In both New York City and on Long Island, the ASPCA has rescued more than 300 animals and treated or provided supplies to about 13,000, working with government and private animal welfare agencies, said spokeswoman Emily Schneider.
More than 200 dogs, cats and other pets from a devastated area of Long Island are being sheltered in the gymnasium of a community college, set up by the North Shore Animal League America, the nation’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization. Many pets belong to people still staying in hotels and shelters and whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
In New York City and on Long Island, the ASPCA has rescued more than 300 animals and treated or provided supplies to about 13,000, working with government and private animal welfare agencies, said spokeswoman Emily Schneider.
In New Jersey, the Humane Society deployed dozens of first responders using mobile units and boats to bring in around 60 displaced animals each day from the barrier islands hit by the storm.These rescued pets are still being housed in shelters.
City shelters took in about 400 animals along with their families in the first days after Sandy, Schneider said. There are now more than 100 in shelters with their owners, and a mobile animal medical clinic is cruising decimated neighborhoods in the Rockaway areas of Queens and on Staten Island.
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is donating $500,000 to the ASPCA to help pets and families struggling to rebound from Sandy. She said her pet food brand, Nutrish, is also shipping 4 tons of wet and dry dog food for Sandy animals, and her Yum-o organization is donating $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City.
Most likely it will take months before anyone knows how many pets might have died or were lost. Many pet parents and pets that survived hopefully will be reunited soon .
Best Friends Animal Rescue-
Thanks to member support, Best Friends already has distributed more than $50,000 in grants to shelters and rescue groups to help defray the extraordinary costs incurred by animal rescue groups and other organizations caring for animals impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Best Friends staff also have transported more than 80 dogs and cats out of storm-affected shelters to Network Partner groups in New England and upstate New York.
Approximately 30 volunteers, 25 from Manhattan and five from New Jersey accepted and sorted the donations of pet food, sweaters, blankets, toys, treats, leashes, collars, cat litter, pet beds, crates and carriers. Another local group, Adopt-A-Dog, contributed numerous crates, bowls, beds and food.
Those who wish to contribute to this emergency relief fund for the animals of Hurricane Sandy can visit : http://www.bestfriends.org/save. Donated funds will be used exclusively for Best Friends’ relief work to help animals during this and other disasters.
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