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North Shore Animal League Deploys Emergency Response Teams As Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall

Long Island City Oct. 29 Hurricane Sandy (credit: Lowell Flanders/Facebook)

Long Island City Oct. 29 Hurricane Sandy (credit: Lowell Flanders/Facebook)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The North Shore Animal League America announced Monday that it is providing pre-emptive emergency rescue services to several Long Island shelters to ensure the safety of as many animals as possible.

The Animal League’s Emergency Response Team will be on round-the-clock call throughout the storm, and Mobile Rescue Units will be utilized in designated Long Island locations to provide safe havens for dogs and cats.

Animal League America deployed two Mobile Rescue Units to Nassau Community College in Uniondale, NY.

The mobile units, which have space for 30-35 animals and have their own power generator, arrived Sunday to house animals whose owners are staying at the emergency shelter set up at Nassau Community College, which does not permit pets inside the facility.

The units are stocked with dog and cat food and pet parents are able to visit and walk their animals.

A second Animal League Mobile Rescue Unit took 35 dogs and cats from Bobbi and the Strays in Freeport. They are currently being housed at Animal League America’s headquarters in Port Washington.

They will be provided with shelter, food and water. The Animal League said it has generators in buildings on its Port Washington campus.

“With our emergency team’s early deployment, it is the Animal League’s goal to minimize potential danger to dogs and cats and prevent loss of life,” said Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President, North Shore Animal League America.

“Our Mobile Rescue Units will provide safe spaces for area shelters as well as for animals whose families need to evacuate their homes,” Yohannan said.

Animal League America’;s Emergency and

Animal League America’s emergency rescue team will continue to monitor the situation before, during and
after the storm.

To learn about animal emergency preparedness, and for updates on emergency rescue efforts, visit ww.animalleague.org .