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Tail Wagging Spring Training

Linda Michaels

Spring Training has come a little early to Helen Woodward Animal Center. With 50 available puppies, the race to get to “home base” has never had more meaning. The cuddly team of pups, each named after a San Diego Padre, was treated to some early training basics by pet expert, Rob Kuty, from San Diego Pet Training in hopes that each will make the final cut in finding a forever family. 

“Every day provides a unique set of circumstances,” says Bruce Kerschner, Adoption Service Manager at Helen Woodward Animal Center. “I’ve seen tragic stories and amazing rescues.  It’s the sheer number of puppies available at this one time that is truly surprising to all of us here at the Center. We all really want these little guys to find a good place in the world.”

Kuty, the official animal trainer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, was on-hand to provide baseball-themed puppy training tips to potential adopters of the puppies. Ricki Douglas, of Ricki Douglas Photography was there to capture the adorable event on-camera, and Amy Dampier, of Muttropolis, was happy to supply each puppy a stylish canine Padres jersey for the Spring Training Event.  “Saving lives takes teamwork,” stated Dampier.  “We’re happy to do whatever we can to help them find forever homes.” 

Location: 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe, CA.  To adopt or make a donation, call 858-756-4117 ext. 313 or visit