In the wake of Hurricane Irene, many pets and their owners remain separated. People could not or did not take cats and dogs with them when they evacuated their homes. Sadly, some shelters did not accept pets. Other animals were lost or their homes were destroyed and they have not reconnected with their human family.
When people have lost everything or become displaced, pets are often one steady, positive aspect of their lives that give them hope. In emergencies, shelters need to accept pets.
The Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley is taking a proactive stance in helping pets and their families reunite. The shelter, located very close to Howe Caverns in Howe Cave, NY, is partnering with The ASCPA and the Schoharie County Rescue Team to locate, rescue and house stray animals separated from their families.
Debbie Kerrie Collins, manager of the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley said that for two days, shelter workers and volunteers from the ASCPA and Schoharie County Rescue Team have been setting up a shelter for found animals at Golding Middle School in Cobleskill.
The shelter, a volunteer not for profit organization, cares for about 150 cats and dogs, many of whom are in foster care settings. Currently they are fostering out dogs and cats at the shelter to make room for rescued animals, especially those needing a higher level of care.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, two dogs had come in. Collins said they were expecting to receive at least 50 more animals over the next two or three days. Workers were responding to reports of stray animals. They plan to bring in those who are beginning to emerge from hiding as they become hungry and less scared.
“Dogs are a bit easier to find than cats at first,” she said. “Often cats can fend for themselves for a while. They hide out more easily.”
The rescue operation has adequate carriers and crates. Wal-Mart has donated some pet food, but more may be needed in the future.
Collins said they are seeking donations of cleaning supplies such as bleach, PineSol, and laundry soap and trash bags.
The greatest need is for donations of scoopable and non-scoopable cat litter, litter pans and litter scoops.
Collins said that anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can do so through the shelter’s webpage:
Additional information about donations of goods or other questions can be made through calling the shelter at 518-296-8390.
Animal Shelter of Schoharie valley
304 Howes Cave Rd.
Howe Cave, NY 12092