Occasionally we hear stories about a pet owner who passes away and their pets are left behind in the bewildered care of a friend or family member because they never really put any thought into who will take care of them when they go. Sadly, often these friends and family will just dump the cats or dogs off at the local shelter and never look back. This is so heartbreaking to hear for many reasons most of which is that the pets feelings are often over looked. They mourn too, just like people, as the bond between owners and their pets can be very strong. Then there are the owners who do think about it and actually plan for when they are no longer around to care for their pets….Meet Bandit and Little Lady.
Once upon a time Bandit, Little Lady and Katie (not pictured) were adopted from Last Hope by a wonderful woman who cherished them and gave them a beautiful life filled with love. Tragically, Nancy, their owner died recently and now they are without their loving “Mom”. While we have taken them back into our program, Bandit and Little Lady are currently residing with a “Foster Mom”. They are sad and confused by all the recent changes to their lives…Anyone that knows cats, knows that they are creatures of habit and now their routine has been disrupted…add that to the fact that both Bandit & Lady are seniors at 15 years old and have some health issues but they are being managed quite well and plans have been made for their continued medical care. Katie is the youngster at 7 and will soon be at our PetSmart satellite location where she too is looking for a forever home.
You see at the end of the day, all they long for in their late years is the comfort of a lap, some gentle stroking of their fur and to be loved once more. Please click the links below to learn more about the heartbreaking story of Bandit and Little Lady. Share their story with your friends and help us to find them a forever home.
Brookhaven Shelter had to close down this past week for adoptions due to an outbreak of Parvo in the dog population. Two dogs were diagnosed with Parvo which is a highly contagious, and oftentimes, fatal canine disease. To minimalize contagion factor, the shelter disposed of everything….EVERYTHING. They are in dire need of the following;
- Toys (Jolly Balls, Kongs, Benebones, Etc.)
Items can be brought to our dog and cat adoption center at 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh anytime or directly to the Town of Brookhaven’s Animal Shelter at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven AFTER April 23rd. Thank you in advance!!
Such a wonderful surprise! Chris Elton director of Babylon Animal Shelter asked representatives from Last Hope to come to Babylon Town Hall on the evening of April 8th. He wouldn’t tell us why we were invited.
Turns out that Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer and the Town Board presented Last Hope with a citation for our long relationship working with the shelter on adoptions, veterinary cases, feral cat Trap Neuter Return projects and free rabies vaccine clinics offered to all Long Island residents.
But the biggest surprise was the wonderful Shutterfly photo book that Kristin Siarkowicz, Animal Control Officer at Babylon Shelter, created, depicting the 27 dogs and one of the cats that Last Hope took from Babylon Shelter in 2013. Each dog ( and Maggie the kitten) has a page with a collage of photos, his/her original case number and the span of time that the pet was at the town shelter before moving to Last Hope. Such a wonderful and heartfelt shelter souvenir. Thank you to all our friends at Babylon Town. Last Hope looks forward to many more years of collaboration with Babylon Shelter.
Here are several pages of Pits and Chihuahuas from the book:
“Slim Jim” the adorable Chihuahua with the crooked feet.
“Chanel” the Pit mix who won the dog/owner look alike contest at the Last Hope barbecue.
“Drake” the longest resident ever at Babylon Town Shelter (over 3 years). Adopted into a loving home several months after coming to Last Hope.
Tiny “Velveeta” who attended the ribbon cutting of the new Bay Shore Macy’s with Last Hope.
The Annual Raffle drawing fast approaching and all raffle stubs MUST be received by APRIL 28, 2014. All proceeds will be to benefit our rescue & rehabilitation efforts.
Tickets are $3.00 each or a booklet of 10 tickets for $25.00
- 1st Prize – $600
- 2nd Prize – $400
- 3rd Prize – $200
Mail your payment and stubs back today to Last Hope, Inc, PO Box 7025, Wantagh, NY 11793
Sunday, April 3rd was Last Hope’s fourth free mass TNR clinic for 2014 in Wantagh.
This time 65 feral cats were trapped, spay/neutered, vaccinated, given pain meds and fluids, flea and ear mite treated and ear-tipped by our wonderful, volunteer medical team.
Special thanks to our 7 veterinarians- Dr. Cummins, Dr. Senk, Dr. Bayha, Dr. Juliano, Dr. Harris, Dr. Fruman and Dr. Deahl….for their time, expertise and dedication….and to the vet techs and all the helpers who spent the day (as well as the recovery period) helping these cats and ensuring that they will never again add to the tremendous cat overpopulation problem.
Since the beginning of the year, a total of 213 cats have been altered at Last Hope’s free TNR clinics. The tame ones have been added to our adoption program and those deemed feral have been returned to their colonies under the watch of their caretakers.
The next free Last Hope TNR clinic will be scheduled for the fall. In the meantime, please refer to our Fix-A-Feral voucher program for low cost spay/neuter. The download form has a list of participating vets, prices and requirements.
As our 2014 fundraising gets into full gear, we’re looking for dedicated people with fresh ideas; talented people who can help plan and execute special events (i.e. Supermarket Bingo, Psychic Night, Wine Tasting); people who are outgoing and resourceful to solicit sponsorships and items for raffle baskets; and creative people who can beautifully assemble raffle baskets for our fundraising events.
If you are one of these special people, please join us for our first fundraising meeting of 2014.
For more information, contact Linda D. at 516-455-5370