An American pet charity helps more than 100 pets in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre attacks

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has mounted a massive operation to help pets following the attack on the World Trade Centre last week.

The charity says it has helped more than 100 animals to date, including dogs, cats and rabbits that were rescued from homes which had been evacuated following the disaster. Animals were treated primarily for shock, dehydration and respiratory diseases.

The ASPCA says it has received 30,000 tons of pet food, but is now calling on people to send any further supplies to local rescue centres as it has no more room.

The association has set up a command centre and pet rescue hotline for concerned owners. It is also offering a counselling service. Pets found without identification are being microchipped.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is co-ordinating all the rescue efforts has also deployed teams of veterinary surgeons to help treat dogs being used in the rescue effort and to help with the rescue of pets.For more information visit www.aspca.org