The Coast News Group

Start 2010 with some inspiring furry friends

RANCHO SANTA FE — Keep your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, relieve stress, and find the love of your life. Your personal trainer, round-the-clock psychiatrist, and soulmate are ready to start 2010 with you. They’re waiting for you right now at Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe.
“We’ve heard all the excuses,” spokesman John Van Zante said. “‘I want to start an exercise program but I need encouragement. When I get home at night I crash on the couch with knots in my stomach. I wish someone would love me as much as I love them.’ We can help you get a leg up on your New Year’s resolutions by adopting a pet.”
Van Zante speaks from experience. “When my alarm goes off I may not feel like getting up. But my dog is standing next to the bed and ready to go for a walk. He’s like a four-pawed personal trainer. No excuses.”
Adoptions Manager Brian Simpson pointed out that a pet can help relieve stress. “Your dog or cat doesn’t care if you’ve had a bad day. They’ll be right there with you and they’re great listeners. Studies show that petting a dog or cat lowers blood pressure and helps you relax. It’s like having your own psychiatrist living in your home, 24 hours per day and seven days per week.”
And nothing beats the unconditional love that you get from a dog or cat. “If you made a resolution to find your soul mate in 2010, start at an animal shelter,” Simpson said. “People come and go, but a dog or cat will give its love 100 percent with no strings attached. No matter how much you love them they’ll love you more.”
“Animal shelters and pet rescue groups work hard to find the right match between people and their pets,” Van Zante said. You’re making a lifetime commitment to each other so we want to make sure it’s the right pet for you, your home, and your lifestyle. It’s an important decision. And it’s a great way to begin the New Year.”
Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, call (858) 756-4117 or log visit