Hurricane Irene: Breaking News for the Tri-State Region

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 10:00am

As Hurricane Irene continues its projected course towards New York City, the ASPCA is helping pet parents prepare for the worst-case scenario.

  • All evacuation centers in New York and New Jersey are required to accept animals. Please don’t leave your pets behind!
  • Not sure if you’re in an evacuation zone? Visit this map to see if your home falls in a location currently required to evacuate.
  • All New York City taxis are required to transport pets. The city’s public transit system shut down at noon on Saturday, and the mayor reports that it is unlikely to resume service for several days.
  • If you haven’t already, please stock up on food, water, batteries, first aid kits and other emergency supplies to keep yourself and your pets safe during a storm or prolonged power outage.
  • Stay indoors! Irene is a slow-moving storm and will likely result in unpredictable surges and high-speed winds. Keep your pets with you at all times.

ASPCA responders are currently on site at emergency facilities across the five boroughs, and are ready to offer support and relief to the city’s pets and their families. For all the latest on Hurricane Irene and the ASPCA’s response, please stay tuned to