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Banned Volunteers, Animal Activists Demand Change at Town of Hempstead Shelter

Activists and former volunteers stage protest outside Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

"Let us in! Let us in!" was the battle cry of concerned residents, rescue workers and pet lovers who staged a protest outside the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh on Thursday.

Check out Patch's video report to see what the group is fighting for and how the Town of Hempstead is responding to the criticism of its shelter's practices.

Michelle Brosnan January 22, 2011 at 01:59 PM
i tried to become a volunteer here a few years ago and they weren't very accomodating!
Virginia Gambardella January 22, 2011 at 02:09 PM
It's the old and repeated story those that are too young, too old or unable to speak (animals) are subjected to the tyrany of the oppressers. Why would anyone be surprised by this lack of action by the powers that be???????? Virginia Gambardella
Derek Donnelly January 22, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Volunteer to support this effort at www.hopeforhempsteadshelter.com
Francine Georgia January 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM
I am a Wantagh Resident. I have adopted two dogs at the Town Animal Shelter over the past seven years. One of my dogs became a pet therapy dog. We have visited several Assisted Living Centers and Rehabilitation Centers on a regular basis. We did home visits and helped launch a pet therapy program for a local Hospice where we visited many patients and their families. I know for a fact that the Shelter has their own pet therapy program that is run by their employees. I couldn't get involved with their program because I didn't work for the shelter, so I found other avenues to get involved in the community Unfortunately, due to a family illness, I can no longer volunteer. I have nothing but praise for the employees and their dedication and treatment of the animals at the Town Shelter! Fran
Sheila White January 24, 2011 at 06:29 PM
I sympathize with everything the volunteers are saying, except for 1 issue. Being feral is not an excuse for killing a cat! If you need to, find someone in the community who is willing to educate themselves and take on the ferals. I have rescued a feral, from a shelter, when he was on his way to be killed. The rest of the colony had already been killed. I have been involved in TNR programmes and I can assure you that killing the ferals is not the responsible, compassionate solution. Check out such groups as Alley Cat Allies. There are many others. Sheila
Jeannie January 24, 2011 at 07:07 PM
This is supposed to be a RESCUE operation, not MURDER INCORPORATED.
michele January 31, 2011 at 09:03 PM
Francine, my experience has been very opposite of yours. I can tell you a list of problems that I"ve encountered in a very short time. Unfortunately, you can't volunteer because the animals do need your attention and love. I am sorry to hear of the illness in your family and hope he/she is recovering fast. I asked to volunteer in December and was told a volunteer program is not yet established. They were working on it then and they still don't have it put together. It's a month later and its' going on 4 months since dedicated volunteers who created an outreach program to place animals out of the shelter into homes (thousands of animals over the years) were banned. How do you explain this?
Gilda Provenzano March 14, 2011 at 11:36 PM
To Fran, How do you explain puppy in pail of bleach!
Gilda Provenzano March 14, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Sheila, These assholes do not care. I do tnr in Brooklyn and i live in Brooklyn. All i hear about Long Islanders is that they SHOOT ferals.
Gilda Provenzano March 14, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Even if they did not kill this cat YOU DO NOT DO THIS TO THEM! Anyone who defends this are morons and pieces of dirt like they are.
michele March 15, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Look at the youtubevideo and you'll see the improper conduct....making a joke as they Kill a Kitty! And Pat Horan the newly appointed director condoned this disgusting behavior. It's horrible!!!!!!!This is why they don't want volunteers. The town wants to continue this heinous behavior and they ban those who try to help those poor animals in the shelter who are suffering due to cruelty and neglect. What is WRONG with this picture?!!! SHELTER PETS ARE CROWDING THE HALLWAYS OF THE SHELTER BECAUSE THEY BANNED THE VOLUNTEERS IN OCTOBER, ANIMALS ARE SICK BECAUSE THE VENTILLATION IS POOR, THERE IS NO SOCIALIZATION AND ANIMALS ARE SUFFERING. We need new leadership NOW!!! We need those volunteers back NOW!!!! They have the experience and connections to help more than anyone in that shelter.
