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Helping Pets in Sandy’s Aftermath

It’s been a few weeks now since we faced Hurricane Sandy, and as we continue to move through the recovery phase, I thought I’d take a few minutes to share how Petco and the Petco Foundation are helping animals affected by Sandy. As always in disasters like this, The Petco Foundation has been in constant touch with the Red Cross, Foundation and regional animal-welfare agencies to assist animals in need. We’ve been working as quickly as possible to fulfill requests of from our partners all across the area. We’ve sent trucks with pallets of pet food, litter and supplies to our New York stores in Staten Island, Union Square and Middletown, so our animal welfare partners and Red Cross representatives in the area can pick up whatever they need, whenever they can. We worked with Rock & Rawhide to host a hurricane relief event at our Union Square store in Manhattan on Nov. 10, and partnered with Mayor’s Alliance for NYC to deliver pet food and supplies collected at that event to the hardest hit areas in New York and New Jersey. This week, the Foundation is working with Petmate to send complete set-ups for cat housing (including crates, litter pans, litter, beds, bowls, food and toys) to our store in Edison, N.J., for donation to several of our local rescue partners who have taken in stray cats and owned cats for long-term housing. So many residents who still cannot return home have had to either give up their cats or place them in long-term foster care. These set-ups will make it much easier for our partners and their clients to house a cat. To date, the Petco Foundation has donated more than $180,000 worth of food and supplies to help care for pets affected by this monster storm, and we continue to assess the needs of our partners and provide help wherever we can.   If you represent a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in need of assistance with animals affected by Sandy, please send an email to with your name, phone number, a description of your need (food, supplies, quantities, etc.) and the Petco store nearest you, and someone will contact you as soon as possible. Here’s a list of the hard-working animal welfare partners we’ve helped so far   NEW YORK Zanis Rescue All About Spay/Neuter Sara Clark - rescuer K9 Karen Olsen - rescuer Islip Animal Shelter Animal Lovers League Glen Cove Animal Shelter Babylon Animal Shelter Heavenly Angels Rescue Town of Oyster Bay Shelter Bobbi & The Strays Charles Henderson Animal Rescue Eva's Cat Rescue Animal Haven Redhook Dog Rescue Infinite Hope Kitty Kind 2000 Spay and Neuters Mayor’s Alliance NYC Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter: STATEN ISLAND Angels on Earth Rescue Feline Rescue of Staten Island PLUTO Rescue Staten Island Hope Rescue Anarchy Animal Rescue Christian Pentecostal Church Modified K9 Guardians of Rescue NEW JERSEY Union Township Animal Shelter Liberty Humane Society Jersey Animal Coalition Pathway to Hope Animal Welfare Federation of NJ American Humane All About Animals Toms River Township Monmouth County SPCA Animal Birth Control (ABC) St Hubert’s Seers Farms Poor Animals of St Francis Animal Rescues R US NJ Rescues Felines