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Surviving Sandy: Pet owners get help with evacuation - Source App

Posted on Nov 01,2012
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Residents and their dog are evacuated during the superstorm from an area in Little Ferry, N.J. / GETTY IMAGES

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By Natalie DiBlasio

NEW YORK – Pets are so far surviving Sandy, with hundreds of animals safe in shelters and rescue workers standing by to help pets in trouble.

Even hotels that are usually not animal-friendly are waiving restrictions and allowing pets to stay during the disaster.

“It is so important that people evacuate with their pets,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “If your home isn’t safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet. Once you evacuate you never know when you will be back.”

All of New York City’s 76 evacuation shelters welcome pets. So far shelters are housing nearly 240 animals, about the same as during Hurricane Irene last year. Rickey expects the number to rise.

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