Guardians of Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in danger, have once again come to the aid of man’s best friend. Midnight, a male chocolate lab mix, was discovered in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, along with many others lost in the storm. Caring for and then reuniting the pet with the owner is a top priority, but Midnight’s situation proved to be more complicated. Found wandering around the Bergen Beach area with an injured paw and no tags, the Department of Health required him to be quarantined for six months, a standard used to safeguard against possible rabies contamination.
"Most likely, Midnight’s fence came down in the storm and he became lost, injured and disoriented, made worse by the damage of his environment and inability to recognize his former surroundings," said Robert Misseri, president and founder of Guardians of Rescue. "Our mission now is to find him a loving home or reunite him with his family.”
Midnight, whose name should perhaps be changed to Lucky, was cared for during the quarantine period by the loving staff at Central Veterinary Association located in Valley Stream, NY. There he was able to spend his time in comfortable surroundings with a dedicated staff who volunteered their time and efforts to his care. In addition, the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, stepped in and donated $1,500 towards his board there. Midnight will be picked up by Guardians of Rescue tomorrow morning at 11am and taken to Save a Pet Rescue in Port Jefferson, where he will be available for adoption and soon placed with his forever home.
Hurricane Sandy resulted in the displacement and injury of so many pets, and at this date, over 150 have been cared for with medical treatment, food, shelter and temporary homes by the volunteers of Guardians of Rescue. In addition they have also helped families in need and still suffering from the after affects of the storm with the purchase of food for the pets who are still with their owners. The effort is ongoing, and the work will continue as long as it is needed.
To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.