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Weather The Storm: Pet Friendly Evacuation Shelters

Frankenstorm may no longer officially be a hurricane, but the superstorm is being referred to as “one of the most exceptional—and potentially destructive—storms to strike the Northeast in modern history.”

Dog vs. Hurricane Sandy, Oct 29th, Norfolk, VA. Photo Credit: Flickr, user: doxey

Dog vs. Hurricane Sandy, Oct 29th, Norfolk, VA. Photo Credit: Flickr, user: doxey

As southerly winds surge water inland, Monday’s high tide has resulted in heavy flooding along the coasts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.  

And with another high tide expected to flood towns along southern Long Island, New York Harbor, the Jersey shore, the Delmarva Peninsula, and southern New England, it is important to ensure that you are your pet are safe.

Make sure to review these preparation tips to help guarantee your pet’s safety during the storm.

But most importantly, do not leave your pets alone. As the ASPCA puts it, “If you’re not safe, neither is your pet.”

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation recommends that pet guardians who evacuate bring their pets and have the following:

  • A leash, collar or harness for each pet.
  • A collapsible cage that includes bedding and guardian identification.
  • A cat litter pan and scoop.
  • Food, water, medications and feeding bowls.
  • Veterinary records.
  • A first aid kit.
  • A can opener.

Shelters accommodating animals affected by Hurricane Sandy:

Carol Painter walks Breemie at the Orphans of the Storm shelter near Kittanning, PA, where animals have been moved to higher ground. Photo Credit: Michael Henninger, Post-Gazette

Carol Painter walks Breemie at the Orphans of the Storm shelter near Kittanning, PA, where animals have been moved to higher ground. Photo Credit: Michael Henninger, Post-Gazette

Connecticut

· Fairfield County

The following are pet friendly (animals must be on leashes or in cages, and pet guardians are asked to supply food for their pets):
Jettie Tisdale, 275 Hollister Ave.
Geraldine Johnson, 427 Lexington Ave.
Cesar Batalla, 606 Howard Ave.

Long Lots Elementary School on Hyde – pet friendly, bring your own crate and your own pet food.

Stamford High School, Rippowam Middle School and Scofield Magnet Middle School. -pets with tags are permitted, but guardians must provide their own pet food and medicine.

· Hamden County

Hamden High School – pets will be accepted and kenneled in a separate area

· Middlesex County

Old Saybrook High School, 1111 Boston Post Road. The shelter opens at 3 p.m. on Monday. Pets will be allowed only if they are in a pet crate. A limited number of crates will be available at the high school

Daisy Ingraham School, 105 Goodspeed Drive, Westbrook. A cat or dog is permitted at the shelter in an appropriate pet crate with food.

· New Haven County

Hamden High School – The shelter will accept pets only on if guardians provide proof of current vaccinations and license, food, medications, carry case for small pets. Pets are kenneled in a separate area of the shelter and monitored by animal control personnel.

Carrigan School on Tetlow Street – animal friendly, but must bring food , a leash, medications and a cage or travel kennel.

· New London County

Groton, Fitch High School, Pets are welcome and residents are reminded to bring pet food, and other necessities.

East Lyme Middle School, 31 Society Road, Niantic. Residents may bring pets, but they should also bring a collar, leash, cage and proof of shots.

Kelly Middle School. Shelter can accommodate pets in a segregated room, pet guardians are encouraged to make alternative arrangements, as only service animals will be allowed in the human shelter area.

· Orange County

High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road – pets are welcome.

· Tolland County

Coventry Animal Shelter will be able to accommodate a small number of pets. They can be reached at 822-9106.

Delaware

· Kent County

Smyrna Middle School, located on Duck Creek Parkway next to Smyrna High School, is pet friendly. guardians should provide the following: medical records, vaccination history, medications, current photographs, vet phone number, documentation of behavior problems, alternate contact information, first aid kit, leashes, collars and harnesses with identification tags, a pet carrier for each animal, food and water bowls, litter pans for cats, food and water for at least seven days, toys, and blankets.

Dover High School, 1 Patrick Lynn Drive, Dover is pet friendly

· New Castle County

William Penn High School, 713 E. Basin Rd.New Castle, and Medical Shelter: Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Rd. are pet friendly

· Sussex County

Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes and Medical Shelter, Milford Middle School, 612 Lakeview Ave., Milford are pet friendly

Maryland

· Anne Arundel

Annapolis High School – pet friendly

· Baltimore

Oliver Community Center, 1400 E. Federal Street, Baltimore City, MD (Pet Friendly)
Baltimore Junior Academy 3006 W. Cold Spring, Baltimore City, MD (Pet Friendly)
Forest Park High School (Pet Friendly)
War Memorial (Pet Friendly)
Edmondson Westside High School (Pet Friendly)
Patterson Park High School (Pet Friendly)

· Baltimore County

Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, Md 21117 (Pet Friendly)

UMBC Retriever Center, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 (Pet Friendly)

· Montgomery County

White Oak Community Recreation Center, people and pets, at 1700 April La. Silver Spring – the shelter will be capable of housing dogs, cats, and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits.

