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Family Reunited with Hurricane Sandy Pup
A N.J. shelter unknowingly matches a family with their long lost dog.

Everyone loves a good reunion, but the story of how a New Jersey family was reunited with their Pit Bull mix, Reckless, is just begging for a Hallmark movie!

Back in October 2012, Reckless bolted from home during Hurricane Sandy, leaving the James family devastated. They searched for Reckless but assumed the worst when they saw the pup's collar stuck on a fence. Adding to the tragedy, the storm also displaced the family from their home. They're still living in a hotel while waiting for repairs.

Finally last month the James family was ready to adopt a new dog and went to the Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey to celebrate their daughter, Ally's, birthday. They met with the adoption counselor and explained the kind of dog they wanted. Based on their answers, the first canine candidate was brought into the room, who... turned out to be Reckless himself! As soon as the pup saw them, he started jumping three feet into the air and tears of joy streamed down the family's faces.

They did check the SPCA during the months following the hurricane, but Reckless didn't come in until six months ago. The shelter thinks that someone took in the scared pup  after the storm, but Reckless eventually escaped and was picked up by the SPCA.

Now Reckless is back with his family and helping to make their hotel room feel a lot more like home. What an amazing story and a birthday that Ally James is sure to never forget!

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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