Target: The ASPCA
Goal: Prevent the euthanasia of displaced Hurricane Sandy pets and find them alternative shelters.
An animal shelter in Brooklyn, New York opened in November 2012, and originally housed over 280 pets from devastated areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The shelter was planning to close in December, but the remaining high volume of displaced pets prompted the ASPCA to stay open. Unfortunately, their next closing deadline is looming and there are still a high number of unclaimed pets.
The future of the 136 displaced pets in the shelter is unclear. Some could be sent to other shelters where their owners may not be able to find them, or they could face the possibility of being euthanized. There are many families that have claimed their pets, but live in temporary housings that prevents them from bringing their pets home. These families are depending on the ASPCA to care for their pets while they get through a very difficult time.
The euthanizing of once beloved pets is not something Hurricane Sandy victims should have to face, and further displacing these animals to unknown shelters would only complicate reuniting a pet with their owner even more.
These animals are victims of the hurricane just as much as the humans are, and they have had a hard time since the devastation occurred. Euthanizing them would be cruel and unfair. These poor pets were once a part of someone’s home and now they are living enclosed in shelters without the comfort and love of their families. Unfortunately all pets may not be claimed, but we can work to find them new homes and avoid euthanasia.
The shelter housing displaced pets from Hurricane Sandy is facing closure soon and there are still 136 pets that remain unclaimed. While we appreciate you extending your first deadline because of a remaining high volume of animals, you shouldn’t close the shelter until all of the pets have somewhere to go. Euthanizing these pets that were once a big part of someone’s life is not the answer.
The ASPCA is a highly respected animal rights society, and euthanizing these animals would be unjust and against your society’s goals. By finding these pets other shelters or foster homes, you can help save the lives of animals that were once beloved family members.
It is understandable that the previous owners of these pets have faced many hard times in the past few months because of the hurricane. These pets are probably scared, confused and missing their families. Unfortunately, many families may not be in a position to take on the care of their pets again, but it is the job of the ASPCA to make sure these animals have a future again.
We urge you to please do everything in your power to avoid the euthanizing of these pets and find them other shelters or foster homes to stay in until they are claimed or find new homes.
[Your Name Here]