Superstorm priorities for some include saving pets

Superstorm priorities for some include saving pets

CREATED Nov 13, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) -- Superstorm Sandy roared into the lives of millions of people who're now scrambling to recover -- while also saving their pets.

In New York City and Long Island, the ASPCA has rescued more than 300 animals and treated or provided supplies to about 13,000.

Search-and-rescue teams led by Animal Care & Control of NYC have been responding to calls about pets in distress.

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is donating $500,000 to the ASPCA to help pets and their struggling families. The money will be used to lease a New York building for emergency boarding.

Niki Dawson is director of disaster services for the Humane Society of the United States. She says there's such a strong bond between people and pets that people will risk their lives to save them.