The ASPCA will use the money to lease a building to board Sandy animals until their owners can take care of them.
It will likely be months before any estimates are available as to how many pets might have died or were lost during New York's double storms. And like their owners, many animals that survived won't go home anytime soon.
Dawson said she has seen people stuck in shelters, wearing donated clothing, with no idea when they'll go home. But when they turn to their dog or cat, "their faces light up."
And that, she says, is why animals matter amid a human disaster.