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4 years ago
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Lost and stray animals in wake of Hurricane Sandy need New Yorkers’ help  Residents in storm-ravaged parts of city: 'How are they supposed to find their animals?'

By Amy Sacks / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, November 9, 2012, 7:10 PM

As Hurricane Sandy dumped four feet of sewage into the All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, in Long Beach, L.I., last week, Willie the resident house cat took refuge high on a ledge. But today the brave survivor remains trapped in a cage in unfamiliar surroundings, and is crying for a new home.

“He’s a great cat. We’re just hoping someone will take him in,” said Dr. Lewis Gelfand, whose 10,000-square-foot veterinary hospital was destroyed by the storm.

Willie is among the untold numbers of the area’s animals that were displaced because their homes were destroyed, or were left behind when their families had to evacuate.

Among them are dozens of lost and stray animals that have landed at the New York City Animal Care and Control Shelters.

One of the most heartbreaking is Sandy, an 11-year-old yellow Labrador who was found standing in the lobby at St. Johns Hospital in storm-ravaged Far Rockaway. The senior dog remains on identification hold at the ACC Brooklyn shelter.

Animal rescuers are concerned that Sandy and the many other cats and dogs at the city-run shelter will have no chance of being reunited with their owners. And they worry they will be euthanized if nobody claims them.

“Half the people don’t have phone, electricity or gas to look for their animals or identification to prove they are the owner,” said one well-respected animal rescuer familiar with the shelter situation, who asked not to be identified.

“How are they supposed to find their animals?” she said, noting that owners are required to show proof of ownership.

On Thursday, one owner reportedly stormed out of the Brooklyn shelter because she could not pay the $190 fee to claim her mastiff, sources said.

On Friday, 119 cats and 112 dogs were in the stray and lost database. ACC operations manager Richard Gentles said the shelter will waive the claim fee and extend the hold period for animals found near or in affected disaster areas.

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4 years ago

“The animals found in these areas are not in imminent danger of euthanasia,” Gentles said. Stray animals are normally held for 72 hours before they are put up for placement or are euthanized because of lack of space.

Last week, viral rumors of a mass euthanasia of animals at the shelter sparked outcry around the world, a notion that Gentles disputed.

Brooklyn animal rescue Sean Casey said it was unlikely as the ACC’s computer systems were down.

Still, animal workers are concerned and banking on alternative solutions. Celebrity chef and dog lover Rachel Ray has donated $500,000 to the ASPCA to build an auxillary shelter that will be used to house cats, dogs and other animals until their families can get back on their feet, said ASPCA spokesperson Emily Schneider. The ASPCA is in the process of securing a location and details will be available soon.

People who have lost or found pets can search the Web site and, if possible, are encouraged to visit the shelters, and to foster and adopt.

Meanwhile, the ACC shelters are running on limited intake. People who want to drop off their animals are encouraged to call Pets for Life hotline at 917-468-2938 for alternative solutions.

Evacuees who left an animal behind can call the city’s hotline at 347-573-1561.

The storm has left the ASPCA, Mayor’s Alliance and dozens of animal rescuers in all five boroughs scurrying to help find foster care and emergency shelter, an effort that has been crippled by gas shortages and lack of power. Best Friends Animal Society took in 66 cats and several dogs from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, in Freeport, L.I.

To apply to become a foster, go to or email

Meanwhile, social media has taken the lead on helping to reunite pets with their owners. The Facebook page Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets offers many resources. Beginning Saturday, Rock & Rawhide will kick off a pet food and supply drive from noon to 3 p.m. outside the Petco store in Union Square. Drop boxes will be at all Petco and Unleashed by Petco in Manhattan through Nov. 18.

4 years ago
Update: Hurricane Sandy Donations Save Lives

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets )
Cher - 1 day ago -
After Hurricane Sandy devastated the tri-state region, hundreds--if not thousands--of pets were left stranded. Numerous animal rescue organizations, joined by dedicated volunteers, have been working around the clock to provide care and shelter to animals
4 years ago
In Wake of Sandy, IFAW Goes Door to Door

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, storm )
Cher - 2 days ago -
Following days of flooding and power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy, thousands of homeowners find themselves still shut out of their neighborhoods by evacuation orders, safety concerns, or curfews. Many were desperately worried about the pets left
4 years ago
Helping Birds in Hurricane Aftermath

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife )
Cher - 4 days ago -
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it is apparent that people are not the only ones who have to work to recover. Many seabirds were swept ashore, and many nests and habitats were destroyed. The bright side of this is that it offers an opportunity for
4 years ago
Sandy Disrupted Sea Turtle Nesting Boom

Animals  (tags: animalwelfare, animals, animaladvocates, turtles )
Cal - 14 hours ago -
Loggerhead turtles considered threatened species by federal government and even endangered by some states.
4 years ago
Hurricane Sandy: Pets Are A Priority For Some Hit By Storm

Animals  (tags: Hurricane Sandy animal victims, animalwelfare, animaladvocates, animals, animalrights )
Cal - 8 hours ago -
Entwined with the human costs of the storm, which killed more than 100 people and caused billions of dollars in damage, is another significant toll - that of the cherished pets that died or were left behind as families fled for their lives
4 years ago
Battered By Sandy, NY's Rescue Ink Shelter Seeks Donations

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, storm, shelter )
Cher - 6 hours ago -
The rescue group run by tattooed bikers sets up an Indiegogo page to raise money and rebuild.
4 years ago

Noted All the Newsie Updates Nyack, Cher, and Cal :0 So much devastation for the People and the Animals Will continue to pray and watch for More Updates :0 :0 Thank-You ...

