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If You Have to Evacuate to a Shelter, Many in New York and New Jersey Will Allow You to Bring Your Pets


Photo  Credit:  The Blaze

BabblePets (Photo Credit: iStockphoto): New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has just announced mandatory evacuations in low-lying areas of the city. There are 65 shelters ready throughout the city, and pets will be welcome. Remember, if you’re not safe in your home, neither is your pet, and you shouldn’t leave Fido and Fluffy behind.

In other areas, however, separate pet shelters are opening up.

iStock 000002529801XSmall 200x300 Hurricane Sandy: If You Have to Evacuate to a Shelter, Can Your Pet Come With You?In New York City, 65 schools will be transformed into shelters, says the Wall Street Journal, and pets will be allowed.

In Long Island, specific pet shelters have been set up in cooperation with the SPCA, says Newsday.

In Connecticut, rules vary by town as to whether pets are allowed. Note that some town shelters will require you to show proof of the animal’s registration and current vaccination record. For a breakdown by town, see NBC Connecticut’s website.

In New Jersey, not all shelters are pet-friendly. Some in Atlantic County are pet-friendly, some are not. In Cape May County, an animal shelter opened in Lower Township at noon today. Animal sheltering trailers will be set up at two other locations in the county.

If the shelters near you are not pet-friendly, try calling your veterinarian’s office, local kennels, and animal rescue centers to see if they have any kennel availability. If you’re heading to a hotel or motel, you can search for pet-friendly accommodations here.

Whether you’re bringing your pet with you to a shelter, a friend’s home, or a hotel, be prepared. Owners should bring their pets’ carriers and crates; and pet owners should bring with them any supplies that may be needed. For an excellent, comprehensive list of supplies to take with you, see Danielle Sullivan’s post, What to Put in Your Pet’s Emergency Disaster Pack.

The Suffolk SPCA, on Long Island, has two locations that allow owners to stay in the same shelter as their animals open and functioning. One is at Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus, located on Riverhead Speonk Road in Riverhead, and the other is the Brentwood Recreational Center at 99 Third Avenue in Brentwood. These shelters operate on a first come, first serve basis and can fit approximately 250 people and their pets in each. Animals allowed in the shelters are dogs, cats and birds.



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October 30, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, responsible pet ownership, Stop Animal Cruelty, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Doggie Flash Mob Makes TV History this Morning in NYC

As reported here, this morning on the plaza outside the Fox and Friends studio in midtown Manhattan, a doggie flash mob started assembling at 7 to celebrate National Keep Pets Safe in Winter Day, which is today, December 22. The dogs were bright-eyed; the humans, a bit bleary!

But all were thrilled to receive species-specific goodies: Ark Naturals Paws in the Pie pumpkin treats for the pets and Dunkin Donuts for the people.

A veritable rainbow coalition of K9s turned out for the festivities: dogs large and small, purebred and mixed, young and old. One scene-stealer who richly deserved her turn in the spotlight is Patsy the Pit Bull (below), a sweetheart, a looker, and a real good kisser who’s available for adoption from the ASPCA.

Also on hand and paw for the event were several sweet adoptable dogs from Animal Haven Shelter, including a charming Chihuahua named Eazy E (below).

Dogs were offered sweet sweatshirts emblazoned with the logo of Morton Safe-T-Pet, the paw-friendly ice melter that sponsored this fun event. The dogs’ handlers, meanwhile, got logo’d blue fleece hats.

Piggy the terrific tripod mutt, below, was born with a warm thermal layer (he’s a Border Collie mix, after all), so he showed up in his birthday suit and gamely sported a blue fleece hat for this photo (along with his dad, Darwin Animal Doctors founder Tod Emko)!

Source: Dogster

Related:  Winter and Holiday Health Hazards for Animals

December 24, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Holidays With Pets, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Events, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Willow the cat took a plane to New York, says tipster

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Willow, the 6-year calico cat that went missing from her Colorado home during a renovation 5 years ago, will soon be reunited with her owners.

For nearly a week now, the world has been wondering: How on earth did Willow the cat, who went missing five years ago, get from Colorado to New York City — a journey of almost 1,800 miles — and turn up on a city street looking well-fed and healthy?

