Red Rover, an animal welfare group based in Sacramento, has begun deploying volunteers to New Jersey to care for pets left in the lurch by superstorm Sandy.
The nonprofit group will be setting up and staffing an emergency animal shelter in Monmouth, N.J., for pets left behind by the storm and rescued at the request of their evacuated owners, said Karen Brown, Red Rover director.
About 20 volunteers from the agency will be caring for an estimated 300 pets until they are reunited with their families or other arrangements can be made for them, said Brown.
"We hope to give their families peace of mind that they are safe, and prevent people from getting hurt by crossing disaster lines illegally to retrieve their pets," she said.
For more information about Red Rover, go to www.redrover.org.