First, thanks for your concern. You are not alone. Ever since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the necessity of dealing with pets in natural disasters has received national and much needed recognition. State and local emergency plans now routinely include provisions for pets and farm animals. The large well-respected national organizations, HSUS and the ASPCA, stand ready to deploy emergency response teams to assist local governments and animal welfare organizations--primarily with the logistics of sheltering displaced animals until they can be reunited with their owners or, if necessary, find new homes. Both organizations have teams in the South right now in response to both hurricanes.
But second, don't send food and blankets. Sheltering organizations are doing all they can to recover from their own flooding and/or to care for an overwhelming number of displaced animals and stressed out pet owners. They don't have time to unpack and figure out how to store and/or dispense boxes of assorted donations that may or may not even be useful, no matter how well-meaning. If you want to help, send money--cold hard cash. Both the ASPCA and HSUS accept donations specifically for their emergency response efforts. Or find a statewide organization in one of the affected states and contact them to find out what is needed and where.
Those blankets and the pet food you want to donate? Take them to a local shelter or humane organization where they will be appreciated and well-used.
Speaking of which… the Oswego County Humane Society is hosting Cats & Snacks on Sunday, October 28 from 11 to 1 and 2 to 4 at the office at 29 West Seneca Street, Oswego. There will be cats to play with, free refreshments, and the admission fee is a donation of cat or dog food to our Pet Food Pantry.
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Located at 29 West Seneca Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email: [email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org