Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal
This week, Global Animal Foundation donated $5,000 to rescue organizations on the ground in New York and New Jersey that are helping animals in need after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Thanks to our concerned readers, animals will be provided with food, water, shelter, and medical care through organizations such as the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), North Shore Animal League America, and Animal Care & Control of NYC.
The ASPCA has been in the tri-state region since the storm rescuing animals and reuniting them with their guardians, while providing animals with critical supplies and veterinary care. In NYC and Long Island, the organization has rescued over 300 pets and treated or provided critical supplies to approximately 13,000 animals.
And as the cold winter weather sets in and families’ flooded homes become even less inhabitable, the ASPCA continues to expand their response to Sandy and are fielding more requests each day. The organization also plans to lease a building to board animals until their guardians are able to care for them.
The world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, North Shore Animal League America also continues to conduct emergency rescue and relief efforts. Since opening their emergency animal shelter on Sunday, October 28 at Mitchel Field in Nassau County, NY, the organization has taken in more than 300 abandoned animals, while ensuring that every animal receives food, water, necessary medical treatment, and most importantly, love. The organization has promised to support animals for as long as necessary until families are able to finally bring their beloved pets home. In addition to their emergency shelter, the organization has also provided Mobile Rescue Units that distribute free dog and cat food to those in need. North Shore Animal League America also plans to designate relief funds toward a temporary shelter in Long Island.
Immediately following Hurricane Sandy, the HSUS rescued more than 250 animals from devastated communities in New York and New Jersey. The organization is now caring for over 470 pets (including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds, and more) in their emergency shelters and reuniting pets with their families. As of today, the HSUS posted an update on their recent disaster relief work to date. Their efforts include returning more than 200 pets with their guardians, deploying over 50 HSUS staff members and volunteers to rescue and care for animals in New Jersey and New York, operating two emergency animal shelters in New Jersey, partnering with local agencies to run an emergency shelter in New York, and partnering with an additional 30 agencies to help animals impacted by the superstorm.
“Thousands of pet owners who were affected by Hurricane Sandy will be struggling to rebuild their homes and replace their belongings, so The Humane Society of the United States and our partners are happy to alleviate some stress by providing pet food and supplies,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The HSUS. “Our pets are a part of our families, so it’s our top priority to give pet owners resources to keep their animals safe and healthy.”
Animal Care & Control of NYC was also on the front lines when the superstorm hit and continues to care for and find homes for abandoned animals while reuniting people with their pets. The organization shared a touching tale in which they rescued a cat appropriately named Miracle. After being swept into an NYC sewer vent, Miracle was rescued by AC&C Field Officer, Alina Matskevich, after she called the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit to open the hatch and release the frightened feline. Miracle actually climbed up the ladder and into Officer Matskevich’s arms. transferred to the Staten Island Animal Care Center where she was given a medical exam. Appearing to be in good health, Miracle is currently living in an AC&C foster home and will soon be ready for adoption into her forever home.
Global Animal Foundation continues to accept donations to help animals still affected by Hurricane Sandy and the relentless weather that has followed in the storm’s footsteps. With countless animals left unclaimed and in need of food and shelter, these disaster relief programs still need your help. Donate to help animals affected by Hurricane Sandy. Your contribution saves lives.
Without the help of concerned Global Animals, these organizations are unable to make such a strong difference and help the animals affected by Superstorm Sandy. Thank you once again, Global Animal readers! Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation is saving lives of animals in crisis.
See your donations at work in this video by the HSUS: