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November 2, 2012

Pet Search and Rescue after Hurricane Sandy

The HSUS coordinates animal rescue and sheltering in N.J., N.Y.

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team

  • The HSUS is helping run two shelters for pets of storm victims. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • In these shelters, our team is caring for more than 100 dogs and cats displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • Hotlines in New York and New Jersey help evacuees to reunite with their pets. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • We are working with law enforcement and emergency management officials to help get pets back to their families. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • Requests for help are increasing in the flood zones. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • Evacuees enjoy time with their dogs and cats while they are away from home. Lisa J. Godfrey for 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. (Personal Twitter or Facebook accounts not necessary.)

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.

Help animals now with a gift to our Disaster Relief Fund.

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.

Please make a donation to our Disaster Relief Fund »
See all our Hurricane Sandy coverage »

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