As the Mid Atlantic and Northeast are slowly recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, many of us are concerned about how the animals fared during the storm. Humane societies and shelters in the affected areas are working hard to provide assistance and shelter to pets and guardians in need. Petfinder.com is keeping a running list of shelters in the affected areas that need assistance. The list is updated daily.
I would like to highlight two shelters that need assistance after the hurricane. The Northshore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal resuce and adoption organization, deployed their emergency response team early as the hurricane made landfall. They dispatched two mobile units, which have space for 30-35 animals and have their own power generator, to Nassau Community College in Uniondale, NY. The college served as a shelter, but did not allow pets inside. The mobile units provided peace of mind and assurance for evacuees that their pets were taken care of, and close by. If you can help, please consider making a donation.
Rescue Ink’s Long Beach shelter was completely destroyed. The photo above from their Facebook page is captioned: “JohnnyO and his son, Bigg Ant and Joe Panz literally risked their lives protecting the animals at the shelter. These brave men stayed in spite of the warnings that they should leave. It was a tough, hard long night…maybe the toughest one in Rescue Ink history, but the guys made good on their promise to protect.” The photo at the top of this post, also from their Facebook page, shows cats being evacuated from the flooded shelter. If you can help, please donate to their Indiegogo campaign to help rebuild the shelter.
But thankfully, there’s also some good news. Life with Cats reports that representatives from Alley Cat Allies saw some of the famous boardwalk cats in Atlantic City, NJ, returning to their colonies along the boardwalk. The boardwalk has been home to more than 100 feral cats for more than 13 years. Read the full story on Life with Cats.
There are many other shelters throughout the affected areas that need help. If you live in the area, ask if they need volunteers. I know they can all use money.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the affected areas.
Photo sources: photo of cats being evacuated and Rescue Ink shelter from Rescue Ink’s Facebook page, photo of cat in cage from North Shore Animal League America’s Facebook page, photo of boardwalk cat from Life with Cats