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Stamford Animal Control Back To Normal After Sandy

More than 30 animals were relocated for the duration of the storm and the following days.

Everything's back to normal at the Stamford Animal Care & Control Shelter following the turmoil of Hurricane Sandy. All the animals seeking adoption have returned to the shelter after being displaced by the storm for several days.

"Everything went pretty well," said Officer Tilford Cobb Monday. "We didn't get hit bad at all. We lost power for a little while, but we already had the animals at Rippowam and High Ridge animal hospitals. We did pretty well here."

Cobb said the shelter itself fared well despite the electricity outage. Being so close to Shippan Point, Cobb said he was worried the building might experience flooding, but the waters never reached them.

"I thought we were going to get flooded," Cobb said. "It hasn't [flooded during a storm] since I've been here. But sometimes streets surrounding shelter will flood and we couldn't get through and cars would get stuck. But the shelter itself never really flooded and it didn't this time."

Cobb said the hospitals were contacted ahead of time so arrangements could be made. High Ridge Animal Hospital donated their space to the shelter free of charge. Rippowam Animal Hospital would also go on to donate the space after a couple days.

"The cats went to High Ridge. And we had some sick cats that had to be quarantined. We were lucky they had the space and were able to accomodate us," Cobb said. "Most of the dogs went to Rippowam. We had one trainer who took a couple home. Three or four went with other volunteers."

Cobb said they had to mobilize Sunday afternoon after getting the call from Chief Jon Fontneau that the shelter would need to be evacuated.

"He said, 'It's time to move the animals,'" Cobb said. "So we just use the work vehicles we have here. It took us a couple trips, but we got them all out. There was about 30 of them and they were pretty good. Most were well behaved. We had a couple acting tough at the vet, but everything went pretty well."

OPIN Outreach to Pets in Need November 13, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Outreach to Pets In Need (OPIN) volunteers came to the aid of The Stamford Animal Shelter to help move the animals to higher ground pending the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Except for some roof tiles that were blown off, the shelter faired very well in the storm. Rather than return them to the shelter, OPIN ended up adopting the three dogs it sheltered during the storm. So we've added two poodle mixes and one 3-legged staffie named Cookie to our program. Cookie lost her rear leg to a car accident at the age of 6 months, but nothing stops Cookie from getting around or playing with her three boxer brothers. Thanks to Sandy, Cookie has found a wonderful foster home and is a prime example of just how beneficial and fortunate the shelter pets are when they are able to move into a home environment. Seeking to expand our foster program in an effort to reduce the population of the dogs housed at Stamford Animal Shelter on Magee Ave., we hope the community will adopt or join our foster program to give a shelter animal peace and a warm bed over the holiday months ahead. The current shelter is cold and inefficient to take care of the needs of the animals through harsh weather. OPIN has been supporting the shelter since 2007 and is currently fundraising to help the City build a new state-of-the-art facility. The future looks brighter for the animals. In the meantime we strive to make their shelter stay more comfortable! Visit: www.opinpets.org, email: outreach@opinpets.org
M Novak November 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
God Bless OPIN & all of its volunteers. Now let's get behind them in their efforts to raise money for a much needed new state-of-the-art facility which the city of Stamford should have built long ago! As a Stamford taxpayer I would like to see some of my tax dollars spent on building a new animal shelter.
OPIN Outreach to Pets in Need November 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Dear M. Novak, Thank you so much for your kind expression of appreciation of the work we do for the shelter and its animals. It has been an honor to be part of the progressive transformation Stamford has made under the leadership of Ms. Laurie Hollywood, Shelter Animal Shelter Director. We feel fortunate to have her support and recognition from people like you. Thank you.
Kerri Barker November 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
OPIN does a great job! Having adopted our dog from the shelter we have seen how much good work is done there and we continie to support both organization whenever we can. We really look forward to the day when they announce that we have raised enough for a new shelter. Laurie and OPIN are working really hard as are all the volunteers to make that happen! God bless all the workers and volunteers for SACC and OPIN!

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