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Emergency Animal Shelter in New York



OHSTAR volunteers help with rescues in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005  
OHS staffer Emily Davidsohn comforting a dog in the Brooklyn emergency shelter.



NOTE: Updated 12/6 with latest information about new rescue team.


Dec. 6, 2012: Staff and volunteers from the Oregon Humane Society are providing

hands-on help to animals left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Three OHS staff members have just finished a eight-day assignment at a massive emergency animal shelter in Brooklyn, with a second group of three volunteers scheduled to depart Dec. 17.


"We are truly grateful to have such a wonderful group of responders from the Oregon Humane Society work with us on this response,"said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which organized the shelter.


Animal disaster experts from around the country are helping to care for pets in a massive warehouse in Brooklyn that was transformed into a pet shelter. Many of the animals are frightened of people and require skilled handlers to provide food, exercise and basic medical care.

The first OHS group that departed for New York included OHS staff members Linda Fielder, Emily Davidsohn and Wendy Reimer, all members of the OHS Investigations team. The volunteers who will be leaving on Dec. 17th include Ulli Neitch, John Thoeni and Karin Maczko. All three are members of the OHS Technical Animal Rescue Team.


OHS Team to Assist at Emergency Animal Facility in Brooklyn

The OHS team members are working at a 20,000-square-foot emergency boarding center that opened November 18 in a vacant warehouse in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn.

Run by a team of disaster specialists from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the shelter can accommodate up to 700 animals. All pets are are permitted to stay for 30 days or until their owners reclaim them. The pets get full veterinary care and there is no charge to the owners.

“My heart goes out to the people and pets on the East Coast who have suffered so much loss,” said team leader Linda Fielder. “I am glad our team has the training to hit the ground running as soon as we arrive in New York.”

Happy Endings Supported by You


All costs of rescuing animals in distress is paid for through private donations to OHS. Your online donation today to OHS will help OHSTAR and the many other rescue activities supported by OHS.

OHSTAR also accepts donations of rescue equipment, such as technical climbing gear. See the OHS Wish List.