Animals left homeless from Superstorm Sandy now available for adoption

Pets went to Helen Woodward Animal Center

SAN DIEGO - Some animals left homeless due to Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast are now available for adoption in Rancho Santa Fe.

About 50 dogs and cats lost yet another home because of Superstorm Sandy. 

They were all shelter dogs from New York and New Jersey at risk of being euthanized. On Saturday, they arrived in San Diego and headed to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe.

"There were a number of shelters wiped out," said Jessica Gercke, who is with the Helen Woodward Animal Center. "They had no power, they had no heat, no ability to get supplies. They couldn't obviously open their doors to adopters for homeless pets."

Adoptions stopped, but the animals kept coming in. After people lost their homes, many turned their pets into the shelters. 

When the Helen Woodward Animal Center offered to help by housing the animals, SeaWorld, BP Fuel and Southwest Airlines stepped up to help save lives. 

"Within a 48-hour period, it was this miracle of all of these big-hearted businesses and big-hearted individuals coming together," Gercke added.  

Now, she hopes more big-hearted individuals will reach out to those animals and other animals in their center.

"Hugs is a happy, happy, happy girl," said Grecke, who was referring to a dog. "We've got beautiful cats. There's this beautiful Boxer blend named 'Pinecone.' She rests herself right up against the human that she's with and she's lovely and calm and peaceful." 

Pinecone made the trip from New York. She seems to be settling in just fine. Now, she just sits and waits for her forever home and her forever person to lean on. 

They may already be helping local animals. One woman 10News spoke to decided to look on their website at the Sandy pets and another dog captured her heart. She adopted "Toby" on Wednesday. 

Hugs is giving up her kennel. She also found a new home for the holidays. 

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