More than a year after losing their beloved pet during Superstorm Sandy, a New Jersey family made an amazing discovery during a visit to animal shelter this week: their missing dog.

Chuck James tells The Asbury Park Press that his wife immediately started tearing up when they walked up to a cage at the Monmouth County SPCA on Thursday and saw their beloved family dog named Reckless.

James says they searched in vain for their brown and white terrier-pitbull mix for more than a year, before giving up and preparing to adopt a new pet for their three children.

SPCA officials say Reckless was picked up as a stray and has now been microchipped. The family is living in a hotel while their storm-damaged Keansburg rental is repaired.