The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center are forecasting a life-threatening storm surges from Hurricane Sandy,Monday through Tuesday morning, especially during the Monday evening high tide. Flood watches have been issued for Connecticut and New Jersey.
As East Coast residents scramble to stock up on food, water, and emergency supplies, animal agencies are urging pet owners to make sure their furry family is safe, too.
We want to encourage everybody if they are evacuating to take your pets with you,”
said Tim Rickey, senior director of field investigations and response with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
- Pet owners in evacuation areas should take several precautions:
Bring pets indoors well before the storm arrives.
Make sure all pets wear collars and ID tags with up-to-date identification. Micro-chip your pet as a more permanent form of identification.
Create a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid supplies. Take this with you if you evacuate.
Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.
In New York City, which is expected to take a direct hit from the center of the storm, shelters are pet friendly and pets accompanied by their owners are welcome. Pets should be contained in a travel carrier or wire crate for their safety and to help keep them calm.
Other areas providing shelter for residents and pets (this list will be updated as more information becomes available):
Maryland animal shelters
Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy resources for pets and horses
Morris County, Parsippany, N.J. – The township’s animal control is ready to take pets is owners have to evacuate. Owners must stay with their pets. This link also has a list of animal-friendly hotels and motels in the area.
Nassau, Long Island, N.Y. – A pet shelter is set up at the Athletic Center at Nassau County’s Mitchel Field in Uniondale, at the same location a pet shelter was opened during Tropical Storm Irene last year.
Norwalk, Conn. – Brien McMahon High School will be providing emergency shelter services for local residents. Pets are allowed but they must be in a carrier/crate. Residents will not be allowed to sleep in the pet shelter.
Pennsylvania – Berks County: Animal Rescue League of Berks County has limited space for cats and dogs. Please bring any special medications or prescription food the pet needs.
New London County, Conn. – East Lyme Middle School , 31 Society Road. Residents should bring pets in a carrier or crate, with a collar, leash, cage and proof of shots.
New London County, Conn.– Kelly Middle School . The shelter plans to house pets separately in a segregated room, but only service animals will be allowed in the human shelter area.
Queen Anne’s County, Md. – Animal Control will take pets. Owners should bring any special medications or prescription food for their animal.
Wicomico County, Md. – James M. Bennett High School , 300 East College Avenue, Salisbury, MD, will accept pets contained in a carrier or crate. Owners should bring food, pet bowls, medications, and leashes.
Cape May County, N.J. – An animal shelter is open in Lower Township, located at 409 Breakwater Road, Tomwar Building in the Cape May County Airport Complex. Please call 609-886-1619 ex 201 for directions.
Additionally, animal sheltering trailers will be set up at two other locations in the county. Residents who are planning evacuation to a shelter and need to place their pet need to indicate they are pet owners when they contact their local Office of Emergency Management.
Suffolk County, N.Y. – Brentwood Rec Center, located at 99 Third Avenue in Brentwood. also at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus, Woodlands Building, located at 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, in Riverside.
Southhampton, N.Y. – The Southampton Animal Shelter has said that it will accept animals in an emergency situation and urges residents to make other arrangements for their pets.
Tolland County – Coventry Animal Shelter will be able to accommodate a small number of pets during the storm. The shelter can be reached at 401-822-9106.
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