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 would like to help rescue stranded animals due to the storm, how can I do this! Please respond!


there is a page on facebook as well for found and lost pets in the storm called hurricane sandy lost and found pets.


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I realize dogs have to be registered and have rabies shots. This is not legally required of cats. But to bring cats to a shelter they have to be up to date on shots, rabies and wear a collar. My cats are indoor only and not all are up on their shots even though they have regular vet checks. Couldn't get collars on half of them. So, are we turned away at the door?

Robin Disotell

I browsed through some of the comments about people who are concerned about their pets having to be seperated from their pets in other "rooms" in shelters unless they are Medical Assist animals for the diabled. I have been in that predicament and can tell you that I lived in a van for 6 weeks - instead of a shelter - for the sake of my pet. So please don't think what I am about to say it harsh .... it is reality. Instead of being grateful that this country's men and women coming together to help during such devastating times, you want to pass YOUR irresponsibility to them? Whether you're sick or there is a war, or whatever kind of catastrophic situation it is up to you to make it as bareable as possible for your beloved animal. If your pet has heart problems, you get medication. If your pet has seperation anxiety, hopefully you've invested time and training to eleviate this burden for your soul mate ... as well as having meds on hand for the toughest of times. If you have "bully breads", my heart goes out to you... I have a Rottie. But when we take animals into our lives, we are bound to prepare for the worst of times. When I broke my leg, I had prepared a matrix of dog lovers from my neighborhood to walk my well trained dog twice a day for 2 months. When I was a passenger in a car accident and was hospitalized, my soul mate went to his legally bound "God Mother". He also has THREE alternate places to go AND BE SAFE within a 50 mile radius. As hard as times can get during these chapters in our lives, we have to remember that all this is just short term. We have to be strong for them and make the right decisions in advance. Try the Disaster Preparedness suggestions on line. It truly gives you a sense of peace while everything else is overwhelming. And it is that peace you reflect onto your dog or cat.
Do know however, that I truly wish all those stricken with disaster the very best recovery. May your lives find balance quickly. Just remember it is our 4 legged family members that actually let us live in the moment and we should be so grateful for that. Woof, Long Island NY


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