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Town Postpones Cat Colony Relocation, Animal Shelter Tours

A weekly look-in at news from around the Town of Hempstead.

TOH Places Relocation of Bellmore Cat Colony on Hold

Earlier this week, the Town of Hempstead placed the relocation of the Newbridge Road Park cat colony in Bellmore, originally scheduled for Tuesday, on hold. The town will work with the Humane Society to assess the colony at the park and to explore options concerning the habitat where the cats have settled.

No action will be taken until the Humane Society looks at the situation, consults the town and offers its recommendations.

Click here to read more on the postponed relocation.

Town Receives US EPA Award

At an April 27 ceremony, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its 2012 Environmental Quality Award to Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. The award was called "the highest recognition presented to the public by the EPA" in a letter announcing Hempstead Town’s selection. The town was recognized at the EPA's Manhattan offices for Hempstead's creation of Long Island’s one-of-a-kind renewable energy park.

The town's Renewable Energy Park in Point Lookout is home to a host of innovative green energy projects, many of which have been funded with federal and state grants, as well as LIPA energy credits. Some of the features at the park include a 100-kilowatt wind turbine, a 60-kilowatt solar field, a series of geothermal wells (provide heating and cooling to town offices), as well as Long Island's only hydrogen fueling station, which powers up pollution free fuel cell automobiles.

In the Environmental Quality Award announcement, EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck stated of the awardees, "Each year, EPA searches for those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health."

Town Hosting Animal Shelter Tours

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter will host two free educational tours on Saturday, May 19.

The tours will be given at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. In keeping with the theme of "Be Kind to Animals Week," shelter staff will give lectures on how to take care of animals and what can be done to help homeless animals. Staffers will discuss how the animals come to the shelter, the adoption process, proper pet care and the Pet Foster Program. Tours of the kennels will also be given.

All visitors who bring treats and/or toys for the shelter animals will be eligible for a door prize. There will also be raffles and baked goods for sale. Proceeds benefit the "Tails of Hope Fund," an organization helping to fund extraordinary medical surgeries for dogs and cats.

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. For more information, call the Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit www.toh.li/animal-shelter.

Andrea May 15, 2012 at 08:18 AM
I agree with you 100%. First in response to someone a little earlier, cat's clean up after they relieve themselves. They cover it up. Must be birds near the pool. Those cats deserve to be treated with respect and cared for. What about kindness and compassion for living things. I own a cat, a 4 year old. I actually adopted him. True he is an indoor cat and now one of my new additions to a human family, but feral cats deserve care, attention, love, food and shelter. God Bless those kind people who are looking after them and protecting their envireonment. For those that are angry, be kind.
I.D. May 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
cat poop is cat poop. it stinks, it makes a mess, and causes disease. and of course, during their breeding time it sounds llike a nursery of screaming babies all night, then they fight over who is where. i say take these animals home to your yard, fence or cage them in and then i do not have to deal with the poop.
Linda May 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
What about the feral cat colony living at the Merrick Train Station parking lot? I am tired of the empty cans of food sitting there until the cat people pick them up!
I.D. May 15, 2012 at 06:08 PM
or not!!!
Laura June 05, 2012 at 02:45 AM
OMG, are you kidding. They should open a shooting season on the "Canadian Geese". The county could charge for the license and they hunters can bring the meat to all the food kitchens for people to eat. Those birds discust me and I am a full fledged Auborn supporter supporter. They are all over Long Island and Eisenhower park actually has dogs only for the gulf courses. They pay big bugs and they do nt have to deal with these damn birds. Wasn't Nything learned when Captain Sully had a goose sucked into his engine. Nassau picks the stupest things to bring up to albany. As for the cats I do not understand how a group of people that it sounds liked caused the colony to thrive should be forced to pay the county taxes and any other money. Enough is enough. I have a neighbor whom left the cat behind when the bank forcoculsed. He now lives like a king.

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