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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Group works to reunite dogs lost in tornado with owners

Peace Love and Animals helps rescue dogs lost in severe weather Peace Love and Animals helps rescue dogs lost in severe weather

TANNER, AL (WAFF) - As Mary Ann sits in Tammy Sheehan's lap, she gives her kisses, showing her appreciation to the volunteer who has been caring for her since she was rescued from a tornado damaged home in March. Sheenan, who's been volunteering at Love Peace and Animals rescue shelter for two years said she loves working with Mary Ann.

"She still a little shy because she's traumatized." said Sheenan. "But she's coming around as you can see, she's very calm in my lap, she just takes a little while to warm up to you."

Mary Ann was not the only dog that was misplaced from the March tornados that destroyed parts of Limestone county. So were 11 other dogs. Rescuers received a phone call from a woman who said their neighbor's home was destroyed and that there were dozens of dogs inside with no place to go. Love Peace and Animal members went to investigate and found that some of the dogs had died, but they were able to save the rest, including four puppies.

Cathy Oakley, director of the organization said she has about 65 dogs on the property. The site has opened up several times when severe weather hit the area. Firefighters, police officers and residents can bring lost animals here when they find them.

"When a dog has gone through an ordeal like this, you don't know whether the dog has been through a very traumatic ordeal, so it's very fearful, very scared. A lot of times they're very nervous," said Oakley.

Oakley said she does what she can to help reunite the animals with their owners or find them new homes. But some of the dogs have not been so lucky. Hobo and Corral were displaced last year during the April 27th tornados. Oakley was able to find them a home, but the two were brought back.

Because she has a no kill policy, Oakley won't put any of the dogs down, no matter how crowded the place gets.

Organizers have posted several pictures of lost dogs on their web site. For more info go to http://www.peaceloveandanimals.org/

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