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    Last night Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center attended 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show as guests of honor. Little Shelter Rescue Cooper and his family were nominated for “Rescue Dog of The Year” where they took second place out of thousands of submissions.

    Being nominated required an inspiring story of how a rescue pet changed their families lives. “On, October 29, 2013, Long Island was bracing itself for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. For us, it all started with excitement the night before, as my 2 boys, Liam (age 16) and Colin (age 13) were doing the “happy” dance that school would most likely be closed the next day. We all said our goodnights and went to bed awaiting Sandy’s arrival. The next morning our lives were forever changed and our hearts forever shattered, dwarfing any physical/environmental damage soon to be left behind by Hurricane Sandy. You see, that morning, my beautiful, healthy son, Liam did not wake up. Sometime, during that night he passed into the arms of GOD from an unknown heart condition. It is all still so surreal, even 14 months later as I write this. As the weather took a turn for the worst so did our lives. Hurricane Sandy left us in the dark for 5 days, and Liam’s passing will leave us in the dark for an eternity. We were so broken, especially my son Colin as he lost his best friend too as they were very close brothers.”

    This truly horrible event taking place in their own home left a dark mark over the home, and had their younger son dreading being home alone. Now they all rush home to their rescue dog who has become a shining white knight in this dark moment.

    “We thought we were going to rescue a little dog and it turns out this little ball of love rescued us instead. Cooper is helping us through the most traumatic loss a family could go through. He truly is our Rescue Dog of a Lifetime!”