Petfinder members up and down the East Coast are helping pets in their communities weather Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy, while others have been directly impacted and were forced to evacuate suddenly. Petfinder’s shelter outreach team is pulling together updates from shelters that are in need of assistance and those offering help.
Read on to find out how they prepared and are now helping their communities!
- Friends of Denville Animal Shelter is working with Morris County Animal Response Team to set up and run a pet-friendly evacuation center at Morris Knolls High School to house displaced pets.
- St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center spent time last week checking their generators and getting extra gas, securing and clearing the grounds around the shelter and scheduling staff for shelter sleepovers. They have crates available and are ready to handle the overflow of local cats and dogs from evacuation shelters or other animal shelters needing to evacuate. They have also posted disaster preparedness tips on their Facebook page to help area residents.
- Cape May Animal Shelter, Humane Society of Atlantic County and APAW all have staff staying 24/7 at their shelters to ensure pets remain safe and secure.
- Liberty Humane Society has compiled information on evacuation updates for Hoboken and Jersey City on their Facebook page.
- New York City Animal Care & Control has posted information on shelter hours during the storm, caring for pets in disasters and finding a pet-friendly evacuation center on their Facebook page. They also link to the ASPCA’s page on Hurricane Sandy for New York City residents.
- Rochester Animal Services has provided information on their Facebook page on keeping pets safe during Sandy.
- Pennsylvania SPCA has posted pet-friendly evacuation shelters on their Facebook page, including West Philadelphia High School, Roxborough High School and Samuel Fels High School. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s wellness and surgical clinics and adoptions department are closed today.
- PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) is gathering volunteers to help at the evacuation shelters. They moved dogs out of the shelter into foster homes for sleepovers during the storm, and the cats were relocated to alternate rooms at the adoption center away from large windows.
- Bridgeport Animal Control has information on their Facebook page about local pet-friendly emergency shelters.
- New Haven Animal Shelter will be closed to the public while the staff cares for the shelter animals and helps run local evacuation centers accepting pets and their families.
- Friends of the North Kingstown Animal Shelter and West Warwick Animal Shelter are helping check in and care for evacuated pets at Thayer Arena.
- Delaware SPCA is helping animals at three emergency shelters in New Castle and Sussex Counties, as well as caring for the pets at their own shelter. Their staff has been working long hours to man these shelters to offer safe refuge for people and their pets. They are setting up and staffing pet friendly shelters at the following locations: New Castle County – William Penn High School and Middletown High School, Sussex County – Cape Henolopen High School.
- Kent County SPCA has staff at Sussex Middle School, Dover High School and Milford Middle School working in 12 hour shifts to make sure everyone who has to evacuate is able to ensure their pets are safe, according to their Facebook page. Their Animal Control team restocked emergency supplies and the team back at the main shelter is keeping everything under control.
- Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) evacuated more than 200 shelter animals this morning with the help of more than 100 volunteers. BARCS will not be able to take in or adopt out animals during this time, but expects to be open for business on Wednesday. Their animals are being housed at 1st Mariner Arena.
- The Maryland SPCA is closed until Wednesday and posted a list of pet-friendly evacuation shelters from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
- Norfolk SPCA is closed today and the city of Norfolk has designated Bay View Recreation Center as the local pet-friendly evacuation shelter.
- Montgomery County Animal Shelter will be closed Monday, October 29. The shelter will conduct emergency business, including accepting lost and found animals, but the kennels will be closed for adoption visits. Montgomery County will operate an emergency shelter that accommodates pets for County residents who are staying in the same shelter due to lack of power. The human/animal shelter is located at the White Oak Recreation Center. They ask that people bring proof of rabies vaccine if possible, animal food and any medications.
- Feline Hope Animal Shelter, located on the Outer Banks of NC, is directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy. The cats have all been evacuated to safe foster homes in preparation for the storm.