November 16, 2012
Centerville, Mass., Nov. 16, 2012 – On Saturday, Nov. 17 The MSPCA-Centerville and the Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team (CCDART) will be collecting donated pet food and supplies to ship to New Jersey, where they will be distributed to areas in the state that have been hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, the two organizations announced today.
CCDART has rented a large van that will be parked outside the MSPCA-Centerville adoption center on Saturday between 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.—during which time donated supplies will be packed and loaded. On Sunday, Nov. 18 the CCDART team will drive the supplies to the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, which will direct the supplies to families in need as well as local pet food pantries.
The MSPCA has already pulled together a large and growing assembly of much-needed supplies to send including:
In addition the Cold Noses Foundation, an organization that offers grant programs to animal welfare charities, has donated $1,000 worth of pet supplies including dog and cat food, litter and toys.
Said Holly Rogers, President of Cape Cod DART: “Since our founding in 2008 we have assisted on the front lines of countless disasters, providing food and care to animals in distress. Our response to Sandy—and this partnership with the MSPCA—is one of our biggest and most challenging, given the enormity of the disaster and the number of animals in need. We are so thankful to those who have already donated and ask everyone on Cape Cod to please help by donating food and supplies to our cause.”
While it is impossible to know exactly how many companion animals have been killed, injured or displaced by Sandy, MSPCA and CCDART officials believe there are likely hundreds—if not thousands—of pets rendered homeless by the storm across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
How to Help
Supplies that are most in need include Nylabone dog toys, cat food (both wet and dry), cat litter and gift cards to major pet retailers (such as PetSmart). Anyone who wishes to donate may bring supplies to the MSPCA’s Cape Cod facility at 1577 Falmouth Road in Centerville. The center will be accepting donations during its business hours today (12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.) and tomorrow from 12:00p.m. until 4:00p.m.
Anyone who wishes to donate money to fund CCDART’s ongoing mission to educate the public about disaster preparedness for companion animals, and supply trained volunteers to respond in times of crisis, can click here.
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mspcaangell