4 years ago

ASPCA Opens Emergency Boarding Facility For Displaced New York Pets November 17, 2012 5:54 PM

NEW YORK (AP) – The ASPCA has opened an emergency boarding facility for New York City pets displaced by Superstorm Sandy. The shelter is being funded with $500,000 donated by celebrity chef Rachael Ray.

ASPCA spokeswoman Emily Schneider says the 20,000-square-foot shelter is for animals whose owners are unable to care for them while rebuilding their lives.

The shelter opened Saturday in an unused warehouse in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood

The ASPCA is running the facility with city and federal officials.

Almost 80 pets are still in evacuation centers with their owners. The owners will be asked whether they would like the new shelter to take their animals. It’ll be open for 30 days.

Pet owners can bring animals to the shelter or call a hotline at 347-573-1561 and their pets will be picked up.

4 years ago
When Water Comes - Amazing Sandy Survivor Stories

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, storm, survivors )
Cher - 22 minutes ago -
Kinship Circle coordinates emergency sheltering for animals displaced by Hurricane Sandy. These animals live in a trailer as part of a Red Cross Shelter at Rutgers-New Brunswick University in Piscataway, NJ. When we concluded sheltering and search-rescue
4 years ago

Thank you for all the news and updates Nyack.

4 years ago

Thanks Nyack - am so glad they are doing something - you live there - but the rest of this country - we are told nothing!

4 years ago
Thank Rachael Ray for Hurricane Shelter for Pets ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, environment, protection, pets )
Cher - 1 hour ago -
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray donated $500,000 to the ASPCA to help fund an emegency boarding facility in NYC for pets displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
4 years ago
Global Animals Donate $5,000 To Hurricane Relief

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, donations )
Cher - 2 hours ago -
This week, Global Animal Foundation donated $5,000 to rescue organizations on the ground in New York and New Jersey that are helping animals in need after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
4 years ago

Still Saving Pets From Sandy

Humans weren’t the only victims of Superstorm Sandy. It also had a devastating effect on pets.

Some people left their pets behind when they evacuated their homes. Other pets got lost. The result is countless companion animals left to fend for themselves.

Fortunately they are not forgotten. Several rescue groups are working in the areas hit by the storm to find, feed and try to save the animals who are on their own. Here are just a few of them.

Guardians of Rescue

One of these groups is Guardians of Rescue, which CNN’s Randi Kaye profiled. Guardians has rescued 100 cats so far. The group’s Robert Misseri described the cats’ condition: “Many of them are suffering from stress to start. Some of the cats had blood in the urine, some of them had internal injuries, some of them had exterior wounds. We found several cats with seawater in their lungs.”

Guardians of Rescue called in help from out-of-town: a Detroit rapper named Hush. He collected nearly 8,000 pounds of dog and cat food in Detroit, then drove 12 hours to New York to drop it off and lend a hand.

Volunteers have gone door-to-door looking for abandoned pets and dropping off food and litter. They pick up the animals they find along the way and place them in foster care until their families can reclaim them. If no one comes, the pets will be put up for adoption.

The North Shore Animal League

The North Shore Animal League opened an emergency animal shelter on Long Island that took in “over 300 animals that were displaced when their owners had to evacuate their homes,” including birds and bunnies. Fortunately, many of these pets have been reunited with their families. The organization “and its partners in rescue promise to provide food, shelter and medical care for as long as needed.”

While they care for the pets left in their care at the emergency shelter, they are also sending Mobile Rescue Units into “storm-damaged communities distributing free dog and cat food” courtesy of Purina PetCare.

The Humane Society of the United States -HSUS

HSUS’s efforts were “concentrated in New Jersey, where 30 people are working in three counties,” according to the group’s Director of Disaster Services Niki Dawson. The Daily Beast reports that HSUS is “bringing in an average of 60 displaced animals every day.”

“Over and over again,” Dawson said, “we hear from people, ‘I don’t care if I lost my house. I don’t care if I lost my car. It’s just stuff. At least I have my dog.”

One bright spot in the tragedy and chaos: many animals benefited from a lesson we learned from the mishandling of Hurricane Katrina. Unlike during Katrina, all city shelters accepted pets, so people ordered or advised to evacuate their homes did not have to choose between their pets’ lives and their own safety. Taxis and public transportation were also required to allow pets on board. HSUS’s Dawson said that as a result, in New York City “the situation isn’t quite so dire” as in New Jersey.

Adopt NY

Some animal rescue organizations need rescuing themselves, having sustained major damage from the storms. Some no-kill shelters need an infusion of resources to pursue their work of pulling animals out of Animal Care and Control (the pound, which kills animals). Adopt NY is looking out for 44 of these groups. It “is working to provide a series of rescue organizations with foster homes for pets along with supplies,” and held benefits in Brooklyn and Manhattan to raise more money.

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4 years ago

For a list of more organizations that need your donations and help, click here.




For a happy, successful reunion story, click here.

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3 years ago
ACTION ALERT: NYU Left 10,000 Animals to Drown During Hurricane Sandy

Animals  (tags: animal rights, animal testing, Animal Welfare, APHIS, Hurricane Sandy, laboratory animal, PCRM, Physicians Committee for Responsible Med, USDA, Reynard Loki, 13.7 Billion Years )
Reynard - 1 hour ago -
NYU's medical school left 10,000 lab animals to drown during Hurricane Sandy. Support the request by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) to have the USDA investigate this criminal act immediately.
3 years ago

Noted Current updates and will continue to Pray Nyack : Thank-You to Everyone who has posted on this Wonderful Thread :0 6/12

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