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Hurricane Sandy Rescue Story: Daisee and Chloe Find Shelter from the Storm

Janine Siegel lives in one of the hardest hit areas of Long Island: the oceanfront community of Long Beach, in southwestern Nassau County. The city suffered some of the worst damage in the region from the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.

"Everything inside our home was lost, " says Janine, adding that at least five feet of water stands inside her living room. Her car was also destroyed by the storm.

Janine found shelter with a friend, who lives in a condo in a nearby town that was not in a flood zone. But the condo prohibits pets, so she could not bring her beloved dogs, Daisee, a Jack Russell, and Chloe, a Pit Bull mix, with her.

"Luckily, the condo owner let us stay the first night, which was nice, but that didn't solve the problem," says Janine. "I was completely hysterical not knowing what to do with my animals."

When she learned about Animal League America's emergency shelter at Mitchel Field, it was an enormous relief.

"I can't tell you how much it means to me that you are here taking such good care of my dogs," says Janine, who visits Daisee and Chloe each day. "You wouldn't believe it, but some of my neighbors said, 'You have to just get rid of the dogs.'" That is something I would never do! They are part of my family."

When Janine first arrived with her dogs, she was sobbing, according to Animal League America rescue team members. But when she visits to give her pups some love and kisses, she has a huge smile on her face.

"When things return to normal and I have a place to live with my dogs and family, I am going to volunteer for you," says Janine. "I want to give back for the wonderful loving care you are giving my Chloe and Daisee."

Animal League America will continue to provide shelter and services for all displaced animals in our care for as long as needed.

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