When Hurricane Sandy battered the Mid-Atlantic recently, the Delaware SPCA worked intensely to keep its animals safe and to make sure no pet in Delaware was left behind during the evacuations.
Working with the Delaware Department of Agriculture's Delaware Animal Response, the organization set up and staffed three pet-friendly evacuation shelters in New Castle and Sussex counties. These shelters provided safe refuge for pets and their humans during Hurricane Sandy.
Over the course of the storm, 41 dogs, cats and birds were cared for at the shelters at Cape Henlopen, William Penn and Middletown high schools. Staff and volunteers worked long days and sleepless nights to ensure the safety of these pets.
While national organizations play a role in mitigating animal suffering in a disaster, the organization that actually provided care for animals in Delaware during Hurricane Sandy was the local SPCA.
The Delaware SPCA is not affiliated with any national organizations and does not receive operational funding from them. Contributions will help offset the high costs associated with responding to this disaster. Go to delspca.org for information.