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October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Pummels Coast

The HSUS assists animals, people throughout region and is poised for ongoing disaster relief after "superstorm"

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team

  • HSUS staff has loaded up rescue trucks to deploy after Hurricane Sandy. Frank Loftus/The HSUS

  • Our Animal Rescue Team and vehicles are ready to deliver disaster relief to pets and other animals. Frank Loftus/The HSUS

  • The Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts is already taking in more wildlife injured in the storm. Deborah Millman/The HSUS

  • New patients at the Cape Wildlife Center range from birds to mammals to turtles. Deborah Millman/The HSUS

  • The need for assistance with animals is just emerging as Tropical Storm Sandy winds down, but The HSUS is ready to act. Jacq Pyun/The HSUS

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.

Please make an emergency donation to support our disaster relief efforts. 


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.

Please make an emergency donation to our Disaster Relief fund to help animals, families affected by Sandy and other disasters »

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.

See all our Hurricane Sandy coverage»

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