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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: This unique organization 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 animals and people, but we are teaching others around the world how to successfully market and promote their programs and stop the senseless death of tens of thousands of animals.

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: Adoption services - our innovative pet placement program for orphaned dogs and cats has found loving, permanent homes for thousands of animals. Education - includes school trips, tours, scouts, summer day camp. Specially trained educators use games, animal presentations, and crafts to teach animal behavior, pet responsibility, and humane treatment of animals. ACES - shelter university for organizations on how to run their animal welfare organization as a business, and increase the saving of lives. Attendees have come from all over the world. Club Pet boarding cares for pets of vacationing owners. PET brings love and tactile benefits of animals to seniors, abused children and hospitals. Therapeutic Riding uses trained horses to benefit the disabled physically, mentally and emotionally. Equine Hospital facility for area veterinarians treats ill equines. AniMeals offer free pet food for pets of homebound elderly or ill throughout San Diego County. Staff is quite often engaged in teaching our programs to other interested shelters in the US and around the world.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 4

I am a volunteer at Helen Woodward's Animeals program and have been for 2 years. Prior to this, I volunteered at Club Pet. I have found my niche at Animeals. I love the program and, with the exception of 1 paid employee, the program is 100% supported by volunteer time. The program is a companion program to Meals-on-Wheels - when people get their food, Animeals provides food for their companion animals. I have been VERY happy in this program. What you should know about volunteering at Helen Woodward - they need committed people so you have to attend a training class that lasts several hours and is only available 3-4 times a year. They fill openings - so sometimes those who want to volunteer for a particular program don't get to work for that program - yes, they turn down volunteers. But don't you want your time to be used efficiently? Just because they can't use you in that program at that time doesn't mean there won't come a time when you will be needed. I for one am glad I stuck with the organization- I found my niche contributing to the welfare of animals in a no-kill environment. Is it perfect? Are all the program managers great all of the time? No, but I don't volunteer to have people be nice to me - and their jobs aren't the easiest in the world. I've heard working for a non-profit can be challenging at best and difficult at worst. So, I'm sorry to hear not everyone has had a good experience, but I have and I hope it continues to be beneficial to the welfare of animals.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 1

I called to ask about a volunteer position with Helen Woodward, but was cut short. "No, I think we are good for that area. Sorry bye..." Ummm... Are there any other areas where I you may need volunteers? Can you have some courtesy. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. I am dissappointed, but glad I didnt waste my time volunteering there