Adopt a Pet in San Diego

Open Monday-Friday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
& Saturday-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

Sunny Will Brighten Up Your Days!

Say hello to Sunny, the purr-fect 12-month-old Orange Tabby who is eager to bring a dose of sunshine right into your home! With his playful antics and boundless energy, he’ll brighten up your days and keep you entertained. From chasing feathery toys to investigating every nook and cranny, Sunny’s curiosity knows no bounds. With his playful nature and outgoing personality, Sunny thrives on affection. Get ready for endless snuggles and a furry friend who’ll make you smile constantly. Don’t miss out on the chance to adopt this sunshine-filled bundle of joy and let his warmth and love brighten up your life!


He is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. He’s been altered and is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. He 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 through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 858-756-4117, option #1.


Kitten BOGO
Did you know that adopting two kittens is better than adopting just one? Young felines flourish when they have another feline friend.

Right now, when you adopt two kitties, we will waive the adoption
fee of the second!

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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Helen Woodward Animal Center offers a “Spay…Don’t Litter” program for people looking to surrender litters of puppies or kittens. The Center will cover the cost of having the mother spayed at a participating veterinarian.

Please call the Adoptions front desk at 858-756-4117 ext.1 to set up an appointment with an Adoption Counselor.


Open Monday-Friday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

& Saturday-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