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Smithtown Animal Shelter is Looking for Short Term Foster Homes for Dogs and Cats During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Smithtown Animal Shelter has had to restrict public access to confirmed adoption appointments and animal/wildlife rescue. Smithtown residents can help the limited staff, who do not have the usual team of devoted volunteers to socialize the animals, by applying to become a short term foster parent.
“The State of New York announced a “stay at home” order which took effect on Monday. As such, adoptions have dwindled to next to nothing. Currently, every dog is getting out daily and our cats are receiving an abundance of TLC. However, with no known end in sight, and a limited staff,  finding foster homes for a few of our animals could help the mental wellbeing of our rescues. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to help out while staying home.” – Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo, Liaison to the Smithtown Animal Shelter
Foster Home Requirements: 
If you have no other pets or young children at home, and are looking for a way to serve your community in this time of crisis, please consider signing up to be a foster. Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for extended periods of time.
To View Current Dogs and Cats seeking permanent home (or foster care) please visit the Smithtown Animal Shelter
Other Ways To Help:
If you are a restaurant providing take out and would like to include Foster Flyers on orders, please contact

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