This week, we’re beginning to wind down the Brooklyn emergency boarding facility we opened in November for Sandy victims’ pets and pets found in the aftermath. We’re trying as hard as ever to reunite the remaining animals with their families—and we need your help!
Since the boarding facility opened, the ASPCA and other local agencies have been working around the clock to track down the families of lost pets through grassroots outreach, flyers, advertising, public service announcements and the Animal Care & Control of NYC’s lost pets website.
To date, we’ve reunited more than 100 pets with their families, but nearly 140 displaced animals still remain at the emergency shelter. Of course, any unclaimed pets will receive the best possible placement when the facility closes, but we’d love for them to go home with their original families.
That’s why we need you to share the information below!
If you or someone you know is missing a pet post-Sandy, please tell them to come to the ASPCA emergency boarding facility (at 1508 Herkimer St. in Brooklyn) as soon as possible, or visit the lost Sandy pets site to view all lost pets residing at the facility. Pet parents who wish to reclaim their pets from the boarding facility should also call the Hurricane Sandy Pet Hotline at 347-573-1561..
The ASPCA Emergency Boarding Facility has been up and running in Brooklyn since Saturday November 17! Our dedicated staff and volunteers are currently caring for about 150 animals and providing relief to Sandy victims who need temporary housing for their pets. Check out photos of the operation in our Facebook album.
This week, we received pets at locations near the hardest hit areas, including the Rockaways and Coney Island on Monday and Tuesday and Staten Island and Red Hook later in the week. The facility has also welcomed pets who were being housed at evacuation centers or a Sean Casey Animal Rescue facility, as well as animals dropped off directly by their families.
Made possible in part thanks to a $500,000 grant from Rachael Ray, this free service was created in response to the many pet parents who asked for a place to board animals until they found new homes. With the help of volunteers from the ASPCA Adoption Center, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and elsewhere, we’re aiming to give hundreds of families a chance to rebuild their lives without having to say goodbye to their beloved furry family members.
Watch this blog for updates.
If you or someone you know was affected by Sandy and would like to use our free boarding service, please read this post for details.
If you would like to donate to our Disaster Relief Fund, you can do so here.
Thank you for your compassion for animals affected by Sandy. As you know, thousands of families are still enduring the far-reaching effects of the storm, and the ASPCA is working around the clock to help. Here’s how you can pitch in for Sandy pets.
Volunteer To learn about opportunities to volunteer your time or foster an animal, visit New York City’s Sandy relief page. You can also call the Sandy pet hotline at 347-573-1561.
For New Jersey residents who are willing to open their homes to pets in need, or those looking for temporary foster care, please visit Foster a Sandy Pet.
If you would like to volunteer with the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team during our Sandy relief efforts, please email FIR.firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability and any special skills or qualifications.
Spread the Word Please follow the ASPCA on Facebook and Twitter. When we post information for families affected by Sandy, please share it with your social networks. On Twitter, remember to use the hashtag #sandypets to join the conversation about all things related to animals and the hurricane.
People affected by Sandy who need a place to keep their pets are welcome to bring animals to the Emergency Boarding Facility, open seven days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and located at 1508 Herkimer Street in Brooklyn. Starting Monday, pets can also be dropped off at a few other locations in the hardest-hit areas.
On Monday, November 19, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.: Belle Harbor, Queens: Waldbaum’s parking lot 112-15 Beach Channel Drive Map
On Tuesday, November 20, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.: Rockaway Park, Queens: Rockapup 145 Beach 116th St Map
On Tuesday, November 20, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.: Coney Island, Brooklyn: Municipal Credit Union (MCU) parking lot Surf Avenue and 19th Street Map
Families should bring the following, along with their pets, to the emergency facility or intake location:
One government-issued photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport, military ID or non-driver ID)
Proof of address (e.g., utility bill, driver’s license)
All pets entrusted to the ASPCA at these locations will be taken to the Emergency Boarding Facility in central Brooklyn. For more information, please read this post or call the Hurricane Sandy pet hotline at (347) 573-1561.
Please share this information with your social networks, and stay tuned to the ASPCA blog for updates.