More than 600 pets rescued in Sandy's wake

Humane groups throughout the flood-affected region have been working overtime to rescue and care for pets stranded by Sandy. With reports in from some of the largest animal welfare groups, that number is well over 600.

The NJSPCA reports it has been active in the Jersey Shore area rescuing animals in the Seaside area, including Seaside Park, Island Beach State Park, Seaside borough and Toms River. As of this afternoon, officers have rescued approximately 120 animals. The Humane Society of the United States reports they have rescued 100 people. The ASPCA says it has taken in 600 pets since the storm hit a week ago.

Among the survivors being cared for at a New York shelter is Max, the pit bull/hound mix, whose owner and her friend were killed by a fallen tree while they took a walk in their Brooklyn neighborhood during the storm. Max suffered serious head injuries but is expected to survive.

The NJSPCA has been working closely with multiple public agencies including Toms River Animal Control, police departments from all the municipalities and the Associated Humane Societies (AHS). John Bergman of the Associated Humane Societies has been active in the Long Beach Island Area for the past three (3) days. Anyone with pets that need assistance may call NJSPCA at (855)-407-4787. Ocean County residents can also call (732) 349-0150 x1030. To donate to the NJSPCA visit and click on the “Donate” button.

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.

Evacuees, reunite with your pets call the NY city hotline at 347-573-1561, In New Jersey call 1-855-407-HSUS

The Huffington Post, along with, has compiled a list of ways to help:

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

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 here 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.