Monday, November 19, 2012

ASPCA Opens Emergency Boarding Center to Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Via PR Newswire - The ASPCA has established an emergency boarding facility in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn to provide temporary sheltering for hundreds of animals displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

The ASPCA is working in collaboration with Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYCVERT), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT) on the management of the emergency boarding facility, which will be open for 30 days.

"We recognize the great need to help pet owners during this difficult time by temporarily caring for their animals while they get back on their feet," said Tim Rickey, senior director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. "The ASPCA is working with local and national animal welfare agencies to assist animals affected by the storm, and we're grateful to have these valued partners helping us manage the emergency boarding facility and provide relief for both people and pets alike."

As a member of the New York City Office of Emergency Management's Animal Planning Task Force, the ASPCA is fielding calls through the Hurricane Sandy pet hotline (347-573-1561) to assist pet owners and those who are interested in helping animal victims of the storm. Local and national groups including the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Wayside Waifs, Louisiana SPCA, Sumter DART and Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation will have responders on the ground to assist with the daily care of the animals at the ASPCA emergency boarding facility. Additionally, NYCVERT and NVRT will be providing veterinary medical support for owned animals sheltered at the facility.

Pet owners who need temporary sheltering for their pets should bring, along with their pet, one government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver's license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID) and a proof of address (i.e. utility bill, driver's license). If possible, people are encouraged to have their pets wearing ID tags in a carrier or crate, vaccination records, and medications or supplies for pets with special needs.

Pets in need of temporary housing will be accepted at the following location:

ASPCA Emergency Boarding Facility 
1508 Herkimer Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11233 
Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Over the next few days, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals will transport owned animals from the evacuation centers in NYC to the ASPCA's emergency boarding facility. Owned animals that have been temporarily housed at an auxiliary shelter established at Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn will also be transported to the facility by Mayor's Alliance Wheels of Hope transport vans and the ASPCA's transport trailer.

"We will continue our disaster relief work to help animal victims in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and hope that the emergency boarding facility will allow pet owners to focus on rebuilding their lives," added Rickey. "It will take time, but we will work as a community, and the ASPCA will continue to provide ongoing assistance, personnel and resources as long as we're needed."