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Humane Society of Atlantic County lends a helping paw

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The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy affected millions of people, but also left millions of pets seeking help as well.

Here in South Jersey the Humane Society is reaching out to help those animals, one paw at a time.

Dawn Reeckmann says she lost almost everything she owned as a result of Hurricane Sandy, but is thankful that she still gets to go home to the one thing that means the world to her.

"I went to rescue my cat. Friends held on to him," said Brigantine resident Dawn Reeckman. "And that's why I am here today."

Alongside dozens of other people who say they are in the same boat.

"I lost everything in the house, and I have two dogs, and one cat," said Atlantic City resident, Lovey Devaney.

It's because of these families that the Humane Society of Atlantic County wants to give back to the community.

"We have food available for people on the barrier islands. We have dog and cat food available," said Humane Society representative, Steven Dash.

Iams donated all of the food being handed out by the Humane Society.

So far they have handed out thousands of bags to those in need, and will continue to do so all week long.

"We want to be a spot anyone can come get the supplies that they need," said Humane Society employee, Danielle Tustin. "Be it food, or support, we want to be here for the community."

But while making sure they are there for their neighbors, the Humane Society is taking care of their own losses as well.

"We lost about $100,000 worth of supplies," said Dash. "Medical supplies, and our food, so we are looking to rebuild those things."

The storm caused about two feet of flooding, damaging all of the shelter units.

The re-build began over the weekend, and employees say the new facility will allow them to help even more people than they could before.

To donate to the Humane Society of Atlantic County or find out how you can get food for your pets, call (609) 347-2487.

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