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2 Nov

Helping Lost and Found Pets After Hurricane Sandy


"We have 3 dogs so it's an inconvenience but not a disaster," said Lower East Side resident Shawn Ryan. Much of lower Manhattan is without power due to Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Corbis)

The East Coast is slowly but surely recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy this week. But as we wait for power to come back, water to recede and communities to rebuild, we also have to wonder about the well-being of pets after a major storm like this. 

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We reported on The Daily Treat that a Facebook group has been created to help reunite lost pets with their owners. "Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets" has gained over 12,000 supporters since launching earlier this week. Users are encouraged to submit and share photos and information of missing pets or pets they have found and taken in for shelter. In addition to Facebook, many are turning to popular classifieds site Craigslist to share information about lost and found pets. A quick perusal of the #SandyPets hashtag on Twitter shows information for shelters housing pets and other hurricane-related pet inquiries.

Our friends at Petfinder have rounded up animal welfare organizations that need help in New York and New Jersey. We've listed them below, but for more hurricane-related pet information, please visit the Petfinder blog where shelter outreach coordinators are keeping everyone updated as information becomes available.

From Petfinder:

New York:

  • Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C)’s Manhattan and Brooklyn Care Centers are now open for adoptions, return-to-owners, and in-takes on a limited basis.  They ask that anyone intending on surrendering a pet to call Pets for Life at (917) 468-2938.  Updates are available via their Facebook page
  •  Animal Haven is on day five without power. They have posted a great video of their experience caring for their animals here on YouTube. You can follow their progress and find a link to donate via their Facebook page. They are also accepting donations outside the front gate at 251 Centre Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They need linens, towels, flashlights, lanterns, batteries for flashlights, paper towels, bleach and rubber gloves.

New Jersey:

  • Cape May Co. Animal Shelter (CMCAS)  Staff remained at the shelter throughout the storm. Luckily they were not flooded and did not lose power, however they need to find homes for cats, so consider adopting a hurricane kitty of your very own! They are also on Facebook
  • The Humane Society of Atlantic County  was not as lucky and experienced serious flooding. They report that “much of the cleaning is done and we are rebuilding some of the counters that were destroyed. We have power, heat, water for washing (not drinking though) and lots of friends. At this point [we] estimate the HSAC had about $100,000 loss in supplies, equipment, and business. We hope to re-open Monday. Financial support and Lowe’s/Home Depot cards are still needed.” You can find this update and more on their Facebook page. Monetary donations can be accepted via their web page
  • The Humane Society of Ocean City  suffered minor damage from Hurricane Sandy. The structure is sound and they plan to open today, November 2nd at 11 a.m. All of the animals are safe. They are asking for donations of laundry soap, bleach, canned cat foot, 33 gallon trash bags, and towels, as these were the most used items during the storm. They would appreciate monetary donations as well. Updates are available via Facebook.

Have any more information we might have missed or you feel people need to know? Let us know in the comments!

Need some happy? Watch this clip of a New Orleans family adopting a dog that was left behind in the wake of Hurricane Katrina from the second season of Pit Bulls and Parolees:

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