One Year After Sandy, Pet Owners Still Need Help
Many pet owners include their pets on their holiday gift list, hanging a stocking for their dog or cat. But some pet owners along the Jersey shore do not even know where they will celebrate let alone how they will be able to celebrate.
This time last year, many people were struggling to put their lives back in order following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Not just New Jersey, but the whole country was focused on the recovery efforts along the Jersey shore. Many organizations rallied to bring support to those people displaced by the storm. Many of these people had lost almost everything. Those with pets turned to their furry companions for comfort and despite the obstacles in front of them, most would not even consider giving up their pets.
A year later, the story is much improved for most, however, according to a recent article on NJ.com, over 1500 families in Ocean and Monmouth County, are still displaced from their homes and in need of assistance. http://blog.nj.com/njv_mark_diionno/2013/11/hunger_problem_grows_a_year_af.html.
The NJ.com article quotes Marion Lynch, spokesperson for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean County, “What’s happening now is that people are running out of FEMA money or their own savings,” Winters said. “I’d say 70 percent of our clients are still out of their homes. Some who are in their homes are living in places that are unfinished, without utilities or insulation. If we can save them $200 or $300 a month (by providing food), it gets them that much closer to being able to fix their homes.” The Food Bank is supplying groceries to various distribution centers including the Visitation Relief Center in Brick.
Among those families receiving assistance at the Visitation Relief Center, approximately half own pets.
According to Lisa Mulhearn, the Monmouth County SPCA’s Pet Pantry would like to offer assistance but the numbers in need far exceed their supplies. They are currently accepting donations targeted for families still struggling to recover from Sandy. Those wishing to help may make donations directly to the Pet Pantry (Please mark donations as being for Superstorm Sandy Relief). Ms. Mulhearn acknowledges that many of the people in need may be unable to travel to their location and the Pet Pantry is rallying forces to transport pet supplies to the Visitation Relief Center for distribution. Donations may also be made directly to the Visitation Relief Center.
Pet Supply Wish List:
- Any type of gift card including PetCo or PetSmart
- Wet and Dry dog food
- Dog Treats
- Wet and Dry Cat Food
- Cat Litter
- Exotic Supplies (Rabbits, Hamsters, Birds)
- Make sure all dry and exotic food is not open or expired
- Monetary donations can be made out to Monmouth SPCA Pet Pantry — indicate that the proceeds are for Superstorm Sandy Relief
The Pet Pantry location is 264 Wall Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (open to the public Tuesday thru Saturday 9am to 4pm)
The Visitation Relief Center location is 721 Mantoloking Road, Brick, NJ 08723 (open Monday thru Saturday 9am to 6pm)
For more information about the Pet Pantry, call Ken McKeel: 732-542-5342
For more information about the Monmouth SPCA, call Lisa Mulhearn: 732-440-1559