The Associated Humane Societies, which serve the norther New Jersey and greater New York City areas, are collecting food donations to help pet owners, animal shelters and rescue groups who have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy. If you are in this vicinity of Essex, Monmouth and Ocean counties and can donate food and other supplies, visit the AHS website for shelter locations and other information.
This previous post has additional information on how pet owners can prepare for disasters, and how to help those impacted.
If you or someone you know has lost a pet in the aftermath of Sandy, the following resources are available to help:
- The Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets community page on Facebook
- Twitter posts with the #sandypets hashtag
- The Lost Petz app for iPhones (an Android version is under development)
If you find a lost pet in the affected area, take it to a local veterinarian to have it scanned for a microchip, which can aid in locating the owner. If the animal has a rabies tag, contact the issuing veterinarian, who will have the owner on file. If at all possible, keep the pet until the owner can be located, as most shelters in the area are filled to capacity. You can also use the resources listed above.