String of events planned through Woodward Center

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Helen Woodward Animal Center offers an array of activities through June for all animal lovers.
The center hosts Take An Orphan Dog To Work Day on the third Wednesday of each month.
Dog lovers are invited to take an orphan dog out of the kennel and into your office April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. One-day adopters must pre-qualify the same as long-term adopters. For details, call (858) 756-4117 option 1. See which pets are available for this event at
As the weather warms, it is time again for Surf Dog Clinics 10 to 11 a.m. March 27, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 17, Aug. 6, Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. The classes are in preparation for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon on Sept. 11. Registration is limited to 25 dogs per clinic and one dog per human. Cost is $45 per dog. Each clinic is one hour long. For more information, call (858) 756-4117, ext. 312 or visit
The 11th annual Pet Day on the Bay at Hornblower Cruise sets sail at 10 a.m. May 14. Bring your dog, $20 and guests are encouraged to donate a towel or blanket to the Embarcadero on May 14. You and your pooch can choose to cruise one of three bay cruises. For more information, visit or call (888) 467-6256.
The center’s 23rd annual Spring Fling is set from 5:30 p.m. to midnight
June 4. The black-tie fundraiser is themed Broadway Tails. For information or sponsorship opportunities contact Nedra Abramson at (858) 756-4117, ext. 312 or visit Helen Woodward Animal Center; 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.
The Woodward center is always looking for volunteers age 14 and up, with orientation sessions set for 9 a.m. to noon March 19, May 14, Aug. 6 and Oct. 8. To receive an application, call Volunteer Manager Megan McCarty at (858) 756-4117, ext. 305 or e-mail or visit
Additional helpers are needed for the 2011 Summer Critter Camp. Applications are being taken for Junior Volunteers ages 13 through 17 years of age. All applicants must be entering ninth grade in the fall of 2011. The Critter Camp application deadline is April 22. To receive an application, contact Volunteer Coordinator Laurie Doyle at (858) 756-4117, ext. 560, e-mail or visit
If you are a party maven, then volunteer for the annual black-tie gala Spring Fling fundraiser June 4. Some assignments include table service, registration, cashier, bartending, cocktail service and more. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. Volunteer Manager Megan McCarty at (858) 756-4117, ext. 305, e-mail or visit
Animal lovers can also be pet foster parents through Helen Woodward Animal Center. Foster families provide care for orphaned pets that are too young to be adopted or have special medical needs. The center provides the training; you provide the love. Contact Volunteer Supervisor Trisha Crawford at (858) 756-4117, ext. 375 or log on to
Helen Woodward Animal Center kennels and cattery are open to the public every day, from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with adoption applications accepted until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El Apajo Road.