By
now, we hope that everyone is prepared as Hurricane Sandy batters the eastern United States with gale-force winds,
massive walls of water, and, in some spots, snow. While we hope
that people who evacuated
took their animals with them
and that those who are
staying have brought their animals indoors to ride out the storm in safety, we
know that not everyone understands that domesticated animals cannot survive “on
instinct” and that they stand little chance if left outside. During
natural disasters, more than ever, animal advocates must be vigilant about
helping chained dogs, outdoor cats, and rabbits left
outside in hutches.

If
you see animals outside a home, knock on the door and politely urge the animals’
guardians to allow them to come inside until the storm is over. If the guardian
refuses, offer to take the animals to your home and quickly return them when it
is safe. If all else fails, note the animals’ condition and location and call
animal control, police, or other local authorities and implore them to use
their power to rescue the animals.

PETA’s
vans at our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters and Washington, D.C., offices are
stocked with food, medicine, and other supplies, and we will be diligently
combing the surrounding areas, searching for any animals in need. In times of disaster,
we rely on our generous Animal
Emergency Fund
donors to make these
rescues possible. If you are able, please consider supporting our Hurricane
Sandy rescue efforts.

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Article source: PETA Files

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