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October 31, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Sends Disaster Response Team to New York and New Jersey

The Humane Society of the United States has deployed to Monmouth County, N.J. and Nassau County, N.Y. in response to a request for assistance from emergency management agencies in both counties. The HSUS will provide critically needed animal sheltering assistance for animals and families who evacuated their homes because of Hurricane Sandy.

Both counties, which were devastated by the storm, are providing temporary shelter for people who had to evacuate, and also operating a nearby animal shelter for their pets. At the emergency animal shelters, The HSUS will provide staff, supplies and volunteers to care for dozens of displaced pets and to provide relief to county workers.   

“The Humane Society of the United States is coming to the aid of evacuated families and their pets with a fully equipped response team,” said Niki Dawson, director of disaster response for The HSUS. “The devastation created by Hurricane Sandy is heartbreaking, and we’re pleased to be able to help these communities in their time of need.”

The HSUS has been updating pet owners in the region via Twitter, using the handle @HumaneSociety, and Facebook with resources on pet friendly evacuation shelters and other information.

A team of HSUS responders left from Maryland, where they had been staged in anticipation of possible deployment.

A 24-hour hotline has been set up for New York City evacuees who were unable to bring their pets with them before Hurricane Sandy hit. Evacuees with pets still at home are urged to call New York City's Office of Emergency Management Animal Planning Task Force at (347) 573-1561 for assistance with reuniting with their companion animals.

For more information and updates on what The Humane Society of the United States is doing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, please visit, humanesociety.org/animalrescueresponse.

To support The HSUS’ work in this and other disasters, please donate at humanesociety.org, call 866-720-2676 or text ANIMALS to 20222 and donate $10 to support The HSUS' Disaster Relief Fund. Standard messaging and data rates apply. 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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