As the storm waters recede and power is slowly restored, some people are finally able to get back to their homes after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast of the United States last week.
Sadly, some folks had to evacuate and leave their pets behind. Not all emergency shelters permit pets, and no one knew how bad the storm would be; many folks poured large bowls of food and water and hoped for the best for their beloved pets. Now some pets are missing, or were rescued mid-storm, and it’s time to either unite owners and their pets or help the pets that are suffering.
So how can you help?
• If your pet is lost or missing, there’s a great Facebook group that’s been set up to help. You’ll need a good color photo of your cutie, but they’ve been great and helping pets and people connect.
• PetFinder has a great list of shelters that need volunteers to help manage the pets they are fostering for evacuees.
• The Humane Society is coordinating a pet search and rescue for both New York and New Jersey. For information, you can call the Hurricane Sandy Pet Rescue Hotlines. The New York City hotline: 347-573-1561, and the New Jersey hotline: 1-855-407-HSUS.
• The ASPCA is also on the scene and helping to get pets and families back together, and is also going into homes to get pets left behind. You can donate to their efforts here.
While the news and footage of the storm is awful, and many are still suffering mightily, here’s a bit of video to cheer you up of some pets being reunited with their people.