San Diego Events and Fundraisers That Help Pets Find Homes
Spring Tails is the perfect program for a class field trip, Scout outing, or play group activity! Hop on over for a 90-minute adventure that includes HANDS-ON animal interactions, a spring themed craft, and lessons about life cycles, baby animals and other egg-citing changes that occur during spring. Learn more about the program themes or register your group today!
This field trip opportunity is perfect for toddlers through 6th Graders.
May 26 through 28: Animals For Armed Forces Pet Adoption Weekend
Military heroes rescue pets! The road can be tough for rescue pets, and no one understands tough times like military families—come meet the furry companion you’ve been seeking! Come to Helen Woodward Animal Center, Mar 26 through 29, and military personnel will have their pet adoption fees covered by a generous donor. (Pay only a $32 microchip fee.) Thank you for your service!
- Friday, May 26: Noon to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, May 27: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, May 28: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monday, May 29: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Guidelines and Restrictions
Limit one animal per household. Family must meet adoption requirements. Subject to limitations on availability. The military adoption discount applies to active duty, Reserve and Veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, and/or immediate family members. Please bring your photo ID and one of the following to receive the adoption discount:
- Military ID
- Dependent ID
- Veterans ID
- DD-214 and Driver’s License
- NGB Form 22
You’re invited to Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling Gala: A Night in Old Havana! We are planning an elegant and festive evening to celebrate pet adoption and Helen Woodward’s mission of being a place ‘where animals help people, and people help animals.’ General, Choice and VIP seating available!
Enjoy an impressive selection of silent and live auction treasures, an opportunity drawing for two first-class round trip airline tickets, flowing food and drink from San Diego’s top restaurants and dancing, celebrating and revelry!
June 6 – 9: Charity Fair Horse Show
The Charity Fair Horse Show takes place during the San Diego County Fair and benefits Pet Encounter Therapy and Therapeutic Riding programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Stop by the Center’s booth, June 7 – 9, from noon to 4 p.m., to meet our newest adoptable puppies!
June 10 – 11: San Diego Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Experience 200 artists, live entertainment, food, craft beer and wine for a cause, plus help change the lives of San Diegans with disabilities. The San Diego Festival of the Arts benefits more than 25 local charities, including Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Therapeutic Riding program!
Surf San Diego like the surf dogs do. Teach your dog to hang eight! Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding (“SUPing”) with your dog are terrific ways to enjoy San Diego summers! Helen Woodward Animal Center’s dog surfing lessons will have you and your dog in the water making lasting memories. Click to register now!
Lesson includes: use of a surfboard, canine life vest, instruction by a SoCal Surf Dogs member and volunteers to help retrieve your dog and board.
Can’t make it to this lesson? No worries! Other lesson dates are: July 16, July 22, August 13, and August 19.