October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Pummels Coast
The HSUS assists animals, people throughout region and is poised for ongoing disaster relief after "superstorm"
BREAKING: For the latest information on pet-friendly emergency shelters and other local resources, stay in touch through The HSUS's Twitter feed and Facebook page. (No need to have your own Twitter or Facebook account to see the updates.)
The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team is assembling staff and equipment for disaster response and is poised to help stricken communities in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Our emergency sheltering vehicles, equipment, and personnel are on standby in Maryland at The HSUS's main office, preparing to deploy to affected communities and respond to requests for search and rescue, temporary sheltering, transportation, and other needs.
Help for animals, families when the storm hit
HSUS staff members have been communicating with dozens of animal shelters and municipal agencies throughout the region to assess their needs. Many communities accepted pets at evacuation shelters, and HSUS staff asked local officials to include information about pet-friendly shelters in their notifications to residents.
In New York we worked with city agencies and other animal welfare groups to coordinate the response to the animal-related needs of New Yorkers as the city faced the worst of the storm conditions Monday night. HSUS staff members assisted residents with finding local pet-friendly shelters in the impacted areas. In Connecticut, we asked local officials to open a pet-friendly evacuation shelter after getting reports that there wasn’t one available in two Connecticut communities.
At the Cape Wildlife Center, operated by The HSUS and The Fund for Animals, the wind gusted to 70 miles per hour, and a tree is down on the property, but all of the animals are safe inside. The Center received some patients Monday and are expecting more in the days ahead.