Hurricane Sandy Anniversary: PetSmart Charities Reflects on Historic Pet
Photojournalist Sherrie Buzby Captured Unconditional Love of Pet Parents in
PHOENIX, Oct. 16, 2013
PHOENIX, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East
Coast last October, it not only left thousands of miles of devastation, but it
also uprooted the lives of all in its path – including millions of pets.
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PetSmart Charities' Emergency Relief team sprang into action to help more than
60,000 displaced pets in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, West Virginia and
Maryland. Sherrie Buzby, a photojournalist for PetSmart Charities and New
Jersey native, captured this unique relief effort in photos.
One location Buzby visited was a homeless facility in the Bronx that had been
condemned. After Hurricane Sandy hit, authorities reopened the facility to
temporarily house families who had lost their homes and been turned away from
hotels because they had their pets with them.
"What I found there were amazing stories of unconditional love…what people
went through to stay in the homeless shelter so they could be with their
pets," said Buzby.
Among those pets was Pedro, a miniature pinscher, along with his pet parent,
Shanna Nevarez. They were finally able to leave the condemned shelter after
PetSmart Charities helped the ASPCA set up its temporary animal shelter in
Brooklyn. There, pets like Pedro stayed and received loving care for weeks,
while their pet parents checked into hotels and got back on their feet.
Buzby adds, "The one thing that touched my heart so much was the comfort that
Shanna got from her little dog. He was comforting her as much as she was
comforting him. Through this amazing chaos – losing all of her material
possessions – she had her Pedro and that was worth more than anything to her."
In total, PetSmart Charities' Emergency Relief program delivered 450 tons of
critical supplies such as pet food, crates and leashes to help pets affected
by Sandy. The deployment was the largest in the program's history.
More than 110,000 pets have been assisted by PetSmart Charities Emergency
Relief team since the program began in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita. The program provides grants and goods to hundreds of animal
welfare organizations across the country, including pets affected by
large-scale disasters, as well as puppy mills and pet hoarding situations.
For more information on this and other PetSmart Charities programs, visit
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves
the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each
year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored
adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in
need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on
funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation.
PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.
SOURCE PetSmart Charities
Contact: Jennifer Douglas, GolinHarris for PetSmart Charities,
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