Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pets Without Walls Program –

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Pets Without Walls at the Helen Woodward Animal Center will aim to provide warmth to pets of San Diego homeless people next week.

For a third year, thanks to a generous donation, 100 pets residing in temporary homeless shelters will be snuggled up in new sweaters and warm blankets to combat winter temperatures.

The Pets Without Walls program at the Helen Woodward Animal Center will perform a Cozy Critter Drop-Off at Father Joe’s Neil Good Day Center (located at 299 17th Street San Diego, CA 92101) on Tuesday, February 9 at 9:00 a.m. with cozy gifts for both pets. people and puppies.

For the past four years, Helen Woodward Animal Center has had the honor of joining efforts to help homeless families by keeping their furry companions fed and healthy.

Prior to the COVID-19 closures, the Pets Without Walls program conducted biweekly visits to shelters run by Alpha Project, Father Joe’s, Interfaith in Mission Valley, and Family Health Center in San Diego.

The program provides health checkups, microchips, preventative medical care, important vaccinations, flea and tick medication, and pet food (through an extension of its AniMeals program), as well as donations of human clothing and blankets from the Center’s orphan item resale store.

CDC restrictions and the relocation of many homeless shelters to the convention center limited our ability to make regular visits, but Pets Without Walls, but the program continued to provide as much as we could (with multiple visits and returns).

In 2020, Helen Woodward Animal Center provided medical care to 251 animals during 17 visits to the following facilities: Interfaith, Family Health Center, Oceanside Senior Center, Alpha Project

Now, with rains forecast and high evening temperatures, the Center’s Pets Without Walls program will repeat previous years’ special giving event with a special depot providing pet supplies specifically intended to protect these well-behaved pets. -loved items (100 warm sweatshirts for dogs of all sizes).

Helen Woodward Animal Center will also provide pet food, as well as 100 drawstring tote bags and approximately 400 care kits with granola bars, water, masks, hand sanitizer, as well as coats and blankets to human friends in need.

For more information, visit animalcenter.org

Benjamin M. Yerger