Family Affected by Superstorm Sandy Reunited With Lost Dog

Melissa Knowles

It's been about two months since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, and a number of rebuilding efforts are helping people regain some sense of normalcy. Stories of hope continue to emerge and warm the hearts of those involved in helping the areas affected by Sandy. One particular story involves the O'Donovan family of Belle Harbor, in Queens, New York. The O'Donovans were fortunate enough to be reunited with their dog, Buster.

A couple of weeks after the storm hit, the family's home was inspected by damage assessors. Christine O'Donovan was not home at the time, but she says that because of the unexpected visitors and construction activity, Buster likely became scared and ran away.The O'Donovans searched for Buster for nearly two weeks but were unable to find him.

Then, on December 12, just one day before Buster was scheduled to be euthanized at a shelter in Brooklyn, Kim Fraser, a friend of Christine's, noticed Buster's picture on a website for animal care and control. She immediately emailed the shelter and got in touch with the O'Donovans to let them know about Buster. The next morning, the O'Donovans were reunited with their missing ridgeback-shepherd mix, Buster.

Christine O'Donovan told CBS 2 about how she reacted to finding Buster. "I cried," she said. "I was so happy. I love my dog." Now the O'Donovans will get to rebuild their home with their beloved canine companion by their side.

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