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Party Down for Pets!

x_doggiegras3 x_doggiegras4 x_doggiegras5The Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) celebrated its 4th Annual Doggie Gras in early February to support animal rescue in Mardi Gras style. Held for the first time ever at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, the event was bedecked and bejeweled in green, gold, and purple, with New Orleans-style photo backgrounds, Doggie Gras-themed masks, and a parade of pups in Mardi Gras-themed costumes. Attendees also enjoyed a vendor treasure hunt and a competition for Best Doggie Gras float. The HWAC’s Doggie Gras Parade has become a favorite tradition for Center staff, orphan pets, local friends, and doggie alumni each year.

“We feel very honored to have the support of the Covello Family, who own the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center, and the support of Diane Haworth and Michael Varbaek who own and operate the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko. “The Market has always been a special part of this community and these individuals have made sure our orphan pets are top-of-mind by including them in weekly newsletters, offering us booth space, and making Center donations.” For more information visit