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Search, Rescue, and Relief for Animals, Families After Sandy

The HSUS rescues and shelters pets, reunites some with beleaguered families in storm-torn N.J., N.Y.

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team

Find local resources

Get the latest information on pet-friendly emergency shelters and other local resources with The HSUS's Twitter feed (visit link or the feed at the bottom of this page) and Facebook page. (Personal Twitter or Facebook accounts not necessary.) ANIMAL RESCUE HOTLINES BELOW.


Disaster relief work

The HSUS has deployed more than 30 staff and volunteers to help pets impacted by hurricane Sandy. We are doing damage assessments and rescue in New Jersey and New York for animals left behind or stranded because of the storm, and we are helping to run two shelters, caring for nearly 200 animals—helping relieve many weary pet owners as they begin to rebuild their lives and homes. 

Please help animals and families affected by Sandy with an emergency donation to our Disaster Relief Fund »

Hurricane Sandy Pet Rescue Hotlines

New York City hotline: 347-573-1561

New Jersey hotline: 855-407-HSUS

The shelter in Nassau County, N.Y. was moved to a new location to increase capacity, and we are now caring for more than 100 animals there. 

The HSUS is fielding hundreds of calls from its call center to help animals as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The Sandy Pet Rescue Hotline (855-407-HSUS) for New Jersey residents was announced by Governor Christie's Office and is on his website. 

  • Bear is an 80-pound dog whom The HSUS helped rescue from a severely damaged and flooded Staten Island, N.Y., home after Hurricane Sandy. About 12 police officers and firefighters were on the scene to respond to a potential gas leak at the house when The HSUS arrived, and a terrified Bear was impeding their response.  Lisa Godfrey for The HSUS

  • We worked with NYPD and FDNY to retrieve Bear and return him safely to his owner, who had been distraught about him and other animals left behind. Lisa Godfrey for The HSUS

  • Bear's reunion with his owner occurred after friends and others called the NYC pet rescue hotline (347-573-1561). Animal Care & Control of New York City, a partner on the NYC Office of Emergency Management’s Animal Planning Task Force; the NYPD; and the FDNY were essential to this rescue and reunion. Lisa Godfrey for The HSUS

Yesterday we assisted three families with their pets and took in six animals for whom we will care until their families are able to recover and be reunited with their pets. 

In many of the impacted areas of New Jersey, we are working with local volunteers and officials to help distribute our hotline flyers and critically needed pet food.

Typical of any disaster, we are finding that the animal needs fully expose themselves a few days after the full impact of the storm, and we are ready to increase our response as needs grow.

Your donation will help us to continue our life-saving work to help pets and pet owners in this and other disasters.

Please make an emergency donation to our Disaster Relief Fund to help Sandy animals, families »

Check The HSUS's Twitter feed for updates on our disaster relief work, information on local resources, and answers to your questions:

See all our Hurricane Sandy coverage »

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