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A very thankful Staten Island, N.Y., teenager staying at a local shelter was reunited with his beloved pit bull, whom the Humane Society of the United States rescued from a second floor apartment where the entrance had collapsed.
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Five days after the storm, dog-lover Melanie Kern-Favilla and her family spotted the Basenji wandering in various yards around Patchogue, N.Y. It took a while to capture him, but once they did, Kern-Favilla connected with the dog’s owner on Facebook just 24 hours later. The dog, who had jumped a fence during the storm, was reunited with Robert Bungert (right) on Nov. 3.
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The pup slipped out of an open gate when he and his family were displaced after the storm damaged their Lindenhurst, N.Y., home. Thanks to a Good Samaritan who trolled the neighborhood looking for his owners, Duke was back with Michele Ryder within a few days. “He was like an angel sent from doggie heaven,” Ryder, who posted a flier, says of Vitaliy Triglia, the 21-year-old who took in the dog.
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The 18-month-old Lab mix snuck outside in Suffolk, Va., when a gust of wind blew a door open during the hurricane. A kind stranger turned the dog in to a local vet – one of a list of vet’s offices Wesley Meeks’s wife called following the storm in search of their pet. When they were reunited Nov. 5, “both my son and my wife broke down,” Meeks tells PEOPLE.
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The Schramm family of Breezy Point, N.Y., lost everything in the storm: their house, their possessions – even their Finnish Spitz/shepherd mix. But what they didn’t know was that the wandering pup was picked up by photographer Ann Lewis after the hurricane. A Facebook page Lewis created helped them locate their beloved pooch Nov. 2.
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LeeAnn Rivera and her seven children fled their Queens, N.Y., apartment, which was completely flooded by the disaster. Sadly, they had to leave their dog and three cats behind. ASPCA responders rescued the brood from the wreckage and brought them to the Queens College evacuation shelter where the family is now living.
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Wayne Pacelle, the President of the Humane Society of the United States, helped reunite a Union Beach, N.J., man and his wife with their missing Siamese cat, who his team found wandering around the devastated streets.
If you are looking for your lost pet, visit the Hurricane Sandy Pets Lost and Found Facebook page and look through the existing posts, or create a post of your own.