NYC has become very dog and animal friendly as we await the arrival of Hurricane Irene. NY 1 has reported that pets are welcome in all emergency shelters and evacuation centers. Do not leave them behind, but be sure to bring a copy of your dog’s vaccination records.
City workers were recently at JHS 57 and PS 26 at 125 Stuyvesant Ave. in Brooklyn where they have set up a special animal area. They have anything and everything imaginable, rabbit cages, bird cages, dog cages, leashes, litter, food, muzzles, and blankets. Owners can stay next door to their animals. The school is near Myrtle and Broadway in Brooklyn, but you can live anywhere to be accepted.
In addition, the ASPCA has made the following announcement in preparation for Hurricane Irene:
“As Hurricane Irene threatens a large swath of land along the Eastern Seaboard, the ASPCA is deploying emergency responders to help rescue and shelter animals displaced by the storm. Members of our Field Investigations and Response Team are working closely with the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the OEM’s Animal Planning Task Force to assist with the city’s disaster relief efforts.
The ASPCA encourages pet parents to develop an emergency plan in advance of the storm, and include potential evacuation in that plan. “Disasters threaten the safety of people and animals alike, and it’s often too late to create a plan for your pets when you’re in the middle of a crisis,” says Tim Rickey, Senior Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team. For families who must leave their homes, evacuation centers and emergency shelters in New York City will be pet friendly, and people are encouraged to evacuate with their pets. Please call 311 to find an evacuation center. All NYC taxis are required to take animals.
The ASPCA offers the following tips:
- Bring pets indoors at the first sign of the storm. Animals can become disoriented and wander away from home during a disaster.
- Arrange a safe haven for yourself and your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave pets behind.
- Store an emergency kit—with items such as pet food, bottled water, medical records, a blanket, a flashlight and leashes—as close to an exit as possible.
- Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification.
- Affix a rescue alert sticker to your front door or window to let rescuers know that there are pets inside your home.
- Choose a designated caregiver to take care of your pet in the event you are unable to do so.
- For more information on how to keep yourself and your pet safe in the event of an emergency, please read the ASPCA’s complete list of Disaster Readiness tips. Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for the latest on this developing story.”
Eli also recommends having all pet medications ready, especially medications such as those for epilepsy that are dangerous to skip a dose. Also, contact your nearby vet to find out if they will be available in the event of a medical emergency, and if not, find one that will. Stay safe, NYC pups, as we ride out the storm!