His aunt in Brooklyn agreed to take in the gerbils, but no one wanted the hairy tarantula. The teen left it behind with lots of food — in hopes the spider could be retrieved later.
Transport trailers distributed pet food and supplies like crates, leashes and litter from a warehouse in Queens set up days before Sandy descended, said the Humane Society’s Schneider. Tons of food donated by manufacturers is being trucked in.
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is donating $500,000 to the ASPCA to help pets and families struggling to rebound from Sandy. She said her pet food brand, Nutrish, is also shipping 4 tons of wet and dry dog food for Sandy animals, and her Yum-o organization is donating $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City.
The ASPCA will use the money to lease a building to board Sandy animals until their owners can take care of them.
It will likely be months before any estimates are available as to how many pets might have died or were lost during New York’s double storms. And like their owners, many animals that survived won’t go home anytime soon.
Dawson said she has seen people stuck in shelters, wearing donated clothing, with no idea when they'll go home. But when they turn to their dog or cat, ‘‘their faces light up.’’
And that, she says, is why animals matter amid a human disaster.