Animal welfare organizations around the country have rallied to help lost animals and pets in peril post-Sandy.
From the ASPCA to PetFinder to the North Shore Animal League, you can find valuable information right here on what you can do to help and on where you can find further critical information. If you are looking for more information than what you see here, simply Google the name of the animal welfare charity followed by “Hurricane Sandy” for updates.
Petfinder.com has put out this lost pet infographic first of all, not specific to Sandy but still very helpful. They also are providing daily updates on shelters in need and how you can help them.
All of Petfinder’s Hurricane Sandy coverage can be seen here. It is thorough, organized, and easy to understand. I encourage you to visit the links above.
The ASPCA is also lending two hands (and multiple feet).
‘Whether you were coping with Hurricane Sandy in your own backyard or simply watching the amazing coverage of the devastation in another part of the US, you know it took lives and caused incomprehensible, incalculable damage along the East Coast. As an animal lover, you may be concerned about pets of evacuees and victims of the storm,” the organization stated earlier this week.
Here’s how the ASPCA is taking action to support pets affected by Sandy and how you can help.
Also from the ASPCA:
• All New York City storm shelters allow families to bring pets, and since before the storm the ASPCA has been working closely with them to ensure they have everything they need for the hundreds of animals in their care.
• ASPCA is playing a key role in coordinating animal response efforts in the area, and their responders are keeping animal water-rescue and land-rescue units at the ready to deploy around the region at a moment’s notice.
• With the Animal Planning Task Force, ASPCA has set up a hotline for pet parents who evacuated their homes and left their animals behind to ensure these animals are rescued immediately.
• ASPCA distribution center in Syracuse, NY, has enough crates, food, litter and other supplies to serve at least 4,000 animals, and their responders are preparing to deploy them throughout the region.
• ASPCA staff members rode out the storm at work, taking days-long shifts and catching naps on cots, to keep their animals safe, healthy and comfortable. That work continues on through right now.
“Recovery from Superstorm Sandy will be long and arduous. As families who have lost everything begin to put their lives back together, the ASPCA will be there to help them care for their pets. The need is sure to be great,” the ASPCA said.
If you would like to help the ASPCA serve animals, you can donate to the ASPCA now. Your support will provide immediate relief for animals.
The North Shore Animal League (NSAL) America announced on Monday that it would be providing pre-emptive emergency rescue services to several Long Island shelters to ensure the safety of as many animals as possible.
The Animal League’s famed Emergency Response Team was on round-the-clock call throughout the storm, and Mobile Rescue Units are now being used in designated Long Island locations to provide safe havens for dogs and cats.
Animal League America deployed two Mobile Rescue Units to Nassau Community College in Uniondale, NY. The mobile units, which have space for 30-35 animals and have their own power generators, arrived Sunday to house animals whose owners are staying at the emergency shelter set up at Nassau Community College, which does not permit pets inside the facility. The units are stocked with dog and cat food and pet parents are able to visit and walk their animals.
Photo Courtesy NSAL
A second Animal League Mobile Rescue Unit took 35 dogs and cats from Bobbi and the Strays in Freeport. They are currently being housed at Animal League America’s headquarters in Port Washington.
FROM NSAL EARLIER THIS WEEK:
“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are deeply saddened to hear that people lost their lives, and experienced severe damage to their homes and property.
Although Animal League America has been at the forefront of rescue efforts when natural disasters struck around the country, we have never seen such devastation and carnage take place in our own backyard. Over the years, we were on the ground before, during, and after many major hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Isaac this past summer, rescuing hundreds of homeless animals and doing everything in our power to reunite them with their families. We were there this summer to rescue animals and support their families during the wildfires that affected so many in Colorado.
These hands-on experiences, though heartbreaking in many ways, have given us the knowledge and expertise to respond at a moment’s notice when tragedy strikes, working tirelessly to provide shelter, food, medical treatment, and any other essential services to keep animals safe. But our rescue efforts for Hurricane Sandy posed many new challenges–and we’re proud to say that every member of the Animal League America staff has risen to the call and not only met but exceeded expectations.
Hundreds of our employees–in fact, virtually our entire staff–were personally affected by this unprecedented storm, losing power, losing homes and property, and sadly, even losing loved ones. But despite their own suffering, they persevered, working as diligently and compassionately as ever to make sure animals at risk were saved.
That’s the level of dedication given every day from our Rescue Associates and Volunteers.”
During this extraordinary, unprecedented event, the nationwide NSAL rescue work is ongoing. They continued to take in animals rescued from partners in rescue in Tennessee. Closer to home, they are also housing animals from Bobby and the Strays, a local rescue group whose shelter is underwater.
They currently have over 650 animals in their care at their shelter in Port Washington, and another 100 animals are safe aboard our Mobile Rescue Units at Mitchel Field. Their Medical Team is providing treatment and comfort to all animals that need attention and special care.
In order to care for so many, the animals in our Mobile Rescue Units will be relocated to a much larger location in close proximity. This shelter will be able to house up to 500 animals for as long as the community needs our services.
They are working closely with Nassau County of Emergency Management along with Pet Safe Coalition to ensure the well-being and safety of all.
“We have read your well wishes on our Facebook page, and we appreciate your support for the animals. Animal League America is able to save 20,000 animals each year because of your generosity. Please continue to assist animals in need by making a donation to our rescue efforts. We–and the animals in harm’s way–are deeply grateful.
You can also help us in this time of need if you are local to our Pet Adoption Center (Port Washington, NY) and interested in adopting a pet. If you know someone who is interested in adoption, you can help by forwarding this message to them.”
Update from NSAL TODAY.
“Many people staying with family have come to check on their pets at our emergency rescue operation at Mitchel Field. All pets remain safe and are receiving the care and attention they need.
In order to care for the many animals in our Mobile Rescue Units, will be relocated soon to a much larger location in close proximity. This location will be able to house up to 500 animals for as long as the community needs our services.
We are working closely with Nassau County of Emergency Management along with Pet Safe Coalition to ensure the well-being and safety of all.
We will continue to keep you posted on our operation. Please check back (on the website) or our Facebook page for updates.”