In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, I’ve compiled the following resources for those who want to help in the rescue of pets affected by the storm. If I’ve failed to include a resource, please add it in the comments section or on our Facebook group.
*As an aside, I realize that not everyone will agree with the policies of some of the organizations listed below. However, in the spirit of saving animals’ lives, I’ve decided to put policies and politics aside in order to help as many affected pets as possible.
UPDATE: A list of local emergency pet shelters in affected states.
– The American Kennel Club and AKC Companion Animal Recovery operates a call center that reunites owners with their lost pets during natural disasters. You can make a donation specifically for those affected by Hurricane Sandy here. You can also report a lost pet by calling their hotline at 1-800-252-7894.
– The Humane Society operates a disaster relief fund and is currently on the ground assisting in the relief efforts on the East Coast. You can donate directly here. Workers are chronicling their efforts on the organization’s website. You can also text ANIMALS to 20222 to donate $10 to the HUSUS Disaster Relief Fund.
– Use the hashtag #sandypets when tweeting anything pet-related about Hurricane Sandy.
– PetSmart Charities is dispatching water rescue teams, including six emergency relief vehicles, across the East Coast to distribute supplies like food, leashes and toys. You can make a donation online or by calling 1-800-423-PETS.
– The ASPCA is accepting donations to assist animals and shelters affected by the storm. You can donate online and learn more about their efforts here. They also accept donations by phone at 1-800-628-0028.
– This helpful article lists all pet-friendly evacuation centers in affected states.
– Red Rover, an organization that delivers care to animals in crisis, has set up a disaster relief fund. You can donate online, as well as locate pet-friendly hotels and other accommodations for evacuees and displaced families, here.
– The North Shore Animal League is operating a large rescue effort. You can read more and find out how to help here.
I will continue to update this post as more information comes in.
– Maureen Backman