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2011-10-19 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

This column is in the style of the previews you are forced to watch at the movie theater. However, I won’t blast the sound or scare you out of your wits. Four Last Hope Animal Rescue events are approaching in quick succession. Here is a sneak preview:

#1- Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic for Dogs & Cats on Sun. Oct. 23 from 11 to 3 pm at the Last Hope Wantagh

Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave. All pet owners welcome. Yes, the rabies shots are really free; no appointment necessary but pets must be at least four months old. Also available are discounted canine & feline distemper combo shots at $12 each. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be in carriers. This clinic is made possible because of a grant from Pet Peeves, Inc., the voice of LI pets. For more information, contact or call 516-417-0222.

#2- Last Hope’s 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Woodbury Country Club located at 884 Jericho Tpke. on Thurs. Nov. 10 from 6 to 11 pm. This year marks three decades of Last Hope helping homeless dogs and cats on LI (and now death row dogs from Kentucky and West Virginia too.)

“2011 has been a landmark anniversary year for Last Hope,” states Linda Stuurman, president, “We opened our new, spacious Wantagh Adoption Center in June. After thirty years we finally have our dogs and cats together under one roof.”

The theme for the November 10th celebration is It’s Reigning Cats & Dogs since homeless pets under Last Hope’s care are treated royally, going from rags to riches. Newsday columnist Joye Brown, who just happens to own several Last Hope cats, will be the keynote speaker. Festivities from 6 to 11 p.m. include a sit down dinner, a full open bar, live and silent auctions, plus raffles. The live auction items are fantastic and include prizes such as a Disney World vacation package and fine jewelry. There will be a show featuring LI’s own Doo Wop group Still in Style and DJ entertainment provided by Get Your Groove On.

Last Hope will be honoring Janet Brasco and Geraldine Walsh, co-founders of the organization, as well as Last Hope supporter William J. Abbott, president and CEO of the Hallmark

Channel. In addition, Last Hope will be recognizing “pioneers of progress” at several LI municipal animal shelters. The honorees include Matt Caracciolo, former director of Town of Islip Animal Shelter; Chris Elton, director of Town of Babylon Animal Shelter; Joan Phillips, co-founder and president of Glen Cove Animal Lovers League; and Dori Scofield, director of Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and president of Save-A- Pet in Port Jefferson Station.

Those interested in attending should reserve seats in advance. Tickets for Last Hope’s 30th Anniversary are $75 per person. Information about purchasing tickets and sponsorships is available at or by calling 516-935-0503.

#3 – Last Hope along with the Town of Hempstead Shelter to Host the Bully Breed Brigade on Sun. Nov. 13 from 11 to 3 pm on Beltagh Ave., the street that adjoins our shelters. Are you aware of the Pit Bull plight and the overwhelming number of Pit Bully breeds languishing within shelters throughout LI and elsewhere? Shelter workers and rescuers face unique challenges placing Pit types in permanent, responsible homes while also reducing their rampant breeding and abuse.

On Sunday, November 13th, Last Hope

Animal Rescue and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter are combining forces to devote an entire day to Pit Bull awareness, educating the public about the growing problems faced by Pits and showcasing these dogs as the wonderful pets they can be. Hopefully, representatives from other municipal shelters will bring adoptable Pitties so all LI can be united in exploring ways to help these often maligned and misunderstood dogs.

The Bully Breed Brigade will include an adoption fair, speakers, trainers, vendors, holistic rehabilitation specialists, community outreach volunteers, a Tellington Touch demo and more. We are still firming up the list of attendees. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a Pit Parade of “Ambassadogs” between the two facilities. Perhaps a sad exaggeration, but the parade could stretch from Wantagh to Westhampton if all the Pits in need were present. Please stop by. For more info, contact

#4- LI Film Premiere: As a culmination to the Bully Breed Brigade, at 7 p.m. Last Hope will host the LI premiere of Beyond the Myth, a documentary about Pit Bulls and breed discrimination at the Cradle of Aviation IMAX Theater, 1 Davis Avenue, Garden City. Film maker Libby Sherrill from Tennessee will be on hand to speak about her movie and discuss how breed specific legislation such as the current bans on Pit-type ownership in Denver, Miami, and Cincinnati punish responsible owners and well-behaved dogs, instead of irresponsible owners and only dangerous dogs. It makes more sense to consider the deed; not the breed. Advance tickets are $10 and are available for Last Hope’s screening at . Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the theater.

For Adoption at Babylon Town Shelter (631-643-9270) Lamar St. W. Babylon:

“Lucy” #93851 a mature Lab/Chow arrived in February as an unhappy stray with skin and ear infections. She was treated at the shelter and her personality began to blossom. Lucy has turned into a happy girl with the attention she gets from the staff. Now she needs a home sweet home. The “Great Pumpkin” #20900 tips the scales at 22 pounds. This mellow male orange male tabby was rescued from Southern State Parkway.

More Cats: sweet “Bernie”#20779, black cat that came in with burns; “Pristine” & “Dusty,” solid white beauties.

Dogs: two Boxers; “Honey” & “Sheba”- Huskies; “Faline” 94374- slender Hound mix; “Mae” #94417- the shelter’s Pit mix “Ambassadog”- discarded in a plastic bag with severe mange, now healed and super-appreciative; “Mona Lisa” #93957- Mae’s playmate.

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