Breaking News: Hurricane Sandy

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 11:45am

Update, 10/31/12: As New York City and the surrounding region continue to struggle with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the ASPCA is offering assistance to families evacuated during the storm. Our responders are delivering supplies, crates and food to evacuation centers, where hundreds of animals are being housed, in the five boroughs.

For those evacuees who need to report pets left behind in the storm, please call the city’s 24-hour hotline at (347) 573-1561. This number has been set up specifically to check on missing pets. For reports of stray animals, please continue to call 311.

Stay tuned to our blog and Twitter account for the latest updates on the ASPCA’s hurricane rescue efforts.

Update, 10/30/12: As we begin to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the ASPCA is on the ground to assist animal victims of the storm. Our staff and responders are hard at work providing relief to families affected by flooding and power outages.

Thanks to your support, we’re able to respond.

Stay tuned to our blog and Twitter account for the latest updates on the ASPCA’s rescue efforts.

Update, 10/29/12: The ASPCA is preparing to assist thousands of animals in the region affected by Hurricane Sandy, and wants to remind all area residents to stay indoors until the hurricane passes and it is safe for both people and pets to be outside. The ASPCA is also ready to assist with water rescues as needed.

If you have been ordered to evacuate, please do not leave your pets behind. All evacuation centers in New York City are required to accept pets.

Please stay tuned to our Twitter account and follow the hashtag #SandyPets for breaking information.

Breaking Update, 10/27/12: In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall early Tuesday, the ASPCA wants to remind New York City residents that all evacuation shelters accept pets. Please take your animals with you if you need to evacuate.

To locate your evacuation zone, please check the OEM's Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder (or call 311), and the site will direct you to the proper facility.

Low-lying areas of the city that are most at risk for flooding and other damage are designated as “Zone A” and include: Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens; South Beach; Midland Beach; low-lying areas on Staten Island; and Battery Park City in Manhattan.

Here are some ways you can prepare for a major storm:

Get a Rescue Alert Sticker for your home. By posting a sticker similar to the one found in the ASPCA Pet Safety Pack in an easy-to-see location, rescue workers will be alerted that there are pets in your home. You should include the number and types of pets present, as well as your veterinarian’s contact information.

Choose a safe haven. First, decide which room in your home will be the safest spot to ride out the storm. Then, know in advance where you can take your family and pets in case of evacuation. Check with evacuation centers and area hotels to find a pet-friendly location. In New York and New Jersey, all evacuation centers are required to accept animals.

IDs, please! Make sure your pet is wearing collars and ID tags with up-to-date identification. This is the perfect time to have your pet micro-chipped if you have not already done so.

Stock up. Make sure you have plenty of food—for humans and pets!—water, medications, batteries, first aid kits and other emergency supplies on hand in case of a power outage.

Stay indoors.  At the first sign of danger, bring your pets indoors and keep them with you.

For more information, check out our complete list of disaster preparedness tips.

The ASPCA will continue to monitor the storm’s progress. Be sure to check our blog, and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for breaking updates.

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I am confused. I read that in NJ no pets are allowed at evac centers except for disability assistance animals. This is not true?


Here in Va. People have been told in the past no pets allowed in the area Shelter set up for storms!!!
Besides that fact we have PITBULLS!!!
I will NOT leave my baby behind!!!!!


After Katrina the Red Cross re-evaluated and now has made ageements with animal shelters as near as possible to its human shelters, so owners can visit their pets while they are misplaced! So many people risked death and stayed with their pets that we had to take notice and adapt!


Hurricane Sandy is coming and there are about 5 or more cats in my neighborhood that i always see walking around, im so scared that they are going to drown in the sewer while it floods since the cats are so small. please, i dont know what to do. I want them to live, i feed them every night and im scared i wont see them again. i cant keep them because i already took two that were homeless and i cant take anymore.


Hi, I am in Richmond and we are expecting strong winds. This may be a silly question but I just wanted to know when is it not okay to let your dog go outside to use the restroom? Like is there a certain wind gust speed that's not safe?

This is great advice for keeping yur pets safe while this hurricane hits. Hurricane Sandy is a large storm and is going to cause damage for those in the path of it, so please do not take warnings lightly.

Suzanne Donovan

How can I find pet-friendly evacuation shelters in Orange County NY? Thank you!


I work next door to a supply parts store and the owners NEVER take in their "guard dog", It is kept outside every single day and is is expected to use a garbage can as shelter. He is locked in within a small gated area directly next to another small gated area with multiple flammable gas tanks. This is in East Brunswick and I'm very concerned this poor dog will be stuck outside through this hurricane. If i make a report tomorrow if the dog is not attended to and the store does not open will someone be able to take him into a shelter? I can't sleep hearing the wind outside already knowing this dog is freezing and scared outside alone, and this is just the beginning.

angela tolley

I live in Ashland/ Richmond Va area.Where are the closest animal friendly shelters if we have to evacuate?


I am still confused about the cats in shelters situation. I can't get in touch with our local shelter to find out. We have been instructed to go to Cranford's shelter if we feel unsafe. We do not want to leave our elderly cat behind in the house but also, do not want to bring him if he is going to be put into a room full of other cats and caged for an unknown amount of time without our company. Do they provide the cages? Is he able to use a litterbox as needed? I would feel much better if I answers to these questions.