· Prince George’s County

University of Maryland, College, 7950 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD, 20740 Ritchie Coliseum (Pet Friendly)

· Queen Anne’s County

Animal Control will take animals

· Wicomico County

James M. Bennett High School, 300 East College Avenue, Salisbury, MD

· Worcester County

Stephen Decatur Middle School, Animal Control in Snow Hill and Pocomoke High School. Pet guardians must provide their own carriers and food.

New Jersey

· Atlantic County

Pet Friendly Shelters (animals in crates or carriers with food supply)
Buena Middle School, 175 Weymouth Road; Buena High School
125 Weymouth Road; Medical Needs Shelter (and Pet Friendly)
Restricted to those who require continuous supervised medical care
St. Augustine Prep, 611 Cedar Avenue, Richland

· Cape May County

Animal evacuation shelter is 409 Breakwater Road, Tomwar Building in the Cape May County Airport Complex. Please call 609-886-1619 ex 201 for directions. Additionally, animal sheltering trailers will be set up at two other locations in the county. Residents who are planning evacuation to a shelter and need to place their pet need to indicate they are pet guardians when they contact their local Office of Emergency Management.

Sussex County Community College has a pet friendly shelter

West Deptford High School will have a room for pets

· Essex County

Essex County Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange -accommodations are available for pets.

Newbury Elementary School Sunday is partnering with Newburyport animal shelter to shelter pets.

· Gloucester County

West Deptford High School on Crown Point Road in West Deptford Township -will have a room for pets.

· Morris County

Denville Township lists animal shelters and pet-friendly motels.

· Ocean County

Pine Belt Arena at Toms River High School North, 1245 Old Freehold Road; Pinelands Regional Middle School are pet friendly

· Sussex County

Sussex County Community College – pet friendly

New York

· New York City

This article lists people shelters in New York City, most of which will take animals. There is also a list of pet-friendly motels.

· Suffolk County

Brentwood Rec Center, located at 99 Third Avenue in Brentwood – animals allowed in the shelters are dogs, cats and birds.

Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus, Woodlands Building, located at 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, in Riverside – animals allowed in the shelters are dogs, cats and birds.

The Southampton Animal Shelter has said that it will accept animal in an emergency situation and urges residents to make other arrangements for their pets.

· Nassau County

Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale

North Hempstead Town animal shelter will accept pets

Pennsylvania

· Berks County

The Animal Rescue League (ARL) is offering a safe place for pets. Officials with the ARL said people being evacuated who can’t bring their pets along can call the league at 610-373-8830 to make arrangements to get the pets picked up.

· Montgomery County

Norristown, Pottstown and Cheltenham area high schools are pet-friendly shelters administered by the Red Cross. They badly need volunteers.

· Philadelphia

All city shelters will welcome pets: Current shelters are Fels High School, 5500 Langdon St., in Northeast Philadelphia, Roxborough High School and West Philadelphia High School.

· Wyoming County

Dallas Middle School in Dallas, GAR High School at 250 S. Grant St. in Wilkes-Barrre, and Luzerne County Community College at 1333 S. Prospect St. in Nanticoke and Tunkhannock Area High. Bring a leash, food, water and other supplies for your pet.

Rhode Island

· Washington County

South Kingstown Animal Shelter, located at Asa Pond Rd. in Wakefield, (789-5515), please be sure to have a current vaccination record and contact information; along with any necessary medications, properly labeled; a photograph of you with your pet is also recommended.

Virgina

· Arlington County

Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Road -Animal Control will have a mobile van to shelter cats and dogs. Do not bring the pet’s toys and food. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.

· Northhampton County

Chesapeake: River Crest Community Center, 1001 River Walk Parkway. Domestic animals only, with the exception of snakes which are not permitted. Bring food, a towel, any medications, and the animal’s crate/cage, if possible. Loaner crates are available as supplies permit. Birds and pocket pets must be in their own cages. Pet guardians will be provided shelter at Oscar Smith High School and guardians will be allowed to return to the Pet Shelter to walk and visit their pets as weather conditions permit.

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