Well, there may be an answer. An anonymous tipster with a photo of a kitty that looks remarkably like Willow claimed to the blog Gothamist to have been one of Willow’s NYC catsitters for a few months. According to the account, Willow was picked up as a stray in Colorado and brought, via plane, to a loving home in New York City.

Here’s the story, from the tip sent in to Gothamist:

I had Willow (aka Molly) for 3 months, while her NY owner was away for work. He fell in love with her on a ski trip when she was a stray in Colorado, and flew her back to Brooklyn, thinking she was too amazing to leave behind. She was vetted prior to flying, and none of her history came up. While in Brooklyn she was loved and very spoiled…she’s had quite an adventure, but there’s no great mystery behind her travels. Willow is a lovable cat who happens to fly well. She was brought to the shelter by someone who loved her very much, but was unable to give her all the time and attention she deserves.

I’m sure her Colorado family knows how extraordinary she is, and I am so thrilled she’s able to go home.

Gothamist contacted Jamie Squires, Willow’s original owner, who gave a big thank-you to whoever has been caring for Willow all this time. 

Many pet owners are grateful, too: Willow’s tale has inspired an uptick in pet microchips (read more here); the technology is how, eventually, Willow was identified as the calico who slipped out the door at the Squires’ house during a home renovation five years ago.

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Source: Animals Tracks

September 20, 2011 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Success Stories, Unusual Stories | , , , , , | Leave a comment

NYC Woman Arrested for Allegedly Starving Two Terriers

Horrible!!  Throw the book at her and then some!!


When two severely emaciated Jack Russell Terriers arrived at the New York City Animal Care & Control (AC&C) shelter in Brooklyn, staff immediately suspected they had a cruelty case on their hands. Brooklyn resident Vera Osborne had relinquished the starving dogs, claiming that her niece could no longer afford to feed them—and that she could no longer bear witness to it. One of the dogs, a two-year-old pup named Patches, died within hours of being admitted, despite heroic veterinary efforts to save him.

“Unfortunately, starvation is one of the most common types of cruelty we investigate,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. “Animal cruelty is a serious crime, and we are doing everything we can to see that the victims receive justice.”

AC&C contacted the ASPCA Humane Law Department for assistance with the case, and a necropsy performed at ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital confirmed that Patches’ cause of death was indeed starvation.

Soon after, ASPCA Special Agent Joe Vais began investigating Patches’ death, traveling to Osborne’s East Flatbush home for an interview. When questioned, Osborne again stated that the dogs were under the sole care of her niece, Rlisa Youell, and that after several failed attempts to have the dogs properly cared for, she turned them over to the shelter.

On February 24, Special Agent Vais arrested Youell and charged her with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. She faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The second dog has been treated and made available for adoption at AC&C in Brooklyn.

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(Just another example that we all need to be vigilant and report or intercede whenever abuse is involved.  We also need to get these sentences upgraded for abuse to animals, children, seniors… or anyone!!)

March 6, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal abuse, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Judge Rules: NYC Must Create More Animal Shelters

State Supreme Court Rules That NYC Must Create More Animal Shelters… and So Should Virtually Every Other State


The ASPCA applauds a decision by the New York State Supreme Court to uphold a 2000 law mandating the existence of full-service animal shelters in all five New York City boroughs. In last week’s ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Shafer gave the City 60 days to come up with a plan to implement the law(PDF) which will ultimately allow for more animals to be adopted and fewer to be euthanized.

While the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island are each outfitted with New York City Animal Care and Control shelters, the Bronx and Queens have only part-time animal receiving centers. Animals in these two boroughs are routinely sent to Manhattan and Brooklyn, where shelters quickly reach capacity, resulting in the euthanasia of healthy pets. Although funds were allocated for a full-service shelter in each borough, the City has not yet taken steps to purchase sites in the Bronx and Queens.

“Each New York City borough, by law, was required to have a full-service animal shelter by July 1, 2006,” states Michelle Villagomez, ASPCA Senior Manager of Advocacy & Campaigns. “The ASPCA has been urging New York City for years to fulfill its mandate and provide the people and animals of Queens and the Bronx with these shelters.”

In January 2009, the nonprofit group Stray from the Heart sued the City, reasoning that its failure to set up animal shelters in the Bronx and Queens resulted in the “needless suffering and death of homeless cats and dogs.” In its lawsuit, the group charged: “Homeless dogs have been dying in unconscionable numbers because the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has not provided the shelter space required by statute.”

