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Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) is a big name in animal rescue on the West Coast, but is quickly becoming a household name across the entire USA. It helps when big name partners reach out to them, helping get the word out about all of the incredible things that HWAC does not only for the animals but for the public through their educational center and with the programs they invite the community to attend.

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The latest in a string of big name partners is the Keller Williams Realty group. They are helping to keep critters at the heart of the annual corporate day of giving. This PAW-mazing organization is doing their best to benefit Helen Woodward and the good people that work there.

This fantastic event took place on Thursday, May 8th when 47 volunteers from the local Keller Williams Realty branches will arrive at HWAC to extend their philanthropic paws to a variety of the Center’s programs. The animal-loving group, decked out in red t-shirts bearing the statement “Give Where You Live,” set out to do their part for the community on the company’s annual day of giving – RED Day. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s AniMeals Program, Therapeutic Riding Program, Orphaned Objects Resale Store, Education Department, Adoptions Department, Administration Building and Club Pet Facility all received tender, loving care from the kind-hearted organization.

Keller Williams Realty, Inc. has been recognized as the largest real estate franchise company in North America. They currently boast about 700 offices and 90,000 associates all around the world.

Recognized as the largest real estate franchise company in North America, Keller Williams Realty Inc. boasts approximately 700 offices and 90,000 associates around the world. The company was founded by Gary Keller and Joe Williams with the mission “to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living®” for its associates. In 2009, the company introduced its RED Day, an annual day of service held on the second Thursday of May. RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, encourages its associates to spend this special day away from their businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities. HWAC was the lucky recipient of this year’s generosity by the local Keller Williams branches.

The group of realtors arrived early Thursday morning with an impressive quantity of Center program “Wish List” items, including 20 lbs of carrots for Therapeutic Riding horses, 100 pounds of dog food and 60 pounds of cat food (packaged for delivery) for AniMeals recipients, towels and dog beds for Center adoptables, electronic equipment for Critter Camp, office supplies for the Center administration offices and an assortment of high quality, gently-used goods for the Orphaned Objects Resale Store.

The top-notch real estate firm dug right in to get their hands dirty; not afraid of a little dirt and hard work. In record time the group built multiple shade structures for the Center’s Club Pet Facility – a necessity with the warm summer months rapidly approaching.

“We are always impressed when we have the good fortune of meeting individuals from this type of a company,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko. “They were so enthusiastic about finding every possible way to help our organization. The items they provided and the work they did translates to months of aid for our Center programs, and ultimately means more lives saved. We are incredibly grateful.”

For information on how you or your organization can help Helen Woodward Animal Center, call (858) 756-4117 x 305 or click on www.animalcenter.org/volunteer! For information on Keller Williams Realty or their annual RED Day, click on www.kw.com.

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