40,000 Pounds of Food for Sandy-Impacted Pets Coming to Bergen
The following is a release from Bergen County:
Courtesy of American Humane Association and MARS Petcare US, a tractor trailer filled with 40,000 pounds of emergency food and supplies designated for dogs and cats impacted by Hurricane Sandy will arrive in Bergen County, NJ Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3 pm, at the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 100 United Lane in Teterboro.
American Humane Association national spokesperson and TV personality Prince Lorenzo Borghese,Georgina Bloomberg, champion equestrienne and daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan, and American Humane Association executive Tracy Speelhoffer will be among those officials on hand to welcome the truck, whose contents will be unloaded and distributed by American Humane Association’s legendary Red Star Animal Emergency Services team. Red Star rescue teams have been activated as part of every major disaster relief effort for the past century, from rescuing horses on the battlefields of World War I through rescuing, sheltering and treating animals in last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan and, of course, since Hurricane Sandy last week.
It is estimated that 30 million pets were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Animal shelters were hit particularly hard, many losing electricity and unable to maintain or replenish their food supplies and other necessities and with an influx of animals from families being evacuated and losing their homes in the storm of the century. Because of this harrowing situation, American Humane Association has been invited by officials in three of the hardest hit areas – northern New Jersey, Atlantic City, and Staten Island – to provide its Red Star services on site. MARS Petcare US, the maker of PEDIGREE® dog food and WHISKAS® cat food, is a longtime supporter of the Red Star program. The Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will serve as a distribution hub for other area shelters impacted by the hurricane.
What: American Humane Association, MARS Petcare US Deliver and Distribute 40,000 Pounds of Emergency Dog and Cat Food
When: Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m.
Where: Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