Sandy’s smallest victims saved

By SHANNON VENEGAS

After the devastation the East Coast faced with Hurricane Sandy, sometimes we forget all of the critters whose homes were also destroyed by the deadly storm.

After the storm cleared the area, The Humane Society of the United States sent rescue teams into the most devastated counties to conduct search and rescue for stranded pets. The HSUS rescued more than 250 animals displaced by the hurricane and is housing or fostering more than 500 additional pets for families who are without a residence and need some time to get their homes and lives back together before having to care for their pets again.

The HSUS is currently working with other animal organizations in the area and housing hundreds of animals in emergency shelters. The hope of the HSUS is to reunite each pet with its owner.

Visit www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/hurricane-sandy to donate to the Disaster Relief Fund.

Photo by LISA J. GODFREY/THE HSUS
Otis was then transported to the evacuation shelter and reunited with his family, as seen in this photo.

Photo by LISA J. GODFREY/THE HSUS
This one-year-old white and brown pit bull, Otis, was rescued from a second floor apartment in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, New York. The owner, Elizabeth Merced, was staying at the Susan Wagner High School evacuation shelter and requested help from the HSUS Animal Rescue Team. The stairway in the entrance hall of the home had partially collapsed, and HSUS responder Rowdy Shaw (seen here) had to carry the dog down the stairs.

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