Petfinder’s shelter outreach team has been busy checking in with our member shelters and rescues to assess the damages and help that’s needed. Check out earlier reports from Friday, Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday.
As the weekend begins, here are new updates forwarded to us by Petfinder member shelters and adoption groups.
New information on pet assistance after Hurricane Sandy:
- DNAinfo.com reports that there is a 24-hour hotline for the New York citizens who left their pets behind and need help. The hotline number is 347-573-1561, and is staffed 24 hours a day with people or voicemail.
- NorthJersey.com reports a hotline for NJ citizens to send help to their stranded pets as well. The 24-hour phone number is 1-855-407-4787 (1-855-407-HSUS).
- Animal are not only being rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, they are also rescuers themselves. Examiner.com reports on the New York Canine Disaster Team.
- Neighborhood Cats has set up an emergency relief fund to help feral cat caretakers.
Below are updates from organizations who need assistance. Please take some time this weekend to reach out to help where you can!
- Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is without power and needs supplies, most urgently cat litter, and help with laundry. Their Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is posting the shelter’s needs on their Facebook page.
- St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center’s North Branch and Madison locations are operating without power. Updates can be found on their Facebook page.
- Pets Alive suffered minimal damage their facilities. Out of concern for shelter pets caught in the eye of this storm, Pet’s Alive is accepting 30-40 cats and kittens from the overburdened New York City Animal Care and Control. Donations to Pets Alive to help care for these cats would be appreciated.
- New Rochelle Humane Society was still without power as of Friday evening. They report that “we could use the help of anyone able to come to the shelter to assist us cleaning and caring for the shelter’s animals. We currently have a full house of dogs and cats and several rabbits.” Their appeal and updates are available via Facebook.