Animal Rescue In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

It has been a tough week here on the East Coast. Hurricane Sandy hit us hard and it’s going to be a while before we get back to normal. And I say this as someone that had no flooding and didn’t lose power. Many others in New York and New Jersey have lost their houses and their vehicles and my heart goes out to them. But I have no doubt we will be back as strong as ever. New Jersey and New York will represent soon enough!

As the creator of the Dog Files, I always have my eye on the animal angle of a news story and Hurricane Sandy is no different. After seeing how much people are doing to save and protect our animals, I feel optimistic and hopeful.

The days of telling evacuees to leave their pets behind is no more and I haven’t heard a single person on TV doubting whether or not we should be rescuing our animals and pets.

And that’s really how it should be. Animals are an integral part of our families and they deserve to be protected. After all, as anyone involved in Rescue knows, Animal Welfare IS Human Welfare.

Let’s never forget that.

Stay safe,
Kenn, Max & Remy

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Kaitlyn Miller and her “rescue” boxer, Coulton, took refuge in the pet friendly evacuation shelter at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, N.J.

Owners and their pets prepare to evacuate for Hurricane Sandy.

A man and his dog are evacuated on Tuesday from Little Ferry, N.J.

A fireman carries a resident’s dog to safety from flood waters in Little Ferry, New Jersey, October 30, 2012.

Sarah Korman & Michael Cunba, who had to evacuate their home in Long Beach, N.Y., brought their dogs to a pet shelter.

A man walks with his dog to a National Guard vehicle after leaving his flooded home in Moonachie, N.J., on Tuesday.

Ray Cilli and his dog Woubie are rescued from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey.

Residents of Little Ferry, N.J., evacuate on Tuesday with their dog.

Rescuers in New York City rescue animals as well as humans.

Firefighter rescues dog from sewer.

Shaggy the dog is handed to National Guard personnel after the dog and his owner left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J.

Amber Berthe and her dog Tara took refuge in the Red Cross/County Animal Rescue Team shelter in Toms River, N.J.

Gene Caruso trudges through sand-clogged streets to the evacuation bus site with his dogs Katy and Tasha and two cats.


  1. says

    Finally an understanding. It makes sense to keep the animals & people together on so many levels; no going back to save the animals, the pets act much better with their owners, the owners have the comfort of their pets. Why was this ever an issue?

  2. says

    What great humanitarian efforts by so many, and thank God people aren’t told to leave their animals behind. I always feel so sorry for God’s loving creatures that give so much love to us and then lose their owners. These people and their animals and their rescuers are being kept in my prayers every day. God bless them and I thank you for posting these pics. It sure does bring the tragedy of all the East coast is going through. Just unreal.

  3. Suzanne Duval says

    I am so glad for the shelters that allowed pets. Cause I am one of those people that would NEVER EVER leave my pet. I would shelter somewhere with as much food water blankets and my dog who I would carry if the water got deep.

  4. San Diego Puppy says

    Animals are indeed an essential part of families. They also ought to be sheltered. Rescuing our pets is also like rescuing our best friend.

  5. says

    Last picture touched my heart SO much. Such devotion… Never leave ur loved ones behind, whether big or small, bare or furry! It always chokes me up to see people go thru extents to provide in great lengths for their pets or animals, because we see WAY too many people that don’t do anything but make animals suffer. I hope the best recovery for everyone on the east coast and all of their furry little “sunshines”. Also, hope that many of the homeless “sunshines” were able to have been rescued along the way….

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