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Hurricane Sandy Rescue Story: The Tale of Genevieve and Juliet
The Odery family lost their home and most of their possessions a year ago, when Hurricane Irene struck the waterfront community in Nassau County, NY.
The house they rented after last year's storm was also in Long Beach--a city that they love, where their children go to school and have wonderful neighbors.
Sadly, the Oderys were not spared the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
"Everything on the first floor was destroyed," says Susan Odery, who brought her children Madeleine and Jacqueline and their friends Annabelle and Alaina to visit the Odery's dogs Genevieve and Juliet at the emergency animal shelter at Mitchel Field. "Two years in a row, we lost so much. Long Beach is devastated."
As they make plans to find a new home, the Oderys are staying with Annabelle and Alaina's family, the DiGiorgios, in nearby Lido Beach. "There are nine of us staying in the house, and it's such a relief to have a place for the dogs to be cared for where I know they are safe," says Susan. "The people here are doing a great job."
Despite all that her family has suffered in the last two hurricanes, Susan says she is optimistic.
"Everyone in my family is safe, including my puppies," she says. "They're such happy dogs, and they keep us feeling upbeat."
As Susan's daughters and their friends laughed and played with Genevieve and Juliet--who were, indeed, a happy duo--the sun shone brightly, and it seemed for a while like just another day. But there is much work to be done to rebuild hard-hit communities like Long Beach, and Animal League America will be there for the animals and their families every step of the way.
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(Pictured above: Left to right: Annabelle, Jacqueline, Madeleine and Alaina are all smiles as they visit Genevieve and Juliet)