People Helping Animals

3,272 adoptions in 2015!

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Animals Helping People

Programs reaching 14,000 youth every year

Experiences your child will never forget

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Impacting Communities Worldwide

International Awareness Campaigns

People helping animals across the globe

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At Helen Woodward Animal Center we have an ever-shifting list of beautiful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available through our San Diego pet adoption program. Please check our website daily for updates!



Provides life-saving



Helps transport a pet from another facility



Provides emergency medical care to save a pet's life


Helen Woodward Animal Center is a unique, private, non-profit organization in San Diego County that, for over 40 years, has been committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people. Located on 12 acres in Rancho Santa Fe, our nationally recognized Center provides a variety of services that benefit the community through educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals.

We are a no-kill facility that receives no government funding and relies heavily on tax-deductible contributions from private donors to continue our life-saving mission.

Our Mission

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s passionate belief that animals help people and people help animals through trust, unconditional love, and respect creates a legacy of caring. Sharing this philosophy with others, the Center inspires and teaches, locally and globally, the importance of the animal-human bond.