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Animal shelter impacted by Hurricane Sandy

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 11 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2012 05:42:43 AM CST

Hundreds of pet shelters in New Jersey were sunk by the storm but one shelter in Lambertville is staying afloat against the odds.

LAMBERTSVILLE, Pa. -

Hundreds of pet shelters in New Jersey were sunk by the storm but one shelter in Lambertville is staying afloat against the odds.

For Anne Trinkle, cat and dog food never looked so good.

"This is a tiny fraction of the enormous numbers of dog and cat food we received," she said.

Food forged from donations. Animal Alliance in Lambertville, New Jersey, often times sees the worst of the worst.

"Dogs set on fire, limbs stomped on and broken," she explained.

The Hunterdon County shelter recently took its own beating. Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for 12 days. The shelter's food supplier was shut down. The low-cost clinic - a vital funding source - closed, causing the animals in need of rescue to be rescued again.

"We were very worried about their welfare. What's going to happen if we didn't get a generator, didn't get heat," Trinkle said.

But bags of food are proof animals are man's best friend.

Anne says people drove for hours to drop off food. A Monroe County kennel arrived with a truck full of supplies.

"What I was surprised with was the sheer volume of people who stepped forward," she said.

For Animal Alliance and other New Jersey shelters, this is the calm before the storm.

Thousands of animals were displaced by Hurricane Sandy and shelters are expected to be flooded.

For non-profit Animal Alliance, it will stretch its $30,000 per month budget even further.

"These animals are in desperate need through no fault of their own," Anne contended.

However the dogs and cats are being cared for by the kindness of strangers who wouldn't let Sandy sink this shelter or these animals.

To adopt an animal from Animal Alliance you can head to www.animalalliancenj.org or email Anne at annietrinkle@comcast.net.