The Town’s Animal Shelter oversees animal adoption and control, and the GeesePeace Program.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Holidays Closed
During regular hours, call (516) 677-5784.
After regular business hours, and on Sundays and holidays, residents experiencing animal problems should contact their local police precinct. In an emergency, call 911. They will contact us if they need assistance.
- The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter. . . a state-of-the-art facility built to house animals in a healthy and nurturing environment.
- The “dog only” kennel areas have oversized cages, sheltered out-door areas, and gabled roofs that let in diffused natural light.
- All dogs have access to large outdoor runs to maintain healthy muscle tone.
- Quarantine cages segregate sick animals from the general population. An in-house infirmary, not open to the public, provides space for treatment of ailing shelter residents.
- Cats brought to the shelter are housed in a sound proof area. This stress-free environment consists of twenty-four cages complete with a skylight above.
- All dogs receive “5 in l” and rabies inoculations and all cats are given “4 in l” inoculations before leaving the shelter.
- The entire Animal Shelter enjoys a complete air filtration system which provides air exchanges every fifteen minutes of every day.
- View the Canine Behavioral and Adoptability Policy Overview
Injured Dogs and Cats
Strays – During business hours residents can make a report to the Animal Shelter. After hours, the police should be notified. Medical attention, if warranted, will be provided by Town-contracted veterinarians. Owners should call their veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinary Service listed in the telephone book concerning their own dog or cat.
Lost and Found
Lost or found pets or stray dogs should be reported to the Animal Shelter. Anyone interested in adopting a pet should first contact the Animal Shelter. Lists of animals available for adoption are updated at the Shelter.
What is TNR?
The acronym TNR, also known as Trap-Neuter-Return, is a method of humanely trapping feral cats, neutering them, and then returning them to the original environment they were taken from. TNR is widely seen as a more humane and more efficient alternative for animal care and control. The captured feral cats are immediately taken to a veterinary clinic where they are treated by the castration of males and spaying of females. Typical TNR programs generally include vaccinations of certain diseases such as rabies, herpes and calicivirus.
What Are The Benefits of TNR?
- It immediately stabilizes the size of the colony by eliminating the chance of new litters
- Nuisance behavior is reduced, including yowling and fighting that come with mating activity and the odor of spraying males marking their territory
- Lessens the number of kittens and cats flowing into local shelters, which results in lower euthanasia rates
- Allows cats to live out their lives while minimizing a possible negative impact on the cat population near you
Oyster Bay Animal Control TNR Surgical Unit
In an effort to control the population and health of feral cats within the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town has its own Trap-Neuter-Return Program. Supervisor Saladino stated, “With Nassau County being declared a rabies county, these cats pose not only a nuisance, but a public health risk.” With that being told, TNR is the most effective and humane way to deal with these types of issues.
SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS
- September is Free Adoption Month!
- Rabies Clinic
- “Seniors for Seniors” Pet Adoption Program
For information call (516) 677-5784. Personnel are available for Animal Shelter tours and/or speakers for your group. Contact the Animal Shelter between 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. for further details.
The Town’s GeesePeace program works with our highly trained Border Collies to humanely reduce the local geese population while encouraging them to migrate to areas that allow us to peacefully co-exist. The public can help the effort by not feeding geese (and other wildlife). Humans feeding geese are a root cause of problems with geese. People feed geese bread, crackers, and other processed foods that are unhealthy for them and can lead to bird diseases. Feeding geese causes them to be aggressive and must be eliminated before they will leave. The Town of Oyster Bay recognizes that there is a great conflict with geese overpopulation and their effect on the quality of life of our residents. GeesePeace works to help control the rapidly increasing Canada Geese population in the area.
Canada Geese are not only a nuisance to the public, they have become a threat to the local ecology. The first strategy of population stabilization is a process known as “egg-oiling.” Egg oiling is effective because it contributes to the long term reduction in overall numbers of the birds and reduces adult loyalty to one site. GeesePeace personnel first test the eggs to see if they are developing embryos, in which case they return them to the nest. (They put the egg into a bucket of water. If it floats, that means it has an air sack and it contains a developing embryo.) The Town of Oyster Bay has oiled over 5,000 eggs. This translates to over 50,000 fewer geese over a period of 8 years.