How to Help Cats Affected by Sandy

See what pet groups are doing and find out how you can help aid cats displaced by Hurricane Sandy and the storm's aftermath.

When Hurricane Sandy swept across the East Coast two weeks ago, many dogs and cats suffered from the devastation the storm left behind. Some pets were separated from their owners while other dogs and cats endured power outages, food shortages or other upset with their families.

The following organizations pitched in readily to help the pets affected by Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent storm damage. Click on the links below to see how you can help with relief efforts and to learn more about how these organizations are helping cats and dogs.

American Veterinary Medical Association
The AVMA is helping federal relief agencies assess and assist veterinary facilities on the East Coast, and has donated the help of a Veterinary Medical Assistance Team member in Washington D.C. to help response plans. The group provided assistance at the National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C., distributed donated veterinary medical supplies to impacted clinics, and the group’s charitable arm, American Veterinary Medical Foundation, now accepts grant applications from veterinarians in the storm’s path for emergency veterinary medical care. Click here for more information.

American Humane Association
The American Humane Association estimates that up to 14 million cats could have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The AHA prepared for the damage by mobilizing its 82-foot Rescue Rig to serve as a base and house staff and volunteers for animal rescue efforts. Mars Petcare US, makers of Whiskas cat food, provided a grant and food to help the emergency deployment, but you can also assist with the effort by clicking here.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has distributed thousands of pounds of pet food and cat litter to areas of extreme need, and is increasing the effort and fielding more requests every day. Its grants department also responds to pleas for help from shelters and other animal welfare groups affected by Sandy. To give to the ASPCA’s Hurricane Sandy relief fund for pets, click here.

Best Friends Animal Society
By relieving the burden from hard-hit East Coast pet shelters through transfers to accommodating area shelters, Best Friends Animal Society has helped many pets and pet groups survive the effects of Hurricane Sandy. To find out how to help, whether by donating or attending their drive Nov. 10 in New York City, visit the site here
GreaterGood has donated $10,000 to Humane Society of United States pet relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many pet owners worry about how their animals can cope during this time, and HSUS rescue response team has picked up pets and taken them to specially prepared shelters to keep them warm and safe until they can return home. You can donate to here.

Halo Purely for Pets
For one week, all Halo Spot’s Stew donated to and was directed to support pets impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Freekibble works when visitors to the sites answer trivia questions. During the donation week, Halo donated 10 pieces of Spot’s Stew kibble, adding up to over 1.5 million meals per year. As part of its planned 500,000 holiday meals to be delivered in the next month, and Halo will support severely impacted shelters on Long Island, NY and elsewhere. You can visit today to help in donation efforts.

Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets Facebook Page
The mission of this Facebook page is to post photos of lost or found pets in storm-affected areas, contact info for animal shelters in need and names of temporary shelters that allow animals. While you cannot donate to the page, you can post to the wall or share the info with others. Click here to learn more.

Nestlé Purina
Purina has pooled its resources to donate pet food, cat litter, and Purina Veterinary Diets FortiFlora to animal welfare organizations, veterinary clinics and hospitals in storm-affected areas. It has also donated $20,000 to North Shore Animal League America, whose Emergency Response Team was on round-the-clock call throughout the storm with their Mobile Rescue Units to safely evacuate and care for animals in distress and $15,000 to PetSmart Charities (see blow). You can stay up to date on Purina’s future donations as well as find out how to be involved by following the Purina ONE Facebook page.

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has responded to Hurricane Sandy to develop solutions to meet the needs of pets and owners resulting from this crisis. Find links to helping lost pets as  well as other ways to strengthen the region’s efforts by clicking here.

Petco and Petco Foundation
Petco and Petco Foundation storm relief efforts include working to get trucks to its Staten Island store to help victims in this hard-hit region, with help from Hill’s Science Diet and Natural Balance. The Union Square, NYC store, will host a donation event for people and pets this Nov. 10 and 11 in partnership with Rock & Rawhide and the Mayor’s Alliance of NYC. There, you can donate a bag of food to a pet or a family in need. Out-of-state folks can contact the store to “buy” a bag of food to be donated. Additionally, Petco will donate  dog and cat food to the Red Cross for distribution, thanks so Wellness Pet Food and Blue Buffalo. In addition to these broad-based efforts, we are also working with individual shelters to help with specific food and supply needs. You can donate here.

PetSmart Charities
PetSmart Charities sent six Emergency Relief Waggin’ vehicles, each stocked with $80,000 worth of dog and cat supplies, to a distribution center in Upstate New York. The center provided necessary pet supplies to animal welfare organizations and the pets impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Teams of volunteers from PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA were be on-site to provide assistance. You can donate by clicking here, by emailing at or via phone at 1-800-423-PETS.

Staten Island Feral Cat Initiative
Help the feral cats of Staten Island, which underwent some of the most significant damage from Hurricane Sandy, by contributing to the Survivors of Sandy here.

A fun way to help: World of Warcraft has created a cat avatar called Cinder Kitten that gamers can buy, proceeds of which will go to the Red Cross’ Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund. Click here to find out more.

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