Local Humane Society volunteers assisting with Sandy aftermath

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is pitching in to help East Coast residents cleanup after Hurricane Sandy.

Four staff members – Jamie Norris, animal law enforcement officer; Tatjana Wilkins, kennel manager; Anna Marie Schillinger, veterinary assistant; and Tamara Egley, customer service specialist – are in New York City through Dec. 11 to assist the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“It was very important to us to be able to help provide care for the hundreds of animals whose homes were lost due to Hurricane Sandy,” said President and CEO Jan McHugh-Smith. “We are so grateful for all the help and support we received while caring for animals displaced by the Waldo Canyon Fire, so of course we didn’t hesitate when the call for help came on this occasion. Our hearts go out to the thousands of pet owners still recovering after the devastation of Sandy, and we are so glad we have the opportunity to make a difference to them and their animals.”

HSPPR is absorbing the cost of the journey in an effort to assist with the relief work. The responders had to take two Federal Emergency Management Agency classes to prepared for the trip. The team is helping care for pets that need temporary shelter due to damage or loss of their homes. Responders will be assigned duties as needed, but tasks the crew could be asked to do include overseeing the daily care of animals, administering treatments and monitoring the health of the entire animal population, working to properly document intake animals, transporting and coordinating pick-ups of animals and distributing pet supplies. The HSPPR team is drawing from their first-hand disaster experience, as they all worked round-the-clock to care for the 449 animals sheltered by HSPPR during the Waldo Canyon Fire evacuation.


Since the storm, the ASPCA has been in Sandy-affected areas to rescue and reunite animals with their families, distribute critical supplies and provide veterinary care for animals impacted. More than 300 animals have been rescued by ASPCA responders, and through pet supply distribution and mobile wellness clinics, the ASPCA has assisted nearly 16,000 animals in New York City and Long Island combined. The ASPCA also mobilized its Disaster Response team to conduct water and land search-and-rescue operations for pets. Additionally, the ASPCA partnered with PetSmart Charities, Inc. to provide pet supplies including crates, pet food, cat litter, leashes and other goods to thousands of pet owners throughout the region.