Free Adoption Event To Launch ‘Give A Dog A Dream’

Ruby, a pit bull terrier, is currently living at the Huntington Animal Shelter & Adoption Center. Dogs living at the town shelter, such as Ruby, will be available for free adoption on Saturday during an event hosted at Huntington Honda to celebrate the launch of the town’s Give A Dog A Dream nonprofit. Photo/Town of Huntington

Ruby, a pit bull terrier, is currently living at the Huntington Animal Shelter & Adoption Center. Dogs living at the town shelter, such as Ruby, will be available for free adoption on Saturday during an event hosted at Huntington Honda to celebrate the launch of the town’s Give A Dog A Dream nonprofit. Photo/Town of Huntington

To celebrate the launch of the Give A Dog A Dream nonprofit, the Town of Huntington will waive fees during an adoption event hosted in the Huntington Honda showroom on Saturday.

Give A Dog A Dream was formed by the town to raise money earmarked for providing specialized services for dogs at the town’s 106 Deposit Road animal shelter.

This weekend’s event, which runs from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., will celebrate the foundation’s launch, showcasing some of the many pups that are up for adoption at the shelter. 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.

Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone said the nonprofit was founded after many residents asked how they can help improve the lives of the dogs living at the town’s shelter.

So, “The Town established Give A Dog A Dream as the vehicle through which residents can help provide the extras and specialized care beyond the basics public funding provides,” Petrone said. “Even before this formal launch, the word got out and people began donating money and supplies.”

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; and coordinates and sponsors pet adoption events and fundraisers. The foundation cites its goals as preventing pet surrenders to animal shelters and unnecessary euthanasia, and strengthening the ability of the animal shelter to provide support for abandoned and displaced dogs.

Donations, which are tax deductible, can be made through Giveadogadream.org or by mail to Give A Dog A Dream, P.O. Box 37, Centerport, New York 11721. Information on how to become a volunteer is also available on the website.