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N.J. Man Reunites with Cats, Fish After Hurricane Sandy: "I got my family back"

The HSUS's animal disaster relief stories

  • N.J. resident Patrick Glenn weathered Hurricane Sandy at home but later had to evacuate. He contacted The HSUS for help rescuing the animals he'd left behind. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • Glenn cried from relief when he was reunited with one of his cats at the pet emergency shelter. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

  • "This is beyond the call of duty. I got my family back again," Glenn says. Lisa J. Godfrey for The HSUS

Immediately following "superstorm" Hurricane Sandy, The HSUS rescued more than 250 animals from devastated communities in New York and New Jersey. We are now caring for more than 450 pets in our emergency shelters and reuniting pets with their owners. This is one of many stories from our operations.

N.J. resident Patrick Glenn contacted The HSUS to help rescue his two cats and goldfish after learning that it may be six to eight months until he could return home to them. He had weathered Hurricane Sandy at the house but evacuated to the Toms River shelter after losing power, gas, water, and phones.

When he got word that his animals were safe and waiting for him, Glenn said, “I cried all the way over here and when they showed me Vincent. I’m so happy, and I’d like to thank you all for what you’ve done. You went and rescued my cats, and you even saved two of my goldfish. That is beyond the call of duty. I got my family back again.”


See NBC Nightly News' video on Hurricane Sandy pet reunions.

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