By Andrew Wroblewski
The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter and Adoption Center placed a total of seven dogs into new homes last week, which was “one of the best weeks ever that I can remember,” said shelter Director Jerry Mosca.
“All of our new programs and social media postings have led to much more traffic coming to the shelter, which has ultimately led to a lot more adoptions,” Mosca said on Monday.
The town’s shelter, which is located 106 Deposit Road in East Northport, prepares dogs for adoption by making sure they have basic obedience training and by instituting play groups to enhance socialization. It also started a nonprofit, Give A Dog A Dream Foundation, that accepts donations to help the dogs living at the shelter.
The shelter also recently kicked off a “Dog of the Week” social media campaign through its Facebook page (on.fb.me/216L1kA) Each week one dog living at the shelter is being put up for free adoption, negating the typical $103.50 fee.
One of the dogs of the week, Lady, a black lab mix, was among the seven dogs adopted last week, Mosca said.
The program is also helping get people into the shelter, Mosca said. Along with Lady, Daisy, LuLu, Teddy, Yoda, Copper and Stewy were adopted last week.
“People come in to look at that dog, but realize it is not the right fit for their house or family. We are able to then steer them to another dog that might be a more successful adoption,” Mosca said.
Daisy is a German Shepherd-pit bull mix, LuLu is a pit bull, Teddy is a Mastiff-pit bull mix, Yoda is a German Shepherd-pit bull mix, Copper is a pit bull-lab mix and Stewy is a Great Dane mix.
“While I don’t expect to have weeks like this all the time,” the social media campaign and new programs have “really given us the opportunity to get more of our dogs a chance at their forever home,” Mosca said.
He added that the shelter has been getting calls from people around the country enquiring about the dogs living at the shelter, which is how Stewie was adopted by a Massachusetts woman after a two-year stay at the shelter.
In a statement, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said, “These fantastic results show that word is getting out far and wide about the great things going on at the Town of Huntington’s Animal Shelter. We have a terrific, dedicated staff that works tirelessly to help match dogs with their new families and is always willing to try new initiatives to help the animals in their care.”