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North Shore Animal League America Emergency Response Teams Continue to Assist Those Affected by the Devastation of Hurricane Sandy

Team Offers Shelter, Assistance and Supplies for Displaced Animals

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Port Washington, NY - November 4, 2012: As Hurricane Sandy headed towards the New York area, North Shore Animal League America - the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization – provided 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 were on round-the-clock call throughout the storm, and Mobile Rescue Units are being utilized at the Emergency Pet Shelter at the Mitchell Field Gymnasium.

At the Emergency Pet Shelter volunteers and staff are currently caring for nearly 120 owned animals whose owners were directly affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The animals are being cared for 24hrs a day by our Emergency Rescue Team, as well as volunteers who have selflessly devoted their time to help ease this difficult time for the animals. Animal League America’s Medical Team is on-site daily to exam each animal in the shelter.

PetsSmart Charities arrived with a tracker trailer full of supplies yesterday including crates, food, blankets and other essential supplies. Donations are being dropped off daily from individuals who are looking to help any way that they can.

Through the amazing efforts of Animal League America, Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and other animal advocacy organizations displaced animals have a temporary home.

Pet Owners are welcomed to visit with their pets daily between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Emergency Pet Shelter is accepting supply donations of food, treats, cat litter, toys, blankets, towels, poop bags, and cleaning supplies such as paper towels, hand sanitizers and medical gloves.

A second Animal League Mobile Rescue Unit took 35 dogs and cats from Bobbi and the Strays in Freeport, NY whose facility had sever flooding from the Hurricane. The animals are currently being housed at Animal League America’s headquarters in Port Washington, NY. They are being provided with shelter, food and water. 

“With our emergency team’s early deployment and continued support efforts, 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 provide safe spaces for area shelters as well as for animals whose families need to evacuate their homes.”

Animal League America’s Emergency and Disaster Rescue Program safely evacuates animals out of harm’s way. The team is ready at a moment’s notice to help save animals’ lives, whether they are responding to national emergencies or natural disasters. Animal League America’s emergency rescue team will continue to monitor the situation before, during and after the storm. 

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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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