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Pet Matters… aka Pets Matter



Smithtown Animal Shelter "Pets Of The Week"

The Smithtown Animal and Adoption Center will release a “Pets of the Week” Feature every Monday starting July 16th 2018. This new promotion was created with the objective of bringing the focus to the abandoned cats or dogs right here in Smithtown in need of loving homes. Each week the S.A.A.C. will highlight one cat and one dog in need of a loving home. An in detail description along with any pertinent health information will be provided on each potential family member. 

This week’s Cat of the Week are a pair of pint size kittens named “Timon & Pumbaa”. These two brothers were discovered by a good samaritan who happens to have two tabby cats named Nala & Simba, hence the Lion King theme. Both kittens are completely healthy and will be neutered before they can be adopted. All kittens (and cats) are current on vaccines, microchipped, and have received a full workup (blood work, Feline HIV & Leukemia tested, physical exam ect) by a board certified Veterinarian. In addition to these two playful brothers, the Animal Shelter has a variety of kittens available for adoption (or to foster) in addition to older, wiser and loving cats.

“In addition to promoting adoptions, this feature was inspired by what our ACO’s (Animal Control Officers) call the Summer Slump, when families take vacations or gear up for Summer Camp, putting off the idea of bringing a new pet home. This is actually the best time of year to adopt. Having some extra time at home to devote to a loving cat or dog is both a life lesson to teach children as well as a memorable family time to cherish for years to come.” - Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo, Liaison to the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center 

This week’s Dog of the Week is Desi, a gorgeous female, medium sized Labrador mix. She’s approximately 7 years young, although she is as fun-loving as a puppy. Desi is housebroken, trained to obey basic commands and loves watching TV on your lap, strolling beside you and will do anything for a treat. Desi is spayed, microchipped, fully vaccinated and the portrait of health. She will make a family of five or one totally complete. If you are interested in meeting Desi or one of the wonderful rescue dogs at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center, please call ahead to book an hour to properly interact with her in a domestic setting, which includes our Meet and Greet Room, the dog runs and our Dog Walk trail.

The Smithtown Animal & Adoption Centers primary concern is finding the perfect home for each animal that finds his/her way to us. The Animal Control Officers at the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center will go out of their way to ensure both the rescued and rescuer are made for one another. If you have other pets, you can arrange to bring your four-legged family member into the shelter or we can set up an at home meet & greet to see how your prospective family member does with pets, children or the household itself.

Summer hours at Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center are currently:Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM and Saturday 8AM - 4:00PM.(Sunday’s: by appointment only).

To Inquire about the pet of the week or to meet your potential soulmate, please call the Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center at 631-360-7575.The Smithtown Animal & Adoption Center is located at 410 Middle Country Road in Smithtown New York

For more information on these and other rescue animals please contact Smithtown Public Information Officer, Nicole Garguilo at 631-873-5972 or via email at SPIO@tosgov.com


Commack Middle School Goes Global To Save Animals

Middle School’s Global Collaboration to Save the Animals 

“The House of Representatives is considering a bill that would eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for species that are not native to the United States. 

This would seriously undermine the United States’ ability to fight wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade threatening some of the world’s most imperiled species - like tigers, elephants, and rhinos.”- World Wildlife Fund

Commack Middle School teachers Grace Barrett, Lauren Sturchio, and Maria Quinn, along with students in seventh and eighth grade English classes and Creative Connections, an art elective, hope to raise awareness into the part that human action plays in the destruction of animal species on our planet. As creative advocates for these animals, the students used their voices and artistic skills to communicate their message through poetry and paintings, and published a book called Restoring Voices.  

The motivational goal was to educate and raise awareness of endangered and threatened species.  They began by highlighting ten species from Long Island, USA.  They expanded their focus to include ten such species from Costa Rica, Central America. By comparing these two regions, they concluded that while there are cultural differences and challenges that each region face, the struggles of their wildlife is extremely similar. The students are eager to learn more about other global communities, especially Costa Rica so that together they can work towards positive changes for these animals for the future.

The book consists of two parts. The first shares poems written in English with Spanish translations about ten species from Long Island. The second part moves on to ten species the students selected from Costa Rica. After each poem and translation, you will find a startling fact that provides insight into the unique struggle of each species.

Mrs. Barrett traveled to Costa Rica over the February break and presented the book to students in the Lincoln School in Heredia, Costa Rica. Lincoln is an international IB school that is seeking MYP status. Restoring Voices is an example that shows an MYP unit that includes statements of inquiry utilizing a global issue integrating English, world language, and visual art to communicate a message to an audience.

If you’d like to purchase a book, please visit: www.lulu.com, and search for Restoring Voices. Proceeds from the book will support Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica, which rehabilitates and nurtures wildlife with the hope of releasing the animals back to the wild.

With these positive actions moving forward, we can truly restore voices.