The Latest from the Helen Woodward Animal Center


December was an exciting month for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. After loosing both a close family member and a beloved pet in 2014, an anonymous donor decided to pay all the fees and go through the process of adopting a puppy– but without taking the puppy home. Instead, this donor asked that the puppy go to a family with young children.

So, when the Saxton family chose a lab to take home with them, they didn’t know just how special this day would be. The Ranchos Santa Fe Review online describes:

“The family was incredibly touched and surprised when they were informed that Dasher’s adoption fee had been covered by the anonymous angel. Unable to thank their donor, the family gave the hugs and love to their new puppy instead. Jonah Saxten explained it simply. ‘Best Christmas present ever!'”

This event embodies the animal center’s mission statement, which is about people helping and animals and animals helping people. Helen Woodward, the animal center’s founder, inspires this philosophy. She was a woman determined to make the world a happier place to live in for both people and  animals. The center runs on this principle, and this donation shines as an example of the joy and bond that exists between humans and their pets.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center is known for its fundraising events and family activities, in addition to finding good homes for pets. If you are interested in adopting a pet volunteering, or learning about the center’s impact, check out

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