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Have a few good laughs to help NFAWL build a new shelter

A dog at the Riverhead shelter on Youngs Avenue in December. Photo: Denise Civiletti

The North Fork Animal Welfare League is hosting a comedy night fundraiser at the Vail-Leavitt on Saturday, April 1 to raise money for the construction of a new animal shelter in Riverhead town.

“The town’s existing shelter is in a decades-old building in great disrepair, located next to a garbage dump and a waste processing plant. It’s poorly lit and ventilated, and lacks sufficient space for the animals that live there, as well as for staff, volunteers and visitors,” NFAWL said in a press release. “Even with the upgrades and repairs that NFAWL has made, the facility will never meet our standards for the animals or the residents of the Town of Riverhead.”

The new Riverhead Town shelter will be a model shelter, with an energy efficient design that is bright, airy and accommodating for the animals in our care as well as the surrounding community, the organization said.  The new shelter will be built on town-owned land in Calverton.

“The new shelter will be clean, spacious and state-of-the-art, with indoor and outdoor areas for dogs and cats. There will be areas for animal intake, family bonding, humane education, storage and administration. All those improvements will make the space more functional — and be a more successful place for animals to find their forever homes.”

NFAWL’s fourth annual comedy night at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, 18 Peconic Avenue, on April 1 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $36 to $62.50 and are available online. Click here to buy tickets or to make a donation even if you cannot attend.

“In the spirit of aligning the North Fork Animal Welfare League with Riverhead revitalization, we are encouraging our audience to eat at local restaurants before (or after) the show. We will be giving a free glass of wine or beer to audience members who bring an April 1st receipt from a Riverhead restaurant,” the group said.