Gilda Provenzano March 15, 2011 at 02:54 PM
This is why no one is let in! I can tell you that this does NOT happen in all shelters, THANK GOD! Volunteers are welcome in the shelters that i know of.
Joann May 19, 2011 at 01:15 PM
@ Karma..Just so you know ..what you are doing is TOTALLY against the law.It is called slander,and also falls under the term cyberstalking .Thank goodness NY is a state that is actually has stricter laws on cyberstalking. AND if the records you refer to are case numbers you have accessed them illegally as Foils CANNOT be accessed that quickly.HOWEVER,what can now be FOLIED is ANY information given in regards to those exact case numbers and when they were answered by the town! Thank you for posting though,only because now your IP address was recorded in a public domain,thereby opening the door to being able to also get the IP addresses for the other people involved in the slander/cyberstalking page....And tell your pals thanks for the case numbers as yes they are being FOILED,by me in regards to the above!! You are all seriously screwed!
Joann May 19, 2011 at 01:15 PM
@ Karma..Just so you know ..what you are doing is TOTALLY against the law.It is called slander,and also falls under the term cyberstalking .Thank goodness NY is a state that is actually has stricter laws on cyberstalking. AND if the records you refer to are case numbers you have accessed them illegally as Foils CANNOT be accessed that quickly.HOWEVER,what can now be FOLIED is ANY information given in regards to those exact case numbers and when they were answered by the town! Thank you for posting though,only because now your IP address was recorded in a public domain,thereby opening the door to being able to also get the IP addresses for the other people involved in the slander/cyberstalking page....And tell your pals thanks for the case numbers as yes they are being FOILED,by me in regards to the above!! You are all seriously screwed!
charlie May 21, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Wow i can't believe all you numbsculls out there that are believing everything Madden feeds you, good Lord people wake up, i'll bet not one of you have bothered to investigate to find the truth, you all have to be drinking the Hussein Obama cool aid, he could use you in Washington, your all a bunch of leftest morons, you will find out soon eneough about Pit Terrier Killer Madden. You should all go back in the holes with the vermin you came out of. The only reason she is still walking the street is because her political democrat buddies9 Dave Dennenberg and his sidekick Derrick Donnelly) are pulling strings to keep her safe but that is'nt going to last, she's going down for the count!!! stay tuned.
charlie May 21, 2011 at 08:45 PM
NEWSFLASH NEWFLASH, it has been learned that Diane Madden is a biggot, she does'nt adopt out animals to Black folks,maybe that's why she has the Pits killed off, well i guess this is just another way the left(democrats) looks out for good black folks of our communities, Rev Wright, you know, Obamas make believe pastor said " NOT GOD BLESS AMERICA, RATHER GOD DAMN AMERICA" well we say " NOT BLESS MADDEN, RATHER GOD DAMN MADDEN" and yes we do have wittness to this disgusting treatment of our Black community.
Keyshaun May 22, 2011 at 05:45 AM
Really?..guess what Charlie,Diane helped me to adopt my dog.Guess what else,it is a pit mix.Oh and one more thing..I am one of those "black folks" as you call me.AND anyone who calls people who are of African American decent "black folks" is a true bigot themselves.Diane is a wonderful person ! You however, are one sick individual who we now also know is a TRUE BIGOT as well as a LIAR!
charlie May 22, 2011 at 05:05 PM
KEYSHAUN: Soooo wrong, maybe i am just guilty of being politically incorrect using the word black, i should have used African American, but you know that's what the leftist always say,if you say red they'll say your picking on the Native Americans. I am not a biggot, i served in the military with them, i party with them, i fish with them, i eat with them and i would live next door to them but if they were liars, theives, fraids and just plain corrupt i would build a wall to keep them. Ask yourself this, why is the list of Pits so long that were killed under Madden and Thornes orders, litteraly hundreds upon hundred including puppies, hell i hope they put an African American in the shelter as director. Be gone Keyshaun.
charlie May 22, 2011 at 05:07 PM
KEYSHAUN: I'm so sorry, i misspelled the word after theives, it is spelled FRAUD,

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