ASPCA urges Sandy victims to pick up pets ASAP

UPDATE: The ASPCA says it wants to have animals moved by the end of the weekend but it does not have a firm closing date. There are only 22 cats and 14 dogs listed on their found page because those were picked up after the storm and owners have not been identified. The other roughly 100 dogs and cats were placed at the shelter by owners who could not care for them immediately after the storm, but the owners have not yet come to get them.

New York and New Jersey residents: Did you flee Superstorm Sandy and leave anything valuable behind? Say, your pet?

The ASPCA is sending out a plea to pet owners to come claim their cat or dog at their emergency boarding shelter in Brooklyn before the facility closes its doors.  

The ASPCA facility was established after the storm in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn to provide temporary sheltering for hundreds of animals displaced by Sandy.

The ASPCA said it will pursue placement options for all animals that remain unclaimed, but did not say when the shelter would close.

In the aftermath of the storm the ASPCA took in nearly 280 animals.

Sadly, nearly 140 displaced animals still remain at the emergency shelter waiting to be claimed, including pair of 12-year-old poodles.

Those animals have received care from legions of volunteers and veterinary professionals. Now they want to go home.

The ASPCA and other local agencies have been working hard to track down the owners of lost pets, including publicizing pet information on the Animal Care & Control of NYC’s (AC&C’s) lost pets website.

“We are still caring for the displaced pets at our emergency boarding facility, but we’re also planning the next step, which is to find homes for unclaimed animals as we start to demobilize our operation,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.

In addition to rescuing homeless pets, ASPCA mobile wellness clinics were dispatched to hard hit areas, providing free veterinary services such as physical exams, vaccinations, microchips and flea medication, while ASPCA distribution centers handed out nearly 40 tons of pet supplies to thousands of pet owners.

Those with missing pets are urged to come to the ASPCA emergency boarding facility as soon as possible, or visit the AC&C’s lost pets website to view all lost pets residing at the facility or call the Hurricane Sandy Pet Hotline at 347-537-9935.

The Emergency Boarding Facility is located at 1508 Herkimer Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11233. Hours are seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.