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Animal shelter in Georgia rebuilt after tornado damage

The Build an Ark Foundation, a local animal shelter in Ellijay, Georgia, was given a Shelters in Crisis grant by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) after the facility was destroyed in an April tornado, the HSUS reports.

Community service group The Underground as well as the nonprofit New York Says Thank You are partnering with the HSUS to help rebuild the shelter, which was owned by Susan Littlejohn, who survived the April 4 tornado along with two volunteers and more than 60 rescued animals.

Littlejohn told the Associated Press that she has always worked on a "shoestring budget," but will now have the type of facility where she can rescue animals as well as throw birthday parties for needy children or set up petting zoos for nursing home patients. The $1,500 grant will help the volunteers build a foster home for the animals Littlejohn has saved, ranging from rams to cats, doves to dogs, the HSUS reports.

The rebuilding effort was coordinated by the New York Says Thank You Foundation, which was established in 2003 as a way to give back to the nation for helping in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Volunteers for the organization have helped victims of disaster from California to Kansas, the AP reports. 
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