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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marcus A Very Special K9

One of our very special Heigl Hounds of Hope is Marcus. He is one of the most handsome guys we’ve seen in a LONG time – with striking amber eyes and the coat of an Irish wolfhound, Marcus is obviously mixed with something much smaller, as he’s only about 55 pounds.


When we were in Tulare (between Fresno and Bakersfield) visiting their shelter as a prospective grant recipient, he grabbed our Executive Director’s eye. "I felt certain that this gorgeous dog would be snatched up in no time," said Jennifer Brent. However, Marcus (originally named Ruckus) had a tough time living in the shelter environment and had some scuffles with the other dogs. A friend of the Foundation and expert trainer, Bobby Dorafshar, offered to take Marcus into his ‘Pay it Forward’ program at his kennel and training center, K9s Only, where he would provide intensive training to Marcus at no cost.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Help Bosco & His Dad

Meet Bosco. Bosco is a very lucky dog because he has a caretaker who loves and cares for him. Bosco is having an operation (funded by the Sam Simon Foundation) to remove a tumor in his paw, but because Bosco has extreme separation anxiety he can’t be away from his dad during recovery.


Unfortunately, Bosco’s dad is homeless and lives in a tent. They both need a safe and clean place to stay while Bosco recovers, so he can’t be on dirt or hot pavement. Downtown Dog Rescue has found a place for the duo to stay, but needs assistance with the costs. Bosco’s dad is a very humble guy and Bosco is all that he has.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

JustOne & Orapup Unveil Video Starring Katherine Heigl To Benefit Homeless Animals

Innovative Pet Brand Partners with Actress’ Charitable Venture to Raise Awareness and Funds to Help End Animal Cruelty

OREM, Utah (September 16, 2014), JustOne, a pet product line founded by Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl and her mother, Nancy Heigl, and – Orapup, the first tongue cleaner to beat bad dog breath today unveiled a YouTube video to raise awareness and funds for the more than 7 million companion animals that are abandoned or surrendered to shelters across the United States each year.

To help save the lives of homeless animals from euthanasia, the video encourages viewers to purchase JustOne’s collection of leashes, collars and other merchandise, as well as partner products such as Orapup. Proceeds from the sale of every JustOne and Orapup item will benefit animals that have been abused and neglected, fund spay/neuter initiatives, and help implement rescue, transportation and rehabilitation programs.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Remember Me Thursday


2014 Spokesperson Katherine Heigl and Hollywood Celebrities Unite Animal Lovers and Rescue Facilities to Light Up the World for Homeless Pets

Remember Me Thursday 2014 Official Spokesperson Katherine Heigl With Oscar, One Of Her Adopted Dogs (Photo: Cheyenne Ellis) Remember Me Thursday 2014 Official Spokesperson Katherine Heigl With Oscar (Photo: Cheyenne Ellis)

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (September 9, 2014) – In the wake of last year’s overwhelming global support, Helen Woodward Animal Center is uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations worldwide for the 2nd Annual Remember Me Thursday global pet adoption awareness campaign. Now some very big names are stepping forward to lend their support to the cause, including Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominated actress, Katherine Heigl, who has been named official spokesperson for the 2014 campaign. Around the world, candles will be lit on the exact same day, honoring the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the community to take part at scheduled candle-lighting ceremonies or online Thursday, September 25th, 2014 and bring attention to adoptable pets still waiting for forever families.


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