As Hurricane Irene continues its projected course towards New York City, the ASPCA is helping pet parents prepare for the worst-case scenario.
All evacuation centers in New York and New Jersey are required to accept animals. Please don’t leave your pets behind!
Not sure if you’re in an evacuation zone? Visit this map to see if your home falls in a location currently required to evacuate.
All New York City taxis are required to transport pets. The city’s public transit system shut down at noon on Saturday, and the mayor reports that it is unlikely to resume service for several days.
If you haven’t already, please stock up on food, water, batteries, first aid kits and other emergency supplies to keep yourself and your pets safe during a storm or prolonged power outage.
Stay indoors! Irene is a slow-moving storm and will likely result in unpredictable surges and high-speed winds. Keep your pets with you at all times.
ASPCA responders are currently on site at emergency facilities across the five boroughs, and are ready to offer support and relief to the city’s pets and their families. For all the latest on Hurricane Irene and the ASPCA’s response, please stay tuned to ASPCA.org.
As Hurricane Irene threatens a large swath of land along the Eastern Seaboard, the ASPCA is deploying emergency responders to help rescue and shelter animals displaced by the storm. Members of our Field Investigations and Response Team are working closely with the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the OEM’s Animal Planning Task Force to assist with the city’s disaster relief efforts.
The ASPCA encourages pet parents to develop an emergency plan in advance of the storm, and include potential evacuation in that plan. “Disasters threaten the safety of people and animals alike, and it’s often too late to create a plan for your pets when you’re in the middle of a crisis,” says Tim Rickey, Senior Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team. For families who must leave their homes, evacuation centers and emergency shelters in New York City will be pet friendly, and people are encouraged to evacuate with their pets. Please call 311 to find an evacuation center. All NYC taxis are required to take animals.
Bring pets indoors at the first sign of the storm. Animals can become disoriented and wander away from home during a disaster.
Arrange a safe haven for yourself and your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave pets behind.
Store an emergency kit—with items such as pet food, bottled water, medical records, a blanket, a flashlight and leashes—as close to an exit as possible.
Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification.
Affix a rescue alert sticker to your front door or window to let rescuers know that there are pets inside your home.
Choose a designated caregiver to take care of your pet in the event you are unable to do so.
For more information on how to keep yourself and your pet safe in the event of an emergency, please read our complete list of Disaster Readiness tips. Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for the latest on this developing story.
Barking is a natural form of communication for dogs. But sometimes your garden-variety doggie conversation can become excessive, and result in headaches for pet parents (and neighbors!). The key to reducing a dog’s problem barking is to determine why he’s barking.
ASPCA behaviorists have identified the following types of barking:
- Territorial Barking in response to those approaching a dog’s turf - Alarm Barking in response to unusual sights and sounds - Attention-Seeking Barking to gain attention or rewards - Greeting Barking to say hello to people and pets - Compulsive Barking in an extremely repetitive way - Socially Facilitated Barking in response to other dogs barking - Frustration-Induced Barking when prevented from doing something
Although these are the most common types of barking, excessive vocalization can also be caused by illness, injury or separation anxiety. Before tackling your pooch’s propensity for chatter, please check with his veterinarian to rule out any medical causes.
So once he checks out medically, how do you figure out which type of barking your dog reverts to? Ask yourself these questions: When and where does the barking occur? Who or what is the target of the barking? What things (objects, sounds, animals or people) trigger the barking?
For treatment of territorial and alarm barking, it’s important to block your dog’s ability to see and hear external triggers. For greeting barking, try to keep your homecomings low key, and stash your pet’s favorite toy near the front door to encourage him to pick up the toy before he greets you or guests. If your pooch seeks attention with his vocal stylings, work on consistently not rewarding him for barking. For example, when your dog starts to bark for attention, you can stare at the ceiling, turn away from your dog or walk out of the room. The instant your dog stops barking, ask him to sit and then give him what he wants, whether that’s attention, play, treats, to go outside or to come in.
Whatever the cause of your dog’s barking, please remember not to punish your dog for barking at certain sounds, like car doors slamming and kids playing in the street, but then encourage him to bark at other sounds, like people at the door. Consistency is key!
Shelby County, Alabama, is driven to drastically improve the lives of its animals. That’s one of the reasons it was selected for the ASPCA Partnership. We work with Shelby County and nine other communities to upgrade the state of animal welfare in their areas by providing the resources they need to sustain progress.
Shelby County has made great strides for its companion animals since joining the ASPCA Partnership in 2009. Since then, the community has reduced the number of animals entering its shelters, increased the number of spay/neuter surgeries, and saved more than 4,400 lives through interstate animal transfer!
It’s obvious that Shelby County is motivated to succeed, and the ASPCA is there to lend a hand every step of the way. But right now, this community could use a hand from you—and all you have to do is vote! The executive director of the Shelby Humane Society, Jennifer Miller, is a finalist in Beneful’s $500,000 competition for a dream dog park. If her great idea wins, Jennifer (and Honey Belle, her adorable, furry teammate) will get to build a truly remarkable dog park—which would include an agility course, lots of shade and a doggie pool! That’s bound to make lots of Alabama pooches mighty happy.
Forty percent of Beneful’s decision will be based on total votes earned, so visit the competition’s website and vote for Jennifer and Honey Belle’s idea. (Hint: it’s the fourth entry on the second page of finalists.) Help this animal-loving community provide a wonderful space for its canine pals!
To learn more about Shelby County’s ASPCA partnership, visit its page on ASPCA.org.
Hold on to your hats, folks—we’re on the move! For more than 15 years, our Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics have been on the ground in New York City bringing low-cost surgeries to all five boroughs. Now we may be headed for a town near you!
Earlier this summer, we hit the road with our National Spay/Neuter Project. What’s the gist? We’re taking our state-of-the-art mobile veterinary clinic and spay/neuter team to communities across the country, and helping them implement their own low-cost spay/neuter programs.
“This is an amazing opportunity for pet parents in underserved areas to receive life-changing surgeries for their companions,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres.