Lost dog

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Humans were not the only ones affected by Hurricane Sandy, family pets were too. It has been estimated by the American Humane Association that 15 million dogs were caught in the eye of Hurricane Sandy. Many dogs were separated from their families. To many pet owners, losing a pet is like losing a member of the family and can be very upsetting and emotionally disturbing.

Luckily, many groups and organizations are being proactive in solving this problem. Facebook groups have been created such as Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets in order to help reunite families with their pets. Other organizations, such as the ASPCA and the Humane Society, dispersed teams throughout New York and New Jersey to help find and rescue lost Hurricane Sandy pets. These organizations also dispersed food, medical care, and set up temporary shelters for lost pets. For families and individuals who lost their pets and whose homes and belongings were completely destroyed by the storm, a reuniting with their pet it can mean the world to them.

Animal League America has also made substantial contributions to providing pet relief.  Animal League America is an emergency animal shelter. Since October 28, the shelter has taken in over 400 animals that have been separated from their families or were forced to evacuate their homes. Their job is to ensure that every animal that comes in receives food, water, medical treatment, and care and attention until they can be reconnected with their family. Animal League America also has Mobile Rescue Units that distribute dog and cat food in storm-affected areas.

How can you help lost Hurricane Sandy pets?

  • Donate to an emergency rescue shelter like Animal League of America
  • Adopt a pet
  • If you find a lost pet, take a picture and post it online on the Lost and Found Pets Facebook group, Craigslist, and other sites that are helping families find their lost pets.

By doing these things, you have the chance to make a significant difference in an animal’s life and make a significant difference for its owner.