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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I am interested in fostering a small senior dog while his/her parents get back on their feet. Weewee pad trained is fine. I have a small dog now & 2 cats. I only ask that the dog not be a constant barker as I live in a building.
I come with references & years experience! I have fostered in the past and understand the pet gets to return home when ita time. :)


I want to foster a dog. If there is a family who wants to place their small dog in my jersey shore home rather until they het back on their feet, please give them my email address!! Thank you

cindy capodice

i am a supporter for the aspca and am looking to help out where im needed. live in central jersey and willing to travel to shore

Linda Christiansen

When I saw the photo of the Saint Bernard, my heart broke. I had a St. Bernard for 10 years and had to put her down last year. I have a large home and will be willing to help out the Saint Bernard in the picture. Please let me know what I could do. I live in South Western Connecticut.


Melissa Sasse

I would like to volunteer to foster care for an animal. I have a loving home, lots of time, & other pets to play with!


I just read in an article that you are already looking at closing this shelter, and that any remaining animals may be euthanized. As a supporter of ASPCA, I'm really dissapointed that you are not giving the owners more time to recover and claim pets.
I would also like to know what individuals can do to help these animals so they do not have to be euthanized.

john fickett 35...

i am an otr driver and have a home n fla.-have 7 pomaranians and 6 chinchillas that are all exceptionally different pets-people r amazed that meet them/can see them on my facebook/and i would like 2 help either foster or give a new home to 2 small dogs-like poms/have lost 3 of my own n the past 2yrs/died/one of which i adopted n 2000+ when he was badly cared 4 and he went on 2 b 16yrs old-another diabetes took-and the other ??? seizure/stroke pigmy snakebite----also would like 2 know about the 2 pittbull pups pictured on ur page/my brother just lost his beloved bluepitt 2 a large rattlesnakes bite


Today is the last day this facility is open. What happens to the 140 unclaimed animals that still remain. I found none of the links provided useful.

Elizabeth Folks

Although I live in Florida, I can foster any dog until the owner is ready to receive them back home. If I can be of help, please let me know. I currently have a 9 year-old shepherd/husky mix and a 2 year-old doberman/greyhound mix that are friendly and playful. They would love to make a new friend and help them keep their chin-up :D

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