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Rep. Grimm Announces ASPCA Intake Shelter for Displaced Pets on S.I.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Rep. Michael Grimm (R,C-NY) announced the arrival of an ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) mobile intake center on Staten Island. On Wednesday, pet owners will be able to leave their pets in the mobile units on Staten Island, so that they may be transported to a safe and secure emergency boarding shelter. Boarding services will be provided to pet owners who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy for the next 4 weeks.
“As a pet owner, I would never want to leave my dog behind,” said Rep. Grimm. “Unfortunately, many families displaced by Hurricane Sandy have been forced to make the choice between a putting a roof over their heads and keeping their pet safe. I am thrilled to announce the arrival of the ASPCA intake unit on Staten Island, which will give displaced families the assurance that their pets will remain safe and properly cared for while they work to rebuild or find more permanent housing.”
“The ASPCA is very thankful that Congressman Grimm is allowing us access in Staten Island to help animals in need,” said Tim Rickey, senior director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Setting up an intake site at that location will enable our responders to provide convenient and safe transport for more animals from Staten Island to our emergency boarding facility in Brooklyn, where we’ll be housing and caring for them for the next 30 days as their owners get back on their feet.”
The intake center will be open Wednesday from 8am – 4:30pm at Midland Beach at Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue. Rep. Grimm helped secure the location.
For more information on helping provide hurricane relief to animals, visit www.aspca.org or call the Hurricane Sandy pet hotline at (347) 573-1561.