Pet Rescue After Sandy

By: CNN
By: CNN

So many people have been affected by Superstorm Sandy... in all kinds of ways... from displacement, property damage, lack of power...
But something that doesn't get as much attention-- is how a lot of pets need rescuing, too.
Luckily, there are groups that are helping to find and feed pets that were lost or abandoned in the storm.
Randi Kaye reports.

"We are going to have cat food on the corner of Midland and Moreland!"
ROBERT MISSERI IS ON THE MOVE.. ON THIS DAY - HE AND HIS TEAM FROM GUARDIANS OF RESCUE ARE IN STATEN ISLAND -- TRYING TO FIND, FEED AND SAVE PETS...LOST OR ABANDONED, DURING SUPERSTORM SANDY.
We are going to leave you kitty litter, dog food and cat food.
ROBERT'S TEAM HAS RESCUED 100 CATS SO FAR. HE SAYS RESIDENTS UNDERESTIMATED THE AMOUNT OF WATER THE STORM WOULD BRING, SO PETS EITHER DROWNED OR RAN FAR FROM HOME TO ESCAPE THE RUSHING WATER. OF THOSE FOUND:
Many are suffering from stress to start... some of the cats had blood in their urine. Some of them had internal injuries... some of them had exterior wounds... we found several cats with seawater in their lungs.
IT'S A BIG JOB.. WHICH IS WHY ROBERT CALLED ON HIS FRIEND "HUSH", A HIP-HOP-ARTIST FROM DETROIT. "HUSH" IS A RAPPER BUT HE'S ALSO AN ANIMAL LOVER, WHO HAS HELPED ANIMAL RESCUE EFFORTS IN HIS HOMETOWN. HUSH'S CONTACTS IN DETROIT DONATED NEARLY 8000 POUNDS OF DOG AND CAT FOOD, PLUS CAGES AND PET BEDS. THEN DROVE 12 HOURS THROUGH THE NIGHT TO NEW YORK TO HELP ROBERT'S GROUP.
What worries you most about pets out there today?
Being displaced, being out of their element, they're probably freakin' out. They don't know what to do, they're turned around, probably pushed into other areas they're not used to, that worries me.
HUSH AND THE VOLUNTEERS WENT DOOR TO DOOR LOOKING FOR PETS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND...
AND DROPPING OFF FOOD AND SUPPLIES.
ALONG THE WAY, THEY PICKED UP WHATEVER PETS THEY COULD FIND.
Nats
SU/ This house is typical of Midland Beach area of Staten Island, the red sticker on the door says it's an unsafe area, clearly someone came by to check the home, but they weren't looking for cats and dogs, they were looking for humans and to check the condition at home, but when we pulled up, 4 cats were eating, someone left this food behind for cats, question is how long will they survive on this food and will someone be able to save them before this food runs out.
ROBERT MARKS THE HOUSE SO THEY KNOW TO COME BACK FOR THE CATS.. IF THEY FIND THEM, THEY'LL TRY TO CATCH THEM. OTHERWISE THEY'LL SET HUMANE TRAPS TO SAVE THEM.
They can't talk, they can't say hey, my owner left me behind, or hey I'm stuck, I have nowhere to go, I need food.
LIKE THIS CAT, WHO WAS HUNGRY AND ALONE.. WE WERE FINALLY ABLE TO COAX HER OUT OF AN ABANDONED HOUSE.
She's starving, she's eating so fast.
EVENTUALLY SHE WAS PUT IN A CAGE. SHE'LL BE HELD IN FOSTER CARE UNTIL THE OWNER CAN MOVE HOME AGAIN, OR SHE'LL BE PUT UP FOR ADOPTION.
AFTER A TERRIBLE STORM THAT TOOK SO MUCH FROM SO MANY... A REASON TO BE THANKFUL.
RANDI KAYE, CNN, STATEN ISLAND.


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