Despite all of the prior planning and precautions for Hurricane Sandy, we will be feeling the impact of this historical storm for a very long time. Bideawee in Manhattan has been on the edge of the East River for more than 114 years and suffered heavy flooding when the storm surge pushed the river over its banks. The rush of water swamped the isolation units and holding areas and destroyed the elevator that is used to transport animals from the adoption center to the animal hospital to receive their life-saving medical care. Due to this damage, Bideawee is still not open in Manhattan and can't serve the needs of the animals and people that rely on us.
Thankfully, all of the animals were evacuated safely to our Wantagh facility on Long Island that has been relying on generator power since the storm first hit metropolitan New York. Our dedicated staff was working around the clock with the aid of the generator until it failed after 11 straight days of use. Undeterred, the staff continues to care for the animals by using flashlights and extra blankets, ensuring the health and safety of every animal in our care. We are working to secure a large portable generator, but as you can imagine in the midst of all the destruction generators are in very short supply.
Although Bideawee had the benefit of foresight and planning, nobody could have imagined the damage that our facilities incurred and the lost business we have sustained due to Hurricane Sandy. To repair all of the damage and return to providing pets the care, compassion and safe-haven that Bideawee has been offering for more than a century will take hundreds of thousands of dollars. In our time of greatest need, your help will enable us to mend our facilities so we can ensure Bideawee's future of mending animals' broken hearts and bones and finding them forever homes.
To help the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts at Bideawee, please DONATE HERE. Your compassion and generosity will be greatly appreciated by both the rescue team and the dogs and cats at Bideawee.