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George Bailey graces HWAC in time for Christmas

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George Bailey, named by the staff at Helen Woodward Animal Center, is their newest resident. The abandoned seven-year-old feline arrived at The Center in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. As employees were making their way into the adoptions building, they noticed a small crate placed alongside the equine stables.

Inside the crate was a male, seven-year-old, domestic short-haired cat that had been abandoned with only a note. Unable to care for him any longer, the former owner expressed an apology and a reassurance that the feline was up-to-date on his shots as of last year. Center staff has renamed the affectionate cat George Bailey after the lead character in the holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Now the search is on for an angelic adopter to prove to George that his life has meaning after all.

The 1946 American classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, is considered one of the most beloved stories of all time. The film focuses on George Bailey’s emotional Christmas Eve crisis, convinced that his life is meaningless. A guardian angel named Clarence arrives just in time to show George how many lives he has touched and changed for the good. Center adoptions staffers have similarly been touched by this abandoned feline and are making a concerted effort to ensure that his New Year will be surrounded by a loving forever family.

“It is always emotional for us when we see an adult family pet that is given up without any real explanation,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Services Manager Ed Farrelly. “You can see the sorrow and confusion on George’s face. It really hits us all so close to Christmas.”

Center Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Oba is providing George Bailey every health check and procedure he requires to be deemed adoption-ready. He will be receiving a full dental, probable extractions and a normal two week vaccination wait period before he can start his quest for a home. Once fully healed, the adoptions staff is eager to see him settle in to his new “wonderful life.”

George will be available for adoption within the next two weeks. He has tons of love to give and deserves a guardian angel of his very own. See his video at: For more information on George, or to adopt George, please contact the Adoptions Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 1, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.



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