Animal Care Center of Hempstead was established in 1991 in Hempstead when the Village of Hempstead was going through a severe downturn. Based on the success of North Shore Animal League at North Shore of Long Island, Animal Care Center of Hempstead was started as South Shore Animal Hospital and Adoption Center. Because of funding limitations, with a heavy heart the adoption center was closed after about 2000 successful adoptions. Since 1997, Animal Care Center of Hempstead has been serving the community as full service animal hospital. Animal Care Center of Hempstead has proudly served emergencies any time of the day or night.