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November 2, 2012

The HSUS Launches 24-Hour Hotline to Reunite New Jersey Residents and Their Pets

Continuing to Help Animals in Need Along East Coast

The Humane Society of the United States, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have teamed up to launch a 24-hour hotline for New Jersey evacuees who were unable to bring their pets with them before Hurricane Sandy hit. Evacuees with pets still at home or with emergency animal needs are urged to call the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Pet Rescue hotline at 1-855-407-HSUS for assistance.

The New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Pet Rescue hotline is for animal emergencies only. People seeking immediate assistance for people in need should dial 911.

“The Humane Society of the United States is very grateful to Governor Christie and his administration for their continued support of animals during this hard time, and for working to set up this hotline for New Jersey pet owners,” said Niki Dawson, director of disaster response for The HSUS. “Our fully equipped animal response team is on the ground, surveying the needs caused by Hurricane Sandy and helping animals in need.”

Earlier this week, The HSUS 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, along with Monmouth County Community Animal Response Team in New Jersey and Pet Safe Coalition, North Shore Animal League, Nassau County SPCA and Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in New York, is providing critically needed animal sheltering assistance for animals and families who evacuated their homes because of Hurricane Sandy.

At the emergency animal shelters, The HSUS is providing staff, supplies and volunteers to care for more than 100 displaced pets and is providing relief to county workers.   

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 disaster-related information.

In addition, a 24-hour hotline has been set up for New York City evacuees who were unable to bring pets during the evacuation. New Yorkers still in shelters or other emergency housing 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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