Updated, April 7th, 8:18 a.m. — After seeing the full scope of the demolished buildings in person at the site of the gas explosion yesterday at East 7th Street and Second Avenue (shocking to witness the devastation and impact), and searching around a bit, it gave me ideas as far as finding the remaining animals (4 cats remain missing). The city agency, the AC&C (Animal Care & Control), is searching for the animals but, at the moment, it is very limited in scope. It seems to me there need to be outside efforts.
The focus for the ACC is the immediate area – the “crime scene” – to which they can only get partial and limited access to presently. There are building areas steps away that could be searched. I interviewed a lost cat expert and will post her tips. Two important ones are: Humane traps left with food in the backyards near the site and setting up [infrared] “wildlife cameras” to take pictures of animals that may come by to eat.
The people whose animals were in the later-demolished buildings (four cats remain missing, one is believed to be inside 125 Second Ave. which is still intact) need help.
Here are pictures of the scene taken Sunday —
If you live nearby or if you can help, ask a building owner, super or tenant to check their backyard and stairwells (particularly East 7th), the only thing is the animal will be majorly scared and hiding. Ask them if they would be open to placing a humane trap with food in their backyard and/or an infrared wildlife camera (motion activated, night vision is the way to go).
Important: Proceed slowly, tell them not to chase the animal and to contact the animal’s respective person/guardian (see flyer with numbers below).
If you have ideas on how to get into nearby backyards, please email me! 7th Street can be accessed from Third Avenue, not Second. There are some ground level businesses on 7th Street although it is mostly residential, as well as, of course, St. Mark’s Place. The relevant backyard areas would be between 7th Street and St. Mark’s (equivalent of 8th Street) between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
7th Street can be accessed from Third Avenue, not Second.
Bar Burp Castle Above (green awning to left, barely visible) just inside more restricted area. There are two sets of barricades on East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues right now. Burp Castle is a quirky bar. (Had it still been open pre-explosion? I was there once awhile ago. It was a fun place.) It is the last building inside the more restricted set of barricades just past where the demolished buildings existed on corner of 7th Street and 2nd Avenue. It would be a great place to look for the animals in backyard with humane traps, surveillance. Also there are a lot of stairwells on East 7th Street at almost basement level that should be searched, some have locked areas.
If you want to do something really nice for yourself and Greta Garbo, adopt this amazing Tuxedo cat who is at Whiskers store at 9th Street and 2nd Avenue!