11:27 AM, Wednesday, July 11

Comic book enthusiasts wait all year for this weekend’s Comic-Con International – an annual four-day festival held at the San Diego Convention Center.  Some fanatics, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite action-adventure stars, even pay tribute by dressing up in full superhero regalia.  Similarly, the adoptables at Helen Woodward Animal Center wait a lifetime to meet their superheroes – individuals with one mission…to rescue an orphaned pet.  With this in mind, the dogs and cats at Helen Woodward Animal Shelter staged their very own PAW-micon Convention.  Styled in comic strip fashion and brought to vibrant life by volunteer photographer Ricki Douglas, the loveable pets hope to gain fans and find adopters “pawing” at the Center doors for a chance to meet this animated cast of characters.   


“They went all out,” said Jessica Gercke, PR Manager and spokesperson for Helen Woodward Animal Center. “I saw one puppy dressed up as The Paw-nisher and a cat dressed up as Cat-ain America.  Someone told me that Lex Luth-purr was around here with Woof-erine.  I guess they figure, if over 130,000 people will line up for the excitement of seeing a few comic-book characters, these guys can certainly exceed that excitement with untold years of fun and adventure.”


Center adoptables were up on fan-favorite action-adventure shows too!   Hot off the latest movies and HBO hits, Helen Woodward adoptables could be seen milling the convention grounds dressed in costumes inspired by Game of Bones, Barking Dawn: Part 2 and The Paw-bbit.   All efforts were made with one sole purpose - to draw the attention of potential adopters inspired to perform a superhero action of their own and provide a lucky pet with a forever home.


To adopt one of our adorable, animated characters, or if you would like to make a donation, or would like more information, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.



About Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and the Animal Center Education Services program, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.

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