First a hurricane and then a nor’easter hit the East Coast of the United States putting people and their pets at risk. Many organizations in the pet community and industry have come out to help with need-to-know information, donations and shelter. Looking for a way to help? Check out the following news updates and information:
The American Humane Association — sending its Red Star rescue team along with its 82-foot mobile command center to “rescue, shelter, comfort and reunite frightened animals with their families.” The team has support from the Pedigree Adoption Drive, Hallmark Channel and Oil Dri Cat Litter. To learn more, click here.
American Kennel Club — its American Kennel Club Humane Fund created a new fund called the “Sandy Fund.” The fund allows AKC clubs and affiliated organizations “to provide assistance for pets and their owners in their own communities during a time of disaster.” The Sandy Fund already made a donation to the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club, which will aid the club’s relief efforts in Staten Island, New York. Clubs can apply for a grant to by sending a request in writing to email@example.com. More information on the American Kennel Club Humane Fund can be found here.
Best Friends Animal Society — making funds available to help defray the extraordinary costs incurred by companion animal rescue groups and other organizations saving and caring for pets that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. To learn more about this emergency relief fund, click here.
Banfield Pet Hospital — waiving office visit fees through Sunday, Nov. 11 in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Virginia. To learn more, click here.
Cosmos Corporation/Tropiclean – Employees Paul LaRose and Josh Meyer volunteer time and donate products to the Freeport, New York location of Bobbi & the Strays animal shelter, a non-profit no-kill animal rescue organization for dogs and cats. Click here for more information.
Del Monte Foods — donated 146 tons of Del Monte canned fruit, vegetables and tomatoes, College Inn broth and a variety of dog and cat food from Kibbles ‘n Bits and Meow Mix to Feeding America, a hunger relief organization and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
DoggyLoot.com –- running a donation deal on its website for the ASPCA by awarding everyone who donates $10 to the ASPCA’s relief efforts $1 in doggyloot credit. To learn more, click here.
Halo, Purely for Pets — all of its donations to FreeKibble.com last week were directed to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, part of Halo’s planned 500,000 holiday meals will support severely impacted shelters in the N.Y metro area and beyond.
Hurricane Sandy Lost & Found Pets Facebook page –- photo posts of pets that were either lost or found in areas affected by Super Storm Sandy. Also posts information regarding animal shelters. To visit the page, click here.
MARS Petcare US – Provides grant to help the American Humane Association deploy its Red Star Rescue team with its 82-foot truck and other vehicles, plus provides emergency food and supplies. (MARS Petcare US are the makers of PEDIGREE food for dogs and WHISKAS food for cats.) Click here for more information.
Nestle Purina –- donating pet food and litter to animal welfare organizations, veterinary clinics and hospitals in areas hit by Sandy. Company also donating $20,000 to North Shore Animal League America, whose Emergency Response Team with its Mobile Rescue Units has been working throughout the crisis to evacuate and care for animals, plus created an Emergency Pet Shelter in New York caring for more than 150 affected by the Super Storm. Nestle Purina will also contribute $15,000 to PetSmart Charities, which set up a temporary distribution center. To get more information, check out the Facebook Pages of Adopt A Pet and North Shore Animal League America.
Petco and Petco Foundation — currently hosting 3rd Annual National Pet Food Drive through November 11th. Hills Science Diet will match every bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog and cat food donated up to 80,000 pounds. The foundation is trying to get trucks to its Staten Island Store to help victims in this hard-hit area with help from Hill’s Science Diet and Natural Balance. The PetCo Union Square store in New York City will host a donation event November 10th and 11th in partnership with Rock & Rawhide and the Mayor’s Alliance of New York City. If you live outside of the state, you can still donate by contacting the store to buy a bag of food to be donated. The foundation will also donate dog and cat food to the Red Cross for distribution with support from Wellness Pet Food and Blue Buffalo. For more information about the foundation, click here.
PetSmart Charities — dispatched six Emergency Relief Waggin’ vehicles stocked with $80,000 worth of supplies to a temporary relief distribution center in Syracuse, New York. Volunteers from PetSmart Charities and ASPCA will be manning the center. Supplies will be distributed across the northeastern US to animal welfare organizations. To learn more, click here.
#sandypets Twitter hashtag — curates tweets from animal rescue organizations and shelters. Some tweets are from shelters giving out information or asking for help, others are from organizations asking for donations or giving out emergency information.
World Vets – Partners with P&G Pet Care (makers of Eukanuba, IAMS and Natura Pet), which donates more than 88 tons of pet food. World Vet facilitates donated food for shelters in hard-hit areas. World Vet also donates $20,000 worth of veterinary supplies to the relief effort through a grant from Abbot and donations from the Vetericyn company.
Looking for more ways to get involved? There are animals that still need your help. The Guardians of Rescue suggest five ways that people can help the animals who have been victims of Hurricane Sandy:
1. Volunteer to rescue. For those who like to get in the trenches and be a physical part of what is going on, they can sign up to become a rescue volunteer. They will go out on missions in order to help those animals in need.
2. Send supplies. Those who are taking care of the rescued pets need supplies, such as pet food. Donating pet items, or things that may be used during rescue missions, is always helpful.
3. Become a foster. With so many displaced animals, many need temporary homes until they can be successfully reunited with their families. Those who can open their home up to caring for an animal temporarily are needed.
4. Spread the word. Most people are not aware of the problems that the animal victims of Hurricane Sandy have experienced. The more the information gets out about this, the more people that will get involved in helping.
5. Donate funds. Through the animal rescue process there are funds used to locate, rescue, provide medical care, feed, and house the animals. Anyone, anywhere can help with this by making a monetary donation.