Community Rancho Santa Fe


Portions of Helen Woodward Animal Center flooded Dec. 21 after the heavy rainstorms. “Even though maintenance tells me that our pumps have stopped working and we had a pipe collapse, our adoptions department has remained open for anyone thinking about adopting an animal before Christmas,” John Van Zante, center public relations manager, said. “Also both animal hospitals on the grounds remain open.” The back parking lot (known as “Lake Helen” to the staff) was completely submerged. Staff had to evacuate some of the animals, like Sunny and Angel, the twin foals, who moved back in to the Intensive Care stall, from their regular enclosures to higher ground on the property, but that was done before the flooding. The scheduled Santa Paws delivery of toys for the animals was moved to the front parking lot on El Apajo Road, as the back lot and loading dock were under water.