Pets4Luv facing eviction - needs homes for dozens of animals ASAP

Susan Richard
March 24, 2019 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) They lost the fight in court and now the Pets4Luv Foundation needs help from the public to find homes for dozens of animals before they're evicted from their current shelter space at the Mall at the Source in Westbury, Long Island.

Founder & President Dave Bernacchi says the Hong Kong-based owners of the mall had promised them continued residence but later recanted.  Pets4Luv pursued legal action, but last week a judge ruled in favor of the mall. "We could have as little as three weeks," Bernacchi told 1010 WINS, "to find the rest of our babies homes, to get another place or to just get everything into storage and get all of our animals safely fostered."

The shelter is working with several different realtors to secure a new location, but Bernacchi says they've been unable to find a rental property for less than $5000 per month which, since they rely on donations, they cannot afford. The long term goal, says Bernacchi, is to bring in enough through fundraising efforts to purchase a building so they never have to worry about eviction again.

Pets4Luv marked its tenth anniversary in 2018, and is known for taking in disabled, injuried and special needs pets. They also partner with nearly a dozen local organizations that work with special needs humans who volunteer at the shelter as part of an enrichment program for both the people and the pets.

When 1010 WINS reported last December on the possibility they might be evicted, Pets4Luv announced it had stopped taking in new animals to focus on placing the ones in their care. "It's a horrible feeling," says Bernacchi. "to have to turn your back on what your goals are -- being a rescue, and not being able to save them." Fortunately, they've been able to find homes for all of their dogs and 70 of the 110 cats at the shelter.  With 40 cats left, and the clock now ticking, they're putting out a new call for potential adopters or fosters to come to the shelter.  In addition, they're also working with other rescue groups for temporary placement. 

For now, Pets4Luv is still at the mall at 1504 Old Country Road. You can get more info on their Facebook page, website or by calling them at 516-832-8200.