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Wags for Warriors with Helen Woodward

Helping veterans by paying back
Helping veterans by paying back
Helen Woodward Animal Center

In tribute to military families and all of the sacrifices that they have offered to the general populous helping us to remain free, Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) is hosting a Wags for Warriors Weekend Event. The event will begin on Saturday, May 24th and run through Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th.

The first 50 approved military families will have their adoption fees covered by Animals for Armed Forces during this time frame. There will also be other perks and discounts offered to the wonderful men and women who are serving or have served our nation as well.

In addition to military family opportunities, HWAC would like to offer all FIREFIGHTERS a special thank you opportunity; 25% off their adoption fees and purchases that they make in the Center’s stores. The offer is good throughout the entire weekend. This is Helen Woodward’s way to thank the public service worker for keeping them and the orphaned animals safe over the past few years.

HWAC is so happy to be partnering with Animals for Armed Forces. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting orphan pets with military heroes. The three special days of discounts, perks and available pets will help to fulfill both partners’ mission.

Besides all of these special advantages, the Center’s Orphaned Objects Resale Shop, Paws in the ranch Boutique and Club Pet will be offering exclusive discounts (15 to 20%) to military members throughout the weekend, too. Helen Woodward Animal Center would like to thank our canine soldiers too. An honorary “Forever” candle will be lit on I REMEMBER YOU.COM, in memory of the dedicated military dogs that lost their lives serving our country. The site, which provides a place to honor departed pets, as well as grief resources for those suffering the loss, will forever pay tribute to these fallen heroes.

Helen Woodward Animal Center was founded with a mission of “people helping animals and animals helping people.” The unconditional love of a pet provides years of comfort, laughter, joy and devotion – crucial elements to assist military families whose loved ones have dedicated themselves to lives of danger and necessary bravery. The families, in turn, are lifesavers to orphan pets longing to find their forever homes. Proof of the symbiotic relationship between pets and the military can be seen in the Center’s PET (Pet Encounter Therapy) program. PET regularly utilizes therapeutic animals to assist wounded soldiers by lowering blood pressure, evening breathing, improving memory and lifting spirits. The program has seen countless lives changed for the better… both for the pets and for the patriots they serve!

Animals for Armed Forces shares the Center’s belief in the wonderful healing quality of animals and has a mission of saving the lives of orphan pets by finding them safe and loving homes with Heroes of the US Armed Forces. Each year, they team up with local animal shelters to provide Free Pet Adoption Days for current, former/retired and/or immediate family members of the: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.

“We are so grateful to Animals for Armed Forces for sharing our belief that the pairing of orphan pets and military families is a win-win relationship,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Services Manager Ed Farrelly. “The wonderful men and women who serve our country protect the lives of our citizens and by adopting, they save the lives of an orphan pet. In return, that pet gives them a lifetime of love, devotion and gratitude.”

Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages military families to find their furry new family member during their Wags for Warriors Weekend Event, Saturday, May 24th through Monday, May 26th. SPECIAL BONUS: Join them Sunday, May 25th between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and military adopters will receive a red, white and blue pet gift basket, FREE ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery and a ticket for enter-to-win raffle prizes.

For more information, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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