photos by Helen Woodward Animal Center

Surf’s Up!


Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) held its signature beach event, the 12th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, in September. The Center and presenting sponsor Blue Buffalo welcomed thousands of human and canine spectators to beautiful Dog Beach Del Mar for the spectacular event, which featured surfing dogs, an adorable canine costume contest, a creative “freestyle surf” competition, and food and interactive booths, all for the benefit of the pets and programs at the HWAC. This year, the beneficiaries of the over $80,000 raised included 64 Hurricane Harvey rescue animals.


“Year after year this event is a blast and makes such a difference for our orphan pets. This year was extra special because of all the buzz about the Hurricane Harvey rescue. People came up to me all day asking how the animals are doing, thanking us for taking them in, and dropping off donations. Many of our staff members that have been working overtime to care for the Harvey rescues were on the beach making Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon a success too, so it was really nice to know that the hard work is recognized and appreciated,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko.