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San Diego Animal Lovers “Taco One for the Team” Aug. 1st Eat at Chipotle‼️

Next week, Helen Woodward Animal Center is hoping San Diego animal lovers will save their Burrito Monday and Taco Tuesday food cravings until Wednesday, when every Chipotle in the area will donate 50% of sales to this amazing animal nonprofit.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to close, every San Diego Chipotle restaurant will donate half of all fundraiser sales to Helen Woodward Animal Center when you mention Helen Woodward Animal Center at checkout!

Helen Woodward Animal Center Invites San Diego Animal Lovers to “Taco One for the Team” to Support Orphan Pets.


Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (July 26, 2018) – For the second year in a row, Helen Woodward Animal Center is delighted to invite San Diegan, burrito-loving animal enthusiasts to support orphan pets by simply enjoying a meal at one of their favorite restaurants.

We couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this incredible single-day fundraiser with Chipotle Mexican Grill to benefit people and animals alike,” said Jessica Gercke, spokesperson for Helen Woodward Animal Center. “The donations we receive through these fundraisers can do so much good for our orphan pets waiting to find their forever homes.”

Animal-loving San Diegans will be glad to know that all of their Chipotle favorite items, from burritos to salads to bowls to drinks, are included in the fundraiser. Half of the total purchase will be donated to Helen Woodward Animal Center. What a great reason to indulge in a margarita and treat yourself with queso!

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Discover why senior dogs rule: Fall in love with Decker!!

If you looked up the definition of “man’s best friend” in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Decker! Okay, maybe you would see this photo I took of him at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue napping on a Santa blanket, in July. Why? Because every single day with this sweet beagle is a holiday!


Decker is one of the friendliest dogs we have ever seen at Muttville. As soon as he enters a room, he starts sniffing around for new friends. This guy isn’t just charismatic though – he’s also very intelligent.

He knows his basic commands and listens well. He’s treat motivated, and ready to learn whatever tricks you’d love to teach him! When you’re not making friends or practicing tricks, this guy would absolutely love some walks or high-energy games of fetch.

When he’s tired out, he’ll be ready to take a snooze in your lap – even if it’s a little too big for it sometimes!

If you’ve been looking for a dog that’s the life of the party, you can stop looking – Decker’s ready to meet you!

Decker is estimated to be 8 years old and weighs 18 pounds.

Fall in love with him today!

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Discover why senior dogs when you fall in love with Mouse!!!

SQUEE or should we say squeak!! If you give a Mouse a cookie… she’ll be your friend forever!

If we’re going to be honest, little Mouse the sweetest lil’ chihuahua doesn’t even need a cookie – she loves making new friends!


Though she’s a bit quiet and reserved, it doesn’t stop her from approaching new people with a little tail wag and butt wiggle. And have you seen those ears? Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!

This adorable girl would love to come home with you and lounge around on the couch while catching up on the latest HGTV shows. When you’re ready for some exercise, she’d love to tag along on some gentle walks around the neighborhood.

Don’t miss out on bringing this cutie home with you – fill out an application today!

Mouse is estimated to be 10 years young and weighs 8 pounds.

Fall in love with her at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco!

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What is the compassionate response? Animals and Airlines

Should we expect airlines to allow emotional support animals onboard their planes? To be clear, these are not the same service animals trained to help the disabled, such as a seeing eye dog. Should the fact that we now acknowledge that people suffering from post traumatic stress are helped significantly by emotional support animals, thus allowing them to take their animals with them into places they previously would have been denied like on an airplane?

We posed this question to our Grouchy Puppy community on Facebook and thought it would also make for a good post for discussion here. The issue of what is a service or support animal, and where should they be allowed to go is emotional. I feel a lot of compassion and empathy for anyone suffering emotionally who feels better thanks to a dog...I do, in my own way, every single time I volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. I can imagine how good a dog’s companionship or physical presence must feel to someone much further down the scale of need.

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Snorts, grunts and a chocolate pumpkin: Dog sitting Miss Pickle

Over the July 4th holiday, my first chance to have a dog in our home again came true. Thanks to my well known love for dogs, and past two years volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a friend of my husband’s let her older dog stay with us for several days. I don’t know who had a better time, the woman at her family reunion, or me spending hours trying to make sure a sweet corgi-lab was content.


First of all, I honestly believe part of the reason Miss Pickles (is that a great name?!) came to stay with us was due to my recent senior dog experiences. I believe that regular volunteer work gave Candy a feeling of confidence in my ability to care for her dog. She had lost her previous French Bulldog in December, and had only gotten Miss Pickles in March so she wanted to make sure she was in good hands. 

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