A dog named Shaggy is handed from a National Guard truck to National Guard personnel after the dog and his owner left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J., in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
Bill Ryan, of Inwood, N.Y., left his cat Amy at shelter at Mitchell Park's Field House, run by the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and Pet Safe Coalition in Uniondale, N.Y. Pet owners could drop of their pets at the shelter and afterward seek shelter for themselves.
Dina McKenzie traps a stray cat in the New Dorp section of the Staten Island borough of New York. After Superstorm Sandy passed through, McKenzie was working with two animal rescue groups to help displaced homeowners find their pets and catch strays that need care.
Irmine Celestine agreed to take her nephew's gerbils until his family could find a more permanent place to stay.
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Entwined with the human costs of Superstorm Sandy, which killed more than 100 people and caused billions of dollars in damage, is another significant toll — that of the cherished pets that died or were left behind as families fled for their lives, adding in many cases to feelings of displacement and trauma.