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November 7, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Continues to Help Animals, Pet Owners in New York and New Jersey

As Nor’easter Drenches Coast, The HSUS Urges Pet Owners to Take Pets if Evacuated, Call Hotline

As another strong storm impacts the East Coast, The Humane Society of the United States is on the ground in Nassau County, N.Y. and Ocean and Monmouth Counties in New Jersey, to help animals in these devastated areas.

Working in partnership with New Jersey SPCA, the Kent County Delaware SPCA, Tom's River Animal Control and the Jersey Shore Animal Shelter, The HSUS has rescued nearly 200 animals in New Jersey and reunited dozens of pets with their owners. The HSUS also opened a new emergency shelter in Ocean County to accommodate the growing number of animals who will need shelter if evacuations continue. That facility is now caring for more than 90 animals, including cats, dogs, chinchillas, guinnea pigs, ferrets and birds.

The HSUS is also asking residents to consider the safety of their animals as conditions deteriorate in the region. Rain and wind from the nor’easter could result in further evacuations in coastal areas, and The HSUS urges all pet owners to take their pets with them if they evacuate. Anyone who left their pet behind should call the hotlines set up to help people with concerns about their animals in the area to file a report, which will be shared with responding agencies and the search and rescue teams.

“The Humane Society of the United States is thankful for the assistance of New Jersey SPCA and Kent County SPCA. With the help of our partners, our response to this disaster has resulted in the rescue of hundreds of animals in New York and New Jersey,” said Laura Maloney, chief operating officer for The HSUS. “However, worsening weather conditions have made it dangerous for people and pets in the region, and we strongly urge residents not to leave their pets behind if they must evacuate.”

To watch The HSUS’ video of animal rescues, visit: http://video.humanesociety.org/.

Hurricane Sandy Pet Rescue Hotlines:
New York City hotline: 1-347-573-1561
New Jersey hotline: 1-855-407-HSUS

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.

**Photos of animal rescues and owner reunions are available for the media.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org

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