About Helen Woodward Animal Center

Not Just A No Kill Animal Shelter

Creating a Humane World For Animals and People

Dog Makeover - Adopt a dog | Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is not an animal shelter, we are an animal center. That means we turn away from the perception of the passé term like “dog pound” and “animal shelter” and instead become whatever our community needs; an all-inclusive ‘center’ that helps the community’s animals, its people, and educates its children.

Summer Critter Camp - Kids | Helen Woodward Animal CenterThe Center is a dynamic, evolving institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world. Not only are we operating innovative and beneficial programs for pets and people, but we are teaching others around the world how to successfully market and promote their pet adoption and humane education programs and stop the senseless death of thousands of pets.

Click on our menu of programs that help local and international communities:

San Diego Pet Adoption: At Helen Woodward Animal Center we have many wonderful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available for adoption through our San Diego adoption program. Every pet in our adoption program has received a medical examination, spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, tons of TLC (tender lovin’ care) and a microchip. Our goal is to adopt out our animals into loving and permanent homes.

Summer Critter Camp - Chinchilla | Helen Woodward Animal Center

Humane Education for Kids: We offer a variety of unique learning opportunities which support the bond between humans and animals by nurturing knowledge, compassion, and respect toward all living things. We seasonal programs to create fun, hands-on learning experiences for children ages 3 to 13 with our furry, feathery, and scaly animal ambassadors.

AniMeals – Feeding the Pets of Senior Citizens: The cost and ability to acquire pet food can often prove to be insurmountable obstacles for homebound senior and disabled individuals.  The AniMeals program strives to remove these obstacles and keep our clients together with their pets for their physical health as well as their emotional well-being.

Companion Animal Hospital: Helen Woodward Animal Center’s new state-of-the-art small animal hospital offers everything your furry friend will ever need in a veterinarian. The Companion Animal Hospital is a high-tech “small animal” facility, open to all cats, dogs and exotic animals.

The ACES International Conference for Animal Welfare Professionals and Volunteers: This ground-breaking conference features world-renowned animal welfare expert and the most successful champion of orphaned animals, Mike Arms, CEO and President of Helen Woodward Animal Center. With over 40 years of experience shaping animal organizations and creating and promoting “The Business of Saving Lives” concept, Mike has put together a program that will significantly change the way you see your field and the daily operations of your organization.

Help special needs kids - Therapeutic Riding | Helen Woodward Animal Center

More programs that help people and pets:

Pet Encounter Therapy, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Equine (large animal) Hospital, Club Pet Boarding for Pets, plus many events that help sustain our mission of ‘animals helping people and people helping animals.’

2 responses to “About Helen Woodward Animal Center

  1. Where can I find information about the cost to adopt from your center? As I do not live in California I would need that information before driving to San Diego to adopt a dog. Or two…

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