Hooray for the ASPCA and Rachael Ray! Thanks to a generous $500,000 grant from the television personality and animal advocate, the ASPCA has opened an emergency boarding facility in Brooklyn to help pet owners and animal victims of Hurricane Sandy. The facility located in Bedford–Stuyvesant opened on November 17 and will provide temporary sheltering for hundreds of displaced animals for 30 days.
“We recognize the great need to help pet owners during this difficult time by temporarily caring for their animals while they get back on their feet,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The ASPCA is working with local and national animal welfare agencies to assist animals affected by the storm, and we’re grateful to have these valued partners helping us manage the emergency boarding facility and provide relief for both people and pets alike.”
Families who need temporary pet boarding can visit the facility located at 1508 Herkimer Street in Brooklyn (open seven days a week, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.). They should also bring the following, along with their pet, to the emergency facility: One government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport, military ID or non-driver ID) and proof of address (i.e. utility bill, driver’s license). Those with questions should call the Hurricane Sandy pet hotline (347-573-1561).
For pet owners who are unable to travel to the Brooklyn facility, the ASPCA will accept pets at several remote locations this week. These intake locations and dates include:
- Far Rockaway (Monday, November 19, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Waldbaum’s Lot, 112-15 Beach Channel Drive in Belle Harbor, Queens
- Rockapup (Tuesday, November 20, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
145 Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park, Queens
- Coney Island (Tuesday, November 20, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
MCU Parking Lot, Surf Avenue and 19th Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn
- Staten Island (Wednesday, November 21, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue in Midland Beach, Staten Island
It’s been great to see the volunteer turnout on all fronts to help people and pets recover. Big thanks to the ASPCA, Rachael Ray’s Nutrish® pet food line, which made funds for the shelter possible and to the volunteers from the Animal Care & Control of NYC, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team.