New York City Animal Shelters May Reduce Euthanasia Rates Due to Hurricane Sandythe daily dish
According to Jezebel, yesterday was the first time in years that New York City did not euthanize any dogs.
In 2010, Karen Pepp founded the Facebook group Urgent Part 2. Every night, she posted the "at risk" list of pets from New York's Animal Care & Control. These were the pets scheduled to be euthanized. When Animal Care & Control lost power last week, they were unable to send out the euthanasia list due to the shelter's lack of power. Followers of the group feared that this meant animals were being put down at "an alarming rate." Volunteers reassured Urgent Part 2's fans with the following message: "Yesterday, no animals were euthanized at the Manhattan ACC. As far as I know, that's unprecedented."
Pepp believed that this was due to the fact that everyone banded together facing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers flooded the shelter to help, many of whom hadn't visited in months. More people came to take in foster pets. "When there's a tragedy, everyone wants to help. If we do this during the tragedy, we should be able to do this the rest of the time. But these are the moments when everyone stands up," Pepp told Jezebel.
New York's Animal & Care Control isn't the only shelter receiving a lot of love and support. The city's no-kill rescues, including Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition, were shocked to find countless foster applications from citizens wanting to help those pets who were misplaced during the storm. Brooklyn's shelter manager said that twice as many people had come out to help with the tenants, taking them on walks and caring for them during the day.
It is every animal lover's hope that the passion to care for these orphaned pets continues long after the city bounces back from the storm.
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