Catahoula Leopard/Terrier Blend
Age: 1 1/2 years
Weight: 48 lbs
Personality: Christian LIVES to run and play fetch. If he could, he would play fetch long into the night. As a working breed dog, he tends to be really focused and motivated. He is an incredibly smart dog and really wants to please his human friends.
Perfect Home: Christian will live his best life in a home that understands his breed characteristics and has experience with working breeds. He would like to be the only pet in the home and live with only adults. He insists on having a fenced in backyard so he can spend his days playing fetch to his heart’s content.
Adopt A Football Fuzzy!
PET ADOPTION BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Wednesday–Sunday: 10 AM–6 PM
With the health risk for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in San Diego County, we continue to monitor the virus closely. We want to assure you that the health and safety of our staff, animals, and community is our top priority. Due to this, we will are complying with the California Department of Public Health announcement of limited gathering of individuals. Effective immediately, we are changing our Adoption hours and process. We will now be “Appointment Only” to view and adopt canines and felines until further notice. Our Adoptions Hours by Appointment Only will be Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Click here for steps to set up an Adoption Appointment. 1. Complete this online form to request an adoption appointment. 2. We will send an email with the next available date and time for an appointment. 3. Appointments will be scheduled for 1 hour. Within the hour, you will be able to browse the kennels of adoptable animals, meet up to 3 animals, choose your forever pet and process the adoption paper work. *If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call us within 24 hours of your appointment time. *If you are experiencing any symptoms, or if you’re in an “at risk” category as defined by the CDC and the State of California, we strongly ask that you not come in. Take care of yourself and we’ll see you soon!
1. Complete this online form to request an adoption appointment.
2. We will send an email with the next available date and time for an appointment.
3. Appointments will be scheduled for 1 hour. Within the hour, you will be able to browse the kennels of adoptable animals, meet up to 3 animals, choose your forever pet and process the adoption paper work.
*If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call us within 24 hours of your appointment time.
*If you are experiencing any symptoms, or if you’re in an “at risk” category as defined by the CDC and the State of California, we strongly ask that you not come in. Take care of yourself and we’ll see you soon!
For additional information about COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control website at cdc.gov or your local health department website: coronavirus-sd.com (San Diego), ochealthinfo.com (Orange County) and rivcoph.org (Riverside).
Helen Woodward Animal Center is teaming up with the Los Angeles Chargers to find furever love for orphan pets this Valentine’s Day season! These 12 cats and dogs have been drafted as our Football Fuzzies. The Chargers will cover adoption fees for the first five pets from this group to be adopted. (Score!) Check out the roster below:
Dog Football Fuzzies
Labrador Retriever/Terrier Blend
Age: 3 1/2 years
Weight: 54 lbs
Personality: Cupcake is the best kind of pal! She’s an independent girl who is perfectly happy hanging out with you or doing her own thing. She is always ready for any activity planned for the day — she isn’t picky. Cupcake is very friendly and always wants to say hello to anyone (human or canine) that happens to walk by. She also already knows how to sit and shake and is ready to learn more!
Perfect Home: Cupcake would be a great dog for a laid-back or active family, and she can’t wait to find her forever home!
Age: 2 years
Weight: 50 lbs
Personality: Anyone looking for a total sweetheart needs to look no further than Dasha! Despite an injury in her past, she has the best smile around and she doesn’t let it slow her down! She has shown us that she is quite the lover and will happily climb in your lap for cuddles if allowed. She likes to run around and zoom when it’s play time. But, overall this gal is simply easy-going and happy to hang out with her favorite people.
Perfect Home: Dasha would love to have a home where there aren’t any cats or smaller pets to distract her from all the fun she’s ready to have.
She would like a family who understands the perfect balance between play time and hang out time. Someone who likes to go for calm walks around the neighborhood would be ideal!
Boxer/Labrador Retriever Blend
Age: 3 years
Weight: 42 lbs
Personality: Ivy’s favorite thing in the world is toys! This girl will keep herself entertained for hours if given the chance. However, she would much rather play with a friend, and tug is her favorite game to play. While she may be 3, you could never tell by the way she acts with all of her puppy energy. After a good play session, Ivy is always ready to get her cuddles in. Having been a mom herself and seeing all of her pups safe, Ivy is ready for a home of her own.
Perfect Home: Ivy is looking for an active family to take her home. She wants to be the only pet in the home and would do best in a home with older family members. A family with experience with working breeds and personalities would also be the best fit for Ivy to help set her up for success and to live her best life.
Age: 3 years
Weight: 64 lbs
Personality: If there is one word to describe Kokomo, it would be diva (in the best way possible). As wonderful and sweet as Kokomo is, she loves to live a life of comfort. She loves to talk and tell you all about her day and what she wants. She is also smart and already knows how to sit and shake and will surely pick up new tricks quickly.
