By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
As many of you know, parts of New York and New Jersey were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Following are a few resources sent in by readers. If you know of any other services that will help Hurricane Sandy families with pets, please list them in the comments section of this post.
Best Friends and Patsy’s Pet Stop
Best Friends Animal Society staff, volunteers and network partner-affiliated organizations have been collecting and distributing pet supplies to several New York and New Jersey animal shelters and rescue groups. The next drive will be held in the parking lot of Patsy’s Pet Stop in Totawa, NJ, on Saturday, November 17, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Patsy’ Pet Stop promotes adoption of rescued animals in their store and on their website. For more information about the drive, please click here.
Bideawee has suffered unimaginable damage due to the storm. Its Manhattan center is so close to the East River; the storm surge pushed the river over its banks and flooded the building. The rush of water swamped the isolation units and holding areas and destroyed the elevator that is used to transport animals from the adoption center to the animal hospital. Fortunately, all of the animals were evacuated to the Bideawee facility in Long Island. The Manhattan center is still inoperable. The staff has been working around the clock in it’s Long Island facility with the aid of a generator. This facility was hit with a power outage. Unfortunately, after 11 days of using a generator, it failed. Undeterred, the staff continues to care for the animals by using flashlights and extra blankets, ensuring the health and safety of every animal in their care. To repair all of the damage and return to providing pets the care, compassion and safe-haven they need, Bideawee is asking for donations. If you can help, please click here.
I checked out NYC Hurricane Sandy Pet Hotline and found that one of the organizers is NYC’s AC&C. The person answering the phone was based in IL, and she didn’t know anything about AC&C in NY. She did say that found animals will be held 30 days before being put down. So, I don’t have a lot of faith in AC&C in NY. But if you lost your pet in or near an AC&C facility, you can call this number: 347-573-1561.
Simple Ways to Help
Contact your local rescue or animal adoption center to see how you can help. Donating a few hours a week to help with clean up is welcome at most shelters. If you can foster, shelters and rescues will be grateful. If anyone reading this knows of any other resources, you can list them in the comments section of this post.