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With Hurricane Irene Warnings In Effect, North Shore Animal League America Is Providing Emergency Assistance To Long Island Animal Shelters And Pet Families Who Need Shelter

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Port Washington, NY, August 26, 2011 – As Hurricane Irene heads towards the Tri-State area, North Shore Animal League America - the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization – is providing preemptive emergency rescue services to several Long Island shelters to ensure the safety of as many animals as possible. The dedicated members of the Animal League's Emergency Response Team will be on round-the-clock call throughout the weekend, and Mobile Rescue Units will be utilized in designated Long Island locations to provide safe havens for dogs and cats.

The Animal League will deploy its largest Mobile Rescue Unit to Mitchell Field in Uniondale, NY. The mobile unit, which has space for 38 animals and has its own power generator, will arrive at 9:00am on Saturday, August 27 to house animals whose owners are staying at the emergency shelter set up at Nassau Community College, which does not permit pets inside the facility. The unit will be stocked with dog and cat food and pet parents will be able to visit and walk their animals. For directions to Mitchel Field, click here.

A second Animal League Mobile Rescue Unit will be driven to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) in Wainscott, NY today. The vehicle will be stocked with animal food and supplies and assist the shelter in housing dogs and cats, which are expected to exceed regular numbers due to the summer population in the area.

A third Animal League Mobile Rescue Unit will take in over 30 dogs and cats from Bobbi and the Strays in Freeport, NY and house them at the Animal League's headquarters in Port Washington, NY. They will be provided with shelter, food and water. The Animal League has generators in buildings on its Port Washington campus.

A fourth Animal League Mobile Rescue Unit will be stationed at Brookhaven Animal Shelter to house an overflow of animals as a result of potential for structural damage.

"With our emergency team's early deployment, it is the Animal League's goal to minimize potential danger to dogs and cats and prevent loss of life," said Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President, North Shore Animal League America. "Our Mobile Rescue Units will provide safe spaces for area shelters as well as for animals whose families need to evacuate their homes."

These Mobile Rescue Unit deployments reflect the Animal League's relationships with shelters and rescue partners throughout Long Island, and its decades-long commitment to saving animal lives. The Animal League's emergency rescue team will continue to monitor the situation before, during and after the storm.

To learn about animal emergency preparedness, visit

North Shore Animal League America - Home of the Mutt-i-gree® - headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. The Animal League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes each year. Over the past decade, the Animal League saved over 200,000 lives and has saved 1,000,000 animals since its inception. “Like” us at, follow us at To learn more about animal rescue and welfare, visit

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