20 years ago we wondered how long it would take before Helen Woodward Animal Center would outgrow its existing facility. Since then the neighborhood has grown. There are homes and businesses where weeds once grew. Children go to school and play soccer today where a handful of cows chewed their cud just a few years ago.This Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 we’ll put one paw ahead of the other and take a step into the future of Helen Woodward Animal Center when we dedicate our new 20,000 square foot building at 6523 Helen Woodward Way in Rancho Santa Fe.
Forty years of dedication will bring Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) to a, “Dedication Ceremony” this Saturday, April 16, 2011.
- At 12:30 donors, board members, relatives of the late Helen Whittier Woodward, and corporate sponsors will gather at 6523 Helen Woodward Way (formerly Calle Del Nido) in Rancho Santa Fe for the ribbon cutting and dedication.
- At 3:30 staff members, volunteers, and supporters will get their first glimpse of the new small animal medical facility and administrative offices.
“It’s not exactly Noah and the Ark,” says HWAC spokesman John Van Zante. “But this move is a major undertaking after more than 35 years in the first building that Helen erected to care for orphan animals and to educate children.”
Bryce Rhodes, Chairman of the Center’s Board of Directors and grandson of Helen Whittier Woodward, believes his grandmother would be pleased. “She had a great love of animals. It would definitely make her happy to see what has become of the work that she began when she bought this property 40 years ago.”
HWAC President Mike Arms says that the new facility has been a long time coming. “Even before I arrived at HWAC in 1999 there was already talk about the need to expand in order to continue serving the community that has grown around the Center. It’s been my honor to lead us through this phase of construction and into the future of the Center.”
Van Zante says the new building, located near the original entrance of the Center on San Dieguito Road, covers 20,358 square feet.
While the mailing address for HWAC will remain as P.O. Box 64, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, the physical address will become 6523 Helen Woodward Way, Suite 100.
Phone service and computer operation will be temporarily interrupted on Monday morning, April 18th as communications links are moved to the new building. Until that time, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756-4117 for more information.