Firefighters and rescue workers have saved thousands of lives over the last two days -- both human and animal. As Hurricane Sandy wanes and the East Coast goes into repair mode, images and accounts of pet rescues are beginning to emerge -- of shelters set up for animals alone, and of firemen immersing themselves in chest-deep water for dogs and cats.

Below, we've put together some of the most heartwarming images we've found.

CORRECTION: The slideshow previously contained an image of a dog being rescued in Thailand. It have since been removed.

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  • A dog named Shaggy is handed from a National Guard truck to National Guard personnel after the dog and his owner left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Some residents and pets are being plucked from their homes by large trucks as parts of the city are still covered in standing water.

  • An emergency responder helps evacuate two people and their dog with a boat, after their neighborhood experienced flooding on October 30, 2012, in Little Ferry, New Jersey.

  • With the aid of New Jersey state police, a man walks with his dog to a National Guard vehicle after leaving his flooded home at the Metropolitan Trailer Park in Moonachie, N.J., on Tuesday.

  • An fireman carries a resident's dog to safety from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey, October 30, 2012.

  • Fireman rescues a dog from Hurricane Sandy.

  • A resident and his dog are evacuated on Tuesday from a neighborhood in Little Ferry, N.J., one day after Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast.

  • These residents of Little Ferry, N.J., also evacuated on Tuesday with their dog.

  • Sarah Korman and Michael Cunba, who evacuated their home in Long Beach, N.Y., bring their dogs Jade, left, and Ava to a pet shelter at Mitchell Park's Field House, run by the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and Pet Safe Coalition on Sunday, Oct., 28, 2012, in Uniondale, N.Y.

  • Owners and their pets prepare to evacuate for Hurricane Sandy.

  • This dog was ready to be rescued!