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.
Today the ASPCA was visited by none other than the owner of America’s best blowout, DJ Pauly D! In fact, the only thing more important than his hair is his love of animals. That’s why he’s helping us make sure that pets affected by Hurricane Sandy get the care and supplies they need.
Pauly D has already done so much to help Sandy victims, but he’s not done yet. We’re totally psyched to have him on board to help us out!
Maybe we can start calling it “GTLA,” for gym, tan, laundry and advocacy.
Over a whirlwind three months of this year’s ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, tens of thousands of animals’ lives were saved. We asked for photos of these happy dogs and cats, and received hundreds of adorable submissions. It was a difficult task, but we narrowed them down to 40 photos that we thought best represented the Challenge spirit, and then asked you to vote for your favorites. The response was outstanding! All told, the finalists received 15,320 total votes.
We are excited to announce the five grand prize winners and 20 runners up—grand prize winners will each win $2,000 grants for their respective shelters, and runners up will receive $1,000 grants for their shelters.
Southeast Division: •Jane (Central Brevard Humane Society) •Colby (Oconee County Humane Society) •Cola (Humane Society of Charlotte) •Opal & Sloth (Young Williams Animal Center)
North Central Division: •Max (Ashtabula County Animal Protective League) •Jinx (Ashtabula County Animal Protective League) •Simon (Great Plains SPCA) •Tucker & Bonnie (SICSA)
South Central Division: •Professor McGonagall (Denton Animal Shelter Foundation) •Maverick (BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions) •JoJo Bubbles (Humane Society of Southern Arizona) •Andy (BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions)
West Division: •Marisol (Canyon County Animal Shelter) •Kyra (Canyon County Animal Shelter) •Sammy Girl (Escondido Humane Society) •August (Humane Society of Central Washington)
Northeast Division: •Chocolate Mike, Jr. (Baltimore Area Rescue & Care Shelter BARCS) •Eleanor (Bangor Humane Society) •Baxter (Humane League of Lancaster County) •Sebastian (Last Chance Ranch)
Congratulations are also in order for the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Community Engagement Award finalists. These contestants are being honored for motivating their respective communities the most during the three-month contest. After weeks of energetic outreach and lively voting, we’re pleased to announce that Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Center (Pittsburg, PA), Bangor Humane Society (Bangor, ME) and Humane Society of Central Washington (Yakima, WA) have received the highest number of public votes. All three organizations are also in the running to win the $100K grand prize. Stay tuned for the BIG grand prize announcement on November 30!
Ninja has come a long way. This sweet dog was one of 50 rescued by ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement agents last summer from a dog fighting ring in the Bronx. Ninja suffered in terrible conditions in the dingy, dark basement of an apartment building, rarely seeing the light of day. When we rescued her, she was extremely underweight and suffered from infections to her skin and paw. We got to her just in time, transporting her to a temporary facility to begin her recovery.
Now Ninja is healthy and thriving with her adoptive pet parent, Samara Lynn, in Midtown Manhattan.
“I wanted a dog for some time,” Samara says. “I went to the ASPCA a few times and finally when I saw Ninja and her size and temperament, I knew she was perfect. I waited about two weeks to think about it. I finally thought, someone must have adopted her already, but when I went back, she was still available. We picked each other.”
Staff at the Adoption Center warned Samara that Ninja might be a bit skittish with all the traffic and noise of New York City. But over time, she has adjusted.
“We live in Midtown Manhattan and she loves walking and jogging with either me or my boyfriend,” Samara says. “She also really enjoys meeting all the new people and dogs out for walks.”
She is also a fast learner. After just a month, Samara taught Ninja to walk on a leash, heel, sit, stay, give paw and other tricks.
“She is very smart, sensitive, and very aware and is the only dog I have ever had that pays acute attention when another dog is on television,” Samara says.
We’re thrilled that this special and talented dog has a second chance at life in such a loving home.