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Hurricane Sandy Rescue Story: Honoring Duffy by Helping Animals in Need

On a chilly Saturday afternoon less than a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, Doreen Hallick arrived at the emergency animal shelter in Nassau County with her niece Abigail and nephew Thomas. Doreen had a warm home and electricity, so she did not need to bring her dog to stay at the shelter. But she came nonetheless, for a simple reason: to pay it forward and pay homage to her beloved second dog Duffy, who had passed away two weeks before the storm hit.

Sadly, Duffy succumbed to cancer a short time after being diagnosed, which was heartbreaking. But Doreen decided to take her pain and turn it into something positive for others.

"I wanted to do something to help, since I was fortunate and did not suffer damage from the storm," says Doreen, a Rockville Centre resident. After organizing a clothing and food drive for people affected by the hurricane, Doreen drove over to the emergency animal shelter at Mitchel Field to offer to foster a dog (or two) in her home while families left homeless from Sandy look for housing.

"Losing Duffy was the hardest thing ever," says Doreen. "By helping another family who loves dogs like I do, I feel like I'm honoring Duffy's memory."

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