A day after Hurricane Sandy swept over the area, Bideawee Animal Shelter volunteers learned that the storm had taken its toll on the 100-year-old non-profit's three locations— the Manhattan East River location flooded, the Westhampton location's roof was damaged, and the Wantagh location was without power.
Animals had to be evacuated and staff worked through the night to provide aid and transportation — two weeks later, the Manhattan facility remains closed with over four feet of water in their elevator shaft and lower levels and the Wantagh location is running on generators.
"Despite all of the prior planning and precautions for Hurricane Sandy, we will be feeling the impact of this historical storm for a very long time," said Amy Hraniotis, Associate Director of Partnerships at Bideawee. "Nobody could have imagined the damage that our facilities incurred and the lost business we have sustained due to Hurricane Sandy."
Hraniotis says Bideawee estimates that to repair all of the damage hundreds of thousands of dollars must be raised.
To help, Lynn November, owner of High Gear Cycling Studio in Westhampton Beach, has created an event to help the organization.
The event, which will be held at High Gear, 92 Old Riverhead Road, on Nov. 18 at 9 a.m., will trade cycling instruction and boot camp sessions for tax deductible donations and/or new leashes, adjustable collars and beds for cats and dogs.
"I feel bad for the animals," said November. "I wanted to try to do something."
Those looking to participate in the fundraiser can choose from three sessions — a one-and-a half-hour Ryde with instructors Roland, Denielle and Joanne at 9 a.m., a TRIX Power session at 9 a.m, or a Bootcamp Circuit at 9:45.
All proceeds will go directly to Bideawee.
To reserve a spot, call 631-998-4800.
To donate directly to Bideawee, click here.
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