The Nassau County SPCA is proud to have the Pet Safe program as part of the Nassau County SPCA. The Pet Safe disaster services program was created by Nancy G. Lynch in 1999 during her service with a human services organization. Observing the emotional bereavement of pet owners when they were separated from their beloved companion animals as a result of house fires, weather-related events, and other emergencies, she called together animal-oriented organizations and spearheaded a coalition.
When Hurricane Irene struck Long Island in late August 2011, Pet Safe opened a safe haven for constituents of the Coalition’s own member organizations and offered its services to the County in addition to the County’s own emergency pet shelter at Mitchel Field. The Pet Safe facility, located on the Wantagh Campus for Pets and People of Bideawee, Inc., one of the Coalition’s constituent members, cared for 54 cats, dogs and a bird for the duration of the storm. No one was turned away and Pet Safe charged no fee for the service, which was provided by its all-volunteer, trained staff of animal handlers.
In October 2012, Pet Safe again cared for pets of Long Islanders, and some New York City residents as well, free of charge, as part of Nassau County’s official emergency pet sheltering service during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Together with other not-for-profit organizations, Pet Safe has cared for close to 500 “Sandy” companion animals, again, without charge to pet owners. In addition, Pet Safe also maintained a second safe haven for pets during the initial days of Hurricane Sandy, again at Bideawee’s Wantagh campus. Pet Safe is the only organization with an all-volunteer staff at the County shelter.
The Coalition Partners
The following organizations have agreed to work cooperatively to be better prepared and to provide mutual aid and assistance to each other in emergencies and disasters.
Each maintains a board of directors or governing body separate and distinct from Pet Safe’s own board of directors.
Each maintains its own financial resources separate and distinct from Pet Safe’s own financial resources.
Each maintains and manages its own staff/volunteers separate from volunteers serving under the direction of Pet Safe.
Ally Equine Coalition and Rescue
Long Island Cat Fanciers
Long Island Parrot Society
Long Island Rabbit Rescue
Long Island Veterinary Medical Society
Nassau County SPCA
Nassau County CERT
Nassau-Suffolk Horsemen’s Association
The Shelter Connection
Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter
Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter