RECENT UPDATE OF SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 

If you scroll down below, you will see that this website has not been updated since 2014! 

It 's important for you to understand WHY. After the banned rescuers won their CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT, Kate Murray was FORCED to reform the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. She gave us a Director who believed in following the guidelines of the No-Kill movement and an Assistant Director who carried out the philosophy. We finally had pro-active leadership that implemented an active well trained Volunteer & Training Program through experienced skilled experts who put in place functional OPEN DOOR POLICIES & PROGRAMS in every department from Training/Behavioral, Adoptions, Rescue, Pet Intervention, transparency, record keeping, Proper IN-Take and Medical Protocol and most important - OPEN INFORMATION ABOUT EACH & EVERY ANIMAL AND A FRIENDLY HEALTHY ATMOSPHERE FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND ANIMALS TO ENJOY! Though there was still much more work to do, HFHS was hopeful because things were moving forward in the right direction.  

Almost simultaneously, a new Town Supervisor, Anthony Santino and a new animal shelter director Michael Pastore - went on a mission to dismantle and destroy all the progress that was made. The Town and the Elected Officials gave the new director all the tools, support and power to remove all the experts. The MISSION was bring the shelter back to the republican patronage mill and exist only to reward those who are loyal to their party and promise to conduct themselves in secrecy with NO TRANSPARENCY or ACCOUNTABILITY so that they can ultimately HIDE, LIE, KILL and USE OUR MONEY FOR POLITICAL POWER AND GAIN. 

With the help and support of our members and the power of the ANIMAL LOVING COMMUNITY, we were able to vote Anthony Santino out and bring in a new Supervisor from the opposing Democratic Party, Supervisor Laura Gillen. Based on her campaign platform and endless videos, interviews and promises to FIX the horrible mismanagement, negligence and corruption that has been taking place at our animal shelter for all these years, we catapulted her career as a politician and helped her get elected. 

HOPE FOR HEMPSTEAD SHELTER IS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED IN THE ACTIONS OF SUPERVISOR LAURA GILLEN. She has allowed the behavior of the old regime to not only continue, but she has encouraged and condoned the situation to escalate and become even worse. It is now our mission and our responsibility to make sure the public is aware of her actions. Under her leadership, not only has the shelter and some of our animals been completely cut off and denied proper treatment, support, medical, adoption, rescue, exposure and all the programs & policies needed to keep them safe, but the action of KILLING FOR RETALIATION has begun under HER WATCH. 

THIS SEPTEMBER/2018 after securing rescue our beloved "Brock" was killed just hours after a heated exchange of words at a public town board meeting. This is the same treatment and retaliation that has taken place under the Santino leadership. This can not and will not be taken lightly. HFHS promises that his death will not be in vain. Please keep informed and REPORT YOUR EXPERIENCES TO THE HOPE FOR HEMPSTEAD SHELTER FACEBOOK PAGE. 

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RECENT UPDATE OF OCTOBER 16, 2014

WE APOLOGIZE THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATING THIS WEBSITE ON A REGULAR BASIS BUT UP UNTIL A MONTH AGO, WE WERE QUITE PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS THAT WAS TAKING PLACE AT TOHAS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CINDY IACOPELLA AND STACIE DABOLT. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT HAS COME TO A SCREECHING HAULT, BOTH DIRECTORS HAVE RESIGNED!! THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR DID NOT WALK AWAY, THAT WE CAN ASSURE YOU. SHE COULD NOT HANDLE THE CONDITIONS AT TOHAS AND WHEN THE NEW DIRECTOR CAME ON BOARD, SHE FELT STRIPPED OF HER JOB DUTIES & ENCOURAGED TO LEAVE. THE NEW DIRECTOR, MIKE PASTORE, COMES FROM THE CACC AND THAT IS NEVER GOOD NEWS! HE IS VERY ACCUSTOMED TO KILLING AND HAS CHANGED THE ENTIRE FLAVOR OF PROGRESS AT THE TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD ANIMAL SHELTER. MORE, VERY QUALIFIED GOOD CARING NEW EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALREADY LEFT AND OTHERS ARE CONSIDERING TO FOLLOW. WE CAN NOT SIT BACK AND LET THAT HAPPEN!

HOPE FOR HEMPSTEAD SHELTER IS IN THE BEGINNING STAGES OF FORMING A PRIVATIZATION CAMPAIGN FOR THE TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD ANIMAL SHELTER. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO FIX THIS SHELTER FOR GOOD. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT CAPABLE OF HIRING THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO CARE FOR OUR ANIMALS. PLEASE JOIN OUR MEMBERSHIP SO THAT YOU CAN BE APART OF THE HISTORY THAT IS ABOUT TO BE MADE. BY BECOMING A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED OF OUR PLANS AND FUTURE EVENTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND FOR BEING ANOTHER VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS. 

