Things have been rough for the Woodbridge Animal Shelter, ever since Hurricane Sandy blew through town and the storm surge flooded the pet facility.
But bit by bit, the animal shelter and its volunteers are putting it all back together again.
"We have to be patient," said Marge Petrow, the volunteer coordinator for the shelter. "It's a tough time now."
The shelter, located on Woodbridge Avenue in the Sewaren section of the township, suffered from water overflowing the banks of a nearby tributary of the Woodbridge River. The first floor of the facility was flooded, while volunteers were busy moving the pets to another floor of the building.
Ever since then, they've been redoing the building and repairing the damage, and doing fundraising to pay for it all.
Just last week, Petrow said at the Tuesday night town council meeting, workers had started to put back up sheetrock ruined from the storm flooding.
"There's a lot of construction going on," she said.
The most important thing, though, Petrow stressed, is that the Woodbridge Animal Shelter is "still open for business.
"We are not closed. Pets can still be adopted. All you have to do is call and make an appointment to see them."
To help raise money for the animals and the shelter, the Woodbridge Animal Shelter now has a spot on CafePress. Clothing items for man and beast, as well as coffee mugs and the like emblazoned with the shelter's logo can be purchased online, and the shelter gets a portion of the proceeds, Petrow said.