Friday, February 20, 2009

Bideawee To Close Wantaugh Shelter

Here's the latest bad news to hit the local animal sheltering system; Bideawee announced today it will close it's Wantaugh, LI, adoption center on March 8, after serving the area since 1915.

Despite tough financial times, the move is sure to outrage longtime supporters, volunteers and animal lovers in the community.

President and CEO Nancy Taylor said the decision was financial. In a press release, Bidewawee says it will continue its other programs, including animal behavior and training classes, pet therapy, Reading to Dogs, bereavement counseling groups and the public education programs. Its Pet Memorial Park in Wantagh, as well as the Pet Memorial Park in Westhampton, will continue to provide its full range of burial and cremation services.

The Wantagh Adoption Center currently shelters eighty 80 pets. After the closure the remaining animals will be safely relocated to Bideawee’s two other adoption Centers located in Westhampton and Manhattan, that will continue to operate unchanged.

But without the adoption facility, the shelter will leave yet another community without a safehaven for abandoned animals.

The recent closing of the Animal Haven shelter in Queens, reportedly for financial reasons, has prompted outrage by longtime supporters of the city's first "no-kill" shelter.

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