Best Friends Animal Society Lends a Paw

Emergency response fund, ground team, and volunteers work to ease pets and owners suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Photo courtesy Best Friends Animal SocietyBest Friends, based in Kanab, Utah, is a no-kill leader that partners with municipalities and organizations to save lives in the nation’s animal shelters and also operates the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary.

Supported by generous donations from the public and corporate partners, Best Friends’ relief efforts will target animals and shelters impacted by Hurricane Sandy across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Funds will support the transport of displaced shelter pets to Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network Partners located outside of storm-affected areas, expected to begin in the next several days. Limited fuel supplies, road closures and driving restrictions in some affected areas are complicating factors.

Best Friends’ New York Programs team is coordinating support of rebuilding efforts in the Tri-State area, which includes helping care for pets in an evacuation shelter and delivering emergency supplies to other flooded shelters whose supplies were destroyed. In the coming days, the team will:

  • Coordinate volunteers for the Sussex County, N.J. evacuation shelter to cover weekend and overnight shifts for the pet portion of the shelter.
  • Deliver wet food donated by our friends at Freshpet to the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro, N.J.
  • Organize shipments of dog and cat food, donated by, along with other needed supplies to area shelters including the Bergen County Animal Shelter and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter on Long Island. Both shelters are caring for pre-storm shelter animals as well as additional displaced pets. They are also offering food to hard hit pet owners in their respective communities.
  • Provide pet supplies such as collars, leashes and toys to the Woodbridge, N.J. shelter which was evacuated due to flooding but which has resumed operations.

Shelters are eligible for micro grants to assist in repair and recovery from the storm, as are rescue organizations that have taken in animals from shelters impacted by the storm. Priority consideration will be given to shelters working with their community to achieve no-kill status. For details on how to apply for a grant, click here.

To learn more about the emergency relief fund for the animals of Hurricane Sandy, click here. Gifts will be used exclusively for Best Friends’ relief work to help animals during this and other disasters.

Best Friends is grateful for the help of their online retail partner,, which, in conjunction with Best Friends, has committed to donate a full week’s worth of food for more than 200 dogs and cats, plus a week’s worth of litter for more than 100 cats at the Bergen County Shelter, Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, and Jersey City Humane Society. These much needed supplies are expected to be delivered to destination shelters by Best Friends volunteers today. is also launching a campaign starting today to raise funds for Best Friends’ ongoing disaster relief work. When a special promotion code WAGDONATE is included with orders, will make donations to the fund up to $10,000.

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