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Surf Dog and friends drop by Helen Woodward Center

RANCHO SANTA FE — Surf Dog Ricochet, best known for her charitable Pay It Forward lifestyle, joined two of her fundraising beneficiaries, as they pawed it forward on Pay (Paw) It Forward Day on April 29. They handed out dog biscuits to the orphaned dogs at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, in an effort to raise awareness of animals needing homes.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders proclaimed April 29 as Paw (Pay) It Forward Day after Ricochet’s representatives contacted his office as part of a worldwide initiative started by founder Blake Beattie.
Paw (Pay) It Forward Day is based on the novel of the same name written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The premise of the story is about a 12-year-old boy who did three good deeds for others in need. All he asked in return was for them to pass on the good deed to three other people, and keep the cycle going.
Ricochet’s fundraising beneficiaries, Patrick Ivison, a quadriplegic she raised more than $10,000 for, and Ian McFarland, the 6-year-old with brain injuries for whom she raised more than $6,435, joined her at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The boys distributed boxes of dog biscuits, along with a basket of biscuits ready to be fed to the dogs waiting to be adopted. The boys also got to hold puppies, and visit the other animals, including the horses, goats, and sheep.
The highlight of the visit for Patrick and Ian, along with Ian’s siblings, was being able to personally give their biscuits to some of the dogs. The dogs were happy with this mid-afternoon treat, and the young, motivated visitors had smiles plastered on their faces knowing they were paying it forward to dogs in need. The children also learned more about adoptable animals, and what Helen Woodward Center does.
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of animals and enriching the lives of people. For more than 37 years, the no-kill center has provided humane care and adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people.
For additional information contact Judy Fridono at (707) 228-0679 or [email protected].