ARF Plans Trip to the Carolinas After Hurricane, Donations Needed

Debbie Downs, the shelter director at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, helped with a transport from Texas after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Courtesy of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons has already made plans to aid a partner in animal rescue in South Carolina, where Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday.

ARF Hamptons will be collecting donations for Fostering Foster in Camden, S.C., and other rescues in the south that pulled animals from shelters along the coast in the storm's path. The rescue organization will bring some of those animals to East Hampton as soon as it is safe to do so. ARF has been working with Fostering Foster for about 10 years. 

"Our capacity to help is limited by space," ARF Hamptons wrote in an email blast on Thursday. "If you are considering adopting a cat or dog, doing so now would make a critical difference for the welfare of animals impacted by the hurricane. ARF has some truly wonderful teenage and adult cats and dogs available for adoption, and their spaces will be needed urgently in the coming days."

Donations needed include food for cats and dogs and supplies such as baby wipes, batteries, cat litter, hand sanitizer, towels, and spray bottles. A full list of needed supplies is available on the ARF website.

Donations can be dropped off at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott anytime this weekend through Sunday at 5 p.m. Supplies can also be left with the mobile adoption van, which will be at the PetSmart in North Babylon on Friday from noon to 4 p.m., the PetSmart in Lake Grove on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and the Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

Cash contributions are also being accepted.