~Shared by T. Compton

It’s fun to watch God connect the dots.

When we first contacted Woodloch guest Susan Fox, it was in regards to a reservation. But it was during that fateful phone call, that we learned of Susan’s love for shelter pets and the need of orphaned animals following Frankenstorm Sandy.

Susan’s words painted a sorrowful picture of pets having been surrendered following the destructive super storm. It was then that we learned of Maxy, a beautiful pitbull in need of a forever home, along with an additional 70 or so cats and dogs in the same situation. We also learned of the great-hearted people at The Emergency Pet Shelter at Mitchell Field in Uniondale, New York, who had selflessly cared for those orphaned animals but were now being forced to close.   

That was a week ago. Since then, we’ve had positive news from Susan. Here’s what she had to say:

 “Good News!! Maxy was adopted by For Our Friends Rescue this past Friday!! She will be boarded by them until a home is found for her. Anyone interested in adopting Maxy can find her on PetFinder under For Our Friends Rescue, or they can call 718-595-2161. Maxy passed her evaluation with flying colors. Bryan said she is a very sweet dog. She rode in my car without a crate for probably the first time in her life and was so happy looking out of the car window!! It made my heart happy!!

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As for the emergency shelter, they are in the process of closing. There are a few dogs that have not been claimed by their owners as of yet and some that have been surrendered. They have a few kennel spots at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh, NY, and some will be able to go there. One small Yorkie was surrenderd to the shelter by it’s owner, but a family from Ohio is coming for the dog. They have many acres, a closed-in animal run with a doggie door entrance, and the owners take their dogs with them when they travel. There is a beautiful pit bull mix, named Snoop a.k.a Porkchop who still needs a home, as well as Misha, a shepard mix.
Anyone interested can call: 516-272-0017. People that are interested can also visit the Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets on Facebook.

Maxy had a happy ending as did the Yorkie and those going to Last Hope Animal Rescue, but there are many who will go and are in municipal shelters all over the country. My words of advice are to spay and neuter your pets, microchip them, realize that getting a pet is a lifetime responsibility. The cute puppy or kitten will grow up and get big. They will have accidents, and they will at times get sick. You will have vet bills, food expenses etc. This is all part of loving an animal. Animals are not disposable when you get tired of them or can no longer afford them. So that being said, people MUST take ownership when bringing a pet home. The rewards of an animal are unlike those you will ever know!! They don’t care if you are skinny or fat, are bald or have too much hair, are rich or poor!! They just want to love you and be with you. It is the best homecoming you will ever receive at the end of a work day!! So people repay their loyalty with your loyalty to them!!

To all of you who took the time to read our story, to Tammy without whom the story would not have been told and to Woodloch Pines for allowing this to move forward, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, Maxy’s and all of the staff and animals at the Emergency Pet Shelter!!”

EPS Two of the wonderful volunteers at the Emergency Pet Shelter