Chris Haslam of The Commonwealth Humane Society in Northern Virginia sent out a request last week for donations of items and/or funds needed to help animal rescues in New York and New Jersey that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Many have been without heat, electricity and other essentials since the storm.
Sounds like they got some good donations and were able to deliver some much-needed supplies. They’re now planning Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the effort.
From Chris Haslam:
First and foremost, I want to thank all of you that gave, and gave and gave again. You are the true heroes of this situation. Of the 25,000 people I contacted only three asked to be removed from the list, while thousands responded positively, many making sacrificial donations.
Nick Acker and I just returned from Long Island NY. It was a very long day and we got home at 1:30 this morning. No matter how long the journey we had a warm truck and warm comfy beds to sleep in. I just wish I could say the same thing about the folks and the animals of the NY area.
As I stated before, many of the rescues in New York, and New Jersey have been hit hard, very, very hard indeed, and now I can report to you based upon what I actually saw, and the people I spoke with.
We hired a large truck and filled it with more than 15 tons of supplies and with your help we were able to step into the breach immediately and deliver the goods to where they were needed the most. This included more than 15 gas powered cooking stoves, three new large generators, hand warmers, human and animal food, and so much water the truck sagged under the load, and not to mention the pallet of paper towels. I heard this morning that one of the volunteers was able to wake up this morning and not see her breath in her bedroom.
I will be writing a bigger, more detailed report soon, but for now I am focusing on getting the next truckload on the road.
Now we are moving forward with phase two of the operation and planning multiple new transports of the much needed supplies. We have a Commonwealth Humane transport scheduled to leave from SC at 8:00 am on Saturday morning. It will make stops along the way to pick up more material and hopefully arrive in NY late Saturday or Sunday. If you are on the I-95 corridor and wish to donate please contact Denise Painter of Dot’s Place, a Commonwealth affiliate, and if she can, she will pick up from you.
May I suggest that pick-ups take place at one of the interstate gas stations where you can provide encouragement, and reach into your pockets and provide gasoline, coffee, and maybe something hot to keep them going? Denise can be reached on Facebook or at 864-906-1443 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second part of phase two is for others, willing and able to drop off supplies directly in NY. We are still working on setting up additional logistics locations and will have more information on them very soon. The contact for that will be Mellie McClellan at 631-383-8903. Due to phone problems in NY, personally I find it easier to use Facebook.
This is the biggest and most important portion of this rescue and relief effort and is aimed at placing as much as possible right into the hands of those that need it most, and for the duration of the emergency. Commonwealth, working with Mellie and others in NY, is identifying additional rescues and fosters that need help the most. Working with the smaller and less well-organized groups, we will have food and supplies drop-shipped directly at their front door. This is how we plan on spending the cash donations that have been so generously supplied.
For those too far from northern Virginia to be able to deliver supplies, you may consider a monetary donation to our “Donate” button online at www.humane.pro.
All donations will be allocated for the animals in New York, and they will get every cent.
We will issue IRS donation letters to all donors and since we are a recognized 501C3 you may deduct your donation to the full extent of the tax laws.
Anyone seeking more information, and especially anyone willing to help drive our van up to NY, please call me directly at 703-568-3600, or e-mail Chris.Haslam@Humane.Pro or Info@humane.Pro or even my personal e-mail at Chris.Haslam@Cox.Net.
Those that use Facebook, please place a link onto your page explaining what is needed and how your friends can help.
Chris C. Haslam
The Commonwealth Humane Society Inc.
A 501(c)3 No Kill Rescue
Formerly Commonwealth Cat Rescue Inc.
Member American Animal Hospital Association
OTRA Verified Transporter