Mews and Nips: special Hurricane Sandy edition


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. is keeping a running list of shelters in the affected areas that need assistance. The list is updated daily.

North Shore Animal League Hurricane Sandy

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 Long Beach shelter

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.

Atlantic City boardwalk cats Sandy

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

11 Comments on Mews and Nips: special Hurricane Sandy edition

  1. Esme
    November 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing-those poor animals out in those conditions. I am glad to hear that some of the them have found a safe spot.

  2. Cathy Keisha
    November 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm (5 years ago)

    My peeps were happy that our local evacuation center allowed pets. We didn’t have to evacuate but it was nice to know.

    • Ingrid
      November 4, 2012 at 7:35 am (5 years ago)

      I’m glad you didn’t have to evacuate, Cathy, but it must have been reassuring to know that your local shelter allowed pets.

  3. Bernie
    November 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm (5 years ago)

    The folks doing this for the animals are special people. It is just so heartbreaking to think of all those folks and animals have been through.

    Ingrid this is a very good item to write.

    • Ingrid
      November 4, 2012 at 7:34 am (5 years ago)

      I still can’t wrap my mind around the devastation, Bernie.

  4. Judith Montage
    November 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks for all the good work on behalf of the animals.

    • Ingrid
      November 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm (5 years ago)

      The thank you belongs to all the first responders who are working so hard to save as many animals as they can, Judith.

  5. Marg
    November 3, 2012 at 9:45 am (5 years ago)

    This is such a great post. We have been so worried about the animals up there. We are glad to hear that some of them are doing all right. Thanks for this info.

    • Ingrid
      November 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm (5 years ago)

      It’s always nice to find some good news in the middle of so much devastation, Marg.

  6. Anna
    November 3, 2012 at 9:29 am (5 years ago)

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, both human and animal. I hope and pray that as many as possible of the missing pets will be reunited with their families, and that shelters will get as much help as possible!!! Thank you for posting this, Ingrid!

    • Ingrid
      November 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm (5 years ago)

      Spreading the word about how people can help is the least I can do, Anna.


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