This Thanksgiving, I had the good fortune to visit my husband’s family in New Orleans, a place that I will always hold dearly in my heart. In the years since my husband and I evacuated after Katrina, I have only been able to return a few times, but each time I did, I saw the city growing stronger and stronger and this visit made my heart soar. There is still so much to do, still places in the city that are still struggling, but there’s no question that New Orleans is back.
But in seeing the recovery years after Katrina, how could I not think about the challenges that remain for so many after Sandy’s devastation? I thought too about how quickly we lose awareness of the continuing struggles of people after the ravages of a storm when the media shifts its lens to another story.
As many of you may have read, I lost my beloved Olive at the beginning of this year. When she was just a few months old, we rescued each other from a shelter in Brooklyn, NY, and this year, I know that shelter, and so many near it, are facing possibly their hardest season ever in the wake of Sandy. There are many, many efforts going on and I know that you all, dear friends, are well aware of them–but I wanted to take a moment and share with you a list you may not have seen yet sent to me by my dear friend and writer Jackie Cangro, who gives so generously of her time and her heart to animals in need in the areas that were affected by Sandy.
I know Olive would send out this post if she were here. She knew how to give joy better than anyone I’ve ever known.
Miss you, Boo Bear.
NY/NJ Area Relief Efforts:
Woodbridge Animal Shelter took in about 4 feet of water on the first floor where the dogs were housed. Luckily they were able to get them all to safety, but they need to rebuild.
Chip in Donation page: https://www.facebook.com/WoodbridgeAnimalShelterAndPetAdoptionCenter/app_163344180379236
O.S.C.A.R in Sparta, NJ is a foster network that is busy transporting animals from shelters and placing them in their foster network until the other shelters are up and running again.
Humane Society of Atlantic City (Atlantic County) suffered from flooding in their clinic and shelter areas.
The animal rescue shelter was not flooded, but they have been taking in a large number of abandoned / lost pets since the storm.
Sean Casey has a wish list on Amazon where you can even purchase desperately needed supplies have have them shipped directly to the shelter.