On Tuesday, the Crafting For Critter Club, led by Ms. Picciano, went to deliver all of the hand-made
pet toys they had made during Friday clubs this year. The Club members include Grade 8: Chana
Orenbuch, Liora Haimoff, and Tzippora Gold; Grade 7: Avraham Rotlevi, Akiva Steinman, Michael
Zavulun, Avigdor, Zweihorn, Daniel Rozic, Talia Zaurov, Tami Landsberg, Chana Bezalel, Gabriel
Koptiev, Adelina Gavrilov, Yair Davidov, and Assaf Davidov; and Grade 6: Liat Pinkhasov, Avigail
Lalehzari, and Mazal Kahlon. They made 19 rope tug toys, 16 plush squeaker toys, and 14 cat toys.
In addition, they also donated 5 leashes, 1 harness, 1 collar, 1 crate, 2 food bowls, 18 store-bought
toys, 30 cans of dog food, a dog bed, and 2 bottles of pet shampoo.
At the shelter, the students met with one of the dog trainers. She discussed what the shelter does,
and the communities it serves. They learned about the process of how animals end up at the shelter,
how the shelter helps the animals, and how the animals get adopted. They toured and saw all the
dogs, cats, and kittens at the shelter. They went behind the scenes, and saw where the animals get
treated by the vet, food is prepared, and bedding is washed.
The highlight of the shelter visit was getting to pet four baby kittens waiting until they are old enough
to go to a foster home to get adopted, and meeting Ms. Piggles, a sweet mixed breed dog ready
to be adopted. If your family or someone you know is looking to adopt a dog or cat, please visit the
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at 3320 Beltagh Avenue, Wantagh, NY, 11793, 516-785-5220.