Jan 14

SeaWorld Rescue Team Member Adopts Hurricane Sandy Dog

On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, the SeaWorld Rescue Team, along with the concerted efforts of Helen Woodward Animal Center, Southwest Airlines and BP Fuel, assisted more than 40 orphaned dogs and cats flown in across the country from the East Coast that were affected when Hurricane Sandy hit and left their facilities uninhabitable. Jessica DeCoursey was among the rescue team members who safely chaperoned the pets, including seven-year-old pug/Pekinese blend Lassie, to Helen Woodward Animal Center. An instant connection was formed on the plane ride to California, and throughout the rest of the day, the two were inseparable.

For the months that followed, Jessica could not stop thinking about Lassie. The gentle-natured Lassie received multiple medical treatments (dental, skin rashes and benign tumor removals) and was still under Helen Woodward Animal Center's veterinary care when Jessica wrote to ask if the Center ever adopted to someone out of state. The pictures she sent of the special journey she had traveled with Lassie were enough to convince the Center's adoption staff to allow Jessica to fill out an adoption application. A Southwest employee who had accompanied Jessica and the Sandy Pets on their journey offered to provide a Southwest voucher to DeCoursey for her flight and the trip was scheduled for the first week of January.

Click on the video below to watch Lassie and Jessica's story: