Flight of Freedom for Hurricane Sandy Pets
On Saturday, November 17, nearly 50 pet victims of Hurricane Sandy flew out of despair and into a safe haven at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Each pet on this flight was up for adoption before the savage hurricane struck. Due to the large influx of displaced pets because of Hurricane Sandy, room needed to be made and their time was running out… Their animal facilities contacted us to see if we could take those pets and we agreed! While 60 were expected for the flight, 46 made the flight.
With the help of Southwest Airlines, SeaWorld, and transport partners Delaware County SPCA and Save-A-Pet, these pets were transported then whisked away on a chartered flight to San Diego so they could find forever homes.
Watch the Hurricane Sandy Pets Flight Land in San Diego
Some of these facilities were severely damaged due to the storm. One organization said, “Our shelter took on four-and-a-half feet of water from Hurricane Sandy and we are now in the process of rebuilding our first floor. All of our animals survived thankfully. I don’t know what we did to deserve such a good deed but we are most grateful.”
Our shelter took on four-and-a-half feet of water. I don’t know what we did to deserve such a good deed but we are most grateful.
With these pets now safe at Helen Woodward Animal Center, this gives our East Coast animal facility partners more space and time to help pets displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Plus many animal facilities are helping displaced families by taking care of their dogs and cats while their families find temporary housing.
The next step for these survivors is ensuring each dog and cat receives a thorough medical exam, up-to-date vaccinations, and their spay/neuter surgery so each one can find a safe and loving forever family for the holidays. If you want to adopt a pet survivor from Hurricane Sandy, please visit our Adoptions page. If you are unable to adopt, visit our Hurricane Sandy Pets Partnership Page.
We are thankful for Southwest Airlines, SeaWorld, BP Oil, Delaware County SPCA and Save-A-Pet for their assistance to save these pets. We, and our new furry guests, are eternally grateful.