Queens Shelter Set to Close Its Doors; Cats Need Homes
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Animal Haven shelter in Queens is getting ready to shut its doors next month, and roughly 75 cats will need good homes.
The Flushing shelter's operations will now be run out of its SoHo facility and its mobile adoption van will operate in all five boroughs. However, the building's lease only allows for 10 dogs and 25 cats in the shelter at one time.
The shelter is working on moving the remaining cats to local rescue groups, but most are already filled to capacity. Animal Haven is hoping the public will come out to adopt them.
The decision to close the shelter, which opened in 1967, was based on financial constraints and low adoption rates. The outdated facility took in more animals than it could manage, leaving many cats and dogs to linger for years.
Closing the Flushing shelter will also leave Queens without a full-service animal shelter.
The shelter, which once took in animals that were elderly, sick, or had behavioral problems, has also changed its mission statement. It will now only take in animals by appointment and what it has appropriate space and resources to care for.
For those interested in adopting from Animal Haven, visit the Flushing shelter at 35-22 Prince St., or the Web site at www.animalhavenshelter.org.