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.email@example.com 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.
Many who lost their homes to Sandy have told us that they don’t want to give up their pets, but that they have nowhere to keep them. In response, today the ASPCA is opening a 20,000 square-foot emergency boarding facility for hundreds of animals displaced by Superstorm Sandy.
Located in central Brooklyn, this emergency boarding service is offered to those who need a place to house their animals until they can get back on their feet. It will also provide shelter for pets of those in evacuation centers, as well as pets whose families are already boarding them at Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn.
This effort is greatly aided by a $500,000 grant from generous animal lover Rachael Ray, as well as the donations of our compassionate supporters.
The ASPCA is operating this facility in collaboration with Animal Care & Control of NYC, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team, and the NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team.
“We will continue our disaster relief work to help animal victims in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and hope that the emergency boarding facility will allow pet parents to focus on rebuilding their lives,” says ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Senior Director Tim Rickey. “It will take time, but we will work as a community, and the ASPCA will continue to provide ongoing assistance, personnel and resources as long as we’re needed.”
If you or someone you know was affected by Sandy and needs to temporarily house an animal at our facility, please see the details below.
Where: Pet parents in need can bring their animals directly to the emergency boarding facility, located at 1508 Herkimer Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11233, as early as today. Map
When: Starting today, the facility will be open seven days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and will remain open for 30 days.
Standard of care: Veterinarians and specially trained staff will care for these pets and keep them healthy and happy, and pet parents will be welcome to visit.
What to bring: Pet parents are encouraged to bring the following, along with their pets, to the emergency boarding facility: one government-issued photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID) and a proof of address (i.e. utility bill, driver’s license). If possible, we encourage people to put ID tags on their pets and bring a carrier or crate, vaccination records, and medications or supplies for pets with special needs.
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.