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Helping a Woodloch Guest Find Homes for Pets After Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy claimed the lives of more than 100 people. But the deadly Frankenstorm didn't stop there; she also claimed the lives of countless animals. It is unknown just how many drowned.

Dogs and cats could be seen on rooftops and balancing on debris, struggling to survive a storm they didn't understand. Separated from their families during evacuations, some pets were eventually reunited. But not all stories have happy endings. Living in apartments until their homes can be rebuilt, some families have been forced to surrender their beloved pets.

In the days following the Super Storm, temporary shelters popped up to help the displaced pets. But three months later, the orphaned animals are still waiting and some of the shelters are out of resources and must close their doors.

The Emergency Pet Center in Mitchell Field, Uniondale, New York, will close this Sunday, February 17th. Currently, they have 30 dogs and 42 cats in need of adoption.

"There is NO ADOPTION FEE," says Susan Fox of Hicksville, NY. "We desperately need to find homes for these animals. The shelter is scheduled to close this coming Sunday."

Run by the Pet Safe Coalition, Susan says the Emergency Pet Center volunteers are "unsung heroes," people who have selflessly reached out to orphaned animals. She's seen firsthand how much they care. It's there in the smiling eyes of Maxy, a tender-hearted pitbull not more than two or three years old. Maxy is special. She's seen her fair share of shelters.

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Susan says she first met the friendly pup at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter where she'd eventually volunteer. As she did from time to time, Susan had stopped by for a friendly visit. That's when she met the gentle Maxy, and the two made a connection, so much so that Maxy whined when it came time for Susan to leave. "She cried for me, and I made her a promise that I'd see her every week," Susan remembers.

Since she already had a dog, she was unable to adopt Maxy, but that didn't stop them from becoming fast friends.

Only one day, when Susan stopped in, Maxy was gone. "A rescue group came and took a group of dogs, and she was among them. I would ask periodically, but nobody knew what happend to her," Susan says.

With a full heart, Susan wished Maxy well and continued to help those that she could.

Until that fateful day when someone said they'd spotted Maxy among the shelter pets taken in following the hurricane. "I don't know how she got there, but she is there," Susan says. " I have been going every weekend, two hours Saturday and Sunday. They have a play area."

Maxy is a changed dog. "If a dog could smile, she is. She's truly happy," Susan says.

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She can't say enough about the goodness of the Emergency Pet Center and how much they care. She's touched by the way they responded to one family's crisis. The son had suffered brain damage after being struck by a car last August. "During the hurricane, 7 feet of water came into the home, working its way up to the second floor staircase. They couldn't get out the window with him because he's disabled. The rest of them they could have fled, but they wouldn't leave without the child. They were terrified that they were going to drown.

"They did get out and were rescued. And the family's cats were taken to emergency shelter, and they're being fostered - all four cats - until they can get their lives together," Susan says.

The Emergency Pet Center is in desperate need of foster families and preferably "furever homes."

"They're trying to find foster families and if they don't, they'll wind up back in shelters," Susan says.

The Emergency Pet Center is located at Mitchell Field, Uniondale, NY, just behind the Children's Museum off of Hempstead Turnpike; they may be reached at 516-272-0017.

Additionally, for more information on pets affected by Hurricane Sandy, please visit the Facebook Page, Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets.

Susan is a longtime guest of Woodloch Pines Resort and has been coming with her family for close to two decades. She thanked Woodloch for putting this blog on our website. "I cannot thank you enough for doing this for me and for the staff and animals at the Emergency Pet Shelter! I am deeply appreciative! Woodloch employees always take that one or actually many steps extra for everything!!"



