Town of North Hempstead Town Clerk Wayne Wink recently awarded the first-ever Dog of the Month as part of a new monthly program led by the Clerk’s office.
Molly, a black Labrador retriever owned by Billy Spitalnick from Roslyn Heights, was named the October 2019 Dog of the Month at the Town’s Howl-O-Ween dog costume event. Supervisor Judi Bosworth joined in the award presentation.
The initiative was created as a way to raise awareness about licensing dogs, which is required by New York State law. Dogs who are licensed by their owners with the North Hempstead Town Clerk are eligible to become Dog of the Month.
“I am so excited to have officially launched the Dog of the Month award program,” said Town Clerk Wink. “Molly is a beautiful dog certainly deserving of the award, and I encourage owners throughout the town to enter their licensed dogs in the contest for future months. Most importantly, I urge residents with dogs who are not licensed to contact my office to start the application process.”
“This year in North Hempstead could have been called the ‘Year of the Dog,’ as it has been filled with so many fun and important initiatives for our dogs,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “From opening our new dog park at Tully Park, to our new Howl-O-Ween event, and now our ‘Dog of the Month’ program, our residents have plenty of opportunities to get outside and spend some time with man’s best friend.”
To enter the contest, the first step is to license your dog. Next, submit a photo either with the license paperwork or on social media using #DogsofNorthHempstead hashtag. Please include the name of the dog and part of the town where you live. Owners may submit one entry per dog per year.
The monthly winners of the contest will receive a prize pack with dog-related gifts, as well as a Certificate of Recognition.
For more information about the next ‘Dog of the Month’ award, please visit www.northhempsteadny.gov or call 311 or (516) 869-6311.