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Hurricane Sandy Rescue Story: Gigi's Sisters Come for a Visit

Sisters Roselynn and Julia Baez were able to remain in their home in a Long Beach apartment building until Thursday, November 1, several days after Hurricane Sandy had done its worst.

Luckily, the Baez family, which includes another sister plus the girls' mother and father, live on a higher floor, so they didn't lose any of their possessions. But the lobby of their building was flooded, and power had been out for days. In addition, water in the town was contaminated.

"The officials came to get us because it was no longer safe to be in our building," explains Julia. "They are trying to do repairs, and they didn't want to take a chance that someone got hurt when they were turning gas lines on and off."

The Baez family is staying at the Red Cross shelter in Nassau County, but they're spending as much time as possible visiting their dog Gigi, who is residing a few minutes down the road at the emergency animal shelter set up by a partnership of five animal rescue groups: North Shore Animal League America, the Humane Society of the United States, Pet Safe Coalition, Office of Emergency Management, and the Nassau County SPCA.

"We don't know when we will be able to get back home again," says Roselynn, "but I'm so happy that we can come visit Gigi." As she gave the excited dog a hug, the connection was a joy to behold.

Gigi, a Chihuahua mix, is a beloved member of the Baez family. She was rescued from the Dominican Republic by the girls' father.

Like all of the animals in the emergency shelter, Gigi will have a safe place to stay until her family can bring her home.

(Pictured above: Left to right: Roselynn and Julia Baez with their sister-in-law Kiara  Harrison, were thrilled to visit Gigi)

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