By NYMetroParents Staff

10 Essential Items to Donate to Animal Shelters post Hurricane Sandy

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Dr. Jan Pol, acclaimed veterinarian and star of National Geographic's hit series, The Incredible Dr. Pol, shares his insight on the best products to donate to animal shelters impacted by Hurricane Sandy. 



1)      Clean Water. 
Sea water is salty and not good for the animals.  The animals will drink it if there is nothing else available.

2)      Food. 
They need something that is easily digestible.  Sometimes hypoallergenic food would be good.

3)      Shelters. 
Cats can be very comfortable in a carrying cage and they will not be as likely to get away again.

4)      Dog leashes. 
Dogs can be kept on a leash so they can be kept safe.

5)      Food dishes. 
Plastic dishes are great.

6)      Cat litter and litter boxes
Dogs will go outside to the bathroom, but cats need litter. Disposable cake pans can be used as litter boxes.

7)      Antiseptic medicine
This will help treat superficial cuts and scrapes

8)      Bedding. 
Pets need blankets and mats to lay on to help with comfort.

9)      Pet brushes. 
Brushing all the dirt out of their fur is a good way to increase comfort.

10)   Toys
Some animals can be comforted with toys since they will have to be contained more.


It is always important to be prepared for an emergency. Micro Chips can be done at any time and these will help you find your pet if he/she gets lost during a disaster. 

You can catch Dr. Pol in the third season of The Incredible Dr. Pol January 9th on National Geographic Wild.

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