November 1, 2012
The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team in Action after Hurricane Sandy
Helping people and pets displaced by the storm
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The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team in the hurricane zones
The HSUS disaster response team is on the ground in Nassau County, N.Y., and Monmouth County, N.J., caring for animals displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
New York City evacuees with pets at home: Please call 347-573-1561 for help reuniting with your animals.
Invited in by emergency management officials in both counties, the HSUS team is providing a service to people who were forced to leave their homes but refused to abandon their pets. Those who had to evacuate can recover knowing the companion animal members of their family are safe and happy.
Partnering to help pets in New York
In Nassau County, nearly 100 dogs and cats escaped the storm with their families. The HSUS is partnering with the Pet Safe Coalition, North Shore Animal League, and the Nassau County SPCA to manage an emergency shelter to give the animals care and attention.
Tending "fur babies" in New Jersey
In Monmouth County, we are helping to care for 50 animals, including dogs, cats, and birds.
The HSUS's Tara Loller, at work in the shelter, observed that "Clients with pets light up being able to attend to their 'fur babies.' It provides a normalcy to an otherwise chaotic reality. One dog owner said he's already learned many new ways to better care for his aging doggy."
The need could grow as we receive more requests for assistance, and we are ready to continue helping animals forced out by this massive storm.