October 10, 2017

UPDATE: The ASPCA’s Response to Hurricane Maria

ASPCA Responder with a rescued horse

Latest Update: October 10, 2017, 05:00 PM ET

At the request of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, the ASPCA is establishing an emergency shelter in St. Croix to provide much-needed housing and care for hundreds of animals displaced by Hurricane Maria.

Since late September, our responders have been on the ground assessing the needs of animals impacted by the storm. We’ve mobilized small and large animal search-and-rescue operations and deployed sheltering teams, while providing critical supplies for owned pets and shelter animals. The ASPCA is also coordinating and overseeing veterinary response efforts for displaced animals on the island. 

“Hurricane Maria threatened the lives of thousands of animals across the U.S. Virgin Islands, and it’s going to take dedication and a lot of hard work to help St. Croix get back on its feet,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations & Response. “As we work to establish an emergency shelter, the ASPCA is also shipping essential supplies to the island and is committed to doing everything we can to support the community and provide life-saving care for animals in need.”

In the past month alone, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has assisted more than 18,000 animals in communities impacted by Hurricanes HarveyIrma and Maria. We thank all of our members, partners and supporters who have helped us come to the aid of animals in peril.


September 27, 2017, 10:15 AM ET

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the ASPCA has deployed its disaster response team to help assess needs for animals impacted by Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands devastated by the catastrophic Category 5 storm. This comes on the heels of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, where our team has spent the last month deployed to assist in rescue and recovery efforts. 

Hurricane Maria pummeled St. Croix—home to approximately 50,000 residents, comprising roughly half of the U.S. Virgin Islands population—just days after the island was hit by Hurricane Irma, which left a trail of destruction on several Caribbean islands. 

“Hurricane season is in full force, and we’ve assisted thousands of displaced animals in communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and now we’re focusing on helping communities demolished by Maria,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations & Response. “The ASPCA is committed to supporting FEMA and providing much-needed resources and support to help animals and pet owners on the island of St. Croix as people work to get back on their feet.” 

In addition to sending a team of responders, the ASPCA has provided three 53-foot trailers filled with pet supplies including food, wire crates, and other essential items for FEMA to send to the U.S. Virgin Islands, including St. Croix and Puerto Rico, over the next few days. 

In the past month alone, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has assisted more than 13,000 animals in communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas, Florida, and South Carolina. Our work in the Caribbean has only just begun, and support is urgently needed. 

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