Nov 19

SeaWorld Helps Fly Hurricane Sandy Animals to Safe Haven in Southern California

by Staff

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has been described by families and homeowners on news networks globally over the last weeks. There are those, however, who cannot share their stories; orphaned pets in shelters that are facing loss and displacement to make room for the thousands of animals who need shelter as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

This past Saturday, 60 of such orphaned dogs and cats -- from Save A Pet in Long Island and Delco SPCA in Delaware County -- were flown across the country via a donated charter from Southwest Airlines, chaperoned by SeaWorld’s animal rescue experts, just in time for a safe and secure new home for the holidays at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

The "paw-some" rescue was made possible by Southwest Airlines, whose Flight Crews donated their time and whose fuel provider BP donated the fuel; along with the donated manpower of SeaWorld, who provided a veterinarian and animal technicians to chaperone the furry and four-legged passengers during the cross-country flight.

SeaWorld’s animal experts in San Diego transported the pets to their new home after they “touched paw” in San Diego. Once at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the animals were evaluated by a veterinarian and receive medical treatments, vaccinations and spaying or neutering before being placed in loving homes with adoptive families.