The North Fork Animal Welfare League was the first organization in New York with the vision and commitment to undertake animal care and control for our municipality. In 1980 the League signed our first contract with the Town of Southold, and have been operating the Town of Southold Animal Shelter ever since.
Since 1960 the shelter facility has undergone many changes. The League had occupied a series of substandard temporary structures for over two decades. In 2007 the Town of Southold began construction of a new animal shelter. In 2009 the League moved into the wonderful new building provided by the Town of Southold for shelter operations.
Southold Animal Shelter was the first municipal shelter on Long Island to spay and neuter every animal prior to adoption. We were the first on Long Island to institute professional evaluation and temperament testing for sheltered animals. We were the first on Long Island to provide a food pantry program for pets of needy residents in our community. For the last two decades we have always received 100% percent satisfactory on every professional inspection. We continue to boast one of the highest adoption rates and lowest euthanasia rate of a municipal shelter in the country.
The Southold Animal has received many awards and accolades over the past decades. One we are most proud of is the Suffolk Times People of the Year Award. In 2006 the people of the Town of Southold and the Suffolk Times named Gillian Wood Pultz, the staff and volunteers of the Southold Animal Shelter overall “People of the Year.”
- Provide Animal Care and Control for the Town of Southold
- Provide humane housing, veterinary care, food and love for our sheltered animals
- Reunite lost pets with owners
- Respond to injured and orphaned wildlife situations and provide relief
- Find great homes for the homeless animals that come into our care
- Educate the public regarding responsible animal care and provide humane education programs to schools and groups
- Provide low to no cost spay/neuter and vaccination services
- Sterilize and care for feral cats through our FFAT Cat program
- Provide subsidized veterinary care for needy individuals
- Provide free pet food for anyone in need through our Food Pantry
- Provide volunteers for national and international animal relief programs