Hurricane Sandy Pets Finding Homes
It has been, and continues to be, a busy and exciting time here at Helen Woodward Animal Center. From taking in all the Hurricane Sandy pets (twenty six dogs and twenty three cats in all), getting them the care they need, and starting to find them forever homes, it’s been a huge, but rewarding, undertaking! We are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support and love we have received for these special survivors.
As we said, thanks to the kindness of those in San Diego and across the country, many of our “Sandy pets” have already gone home to loving, forever families. Some of the remaining pets are currently available for adoption while others are still undergoing medical and behavioral care.
Here are just a few snippets of the amazing adoptions that have taken place so far:
On November 19, Cookie the Beagle was the first to be adopted by two retired police officers who drove all the way from Sacramento to bring her home! The Westermans were celebrating their wedding anniversary when they saw a news story about the Hurricane Sandy Pets Flight. Already avid Beagle lovers, they were smitten when they saw Cookie walk down the gangplank on the day of the pets’ arrival.
“(My wife) said, ‘Honey, they have a beagle, we have to look at it,’ ” Clem Westerman said. The couple were on a plane to visit her two days later.
Sauce the cat found her forever home with a sweet artist who was also inspired by the touching Hurricane Sandy story to come adopt a pet.
All in all, ten Hurricane Sandy pets have found loving forever families, but more are in need of medical care before they get their turn at a forever family.
To date, our Hurricane Sandy survivors have received:
- 49 initial thorough medical exams, with check-ups occurring every day
- 7 spay/neuter surgeries
- 10 dental treatments, multiple extractions
- 99 vaccinations
- Lab work as needed
She wagged her tail so much – right to the point of bone exposure.
Our medical team has also done some very specialized treatment for some Hurricane Sandy guests. For example, Lassie the dog needed some masses removed from her eyelid and body. However, Miracle the dog’s medical needs take the cake! Miracle has what we call a “Happy Tail.” This occurs when a pet wags her tail and hits walls or other objects incessantly. She wagged her tail so much – right to the point of bone exposure! For Miracle to live pain-free, it was necessary to remove the exposed bone of her tail. At this moment, she is recuperating and resting and will begin looking for a forever family when she has healed.
We are blessed beyond measure to be given the opportunity to get to know and care for all our Hurricane Sandy pets. It would be hard to put into the words the emotion our staff feels when we see a Hurricane Sandy pet adoption – the Adoptions department comes to a standstill with anticipation and pride!
Even if you can’t adopt a Hurricane Sandy pet, you can still help one find a home for the holiday season. There are still pets who need medical care and time to recuperate. Your gift will directly provide for their needs such as food, comfortable bedding, and medical care.
Thank you for reading and thank you for supporting these amazing survivors!