The Animal Protective Foundation has welcomed four cats that were displaced as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The cats weren’t directly affected by the storm, but downstate shelters are trying to free up space to make room for those pets found wandering in the aftermath, according to APF spokeswoman Marguerite Pearson.
“They are being totally overwhelmed by the number of animals coming in,” she said.
Homes were destroyed and millions lost power during the late October storm. Some people lost their pets during the chaos; others can’t afford to keep them in the aftermath.
“Some of those places are being condemned. They’re being forced to leave. That’s creating a new wave of need for placement of the animals,” Pearson said.
The Glenville-based shelter has a relationship with Best Friends Animal Society of New York City, which brought the cats earlier this week. They are receiving antibiotics for upper respiratory infections. Pearson said cats are prone to that illness, which can be triggered by stress or a new environment.
“They’re not horribly sick. They have a cold. Their immune system gets a little suppressed. It’s very easily treatable,” she said.
The cats should be available for adoption next week.
APF thought dogs would be coming too, Pearson said. However, they had a respiratory infection known as kennel cough, which is very contagious.
“We don’t have appropriate isolation space here,” she said.
Those dogs were transported to a kennel.