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Sandy Aftermath: Report from the Rockaways

What’s left of the Rockaways boardwalk.

Yesterday, members of The Lo-Down team spent the day delivering food and supplies donated to our pet relief effort this weekend. Accompanied by folks from Instinct Dog Behavior & Training and backed by support from Ruff Club and Bayou Rescue, five volunteers took two large carloads of dog and cat food, kitty litter, treats and toys to companion animals across the Rockaways peninsula, where there is still no power and little hope of most stores reopening before the year’s end.

While Hurricane Sandy is quickly receding into the rearview mirror for many New York City residents, those whose towns were surrounded by water on all sides when the storm hit two weeks ago still have no power, heat or water at home — and thousands have no homes at all. They spend hours standing in line at relief centers for everything from baby formula and hot soup to feed their children to mops and shovels to attack the muck that coats every square inch of ground level, indoors and out.

Help Hurricane Sandy Pets

A caravan of pet food deliveries will head to the hardest hit areas recovering from Sandy this weekend. Photo courtesy of Instinct Dog Behavior and Training.

While the Lower East Side continues to rise to its feet in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, neighborhoods that bore the more vicious brunt of the storm are still struggling to provide basic services and sustenance to their residents. This weekend, The Lo-Down is helping to sponsor a pet food drive to those areas where governmental and nonprofit organizations are leading the efforts for human aid but have few initiatives for pets. LES residents can drop off pet items (list below) on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Ruff Club, 34 Ave. A in the East Village, from noon to 3 p.m. Uptown, Instinct Dog Behavior and Training is accepting donations at 1795 Lexington Ave. in East Harlem, also from noon to 3 p.m.

The effort is backed by Bayou Rescue, a North Carolina-based national nonprofit founded during Hurricane Katrina to provide assistance to companion animals and their families during disasters. Tax-deductible financial donations to help purchase supplies for this weekend’s drive can be made online here.

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