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October 31, 2012

The HSUS is on the Ground Helping Animals after Hurricane Sandy

Deployments to Monmouth County, N.J., and Nassau County, N.Y.

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team

  • Those who fled the storm to a shelter in Monmouth County, N.J., are comforted by the closeness of their beloved pets. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • The shelter is crowded, but the nearby pet shelter lets evacuees spend time with furry family members—and pick up pet-care tips. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • Our Animal Rescue Team will relieve shelter staff and see that the animals get flea treatments and vaccinations while their owners regroup. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • A rescuer found a rare storm petrel struggling in the water after Hurricane Sandy. Seabirds are often blown off course during storms. Deborah Millman/The HSUS

  • The rescuer took the bird to our Cape Wildlife Center, where staff made a custom habitat and provided frequent saltwater showers. Deborah Millman/The HSUS

  • The setup included a mirror for company, netting to prevent injuries, and a strength-building diet. Staff expects more weakened seabirds after the storm. Deborah Millman/The HSUS

Find local resources

Get the latest information on pet-friendly emergency shelters and other local resources with The HSUS's Twitter feed and Facebook page. (No need to have your own Twitter or Facebook account to see the updates.)

The HSUS helps pets in counties devastated by Sandy

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team is on the ground in Monmouth County, N.J., and en route to Nassau County, N.Y., to provide critically needed animal sheltering assistance for families and their pets after Hurricane Sandy.

Both counties are providing temporary shelter for people who had to evacuate, with nearby animal shelters for pets.

New York City evacuees with pets at home: Please call 347-573-1561 for help reuniting with your animals.

At the emergency animal shelters, The HSUS will provide staff, supplies, and volunteers to care for dozens of displaced pets and to provide relief to county workers. We will ultimately have more than 15 HSUS responders and volunteers deployed to help animals.

Hotline for New York City pet owners

The New York City's Office of Emergency Management Animal Planning Task Force set up a 24-hour hotline (see above) for New York City evacuees who were unable to bring their pets with them before Hurricane Sandy hit. As a member of the Task Force, The HSUS is joining numerous government and animal welfare agencies in making the hotline possible.

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