After Hurricane Sandy, shelters brace for a Nor’easter

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The Petfinder Shelter Outreach Team continues to report on Petfinder member organizations in need of assistance. Read earlier posts from yesterday, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday, ThursdayFriday and Saturday of last week.

Axel and other dogs from Long Island Bulldog Rescue need homes.

More bad weather is in store for the east coast over the next few days. Wind, rain and snow are predicted  to  arrive in New Jersey,  snow will hit Philadelphia and 6 to 12 inches of snow may fall as the storm moves through southeastern New York into New England. If you are in those areas and it is safe to travel, please give your local animal shelter or adoption group a call, email or Facebook message to ask if there is anything they need.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other animal welfare organizations are on the ground in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Pet rescues and reunions are taking place daily. This video from IFAW shows the care, gentleness, time and determination required to find and rescue scared pets and then to return them to their pet parents. Watch to the end to see the gratitude of a pet guardian who sees her pets are safe!

Petfinder member shelters and adoption groups continue to report in with flood damage or emergency needs for animal care. Please give them your support!

Read the latest news below!

New Jersey:

  • Associated Humane Societies, Popcorn Park, sustained minor damage in Hurricane Sandy. Their power was recently restored, and they are assisting in rescuing pets that were left behind in the hard hit areas. They are in need of supplies for the temporary animal shelters that have been set up.  They are collecting donations at all three of their shelters in Forked River, Newark and Tinton Falls. Their needs include pet food, blankets, towels and cleaning supplies.

New York:

  • Bobbi and the Strays has evacuated their animals. Their facility was deluged by four feet of water and their fuel tank spilled. They must replace all of their supplies and equipment, including cat trees and bedding, and arrange for professional clean-up of the fuel accident. Updates and a link to donate can be found on their Facebook page.
  • Long Island Bulldog Rescue has foster homes that are suffering from hurricane damage, so they are seeking new foster homes to safeguard their dogs. They can be reached at


  • The Commonwealth Humane Society is filling up a van and trailer of supplies to leave Virginia for New Jersey and New York on Thursday, November 8. Contact them to donate supplies today. Tax-deductible donations can also be made via their web site. Please mark your donation “For the Animals in New York.” Anyone seeking more information, and especially anyone willing to help drive their van up to New York, please call Chris Haslam directly at 703.568.3600.

The Veterinary Practice News reports how veterinarians have also been impacted.