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Helen Woodward Animal Center thanks "Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation" for their support of our Spay / Neuter program!

Special thanks to the Tippett Foundation and the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation for supporting our Adoptions program.

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pet of the Week

 Helen Woodward Animal Center Pet of the Week for April 14, 2014

“Sadie” Brings the Sunshine!

Meet Sadie, Pet-of-the-Week at Helen Woodward Animal Center! This quiet 9.5lb 10-year old domestic short hair blend is a cuddle-bug by nature and as friendly as they come. She’s a bit shy as first but like spring in San Diego, she warms up quickly. Her gentle demeanor and loving personality will make her a glowing addition to many types of home environments. Need some more sunshine in your life? Come meet her today!


Sadie is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. She has been altered and us up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $106, and, as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, she is micro chipped for identification.  As an added bonus, Sadie also comes with two free passes to Sea World!



Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 6pm; Fridays from noon to 7pm; Saturdays 10am to 6pm; and Sunday 11am to 6pm (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call 858-756-4117, option #1.


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April 21-25 Spring Critter Camp

Are your kids animal lovers? Spend Spring Break with the animals of Helen Woodward Animal Center at Spring Critter Camp! Children spend all day with their furry, scaly, and feather friends while learning through hands-on animal interactions and animal-themed crafts, games, and activities. Sign up for a day, or two, or the whole week! Participants that register for the whole week receive a $20 discount at checkout! More information and registration at animalcenter.org.


About Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and the Animal Center Education Services program, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.

Each week, we feature a great dog or cat looking for a new family… they are called Helen Woodward Animal Center’s “Pet of the Week!” Our animals are transferred to us through a cat rescue or a dog rescue group that needs help, through an overcrowded animal shelter where they simply would have “run out of time,” or even through a surrender by a family or individual. Our Pet of the Week is always a beautiful and wonderful animal looking to be adopted into his or her new family. Visit our online animal adoption center to view all up to date animal adoption opportunities!