As one of the 200 veterinarians who make up the government's National Veterinary Response Team, John Mullins didn't hesitate when he was called on to assist animals in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. He and a technician worked 12-hour shifts in a cramped trailer, caring for all manner of injured creatures and lending a sympathetic ear to their owners. It's a situation Dr. Mullins has seen before. He spent two years working with livestock in the West African country of Burkina Faso and responded after hurricanes Charley and Katrina.

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