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I think I speak for everyone at the Petfinder Foundation when I say that our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. All of us here have been working diligently to provide whatever assistance we can to help pets, and the people who care for them, during this difficult time. For me, awarding grants is one of my favorite …

Shelters and adoption groups damaged by Hurricane Sandy or assisting their communities in recovering won’t be taking time off this weekend. There is a lot of clean-up to be done, often in areas that still don’t have power. Please take some time to review our posts on Petfinder animal welfare organizations who need help, and reach out to them this …

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 Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday. Deep snow has fallen in parts of Tennessee, Ohio. West Virginia and Maryland. With the snow comes new problems:  falling branches, an overburdened roof, the need to clear …

Remnants of Hurricane Sandy continue to cause strong winds and rain in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and will begin to swing northward into western New York State today.  Many people on the east coast are still displaced, and our Petfinder member shelters and adoption groups continue to report in to us as they can. Contact your local shelters and rescue groups …

I’m one of the lucky ones in New York City. My house still has power and we didn’t suffer any flood damage. Many other pet-rescuers are in need of help as they deal with the repercussions of the superstorm. Even some pet-passionate people are finding themselves sudden rescuers, like my friends Julie and Zane. Julie and Zane are fellow New …

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 …

I’m writing this from my New York City apartment as Hurricane Sandy — a.k.a. the Frankenstorm — looms over the East coast. My cat Kura (pictured) has already grown tired of the gusts of wind blowing around the fig tree outside my window. She’s back to ignoring the outside world and napping next to me. Several other Petfinder staffers are …

Eleven years ago I was in class when our teacher received a phone call. She got very still and announced that she was turning on the television because something terrible had happened. As I heard that the Pentagon had been hit as well as the Twin Towers, I worried about my sister. She was a college student in DC, working …

The Petfinder Foundation purchased an animal-rescue truck for our partners at the International Fund for Animal Welfare to save animals in disaster-afflicted regions. The truck is now on its way to the Northeast from Bay St. Louis, MS, transporting adoptable pets from the Hancock County Humane Society to make room for pets whose families had to evacuate the area. (Read …

This weekend our partners at the International Foundation for Animal Welfare (IFAW) loaded up their Petfinder Foundation-funded mobile rescue and recovery vehicle and headed down to Hancock County Humane Society in Bay St. Louis, MS, to help save pets displaced by Hurricane Isaac. As you can see in the video below, the shelter needed some repairs made and, more urgently, …

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