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ASPCA Conducting Field Rescues in the Rockaways

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 1:00pm

Sandy hit the Rockaways hard, and the ASPCA is responding in that area in three ways: We’re distributing pet supplies at several key points, providing veterinary care to residents, and rescuing animals who were left behind as the storm bore down on this seaside community.

One call our rescue team received informed us that the Rivera family in the Rockaways had been forced to leave their dog and three cats behind when they evacuated to a shelter on Tuesday.

Leann and Manny Rivera had been at home with their seven children when Sandy hit, and it was only a matter of minutes before their home was flooded with 15 or 16 feet of water.

Their landlord told them to break down the door on the empty third-floor apartment in their two-family house, so all nine people and four pets huddled in one room there until the water was low enough that they could swim out.

The Riveras didn’t know they could bring pets to the shelter, and they also had no way to get them through the water. They left their pets in the house with four days’ worth of food and water and trudged through their flooded street to a police station, where they were sent to a shelter. Staff there told them the ASPCA could help them get their animals back, and we did.

We found the cats hiding in various places around the house and the little dog, terrified, barking on the couch. We placed the cats in carriers and wrapped the dog in a blanket and took them to safety.

When we pulled in to the evacuation center where the Riveras were staying, Leann ran next to our truck as it pulled in. She couldn’t wait to see her “other children.” As we opened the van door, Leann’s little dog nearly exploded with glee to see his mom again, and Leann returned the enthusiasm. The animals are now with the Riveras at the shelter, where Leann reports her children are overjoyed to see their pets again.

Field rescues of animals trapped in homes continues today in the Rockaways and elsewhere.

Please help support our ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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tracy

ASPCA: u are awesome

Juliana

I can never understand how people would just abandon their pets in a situation like this!

connie west

I've been trying to get info all afternoon. Please contact me at [email protected] If he is in need of home, I will adopt and pay all medical bills.

leeann rivera

my family and i are grateful to Alex and the ASPCA people for bringing my furrie children to us i dont know if saying thanks is enough, but it was the best day ever to have my family back. we were destroyed with out our babys.we love them more then anything and god knows if anything would have ever happened to them i think i would have died.

leeann rivera

my family and i are grateful to Alex and the ASPCA people for bringing my furrie children to us i dont know if saying thanks is enough, but it was the best day ever to have my family back. we were destroyed with out our babys.we love them more then anything and god knows if anything would have ever happened to them i think i would have died.

kaycee

im only 13 right now but when i get older i wanna help out and save and adopt poor sufering animals

Nancy Nelson

My mom lost her house 2 a fire and was unable to rescue her 2 cats from 247 beach 129th steet. One is a male (all black) and the other is a female white and black (small. Please help!!!

Mellon Price

What a nice landlord to tell them to break down the 3rd floor. I sure wish my landlord was like that. Its a good story all around.

Anika

:3 I could never stand to leave my animals there; I would save them first. And I am so happy they stayed safe while you rescued them.

Apsutter

I'm always surprised how people don't have contingency plans for their animals in case of emergency. I definitely overplan but I will never be caught by surprise because of it. I have my cat carriers always loaded with blankets, food, and a bottled water and they are stored where I can easily get to them. I also have all their medical info as well as phone numbers for their vet and a couple local 24/7 emergency pet hospitals in a folder attached to the side of their carriers. That way I'm prepared if anything happens whether that would be medical emergency or natural disaster.

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