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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Carole Dickerson

I'm going to name my next after Racheal Ray!


I might be of service if you need me to Foster a dog please let me know.

thanks Marilyn


I might be of service if you need me to Foster a dog please let me know.

thanks Marilyn


I'm floored on the donation Ms. Ray provided. She's a great example on how celebrities should be towards others in need. I'm a pet parent and I cannot imagine having to be separated from my pet for a long period of time. It's heart breaking. But I would be at ease knowing the ASPCA will take care of them well


Thank you for doing great work with the animals...keep up the fantastic job !


What a wonderful story it has put a huge smile on my face as there are so many animals who are starving for a loving home.


Rachael Ray - you ROCK :) thank you for helping the animals and families.
hope you have a wonderful holiday - GOD bless you.

Mami Hasegawa

Thanks for all the hardwork you do to keep those animals safe. Please keep us posted about the plan after 30 days... I understand that the shelter is only temporary and will be closed after 30 days. Is there any way to volunteer at the shelter during the weekend? I live in the city and have one chihuahua. :) I can't foster any pets but I would love to volunteer.


Rachel are awesome!! I wish I could challenge other TV cooking personalities to match and exceed your donation!! I've always been a fan of yours but now I'm a "forever fan". Thank you for recognizing the plight of our furry friends and for being a voice for them!


I totally agree...rachel ray is a fabulous person to give so generously! but also like the comment about matching funds from her famous chef friends!! surely they can do just as fabulously! thanks so much rachel!! the animals needed you!