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Our Work for Animals After Hurricane Sandy, by the Numbers

The HSUS's animal disaster relief

  • HSUS staffers, more than 50 of them deployed, provide care for the animals displaced by the storm. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • Maci is one of more than 470 animals who have received care at an emergency shelter. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • Kelly Schmalbach enjoyed a visit with her boxer, Bruno, at one of the three emergency shelters. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

After "superstorm" Hurricane Sandy, The HSUS rescued animals from devastated communities in New York and New Jersey. We provided and continue to provide care to pets in our emergency shelters. We have also been returning pets to their owners.

Here are some facts and figures from our recent disaster relief work to date.

  • More than 1,000 calls for pet assistance we handled on hotlines in New Jersey and New York City
  • More than 470 pets (dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds, and others) we are caring for in our emergency shelters
  • More than 450 pets we took in and cared for while their owners recover
  • More than 250 pets we rescued from devastated communities in New York and New Jersey
  • More than 200 pets we returned to their owners
  • More than 50 staff and volunteers we deployed to New York and New Jersey to rescue and care for animals
  • More than 30 agencies we partnered with to help animals impacted by Sandy
  • Three distribution centers we established with partners in New Jersey to provide pet food and supplies for families and shelters in need
  • Two emergency animal shelters in New Jersey that we continue to operate
  • One emergency animal shelter in New York that we partnered with local agencies to run

Responding to the needs of animals after Hurricane Sandy was a collaborative effort among dozens of national and local organizations. As communities in New Jersey and New York move into a long-term sheltering and recovery phase, please remember and support the entire network of those working on behalf of animals.



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