Message From The Executive Director
Gillian Wood Pultz
The North Fork Animal Welfare League operates both the Southold and Riverhead Town Animal Shelters. As municipal shelter operators, our doors are open to all animals within our townships that have no other refuge, regardless of breed, age or temperament. This does not only include dogs and cats; currently we house two pigs, nine rats, two hamsters and three bunnies! While our primary purpose is providing the highest quality animal care, control and sheltering services to our municipalities, the enormous success of our outreach programs has altered the needs of our communities.
Our comprehensive population control initiatives continue to be highly effective. By reducing the numbers of unwanted companion animals the League is able to channel additional resources towards education and good stewardship. We want to enable happy companion animals to remain in good homes while strengthening the incredible bond our community shares with animals . Our programming goals remain the same. A community free of homeless, unwanted, abandoned animals; and the animals in our community free of abuse and neglect.
Seniors for Seniors
The Seniors for Seniors Program provides free adoption to any senior citizen adopting an older pet. It also provides assistance with veterinary bills, transport, food and pet sitting to senior adopters.
Read and Relax
Our expanded volunteer program has new initiatives like our Read and Relax Program. This program allows volunteers of all ages to interact on a very personal level with an individual animal. By reading aloud to them in a quiet, safe environment the animal learns to relax and just be loved–making them more adoptable!
Community Food Pantry
Our Community Food Pantry provides food for pet caretakers that are providing loving, nurturing homes to their companion animals but need assistance in order to provide proper nutrition. We have food available for pick up at our shelters and we partner with local groups such as Loaves and Fishes and PAC to deliver food to housebound individuals.
Feral Feline Assistance Team
Our Feral Feline Assistance Team (FFAT CAT) program provides more than 2500 pounds of food each month to assist the our local feral colony caretakers. The League assists these caretakers with all aspects of sustainable, zero growth colony control. We provide free spay/neuter services, shelters, and temporary feeding assistance if necessary.
Subsidized Spay/Neuter and Veterinary Assistance
Our Subsidized Spay/Neuter and Veterinary Assistance Funds provide tens of thousands of dollars of veterinary care to community members that may otherwise have no choice but to give up their cherished friends.
Our Guardian Angel Program provides financing for individual shelter animals needing extraordinary medical attention . This program enables us to treat every animal that comes into our care that has a curable or manageable condition, never having to decline treatment simply for lack of funds.
Our Safe Keep Program provides a haven for animals that become displaced by acute adversity in the lives of their owners. In March of this year alone we housed a total of 19 animals temporarily while their owners rectified various devastating situations.
Through our Inter/National Rescue Program we partner with local, national and international rescue groups to directly decrease animal homelessness through collaborative foster and adoption programs and find a greater number of “furever” homes through expansive social networking and transport programs.
You can make a difference anywhere you choose by donating to the program you feel is most important to you. Be assured your donation will be used solely for that purpose. We need you in order for us to continue to help. Thank you so much for all your continued support.