Some of the tornado’s toughest survivors are proving to be the furry kind

By People Staff
Updated May 22, 2013 10:00 PM
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Amid the death and destruction facing families left displaced by the tornado that struck several suburbs of Oklahoma on Monday, a handful of residents have been fortunate to return to the sites of their homes and come face-to-face with their furry friends.

Earlier in the week, Barbara Garcia was reunited with her missing dog during an on-camera interview, in which a member of the CBS News crew spotted her pup struggling to escape the debris.

Garcia’s story is just one of many touching reunions, such as that of June Simson (above). Upon returning to the remains of her home, she discovered her cat, Sammi, covered in dirt but alive, standing atop the rubble.

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Jessica Wilkinson (right), whose Norman, Okla., home was left almost completely leveled, visited the scene and found a welcome surprise: dog Bella, who was returned to her by Alli Christian (left).

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In Moore, a community of 41,000 that saw some of the tornado’s worst devastation, Henry the guinea pig received a well-deserved meal from Christine Phillips.

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Members of the 1 Day Ranch pet rescue in Shawnee, Okla., did their part to aid further furry reunions by tending to the animals being rescued from the wreckage, like this pint-sized kitten in the hands of Maeghan Hadley.

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Over in Oklahoma City, a young boy kept a firm grip on his beloved pooch.

How you can help:
Displaced Oklahoma residents in search of their missing pets can also visit the Moore Oklahoma Tornado Lost and Found Animals Facebook page, where contributors have been posting photos of recovered animals.

GlobalGiving is raising funds for emergency supplies for victims, as well as longer-term relief and rebuilding efforts. Donate online or text GIVE OK to 80088 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Terms: mgive.org/t