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Animal Alliance's Planned Pethood Clinic & Adoption Center, located in Lambertville, NJ, found itself directly in the path of Superstorm Sandy as it roared through. The superstorm caused a lot of havoc, including a power outage that lasted at least eleven days.
Even as people found themselves faced with the aftermath of this terrible storm, Animal Alliance's supporters came together to help. Many turned up at the shelter to foster or adopt new pets. Nancy Little and her ninety-seven-year-old mother adopted Cheddar, a sweet orange tabby (shown left). Craig Andrew and his partner fostered Maggie, a dog who needed special care due to leg injuries suffered before the storm. "They drove her multiple times to the surgeon for bandage changes despite the miserable driving conditions," reports Animal Alliance founder Annie Trinkle.
Help came in bigger packages as well. Carolyn Holdsworth, owner of the Nurture Spa, dropped off a a donation of linens from the spa and dog food. Terry B adopted a red Chihuahua, Trixie, from Animal Alliance and used her years of experience as a FEMA employee to help the group navigate its way through an extended power outage. She also brought them flashlights, lanterns, and lots of batteries, reported Trinkle. And with support from The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org provided a $10,000 disaster grant that made it possible for the shelter to get a generator and replace supplies. "We are so grateful. The cats would have frozen without your help!" wrote Trinkle.
The storm will leave an indelible print on the memories of those who experienced it. But it also brought out the very best in the animal rescue community.
(All photos courtesy of Animal Alliance.)