Home 4 the Holidays Making Global Impact

In 1999, Helen Woodward Animal Center organized 14 animal shelters in San Diego County, California, for the first Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive. Our goals were to encourage families to save lives by adopting their pets from animal shelters and rescue groups and to take business away from puppy mills and backyard breeders while shelter pets died. That holiday season the participating shelters found loving families for 2,563 orphaned pets.


That was only the beginning!

Flash forward another fifteen successful years and with last year’s adoptions, we can now credit over 4,000 shelter and rescue facilities in over 23 countries with a total number of 12 million orphan pets saved since the program’s inception. With its simple beginnings, Home 4 the Holidays is now the largest and most successful pet adoption drive in history!

In its sixteen years, Home 4 the Holidays through partner groups around the world has united millions of orphan pets with their new families over the holiday season. This year we hope to match even more loving, life-long families with even more pets from all over the world.

Join the Biggest Adoption Campaign in the World

By providing thousands of participating rescues and shelters with materials to assist them in marketing their adoptable animals and receiving the most benefit from their participation in Home 4 the Holidays, we are all working together to save lives. New organizations can join at any time throughout the year and all of the participating groups are listed on-line for adoption information. Click here to learn more about Home 4 the Holidays!