Notes Villagomez, “Not only are healthy, innocent animals being euthanized before getting a chance at adoption, but residents of these boroughs are tax-paying New Yorkers and deserve the same services that residents in the other three boroughs receive.”

The City of New York plans to appeal the court’s decision.

Source:  ASPCA

All states affected by the over-flow of pets and animals due to the housing market crash and economy should be building more shelters and all shelters should be no kill shelters.  The American people were slammed with the stimulus bills the seems to have done little for the economy and been used for some pretty worthless projects; how about helping the animals and pet owners who cannot afford to keep them because of the mess the federal government created.  In the meantime, temporary facilities and foster programs should be set up.  No More Euthanasia of Healthy Pets andAnimals!!

The restrictions (laws and community regulations) on the numbers of pets people are allowed to have needs to be loosened as well to meet the present crisis!!

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September 26, 2009 Posted by | Animal Abandonement, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, Change Number of Pet Restrictive Laws. Ordinances and Rules, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, Stop Euthenization, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Rescue Link Unleashed – New National Geographic Program

Meet eight tattooed tough guys who are committed to rescuing New York City’s abused animals. Series Premiere September 25, 2009 on National Geographic

Rescue Ink Unleashed on Nat Geo

TCA Press Tour: National Geographic’s ‘Rescue Ink Unleashed’

rescueinkThe members of Rescue Ink. Photo: National Geographic channel

Animals are always a big hit at press tour, but when they come accompanied by larger-than-life, tattooed humans, how can the National Geographic Channel go wrong?

Here in the fancy ballroom to promote “Rescue Ink Unleashed,” which premieres Sept. 25, were Big Ant, Johnny O, Joe Panz and Eric, members of Rescue Ink,  the most unique animal rescue group that conceivably exists. These are reformed bad guys who love animals and have dedicated their lives to rescuing them from abuse and “educating” their owners, whatever that takes.

Who is Joe Panz? The leader of Rescue Ink, who comes from a family of animal lovers and rescuers and used to get in a lot of trouble. He has many scars but only one that he Crazy-Glued himself: the one on his chest. Ten years ago, he survived being shot five times and decided to turn to his love of animals to change his life.

Big Ant? A 320-pound Harley-loving and father who happens to be very funny.

Johnny O? A 6’2″ father of two teenagers who once was an alcoholic and now is trained in martial arts.

Eric? A new member of the group, he is a 230-pound menacing man who is not afraid to spend time with small dogs. (He had one on his lap during the entire session).

After The New York Times wrote about the organization, National Geographic approached the men about documenting their work for a series.

“They are a group of homegrown rescuers who are doing things no other group was doing,” said executive producer Kim Woodard. “We approached them and told them we thought they were doing something special … Not only do they take on cases no other group does, they go in and address animal abusers and educate them about what they should be doing differently. Because of their street smarts, they are able to talk to people in a different way and people are able to change their ways.”

The process works this way, Panz said. Complains are lodged on the group’s website. If an investigation is warranted, a retired homicide detective who is part of the organizations runs a criminal background on the pet owner. Then Panz and the other members discuss the situation and determine how many people should respond to the scene. If they remove a pet from a household, they take the animal to the vet for evaluation and then determine whether it should be placed in a foster home for potential adoption or at a sanctuary for aggressive animals. All expenses are covered by the members and through donations.

Asked if the cameras makes pet owners behave a certain way, Panz said the rescuers behave the same way with or without the cameras. Pet owners are filmed if they allow it.

“We do have to worry about the safety of the camera people,” he said.

“If we showed up at your door, would it matter if we had cameras?” Big Ant said, drawing laughs from the TV critics. “They ought to be happy the cameras are there!”

Do the rescuers teach through intimidation only, or does it sometimes go further?

“It’s an in-your-face approach within the means of law,” Johnny O said.

“We can’t rescue animals if we’re sitting in a jail cell,” Big Ant noted.

— Maria Elena Fernandez

Credit: National Geographic Channel

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September 16, 2009 Posted by | animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty, Success Stories, Toughen Animal Abuse Laws and Sentences | , , , | Leave a comment