Last January, the non-profit animal organization in Rancho Santa Fe broke ground on a brand new pet adoptions facility after tearing down the deteriorating original structure built in 1972 when the Center was founded. The $14 million facility, funded by donations and pledges, features areas for dogs, cats and people to meet in a comfortable environment with the goal to place these animals in safe and permanent homes. More than 3,500 orphan pets receive care annually at the center.
Helen Woodward Animal Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 14 to celebrate the opening of its new building, and it opened for business to the public the following week. The 31,000sf building was designed to enhance the flow of animals and people through the process of adoption. It includes a private entrance and evaluation area for transfer partners bringing in adoptable animals from other overcrowded shelters and rescue groups; multiple treatment and exam rooms; and a full surgical suite with recovery and ICU areas. Other improvements include kennels that can be completely enclosed to protect orphan pets from the weather while allowing easy cleaning and access by the staff, three large turfed play yards with shade gazebos and a lobby and pet adoptions area that is modern and comfortable and will encourage potential adopters to visit more often, stay longer and ultimately increase adoptions.