More than 30 staff and volunteers with The Humane Society of the United States are working to help pets impacted by Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey and New York. Responders are conducting damage assessments and search and rescues for animals left behind or stranded because of the storm, and they are caring for more than 100 animals at two emergency shelters.
“Typical of any disaster, we are finding the animal needs fully come to light a few days after the storm, and The Humane Society of the United States is actively responding as needs grow,” said Niki Dawson, director of disaster services for The HSUS. “We continue to field calls from our hotlines in New York and New Jersey, and we’re happy to be able to reunite pet owners with their animals.”
The HSUS is fielding hundreds of calls from its call centers, and responders continue to search for and rescue animals who were left behind. The HSUS is also assisting evacuated families by caring for their pets until they are able to be reunited.
The emergency shelter in Nassau County, N.Y., was moved to a new location to increase capacity, as new animals continue to be brought in for care. The HSUS is preparing to open additional emergency shelters as the number of animals in need grows.
To watch The HSUS’ video of animal rescues, visit: http://video.humanesociety.org/
Hurricane Sandy Pet Rescue Hotlines:
New York City hotline: 347-573-1561
New Jersey hotline: 1-855-407-HSUS
For more information and updates on what The Humane Society of the United States is doing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, please visit, humanesociety.org/animalrescueresponse.
To support The HSUS’ work in this and other disasters, please donate at humanesociety.org, call 866-720-2676 or text ANIMALS to 20222 and donate $10 to support The HSUS' Disaster Relief Fund. Standard messaging and data rates apply.