Emergency shelters sought for farm animals

During Hurricane Irene, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture worked with county governments to find shelter to house large livestock for owners who needed to evacuate their farms or found themselves without power or water or access to their farms.

While very few farm owners needed the shelters during the most recent storm, the Department of Agriculture is seeking to ensure there are enough facilities to accommodate large animals in the event of future emergencies or disasters.

Anyone with a facility that could serve as a large animal shelter is asked to fill out a form available for downloading here.  When completing the form, please include two contact numbers that would be accessible 24/7 for each facility.

When a facility is made available during evacuations, animal owners will be responsible for the animals’ care, including providing feed.

Forms should be returned by Nov. 1. By mail to:

New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Attn: Lynn Mathews

P.O. Box 330

Trenton, N.J. 08625

Or by e-mail at debra.moscatiello@ag.state.nj.us.

Once compiled, a list of facilities will be made available to county emergency management offices.