While the Seattle area has had rainfall and scattered power outages, the East coast is truly suffering from weather-related issues. The impact of Hurricane / Super storm Sandy has been felt all along the East coast and as far inland as Ohio.
In a press release issued on October 31, the American Humane Association estimated that up to 60 million people and 30 million animals are caught in the pathway of a Super storm Sandy. Approximately 14.5 million dogs, 15.3 million cats, and 1.5 million horses are facing this killer storm - and some of these pets are facing the storm alone.
Some families had to leave without their beloved pets when they evacuated, as many shelters did not accept animals. Other families lost their pets during the chaos of the storm and are now searching for their missing family members.
If you want to help the animals and the rescue groups that are working to rescue them, several organizations are accepting donations.
American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue team and 82-foot mobile command center are on the ground rescuing and reuniting pets with their families. You can help them by making a donation through www.americanhumane.org/donate or by texting HUMANE to 80888.
PetSmart dispatched six emergency relief trucks stocked with $80,000 worth of supplies for displaced pets. You can learn more about how to help or you can donate on their website.
The American Kennel Club started a permanent charitable fund to support veterinarians who are providing medical care, search and rescue workers, and area shelters. Visit their website to learn more.
The Humane Society of the United States is assembling workers and equipment to help animals hurt in Hurricane Sandy. Visit their website for more information.
The ASPCA is delivering crates, food and other supplies to evacuation centers in the affected areas. Visit their website for more information.
To learn more about disaster preparedness, read more here.