ASPCA Transports Pets for Sandy Victims

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 12:45pm

As more Sandy victims are able to move out of New York evacuation shelters, the city is consolidating its housing for families displaced by the storm. That means people—and their pets—must relocate.

An evacuation shelter in Queens was closed this weekend, and its remaining residents and their 51 animals needed to head to another shelter in the Bronx. When the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC requested our help moving these animals, we jumped at the chance.

On Saturday, our responders helped move cats, dogs, birds, turtles (named Ike and Tina) and puppies to their new temporary home in the Bronx.

Keeping families together is what the ASPCA’s response to Sandy is all about, and we are thrilled to have been able to help people stay with their pets at a time when some have lost everything else.

One man at the evacuation shelter told us Sandy had destroyed his home and belongings, but that he still felt blessed because he had his two dogs with him.

“Everything else can be replaced, but I can’t replace my dogs,” he said.

Our response to Sandy is ongoing as affected communities remain devastated. For updates on our work, please check the ASPCA blog and follow the ASPCA on Twitter.