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Rescue Update: A letter from the President, August 28
Irene hit the Tri-State area as a Category 1 Hurricane, and I want to thank you for your support during our Hurricane Irene Emergency Rescue efforts.
Our pre-hurricane preparations have ensured the safety of over 800 animals. Our Mobile Disaster Team deployed 5 Mobile Emergency Rescue units to remote areas on Long Island, before Hurricane Irene hit, to take animals out of shelters in areas where flooding was expected. We brought those animals back to our Port Washington, NY headquarters to be properly cared for during the hurricane.
We deployed our largest Mobile Emergency Rescue unit to Mitchell Field, a location that Nassau County designated as an emergency shelter for people and families that were forced to evacuate. Our Mobile Emergency Rescue unit and Rescue Team were staged outside this emergency shelter, so as people arrived with animals, we could place them on our mobile unit to keep them safe during the Hurricane. When that first unit was quickly filled with animals, I deployed another mobile unit to that location to care for close to 100 animals.
As we continue to assess the impact of Hurricane Irene today, we are pleased that the animals in our care - the hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at our campus, and those being housed remotely in our Mobile Emergency Rescue Units - are safe and doing very well. Pet owners have been so grateful that we were able to care for their animals during the Hurricane, with the promise that they can pick up their pets once it's safe for them to return home. Pets are family members, and we certainly understand that just as pet owners do.
We are currently caring for over 650 animals at our campus, and our dedicated medical and shelter teams stayed through the night to care for them. Our staff and volunteers band together in times of crisis, and they will remain on campus throughout the storm, to continue to meet the needs of these animals.
We are posting frequent Hurricane Irene updates on our Facebook page, including messages from our Emergency Rescue Teams out in the field. I encourage you to visit our Facebook page to learn more about all of our rescue efforts during Hurricane Irene, and to continue to receive rescue updates.
Thank you again for being such loyal supporters, and we hope that you will continue to support our Emergency Rescue efforts. Please remain safe during the balance of the storm and throughout the hurricane recovery efforts.
J. John Stevenson