Animal Planet Partner Helps Animal Rescue Efforts Following Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath

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Animal Planet Partner Helps Animal Rescue Efforts Following Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath

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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:20pm

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In another great effort to help animals left homeless or lost in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the American Humane Association has has mobilized its 82-foot rescue rig, which will serve as a base and housing for its specially trained staff and volunteers, to help save animals. Their efforts were aided by Mars Petcare, U.S., but they still need your help!

The team is on a mission to deliver more than 80,000 pounds of food, medicine and supplies to shelters in Atlantic City, N.J.; Bergen County, N.J.; and Staten Island, N.Y., and other locations that were hit hard by the hurricane. 

If you'd like to help the organization in its recovery efforts, visit our ROAR Global Giving page and donate to the cause.

While many of us have been able to resume our lives as normal after the storm, many others have not. In anticipation of that, the American Humane Association has provided tips to help you prepare yourself, your children and pets before, during and after a storm should another come to your area.

Before the storm

  • Tie down or anchor outside objects that might fly about and injure someone.
  • Bring children and pets inside; bring outdoor animals inside with a carrier ready large enough to turn around and lie down comfortably.
  • Review your evacuation plan and double-check emergency supplies, bowls, water, food.
  • Have a carrier at the ready.
  • If your family must evacuate, take your pets with you.

During the storm….if you cannot evacuate

  • Choose a safe room for riding out the storm—an interior room without windows – and take your entire family there, including your pets.
  • Stay with pets. If crated, they depend on you for food and water.
  • Keep your emergency kit in that room with you (food, water, litter, meds).
  • Know your pet’s hiding places. That’s where they may run; keep them with you.
  • Secure exits and cat doors so pets can’t escape into the storm.
  • Do not tranquilize your pets. They’ll need their survival instincts should the storm require that.

After the storm

  • Make sure the storm has fully passed before going outside and assess damages before allowing children or animals out.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier, and children close at hand. Displaced objects and fallen trees can disorient pets and sharp debris could harm them.
  • Give pets time to become re-oriented. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and cause a pet to become confused or lost.
  • Keep kids and animals away from downed power lines and water that may be contaminated.
  • Keep an eye on children’s emotional reaction to the crisis. Talk to children – and just as important – listen to them. Reassure them frequently that you, local officials, and their communities are all working to keep them safe and return life back to normal. Watch for symptoms of stress, including clinginess, stomachaches, headaches, nightmares, trouble eating or sleeping, or changes in behavior. If you are concerned about the way your children are responding long after the crisis is over, consult your doctor, school counselor or local mental health professional.
  • Uncertainty and change in the environment affect animals, too, presenting new stresses and dangers. Your pet’s behavior may change after a crisis, becoming more aggressive or self-protective. Be sensitive to these changes and keep more room between them, other animals, children or strangers. Animals need comforting, too. Comfort your pet with kind words and lots of pats or hugs. If possible, provide a safe and quiet environment, even if it is not their home.

For more news about American Humane Association’s Red Star emergency work during these disasters and to support their work, please go to

 Want to donate? Visit or text HUMANE to 80888 to give $10.

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