Thank Shelter for Rescuing Animals from Euthanasia

Target: Helen Woodward Animal Center

Goal: To thank animal shelter for rescuing animals that were scheduled to be euthanized after Hurricane Sandy caused overcrowding

Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast in October of 2012, flooding many cities and towns and leaving devastation in its wake. Local shelters planned to euthanize the existing animal residents to make room for incoming orphaned animals, but the Helen Woodward Animal Center took them in. Thank this animal shelter for saving these animals’ lives.

Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) is a private, non-profit organization that takes care of animals while enriching people’s lives at the same time. Open daily, the no-kill center provides care and adoption services for orphaned animals. It offers educational and therapeutic programs as well. Caring for the welfare of animals and educating people on having healthy, rewarding relationships with animals are of utmost importance to the center. It can be counted on when animals’ lives are in danger and in need of help. HWAC helped place and transport animals after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and after Hurricane Sandy struck, it immediately helped transport several East Coast cats and dogs that were scheduled to be euthanized.

Shelters in New York and Pennsylvania were not able to continue caring for their current animal residents after Hurricane Sandy caused overcrowding and blackouts. The shelters needed to make room for the hurricane’s large number of helpless animal victims. To make room, they decided to euthanize existing animal residents, but HWAC arranged for 60 orphaned cats and dogs to be brought to its shelter, instead of letting them be killed. Enlisting the help of Sea World animal handlers and Southwest Airlines, the cats and dogs were all transported safely to the shelter’s location in California. All of these pets’ lives were saved from a cruel and abrupt death sentence.

The cats and dogs survived two possible deaths: one from the actual hurricane, and a second one from euthanasia. Thank the wonderful people at Helen Woodward Animal Center for providing care and a home for these four-legged furry companions.


Dear Helen Woodward Animal Center,

Thank you for saving the lives of several cats and dogs that were scheduled to be euthanized. You stepped in when you saw that these animals were in crisis after Hurricane Sandy struck.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes, flooded streets and buildings, and killed several people. A countless number of animals were displaced and orphaned, forcing local animal shelters to provide temporary, emergency shelter. To make room for Sandy’s animal victims, they decided to euthanize current residents, but you had 60 of these animals transported to your center in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

You gave these wonderful animal companions a second chance at life. Thank you for making a difference in both animals’ and people’s lives and for truly caring. Your commitment to the well-being of humans and animals is appreciated.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: NBC 7

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  1. I think that’s great. Good for all of you and a big THANK YOU!

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