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Some shelters in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties are 'pet friendly.'

So far, the following shelters are being mobilized, although only Toms River, Pinelands, Wall, and a few Atlantic County shelters are pet-friendly: 


Brackman Middle School, Barnegat Boulevard, Barnegat (scheduled to open at noon today)


Reception centers are being established to take residents to larger shelters across the county. (scheduled to open at 3 p.m. on Sunday)

Adelphia Fire Department Substation, 993 Highway 33

Southard Fire Station, Route 9 and New Friendship Road

Ramtown Fire Station, 88 Ramtown Greenville Road


Shuttles to county shelters will leave from Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, New Monmouth. 


Pleasantville High School, 701 Mill Road

Pleasantville Middle School, 801 Mill Road

Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant Borough High School

Southern Regional High School, Cedar Bridge Ave., Manahawkin (scheduled to open at noon today)

Toms River
Toms River High School North, 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, 08753. Opened 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 28. Toms River Hurricane Emergency Hotline for 4 p.m. Sunday and onward: 732-818-9901.

 1225 Raider Way, Toms River, 08753. Shelter will open 9 a.m. Monday Oct. 29. Toms River Hurricane Emergency Hotline for 4 p.m. Sunday and onward: 732-818-9901.


Pinelands Regional Middle School

The Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center located at 4240 County Road 524 in Wall is serving as one of two shelters being established by the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management. Residents should seek out their municipal reception center to be transported to the county shelter. Accepts pets. 

West Long Branch
The Multipurpose Activity Center in Monmouth University, which is located at 400 Cedar Avenue in West Long Branch, is serving as one of two shelters being established by the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management. Residents should seek out their municipal reception center to be transported to the county shelter.

As other shelters open, Patch will update this story. Also, locations are updated on the Red Cross website, www.redcross.org and the Red Cross' Hurricane app, which can be downloaded to the Iphone or Droid.

Another option for residents is to call 211.

In Monmouth County, shelters will be located in Wall at Brisbane Center and at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, but Monmouth residents looking for evacuation shelters are asked first to report to their respective municipal reception centers.

Surf City resident Everett Dyer was at the Wave gas station in Ship Bottom, filling up his gas tank and getting ready for the impending storm. He's worried about going to a place that doesn't have pets.

"I have pets, I can't go anywhere," Dyer told another Long Beach Island man, who was also getting gas at the station. "Plus, my neighbor is in Cancun and I am taking care of his pets as well."

Pets have traditionally been the biggest impediment to people leaving their homes during severe storms, according to Harvey Cedars Police Chief Tom Preiser. But for Hurricane Sandy, Preiser and Stafford Police Chief Joseph Giberson made sure that evacuees - and their furry family members - have places to go.

Giberson said yesterday that both the Toms River and Pinelands shelters will accept pets as well as their human companions during Hurricane Sandy.

Giberson recalled the last time that the Pinelands shelter was  activated, there were "more than just dogs and cats. We had all kinds of animals over there, snakes, everything," he said. Pets are expected to be in a carrier or on a leash, and evacuees should provide food for their animals.