Perfect Home: Huskies can have a lot of quirks, so we feel Kokomo would do best in a home with a family who has experience with this breed.
A family who is active and wants an active dog would also do well with Kokomo. Due to the breed’s natural inclinations, having a house with a yard and a 6 ft. fence will allow Kokomo to safely have the freedom to play and run around the way she wants.
LESLIE KNOPE *ADOPTED*
Australian Cattle Dog/Shepherd Blend
Age: 1 1/2 years
Weight: 47 lbs
Personality: Leslie Knope is our little fighter who doesn’t lack perseverance. She didn’t have the best start to life – she came to us positive with heartworm and nursing a litter of pups. Having seen her babies off to good homes and overcoming heartworm, she is ready to find her happily ever after! Leslie likes to slowly get to know new friends. Once she does, Leslie blossoms into a happy, carefree dog that loves to go for walks and give everyone a smile.
Perfect Home: Leslie Knope would do best in a home with older kids. She may be up for having another dog sibling, but she’d like to meet them first. Overall, she’d like a quiet home to relax and enjoy life to the fullest!
Labrador Retriever/Cattle Dog Blend
Age: 2 years
Weight: 42 lbs
Personality: When thinking about Poinsettia, the image of the Princess and the Pea comes to mind. This dog LOVES to lay on the fluffiest of beds and is all about the life of relaxation. She is not the biggest player, but does enjoy going for long walks and checking everything out. It may take you a few days to earn her trust, but once you have it she becomes one heck of a cuddling machine.
Perfect Home: Poinsettia’s perfect home would include a family that loves to go for long walks in the neighborhood or hikes out in nature. A family who understands that she needs some time to warm up to new things will go a long way in Poinsettia’s book, especially if they
are willing to butter her up with the fanciest and fluffiest of beds.
Age: 1 year
Weight: 75 lbs
Personality: Since being with us, Sage has blossomed into a wonderfully goofy dog. She can be a little reserved at first, but once she gets to know you, she is a dog that just loves to love. Chase is one of her favorite games to play and will actively try and encourage you to go chase her around the play yard. So far, she has gotten along with other dogs she has met, though she prefers playmates that are closer to her size. Sage gives the best hugs and has even unlocked a luxurious secret to life — eating meals in bed is a glorious way to eat!
Perfect Home: Being as young and energetic as she is, Sage would do best with a family that has experience with German Shepherds to make sure that she gets the training and guidance she needs to become the best dog she can be. A yard is also a must for Sage as the more space to play chase, the better! Since she is still young and learning all of her doggie manners, a home with adults would be the best fit. While she has done well so far with other dogs, Sage would prefer to meet any dogs already in the home to ensure that the fit is perfect.
Cat Football Fuzzies
Domestic Short Hair
Age: 2 1/2 years
Color: Gray & White
Personality: Macadamia can only be described as a queen, and she deserves her title. She knows what she likes and wants and is not afraid to speak her voice like a true queen. While she likes to do things on her own, she is not above receiving some pets and attention. However, her favorite thing to do is sit by the window and watch the world go by.
Perfect Home: Macadamia is looking for family who will know how to spoil her just right! She would like a family who understands when to lay on the love and let her have her own relaxation time. Also, a comfy window seat will score some big points for her.
Domestic Long Hair
Age: 6 years
Color: Dilute Calico
Personality: Nefertiti is quite the love bug! She is always at the door waiting for us whenever we walk by her space. Whether it is human friends or feline friends, she is always ready for some cuddles. She also has one of the best and most unique purrs!
Perfect Home: Nefertiti would love a home that is filled with love and attention! She would do best in a home with another cat friend, but she would also be happy as the queen of the house. She loves her special food and would like to continue eating it in her new home as it helps her with her digestion. Finally, because Nefertiti loves to show how affectionate she is, she would do best in a home with a family that has previous cat experience and can easily understand cat body language.
Domestic Short Hair
Age: 1 year
Color: Black & White
Personality: Pecan is a sweet girl who would love some extra time to get to know her new home and new family. She loves other cats and will sometimes look to them on the best way to act if she isn’t sure. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot her curled up in her favorite bed with her feline friends! She loves to snuggle up tight with them.
Perfect Home: Pecan would do best in a home with another friendly cat to show her around her new digs and be a great companion. She’s not a party girl and would prefer a relaxing home with her new family. She would also love for her new parents to have experience with other cats so that they can be more in sync with her.
These pets are just a small sample of the beautiful dogs and cats we have available for adoption in San Diego.