Wherever disaster may strike, be it tornado, flooding or hurricane, the ASPCA's Field Investigations and Response Team is always ready to respond. Check out our responses to the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit New York City. Sandy, a Category 3 storm, impacted 24 states and caused widespread damage. The ASPCA sprung into action in the aftermath of the storm, rescuing displaced pets and providing around-the-clock care for animals.
Hurricane Irene was expected to be the worst storm to hit New York City in decades, so during the final days of August, ASPCA emergency responders worked around the clock to prepare our hometown for the worst.
In 2008, a team of ASPCA disaster response experts were deployed to Texas to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. In addition to deploying the disaster team, the ASPCA dispersed and pledged more than $75,000 in grant funding to organizations in both Texas and Louisiana following Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.
Even before Katrina hit, the ASPCA was among the first to arrive on the scene—and we remained for the long haul, aiding evacuation efforts and providing critical funding and expertise in the weeks and months that followed the storm.
In the aftermath of the 2011 EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, leaving 150 dead and destroyed many more homes and livelihoods. the ASPCA sprang into action to assist thousands of area pets and pet parents.
On June 24, 2011, the Souris River hit record levels near Minot, North Dakota, and 11,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes. ASPCA responders headed to North Dakota to help care for animals affected by the disaster.
From April 25 to April 28, 2011, the Midwest and South were devastated by the worst outbreak of tornadoes in U.S. history. From our temporary distribution center in Memphis, we supplied Alabama shelters with pet food, crates, carriers, large fans, litter boxes and more.
On January 29, the ASPCA's Jeff Eyre traveled to Haiti to assist with animal relief efforts. An estimated 5 million head of livestock, a large stray dog population as well as a number of companion animals and native wildlife were critically affected by the earthquake.