November 2, 2012
Pet Search and Rescue after Hurricane Sandy
The HSUS coordinates animal rescue and sheltering in N.J., N.Y.
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Pet search and rescue
Requests for help with animals are rolling in after Hurricane Sandy.
The HSUS continues our response, working with local officials and the N.J. Department of Agriculture to coordinate search and rescue efforts in Monmouth County, N.J., and some of the other hardest-hit areas of the state.
Hurricane Sandy Pet Rescue Hotlines
New York City hotline: 347-573-1561
New Jersey hotline: 1-855-407-HSUS
Today, we announced a toll-free number for residents of New Jersey who were forced to leave their pets behind when they evacuated because of the storm. We are already getting calls to this 24-hour call center.
Coordinating response with police and emergency officials
We have teams of responders on the ground in New Jersey who will work with law enforcement and emergency management to help rescue pets, provide them temporary care, and reunite them with their families.
Our team also continues to help run two emergency animal shelters in New Jersey and New York for more than 100 dogs and cats who were displaced because of Sandy.
Our social media efforts have not slowed down as we've been fielding volunteer requests, communicating shelter needs on the local level, answering questions about the safety of animals, and still helping people find pet-friendly shelters.