The Huntington Town Council today announced the formal launch of Give A Dog A Dream, the not-for-profit foundation the Town formed to raise money earmarked for providing specialized services for dogs at the Town’s animal shelter.
Give A Dog A Dream provides dogs in need with access to specialized health care and surgery, customized training regimens, advanced behavior modification programs and immersive socialization and wellness programs. It offers resources such as training and education to both dog owners and surrounding animal shelters. It coordinates and sponsors pet adoption events and fundraisers to increase opportunities for dogs to find loving adoptive families and new homes. Its overall goal is to prevent pet surrenders to animal shelters and unnecessary euthanasia and to strengthen the ability of the animal shelter to provide support for abandoned and displaced dogs.
The foundation has set up a website, www.giveadogadream.org, through which persons can make donations or volunteer to work with the dogs at the Town shelter on Deposit Road in East Northport.
To help launch Give A Dog A Dream, Huntington Honda – the largest volume Honda dealership on Long Island -- will be sponsoring a special adoption event at its showroom from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Shelter dogs will be available for adoption, and all adoption fees will be waived as part of the event. WBZO radio host The Wiseman will be broadcasting live from the dealership, which is at 1055 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington. Huntington Honda has committed to making a donation to Give A Dog A Dream for every car it sells in April. This is the first event involving Huntington Honda and its role as a Town marketing partner.
The foundation has put together an informational brochure that describes its activities and some of its successes stories, including:
Roland, Champ and Grace, three feral puppies that had to be trapped and brought to the animal shelter. Prior to arriving at the shelter, they had never interacted with human beings. After several weeks of special care, they were ready for adoption and are now members of loving families.
Oreo, a nervous dog when he arrived at the shelter who was at high risk for biting others. Through the shelter’s socialization and dog play group programs, he calmed down, learned to appreciate belly rubs and became adoptable.
Flannery, a dog seized by the Town’s animal control division who was suffering from injuries as a result of his owner subjecting him to fighting another dog. After specialized medical care to deal with his injuries and intense socialization and play group sessions, Flannery was placed in a loving home.
Give A Dog A Dream Inc, is a charitable 501 c (3) non-profit organization. Donations to Gove A Dog A Dream are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations can be made on-line at the website, www.giveadogadream.org, or by mail to Give A Dog A Dream, P.O. Box 37, Centerport, NY 11721. For further information, call 631-754-8749.
The Town’s Animal Shelter recently started a new not for profit organization called – “Give A Dog A Dream” to help support our dogs at the shelter, as well as dogs who are in need of food and care from the community.
Give a Dog a Dream is kicking off their first fundraiser with a t-shirt drive.
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East Northport – As a result of a new social media presence and innovative programs, the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter just completed one of its most successful weeks in years, placing seven dogs, including one who had been a shelter resident for two years.
A Massachusetts woman first noticed Stewy, a Great Dane mix, on the shelter’s Facebook page and began a correspondence with shelter director Jerry Mosca about the dog, who had been difficult to place during his two-year stay because of his size and strength. The woman met Mosca and Stewy in person last weekend. “She fell in love with the dog and took him home,” Mosca said. “She has been emailing me since then and sending me photos, showing me how well he has adapted to his new environment.”
Stewy’s stay at the shelter was the longest of any of the dogs adopted last week, but also on the list was Yoda, a pit bull mix who had been at the shelter for more than a year. And while Massachusetts was clearly the farthest someone came to adopt last week, other dogs moved to new homes in Hicksville, Centereach and Kings Park.
The Town has been at the forefront of instituting cutting-edge programs to help prepare dogs for adoptions, including working with shelter dogs to make sure they have basic obedience skills and instituting play groups to enhance socialization. The Town established the Facebook page to increase awareness of the shelter’s activities; created the not-for-profit Give A Dog A Dream Foundation as a vehicle to accept donations to assist the shelter in meeting dogs’ needs; and recently began a Dog of the Week program, choosing a dog each week for which the shelter’s adoption fees will be waived.
Persons interested in learning more about the Give A Dog a Dream Foundation or in donating to it should visit the Animal Shelter page on the Town’s website.