I'm so sorry to hear about your closing.I'm with Beacon rescue here in south jersey.maybe I could forward some pictures of the dogs that need rescue to my manager.I know we have 2 runs open at the shelter and we are looking for small dogs.send me info. thank you for all your help with rescuing the animals.Eileen
Posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 3:35 PM by Eileen Huettl
just 1 correction it is the Pet Safe Coalition. 
Posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 5:36 PM by Ann Tomkalski
Pet Safe Coalition is the name
Posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 9:24 PM by Ann Tomkalski
Thank you all for opening and operating the emergency shelter. I am concern now though because of the post stating "No Adoption Fee" for the remaining survivors. I am concerned that these poor souls may now end up in the hands of those taking advantage of "free" to then be sold for profit as "bait" PLease tell me you will screen thoroughly. If they go to shelters now will they be put down in no time? My rescue is so overfull to capacity it is literally taking me down. I wish I could help.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:21 AM by Mel
Is Susan able to take Maxy now? If not, it is already proven that she will end up back on the streets or in a kill shelter.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:23 AM by Mel
I first met Susan one day at the town shelter where we were volunteering. I found Susan sitting outside Maxy's cage on the cement, trying to pet her and give her treats through the bars. Susan explained how much she loved Maxy and I understood because it's hard not to get attached to these dogs who desperately want a home. It didn't hurt that Maxy would roll over onto her back, desperately wanting to have her belly rubbed. 
As a volunteer, it is our dream to have others see the dogs the way we get to experience them. Maxy is so incredibly deserving of a home. Having been shuffled around quite a bit, she needs a loving, steady, home to provide love and comfort. Please give Maxy a chance, she so deserves it!
Posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:26 PM by Alexis Krummenacker this is the webpage that show all animals available for adoption
Posted @ Friday, February 15, 2013 9:35 PM by Ann Tomkalski
Thank you to all for responding to this blog!! As of yesterday, Maxy was rescued by For Our Friends Rescue. She will be boarded at a Vets office until she is adopted! She WILL NOT be euthanized and WILL NOT be placed in a municipal shelter which is fantastic!! I owe this to Freddie and Brian from For Our Friends Rescue: a Tremendous THANK YOU!! Maxy still is in NEED of a HOME so please continue to spread the word!! There are also many other animals left for foster or adoption at the Emergency Shelter. Again, the Emergency Shelter's phone number is: 516-272-0017. Time is Running OUT!! The phone number For Our Friends Rescue or you can call:718-595-2161 to adopt Maxy. She is fine with male dogs ( not tested with female dogs or cats) After Brian evaluated Maxy, he said that she is a very sweet dog!! She is energetic but once she runs for about 10 minutes, she peeters out quickly and just plops down to play with a toy!! I truly believe that wth a loving home and an established routine and training, Maxy will settle in and be a sweet addtion to your family. 
Someone asked about my taking her. Believe me if I could,ve taken her she would have been out from day one. There are numerous reasons why I can't but the first two are that I have a small dog that is fearful of large dogs along with 4 feral cats that live on my property. I also have severe allergies and take shots along with numerous meds. I am lucky to have the few pets that I have and to be able to walk dogs in a shelter. Even with that I have to stay away from the shelter at times. Besides asthma, I also have reactive airway disease for which I need an epi-pen. So as you can see I am blessed to be doing even what I am doing!! I LOVE animals and woul not trade this for anything in the world!!!!  
Thank you again for your attention to this and a huge THANK YO to TAMMY who took the time and the interest to place this story on their blog!! THANK YOU Woodloch!! 
God Bless, Susan Fox
Posted @ Saturday, February 16, 2013 4:20 PM by Susan Fox
Nice! Your blog is full of interesting information about the Dogs. I think your post is very useful for them who have the pets like Dogs. Thanks for sharing!!! 
Posted @ Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:53 AM by Pet Sitting Philadelphia
Maxi has found a home with people who love her very much an spoil her rotten.
Posted @ Sunday, September 01, 2013 11:35 AM by Ann Tomkalski
I really love the way you discuss this kind of topic.
Posted @ Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:37 AM by Professional Pet Sitting Sitter Grooming Services
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