(OLDER NEWS) NO LONGER APPLICABLE! 
IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENT 
FROM THE FORMER GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION "HOPE FOR HEMPSTEAD SHELTER" 
 
IT'S BEEN AWHILE SINCE YOU'VE HEARD FROM US BUT
REST ASSURED, WE HAVE NOT BEEN SITTING IDLE.  
THE LEGENDARY WORK OF HFHS, WHICH BEGAN IN 2010
AND PAVED THE WAY TO REFORM THE TOWN OF
HEMPSTEAD ANIMAL SHELTER, HAS TURNED A NEW PAGE! 
DUE TO OUR EFFORTS - TOHAS WAS FORCED TO CREATE
LIFE SAVING PROGRAMS & PROCEDURES AND MAKE MANY
NEW CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS AT OUR ANIMAL SHELTER.
 
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - OUR DIRECTORS, A NON
POLITICAL MANAGMENT DUO, HAVE EAGERLY SHOWN US 
THAT THEY SHARE OUR SAME VISION AND IMPROVING THE
QUALITY, CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF TOHAS.            
AFTER SEVERAL MEETINGS INITIATED BY SHELTER
MANAGEMENT NEARLY SIX MONTHS AGO, WE
RECOGNIZED IMPROVEMENTS, BUT ALSO VIEWED FURTHER
DELAYS OF PROGRESS.  THERE HAS BEEN A SEVERE LACK
IN EXPANSION IN CURRENT PROGRAMS!  HFHSU
BELIEVES ONCE AGAIN, THAT THE ROADBLOCKS TO
REFORM FALL ENTIRELY ON THE HEMPSTEAD TOWN
OFFICIALS.
 
AS IT STANDS, LOCAL GOVERNMENT ULTIMATELY DECIDES
LIFE OR DEATH FOR OUR SHELTER ANIMALS. 

HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE PROMISES THAT HAVE NOT
BEEN FULFILLED
 
WHAT HAPPENED TO EXTENDING THE ADOPTION HOURS 
OF THE ANIMAL SHELTER TO WEEKENDS &  LATE NIGHTS?
 
WHAT HAPPENED TO HAVING A FULL-TIME 9-5 IN HOUSE
VETERINARIAN?
 
WHAT HAPPENED TO HAVING A FULL-TIME BEHAVIORIST
FOR BOTH CATS & DOGS?
 
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RESCUE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS?
 
WHAT HAPPENED TO DONATION MONEY COLLECTED
THROUGH THE "TAILS OF HOPE" FUND?
 
WHERE IS THE FULL TIME COVERAGE OF ON-FLOOR
ADOPTION COUNSELORS TO FACILITATE ADOPTIONS? 
 
WHY ARE THE ADOPTION WEBSITES NOT UPDATED WITH
PHOTOS & INFO ON EACH & EVERY ANIMAL?
 
WHY ARE THERE NOT DAILY OUTREACHES &
CROSS POSTS FOR ANIMALS IN DANGER?
 
WHY ISN'T THE PLACE BUZZING WITH VOLUNTEERS? 
 
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT
"HOPE FOR HEMPSTEAD SHELTER UNLIMITED"
IS NOW OFFICIALLY A NOT FOR PROFIT CORPORATION
WITH THE ABILITY TO ACCEPT DONATIONS.
 
"UNLIMITED" BEST DESCRIBES THE POSSIBILITIES FOR
WHAT WE ARE ABOUT TO DO! OUR MISSION IS TO ENSURE
THAT EACH & EVERY ANIMAL IS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY
TO UTILIZE THE PROGRAMS WITHIN THE TOWN OF
HEMPSTEAD ANIMAL SHELTER AND TO DEVELOP OUR
VERY OWN PREVENTATIVE & INCENTIVE PROGRAMS AND 
ADVERTISE TO ULTIMATELY INCREASE ADOPTIONS AND 
REDUCE THE EUTHANASIA RATE AT TOHAS.

WITH THE ABILITY TO ACCEPT DONATIONS, 
WE WILL BE
ABLE TO BETTER EDUCATE & ENCOURAGE OUR
COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE & PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAMS
AT TOHAS AS WELL AS OUR OWN.
 
WE FOUGHT HARD FOR EFFECTIVE TOHAS PROGRAMS
& LEADERSHIP THAT DEMONSTRATE LIFE SAVING MENTALITY. 
IT'S TIME TO MAKE SURE ALL PROGRAMS ARE BEING 
UTILIZED TO IT'S FULL POTENTIAL AND TO SUPPORT THE
DIRECTORS TO ATTAIN COMPLETE AUTHORITY OVER TOHAS
TO ENSURE THAT EACH & EVERY ANIMAL IS SAFE AND HAS
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR CARE AND SERVICES! 
 
PLEASE HELP US TAKE ANOTHER GIANT STEP
TO BENEFIT OUR HOMELESS ANIMALS!
TO DONATE - CLICK HERE: 
OR MAIL DONATIONS TO:
HOPE FOR HEMPSTEAD SHELTER UNLIMITED
P.O. BOX 7451 - WANTAGH, NY 11793
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@ "Hope for Hempstead Shelter"