I had breakfast with Joanne from The Tiniest Tiger, Rachel & Brad of Preston Speaks, Bev also known as @PetCareBev of My Flat Pet, Tina from Eukanuba and a new friend, Barbara of Mutt Mania.
Then someone tipped us off the the Mike Arms of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, was eating alone. Guess who got to sit next to him? ME!
People if you don't know about the work that the Helen Woodward Animal Center and Mike Arms does, please take some time to check them out.
This was the second time I was lucky enough to spend some time with Mike, since the group I was with from Iams & Eukanuba for BlogHer, got to have lunch with Mike. After lunch he gave us a behind the scenes, private tour of the entire center.
From the state of the art veterinary facility that's going to open next year,
To an actual horse, having his leg surgery. That's one lucky horse, because the Helen Woodward Animal Center has one of only 2 equine pools in the state of California. The Equine pools allow the horses to heal faster and with less pain.
Over 1,000 children have have attended Helen Woodward camps throughout the year in 2011, according to Marcie Grube, Operations Assistant at the Center. Scholarships are available to children who can't afford to attend on their own. The camps serve to educate children about animals and taking care of our environment, allows them time with an wide assortment of animal species, and raises money to support the daily operations of the center.
They also have a proven DogSmart program which has an amazing success rate at helping people who are afraid of dogs conquer their fears. In many cases the graduates of this programs adopt a dog of their own!
Their SurfDog Surf-A-Thon was postponed due to the power outages in sewage leaks in the area, but will take place on September 25th.
And you'll be hearing more from us about Iams Home 4 the Holidays, which begins on October 1st. Grube says, "Iams Home 4 the Holidays is very important to us. Collectively, working with 3,500 other animal organizations, we have adopted 5.7 million orphaned animals over the course of twelve years. This year our goal is 1.5 million animals adopted."
I may be rambling on, but spend any time learning about the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and you'll become an advocate too!
I'll continue this next week telling you about the mini-ACES workshop I attended and great work that the Ryan Newman Foundation is doing to help animals while getting NASCAR in on the fun!