Potter League takes in Sandy's orphaned cats; new homes needed


The Potter League for Animals took in 21 cats from the Ocean County Animal Facility in Jackson, NJ, Tuesday. The cats had been left homeless by Hurricane Sandy and shelters there are overwhelmed.

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast at the end of October, animal care groups requested the assistance of shelters throughout the Northeast. The Potter League responded by agreeing to re-locate a number of cats from the Ocean County Animal Facility in Jackson, NJ, to their Middletown facility. Although the Ocean County Animal Facility is located just outside of the “red zone” and is still operational, it is a small county-run facility and had no space to handle animals that they were to receive late last week when many of the temporary emergency housing in the hardest hit areas closed.

Earlier this summer, the Potter League received a new van from an anonymous donor to be used for the transporting of animals. Director of Operations Pearl Gonzalez used the new van for the round trip to Jackson, NJ, to retrieve the 21 cats. The cats are doing well and will remain in isolation for five days as the Rhode Island State law requires. All the cats are spayed or neutered, are up to date on their vaccinations and are also microchipped. They will be ready for adoption in about a week. The Potter League is filled to the brim with cats and will be running a special cat adoption event, A Home for the Holidays, being held December 1st through December 31st.

The transport was a result of communications between the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition ), the Humane Society of the United States, and Christie Smith, executive director at the Potter League. 

For more information about the adoption event and the Potter League, visit their website at www.PotterLeague.org or call 401.846.8276.


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