As we all know, Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction along the East Coast this week. As animal lovers, many of us are concerned about pets of evacuees and other animal victims of the storm. Here’s how we’re taking action to support pets affected by Sandy and how you can help.
- All New York City evacuation centers allow families to bring pets, and the ASPCA has been working closely with them as well as shelters on Long Island to care for more than 400 owned animals.
- We’re coordinating animal response efforts in the area, and our responders are keeping animal water-rescue teams and transport trailers at the ready to deploy around the region at a moment’s notice.
- With the city’s Animal Planning Task Force, we’ve set up a hotline for pet parents who evacuated their homes and left their animals behind to ensure these animals are rescued immediately.
- In partnership with Petsmart Charities, we’ve set up a distribution center in Syracuse, New York, to distribute crates, food, litter and other supplies for thousands of animals throughout the region.
If you’d like to volunteer your time or donate supplies, please contact your local animal shelter to check on their current needs. Many shelters in hard hit areas like New Jersey are running low on pet food and other supplies.
We’re committed to helping all area pet parents get through this difficult time.
Please help us respond to animals impacted by Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters.