Hurricane Sandy: helping our neighbors hit by the storm
As our neighbors hit by Hurricane Sandy move into recovery and long-term shelters, our collaborative efforts to secure temporary fosters for pets are working. Many volunteers have come forward, filling a critical need as Sandy victims are faced with grave financial crises and excruciating decisions.
What have we done?
For the first time ever, storm victims are being counseled on ways to keep their pets. A collaborative team made up of AWFNJ, St. Hubert’s, HSUS, AWA and other New Jersey shelters are working to expand pet-friendly apartment choices, negotiate elimination or reduction of pet deposits or restrictions, finding low-cost boarding facilities, and much more.
As Sandy recedes from front page news, we know that the story continues. For example, pet surrenders typically peak 6 to 12 weeks after a disaster. We hope that these efforts will helps stem some of this tide.
Help animals now with a gift to our Disaster Relief Fund
AWA on the ground and helping: An Ongoing Story
Read a collection of stories below: How AWA is responding to the needs of animals after the storm:
Next week: Stay tuned as our staff veterinarian, Dr. Vanguru, reports back on his mission to Sandy-torn shelter in Atlantic County
Dec. 6 AWA VET TO THE RESCUE!
Dec. 1: THE STORY OF SANDY CATS
Nov. 28: AWA IS ABOUT COMMUNITY. WE LOOK BEYOND OURSELVES
Nov. 18 SAVE A SANDY PET
Foster a Sandy Pet information here.
Nov. 12 HOW WE'VE HELPED PETS AND FAMILIES: A DECADE OF DISASTER RESPONSE
Nov 6. SUPPLES DROPPED OFF TO ATLANTIC COUNTY
AWA’s leadership puts us on the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey Board and AWA works with the Humane Society of U.S. (HSUS), and PetSmart Charities. We are pleased to provide as much support as needed. We know, as the situation unfolds, the needs of the people and pets will change. Our help will involve distribution of supplies, helping field rescue calls to put owners of lost pets in touch with proper field responders, and much more.
Help animals now with a gift to our Disaster Relief Fund.