With nowhere else to turn, and her pets no longer welcome where she was staying after Sandy, a Sea Bright woman walked into the Monmouth County SPCA shelter two weeks ago with her two Yorkshire terriers, Charlie and Hannah, hoping they would give her pets a temporary home.
Nobody at the facility was surprised.
“We’re finding (that) a lot. It’s the people now who had a place to go — family, friends, FEMA. Now their families are saying, ‘Oh, you can stay but the animals have to go,’ ” said Steve Arrison, the SPCA’s animal care manager. “So we’re seeing the (storm’s) after-effects now. We kind of knew it was going to happen.”