Hundreds of Pets Still Homeless One Year After Hurricane Sandy
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It's been one year since Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast. Approximately 147 people died and an estimated 650,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by the flood waters.
Pets in storm-ridden areas also felt the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Hundreds of "fur kids" were lost or abandoned as a result of the storm. Today, many are living as strays or living in kennels in hopes one day they are found or adopted.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) worked tirelessly to assist and provide supplies to more than 30,000 animals in the New York and New Jersey area in the months following Sandy, ASPCA spokeswoman Emily Schneider told NBC News. Thanks to the ASPCA's efforts, all of the Sandy pets under their care have found homes, only one still seeks a forever home.
Some families whose homes were destroyed by the storm had no other alternative than to surrender their pet to a nearby animal shelter, Trish Lane, who operates the Facebook page Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found said. In other cases, some people left their pets behind to save themselves.
Caitlin Stewart from Woodstown, N.J. credits Lane's pet rescue Facebook page for locating her missing cat, Bird. After fielding dozens of tips and sightings, the missing cat was found living at a house 3 miles away from her home.
"She had been living out of garbage cans," she said. "She'd been living outside -- no shelter," Stewart said.
Lane also told NBC News, "Honestly, as much bad as you see in the world, people not coming back for their pets, there’s a hundred times more good than there is bad."
If you have any information on pets that were displaced by Hurricane Sandy, please visit Lane's Facebook page.
Has your pet ever been displaced by a natural disaster?