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Your Jack Russell Puppy Care Checklist - Jack Russell Crazy Issue #32
November 06, 2012
Helping our JRT and Furry Friends During Hurricane Sandy
Being able to watch the news 24 hours a day can be both a blessing and a curse. Last week I found myself unable to pull myself away from the TV as I watched in utter horror as NYC and it's surrounding states were coated in water, trees and debris. Having spent time time on the East Coast as a child it was unbelievable to see landmarks like the Statue of Liberty just trapped in the deluge of Hurricane Sandy's wrath. With natural disasters there are always displaced people, loss of electricity and quite a bit of chaos. Amidst that chaos are our furry friends who often get lost or abandoned. Our pets don't have the same resources we do and can't always fend for themselves when disaster strikes. After Hurricane Katrina there were over 250,000 displaced pets! Unfortunately natural disasters are not preventable. And if you believe in global warming, they might be a more frequent occurrence.
You can't always prepare for every natural disaster that comes your way but there are a few things you can do in advance to help ease your mind if you do know of something impending. During the storm, many animals were blown out of gates or swept away with the current. Having your Jack microchipped makes tracking him down much easier if he were to be lost or separated from you. Make sure to find out where the local shelters are that accept dogs (since not all do) in case you need to evacuate and a list of hotels that accept pets. You can also call you local animal hospital to see if they know where you might be able to drop off your pets. Check with friends or family members beforehand to see if they would be willing to take you with your dog just in case you can't find a shelter or hotel. Be sure to pick up extra food and any medication for your pets since you might not be able to get to a store for a few days. Also, something that gets forgotten is having a bathroom plan in place for your dog. I read a very tragic story of a young lady who got killed by a fallen tree during the hurricane while walking her dog outside.
My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this. Vetstreet with a little help from the folks at World Vets has compiled the information below both for those who need help, and for those who want to jump in and lend a hand to pets in need.
Information for Pet Owners Who Need Help
Lost and Found (all affected areas): A Facebook group called "Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets" is trying to facilitate reunions of pets and their owners by giving people a place to share photos and information. It already has more than 7,200 likes. Many of the pets disappeared when doors or gates blew open in the high winds, or when they slipped out of their collars.
Left-Behind Pets (NY): For New York City evacuees who need to report pets who were left at home during the storm, call the city’s hotline at 347-573-1561.
Pet-Friendly Shelters (all affected areas): You can find listings of pet-friendly shelters from Global Animal and the Examiner.
Volunteer at a Shelter (all affected areas): Inundated with displaced animals and with facilities that suffered the effects of the storm too, many shelters could use a few extra hands. Petfinder has rounded up shelters in need of assistance, or you can search for one near you that you can call to ask if they need help by using the ASPCA’s find a shelter tool.
Join a Team (all affected areas): The ASPCA is looking for more members for its First Responders team. If you’re interested in joining, email Gina.Manke@aspca.org.
Stay Up to Date on Twitter (all affected areas): The Twitter hashtag #sandypets is curating tweets from shelters and rescue organizations about how volunteers can help.
Spread the Word (PA): The Red Paw Relief Team, which works in conjunction with the Red Cross, is on the scene in Philadelphia and sharing information about the displaced pets they’re helping on their Facebook page.
Donate (MD): Some groups have expressed a dire need, such as the Baltimore Humane Society, where power had been out for days, leaving animals cold and in the dark. In addition, their pet food and cat litter delivery has been canceled for the week. The group has several needs, including donations of food, time and money. You can donate and find out more information on their web site.
Donate (NJ): The Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, N.J., is in a similar situation, without power or deliveries. They will be collecting food and cat litter donations on Thursday.
Donate (all affected areas): Text ANIMALS to 20222 to donate $10 to Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund or text PREVENT to 25383 to donate $10 to help the ASPCA’s animal rescue efforts.
Donate (all affected areas): PetSmart Charities, which is funded by donations, plans to distribute supplies to animal welfare organizations across the northeastern U.S. through a temporary distribution center, and expects to provide relief to 3,000 to 6,000 pets in need. You can support the program by making a donation online or calling 1-800-423-PETS.
Donate (all affected areas): Petco is running its annual National Pet Food Drive now through Nov. 11. Its program allows individual stores to choose where the food is most needed.
Donate (all affected areas): The American Humane Society’s 82-foot Red Star Rescue Rig, a mobile command center, was sent to New Jersey from its base in Pennsylvania to help animals in need. You can donate to their efforts through their web site.
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'Til Next Time...
Take care - and take care of your JRT!
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