Local rescue groups including the North Shore Animal League America have set up an emergency pet shelter on Long Island. Nearly 120 pets are being looked after around the clock by staff and volunteers. The shelter is located at 11 West Rd. in Garden City, in the Mitchell Field Gymnasium behind the Long Island Children’s Museum (map). It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m to 7:30 p.m.
NOV. 2 UPDATES:
Animal Care & Control of NYC (ACC) has reopened its facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn on a limited basis for adoptions, return-to-owners, and in-takes. If you lost a pet in the New York City area, file a report and, if possible, visit the ACC shelters. Anyone intending to surrender a pet is encouraged to first call Pets for Life at 917-468-2938.
A new 24-hour hotline is available for New Jersey evacuees who had to leave their pets behind: 855-407-4787.
OCT. 31 UPDATES:
If your pet needs rescue or you are stranded in New York City without pet food, call the ASPCA Pet Rescue Hotline at 347-573-1561.
If you’d like to volunteer with ASPCA first responders, email Gina.Manke@aspca.org.
OCT. 30 UPDATES:
Click here for updated information about pet-friendly emergency shelters.
The ASPCA is warning pet parents not to let their dogs drink from puddles, since the water may be toxic.
While walking your dog, look out for downed power lines and lines touching water. Beware of falling trees.
If you are burning candles, be sure to keep them out of your dog’s (and especially your cat’s) reach.
If your dog is anxious, play soothing classical music to calm him. You can also keep him (and yourself) occupied with these fun indoor activities.
On Twitter, follow the hashtag #sandypets for the latest pet information (you don’t need a Twitter account to view this).
A Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets page has been created on Facebook (you don’t need a Facebook account to view it).
Pet parents on the East Coast are being urged to prepare for an emergency as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.
The hurricane is expected to combine with two other storms, creating what’s being called a powerful “Frankenstorm” that may wreak havoc from North Carolina up through the New England states.
“Sandy’s strength and trajectory is still unknown, but the time to prepare is now,” Ann Chynoweth, senior director of the animal rescue team for the Humane Society of United States (HSUS), said in a news release. “Pet owners should be ready to bring their animals inside if they are able to wait out the storm at home, or take their pets with them if asked to evacuate. Being prepared offers the best chance for everyone to ride out a storm safely.”
Jenna Morasca, winner of “Survivor: Amazon” and spokeswoman for the HSUS’ Disaster Services, stated, “Anyone in the possible path of this hurricane should start making plans that include their pets. It’s never too early to be prepared. And remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.”
Wherever you live, you should make sure you and your pets are prepared for emergencies, whether it is a hurricane, earthquake, wildfire or other disaster.
At the very least, your dog should be microchipped and wearing a current ID tag, and up to date on all vaccinations. For additional tips, click here.
If you need to evacuate, be aware that some evacuation centers may not allow pets. However, these major hotel chains always welcome your dog and charge no extra fees.
Pet-Friendly Emergency Shelters
Click the links below for information about evacuation centers that are allowing pets. Most shelters require your dog to be on leash or in a carrier.
- American Red Cross emergency shelters (many Red Cross shelters only allow service animals)
- Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia
- New York City (all city evacuation centers allow pets)
- Philadelphia (all city evacuation centers allow pets)
Click here for a list of hotel chains that allow pets and charge no extra fees.
PHOTO: ASPCA Facebook Page