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Pets orphaned in Sandy flown to Helen Woodward Center


RANCHO SANTA FE — In every natural disaster, the victims include animals who lose their shelters. Nov. 17, 60 orphaned dogs and cats (from Save A Pet in New Jersey, rescued by Delco SPCA) flew across the country, via a donated charter from Southwest Airlines, chaperoned by SeaWorld’s animal rescue experts, just in time for a new home for the holidays at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe.“These are the silent victims,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms. “There are shelters that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy, without electricity, without supplies. Despite this, the goodhearted rescue facilitators have taken in an overwhelming number of pets displaced by the hurricane and waiting to be returned to their owners. Unfortunately, their own orphaned dogs and cats who inhabited the shelters before the storm are facing euthanasia because there simply isn’t room. We received a call from these shelters asking for our help and we were so lucky to have incredible friends like Southwest and SeaWorld to help us.”

For more information log on to, call (858) 756-4117, or visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road. Helen Woodward Animal Center is seeking donations to provide care for these hurricane orphans until each one has been adopted. Any remaining funds will go toward the care of other orphaned pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. To help, log on to


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