YellowBird October 29, 2012 at 06:53 AM
This is because of the Politicians & Government officials that YOU voted for !! You bet your bottom dollar on the fact that THEY are ALL safe , warm & DRY with no care in the world !! PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE !! Get rid of the Dems &&& Repub.. GO for the little guy,, independent or Green. ANYTHING has GOT 2B better than who we have NOW....
Deep snapper October 29, 2012 at 07:20 AM
The super dome is open I hear
oldsoldier October 29, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I actually expected to read the patch today, not only for the latest updates on the storm, but see well wishes for each other in light of what we are in for. Well part of what I was looking for (the updates) are here - Thanks Patch. To those of you posting your complaints about the lack of shelters - If you are not able-bodied, I understand, but I'm sure our emergency people will assist you. To the rest of you, shame on you. We all have an individual responsibility to see to our own affairs, including our pets. This storm was predicted and announced days in advance. Everyone posting here and all over the area should have already planned for this. Again, If you are able-bodied, did not heed the warnings, and are taking it for granted our emergency personnel are going to take care of you, then, pathetic would be only one of many words I could use to describe you. For pet-lovers, I agree pets need to be considered (I have them as well), but it is my responsibility to care for them, not the government. I should not have to complain to the NJ SPCA for planning I should have done. I wish all of you well during this storm, and your pets too. Perhaps after all of this is over, many of you can reflect, rather than complain, about the limitation of government, and the need to help ourselves and our families. As JFK once said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country".
KC October 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Agree, agree and agreed here.
KC October 29, 2012 at 01:11 PM
It is STILL a government resposibility to set up a shelter for those who cannot help themselves due to circumstance IMO.
HobokenTownie October 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Really, pets are not people. You should have evacuated.
Trish October 29, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Where are the shelters for Brick Township residents?
HobokenTownie October 29, 2012 at 02:11 PM
No one wants to be in a shelter with a pit bull. Why did make the dog so fat? That is about 40 pounds overweight, shame on you!
oldsoldier October 29, 2012 at 02:16 PM
KC - Please read my post again - I agree with you. I speak of those who are able to help themselves but choose not to, IMO.
Homedel October 29, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Holmdel board of ed permanently shut down their hs site as a shelter since irene. I think patch should investigate and do a story on this.
YellowBird October 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@old...I think "we" the people have already given WAY more than we should have ! In fact so much, it has turned into GREED to the point of them STEALING $$ it from us !
none of yobusiness October 29, 2012 at 03:03 PM
In Brick, the rumor I heard was the mayor and council could agree on when and where to open a shelter. I'm told both sides are currently consulting with their respective counsel.
marlyn October 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM
they are apart of your family & yes should be allowed at shelters- they need to be on a leash at all times & taken outside to go & cleaned up
marlyn October 29, 2012 at 04:16 PM
guess you never loved a pet
Anne Cyrgalis October 29, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I live in Florida lots of hurricanes and tropical storms when a storm is coming you board your pet if you don't plan on staying at home. If you are being evacuated you take your pet to the vet for boarding and you go to the shelter. I have a pet too that is family but you don't risk your life rather than put it in a kennel for a day or two it's not that expensive like 15 a night. Some PEOPLE are highly allergic to pet dander bad enough they have to leave their homes if they go to a shelter with cats and dogs they could have anaphalaxis and die.
Anne Cyrgalis October 29, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Thank you.
Anne Cyrgalis October 29, 2012 at 07:52 PM
lol. Seriously that's why there were so many bodies floating in the Streets after Katrina people didn't evacuate because they were worried about their pets and guess what they died and their pets were wandering around the streets after it was all said and done.
Anne Cyrgalis October 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Everything is the governments fault, because people are too cheap to put their pets in a kennel for a couple of days. Sad very sad accept some sort of responsibility for your own self preservation.
read bull October 29, 2012 at 11:25 PM
leaving your PETS is like leaving your KIDS behind! I would NOT go ANYWHEre if they didnt accept my dog. Its not a matter of being 'cheap'. it's called 'dedication'.
Rontr October 29, 2012 at 11:59 PM
any shelters fish friendly
Charles J. Giles October 30, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Lets analyze this. We all love our pets and leaving them behind is not an option. What towns should do is have a section such as a classroom or corridor for pets. When the shelter closes, the pet area is cleaned thoroughly. Our governor told us to take our pets yet only 2 pet shelters in all of Ocean County. Someone needs to address this at the state level. In closing I will say Thank You to the hundreds of First Responders and Shelter Personnel working diligently for the safety of strangers. May God Bless Us All.
bobbye October 30, 2012 at 09:07 PM
looking for my sister donna shadis please contact me bobbye
Barbara Mulrine October 31, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Trying to locate Agatha & Bill Ureneck from Brick Township. I am not sure if they made it to any shelters. Cannot reach them. Pls. Contact me at 608 204-9889. Thank you!
Barbara Mulrine October 31, 2012 at 02:24 AM
My number is (609) 204-9889
Dave Frank October 31, 2012 at 04:18 PM
red cross can help locate
Stacy Ferguson October 31, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Apparently anyone posting on this that does not agree is unfortunate to not know the joy, happiness and peace a pet brings to a human. I'd much rather be in a shelter with complete families than devasted ones who chose to leave thier beloved behind.
Stacy Ferguson October 31, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I know more people who are "animals". At least dogs and cats will not steal, cheat, lie or leave you in a time of devastation. I'd just as soon risk my life than live with the guilt over leaving my dogs.
chris November 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I'm highly allergic to dogs. I would not be able to go to a shelter that took pets. If you have pets, plan ahead and find a friend or family member that you can shelter with. We knew this storm was coming Thursday night. It didn't hit until Monday. You had plenty of time to make a plan. Don't blame the shelters for doing the best they can to accommodate the PEOPLE in need as best they can.
chris November 01, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It is NOT like leaving your kids behind. I assure you that if my home was in peril and my kid and my dog was inside and there was only time to save one, my kid wins hands down. I also assure you that I would die trying to save my child and more than that, I would kill someone if need be to save my child. My dog is my pet. My child is my life. People who don't get that distinction either don't have kids or are crappy parents.
Dorothy Miller November 03, 2012 at 04:44 PM
are there any warming stations in eatontown?


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