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Red Cross volunteer Julie Tarascio wipes a cot in the Lee District RECenter south of Alexandria on Tuesday. The center became an animal-friendly shelter for people evacuated from their homes because of Hurricane Sandy. About two dozen people stayed there Monday night, the youngest 7 weeksold. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Red Cross volunteer Julie Tarascio wipes a cot in the Lee District RECenter south of Alexandria on Tuesday. The center became an animal-friendly shelter for people evacuated from their homes because of Hurricane Sandy. About two dozen people stayed there Monday night, the youngest 7 weeksold. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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