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Helen Woodward Animal Center

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As a San Diego North County resident I highly favor Rancho Coastal Humane Society to Helen Woodward. I have adopted 2 ederly cats from RCHS and it was a great experience. Both of the cats had health issues that were so sincerely dealt with by RCHS.

My experiences on the other hand at Helen Woodward make me uneasy and include:
- When my long time cat passed I purchased a memory leaf in her honor and never could find it on the Helen Woodward giving tree - rather sad
- They have a bad reputation for rescuing only attractive animals and often will separate bonded pairs and take only the attractive most adoptable pet leaving their "ugly" friend behind
- Michael Arms is extremely overpaid and not very impressive