About the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation
The Southampton Animal Shelter was operated as a municipal shelter by the Town of Southampton until January, 2010. Due to budget cuts at the time, the Town eliminated the shelter. A concerned group of locals citizens banded together to save the shelter and created the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. The mission is to provide for the welfare of the ever growing number of homeless animals, and, in turn, to place them in permanent caring homes.
The Shelter is primarily dedicated to caring for the homeless animals in our community of twenty-two towns. We also rescue dogs from “kill shelters” from across the country. We have partnered with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find loving homes for adult dogs from puppy mills.
We have proven ourselves to be a leading shelter. We pride ourselves in finding excellent homes for large numbers of animals. Since 2010, the shelter’s adoption rate has increased by 43%. This increase is due to the many new services we provide: a veterinary clinic which handles all incoming medical evaluations and care, spay/neuter services, micro-chipping, and inoculations. We have one of the best training and behavior departments in the country, and dog training classes are also offered to the public for a fee. The Executive Director of Training and Behavior, Aimee Sadler, gives professional instructional seminars to other shelters and rescue groups across the nation so they may also provide better care and training. Aimee Sadler has recently been presented with the Henry Bergh Leadership Award, a prestigious acknowledgement within the animal welfare community.
To reduce the number of homeless pets, we operate a spay and neuter clinic at reduced rates for the public. Further, we provide this service free of charge for all pit bull type dogs.
The present economy is very challenging. People are experiencing hardships, causing many to be unable to care for their pets. These pets are often surrendered to the shelter or simply abandoned. The shelter also admits animals due to profound illness in a family. We have had to expand our facility due to the increase in abandoned animals. Expansion of our staff and our facility require additional funding. We are in the process of raising money to enlarge and modernize the veterinary clinic, as well as our facility and services.
Our mission is to provide for the welfare of animals and reduce the number of homeless pets. Our goal is to promote and nurture the bond between people and animals through adoption, education and community outreach.
The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that relies on the caring generosity of our donors and volunteers to care to for the homeless animals in our community, and place them in loving “forever homes”.