Last Updated on: November 1, 2012 by Ingrid King

cat in the rain with umbrella

Animal rescue groups across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast are working hard to help animals affected by Hurricane Sandy. While it was heartening to see that we seem to have learned some lessons from Katrina, and that many shelters were accepting pets, pets were lost during the chaos of evacuations, and others are displaced because their guardians lost their homes.

Humane societies and shelters in the affected areas are working hard to provide assistance and shelter to pets and guardians in need. While they may eventually ask for supplies, right now, the thing they probably need the most is money. If you live in the areas that were hit by the storm and can help, contact local shelters to see if they need volunteers or donations. is keeping a running list of shelters in the affected areas that need assistance. The list is updated daily.

To help pet guardians find their lost pets, someone started a Facebook page titled Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets. The page serves as a collection point for photos of lost or found pets in the areas affected by Sandy, as well as animal shelters in need and temporary shelters that allow animals.

The Huffington Post is showing a series of amazing photos of pets rescued from danger during and after the storm. All of the rescued animals pictured are dogs, but there’s some good news on the cat front as well: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary reports that the the famous Atlantic City feral cats were returning to their beloved boardwalk homes near the various casinos that dot the waterfront yesterday.

If you have additional information about rescue groups that need help after the hurricane, please post the information in a comment.

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4 Comments on Help animals affected by Hurricane Sandy

  1. Thank you for sharing this information! We’re passing the info on to facebook and twitter. Hope you’re enjoying warm sunny weather in LA!

    • Thanks for sharing, Lisa. I’m actually home with my girls. Since I was just at Barkworld last week, I decided not to go to the CWA conference this year.

  2. OMG I was thinking about the pets when I saw the terrible images on tv… I really hope and pray that as many as possible will be rescued, and that they will be reunited with their families! I also do hope that many sensitive citizens will help the shelters, they really need that now!
    Thank you Ingrid for this appeal!!!

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