Adopt a Pet in San Diego

Open hours:

Monday – Thursday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Last application is accepted at 5:15 p.m.

Adoptable Dogs


Adoptable Dogs at Helen Woodward Animal Center
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Adoptable Cats


Adoptable Cats at Helen Woodward Animal Center
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Meet Our Pet Of The Week

Estrella is a Superstar!

The feline pop sensation that’s sweeping the nation is making a special stop on her nationwide tour at Helen Woodward Animal Center! Estrella – an 18-month-old black cat known for her hit singles, “Yarn,” “Snuggle Time (is Better With You),” and “Please Adopt Me,” is staying in a luxury room at the Center’s cattery. This feline femme fatale may come across as a bit aloof at first, but selling out the Staples Center three times before your second birthday can encourage people to seek you out for the wrong reasons. Estrella is looking for someone real; someone who loves her for her – and not because her debut album, “Making Muffins,” went triple platinum in 36 hours. 


Estrella is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. She’s been altered and is up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. She is microchipped for identification as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open Monday to Thursday from  12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 858-756-4117, option #1.


Helen Woodward Animal Center pets come from a variety of sources, such as the transfer of animals from public shelters to relieve overcrowding, working with local dog and cat rescues, as well as owner surrender. Every animal in our pet adoption program has received a medical examination, spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, tons of TLC and a microchip. Our goal is to adopt our pets into loving and permanent homes. Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Counselors are here to help you choose a pet who will be your perfect match for life.



Download the animal adoption application and fill it out before you arrive!

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Open Hours:

Monday-Thursday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Last application is accepted at 5:15 p.m.

P.O. Box 64
6461 El Apajo Road
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

858-756-4117 ext. 1

Due to Hurricane Hilary, all  departments will be closing at 3pm today.  Stay safe!