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25 Hurricane Sandy Cats Rescued

  • Dinky was one of 25 cats left homeless in north Rockland by Hurricane Sandy.

The Hudson Valley Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States teamed up to rescue 25 cats left homeless in north Rockland by Hurricane Sandy. The storm’s wrath ruined the private house on River Road in Stony Point where they lived. Their owner had meticulously maintained both an indoor

and outdoor population for many years, but the storm destroyed everything and she was faced with the daunting task of finding a solution for herself and the cats with no help in sight. Then The HSUS and HVHS answered her call. Once the situation was evaluated and a plan in place, Brian Shapiro, New York State Director for The HSUS and Eileen Jefferson, DVM of Ethical Veterinary of Woodstock, were joined by HVHS personnel, and came to River Road and examined, tested, and inoculated the felines. All those treated were deemed healthy, bright, alert and adoptable. As a result of the collective effort, 25 cats began their new lives on Saturday, January 19 and will go to homes in Rockland County as well as in Massachusetts with the help of Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

“We were happy to do what is needed and it was great to have the support of The HSUS,” commented AnnMarie Gaudio, HVHS president. She continued, “The HVHS and HSUS volunteers were wonderful and empathetic to the owner and animals, it is an honor to help our community.”

“This was another successful collaborative effort to help animals in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,” said Brian Shapiro, New York State director for The HSUS. “Following The Humane Society of the United States' disaster relief in both New Jersey and Nassau County, NY, we were very pleased to join with the Hudson Valley Humane Society to play a significant role in this rescue."

"Dakin Humane Society is happy to help out another humane society. In 2011, we found ourselves in a similar state of need after a tornado devastated our community in Springfield. Sister humane societies stepped up to help us. It's always comforting to know that there is a network of humane groups that are willing to answer the call whenever the need arises," stated Tiffany Barrow, Manager of Adoption Centers.

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