Hurricane Sandy pets go up for adoption

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — They flew across the country and now they’re looking for forever homes. Sixty animals displaced by super storm Sandy are going up for adoption at the Helen Woodward Animal Center and it’s a second chance at life for many of them.

“These animals really were facing euthanasia,” Helen Woodward Spokeswoman Jessica Gercke said.

Helen Woodward teamed up with SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines and BP to get the animals to the west coast.

“When Hurricane Sandy hit, these shelters were completely wiped out,” Jessica Gercke said.  “They were up to their knees in water, they had no power, no electricity, no ability to get supplies and they had all of these homeless pets and no ability to open their doors to adopters.”

The animals’ arrival made headlines Saturday and the adoption center has been flooded with calls since.

Several animal lovers have also come forward with generous gifts of food and beds for the animals.

“I just felt that I had to donate, I just had to do it,” Renee Kuhl said after making a donation at the Rancho Santa Fe adoption center.

“This is what we do in San Diego,” Kuhl added. “We donate when people need help and when animals need help.”

A handful of the Sandy pets went up for adoption Tuesday morning and the most will be ready by Friday.