ASPCA Opens Emergency Boarding Facility for Sandy Victims

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 12:45pm

Many who lost their homes to Sandy have told us that they don’t want to give up their pets, but that they have nowhere to keep them. In response, today the ASPCA is opening a 20,000 square-foot emergency boarding facility for hundreds of animals displaced by Superstorm Sandy.

Located in central Brooklyn, this emergency boarding service is offered to those who need a place to house their animals until they can get back on their feet. It will also provide shelter for pets of those in evacuation centers, as well as pets whose families are already boarding them at Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn.

This effort is greatly aided by a $500,000 grant from generous animal lover Rachael Ray, as well as the donations of our compassionate supporters.

The ASPCA is operating this facility in collaboration with Animal Care & Control of NYC, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team, and the NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team.

“We will continue our disaster relief work to help animal victims in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and hope that the emergency boarding facility will allow pet parents to focus on rebuilding their lives,” says ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Senior Director Tim Rickey. “It will take time, but we will work as a community, and the ASPCA will continue to provide ongoing assistance, personnel and resources as long as we’re needed.”

If you or someone you know was affected by Sandy and needs to temporarily house an animal at our facility, please see the details below.

Where: Pet parents in need can bring their animals directly to the emergency boarding facility, located at 1508 Herkimer Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11233, as early as today. Map

When: Starting today, the facility will be open seven days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and will remain open for 30 days.

Standard of care: Veterinarians and specially trained staff will care for these pets and keep them healthy and happy, and pet parents will be welcome to visit.

What to bring: Pet parents are encouraged to bring the following, along with their pets, to the emergency boarding facility: one government-issued photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID) and a proof of address (i.e. utility bill, driver’s license). If possible, we encourage people to put ID tags on their pets and bring a carrier or crate, vaccination records, and medications or supplies for pets with special needs.

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Mary Sheldon

Is there an address for donations to ASPCA that will be used specifically for pets from Sandy?

and not go to the general society funds.

Michael Jeanmary

I would love to extend my home to any animal in need. Please let me know if there's anything I can do.

Carol Gelles

I can foster a cat and dog. I already have 1 cat so the ones needing foster care need to be okay with the cat I already own
My cat is accustomed to living with a dog and another cat

Marietta Bennett

We will foster a dog in need. We have a house in bayside. 2 loving adults with experience with pets.

Chris bacas

Please let me know how and when I can volunteer at the shelter. Thank you.

Eileen Ryan

Please let me know if you need help at emergency shelter.


Ty so much for this service! My pup has no where to go we just lost our whole apt. On our way to find out more info. Hope they take care of our english bully!


I would be happy to foster any animal that needs a place while you are looking for a place to live.

Jeff Hunter

Our community, Jamestown, RI, has many animal lovers who would like to help with donations of items or cash intended for animal victims of Sandy and their families. Let us know what you need the most.

Alissa Dumont

We have a 7 yr old lab and live in CT on the water would be happy to take in a dog until owner able to take home Please email me.