative impact?
Neil May 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Paul, I am not sure whose side you support on the specific issue at hand. All the cats in the colony have been neutered or spayed, and all are confined to a small secured area far enough away from any normal human activity to make any interaction with humans very unlikely even if they could get out of the secure area. Free roaming cats, which these are NOT, can be a problem, but that is an issue beyond the scope of the series of comments, or at least it should be.
Neil May 03, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Lala, I was in the area and I saw no chipmunks, voles, or rabbits, but I did hear birds and I think that I did see other signs that there were birds in the area. However, I saw no chipmunks, voles or rabbits anywhere else in the entire part area. Have you been there? Did you see any more wildlife elsewhere in the partk area? How would moving the colony from the relatively confined area it now occupies to the much more open area proposed help wildlife?


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