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 [email protected] 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.
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!