Help needed as Best Friends Animal Society assists Hurricane Sandy animals

From Best Friends Animal Society:

Many animals have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Some were in shelters or rescue groups that have now been flooded. Some are in evacuation shelters with their people. And others have been made homeless by the storm.

Rescue groups and shelters in the region are working tirelessly and under difficult circumstances to help them, and Best Friends, in turn, will assist groups in their lifesaving efforts for these four-legged flood victims.

Money from the Best Friends Emergency Response Fund will be distributed where it’s needed most — including grants to rescue groups and shelters throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region who are suffering from the flood. We’re also providing for transportation of animals who need to leave the area and find safety in distant rescue groups. Many of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets partners across the nation have offered to take these animals in.

If you would like to make a contribution toward Best Friends’ disaster relief work, visit https://secure.bestfriends.org/page/contribute/emergency.

Your gift will be used exclusively for relief work to help animals during this and other disasters.

In addition, Best Friends has a New York team on the ground that is:

  • Gathering volunteers to bring to the Sussex County, New Jersey evacuation shelter to cover weekend and midnight shifts.
  • Organizing shipments of pet food and cat litter to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Long Island, Jersey City Humane Society and the Bergen County Animal Shelter. The groups will use it not only to feed the pets in their care, but to deliver to the hardest-hit members of the community. (A big thanks to wag.com for these food and litter shipments.)
  • Delivering pet supplies, leashes, toys and more to the Woodbridge, NJ shelter, which was flooded, and has now re-opened.

We really want to thank all of you out there for keeping these animals in your hearts at a time when so many –- both two-legged and four-legged -– need our compassion. Many of you have already donated to our disaster relief efforts, and for that, we are grateful. Visit www.bestfriends.org for continuing updates on these rescue efforts.

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