While the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy continues to impact the lives of millions across the U.S. and Canada, first responders are working around the clock to help citizens and their pets.

Though the storm is being referred to as “one of the most exceptional—and potentially destructive—storms to strike the Northeast in modern history,” animal rescuers remain hopeful that pets will stand a better chance than they did in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, which left an estimated 250,000 animals stranded and struggling for survival.

Their optimism is due to the high number of pet-friendly shelters in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

“Up until actual storm conditions started, we had heard of literally hundreds of animal-friendly shelters opening,” said Niki Dawson, director of disaster services for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). “Pets were either being welcomed at human shelters, or other resources were being provided if human shelters didn’t welcome pets.”

However, with hundreds of animals still stranded, disaster relief organizations like the Animal Care & Control of NYC, North Shore Animal League America, ASPCA, and the HSUS are doing their best to provide these frightened animals with food, water, and shelter.

DONATE: Global Animal Foundation is collecting donations for animal rescue organizations on the ground in New Jersey and New York that are aiding pets and other animals devastated by the superstorm.

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.

A resident and his dog evacuated from a neighborhood in Little Ferry, New Jersey, on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Mehdi Taamallah/AFP-Getty Images


Ray Cilli and his dog Woubie are rescued from flood waters in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
Photo Credit: Adam Hunger/Reuters


Emergency personnel rescue a resident and her dog from flood waters. Photo Credit: Adam Hunger, Reuters


A fireman carries a resident’s dog to safety from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, NJ, Photo Credit: Adam Hunger / Reuters


Bill Ryan comforts his cat Amy before leaving her at Mitchell Park’s Field House, a Uniondale, New York pet shelter run by the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and Pet Safe Coalition. Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek/AP


Ray Cilli (L), his dog Woubie, and his friend Greg paddle to dry ground. Photo credit: Adam Hunger, Reuters


A dog is rescued from the flood by firefighters. Photo credit: Twitter, KieranJGoodwin


A man walks with his dog to an evacuation truck. Photo Credit: washingtontimes.com


Rescue dogs after a quick trip outside, at Bald Is Beautiful Hairless and Small Breed Rescue, Inc., in South Carolina. Photo credit: Facebook, Bald Is Beautiful Dog Rescue


Resident Kim Levan of Long Neck, Deleware, takes shelter with her dog Charlie. Photo Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images