A picture the Mayor’s Alliance is using to solicit volunteers for pet food distribution.
OK, what are you supposed to do to help companion animals (a.k.a. pets) after Hurricane Sandy? “>resources out there Occupy Sandy probably being the best bet if you want to just show up and be put to work), and undoubtably many of these help non-humans as well as humans.
But what if you specifically want to help the animals? Here’s what I know about that seems worth knowing about:
- The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals have been maintaining a list of Resources for NYC Pet Owners Impacted by Hurricane Sandy. It’s a big page with a lot on it.
- Petfinder is doing daily roundup posts … or they were last week, and hopefully will do more this week.
- The “Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets” Facebook page has well over 21,000 likes and is aggregating a lot of info and flyers (not just for NYC, either). The signal-to-noise ratio is frustrating, but you might see something useful there.
- There are innumerable smaller shelters and rescue groups that are doing great work post-Sandy. If there’s a group you like near an affected area, reach out to them and see if they need help. They may need heavy labor help, but they may also need clean up help, administrative help, short-term foster homes, donations, etc.
- Help the Mayor’s Alliance distribute pet food! Here’s the deal:
We have an urgent need for volunteers to help with a crucial distribution of pet food to victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York City.
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, working with our partners on the Animal Planning Task Force of the NYC Office of Emergency Management, will begin distributing emergency pet food and cat litter on Monday, November 5, to NYC pet owners and animal rescue organizations impacted by the hurricane.
Although final details about the distribution sites and times are still being developed, we anticipate the distribution sites will be at locations in areas of greatest need: Staten Island, Coney Island, the Rockaways, and Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
While not yet confirmed, we hope to begin the distribution on Monday, November 5.
If you are available for this effort and have access to any of the target locations, please let us know by sending an e-mail to hurricane@AnimalAllianceNYC.org.
In your e-mail, please provide the following necessary information:
1) Your name
2) Your e-mail address
3) Your phone number(s)
4) Your days and hours of availability
5) The location(s) from the list above at which you can be available
6) If you have a vehicle (and access to fuel) and can transport pet food and litter
We will get back to you with your assignment as soon as the details are confirmed.
Hopefully everyone who wants to help can find a way. And remember: if you’re donating stuff (rather than money or labor), always confirm that what you’re donating is meeting a current need. Unwanted donations are disruptive and wasteful. They’re useful only for making an ignorant donor feel good about themselves.
What’s missing? How have you been helping out? Let us know in the comments!