With Hurricane Sandy approaching, Islip Town is converting its Brentwood Recreation Center to a pet shelter for residents who evacuate their homes but cannot accommodate their pets.
The shelter is open as of 9 a.m. Sunday and will remain open throughout the duration of the storm, town officials said.
“The Town of Islip recognizes that any displacement caused by the storm can leave some families straining to provide care for our pets, who are valuable members of our families,” said Islip Supervisor Tom Croci. “The facility will serve as a safe haven for all pets, large and small.”
The shelter will be administered by the Suffolk County SPCA and will be equipped to deal with the needs of household pets over a long-term basis. Pet owners must bring a crate or carrier to house their pet, proof of rabies vaccination and at least one day’s worth of food. Islip residents must check their pet in and must come back to walk their pet and care for them.
The Brentwood Recreation Center is located at 89 3rd Avenue in Brentwood. From Sunrise Highway, take Exit 42N – County Road 13 to 3rd Avenue. Make a right onto 3rd Avenue. The Recreation Center will be on the left-hand side of the road.
From the Long Island Expressway, take Exit 53S to 3rd Avenue. Make a left onto 3rd Avenue and the Recreation Center will be on the left-hand side of the road.
For more information about this pet shelter please call the Islip Animal Shelter and Adoption Center at (631) 224-5660 or Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.