UPDATE: Pets Arrive at Emergency Boarding Facility

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 2:30pm

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.

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Linda Bloxsom

I don't watch many cooking shows because I really hate to cook, & they make it all look so easy, with all the background help they actually have, but Rachel Ray, you have a new viewer now! I will watch your show & spread the word. It's my Thank You for your generous donation to animals.
Suggestion: Maybe you could have a "I hate to cook" segment. There was a cookbook of that title many years ago that sold millions. There are a lot of us out there that know HOW to cook, just hate the chores of it. Super easy recipes would be so welcome - we DO want to feed our families good, nutritional food with minimal prep.
Thanks again for the donation!

Sandy Foley

Thank you on behalf of the many pet owners facing uncertain futures as they begin to piece their lives back together. We were victims of Hurricane Isabel--we stayed in our home until the last minute because we wouldn't leave our pets behind. We put the pets in the van and headed through waters that would have stalled a regular vehicle. We didn't have a plan but we were going to be together no matter what. Our home was devastated by flood water and severe winds which brought down massive trees on the home. Little did we know that was the easy part--the rebuilding took over a year and a half and we were forced to board our pets--being separated from our beloved pets was emotionally overwhelming. I am so glad Rachel understands the need and stepped up to help. God Bless you all and may you all be "home" soon--together for the holidays once again.

Sandie Lincoln

Aughhh, Rachel, I've always loved your food, your giggly personality and now this! You're a real jewel, Rachel, and I thank you so much for your generosity. Muwaaaaa!!


Simply put, Rachel, you are the BEST of the BEST!!!

Aida Perez

Ms Rachel Ray your generous donation of $500,000 is a great example of the right thing to do. The first time I watched your cooking show I found in you a connectivity with the world around you. My intuition has been validated. Your actions truly define you as the caring involved person you are. I love animals, thank you

Judith Tuck

Thank you ASPCA for all you have done and continue to do......

Judith Tuck

Thank you ASPCA for all you have done and continue to do......


And let's Tell Anthony Bourdain to lay off our girl Rachel, and to kick in another half million of his own to the pet rescuers. He could afford it !


Rachel Ray, thank you so much! Other NY-based hosts should follow. How about it KELLY, MICHAEL, WHOOPI, JOY, SHERRI, ELISABETH??? Kelly, it would make up for all your whining about having to be stuck in a hotel room during the crisis.


All right Rachael Ray - you get my vote. Thank you for caring and for being willing and able to do something financially about it.