Hundreds of pets on the East Coast have been reunited with their owners after being separated by Hurricane Sandy.
Chuck James and his family lost their dog Reckless during Hurricane Sandy in Oct. 2012. A year and a half later, James and his wife went to a local shelter to find a new dog for their daughter's birthday. The first dog the adoption counselor brought out was Reckless, who had survived the storm.
"He was a little bigger than I remembered because they had fed him well. But then he was laying on my wife's feet, and I knew it was him … I was in disbelief. I know this dog is meant to be with our family." Chuck James, owner of Reckless
Animal advocacy groups estimate that thousands of animals were lost or abandoned during Sandy. An estimated 250,000 pets were abandoned during Hurricane Katrina.
To help with evacuation, officials in New York allowed pets on public transportation and taxis ahead of the storm. The Humane Society also tweeted out pet-friendly storm shelters in NY, NJ, PA, DE, CT, VA, MD and Washington D.C.
"It is so important that people evacuate with their pets… If your home isn't safe for you, it's not safe for your pet. Once you evacuate you never know when you will be back." Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director
Experts said coastal bird species will likely face a long recovery following Sandy's destruction of many nesting areas in dunes, marshes and beaches along the East Coast.
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