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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Alison Murphy

Rachel, thank you soo much for your contribution. The world would be such a better place if more people were like you!

dorothy mcconnell

Rachael Ray Rocks!! wish other celebrities would pitch in like that!!


Rachel Ray you are awesome! You are one of the only "animal lover" celebrities to put their money where their mouth is. You deserve all the success and happiness you have. You are truly a special person. Thank you for allowing these people affected by Sandy to keep their furry family members, I'm sure that is one source of comfort that they have while trying to rebuild their lives.

lucille selkowitz

dear rachael; from my heart to yours,a warm thank you. what a wonderful gesture you have made and on behalf of all the poorer folks you are our hero. god bless you for your generousity. happy holidays to you and yours. sincerely, lucy.

Cat Tavani MD

Rachel Ray ALSO donated 4 TONS of her Nutrish pet food to those animals. Thank you Rachel- our hero!!

Ann C.

Thank you, Rachael Ray and the ASPCA, for everything you're doing to spare animals and their families from more worry and loss as they recover from Sandy. Rachael -- I just switched to your Delish dry dog food a few months ago, and my dog loves it. Your generous gift to support the animal victims of Sandy and their families confirms my decision to stick with your brand permanently. As one commenter posted, "You're one of the good ones."


love to all those giving in such a beautiful way.
I live in CT and actively foster cats for the past 20 years. I have a quiet room in my home for that purpose and am willing to foster a cat, or cats from the same household, mother and kittens, or just kittens. How can I get in touch with the people in charge?? Does anyone know?? I am happy to help


My hats off to Rachel for her kindness to animals...I knew ther was some reason I liked her cookbooks!!!

Janet Corley

Thank you from the bottem of my heart for such a great act of kindess for all those fur babies.


I just want to say that everyone involved in helping these animals are awesome!! Rachael your beautiful,smart, witty, have a big heart and know how to cook.. Will you marry me?:)