Owners Urged to Claim Displaced Hurricane Sandy Pets ASAP

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Humans were not the only ones caught up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy - thousands of innocent pets were affected, as well. According to Gothamist, many animals displaced by the storm throughout the five boroughs are still looking for a way back home.

There have been plenty of happy endings, however. The ASPCA rescued over 300 pets from flooded conditions and housed over 280 animals displaced by the hurricane. City agencies have helped many of these pets reunite with their concerned owners, but others remain homeless. The ASPCA said that they are still housing over 140 pets at their temporary shelter in Brooklyn, and they are running out of time.

"We are still caring for the displaced pets at our emergency boarding facility, but we're also planning the next step, which is to find homes for unclaimed animals as we start to demobilize our operation," the senior director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response, Tim Rickey, told Gothamist. "While many pets have been reunited with their families, we still have animals that are waiting to be claimed, and we want to give residents every opportunity to be reunited with their pets. We urge anyone who is missing their pet to visit our emergency shelter as soon as possible or contact the Hurricane Sandy pet hotline."

If the remaining pets are not claimed in the next several days, the ASPCA will begin placing these animals in new homes. If you or some you know is still missing a pet, visit 1508 Herkimer Street in Brooklyn, call the Hurricane Sandy Pet Hotline at 347-537-9935, or check out the Animal Care & Control of NYC's (AC&C's) lost pets website.

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The hotline number in the article-- 347-537-9935 -- doesn't work--the voicemail box is not set up. I've seen another number out there -- 347 573 1561 -- and it's busy all the time, as far as I can tell. I'll keep trying that latter number, but please, can you find out the right number and publish it? Thank you!
And how can I volunteer to help these animals find their people?

January 04 2013 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is why my furbaby has a microchip. No, I wouldn't leave her at home if we evacuated for a hurricane (in fact, I've got phone numbers and addresses for 4 pet friendly hotels that are a 2-3 hour drive from here, more than enough distance to evacuate if needed), but if something happened and she got loose and we could not find her, she would basically be able to find us.

There are many reasons why these pets have not been claimed. Not all of them are because the family no longer cares. The family may have died during the storm while the animal either hid or ran off and survived. The family may not have the option of getting their animal back due to their house being destroyed and their living situation not allowing animals. They may feel that they couldn't take care of their animal (because they lost their home, job, etc), and the animal would be better off with a new family. Until you're in that position yourself, don't judge someone.

January 04 2013 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have mixed feelings about the separated pets and owners. I have high hopes that the animals and owners will be reunited. However, I hope that the lost pets haven't ended up at the NYC "Animal Care and Control". They murder innocent animals every day and I don't think that there is much being done for anybody to find their owners (or for the lost pets to find a new one). Animals get dumped off daily at the NYC ACC and some end up on the kill list the same day that they arrive. The excuses given are so lame... "don't have time", "doesn't get along with the kids", "stray", "wouldn't leave the turtle alone"...LAME EXCUSES!! People give up their family pet-one that has spent their whole life with them and then, one day they decide that they can't take care of their family member anymore. They are suddenly thrown away without another thought. They are not their by choice, but by bad luck. Why can't High Kill Shelters stop??? They don't even stop for the holidays!!!

It is disgusting how many pit bull type animals that are on the list. Injured cats and dogs, sometimes even week old kittens and young puppies are on the list and only a select few are rescued. I don't know what it will take to have the High Kill Shelters shut down. These animals have so much love to give and are not given the chance to find their furever home.

Mankind is not kind at all. They think that pit bulls are mean, yet they murder innocent animals daily and justify their actions.

January 04 2013 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why no cell phone number that collects $1 per call for "Sandy Paws"?
On another note 10,000 shark fins found drying in the sun atop a building in China.
The fishermen cut off the fin and throw the shark back in the ocean to suffer and die.

January 04 2013 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope the owners get their babies back soon! If not, I pray someone takes them and loves them and gives them a wonderful home :)

January 04 2013 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope their parents find them!! I would take them all if i could!!

January 04 2013 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Read to many articles about the people getting themselves to a shelter or out of town , but left their pets behind again and again and again !
One woman was upset saying when her and her son came back to look for their pet cat in the one story very small home, at first could not find it .
They found the cat alright ,stuck up inside the box spring it had drowned .
Are you kidding me ! They got out and left this poor helpless animal who had nowhere to go ,thought it was hiding but died a horrible death .
There was plenty of warning to plan and get all involved out .
Yes there were those that would not go or believed it was not going to be a bad storm .
Those people and those they involved either had to be rescued or unfortunately died .
People will never learn to be safe rather than sorry .

January 04 2013 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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pcammar, Many storm shelters are unable to take families AND their pets.

January 04 2013 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How can someone NOT go back for their pets? It's inhumane. I would never, ever abandon my babies for anything.

January 04 2013 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

is there more information on how to adopt those that are not claimed?

January 04 2013 at 3:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Good thing we dont treat our kids like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 04 2013 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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