Key to the shelter's new direction, says Nolan, is the new director, veterinarian Dr. Mary Harrison, who is the first licensed veterinarian to head up a shelter in the state of New York.
Among the first enhancements, Harrison
has introduced a feral cat program, and new viewing and exam rooms."Dr.
...Dr. Harrison graduated from the University of Cambridge School of Veterinary Medicine in England in 1985, and after an internship in Small and Large Animal Surgery in Glasgow, Scotland, and a residency in Small Animal Surgery in California, she moved to Long Island in 1989.Before coming to the Islip Animal Shelter, Dr. Harrison worked for the North Shore Animal League, The Humane Society in Manhattan, and as Regional Medical Director of Veterinary Centers of America.
With Nolan's support, Harrison
is determined to increase animal adoptions, promote spaying and neutering of pets, and educate the public in pet care and the role of animals in family life.
In addition, Dr. Harrison's
experience as a veterinarian has allowed the Shelter to modify their facility to place more focus on animal care.One large, previously under-utilized office has been remodeled as a viewing room for potential adopters to visit with the animals they intend to adopt in a safe, pet-friendly environment.A second office has been converted into an examination room where Dr. Harrison
can administer examinations, vaccinations, and the medical care animals require.
Pictured are (left to right) Nolan; Harrison; Councilman Gene Parrington; and Councilman Steven Flotteron.