Hurricane Sandy Emergency Pet Shelter Seeks Volunteers Over New Year’s Holiday
By Susan Richard, 1010 WINS
New York (CBSNewYork) – The ASPCA and the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals are looking to rally the troops over the New Year’s holiday to help pets displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
They said the temporary boarding facility in Brooklyn is in need of volunteers and they’re asking interested animal lovers to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with shelter or other experience caring for animals preferred.
In addition, Mayor’s Alliance spokesman Mike Phillips told 1010 WINS there are still a number of unclaimed pets that were rescued during the storm and pet owners are encouraged to call the hotline at 347-573-1561 to inquire whether your animal is at the temporary shelter at 1508 Herkimer Street.
The shelter was opened thanks to a half-million dollar grant from celebrity chef and talk show host Rachael Ray and has cared for hundreds of pets.
The ASPCA is operating the facility in collaboration with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Animal Care & Control of NYC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team and the NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team. It was initially slated to close on December 17th, but that was extended due to need.