Guest post by Chief of Staff, Caroline
Here we are in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We’re learning about animal shelters and rescues that have been destroyed and pets who have gone missing.
So, as people and organizations all up and down the east coast are working to rebuild their homes and their lives, there are operations underway to assist, including special efforts to care for lost, misplaced and homeless animals.
There are a few online resources to help owners find lost pets. These pages also have information on various other issues, like shelters and rescues in need. I urge you to share these resources with people…
- Twitter hashtag #sandypets is streamlining info on lost and found pets and pets in need
- Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets Facebook Page
- Petfinder Blog
- ASPCA Pet Rescue Help Line – 1-347-573-1561
Companies are doing their part to help, too. I know of several pet food companies that are organizing operations to send shipments of food to those in need.
One thing we don’t always consider during times like these is stress pets feel, which can manifest itself in many ways including behavioral or medical issues. Thundershirt, which is a “shirt” you put on your pet that provides gentle, constant pressure and has a dramatic calming effect for dogs and cats, is a great tool in times like these.
If your power’s out, for example, or you are staying with friends or in a shelter with your pet, your pet may be upset and anxious.
I’m willing to bet that those who have used Thundershirt in the past had their pets wearing theirs during Hurricane Sandy. And, you might consider keeping one in your pet emergency kit for future storms.
Thundershirt partners with Petfinder to provide shirts to shelters to help calm anxious pets in stressful situations, so Thundershirt is out there doing its part in keeping post Sandy shelter pets calm as well.
Please share this information and let’s get our lost pets reunited with their owners, keep pets calm and aid those who need it.
Caroline, Romeo & Pugsley