Helen Woodward Animal Center and K9 Dimensions

Offer Warmth and Wellness to the Pets of San Diego’s Homeles

February 20, 2020
Pets Sweaters Homeless

Helen Woodward Animal Center


Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  (Feb. 19, 2020) – Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pets Without Walls is undoubtedly a heart-warming campaign, but this week the program aims to provide literal warmth to the pets of San Diego’s homeless.  For a second year, thanks to a generous donation from Robby and Marca Alejandro of K9 Dimensions, 100 pets residing in temporary homeless shelters will snuggle into new sweaters and toasty blankets to battle the winter temperatures.  Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Pets Without Walls program will be on site at Father Joe’s Neil Good Day Center (located at 299 17th Street San Diego, CA 92101) this coming Friday, February 21st at 9:00 a.m. with cozy gifts for both people and pups.


For the last three years, Helen Woodward Animal Center has been honored to join efforts to assist homeless families by keeping their furry companions fed and healthy.  Currently the Pets Without Walls Program makes bi-weekly visits to shelters headed by Alpha Project, Father Joe’s, Interfaith in Mission Valley and Family Health Center in San Diego, providing health checks, microchipping, preventative medical care, important vaccinations, flea and tick medication, and pet food (through an extension of its AniMeals program), along human clothing and blanket donations from the Center’s Orphaned Object resale store. 


Now, with anticipated rains and brisk evening temperatures on the way, the Center’s Pets Without Walls program will repeat last year’s special donation event by partnering with K9 Dimensions, providing pet supplies specifically aimed at keeping these beloved pets protected from the elements. Helen Woodward Animal Center will also be on site to provide pet food, as well as toiletry kits and coats and blankets to human friends in need.


K9 Dimensions first became involved with the Center in 2018 as a Surf Dog sponsor and has now has become a dedicated friend to the Center providing promotional giveaways to adopters and gifts to those in need. Its founders Robby and Marca Alejandro began their canine health supplement business after serving in the United States Military.  Robby served 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corp. and Marca served in Dessert Storm as a fighter jet quality assurance officer. Today Robby works for the Department of Homeland Security and Marca is employed as a professor and a business strategist, all while building their pet-focused business. 


“It is truly exceptional to meet business owners who go so far beyond what is expected from them,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center VP of Development Renee Resko, “We couldn’t be more grateful for the kindness they are extending to the pets of San Diego’s homeless.” 


K9 Dimensions is not only donating 100 doggie sweaters, and 100 hand-made blankets. They plan to be on-site for the distribution of the sweaters and blankets in order to measure any dog that needs a special size.


“When presented with the privilege of helping the 4-legged companions of the homeless we knew that is was the right thing to do,” stated Robby, “because all dogs matter and we all need a little help sometimes.”

Helen Woodward Animal Center
Helen Woodward Animal Center
Helen Woodward Animal Center