Pet owners should have an emergency plan that includes the safety of their animals. Long Island and NYC are among the areas now considered in  Sandy’s forecasted path. Please consider your pets.  Try to move any pets indoors during this storm. High winds, heavy rain, falling debris are only of the few possible dangers that we face. NEVER leave your pet chained outside!


If you face evacuation, identify a shelter. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in your area allow pets — well in advance of needing them. Include your local animal shelter’s number in your list of emergency numbers — they might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.


Check to see which of our local Pet Friendly Shelters are operational.


Use this checklist to help gather everything you may need for your pet.   Include:

  •  at least a 5-7 day supply of pet food and bottled water<
  • a 2 week supply of medication with dosage instructions
  •  a flashlight with extra batteries
  • food and water bowls
  • a can opener and spoon for canned food, if necessary
  • a cage or carrier for smaller animals
  •  an extra collar, leash or harness for larger animals
  •  a litter box, litter and a scoop (for cats)
  •  plastic trash bags, paper towels, soap and bleach (for waste)
  • comfort items (such as bedding, toys or pet treats)
  •  latex glove (for handling waste)
  •  blanket or sheet to cover cages
  • first aid kit

Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter, to get advice and information.

Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in the house and where they are located if your pets are left behind. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.